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.
Even back in cavemen times, whenever people gathered together they wound up telling two kinds of stories: the first were the more personal kind, humorous anecdotes of daily life that might have left you laughing but were just as quickly forgotten. It was the second type of story that would resonate: the epics, the tales of mighty deeds done on a massive scale with immense stakes and a cast of thousands. These are the stories that we still tell, to this day. Hollywood was attempting to film epics almost before there WAS a Hollywood, most notably silent films by Fritz Lang and Cecil B DeMille. It really took until the era of 50’s and 60’s for the Epic to come into its own as a Hollywood genre, sheparded along by visionary directors like Cecil B DeMille, Anthony Mann, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, and even Western star John Wayne. Some called them Sword and Sandal flicks; some called it the Era of Hollywood Excess. I call it, the Age of the Epic.
Covers: Ben-Hur, El-Cid, Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Alamo, Cleopatra