“Let’s Talk Film”. I came up with this mildly silly name 8 years ago while taking a Journalism class. Our final project was to come up with a new magazine concept & to fill it with content that appealed to us. I chose Film because I was (and still am) obsessed with anything and everything to do with movies, television, & acting.
I started watching movies at a younger-than-usual age. A full length movie could keep my attention as young as a toddler, and while some may say movies are “bad” for anyone under the age of __. I say, you are completely welcome to teach your kids that. I had a wonderful love affair with movies from a young age, and have the best memories watching Labyrinth on repeat. My first imaginary friend was a wig wearing David Bowie, hair epically blowing in the wind.
I lived in a movie dream-world throughout all of my high school years. Every night before bed I would watch either Sense & Sensibility, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, The Notebook, or Phantom of the Opera. Every single night. Those movies put me to sleep and took me far, far away from the incredibly small town I grew up in. I didn’t fit in during high school. Looking back, they were some of the loneliest years of my life but they have also turned me into the person I am today. I truly believe that your past experiences bring you to where you are supposed to be later in life and (most) everything happens for a reason. & for my younger followers – If you are having a hard time right now, the best years are to come! The things you agonize over now will seem so very small later on, and you will learn to appreciate the hardships that shape your personality into the unique individual that you are.
Way to side-track Bethany!
Back to my love of film. I continued my love affair in college and studying film and media.
My bachelor’s degree is in Advertising/Marketing, but I ended up with a double major in Film/Media. I had the greatest film teacher, Stanley Solomon. He was an older gentleman (& I use the title gentleman because he was a gentleman in every meaning of the word) that was born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He was the most interesting man I have ever met. I remember the stories he would tell us, like how he lived down the street of where they filmed Taxi Driver in NYC, and would watch the film being made from his window. When class sign-ups began, I would sit at my computer waiting to be one of the firsts to sign up so I could take every class he was offering that semester. I was lucky to take 5 classes with him over the course of two years. During my 5th class of Film Noir, he passed away. I took his death so, so incredibly hard. When I got the email, I couldn’t stop crying. I’m tearing up just writing & remembering this. It still hurts. I became so close with him during our classes together. He was a mentor, a friend and the greatest teacher I ever had. He increased my love of film, taught me the ins and outs, and how to break down what you liked and didn’t like of how the film was made and perceived. He taught me how to appreciate movies in ways I would have never seen on my own. I’d love to do this series of Movie/Television posts in remembrance of him.
Since I started my blog, I’ve always loved the idea of doing a series on Film. It’s been such a huge part of my life that it just made sense to write and share about it, but I wasn’t sure my audience would be interested so I’m doing this for myself and for the messages I received from a handful of followers that I chatted with during my last live video who said they would be interested. Here’s to you guys!
I’ll be posting my first round up reviews of the recent movies and television shows I’ve seen, along with what I recommend to watch that’s currently streaming on Netflix tomorrow (Thursday, June 29th)!