by Erika Bromley
Patrick asked the FTM team to reprise our series of "Movies We're Thankful For" (which we know is grammatically incorrect but life is short so just let this be a cute title, ok?) again during this Season of Thanking. I don't write for the site as much as I did in the early days (SOMEONE has to take care of these kids), and it's been a while since I recorded a podcast (too much giggling?). But I'm feeling pretty thankful, and he's the only person asking me to write for a website, so here I am! But I'm breaking the rules.
Usually in this series, a writer focuses on one movie. Maybe a few. Makes sense. It's in the title. But I'm going rogue.
This November, I'm thankful for -- wait for it -- this movie website. The one we are visiting together right now.
For over eight years, FTM has given permanent voice to thoughtful criticism, ideas, opinions, jokes, emotions, etc. that used to just be things we'd talk about after we watched a movie. How many times did I tell Patrick that his voice needed to be "out there" in the world? Lots of times. Our friends told him, too. Being the humble dude he is, it took him a LONG time to warm up to the idea that yes, he had something to say. Something to add. An outlook or response that's not always the first way someone else may experience a film. (I am fairly confident that this piece will never even see the light of the screen here because it makes him the center of attention and he HATES that.) I've repeatedly heard people say, "Now that you explain it, it makes sense..." Patrick has a way of analyzing stories, cinematography, music, and Kristen Stewart gifs that others don't have. And we're all smarter for it.
I know there are numerous podcasts and websites discussing movies every day. We are not a unique snowflake. The world is wide enough for us all to exist -- to share our passion and love of movies in ways that hopefully feel authentic and understood, and authenticity and understanding are two of the attributes F This Movie! has reflected since day one (the Avatar podcast!). I can always feel what the writers are describing or discussing, even if I didn't experience a film in the same way. Reading a review or thinkpiece on this site never leaves me feeling empty or alone; in fact, the writing here engages me in a way that makes me feel more connected to the world. How many websites can I say that about? The subjectivity of how we can connect through art fascinates and comforts me. The way that many of us relate to each other is in this way -- we learn and grow from each new perspective we encounter. If I am bored, FTM entertains me. If I am sad, it makes me feel better. If I'm excited, it comes along for the ride.