Ten Signs You Might Be a Movie Buff

Movie awards season is in full swing and
if you’re like me, your belly button has been
puckering and unpuckering constantly.
(tm Hawkeye on MASH.)
Here are some other signs you might be a movie buff:


  • You always stay to the end of the credits, whether or not there are one of those after-credit surprises. (Called Monk’s Surprises, or stingers, or credit cookies.) If you knew that already …
  • You’re probably a movie buff.
  • Watch movies in all genres, liking Pulp Fiction as much as Moonstruck, District 9 as much as Up in the Air.
  • Can name the aspect ratio of most movies.


  • Fullscreen movies, cut to fit a TV screen (AKA pan-and-scan) make you stabby.
  • Never been to film school but can throw around the word mise-en-scene in casual conversation.
  • Have strong opinions about the Academy voting rules.
  • Root for cinematographers, art directors, and sound editors along with actors and directors at the Oscars. (RIP, Conrad L. Hall.)
  • Can recognize movie studios from the music and icons that appear at the beginning of a film.
  • Make random movie lists. Loudest movies ever. Movies I didn’t like as much as I felt I should. Favorite sci-fi films. Best screenplays. Etc.

How’d you do? If you found yourself seated at a table with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, could you keep up?

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