Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
This weekend’s theme was serial killer movies, so we started with Identity. At first, Identity uses some confusing storytelling elements to set up up the basic plot, which quickly becomes very simple: someone is killing a bunch of people stranded at a motel on a stormy night. At first, it seems like a graphic slasher film in which the survivors must ban together to identify and catch the killer, but the movie goes much deeper than that for what turns out to be an almost emotional conclusion. It’s nothing staggering, but Identity might be worth a watch if you’re into psychological horror.
Se7en is a classic, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it now. It’s the original Saw movie, basically. Two cops—one young and green, the other old and bitter—try to solve a string of murders that revolve around the seven deadly sins. The kills are clever and grisly enough to be entertaining (is that the right word?) on their own right, but it’s the shocking, unforgettable ending that cements Se7en as a classic.