I started this Tumblr page as a guide to a movie project that I was doing back in 2014 for people who wanted to follow along. I was having anxiety issues and couldn’t sleep at night. I needed something to look forward to each night to pull me through. The love of films has kept me from harming myself on some occasions, but they have also sent me into a depression on other occasions.
To continue enjoying movies and not harm myself, I have learned to experience movies on many levels to fit my moods and my interest. I have an INTJ personality type so I can become very analytical and remove myself from the emotion of outside stimulus relatively easily. I am also a psychologist that works in the education field so removing myself has become very handy when dealing with a panicky or frustrated child. One of my parents, who also types as INTJ, was a judge and needed to remove herself from situations emotionally so that she could look at things objectively.
Both my mom and I have used this forced objectivity when watching films so that we can make our movie experience fit our mood but still recognize aspects that would be good or bad for others. We would like to share our vast experience with others by watching films and discussing them on a range of levels (did I enjoy, would I enjoy in a different mood, was the movie technically good, would others enjoy, what is interesting, what is bad, what is boring). She is a fan of dramas and dislikes comedies while am a fan of comedy and am not that impressed with drama. Together, we bring a spectrum of likes and dislikes that would be good for many others.
We learned of our generalizable analytical skill from the reoccurring experience of a room shutting up and asking questions when my mom and I were in a group environment and began talking about movies. Neither she nor I are loud people and we find that the environment will quiet down for us when we talk about movies because it is a flow of good information.
My mom watches all of the Academy award nominees each year (besides dozens of others) while I watch 100s of movies each year while trying to find something good to cover my insomnia. Between the two of us, we have seen tens of thousands of movies over the years. We have also both taken film courses in college and watched movie reviews over the years. We also have a ridiculous memory for details that seems to be genetic.
Together we will be the INTJ Movie Critics and we will start posting here until we have our own website. If you have interest in what movies we analyze, let us know :) We are taking suggestions right now but we have generally done this with highly acclaimed movies (AFI Top 100 for me and Academy Nominees for her). It doesn’t mean we can’t branch out, though, because I am a big fan of B movies that are so bad they are good. So we are open to any suggestions in the beginning stages of this. So what movies should we review?