I watch too much TV.

2 03 2011

As you can tell I love movies. But I also love television, and I watch a whole lot of it. I tend to watch more television that movies so I’m thinking of adding tv shows into the blog. I don’t know exactly how that will work yet, maybe weekly reviews of episodes, or thoughts on a particular series. I want to do this because I think TV is so special in the way it reaches so many people who all (for the most part) watch it at the same time. This immediacy and wide reach allows for a dialogue to occur quickly, and that is the discussion I’m really interested in. If Community airs on a Thursday night I could post a review of the episode and we can start having a conversation about it. Something so special about TV today is that shows like Community and How I Met Your Mother along with the obvious heavyweights like Mad Men and Breaking Bad offer so much substance week to week (as opposed to a CSI or Law and Order) that a real intelligent discussion can be had. I’m excited about all this, and I really hope I can keep up with at least a few shows every week. We’ll see. If there are any shows you’d like to see on here just let me know.

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

2 12 2010

Here we go! This is Rear Window Viewing, a blog about movies (or film, if you’re fancy). I love movies, I love watching them, talking about them, writing about them, and watching them again. I’ve recently began studying film (we’re fancy in college) and for the past few months I’ve been really wanting to have legitimate, interesting conversations about movies. My only hope for this blog is that I can start some sort of conversation. What makes something a good movie (tough to answer) or what makes a bad movie (sometimes even tougher to answer)?

I am going to try and stick with some sort of set format, otherwise I’ll go all over the place and/or never blog. I see this going in two directions, for now:

1) I’ll definitely be writing about some of the more interesting film theory I come across in my different classes, and I’ll surely be drawing plenty of inspiration from the films I study and the assignments I do for those classes. I want to talk about the medium of film itself. It is amazing in it’s simplicity, film is simply flashes of light projected on a screen, but also incredible in its complexity ans it forms a unified whole. I find film theory fascinating and I feel like most people hear very little about it. So we’re going to talk it.

2) Reviews! What would a blog about movies be without reviews? I want to be looking at all kinds of movies though, not just recent stuff. I’ll certainly be writing about the movies I see in theaters (great timing to start this blog with the awards season kicking off this week) but I am, of course, going to be revisiting my favorite (and not so favorite) movies of the past. And from here I think we can get to some really interesting stuff. These reviews of older movies I’d love to see act as conversation starters. Right now I’m really interested in who makes a great film a great film:

  • Is it the director? There are plenty of movies that I specifically associate with outstanding directing. A new Tarantino movie is exciting because we know his very distinct style as a director, but was 2008’s Doubt praised for its direction? No, I don’t even know who directed it, but I know that Meryl Streep acted the heck out ever scene she was in and Phillip Seymour Hoffman was at the top of his game.
  • Is it the actor? So many movies are highly praised for a single performance rather that the directing and that is what carries the film to greatness. Al Pacino won an Oscar for his amazing turn in Scent of a Woman (1992) and nobody talks about who directed that.
  • What about the writer? For this blog writing will include screenplay and story. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) certainly had good performances, and Steven Spielberg is always great, but what made that movie great was its story. It was fun and creative in that way and we all remember it and love it for that. Similarly, something like Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Big Lebowski (1998) is more about them as writers and their amazing dialogue than it is them as directors.

I think that’s the direction I’m headed. I’m excited, and I hope I actually keep this up. And before the first post is done I’ve got to give credit to Chris Ashley for inspiring me to start this as he started his own, very interesting, blog on music. Check that out here. So that’s it for the first post! I hope y’all enjoy!

Coming Attractions: I’ll be reviewing two movies in the next few days, one’s a new one I just saw in theaters that is sure to get James Franco his first Oscar nomination, and a very cold classic from the ’90s.