“Freeman Williams is a madman who produces local interest stories for Stafford Municipal & Educational TV, acts, and writes. He has written the scripts for three educational video games, two children’s plays, and one movie. Those are the ones that have been produced. Let us not speak of the ones that have never seen the light of day.”
So that’s been my standard “About” for the last few years. Not much has changed, really. The count on educational video game scripts will soon go up to four, maybe five, and I co-wrote a novel being used to teach medical ethics. Really.
The real change, at least so far as informs this blog, is that in the year of 2012 I decided that if I was going to keep describing myself as a movie buff, I needed to start acting like it. There were very large, definite gaps in my film education, and I had to start addressing that.
There’s no real science as to how I’m going about this. I have a large backlog of discs that need viewing, and I can’t help picking up more as Criterion and Warner Archive sales proliferate (curse them!). It’s more a case of “What sounds good tonight?” mixed with my yearly lists of what must be seen.
Now, I have a very simple approach to movies. The movie presumes to entertain me, and I agree to be entertained. I don’t necessarily need to be edified, or educated, or uplifted; if those happen, that’s gravy, I appreciate that. But honestly, that’s all I ask: to be entertained. To be taken somewhere else for a while. That’s all. It’s not hard. Even then, some movies can’t even manage that.
It’s not that I’m incapable of nit-picking, oh heavens no. Reading over my reviews will present the most astounding collections of nits ever, rivaling the great collections of the Crowned Heads of Europe. But those don’t usually get in the way of my enjoying a movie. I’m frequently amazed by film discussions with my friends, because their reactions seem to be litanies of complaint; it almost seems like they’re incapable of simply enjoying movies anymore.
I hope I go beyond “I like it” in my little corner of the Internet. If I don’t, there’s no reason to do this anymore. Outside of categorizing nits, of course.