After mulling it over and threatening for years to start a film blog, I have finally begun the task of doing so! It’s been difficult containing my love affair with old classics to my private film journal, and since I’ve been getting more involved with the classic film community, I thought it only fair to make that quantum leap into bloggerdom.
My diet of movie-watching these days consists solely of the Turner Classic Movies channel and whatever classic films play on television. Here in Los Angeles, we have a bevy of local channels dedicated to vintage entertainment, from MeTV Hollywood and COZI to KCET, Antenna TV, and RetroTV.
This nostalgic compulsion, I suppose, has drastically risen from a fatigue of current events. The more we’re assaulted by the political ramifications and media blitz of the now, the more I find myself retreating back into history. In The Terminal, one of my favorite pictures, Tom Hanks aptly remarks, “It’s history, it’s truth.” Give me a good David McCullough biography, a Gershwin composition, an Astaire-and-Rogers dance number.
Old movies are picture-locked into time – they give us a chance to forget the world for a while and indulge in stories said and done. I turn to old films in solidarity. The assurances of Frank Capra and George Cukor calms me; the attitudes of Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn dazzles me; the music of Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini warms my soul.
So now, I go unto the film blogging world! I don’t know if I’ll blog about any specific topics, except whatever movie musings happen to be on my mind, be they two-reeler Chaplin shorts or the filmography of Leslie Caron, but I know I’m gonna have a lot of fun talking about them and interacting with everyone who shares my love of them!
Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.
— Charlie Chaplin