My Good Movie Rules

These rules define what makes a good, entertaining film for me. But they are more than that. They are principles of good storytelling:

  1. Make me think (motivation, character depth and development)
  2. Amaze me (surprising twists and interesting plot hooks)
  3. Touch me (empathy, honest emotions on a human level)

You can apply them on anything that transmits a message. I think they provide an underlying quality, also in design and writing. It’s really at the core of everything that moves us.

Edit April 2019: The last couple of years have shown a drastic focus on repetitive, box-office proven movie concepts, such as super hero movies. They are bland, lack depth and don’t make me think—to the contrary: they show me what I’d expect.

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