So, why do I love film? Because of the entire interaction between Pacino and Deniro in Heat. Because Darth Vader was honoured that he was joined by Han Solo. Because of Luca Brazzi. Because of the way Abbas Kiarostami makes a plastic bag compelling. Because of The Conversation. Because of Anton Chiggur. Because “I told you I was never goin’ back” Because of how beautiful love is in Lars and the Real Girl Because of the climax of Animal Kingdom Because of the narration in The Thin Red Line Because of Adam Brody’s death scene in Saving Private Ryan Because I do believe a man can fly.

Because Michael Keaton and Tim Burton made me want to dress like this:

Because I know that we fall so we can learn to pick ourselves up. Because I know how to make a pencil disappear. Because I know that sometimes a hero is not what we need, but what we deserve. Because I need to remember Sammy Jenkins Because of Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting Because “you really are crazy” Because “I’m gonna fucking kill the both of you” Because of Lethal Weapon Because the slapping hands and bulging biceps of Carl Weathers and Arnold Schwarzenegger Because “this stuff will make you a god damn sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me” Because mud makes you invisible Because of the Predator Because of dialogue with Mother Because of the Ridley Scott’s slow tracking shots of bowels of the Nostromo Because of Michael Parkes in Red State Because of the 13th Apostle Because of every exquisite frame of No Country for Old Men Because of the chariot chase in Ben Hur Because of horse heads in beds

Because of the Crane:

Because of REDRUM Because of Gomer Pyle Because of Bad Santa Because “you’re an emotional fucking cripple, your soul is dogshit; everything about you is ugly” Because of the Killing of a Chinese Bookie Because of the over shoulder POV shot of Travis Bickle holding a gun in front of him in Taxi Driver Because of Bernard Hermann

Because Ivan Reitman, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd made me dress like this:

Because of Rear Window Because of Audrey Tatu Because of Mathilda Because of “No women, No kids” Because of Jean Reno Because “I do favours for you don’t I” Because of Goodfellas Because of Casino Because Spielberg did Schindler’s List for free Because of hiding in a trough of shit to escape Nazi’s. Because of how effortless Ben Kingsley acts Because of Liam Neeson Because of profound existential poetry of The Grey Because of the moral complexity of A Separation Because “I’m yours for 5 minutes” Because “there’s the way of nature and the way of grace” Because if “he dies, he dies” Because of Eddie the Dog in Beginners. Because “what I said to you was true, from a certain point of view” Because “I find your lack of faith disturbing” Because “When I met you I was but a learner, now I am the master” Because of the ripples in the cup of water on the dashboard Because of John McLane’s bloody feet in Die Hard Because “I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go along” Because of Dr Henry Jones Jr Because of Kevin Spacey doing bicep curls in the nude Because of Tom Hanks and Paul Newman playing piano in Road to Perdition Because of The Absent Minded Waiter Because I was born to Kill Because “I thought my jokes were bad” Because “I’ll never doubt you” Because of Chuck Norris’ chest hair Because of Bruce Lee tearing out chunks of Chuck Norris’ chest hair Because of the mirrors in Enter the Dragon Because “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” Because of Russian Roulette in Deer Hunter Because of Network Because of Sidney Pollack Because of Michael Mann Because of every tense moment of The Insider Because Tarantino’s camera doesn’t show you the ear being sliced off (but you swear you see it) Because of Hattori Hanzo steel Because of Bad Mother Fuckers Because of Ingmar Bergman Because of Vivre Sa Vie Because of Frank Drebin Because “like a blind man in an orgy, I was gonna have to feel my way through” Because of every tracking shot of Children of Men Because of Daniel Day Lewis Because of the opening 30mins…actually every moment of There Will Be Blood Because of Michael Clayton Because of making soap Because of homework assignments Because “the first rule of Fight Club is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB” Because “it’s a hell of a thing killing a man” Because Toy Story 3 makes me cry every time Because of Tom Hardy’s smile in Bronson Because I held my breath for the entire Dark Knight Rises Prologue Because of From Russia with Love Because of every single word spoken in The Maltese Falcon Because of David Wenham in The Boys Because of the sheer striking artistic beauty of Baz Luhrman films Because I need my spinning top to make sure I’m not dreaming Because of Michael Caine’s voice Because of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon doing Michael Caine’s voice. Because of Steven Spielberg Because of ET pointing at a child dressed as Yoda and saying “Home, home, home” Because of Chopper Because of Half Nelson Because of the dancing scene in Black Snake Moan Because of Nurse Ratchett Because of R.P McMurphy’s commentary of a Baseball game that isn’t happening Because “I want you to tell all your friends about me” Because of Wall E Because of the period blood dance in Superbad Because of Denzel Washington Because of Will Smith as Ali Because of how thinking about the Malcolm X death scene in Ali makes me well up Because of Deckard Because of Roy Batty Because of the transcendent power of Blade Runner Because of Ewan McGregor emerging from a toilet in Trainspotting Because of Edward Norton in American History X Because of Joseph Gordon Levitt in Mysterious Skin Because of everything about Mysterious Skin Because of Brick Because of Hemmingway in Midnight in Paris Because of Woody Allen Because of Vicky Christina Barcelona Because Javier Bardem is ridiculously charming and sexy Because Penelope Cruz may be the most magnetic and beautiful women ever Because of Pedro Almodovar Because of The Skin I Live In Because of when Caesar said “No” Because of Old Boy Because “all you gotta do Stan is find the clitoris” Because of the slow-mo run to catch the train in The Darjeeling Limited Because of Wes Anderson Because of Bill Murray in Anything! Because of the score of The Social Network Because “UNSELFISH” Because “8 seconds is a LIFETIME! We’re a lifetime away” Because I could watch Any Given Sunday, over and again Because The Searchers is powerful to this very day and beyond Because of Howard Hawkes Because of the original Scarface Because of Depalma’s Scarface Because of All of Me Because of Robert Altman Because of 3 Days of the Condor Because of Three Fugitives Because of Nick Nolte in Warrior Because of Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler Because of Sean Penn in Mystic River Because of Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby Because of Burning Man Because of the Monolith

Because I get to share collective dreams in dark rooms with my dearest friends and random strangers.

Because of The Dark Knight Rises 

Because films compel me to write about all the reasons why I love them.

Blake Howard - follow Blake on Twitter here: @blakeisbatman

BLAKE HOWARD IS A WRITER, A PODCASTER, AND THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & CO-FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIAN FILM BLOG GRAFFITI WITH PUNCTUATION . BLAKE IS A MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS ONLINE FILM CRITIC SOCIETY (AND A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNING COMMITTEE), IS A CO-HOST OF GAGGLE OF GEEKS ON SYDNEY'S 2SER COMMUNITY RADIO, A COLUMNIST AT THE AUSTRALIAN ONLINE INSTITUTION DARK HORIZONS AND SWAYS THE TOMATO METER WITH ROTTEN TOMATOES APPROVED REVIEWS.