I’ve always loved going to the movies. It’s the perfect excuse to get a huge, overpriced Coke and some popcorn layered with a liquid that they tell us is butter, but we all know was most likely concocted in some underground laboratory out in the desert.
Growing up in the internet age, however, I’ve put off watching movies more and more. My attention span in college decreased so much so that I couldn’t even read entire news articles online or in print — and I was a journalism major.
But two years ago I decided to jump back into movies with a mission — to see all of the Best Picture nominees before the Academy Awards aired. If you’re not familiar, that’s not always an easy feat. The nominees are released in January, and the award show typically airs in late February. So basically you get a little over a month to see up to 10 movies. For someone who isn’t always up to the “time commitment” of watching a film, this is asking a lot.
But Oscar leadup has been one of the real joys in my life the past couple of years. I’d race from work to the theater to catch a late showing of The Revenant or Hidden Figures. Sometimes I’d try to fit in two or three films in a weekend, and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of all of them with my friends. It was a way to connect with people, and in those months I learned about wonderful filmmakers like Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and John Crowley (Brooklyn).
But even though I’m now familiarizing myself with the newer highlights of cinema, there are still so many films that I’ve missed. Some of them are blockbusters that any sane person should have seen as a child (E.T. … believe me, I know). While others are more recent movies that just slipped under my radar. Some of these I’ve wanted see for years but just never got around to making the time.
Well, now I’m making the time, damn it. I’m making my own constant film festival at Films I Should Have Seen By Now. And I invite any film buffs or casual movie fans to tag along.
I’m still not exactly sure precisely what this blog will contain, but I’m going to try not to make these strictly reviews. Each post will focus on one movie, and other than that I don’t really know what to promise. You’ll get some of my opinion, definitely, but I also want to show what I’ve learned from each movie.
So grab a seat, lather some butter goop on your popcorn and enjoy your day at the movies.