When I was a teenager, I told my dad I wanted to be a movie critic someday. He laughed at the idea, and told me everybody is a critic. As the years went by, I ultimately lost sight of that goal, but I never stopped loving movies and I never stopped analyzing them. When I was in college, I took a class called American Film in History. It met once a week, for four hours each time. We began class by talking about a specific decade, starting with the 1910s and ending with the 1960s and the events that shaped that decade. Then we would watch a top box office earner for the decade. Then we talked about what that movie said about that decade, why moviegoers chose to pay for that movie time and time again. My professor for that class was James D'Arc, a man who knows everything about movies. I mostly admired him, but partially just wanted his job.
One thing I took away from that class, what I still look for in the movies I watch today, is the ability of movies to hold up a mirror to the viewer and then invite them to be a better person. Really, isn't that the point of all art? I'm delighted to start this blog because it will be my little way of fulfilling a childhood dream. What a way to make 2013 a little bit better than last year!