My friends and I love going to the movies, but we rarely go because we hate almost all the movies in the theaters. When we do go we watch the previews and groan, “Horrible”; “No way am I going to see that”; etc.

What did we like? Trumbo, Spotlight, Creed, Sully. What do we want? We want to be entertained. Not educated, not surprised, not depressed — entertained.

What does that mean? It means that the film incites positive emotions in the viewer. Not boredom, not irritation, not depression, not disbelief — positive emotions.

We want to go to a movie where at the end we feel like standing up and applauding. Instead, lots of movies today just make us say, “Why the hell would anyone make a movie like that!”

— David Grace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store