16 Oct 2016

There Is No Such Thing as a Guilty Pleasure

I had a discussion about movies with a friend of mine a while ago, and after I explained the pros and cons of a certain series of films he mentioned something interesting. He said: “you must have lots of guilty pleasures!” Naturally, I strongly responded saying that I don’t have any ‘guilty pleasures’. I further explained to him that if one is serious about studying and learning cinema one must watch and read about films constantly-non-stop! Every single film that I watch is for a good reason and this is also heavily related to my filmmaking practice. Simply there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure if you are a cinephile.

“Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film.” Frank Capra

Rouzbeh Rashidi