I sure do love going to the movies. When I was a kid and I sat in a theater watching E.T. for the first time, I was completely hooked. That movie captured my imagination and made me a movie lover for life! I love going to the movies and watching all the different kinds of stories that filmmakers want to tell.
I have a wonderful video here for you to watch titled “The Purpose of Cinema,” and it does a beautiful job of explaining it. It also is cut to a quote from the late Roger Ebert, who said:
“We are all born with a certain package. We are who we are. Where we were born, who we were born as, how we were raised. We are kind of stuck inside that person, and the purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize a little bit with other people, find out what makes them tick, what they care about. For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. If it’s a great movie, it lets you understand a little bit more about what it’s like to be a different gender, a different race, a different age, a different economic class, a different nationality, a different profession, different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us. And that, to me, is the most noble thing that good movies can do and it’s a reason to encourage them and to support them and to go to them.”
I couldn’t agree with that more. Enjoy the video.