What's the difference? Most of my films had subtitles. Farewell, My Concubine; Xiu-Xiu, the Sent-Down Girl; anything with Vincent Cassel in it. Merchant & Ivory movies. Period pieces. In general, as my guy put it, "Stuff with people with accents." In general, too, my films had heavy themes--suicide, abuse, prostitution, prejudice and bigotry. The heavier and more complex, the better. I admit it. I was a film snob.
Him? Well, suffice it to say his entire movie repertoire consisted of having seen every Rambo movie and anything with "Ah-nold" in it (and go figure Conan would end up as the governor of California). Once, his cousin babysat my baby daughter. As I left, she was perched on his lap on the couch and they were watching Smokey and the Bandit. I grew up with all sisters; my guy with all brothers and male cousins. Movies vs. flicks. I was getting an education in why men love movies with smashed-up cars and the obligatory naked breasts.
Over the years, like any long-term couple, we've worn off on each other a little. I knew it had happened when, in 1998 or so, we rented a movie by one of my fave directors, Wes Anderson--Rushmore. And my guy actually used words like "plot" and "dialogue" when we discussed it afterwords. I almost cried with joy! He had learned that movies had things like THEMES! When we went to a flick in the THEATER with subtitles, I knew he had changed. As for me? I dutifully went with him to see Independence Day. I have seen every Will Smith movie there is, along with Ah-nold, and a bunch of movies that sort of blend together with a lot of fight scenes and car chases.
So . . . that's the story of my life and film. How about you? Do you see "films" or "movies"?