Austin Takahashi | May 9, 2011

The more I watch movies, the more I fall in love with them. You look hard enough, and you’ll be surprised to find out that there are movies out there that can change how we look at people, ourselves, beliefs, feelings, history, everything. I’ve cheered for, cried to, and empathized with people on the screen whom I have known for less than a day, or an hour. Maybe what I’m trying to express here isn’t too unfamiliar from your own experiences at the movies.

The greatest filmmakers understood the power of movies, and they all explored its countless possibilities to convey ideas, reveal truths, and make memories. If their work generates a profit, then that’s a good consolation. Some filmmakers see it the other way around. That’s unfortunate. Business-mindedness ruins true artistry. As a moviegoer, it is our obligation to support the work of Artists, and ignore the products of Businessmen. We need to start watching and wanting Better Movies.

“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time; we need to keep them alive.” –Martin Scorsese

My name is Austin Takahashi, and I shall do my best, for as long as I live, to fight for Better Movies. Though I try, I never did understand the love that bad movies receive. Those who sincerely think they’re worth their time only reveal that they have not seen the great ones. It’s depressing to see a great movie go unnoticed because it opened the same day as the latest “Twilight” flick, which will make hundreds of millions of dollars.

“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.” –Roger Ebert

Right above you will see the picture of some great men of the movies. They are intelligent, and well-informed and experienced. You might as well check out their works right now. One has made some of the greatest movies while the other has seen most of the essential movies. Heck, I haven’t even seen “Casablanca” or “Schindler’s List” yet. If I shall ever be able to influence or inspire as much as they did, I do not know. But what I do know is that I am passionate, and young. I know that I have lots and lots to learn… and I can’t wait.

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