My name is Blake, and I can easily get full of my own opinions and of myself.
I love movies and always have. I started watching them with my mom at a very young age (I think Tombstone or Jurassic Park was my first movie) and one of my favorite things to do to this day is sit and talk actors with her. My wife jokes about us speaking another language when we do so. I also adore going to the movies and my wife lovingly joins me when she’d prefer to watch something at home. I just love the smell of popcorn mixed with the sound of group laughter. That being said, more than movies, I love stories. I read a lot and watch movies and TV shows a lot but it is all for the purpose of story consumption. You’ll notice in some of the reviews I do that a bad script can easily turn me off even if the rest of the movie was top notch. So, I like stories, maybe to a fault. There are a few exceptions to this rule and they usually include films that are innately bad, those are just fun.
Jesse asked me to join him in doing this because most of the time we spend hanging out involves talking about movies we’re excited about or quoting movies we love. In the past couple months I started listening to a Podcast called The Flop House that is basically three dudes hanging out and talking about movies and its great. So, I had the desire to do the same with one of my friends. I also love to write, as you might be able to tell in that I often use unnecessarily long words or sentence structures that would be more at home in the first quarter of the 20th century.
At any rate, regarding the size of my ego as it pertains to writing a film review. I’m fully aware of the difficulty in making a movie. I have no illusions that Jesse or I are experts, we’re more enthusiastic nerds than anything. What we write is for fun and is in good fun. Hopefully in doing this we’ll actually learn more about this. Hopefully, someone who knows what they’re doing can teach us something about film reviewing as well. Ours are not the only opinions (but the only you’ll find in 499 words) so please feel free to leave comments on our posts.
P.S. Here is my top 10. I know most of them are not complex stories, but that doesn’t mean they’re not great.
- Whiplash (2014) – Damian Chazelle
- Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Peter Jackson
- Empire Strikes Back (1980) – George Lucas
- Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Quentin Tarantino
- Open Range (2003) – Kevin Costner
- The Quiet Man (1952) – John Ford
- Raising Arizona (1987) – The Cohen Brothers
- Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Edgar Wright
- 12 Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet
- The Shining (1980) – Stanley Kubrick