I have to say I've thought about this thread a bit this weekend. My first reaction was, I'm afraid, "Oh, let's not spoil this perfectly wonderful relationship by actually meeting." It's not that I'm a recluse or something, but I kind of *like* connecting with other people purely through what they've written about their relationship to film.
I'm not even sure exactly why I feel that way, whether it's a natural reticence in me or the fact that the more intellectual connection around common interests is actually what I am missing more in my everyday life. Or the fact that I'm a bit older ("and I have more insurance"). The whole idea of a personal and intimate blog is foreign to me.
So, you kids enjoy -- but since I was 'called out' to participate here, just the plain facts: I'm 43, I live in Jacksonville, Florida at present, and I've been listening to Cinecast/Filmspotting for over a year. I think the first one I heard was for "Batman Begins" but I'm not sure. My favorite directors, ones for whom I'll go out of my way to see their latest, are folks like John Sayles, Mike Leigh, Hal Hartley, Noah Baumbach, Bill Forsyth, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Stephen Frears. Which in my sphere means I've seen most of their works on DVD or VHS.
Movies I've lent or shown other people which seem to "test" their tastes compared to mine include: Beautiful People
, Sherman's March
, The Unbelievable Truth
, Jesus of Montreal
, Lone Star
, Comfort and Joy
, the Fortunes of War
miniseries, Solomon and Gaenor
, and After Hours
. The verdict: there's probably a reason I'm something of a loner. : )
The most recent actor I've 'latched onto' is Richard E. Grant (after seeing Withnail & I
) and over the past year I've formed a new and profound admiration for the Powell and Pressburger films, at least those I've seen thus far. I hope not to overstate this, but I feel Netflix has changed my life -- before I joined I would often have to scope around for documentaries and indies that the local stores wouldn't always have. From Grey Gardens
to The Tales of Hoffman
to a selection to Iranian films and the WORST
Shakespeare film I've ever seen, at least it's available.
So there -- more than I intended to post, and less well-written than I would have hoped. Take that, Alex!