“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever”
is a powerful movie dialogue from one of the most poignant movie of all time, The Notebook. It is also the movie where I started to know what a perfect cinema is. It’s more than just the big screen with the crispiest video quality, more than just the Dolby 7.1 surround audio that makes everything sound so alive. It’s having the perfect buddy you’d like to be with while being immersed in the narrative of the story.
Movie is a form of escapism for all. How many times have you thought of being Edward from the movie Twilight? How many moments have you conjured that your Bella Swan is just beside you spending each minute that passes by? This is what I felt when I spend a movie night with my friend. I guess it’s more than romance that emanates from watching a movie. It’s a sort of intellectual intimacy between the two of us. Whenever those “mushy” and “cheesy” scenes show up, we glance at each other and let our eyes do the talking. We don’t normally say, “Oh that scene is so cute” because obviously it is! There’s a sense of elevated conversation that happens when the movie has finished.
I used to prefer watching movies alone. I love thriller and horror movies, so the last thing I’d want to get from a friend is a knockout punch or a banshee scream during the “surprising” parts. This is also the reason why we clicked. We both like watching horror movies. She’s that someone who opens her mouth to release a big sigh of surprise, but doesn’t punch your face or hurt your eardrums.
Sometimes a movie can be so complex that it makes your mind perplexed. I like this kind of movies where you have to be very analytical but not to be too annoyingly inquisitive. I remember one time, we were watching the movie Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This movie has a lot of flashbacks, space and time warps. I would understand if people asks me why that scene is like that, why that scene is like this. But frankly, I don’t have the patience to explain everything to them while the movie is being played. While we were watching this film, I only received 2 questions from her, in contrast to the 10 questions circling my mind, so I felt so dumb. Then after the movie, as part of our typical routine, we discussed and shared our own critique of the movie and I found out that she had the same 10 questions as mine.
As Jean-Luc Godard would say,
“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world,”
which is true, but I don’t mind if at the end of this deceit begins another timeless conversation with my friend.