Everyone has a friend who loves Blade Runner (insert a movie) so much, they talk about it over and over and over again. Make no mistake, as a friend, your duty is rather straightforward: to listen carefully and nod in agreement. ‘Cause you signed up for this puffery when you entered the friendship.
But the filmmaker Romina decided to turn this all over. Instead of hyping up their all-time fave films, she asked people on Twitter to share the most boring descriptions of them. The thread quickly blew up with 66.2K retweets and comments and 29K likes.
If you wonder if it’s even physically possible to paint the film you’d die for so deliberately bluntly, “Man turns off alarm clock 3176 times” suggests that yes, indeed, it is. But that just makes it all the more hilarious.
Bored Panda reached out to Romina, the filmmaker and creator of this viral Twitter thread, who told us she tweets stuff like that all the time.
“I really wasn't thinking about anything when I came up with it,” but she is “glad a lot of people have gotten a good laugh from it and have been entertained.”
It’s hard to tell which description was Romina’s favorite since she said “I was laughing so much reading through some of them.” One that stuck out was “Three guys go fishing,” which referred to Jaws.
Having worked in the entertainment industry for a long time, Romina said she loves good storytelling and being in front of the camera, behind it, and next to it. “It's a lot of hard work, but it's very rewarding!”
Ask the first person standing next to you what their favorite movie of all time is. Whatever the answer is, it’s likely you won’t argue against it.
Because even if movie preferences are all super subjective, just like taste in music, good movies are good for a reason. They either strike a chord in you, broaden horizons, or hit some crucial pop culture milestones—there’s something about them that glues generation after generation to the screens.
The question of what turns an average Joe movie into a lasting motion picture hit has been bugging us for years. And we can trace some of the same elements in both Godfather and Dark Knight that are said to make either one a damn good 2-plus hours worth spending.
According to Medium, a good film should have a plausible story that follows a comprehensive "story arc." “Traditionally, mainstream blockbusters follow a three-act structure,” which is essentially a setup, a confrontation, and a resolution.
Good characters are also key in blockbusters because they “are based on people, and people are multifaceted, with their own hopes, desires, faults, and aspirations.” Their multidimensionality and motive-driven nature is both relatable, yet more entertaining than what we see in everyday life.
Most good movies reflect the unique vision, style, and tone of their makers. Film critic Roger Ebert, in a piece for The Guardian, wrote that “a director will strike a chord in your imagination, and you will be compelled to seek out the other works.”
As a result, directors become like friends, he suggests. “Buñuel is delighted by the shamelessness of human nature. Wilder is astonished by the things some people will do to be happy. Keaton is about the struggle of man's spirit against the physical facts of the world,” he said.