When you think of a “great” film or a “classic,” what comes to mind? For me, I think of Gone With the Wind, Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, The Mummy, Frankenstein, etc. It’s funny that I consider these films to be great or classic… since I’ve never seen any of them (yes, even Wizard of Oz). Yet these films are so deeply ingrained into society as great that even I know they’re great. What makes these films so great, though? The 2013 Oscar winners and nominees list also boasts a few films that may one day be revered as classics, such as: Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Flight, etc. What makes them great? Why do certain movies win Oscars and live forever, while some are immediately thrown into the wind? Furthermore, who gets to decide that certain films are great? It can’t be based simply on box office performance. The film industry is an enigma. I personally believe that all films (with a few exceptions……) should be or have the potential to be great. I’ll give any film a chance, which is why I have a neverending list of favorite movies. This is a rather short journal entry because I suppose my real purpose for is that I am on a quest for your opinions on what makes a great movie and what prevents other movies from becoming great. It’s a burning question for me and I’m so focused on finding an answer that I’ve become very preoccupied with this subject. What do you think?