As part of my writing journey, an important part for me, is reviewing what I have already written. It came up with some pleasing reactions, but also some disappointed ones, but through it all, it made me aware of always thinking through an article or piece thoroughly first.
A pleasing reaction was on reviewing an old film review, as the film’s story dawned on me brighter than it ever had. It was an invigorating feeling when I realized this is one of my essential films. It became as clear as crystal why it was an essential film. So, it was a true ‘moment with a movie’.
And these are the moments I want to express clearer at my momentswithmovies.wordpress.com. The other movie blog about ascertaining why a film is suitable seemed irrelevant in view of what were my real moments with movies. So, I move on a little bit more than before…
I have been seriously following film since when I was a teenager and I like looking back at what was on offer. They call it nostalgia, but I tend to think of it as joy. I have two reasons for reading old film books. One, is to be informed of past films I have missed, or films I would like to more about, or just find new titles to explore. Two, is to choose which films to see. They might be in the past, but I enjoy recovering the old and watching some of them. In terms of the present, I am an avid follower of what is released. At the present time, this is restricted to what is released on the internet. I must admit I prefer following what comes to theatres so haven’t been that diligent in swatting up on what films are on Netflix and Amazon. Some call this Old School–but I don’t have much interest in films that haven’t had a big screen release. As well, I am uncomfortable with the thought that movies that can be played on computer screens can be nominated for Oscars. I guess I am Old School.
Uncomfortably, I found 59 essays of the best films from the 1980’s a little daunting to digest right to the end, so I found a way of making sure I read the entire book to the last review. Glad I did.
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When I found out that there was an actual Star Trek movie, I found out in a movie book that I read in 1983. It amazed me that there was an original Star Trek movie. The networking was so bad in 1979 that I only found out about Star Trek three years later. By then, I hadn’t seen it. I only got to read the movie classifieds in the newspapers on the odd occasion. I have wondered what Star Trek: The Motion Picture would look like on the big screen if they had informed me earlier. Other people saw the movie then but being current eluded us for some reason. Star Trek just wasn’t on my radar. But they said it wasn’t that good, so I hadn’t missed much. About twenty-five years later, when I watched it for the first time, after work one day, I was looking for the flaws in it, because I was informed it was bad. Then I watched it again, forty years after its release, and found it a rather pleasant experience, no foul language and quite an amenable feel to it. I didn’t think it was that bad, as they told us. It might have been even interesting.
I like a straight-forward tale of good versus evil and I am trying to rack my brains when I last saw one. There are many tales out there–in books, at the cinema, on the web–of the one’s I get to see and hear, I can’t think of too many good and evil tales recently. When that happens I go back in time and think of Star Wars and Krull. I think Krull is more straightforward and obvious in its portrayal of good versus evil than the original Star Wars film. But where are the good old fashioned good takes on evil tales, today? Alas life goes on for better or worse, but I do remember that there have been a couple or a few films of good and evil recently, just don’t recall the titles at the moment.