Friday, July 3, 2020

Evolutionary Viewing Of The Internet Critic Part IV

I couldn't get a film to review this week so let's just have a chat. If you've read my other EVOTIC ramblings it mostly focuses on how I was introduced to the concept of writing and making videos on various bits of media, specifically film and video games easily my two biggest passions. But this is more or less going to be a microcosm of how well, my tastes and viewing of cinema changed over the course of the past 20 years or so. I just turned 25 a while back, and yet my love for movies has been there just about as long as Japan has been on my radar. I was a movie kid back in the day. You want to shut me up for a bit? Put on a movie. You want to hear me quote every line of dialogue in a movie because I was 5 years old and didn't have anything better to do with my time? Buckle up. Longer movies never were an issue for me, but to everyone else it was. So what if a movie is 3 hours? The majority of movies I watched when I was little little were like 2+ hours, so what's another 30 odd minutes. I was watching The Ten Commandments when I was like 5 or 6, and that movie is about 4 hours long. And I loved it! I was given freedom with the movies I could see, as long as it wasn't R rated, and I honest to God could not take the majority of my movies to bring to kindergarten because it needed to be PG or G, and it never dawned on me that I was watching more mature stuff because it was just entertainment. Granted there were instances where I couldn't handle small segments of a movie but I held my ground with a lot of stuff. Even though I was a scaredy cat until I was maybe 9 or 10, then I started watching the Universal Monster movies which was my introduction to horror, and gradually I upgraded to slasher movie in my early teen years, and now I'm kind of a sucker for the genre. I used to only have one criteria between a good movie and a bad movie: If it was boring, it was a bad movie. So even a movie as universally panned as Batman & Robin was cinema gold to my young eyes because that movie is anything but boring. Now....different story. I refuse to be called a cinema snob, I'm well versed in cinema, I know what I like, but I keep quite an open mind which is something I kept from my younger years. But bad movies are bad movies dear ones, and I can tell pretty quick if I'm in for a bad trip. Another thing that has obviously stuck around is my movie collection, even when I was young I had tons of movies to watch whenever I wanted whether they be mine or my grandparents, I had an entertainment system filled to the brim with movies of all kinds, a closet full of VHS tapes, and honestly not much has changed. True I still went out and played a lot as a kid but it's undeniable that certain movies got me fired up to go out and run rampant. Can you guess what movie made me swing around a red baseball bat as a sword? Speaking of which, I blame Star Wars for this but I have not changed my mind on the subject, I always wanted the villain to win. Whether it be The Empire, any pick of the litter in the Disney villain department, I always felt that heroes were nothing but boring goody two-shoes and were absolutely no fun. And I had this revelation at the age of 3 by the by, and yeah I still feel that way. Dress me in black, imbue me with the powers of eeeeevillll, I'm here for it. But obviously some things have changed during the course of my lifetime and it has affected the way I look at films, I follow a good cabal of internet critics, I don't take their word as gospel but I respect their views enough to listen, but I'm more of a cynical grumpy old man now so if a movie fails in my eyes it needs to be wiped off the face of the planet. Whereas if I was younger I wouldn't care too much and just not watch it again. I always wanted to do something in the movie business, whether act, or write, or scout locations, and while I've taken on the outsider looking in perspective it still has something to do with movies. Movies have made me appreciate culture, improved my vocabulary at a young age, absolutely arrested my imagination, and has taken up more time of my life than anything else. And I wouldn't have it any other way, good experiences and bad. It's awful nice to put your thoughts to writing, and no doubt many people have a lot of experiences and memories to share so I hope you tell them. It should be a fun experience to discuss things you love, and I'm happy you could join me on this odyssey through movies and television shows galore. So until next time, happy watching and I'll see you soon.

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