“If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the movies.” –Holden Caulfield, “The Catcher in the Rye”
I’ve always been a big fan of “The Catcher in the Rye,” but the one thing that bugged me the most about Mr. Caulfield was his absolute hatred of movies. Since he spends the entire book espousing his hatred for things that are fake or “phony,” this is not a huge shock. But the fact that movies are not reality, that they are just groups of people on a giant screen, pretending to be someone else, is part of their alluring nature. I have always loved movies. I have always been fascinated by the process in which they are made, the stories they are able to tell, the narrative methods used by screenwriters and directors, choices the actors make, etc. This blog, apart from being a class requirement, is something I have wanted to do for a long time. This blog will be devoted to essays that analyze some of my favorite movies. Don’t worry, I am not one of those film snobs that hates any and all things mainstream and popular. Great movies are great movies, and they come in all different varieties. Also, I will try not to use language so obtuse that you need a doctorate to understand what I am saying. So let’s begin. The first movie will be up shortly.