I’ve loved movies my entire life. When I was a kid I watched the original Ghostbusters so many times the VCR tape broke. Or at least I was told the tape broke….Mom! I saw every movie my parents let me and some more that they didn’t (Dad rented Aliens while mom was visiting family. It was a bad call, Ripley). Sunday evenings were spent watching Siskel and Ebert At the Movies with my parents. I saw Titanic like 4 times in the theater… Not really sure why on that one…
I loved going to the movies, I loved being in the theater, and I loved my family traditions. Always sit in the first row of stadium seating so we could put our feet up on the bar. No opening your Milk Duds until the AMC 35mm film-man tapped his little film conductor wand on the stand. Popcorn was fair game at any time, but the person in the middle was responsible for holding the bag. Little sister asks for an Icee and gets turned down, but dad ends up getting it for her anyway. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood were the conversations we had discussing the movies on the ride home from the theater. I loved movies.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started loving film. The entire process: directing, editing, acting, the narrative, cinematography, framing. Why was it decided to shoot this scene from this angle? Why did they cut at that point? Movies are a world in which you have complete control over every single thing. Everything means something. Everything happens for a very specific reason. It was intoxicating. It has been said that one of the biggest difference between mankind and the rest of the animal kingdom is empathy. Our ability to understand the emotions of others is what makes us human. Film is one of the most effective ways to trigger it in us. Roger Ebert said that “The movies are like a machine that generates empathy” If that’s true (and it is) then movies are one of the most important forms of communication we have.
By the time I came to this realization it was too late to study film in school. I went with the practical route when selecting a focus of my studies; business major with a masters in MIS. My passion came too late to devote my life to it, but it was still there. I began to write about movies. It started as just a thing that I did with my friends. Small essays, joke reviews of terrible movies (Bloodrayne…seriously…it’s so bad), short recommendations to get my friends to see the movies that I really loved. It was sporadic and unfocused. And it wasn’t enough. I kept wanting an outlet for my discoveries. I wanted to organize my thoughts and get better at articulating them. I wanted to recapture those car rides home from the theater.
And thus this blog was born; a public outlet for my obsession with films. I’m not a professional critic. I’ve never worked in movies. I’ve had no formal training. I’m just a 29 year old guy who loves to watch and talk about film. I hope that I can share some of the stuff I’ve learned with you. I hope I can shed some light on some truly great movies that you might not have otherwise heard of. I hope you enjoy your time here.
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