I have always loved movies. When I watched “Ninotchka” for the first time in 2012, my relationship with movies changed forever as I became a fan of its era and felt a connection to films and their stars like never before. I became obsessed with Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s and spent several years watching them, developing a particular affinity for certain actors and actresses of the period. Soon, I began choosing which movies to watch based on these people being in them. Luckily, many of those movies were excellent, due to talent of stars, writers, and directors supported by an efficient studio system that knew how to make good use of their gifts.
The personalities and talents of actors and actresses I love most kept me entranced through all kinds of films, from prestige pictures and genre flicks to cult classics and ‘B’ pictures. They also provoked me to type up my thoughts, feelings, ideas, and reflections about what I watched. The beauty and brilliance of these artists and their art aroused such affection and admiration in me that I couldn’t resist an urge to share it through words.
Movies from the 1980s and 1990s were the first I ever loved, but I didn’t feel a need to type about film until ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’ classics captured my imagination. I started doing that at another site in 2012 and 2013. After leaving it, I decided to continue on my own blog. It is a record of my 2014 journey through movie history that started elsewhere and finished here.
Some pages that I created on the other site (“Kay Francis”, “Garbo Party”, and “Garbo Works!”) were transferred here from their original online homes. That’s why this blog has writing from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.
Reading my thoughts about movies and their stars, one will find that I had a tendency to mention Greta Garbo and “The Simpsons” often, even in posts not about them. I can’t help but bring up both a lot (online and in real life) because they’re so near and dear to my heart. They are pop culture pillars of my formative years and hugely influential on how I express myself. If my life were a night sky, they would be some of its brightest constellations.
Garbo is a figure of incomparable allure whose extraordinary screen presence was the catalyst for my love of cinema reaching new heights. I grew up watching “The Simpsons” (seasons 1-8). My sense of humour, intellect, and sensitivity were all undoubtedly shaped by indelible memories of its greatest words, images, and ideas. Sometimes I referred to that show while talking about classic cinema. This was a fun and useful way to explain my thoughts or feelings about a movie. I wrote a lot of the posts on this site shortly after watching movies or performances that thrilled me to my core. As a result, my writing here may come across as overanxious sometimes. I hope you don’t mind and that my sometimes frenzied words will be enjoyed by all who discover the blog and its various sections.