As I sit here, putting off pages of reading I have due tomorrow morning, I decided now would be a great time to hone my new-found blogging skills and procrastinate from any real productivity. Or rather, what professors see as real productivity. Who’s to say writing a blog isn’t productive? Yea, my professors will probably lower my grade because I know none of the material. Oh well.
Anyways, my name is Reed, I am a twenty year-old sophomore in college. I also happen to love movies. When I was younger and played ‘pretend’ (something I wish were still socially acceptable… simpler times), I would imagine I was making a movie or a television show. I had a superhero, named “Super Strong,” and while he sometimes went on his own daring adventures, he was often starring in a biopic about them. Were I a braver soul, I would work to get involved in the film business, whether that were writing screenplays, directing, producing, or any of those dream jobs that would result in me living in a gutter. At least I’d have water!
Anyway, I’m just a guy that loves going to movies. I’ve literally spent years on message boards and other blogs leaving comments (if you’ve ever encountered someone with the ‘Reebee,’ on a message board, blog, or Xbox live, it’s me. Reed:Reebee :: Thomas Anderson:Neo). I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, and Grady, being a good friend, has acquiesced me the right to post on his blog.
Watching a movie is a unique escape, a brief amount of time where you can be absorbed in another world. Reading has similar affects, and I love it as well, but there’s something about the ensemble that is required in movies that appeals to me. I respect movies for what they’re trying to do. I give a movie like Dumb and Dumber a 9/10, because it’s one of my favorite comedies. I’ve seen it ten thousand times and always laugh, and it has a great diarrhea gag. Then I’ll see a movie like The Reader and give it an 8.4/10. Does it mean I really think Dumb and Dumber a better movie? Of course not. They are different movies made to achieve different means.
Favorite movie lists are too difficult for me, primarily for the reasons above. I could say the Godfather and sound like everyone else (though… It might be true) or I could say The Dark Knight and sound up with the times (again… that might be true). And most anything made by Disney, particularly Disney/Pixar, tends to make me smile like a giddy four year old.
LEAST favorite movies, however, are much easier. That will come soon. Nicolas Cage stars in one of them, and one of them is French. Start taking guesses. (It’s okay, Nic. You were in The Rock and Con Air, two films of pure, manly bad-ass-ness. Also you named your son Kal, after Kal-El, Superman’s real name).
Which brings me to an important point: I’m a Superman fanatic, and a Batman fan. It’s not a lifelong obsession, actually something that’s developed in the last two or three years, but it’s an oddly large part of my life, at least my online life. This is just warning, that when news of the next Superman movie comes out, and when that news isn’t terrible or isn’t proven false four hours later, I’ll be incredibly excited.
So that’s me in a very small and shallow nutshell! I look forward to this.