The Monday Question: Art/entertainment!

I recently was listening to the Operation Kino podcast as they were discussing the Sight & Sound’s Greatest 50 Films Ever Made. They very shortly touched upon greatest movies and favorite movies and that there is a difference between the two. It kind of came down to the fact that the greatest movies are usually considered art. It made me think about what movies mean to me and why I watch them. I can certainly enjoy something which is beautifully shot, but I wondered:

If you had to choose between labelling movies as art or entertainment, which one would you choose?

Of course movies can be both, but if I had to choose I would go for entertainment. There are often movies on those greatest lists which I really can’t enjoy at all. I can sometimes understand why they are loved, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have missed much if I hadn’t seen them. I watch movies to get away from everything and be entertained. It helps when something looks beautiful, but I would rather watch a low budget movie with a great story then a high budget art movie with hardly any story. So I would label movies as entertainment.

If you had to choose between labelling movies as art or entertainment, which one would you choose?

21 thoughts on “The Monday Question: Art/entertainment!

  1. That’s Tough, But I’m Going Say “Entertainment” Is What They Mainly Are. “Art”, In My Mind, Is A Type Of “Entertainment”, To BOTH The Person Doing The Watching/Experiencing AND The Person Creating.

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  3. Intriguing question. For me they are entertainment. Of course they can be considered artistic but honestly I feel sometimes movies fall short because they are trying to be too artistic. I want to be entertained. Movies are a release – a place I go to be drawn in by being told a story. Can that be artistic? Sure it can. But I go to be entertained.

    • Yeah, me too…it’s all about getting away from everything. I like it if it looks pretty, but sometimes big explosions can be pretty too and I don’t think anyone would call those art πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t think we have to choose at all. Art can be entertaining and Entertainment can be art. However many, many movies clearly position themselves as one or the other. But hey even Transformers has teams of digital effects people creating artistic images if you ask me. And Terence Malick’s films can be beautiful creations but still more entertaining than Transformers.

  5. Interesting question, I never thought of labeling one vs the other. But I guess I’d go with entertainment as the real ‘artsy’ movies sometimes lost me. I guess I’m just not that sophisticated, ahah.

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