Movies as a Populist Art Form

Essay by Luke Foster

“Remember, science fiction’s always been the kind of first level alert to think about things to come. It’s easier for an audience to take warnings from sci-fi without feeling that we’re preaching to them. Every science fiction movie I have ever seen, any one that’s worth its weight in celluloid, warns us about things that ultimately come true.”

 Steven Spielberg

I always thought contemporary pop and rock and punk music were my favourites as well as visual arts but in the past few years my favourite art form is cinema and mainly Hollywood and art house movies as I have never actually watched a Bollywood movie.

Now after beach walking, writing essays and drawing I have dinner around 5pm then make sure I never work on creative stuff beyond that time. At this time, I open Netflix and switch off by immersing myself in an awesome movie. Sometimes I watch as many as two or three movies each night.

I have so many favourite movies but I don’t know where I would begin listing them. However, I think my favourite genres are sci-fi and romantic comedies. I also love watching art documentaries sometimes but they aren’t really in the movie category.

My favourite art documentaries are about Yoshitomo Nara: Travelling with Yoshitomo Nara, Anselm Kiefer and Anish Kapoor.

I think what I love about movies is that they expose pressing issues in the world in a narrative form that’s sometimes interesting, sometimes funny so the director and actors aren’t preaching but leading the audience to the big questions and sometimes the answers gently.

Sometimes I also watch movies on Disney Plus and all the art doco’s are on YouTube.

I think my favourite actor is Johnny Depp and favourite female actor Kiera Knightley.

I loved the movie Bend it Like Beckham and it was interesting how it broached the topics of different cultures living together in England and women in sport.

“People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behaviour, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.”

 Johnny Depp

In conclusion I couldn’t live happily without watching movies and YouTube videos and art documentaries every evening after dinner.