What film? Which Day?

I said before that City Slickers should be watched on a Sunday. And it’s very true, some films work better on some days than others. It is a strange idea when you first hear it (Why should Skyfall be watched on a Saturday and not a Monday?) but I tell you that it becomes a natural reaction. By knowing vaguely what a film is about, I can give a good guess of which day it should be watched, about as naturally as reading the description is. So what film for which day? 

Monday: as the first day of the week, Monday is a day for a happy film. The kind to remind you that a weekend does always come back. Monday films should have a bit of silliness to them, a bit of joy. I like films liek Ferris Beuller’s Day Off or Date Night.

Tuesday: the weekend is still relatively recent, so your brain can cope with a bit of a battering. Tuesday is the day for a talky film. Sorkinesque dialogue and a lot of sitting in dark rooms are what’s needed for this day. The films generally have dome kind of dark deeds and characters with questionable morals. The Social Network (actual Sorkin) and The Ides of March (questionable politics) are good examples of this kind of film. Watch them, concentrate on them, and then feel happy that real life is never this shady.

Wednesday: its mid week, and the weekend is still quite far away. What you need is a drama. A period drama to be precise (although that could just be a girl thing). A classic book made into a not-so-classic film. Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility (yey for Austen!) or Romeo + Juliet. 

Thursday: it seems to be the day for watching the best TV shows (although I generally record and watch another day). So use Thursday to keep current with whatever TV shows you watch. Or read, if TV isn’t for you.

Friday: the last day of the working week and, if you are anything like me, you don’t really want to concentrate much on anything. Tired and mentally spent form the week, the movies you should watch on a Friday night are the kind of mindless action films where the goodie always wins and the baddie generally gets his/her comeuppance (and there is often a rather high body count too.) Many of these movies got slammed by the critics. Transformers, Iron Man, Die Hard, Jurassic Park, The Da Vinci Code. You get the idea. Just nothing that causes actual thinking.

Saturday: you’ve been having fun all day, and have given your mind a chance to relax. What you need to finish the day is a more challenging film, something to perhaps discuss next week (“At the weekend I watched…”) For me, Saturday has become a day for some good old fashioned film education. The thing is, to end the day you don’t want a hugely intellectual film. Something like Kill Bill or The Dark Night or Skyfall or In Bruges will do the trick nicely.

Sunday: this day has two parts, Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. For the afternoon, what’s best is a heartwarming film. Sweet, easy going and unchallenging, these are the kind of film that you could easily nap during. The general idea is a coming-of-age movie, or a chick flick or self discovery story. Such lovely pieces of entertainment as The Breakfast Club, Roman Holiday or It’s a Wonderful Life. The evening, however, calls for a classic. Not really any specific genre, just great films. Star Wars, The Godfather, that kind of thing.

Movies vs. Films

There is a problem that has been bothering me since I began properly taking an interest in movies (or films). The problem is which word to use, are they movies or films? Are the words interchangeable? Are some, erm, cinema(?) films, while others are movies? I have been told by multiple people multiple rules for the words.

Let’s start with my friends. I am British, and I use the British vocabluary: pavement for sidewalk, boot for trunk, queue for line, and trousers for pants. And I have been told that film is the British word for movie. According to them, movie is a ridiculous word (I mean, who shortens ‘moving picture show’?) Now, I don’t believe that this idea is upheld by many people, and I’m pretty sure that it is the wrong definition (it’s not to bad though, they are only 17).

Movies according to the NYLFF

Another way of thinking is by defining each piece of cinema by its qualities. The folks at the New York Latino Film Festival have made a series of funny posters, showing the difference between films and movies. The general consensus for this definition is that films are more artistic and cultural, while movies are more generally appealing or blockbusters.

Movies according to the NYLFF

Finally, though, there is the idea that the two words can be used interchangeably, and this is the one I have been using on this blog. To me (any many others) the two words mean the same thing, but just have different roots. Film is named after the photographic film used to record, while movies are (as I mentioned before) an abbreviation of ‘moving picture show’. It is this version of the rule that I will continue to use until I am proved wrong for sure.

But that’s okay. It’s my blog, I can do what I like.