Monday, May 23, 2011

in the beginning...

i've been looking for a reason to justify my continued habit of watching movies at a constant pace in my life. this blog is my new excuse. how will it help me justify my obsession? this blog will act as a service to friends, and fans of movies, as one average guy's opinion on many different films from across the world, decades, and genres.

i will offer a review, every thursday, of a film that i have watched in the previous week. there will be criteria to what films are chosen though. all films reviewed on this blog will be considered "classic" in some sense. that is where it gets complicated.

the word "classic" opens the door to many different interpretations. i will consider it in a number of ways. holds this definition:

–adjective Also, classical
1. of the first or highest quality, class, or rank: a classic piece of work.
2. serving as a standard, modelor guide: the classic method of teaching arithmetic.

this definition would pretty much narrow down the film selection to well known, older films, that would most likely have a direct impact on today's top artists. while that would keep this blog filled with great cinematic treats, i feel there are plenty of other films that deserve to be seen that may not meet this criterion. so what else will be included?

"contemporary classics" will not be ignored. newer films, that have already had a major impact on our culture, and the film industry, will have their place. genre films, from such sordid categories as: cult sci-fi, horror, creature features, existential films, martial arts cinema, erotic thrillers, and more. films with these classifications may not be considered the same caliber as films from the hollywood golden age, but they still hold their own and have influenced countless films in their own, and other, genres to this day.

while romero's "day of the dead" (1985) may not be considered to be on the same plane as welles' "citizen kane" (1941) i would argue it is the "citizen kane" of zombie films, and has stood the test of time to become one of the greatest horror films ever made. this is just one example of a "lesser" film that holds as much merit as a "classic."

films that will not be reviewed: current theatrical releases, "schlock" cinema (unless it is one of the rare examples that has ascended to a "classic" status), pornography, popcorn films that do not attempt to be something more than a cash-cow for a studio, and generally bad films.

my posts will be split into three parts. the first being a short summary of the film of the week. i will try to include a minimal amount of spoilers. sometimes they are inevitable (for example: if someone had no idea that superman was able to fly, and i wrote of this ability in a review, it would technically be a spoiler. i will be assuming that some parts of popular films are common knowledge). so, don't be scared to read the summary of the film if you haven't seen it.

the second part will be my justification of why it is the film that was chosen for that week. this is where most of the meat of the post will be. i will include some history behind the film. i will make it clear as to why it is, or should be, considered a "classic."

the third section of the post will be my critique of the film. i want to make it clear that my opinion is just that, an opinion. film, just like any art form, is open to interpretation. there are many popular films that i despise, but many other viewers love, and vice versa. i will not be trying to convince you that something is either great or terrible. i will simply present my opinion in an honest fashion, and will attempt to justify my words.

i am an average joe. i was born in chicago, il. i resided in indiana for the end of my high school, and college, careers. i love the midwest and what it has to offer, yet i now live in los angeles, ca. i work steadily as an editor/assistant editor/grip on feature films, short films, web series, music videos, and commercials. while i work in the film/video industry, and have a working knowledge of the production and business side of the art form, i am still grounded in my upbringing as the boy who just wants to enjoy movies as much as possible.

please feel free to leave requests for films you would like reviewed in the future. reviews will start this thursday (may 26th, 2011).


  1. I vote for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly or Once Upon A Time In The West. They are generally held as two of the greatest spaghetti westerns ever made, blew away tradition western cinema, and influenced many major contemporary directors.

  2. good suggestions. i have my first two reviews planned already, but i will add one of these to the list for a later date.

  3. I vote for Jaws to be included. One of my all-time favorites and was the Summer Blockbuster of all Summer Blockbusters before that was cliche.