For the love of cinema

It is disappointing that so few acquaint themselves with the true gems of cinema. Many often flock to what are aptly termed as ‘mainstream movies’ or, for the uninitiated, a tangle of incoherence and cliched phantasmagoria. The gems I am referring to are films that are masterfully crafted; that not only have brilliantly unusual plots but which are also adroitly directed, and which manages to linger, lost and lasting, in the minds of their patrons, inviting them to explore the fictional world in greater depth.

Nightcrawler is a film I recently watched, and one whose dazzle falls nothing short of the above consideration. It tells a story about a man named Louis Bloom, who one night stumbles upon the business of filming crime or accident scenes for the local TV news station. It is as he fumbles his way into the trade that his idiosyncrasies begin to show – for all his praise-worthy fastidiousness and diligence, he is shockingly indecorous and has a disparaging lack of morality. By the end of it all, I had come to absolutely abhor the character. This signified only one thing; that the film had so convincingly achieved what it had set out to do.

More than a exposition on character revolt, the film was a satire on the corporate world. Louis Bloom is a savage of the modern era; smart, hardworking, farsighted and brutally driven to achieve his goals. He is the man most fit for climbing the corporate ladder, for running a business that profits indifferently to those upon whom the expense is suffered or to those who simply fail to keep up. Most of all, he is a reflection of our disgust for some of the remorseless actions of the corporate world.

But less of that. What I am remarking on is the substantiveness of such films, and their ability to evoke emotions that would have otherwise remained cloistered and unfelt. Sometimes, they prompt us to rethink ourselves and other times, to question things to which we have never afforded much notice. Sadly, many are repelled by the very veneer of such films, thinking them boring or incomprehensible. I do not blame them for I too was once there and am able to empathize. But perhaps when they learn of the mistake in their belief and see the magic of such films, they shall come to appreciate and enjoy these most overlooked gems.

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