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I Think I’ve Caught Film Madness

June 25, 2010

It was never my choice to love movies. Just like Alex DeLarge, I was conditioned, and it all started on October 19th, 1987 when the Stock Market took a massive plunge in what would later be referred to as the “Crash of 87” and/or “Black Monday.” My family took a pretty big hit, and my father chose to use films for a singular purpose, escapism.

Tippi - "Did that guy throw a bird at me?" Hitch - "That is his job my dear."

Pretty much every night for an entire year, at the tender age of 12, I was brought to the movies. I saw films that a child couldn’t and shouldn’t possibly understand (like Full Metal Jacket), movies that I would grow to love (Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Princess Bride, The Untouchables, Peggy Sue Got Married), movies I would initially love which would eventually would let me down (Monster Squad I just don’t love you anymore…). A wide spectrum of cinema was laid out before me, preparing me for my Über-obsessive immersion later in life. I was assembling my mental reference library starting right there at the collapse of the world financial system. October 19th 1987 was my D-Day from which I would attack film, devouring it, working my way back from ’87 to Jaws, The French Connection, The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Francois Truffaut, Goddard, Thalberg, Ford, Von Stroheim while simultaneously keeping with the times as I saw Broadcast News, Raising Arizona, Empire of the Sun and appreciating just about every film I saw for what it did for me during this very difficult time, helping me escape.

Now, as an adult, I have a problem. I can’t seem to turn off this need to think in filmic terms. I’m constantly reading, watching the news, having conversations, and thinking one of three things:

1. “This totally reminds me of a film I saw that one time way back when.”

2. “This would make a great film!”

3. “This would make an alright film, we’ll just have to change the end to make it more exciting, romantic, unbelievable, fantastic, and satisfying.”

The point of all of this?

I’m going to use words, pictures, videos and any other medium I can in an attempt to illustrate the cinematic insanity that plays out in my head for you. I’m going to do this through multiple types of articles:

– The Classic Film review, where I will delve into why I watch these films that I love. Too many people ask why watch a Chaplin short film or John Ford film when I could be at the Theater seeing Shrek Ever After… And that really upsets me sometimes. Shrek wouldn’t exist without Edison, the Warners, Disney, Edison, and many others. Then you have the Anti-Black and White movie people. Can you really hate a film because it’s not in color?

-The Recent film review – Which will for the most part tackle the question “Why?” There will be many Whys though. Why make this particular film? Why make it now? Why this particular cast? Why end it in such a manner?

– The You tell me what to watch articles –  I love recommendations. I’d love for readers to tell what Film, TV Show, Play (That I can read or watch a video of) to see and we can discuss it. That can then lead to a review or an interview/ discussion transcript to post.

-Rants: As Dr. Banner says “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” I get angry about movies sometimes. These will probably be funny.

Movie Pitches – Quick lists of film ideas that would be better than what is in theaters right Now!

In the past two days I’ve watched an Elia Kazan Film and a Gerard Butler Shoot ’em up action flick. I enjoyed both films, though not equally.

I'll totally wine (intentional misspelling) about New Wave

I plan to write about both and that is the sort of diverse film vibe that I want to create here. I don’t want to merely be the film nerd that incessantly whines about the importance of French New Wave, or the meat-head that insists that the Critics were wrong about Transformers II! I’m not going to pathetically fall in the middle either. I”m going to offer both, and that will be why I’ve gone a little FILM CRAZY these past few years.

So, Sit back, relax, and lets watch a few films together.

This weekend I’ll be watching Days of Heaven(1978) by Terrence Malick

And of course True Blood on HBO

For those of you that found your way here via my Lost blog, I plan on doing a lot of the same thing here.  No spoilers for recent films.  No spoilers for recent TV.  A lot of free form ideas, theories, opinions, and a lot of movies.   Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the broader subject.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2010 12:18 pm

    “It was never my choice to love movies. Just like Alex DeLarge, I was conditioned” – Judging by those initial words, this is going to be a treat of a blog, particularly the movie pitches.
    I also ponder quite a bit on the “Three” (as well as dreaming of what it would be like to work in film, particulary post-production) and see a lot of things through a filmic gloss. I truly believe that, with a balanced approach, this is in no way a hindrance – If anything, it enhances thought and experience!

    • June 28, 2010 1:39 pm

      Hey Roisin,

      Thanks for being my first comment! With regards to the “three,” It is not a hindrance that I’ve worked in film. I love movies. That will never end. I agree that it provides an enhanced viewing experience, but it is a drag when you can’t turn it off. I was watching World Cup over the weekend and kept on thinking about how much it made me want to watch Trainspotting. It is similar to a ‘six degrees of separation’ mode of thinking that I just can’t turn off, and THAT is what I want to be one of the primary drives behind this blog. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy.

  2. jadesmith09 permalink
    June 28, 2010 11:01 pm

    Hi, Rob, thanks for visiting the Journal again! I’ll post a link to your new site–this sounds like a good blog!


    • June 29, 2010 7:21 am

      Thanks Jade! I missed a few of your posts. I need to catch up. Thanks for swinging by!

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