I had intended to spend this San Diego perfect afternoon locked away in my tiny studio finishing off my latest stop motion animation. Alas, technical problems (imagine exploding flood lights and malfunctioning power strips) have released me from the shackles of the studio. Instead, I’ve packed up my laptop and made the mile trek down the hill to my favorite coffee shop where I now type out a small bit of news to my friends in the blogosphere…
I have movie reviews in print!
Well, not exactly reviews. More accurately, recommendations.
A couple of weeks back I was asked by the San Diego Reader to contribute a pair of recommendations to their monthly “Seen On DVD” feature, and describe—in 75 words (I went over… shame!)—two movies available on DVD for which I am especially grateful. And today, my selections appear in print on the Reader web site!
Tough task! Just think… only two movies! And just what makes me grateful that these film are available on DVD?!?! Oh, the agony I suffered coming up with my selections! Oh, sure, I could have just dashed off a couple of obvious choices like Citizen Kane or Godfather II, but this was going to be IN PRINT and ON THE WEB for all to see and judge! How do you weigh the might of a cinema classic versus the soft spot one feels for a fond favorite?
I certainly didn’t want my choices to come across as academic or too “high and mighty.” Nor did I want them to be entirely obscure in an arrogant kind of I-know-more-about-film-than-you way!
Titles were scribbled onto a piece of paper (okay, actually they were typed onto my computer, but play along with my low tech musings), rankings were jotted, lines were crossed out, and new selections were noted. At one point I tried to come up with a complex formula for calculating my “gratefulness” using a bunch of completely contrived factors (writing! direction! coolness!) as variables. It was a mess of celluloid confusion in my mind!
I spent an entire weekend screening potential selections from my modest DVD library. Almost making the cut were all-time favorites like Bridge on the River Kwai, Sunset Boulevard and Re-Animator. In the end I decided to simply go with a couple of really good favorite films that:
- Didn’t get a lot of time in the theaters
- I’d strongly recommend to any of my movie friends
- Have really cool bonus features on the DVD
And that made my task much easier!
More difficult was constraining my writing to only 75 words per film. I frequently compose sentences that are longer than 75 words!
So… what did I select? Tempted though I may be to divulge the results of this challenging exercise to my loyal readers… I will not! Instead, head on over to the San Diego Reader web site to read about my selections, as well as those of other creative types living and working in our local community.
How about you? Which two movies would you select as films “for which you are grateful?”