Some of you may know me, some of you may not. I’ve spent about five years writing for TTNMC. Throughout most of my reviews and articles during the past years, I have attempted to approach my subjects with a degree of objectivity which, as most journalists will admit, is a fairly futile battle. No matter how great a distance a journalist approaches a subject with, his or her writing will always reflect a figment of their identity. With this being said, I would like, riffing on a quote from “The Wizard of Oz,” to reveal the man behind the curtain.
I wish, however, not to reveal myself in a self-important manner but, as most of us do, through what interests me. Being a film studies student, the choice is quite obvious. Struggling to avoid the rather trite task of coming up with a ranking and the inclusion of “traditional” favorites, the following fifteen films have had a great effect on me and I can feel I can safely assert that at least one of them will greatly affect you.
So, excluding of the two films that have had the greatest influence on my love of film (“Star Wars” and “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”), I present to you, in alphabetical order, my love letter to the cinema in the form of fifteen wonderful films.
Just a bit of a disclaimer before I set out on publishing my rather fluid “Best DVDs of the Year” list.
The problem with me and “best of” lists is that by the time I get around to really checking out everything a given year has to offer, it is six months later. So, with that being said, here (without introduction) is my list of the ten best DVDs of the year, with a few special awards.
Hey there TNMCers... Glad most of y'all still remember me. I hope you guys have been doing very well.
I have not posted much lately. Most of this is because of my class load right now and finishing up my film studies major. I thought a lot about posting some of papers and I thought it might be a good idea. It would be something new and fresh aside from the general criticism offered here. So, with that being said, I offer up my first film theory paper on the auteur theory.
There were very few surprises to be had this year, the biggest being that the show ended before midnight. Here's the list of winners.
A measure of any good horror film is if it still instinctively affects a fan of the genre many years past its initial viewing; if the visceral impact is still there, and what that impact is. A fine horror film needn’t be thought-provoking, just reliably fright-inducing: horror films for me have always been about poking and prodding at something deep inside the psyche, stirring up some base response at the reptillian core of the brain. Hopefully, that response radiates cold shards of fear and dread, and leaves me wanting for more. For this Halloween, I present a modest but well-thought-out catalogue of frightening fear flicks, spanning over eighty years and a broad spectrum of themes.
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