My friend Josh is probably the only person in the world with whom I can talk movies for hours. The passion he and I share for cinema — something most people would call an unhealthy (or worse, boring) obsession — has led to plenty of great, sometimes drunken conversations about all manner of film topics (an example of our measured, reasonable dialogues: Josh: “I don’t think David Fincher is very good.” Me: “Well, I think you’re an asshole.”). We have developed a mutual desire to push each other to be better filmgoers and appreciators. After a year or more of suggesting he start writing regularly about them due to his deep knowledge (at least, it’s vastly superior to mine) of movies and film history, he vowed to watch a movie a day this year and write about each. He launched his blog, 365 Movies in a Year, today, with a post for each movie so far. So go read it, comment, and start a discussion. It’s always fun to learn what bounces around this self-proclaimed “pop culture sponge”‘s head.
On a side note, I know I haven’t been around here for a while. For that, I’m sorry. But hey, I had to quit my job due to my upcoming semester’s class schedule (hello, one more straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back student loan). That job, along with my nerd school, family strife, and a couple fiction side projects all coalesced into a break from this place the last couple months. It may not be a regular column again until I graduate in May, but I hope to pound out at least a few more “I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Film School” entries in the coming months. If you want to see more, remember that guilt is always a great motivator, and complain about how I’m depriving you.