I think you can tell a lot about a person based on what they get out of a movie. Take myself for example. I love the movies. I love the adventure and comedy. I love a good one-liner zing and plot twist that is so well crafted you can’t see it until it’s right in front of you. Once it comes however you can go back and see exactly how that twist makes so much sense, that you are outrageously ashamed you didn’t see it before. The Sixth Sense. Anything written by Joss Whedon. These are just a few examples. But more than just the plot, I love a good character. I love characters who have so many levels they make your head spin. I am a writer.
When a film editor watches a film he notices how well one shot was cut to the next. A special effects woman notices that District 9 managed to create futuristic and alien creatures who were believable enough to blend in with documentary style footage. And an actress notices how the flip of the main character’s hair or a subtle but meaningful look can convey five different levels of emotion. So does a psychiatrist, and an FBI profiler.
Who we are is emphasized by the movies in so many ways. What do you pay attention to? Who are you?