How to Find a Good Movie That is Actually Worth Your Time

The importance of time hardly needs an explanation. No matter where your life takes you, there will always be a consistent stream of commitments yearning for even a small slice of the limited time that you have. It’s your job to divide these slices appropriately and efficiently, which has proven itself to be a difficult task. How do you decide how much time you should dedicate toward each thing? Of course, it’s impossible for me to answer the entirety of that question, as all cases are individual, but I can give a few tips on how to spend the time that you have allotted for entertainment.

We all know those moments of searching through countless lists of movies, trying to find a selection that will satisfy our criteria. In some scenarios, people spend more time just trying to find a worthwhile movie than actually watching it. This is not how your experience should be. What’s even worse, however, is finally deciding on a film, and then discovering about a half an hour later that you have just made a terrible choice. So, how do you avoid these terrible choices, and how do you manage to make great choices in significantly less time than you do now?

Tip #1: Always have an accessible list. When your friend starts talking about how much they love that classic movie, be sure to jot the name down before you forget it. Even if it turns out to be something that isn’t your style, at least you have a starting point for the rest of your search.

Tip #2: Don’t bother watching trailers. At least, not until you’ve narrowed your field of possibilities down to just a few. Instead, read a short description of the plot and check which awards a film has won. This will inform you of what the movie is about and how high the quality of the film is, without wasting your time.

Tip #3: Think of an actor or actress who has played a character that you really love. Often times, these actors will portray similar characters or star in movies that appeal to a similar preference. Browse through these, and be sure to record all the names of the movies that interest you, as they may be perfect for a future occasion.

Tip #4: Don’t be shy about taking up the topic during a conversation. Every person has a few movies that they have absolutely loved, and if given the right prompt, they are usually happy to share their thoughts and ideas with you. Make sure you note these ideas on your list.

Tip #5: Head for the channels. Cable television is full of channels that spend their time curating movie marathons. Sometimes just flipping through these channels to see what’s playing (or what just played) can provide the perfect inspiration for your movie night flick.

Tip #6: Look for movie adaptations of your favorite books. Producers are constantly churning out projects that are based on literary works, so consider watching these, although be wary of bad quality.

Tip #7: Search by year. Most movies lose their advertising about a year or two after they come out, and it’s easy to forget about that film you wish you saw. Try googling something like “movies made in 2014” for a little reminder.

Tip #8: Browse through awards show archives. The best movies are honored every year by shows like the Oscars or the Golden Globes. If you want guaranteed quality, you can’t be deceived by the lists of nominees and winners, all of which have received first-class ratings.

Now that you’ve read these tips, you’ve armed yourself with a slew of skills but with no concrete options. To help with this, listed below are some of my favorite films, organized by genre.

Comedy movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Family movie: Rudy

Romance movie: The Longest Ride

Disney movie: Anastasia or Peter Pan

Action movie: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (I’m not one for superheroes)

Thriller movie: Casino Royale

Dramatic movie: Argo

Happy Hunting! 🙂


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