The time has finally come. After years of bombarding my friends and family with my commentary on movies, I have resolved to find a new home for my thoughts. Considering how much I love movies, and how much I tend to talk about them, it seems crazy that I didn’t start this a long time ago. If I had to give a single reason for my hesitancy it would be that I was unsure what value my thoughts could offer. The reality is that I have no professional experience in the realm of cinema. I am not studying film, nor have I ever been officially involved in making one. I have seen a lot of movies, and find joy in researching them extensively in my own time. But that’s all I can claim.
If I am not a critic, or a qualified columnist, then what is there to be gained from my writing? I battled with this for a long, long time. During that time I’ve kept ranting to friends and family, learned a ton, and developed even stronger opinions. I’m not at all ashamed to admit that my taste in movies has changed/evolved rather drastically as a result of this (did Phantom Menace seriously used to be my favorite Star Wars movie?). I now appreciate and enjoy movies that might once have lulled me to sleep, and doze off in movies I once found thrilling or hilarious.
What I’ve been forced to recognize is that the mastery of film I once sought is unachieveable. I will always be learning and constantly changing. The only thing that will never change is my passion for movies. That same adoration that grew in me when I was four, ignited by dozens of repeated viewings of The Iron Giant, will be the driving force of this blog. I will reflect on films, offering up my own perspective, whatever that may be worth. I won’t be reviewing movies, but I will strive toward the critics chief aims: to help you better understand and appreciate films, and perhaps discover a few new ones as well.