Tagged by the brilliant @samhain4000 for five movies which reflect my taste in cinema.
This tag is without question the most interesting one I've ever done, because I actually learned something about myself that I never knew before.
All of these films, despite the different genres, reflect existentialist themes. Existentialist theory focuses on the individual person and how he or she develops and defines meaning within his or her own life. It looks at, through individual existence, how our thoughts, choices, and freedom define not only ourselves, but the world around us.
Pretty wordy right? In basic terminology, I'm drawn to films that focus on characters who are placed in situations in which they are confronted with external stimuli, which then forces them to react and, thus, leads them on a journey of self-identity and self-awareness.
Road films are often considered existential films; Duel and Joy Ride have the main character(s) question and reflect upon their goals, history, spurred on by the open road.
In broader terms, one can ask, as is the case in Halloween, whether we are in control of our own fate, or whether we are predestined to experience events beyond our control. North by Northwest places Roger Thornhill in an environment which threatens the foundation of solidity that he's built for himself. Despite his best efforts, his life is shaken, altered, and he's forced to confront the realisation that he's powerless to control his sense of security.
Big Fish looks at how the stories we tell shape our lives; those who imagine greatness can often make it come to fruition. The Warriors, meanwhile, is about finding identity within the company we keep. How far must we go in order to establish our identities?
In essence, any film that asks the character to find themselves, to reflect on their existence, to question what influences how they perceive the world, are films that I'm naturally drawn to.
What are five films that reflect your cinematic tastes? OPEN TAG for everyone who hasn't yet participated.