Sunday, October 26, 2008

Introduction

Hello everyone...and by everyone I mean the five people that might actually read this blog. For those who don't know me, I'm Sean, I'm 15 years old and ever since I can remember I have loved movies. Over the years, I've had numerous different cinematic obsessions. It started, I think, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Then Star Wars, which I was lucky enough to see for the first time on a big screen when I was 6. After Star Wars, it was Indiana Jones. Then Spielberg's films in general. Then The Lord of the Rings. Several years later, The Godfather. I could go on, but you get the idea.   

Anyways, I recently decided that one of my goals in life is to become, for lack of a better phrase, "film-literate." First step? Prowling through my 1,oo1 Movies You Must See Before You Die book and, well, doing as the title suggests. That's probably an impossible goal, but it's a place to start.  I've also been reading a lot of Roger Ebert's reviews, particularly in the Great Movies section of his website, which contains some of the most insightful reviews I have ever read. Both of these sources have opened me up to a whole new possibility of what a movie can be. I recently watched (and was astounded by) Federico Fellini's 1963 film 8 1/2 and realized just how little I know about foreign film. Clearly this is something I need to rectify. 

Tonight, I was talking at dinner with my parents today about how I would love to become a film critic. It seems a perfect fit for me; it combines two of my hobbies - writing and watching movies. Besides, ever since middle school I've been accused of being "too critical" of movies. I always took that as a compliment, even if it was never intended as such. My dad suggested I start a blog to practice writing reviews. And that is how this blog was born. It's primarily for me - a way for me to keep track of all the movies I watch, and to practice writing movie reviews. I might stray from topic eventually, but for now I'm sticking solely to movies. Thanks for visiting, and enjoy!

4 comments:

RKBC said...

Looking forward to subsequent posts. Are you open to suggestions?

Amy said...

Hi Sean-
I would love your critique of one of my favorite movies, Simon Birch, if you get the chance!
I would love to hear what you think of it.

Bill Carroll said...

Sean,

I look forward to your reviews. You have excellent taste in movies and keen insight too.

Bill C

WriterGrl93 said...

Hey...I chanced upon your blog by accident, when I was reading a post on Roger Ebert's blog, and noticed in your comment that you mentioned you were 16. I linked to your blog, and I am immensely impressed. You write and view more discerningly and thoughtfully than many adults I know. Also, I read your introduction, and it could be describing me: I'm a teenage girl, 16 next month, with the same movies that inspired me to love film, and I"m always trying to see new art films...which is hard in my little Canadian town. Okay, I'll stop blabbing...the long and short of it is, I decided to follow your blog. :)