Do you think that the "movies" affect people's lives? Why?
Do you think the effect of "movies" negative or positive for you or people in general?
Good art will always affect people. That might be one way to define "good art"- it has an impact/effect.
Though there are arguments to be made for a potential negative effect of movies (via violent images, very poor behavior models, etc.), I don't think that we can say movies generally have a negative impact or effect on people.
The more we encounter art, the wider our "emotional vocabulary" becomes. Maybe this is only potentially true, however. Certainly not all films are meant to be artistic statements exploring the human condition.
Some movies are just meant to entertain.
I think we'd need to narrow the scope of the conversation in order to come to more definitive conclusions about how movies affect people.
A great movie will stay with you for days. Disturbing as it was, Sophie's Choice for example made me think about what I would do in that situation. Did it affect my life? No, but movies can let you live vicariously.
Movies are great diversions from the complications of work and home life, and I love how a person can completely immerse oneself in a great movie and forget about the troubles of the day. As for affecting my life, I don't find too many movies that have that kind of pronounced effect, but after watching a good flick, I often wake up the next morning, and it's the first thing I think about.
I think, other than just affecting emotions and wallets, movies can affect people in a more permanent way. We may not realize it, but I do think it happens. Some movies, of course are purely for entertainment purposes and don't really do much to change anything. However, there are those movies that spark conversations that we may otherwise be uncomfortable to have. One that comes to mind is Crash. It has a lot to do with race, and deals with some very uncomfortable but important issues. I taught this with one of my senior writing classes and it was interesting to see the kind of debate that it sparked. There are many other movies that do this, and if done well can be a very good vehicle for communication.
I think that movies affect some people while they are watching them, but as for movies having a long-term affect on people, I think the movie has to be a sensational one. I must admit that I have been moved my a movie, laughed hysterically at a movie, and even jumped out of my skin. Outside of the time spent watching the actual movie, I can never remember a movie which had a long-term affect on me.
Movies can certainly affect the person watching them in the moment of the experience of the movie, even if there is not much long lasting effect. Many people cry during movie viewing. I cry every time I watch E.T die. I felt sick at the loss of life during Titanic. I couldn't help sniffling at the end of Toy Story 3 when Andy played with his toys as he passed them on to a younger child. I was horrified by the brutality of war watching Saving Private Ryan. Movies certainly affect me!
I think movies often can and do affect people's lives. They often raise important issues and thereby make us think, and they often raise those issues in vivid and memorable ways. Because of their typical combinations of voices, images, and music, they affect us on many different levels. They appeal not only to our minds but also to our emotions. Many scenes from many movies are still very vivid in my mind years after watching them. For example, the scene in which Gregory Peck leaves the courtroom in the filmed version of To Kill a Mockingbird is iconic; so is the scene in which Jimmy Stewart comes to realize the value of his existence in It's a Wonderful Life. It would be easy to extend such a list; Forrest Gump is (for me) full of such scenes. And here's a film that I suspect will at least slightly alter the life of anyone who watches it:
For me, they do not affect my life at all. I do not care to pay the amount of money that is required to go to the movies and so I don't watch them. When I do happen to see a movie, I don't tend to take it seriously enough for it to affect my life.
I think movies kind of do affect people. Whether the movie is good or bad it can sometimes change how people act and what people do. I think that watching more movies your mind and vocabulary will expand so you can actually learn more in movies sometimes than in real life.
I think that movies do affect people, whether it is negatively or positively, I do not know. Personally speaking, I love watching movies and whenever they play a song that catches my ears, I research it at home and this results in me learning the lyrics. If a certain actress or actor catches my eyes, I look them up as soon as I get home to learn more about them and what other movies they've starred in. As an artist, I love looking at interesting faces because painting/drawing faces is my specialty.