Movies Are Not Real

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Ever since my kids were able to understand, I emphasize to them that what they see on the movie screens is not real. Can’t fly out a building window, run faster than a speeding train, nor any of the cinematographic wonders that Hollywood conjures up. Doesn’t matter how realistic they appear.

Having said that,  I came across this valid point about the movies from a fellow blogger:

  • Watch EQ at the movies: film is a medium that showcases a limitless range of social cues. When we watch a film, we can take the opportunity to learn these cues and invest on our social awareness without having to be emotionally involved.

Particularly with the well scripted ones, the social cues are choreographed ready for our consumption.  We don’t have to agree with them, but be open to observe and learn from them.  All without having to experience the social pitfalls directly.

As Oscar Wilde wrote, “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” movies are not real, but they may just be realistic enough as approximates.

Which movie(s) do you find most valuable in learning about the world at large?  

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