We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.
I have a thing with critics. And it’s not a nice thing. I have some trouble finding film critics that I can trust that don’t just make me loose all faith in art and mankind. Most times I just stumble across white middle aged men that only believe in obscure indie tales and apparently turn their professional efforts to an audience that only watches movies when a film fest comes to town. You know, that sort of people that grants five stars to Spring Breakers but can only bring themselves to drop two on Avatar because it’s a sell out movie.
I’m a firm believer in entertainment. I’m a firm believer in the benefits of good, provocative art. If a movie can grant you both, why the fuck would you shy away from that opportunity, that’s glorious. If a movie is just there to give you a two hours long escape from boring old real life and it’s honest about it, that’s pretty amazing as well. But, if you think you’re some sort of film expert because only you can enjoy a four hour long Korean dissection of the struggles of an one-handed female butcher that falls in love with a Zara model in a Tasmanian neighborhood, you’re not a critic. You’re just a dick. And you can twinkle all you want, you’re not worthy of those stars. And yes I’m quite aware of the hypocrisy that goes into criticizing critics, but, hey, at least I’m not getting paid for this.
Therefore, on today’s randomness I bring you one of my favorite film youtubers. The Meus Dois Centavos (My Two Cents) channel is a suggestion for all the portuguese speakers out there in all your many beautiful forms. This guy talks about movies with such honesty and wisdom you just can’t get enough of his words. Besides, his enjoyment of cinema in all forms is real and quite exciting and you can certainly get tons of insightful views on all aspects of production throughout his commentary. Also, BONUS, no SPOILERS, ever. You can become fully aware of the content of a movie without actually learning a thing about the plot, that’s an undeniable gift. So, go check out Meus Dois Centavos.
Here’s a sample on the form of the 2015 Movies playlist.