Many of my earliest and best memories are in front of a flickering screen. I remember countless days after school watching movies when I was supposed to be doing homework. My dad had a great collection of classics from Hitchcock and this was my film school.
I remember being dropped off at the movie theater for a whole afternoon while my parents would run their errands. This wasn’t a social event for me as much as a sanctuary of sorts. Our local video rental shop was one of my favorite places. I would wander the store until my mother would force me to decide on a film. I would beg and usually talk her into the stack that had gathered in my hands.
I’m not going to lie and say that as a 10-year-old kid I was choosing Fellini films. I would say I was a regular kid, but I think I liked movies like Charade, His Girl Friday, and High Noon a little too much to be considered average. I just loved the way that film could completely transport you to another time, place, or reality. I never felt this way about books, getting too caught up in the details to let the story wash over me.
For many years I have been writing about movies as I watch them. I used to run a site like this called engagingculture.com. But sadly, I let the domain name lapse and lost a good bit of my work in the process. But I have done my best to hang onto as much as I could. I have started this site to share my love for film as I spend my life at the movies and look for reflections of life at the movies. Increasingly, I have wanted to share these experiences with others and so I have started groups where I can get together with fellow movie lovers to participate in the sacrament of film.
Check the site out, but please don’t just read and leave. This site is about interaction. I want you to join (or start) a group. leave comments on the posts, start a conversation. I know that everyone has their own opinion on films. They hit us in different places because we have lived vastly different lives. Please, share your thoughts and feelings. This is a safe place, and there are no “wrong” answers.
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