Movie Time!

I’ve always loved movies. To me, nothing else compares to sitting there in the dark, waiting for the story to begin. I remember summers as a kid, I would ride my bike to the Cambrian Branch of the San Jose Public Library, and take out 8mm movies that I would watch in the hallway of our house which, when all the doors were closed, provided the darkness I needed. Any books the library had about movies, I devoured. When we got the World Book encyclopedia set, I looked up everything movie related, and read it all over and over. Already nursing a serious crush for horror movies, the pinnacle of my young geekiness was when Mom took me to the big downtown main branch library where we could take out…wait for it…16mm movies! Full features! Not just 200 foot highlight reels, but the real thing.

I had a list. The first time, we took out The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene, 1921), Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922), and Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis. I wanted to see these first because, from what I’d read, these were the best of early horror and science fiction; I didn’t realize at the time that this would launch a lifetime love for German Expressionist cinema. I didn’t realize this because I was maybe eleven years old at the time. In those days, you could pick up old projectors at garage sales for practically nothing, and I had several.

I’ve mentioned that I’m a geek about this stuff, right? Hang on, it gets better. When I wasn’t in the hallway watching movies or sitting in the backyard reading, I was in the garage building models. I was that kid.

If I really liked a movie, I’d watch it over and over again. One night, I watched The Mole People (Vogel, 1956) on Creature Features, and found that the next afternoon it was being shown on Channel 44. Cool. Because I wanted to see Hugh Beaumont’s performance again. I know, his name’s familiar. Go ahead and look it up. I’ve got dozens of memories like this; it borders on the obsessive. You know that one episode of Freaks and Geeks, the one that starts with Bill Haverchuck coming home after a long day of not connecting with anyone at school, but then turns on the tv and he lights up brighter than the sun because in the comedies he loves, he finds his connection? It’s like that.

Anyway, all that to say that I dig film. Around fifteen or so years ago, I started writing about movies. Mostly for myself, but I soon wanted to share my love with the rest of the world, because when you love something, really love it, there’s this compulsion to just go off and rant, passionately, about how this story, that performance, that weird bit of camera work, touched you so completely that everyone has to know about it and maybe, just maybe, there are others out there who caught it, too. I’ve written for several sites over the years, which provided some wonderful experiences.

So, that’s what this page is dedicated to. I’ll eventually be moving movie-related posts here, and putting up some new things, as well. Stay tuned…if you dare.

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