I think I've sussed out why I'm getting so into movies.
They make me feel emotions.
I think I'm a bit of a cold fish - I find it hard to properly feel emotions. I'm not sure if I was born that way or if it's a result of my experience with the WTS. If the former then the WTS has certainly exacerbated matters. Just about the only thing that gets me emotional outside of film is political stuff - hopeless responses to terrorism, denying free speech, etc.
But films really make me feel things in ways that novels do not.
David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) made me cry. And during that scene where Michael Elphick's character forces a girl to kiss John Merrick before pouring gin onto his face, well, I could feel myself getting angry. I couldn't watch the whole scene - I literally had to walk away from the screen at one point.
Then there's Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (1977). The scene where Pluto and Mars steal the baby felt like someone had just hit my funny-bone. That was another difficult scene to watch in full.
From Feb to Oct this year I volunteered at Cancer Research UK. This is a charity shop that sells cheap clothes, shoes and dvds, etc.
I saw The Exorcist on the shelf for £1 so I bought it. And it was pretty scary - I had to remind myself that it's only a film. I think it was because I come from a JW background (beware of the deemins, etc.). But it's a great film ... well directed, shot and acted.
So thank you David Lynch, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Stanley Kubrick and many others for making such powerful films.