If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Hey Spill Members,
After a bit of time away from the Spill network, in order to complete college and summer work, a little itch in the back of my mind has continued to push me to return to movie reviewing. But after taking a step back, I have realized something about my understanding of cinema.
In terms of awareness of classic films, it sucks.
Maybe it was being mired between everything from Twilight:New Moon and The Dark Knight, but it has been very difficult for me to get an idea of what it really means to be a timeless (or at the very least, continuously entertaining) film. In retrospect, I have not paid enough attention to films from before my time of reviewing film (specifically, 2005-2010). And maybe that fixation on the present is an issue for some reviewers here too.
So starting on New Year's Day, I am beginning a column called "365 CLASSIC FILMS, 365 DAYS!" It will involve a review of one classic (due to iconic content, great performances, or maybe just being fun to watch after many decades) film each day, every day. It would hopefully give new exposure to old films that maybe some members have forgotten about over the years. And it could be a cool way to start a new type of examination of films we simply think of as "classic" but never really looked at closely before.
And admittedly, I have not seen more classic films than I would like to admit. Among the first few films on the list for 2011 already:
12 Angry Men
Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part 1
Night of the Living Dead
Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington
Dracula (the original)
Back to the Future (Thanks, Rick G!)
You get the idea, I have missed a lot. But hopefully, this will set things right. So that is why I am turning to YOU, Spill members. If you have any films that you think should be part of this column, let me know through comments below or on my profile page. And if some of your friends on Spill or elsewhere have any ideas, have them leave a message too.
By the end of November, I hope to have a preliminary list created for the Spill community to see. Until then, hope to hear your ideas soon. Let the heckling for never seeing the beams cross begin, LOL...
Peace, Ian Clemente