Just wanted to write a post and check in because I haven’t written anything for about a month now. And it’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, I’ve just been busy with a personal project thats taken up much of my time. But it’s worth it, and I think it’s going to turn into something really special.
In the meantime, I’ve been going to the movies and watching all sorts of films. And to tell you the truth…I just haven’t been compelled to write about the movies I’ve seen this summer. Most of them have been pretty disappointing, and I haven’t found that one film this summer to be extraordinary. There definitely hasn’t been a LOOPER or a DREDD in the bunch, two late summer flicks that were extraordinary. My last bastion of hope is with THE WORLDS END, which is due in theaters sometime next week. I’m hoping Edgar Wright and his crew won’t let me down. Among the films I’ve seen…there was ELYSIUM, which was blah. It’s overblown message about class warfare and healthcare really just brings the film down. I’m all for hard core science fiction, but this movie was just too serious for its own good. And Jodie Foster…God…this is possibly the worst thing she’s ever done. So bummed out.
On the classic movie front, I think I may have found a couple of films to go on my all time favorite movie list. BORN YESTERDAY. If anything, next to CLUELESS and ROMY AND MICHELLE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, this may be my all time favorite dumb blonde movie. Judy Holiday is hilarious as “Billie Dawn”, a young woman living with her wealthy and powerful boyfriend Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford) who has congressmen in the palm of his hand. Then there’s William Holden’s Paul Varrel, a reporter hired by Brock to help make Billie appear smarter to people in public. However, through the course of her”makeover”, Billie start’s to wisen up to her boyfriend, and she learns that Harry is in fact a corrupt crook. Crawford is also hilarious and the uncouth Harry, who is loud and brash and completely full of himself. There’s a great scene as well where Billie and Harry are playing Gin Rummy that seems to pretty much define their relationship. If anything, the game is one thing that Billie is really good at, as she gets into it with intense focused concentration.
There were a few other classics I really fell in love with, such as WESTWORLD and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. I wrote about both of these films over at This Is Infamous, the new website I’ve been writing for. I have a couple of new article’s up, one about Brad Bird, and why did he leave the animation industry. And What Happened To Classic Cartoon Villains? which was another article I had posted. This is Infamous has been a great experience and an enjoyable site to write for. I’ve had to spend time trying to come up with more articles and stories. It’s been good practice for me as a writer, which I hope to carry with me as part of my creative arsenal. Writing is not easy, and neither is making good storytelling. But it’s a major part of my learning curve.
I’ve been thinking about how much has changed for me over the last year. For those who don’t know, I have been a mental health patient. One of the struggles I’ve had to deal with was being on some heavy medication, which all but took away my creative drawing ability. The one thing I found I had left that I could still do was write. Even though I didn’t always know what I would write about, I kept doing it anyway as a way for me to push forward. Things have changed for me now, and I am on a much better medication that gives me freedom to be open and creative. My attitude about life has been different over the last few years as well, and this run I’ve been through feels like going through the fire. And I’ve survived.
There’s going to be a lot of things happening with me in the next year or so, and some of it I can’t wait to share with you when the time is right. Life changes are always interesting and never easy at the same time. It’s like being reborn, in a sense, and you begin to enter a new field where your destiny awaits you. What is that destiny? It’s the new life you manifest for yourself. The life that begins in the imagination and lives in your dreams. What you put out the universe will bring back to you. That really is the interesting part. And somehow inside, even if were not always not consciously aware of it, we know inside the things we want most. Sometimes the universe surprises us with an opportunity that leads us to where we really want to be. It’s our choices in life and our openness to accepting new things that helps us shape and evolve ourselves. For awhile I felt my life was on the verge of complete disaster. But that changed over time. We are at the beginning of a new age, and things are sure to get better, but only to those willing and ready to accept them.
In a little over a week, I will be attending Cinecon, Hollywood’s largest classic film festival at the Grahman’s Egyptian Theater. It’s a great event, and I will be seeing some terrific films and writing about them as I did with my article from last year. I hope you will be able to come, it’s from August 29th to September 2. There are some great surprises. I mentioned before that last years biggest surprise was getting to see a lost John Ford film called UPSTREAM, which premiered for the first time in over 80 years at Cinecon. And it was a fantastic film too. I highly recommend anyone to come and check it out.
That’s it for now. I have some downtime in the next few weeks, which will mean more writing for me, so hopefully you will see more of what I have in store for you. Take care.