Friday, November 11, 2005

looking down my nose (but not seeing much because it's so big)

I recently sent of an application to a website to review movies for them (not just out of the goodness of my heart, I'd be paid to do it). The application was simple. First was basically a short bio explaining why they should consider me a Snob (their term for their reviewers). The second part was a writing sample.

I haven't written anything on my blog for a few days, and still don't have much to report or to really say, so in lieu of a regular entry I shall present you with my answer as to why I am (or can be) a film snob. Only now do I notice my mistake: I used the phrase "when it's all said and done" twice, and I probably shouldn't have used it even a single time. Ahh, cest la'vie.

When it's all said and done, I don't think anyone wants to be a snob. What we do want, however, is for people to consider our opinions above those of anyone and most everyone else. The real problem is convincing the world that our opinions are worthy of said consideration. I graduated from Emerson College with a degree in writing and a strong background in media history and theory. If you need a guy to write a article on post-modern, post-structuralist, anti-essentialist, lesbian, independent cinema, I'm your guy. I can get into the history, background, evolution and artistry in film.

At the same time I'm a big dork. I wish it weren't so, but alas. Just because I know the big words and how they're used, and when they should be used, does not mean I only watch films where those "big words" can be applied. I can dig on the pop stuff too. As a fan of comic books I'm usually the first one in line for the next bright, four color, multi-million dollar adaptation. Simultaniously, due to my background, I'm usually also the first in line to see Jim Jarmusch's newest film.

I know movies. I know good movies, I know bad movies, and I know movies that are so bad they're good. When it's all said and done I am a connoisseur of story and that is why my opinion matters - why I should, as you put it, be a snob.

3 comments:

Nonny said...

I hope you get it, really, even if you did put that french saying in your post today. Rub my face in it why don't ya. I've read your reviews over at that other site you sometimes mention and they were really good. I was almost convinced to go see "The Transporter 2" and then my buzz wore off :)

Lady K said...

I hope you get it too! I must say, I was taken aback when I read that french saying, too. What were you thinking? hee hee! Good luck!

Amichai said...

It's just a very pleasing language phonteically. Saying "I have to go to the bathroom" in french (Je dois aller à la salle de bains - if that internet site translated correctly) sound more poetic than saying I love you in German (Ich Liebe Sie). Not that I'm advocating German. Just that sometimes you gotta take poetic liberties for the sake of phonetic beauty.