Modern Times opens with the image of sheep being herded into what we can imagine is their end of life as that is what sheep are for. We grow them, sheer them, and then eventually end them for dinner. We dissolve to the image of all the men being herded into work. This can be through train stations, bus terminals, traffic jams on the road to eventually punching in their time cards at the office to begin being sheered for all the life they have to eventually profit the herder. The problem with that image is it disassociates you from the individual. Each person in that image amounts to nothing more than a statistic at that point and fails to look at any emotional stability or feeling.
I took a year off from the series and even though with or without this intended look at films I’ve yet to catch up with I still make time for discoveries I do like the intent of calling the shots from the plate like this at the beginning of the year. I may be announcing later than most, but with the first entry due next week I wouldn’t say that I’m obstructively late to the table.
2015 is officially over and it’s good to brush it all off with officially saying what I loved the most. I’ve already posted the collection TUMP top ten recording as well as my favourite films I saw while trudging through film cannon last year. I ask you guys to check those out. However, if you’re looking for my personal best, in written form so you can scroll to the bottom and make sure I’m still sane (or am I?), then feel free to do so here.
While I don’t want to become that guy who keeps saying that you should try and see things other than just the new releases that hits your multi-plex, I gotta be that guy for a moment. As many website are wrapping up 2015 films and giving their own definition as to what was the best of the year, and I’ll get to that shortly, I want to spend a moment talking about some films from years gone by that I hadn’t yet seen at the beginning of 2015 that I hope you will find the time to catch up with, if you ever find yourself scrolling through Netflix and unsure of what to take a look at.
This year I’ve decided to order my list alphabetically and not try to rank with the usual arbitrary hierarchy. Each of these films are pretty great, so any you can find time for will be well worth it.
I'm Andrew, a software developer/all around technologist by day and a film enthusiast by night. I grew up on the silly things of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Three Amigos and Nightmare on Elm Street, so it makes perfect sense to me to have my love for film become ever expanding by the minute.
I started writing about film somewhere about 2005 on Facebook, and slowly but surely I moved on to blogging here on the internet. I've been featured with a few other publications along the way and am always looking for the opportunity to do more with this passion of mine.
So enjoy the words, listen to the many podcasts I'll do in the years to come, and let me know what you think.