There is nothing I like more then a good movie.I have felt this way for a very long time. I suppose somewhere deep inside I had some fantasy about being a movie star...doesn't every young impressionable girl? But mostly I believe it was the experience of having a story unfold in front of me in some visual pa.radise or nightmare depending on the story line and then being transported somewhere else for two hours. Granted I am reminiscing about the old days.....or not so old days when you could pay a few dollars and get a really good story. These days you pay dearly and hope for the best.
I must admit there was a period of time when I was in college that I wanted to be a film maker. I was lucky enough to take some excellent film courses with amazing instructors who showed me what it takes to produce a well constructed and acted movie. But just like the movie star fantasy, the film maker in me had to be satisfied by watching other people's work. I am so fine with that.Although I still think one day I may want to write a screenplay. Apparently my paternal grandfather was a writer of screenplays, in fact I have a hand written notebook with one of his stories about a hobo! Unfortunately he died at a very young age and as far as I know he was never discovered.
I still get excited at previews of coming attractions. I am thrilled when I see a favorite writer or director coming out with something new and even though most films these days are an assault on the senses I still believe in the art. I probably always will....even when the last movie theater is closing it's doors, I'll be there with my overpriced popcorn and soda pop in hand .
Recently I saw two films that I can highly recommend. The kind of films that effect you viscerally and make you really care about the characters. The first one is "The Place Beyond the Pines" written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine)and starring Ryan Goesling and Bradley Cooper. The second film is "Mud" written and directed by Jeff Nichols(Take Shelter) starring Matthew McConaughy, Tye Sheridan, Sam Sheppard and Reese Witherspoon. Both films do an excellent job of drawing you into a really complex and disturbing world where you are not sure what will happen next. I love that!! They also make you care...really care about each character and want to help them maneuver their way out. At one point during the intense final scenes in "Mud" I realized I was tightly gripping the jacket belonging to a man sitting next to me, luckily he wasn't wearing it at the time! That's what I look for in a movie.
I am not a film critic just a film lover. So look for me in a theater near you. I'll be there, crying, laughing and holding on tight!