I first fell in love with films while going through my grandmother’s collection of a few hundred VHS tapes during summer vacation one year…and since then, I’ve never looked back. I love films and film-making, from Blade Runner to Metropolis, from silent to sci fi, from the prestige pictures to the ones you’re embarrassed to admit you like. There’s something to admire, excite, or laugh at in every one…so take a trip with me, an every-man’s journey through the ages. Take a look at films and film-making...through my eyes.
The 1930’s and 40’s in Hollywood were a time of standardization, a little like the modern push in America for the testing of children in schools: studios were snapping up talent and demanding product, product, product, and often that product looked a lot like every other movie out there. Genres had emerged in film, just as in literature: the musical…the western…the comedy…the epic…the gangster flick...the adventure film. At times, this system gave us some of our most entertaining, long-lasting films…at others, it produced forgettable bits of celluloid rapidly forgotten. But as World War II loomed, raged, and fell away, artists and talent began to stretch and break the boundaries of what film was capable of. We can say it all started with a young man named Orson Welles.
Covers: Citizen Kane, The Third Man, The Seventh Seal, Seven Samurai