The one I don't really get excited about because I prefer films. Both film and movies are species of the motion picture. Let us examine their differences:
- Movies make money. That is their raison d'etre. Their success is based on how much they make. Anything less than the GDP of a developing country is considered a flop.
- Films make art. Their success is based on feedback from the critics.
- Movies base their scripts on contrived formulas. Films use the conflicts basic to humanity, but encourage the development of new questions.
- Movies are for feel-good purposes. Nothing wrong in and of itself with that. We all need a good excuse to munch popcorn now and then. If you want to see a story unfold as it should, you need a film.
- Films place the emphasis on plot and character development. Movies frequently use overblown special effects to override weaknesses in those departments.
- Casablanca--a timeless story of love and sacrifice that may be the most perfect film ever made.
- Amelie--the tale of a young woman who struggles to make the world a better place for others and almost forgetting to do the same for herself.
- Le Quai d'Orfese (sp?) is a suspense/mystery in postwar France that keeps viewers guessing until the last minutes.