My Film Journey in 2012Posted: December 26, 2012
I always hesitated to call myself a Movie Buff, or aficionado. What did I know? Sure I liked movies and wanted to talk about them until I was blue in the face but that didn’t necessarily mean I needed to share that with the world. During grad school I was asked to make a vision board and it was filled with pictures and quotes associated with film and it surprised a lot of people because I had never shared that with anyone before. I had decided that writing or analyzing movies was a silly hobby and wouldn’t really add anything to my life.
I was wrong. Fully embracing how much I love movies over the past year has enriched my life in ways I didn’t know were possible. I have been stretched and challenged. I have met people who understand how you could talk until the wee hours of the morning about whether or not something was symbolism or if the whole thing was a dream. I learned about directors and started to notice subtle aspects of film that I never had before. I started to enjoy non-fiction books (provided they were about Ebert, Hitchcock, or films of the 60s and 70s). I laughed, I cried, I changed the way I thought about people. Movies weren’t an escape from reality…they were my way back into it.
As some of my more faithful readers know, I posted a list of movies in August and made a goal to watch them all before I was 26. There were 41 movies on that list and I only have 12 left. It is safe to say that I will make that goal and be well on my way with list # 2. Some big standouts from the list are as follows:
2001: A Space Odyssey – Absolutely blew my mind. From the beginning to the very end I was glued to the screen. I am still reading articles about it and love the Kubrick wanted people to fill in the blanks for themselves.
Annie Hall – Kind of made me less impressed with (500) Days of Summer because of a lot of similarities, but I really liked it. There will be a lot more Woody Allen on list #2!
The Departed – May be my favorite of the list because the last 5 minutes were crazy. A best picture well deserved.
Casablanca – Do I need to say anything? Just a good movie with some of the best lines in cinema.
No Country for Old Men – The beginning of my Javier Bardem nightmares.
Taxi Driver – Another Scorsese, another masterpiece (in my humble opinion).
I guess what I am saying is by accepting that loving movies was a part of who I am really changed my life. You can call that silly or pathetic but I don’t really care. Not only do I feel more like myself, I also found that movies connected me to this city. I didn’t even want to live here a year and half ago and now I can’t wait to make it my home.
Some people may scoff when I say, “I write a blog about movies”, but I am sure going to start saying it with more confidence now. I am looking forward to 2013 and all the possibilities that it holds. I encourage you to find whatever hobby you want that makes you happy and embrace it. Life is a lot more fun when you do.
Happy New Year.
Oh…If you happen to be curious about the 12 that are left:
Full Metal Jacket, Vertigo, Night of the Living Dead, The Machinist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gone With the Wind, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Usual Suspects, Blade Runner, Empire of the Sun, Requiem for a Dream, and City of God