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    Closed Off Circle: A Film Blog, Volume 1: Introduction

    Corey Wagner

    My first idea when I decided I wanted to do this blog was to just delve in and begin discussing movies/directors right away. As I was outlining the first post in my head, I kept thinking about footnotes and asides that would further explain where I was approaching the movie from. Then it hit me: just make a post about your biases, views on film, controversial opinions, viewing history, etc. Now if someone were to read a future post they can see where I am coming from.

    I was close to 16 before I really started to appreciate film as an art form. Around that time I experienced Kubrick, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, and others for the first time. It wasn’t immediate but over time I began to follow directors (as opposed to actors) and seek out their films. By the time I was in college I had familiarized myself with Malick, Leone, Cronenberg, Scorsese, Refn, and I began dipping my toe in to foreign language films as well.

    Despite my interest in movies, it was only a couple of years ago when I realized how much I enjoyed actually going to the theater to watch them. Since that can be an expensive hobby, I signed up for a MoviePass account to make it slightly less-expensive. In my first year as a subscriber to MoviePass I went to the theater 53 times. In year two I went 51 times. Assuming enough interesting films are released this year, I would like to hit 60 (for some reason).

    I like to think that my taste in movies is broad. I like old movies. I like new movies. I don’t think movies as a whole are worse than previous decades. I enjoy “weird” movies, blockbusters, spaghetti westerns, film noir, comic book movies, etc. With the exception of musicals and children’s movies, I like to think that I can enjoy a movie of any genre.

    Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director. Everything of his post-Lolita is nearly perfect in my eyes. 2001: A Space Odyssey is probably my favorite movie, followed closely by about 100 different titles that fall into the “One of my Favorite Movies” category.

    My plan for the future is to dedicate individual posts to specific movies, directors, or anything else film-related. I don’t really plan to review movies; I want to discuss them. This blog will probably be similar to the discussions (rants?) I have with friends after seeing a new movie. Only more one-sided. Somehow.

    Favorite Movies of 2014 (in no particular order):
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Only Lovers Left Alive*
    Under the Skin*
    Mood Indigo*

    *– Technically these are “2013” movies, but they all had U.S. theatrical release dates in 2014, so I’m counting them.

    Unfortunately, outside of catching up on 2014 films, the movies released so far this year have done little to catch my interest. Theater visits have been few and far between.

    Up Next: My Michel Gondry journey and my not-review of Mood Indigo.

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