It was a meme created for the sole purpose of reminding Greg and others why they love blogging about film. I am finding myself more in the ebbs than the flows of film blogging lately, and when I'm in the ebbs, I am really in the ebbs. I don't write, I don't comment, I don't check traffic. It's like my blog is a needy lover that I can't just flirt with. I have to leave it completely. The fact that I'm a traffic whore doesn't help me at all, because while I'm completely unmotivated to write, I think that I must so that people don't forget about me all together. And on top of that, I decided to create a parenting blog for some reason or another, so I have been writing some on that and that has taken away from this and blah, blah, blah, blah. But I seem to be peeking out from the darkness a bit, work has slowed down some and I have more of a desire to begin writing about film again. And while the desire is great some days just to shut down Lazy Eye Theatre, I don't know that I ever could because part of loving film is talking/writing about it. And to me, if I gave up my movie blog, it's like saying that I don't love movies anymore. And I can't have that.
So to officially show why I love film, I will complete Greg's task and list why I think being a Cinephile matters. And I'm going to tweak it a bit and explain why being a film blogger matters. Here we go.
You weren't ready, were you?
Okay, I'll give you a second.
Seriously, just get ready already.
Okay, here we go.
* I've discovered that it's much easier to hate a film than to love one. That being a true lover of cinema means to not walk into a movie with a loaded pistol ready to shoot holes.
* I've discovered that I'm not much of a reviewer. More of a color commentator. There are far too many great reviews out there. And people who can write them far better than me.
* I've discovered Sergio Leone and found a new love for Westerns. Not just the spaghetti kind.
* Like Greg, I too discovered the sub-genre Pinky Violence and what a wild and wonderful world that is.
* I've discovered that I am not the only one who loves the films of John Carpenter. And that's it's possible that there are some who love his films more than me.
* I've discovered that the Koreans know what they're doing when it comes to cinema.
* I've discovered that there's more to Paul Verhoeven than Robocop.
* I've discovered that even the worst films still have interesting subtext if you look hard enough.
* And conversely, I've discovered there's a lot of subtext that's just a bunch of hogwash.
* I've discovered that explaining why a movie is really good, or really sucks, takes a lot of talent.
* I've discovered that a great review can engage a conversation even if you've never seen the movie. It can also erase a lot of pre-conceived notions.
* And finally, I've discovered that I will never know enough about film. And that is a very humbling and exciting discovery.
Sorry this is late Greg, but thanks for having me do it.
I will now tag some people
Tommy at Pluck You Too
elgringo at He Shot Cyrus
Adam at A Shot In The Dark
Joseph at It's A Mad Mad Blog 2 (I'm still working on your meme, by the way)
J.D. at Radiator Heaven
Paul at Careful With That Blog, Eugene
and Fletch at Blog Cabins