I have a passion for films. It started when I was very young. Back in the days when there were only 3 channels, I have vivid memories of a sunday lunch then the family settling down to watch the afternoon metinee. They were magic. Classic musicals, westerns,etc, they all profoundly touched me. And it is that distinction, that defines a avid film "buff" from the casual viewer. I recently revisited "The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad". I can still recall the impression this film made on me as a child. How Ray Harryhausens creature FX's fired my imagination and stirred my passion for the genre. I saw the master at the NFT recently with hundred of fellow fans. Strange, he was treated like a religious icon. Anyway, I watched the film again with my family, and my wife merely saw a low budget film with crass B movie dialogue and cheap special effects. Strange, thats not what I saw! But then agains my wife can listen to Annie Lennox and it moves here in a different way than it does me. Thats the difference. It's just about "horses for courses" I guess. I revel in films, in the exceitment, the feeling they make me experience. I can remember scenes and dialogue after just one viewing, yet cannot remember more pratical day to day data. I like to watch on my own or with fellow fans. I simply cannot get enough. This is a subject thats been debated on this board before. The difference between a film completist and the technical afficiado. To me, it is important to see just the movie. If it is technical well presented then that is another bonus. We know who's who, as well. I often read posts from certain memembers and smile when they express themselves in a way that rings a chord with me. It is reassuring to know that there are other humans beings who can find virtue in the work of Ruggero Dedato and Bernard Bresslaw. It amazes me that in this day and age of digital TV with multiple channels, you still hear people complain that's there's nothing good on! There's always something good on! Another point. I'm 36 but have parents in there late 70's. Thus I've always been exposed to material from an earlier generation. I like Arthur Askey and Will Hay. For some of the younger members of this forum, please don't be fooled into thinking that cinema started in 1977 with a certain film. Most of what you see today was done fifty years earlier, far more subtlely, and intelligently and without the need for objects to explode every 5 minutes. Finally, I made this point in regard to music quite recently, film does not have an obligation to be high brow, worthy, moral or life improving. It's first and foremost duty is to entertain. Doesn't matter if it's Gone With The Wind or Guest House Paradiso. If you've spent 90 minutes of your life and you feel that it could have been better spent stapling your piles back up, then the film has seriously failed. However, on the occassions that it works you can be rewarded with a fleeting piece of heaven, and that is what I revere.