"That's part of your problem: you haven't seen enough movies. All of life's riddles are answered in the movies." Grand Canyon - Lawrence & Meg Kasdan
My favorite book ever, Illusions, depicts movies as a metaphor for the meaning of Life, a means to both entertainment and education. The best films immerse me so completely into the story I lose myself to it until the end. The story, the characters and the lessons it offers make a film worth watching; if it integrates all three I'm won over. It's my hope to someday create a page for each title on list below, loaded with film acolyte pontification.
A word or two about the films I've listed. With 1250+ movie and TV show seasons in my collection, this was a hard list to pick. If you're curious what I felt strongly enough to buy, here is my entire video collection. Some of the films I added merely because of a connection to my youth (like Billy Jack) or because I like an actor (like the 70s movies Pam Grier starred in). Sometimes I added a film because, as a screenwriter, I want to study why a film doesn't work. And sometimes I buy a film because it's a guilty pleasure: 70s Exploitation, Showgirls or, my favorite, Zombie Strippers (sorry, Mom).
I am less than enthusiastic about television. My FAQ page catalogues my old favorites, but now I only have time for Southland, the original Law & Order, and most of all ER.