Twelve months ago I created this blog and posted my first review of the film Baraka – a film that remains one of my favorites of all time, the sort of movie that ‘defies plot, genre and explanation’ and one of the many reasons I decided to start this whole thing. I’ve kept my approach about the same, covering movies in theaters and new releases (or on the splash page at your online rental portal) as well as those from the not-so-distant past (Black Swan), the obscure (The American Astronaut) and the challenging (The Stoning of Soraya M.). I can’t get to them all, but that is another reason this medium of exchange is so rewarding – I get to write about films that have affected me and people get to tell me about the ones that have affected them. The result is sharing in the collective world of cinema in ways that exceed geography, ideology and in fact create relationships with film enthusiasts from all persuasions. Here it is a year later with nearly 150 reviews, countless exchanges with people from all over the globe (nearly 16,000 unique page views and counting) and it feels like I’m just finding my stride. I have also been fortunate and privileged to supply my reviews, editorials, entertainment news and commentary to other sites: from the Los Angeles based entertainment network www.actorsandcrew.com where I contribute to their online magazine, to the folks at www.movie-vault.com as a contributing writer, and as far away as South Australia for Rodney and www.fernbyfilms.com.
I was asked recently why I spend so much time writing about movies I don’t like. At first it seemed like a silly question. From the beginning I wanted this blog to be an extension of my creative writing, enlivened by my passion, pursuits and formal education in filmmaking. It would be the perfect opportunity for me to marry the perspectives of a film theorist and critic with that of an actual filmmaker. From this vantage point I can dig deeper into the process, look beyond the 3D trees and CGI accoutrements to offer unique and informed insight from an industry insider. And to be honest, I just can’t not write about movies. I enjoy writing about films and sharing my personal experiences, observations and opinions while leaving the door open for debate. I have even been inspired to revisit a film that I disliked the first time around, giving it further consideration and from time to time expanding my original review. Every once in a while I’ve even changed my recommendation from “miss-it” to “see-it”. So that being said, aside from my own enjoyment I think there is a lot to be learned and experienced from all films – even when you might feel had or cheated out of the price of admission. Just remember, movies are a lot like reviews – you don’t have to like them or agree with them but it’s helpful to keep in mind there’s something for everyone. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to revel with you in the theater.
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www.vimeo.com – a respectful community of creative people
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