|Me circa Jan 2015.|
I started this blog in May of 2012 after seeing The Avengers multiple times and being annoyed at how hard to was to describe my love for it. I figured that if I could write it down it would make better sense to me, and it worked out wonderfully. My original idea was to give tips in each review on what to look for or notice in the particular movie in order to enjoy it better (thus the title, "How to Watch a Movie") but that idea never took off past the idea stage. I do, however, still always try and see, and then include in my reviews the positives about a movie even if I don't like the film in question overall, so I wound up keeping the title anyway. So if you think I'm going to be pretentious and try to tell you literally how to watch a movie, don't worry!
My favorite movie genre is science fiction. Straight up, honest-to-goodness science fiction. If it's science fiction, I want to watch it -- no exceptions.
My favorite movies are subject to change quite often, but the top-something list typically is an interesting hodgepodge and looks something like this:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy -- always at the top.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Princess Bride
The Way, Way Back
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
And right now -- perhaps because it's new or perhaps because it's really that good -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
My favorite movie as a kid was The Lion King, and it will always have a special place in my heart.
Reading occasionally. I love reading but don't read very often. My favorite book is The Great Gatsby, but it has been rivaled recently by The Martian.
|Maybe I only love them because of their beautiful covers?|
Making art. I enjoy drawing and painting with different mediums... I'm good at recreating what I see, and not-so-good at translating my imagination to paper. I also don't do it as often as I'd like, because I have a hard time regulating the time I spend on it. Typically it'll completely consume me and I won't be able to do anything else until I'm done, and that gets very inconvenient.
|This copy I did of a Van Gogh (*winkwink*) hangs above my desk.|
|I'm best at pencil or charcoal drawing. This is the latter.|
Photography. I guess this is also included in "making art." I love taking photos, but, weirdo that I am, I find that dealing with people while taking photos totally ruins my concentration and seriously lessens the artistic quality of the pictures -- unless I get into a zone, which takes a while. So I never got into doing portraits, but I did do lots of sports photography, and loved that.
|My favorite place in the world.|
|I also played the flute until I graduated high school. I took this when I should have been practicing.|
Acting! I participate in a group that puts on shows every year, and have done for a long time. I absolutely love it. I also take singing and dancing classes but there's nothing like acting. Learning the craft has given me a huge amount of respect for that aspect of movie-making, but I don't do because it relates to movies and entertainment -- I do it because I love it and could never give it up.
|Channeling 1959 for "Happy Days: The Musical!"|
Though I rarely if ever talk about my faith in God in my reviews, it certainly shapes my view of movies and translates indirectly to the reviewing. This blog is dedicated to God's glory, and I am eternally grateful to him for making storytelling via film a thing.
One last point: if you want to make me happy, leave comments! I absolutely love getting them, and don't be surprised if I respond with something even longer than you sent. Talking movies is one of my favorite things!
Thanks for reading!