Movies and their larger-than-life stars have enthralled and
entertained the world for over 100 years. These cinematic spectacles,
however, have evolved into much more than mere diversion. Film
historians spend countless hours studying movies and their effects
on the viewing public. They compile “Top 100” lists in order
to catalogue the industry's best and worst; and, they debate
over issues concerning which films qualify as “classic” and how
each has affected the development of world cinema.
Certain movies have become a part of our culture and everyday
life. James Bond movies, for example, have introduced new phrases
into the common lexicon while other movies (like Christmas movies)
become part of the family – they bring us warmth and memories
of love. The ability to buy or rent VHS movies and DVDs for home
viewing allows us to develop even more intimate connections to
our favorite films.
We can escape the mundane world in a movie theater and are able
to experience a range of emotions when watching certain films.
For example, scary movies allow us to experience and master our
greatest fears, while movies featuring comedians such as Adam
Sandler and Will Ferrell allow us to laugh like we most likely
never would in public. We can be transported to the future while
watching a great sci-fi movie and see ourselves and our society
reflected on the screen before us.
‘Movies' is the primary theme for this series of short, keyword-rich
articles. Written to inform a general audience about films and
the cinematic industry, variations on the keyword ‘movies' and
the gist of each article follows:
• ‘new movies' and how to sort through the choices at the cinema;
• ‘DVD movies' and the benefits of the DVD format;
• ‘funny movies' and why they make us laugh;
• ‘Disney movies' and why they have been so successful;
• ‘teen movies' and why this is such an important genre;
• ‘horror movies' and what makes them so popular;
• ‘old movies' and why classics are more than just dated films; and,
• ‘amateur movies' and how the reader can start making his or her own.
Most of the articles contain a reference to at least one known film, but the
movies are listed as examples illustrating a point, rather than in any promotional