Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Awkward Beginnings.

     Is it just me or is it difficult in general to start writing?  Every word feels out of place and a bit awkward.  And the more you write, it actually doesn’t feel better… you just learn to force yourself to roll with the punches.  Similar to when you’re going for a handshake and the other guy gives you the fist bump and both of you know that it’s too late to switch it and try to get it right, so you both just continue to connect with the open hand and the closed fist.  Or when you convince a friend to watch a movie they weren’t really interested in, only to find out during the movie that the movie actually sucks.

     Bottom line.  Always go for the handshake, and don’t make crappy movies.   You may be asking, “Why is it important to have good films/movies?”  “What is considered a “good film” as supposed to a bad one?” “Who are rating these films and why?” “Why does it matter to me? To society? To anyone?” And if you weren’t, well it doesn’t matter, these will be some of the questions I’ll be attempting to answer regardless.   Media has always been a powerful tool of influence throughout history.  Newspapers, books, television, posters, art, music, films, etc. and especially, in regard to the dot com generation that we live in now, films have definitely the most power of influence crossing the boundaries of age, gender, and race.

     Films have always been fighting the good fight.  It is an art form that is an outlet for artists to voice their opinions and attempt to portray and justify “the truth” – whatever that may be.   And it is the work and the words of the critics that, at times, convolute the positives into a negative and choke the public with such chicanery. Oscar Wilde once said, “The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” 

     My job through this blog will be attempting to successfully transform myself from viewing things (films), as an artist, into perceiving and explaining works of art (films) by other artists as a critic.  Hoping to Bear Grylls myself out of this alive with as much vigor and excitement toward every post and in hopes to not lose artist-self in the process.  Not to say that critics are not artistic, but it is definitely a different type of art form, similar to that of a biologist, mathematician, or a politician.


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