Hello everyone, I am a cinephile. I cannot get any more direct than stating that I am fascinated by movies. I made this blog to get my thoughts out into the internet, hoping to attract people who share the same passion.
As a kid, you may consider it as our family’s tradition to go to the movies once in awhile. It was always something worth getting giddy about; the deep and dark hall with the only light coming from the silver screen shining on the wall opposite from where I am. Every single time, I was captivated by the stories that unfurled right in front of me, thanks to the this very immersive form medium for entertainment. Thinking in hindsight, what also added to the experience was the very rare occasion that I can watch on a screen so big with sounds so loud after the fact that I am normally told to stay a certain distance from the television, with volume put on ‘low’.
I remember watching my first favourite movie as a kid: “The Jurassic Park” (Steven Spielberg – 1993). I was told I was screaming during that scene when the T-rex was trying to flip over the car. How savagely hungry can you get? I was also told by my parents that I was hiding behind my shirt during the raptors in the kitchen scene. I never believed them, really, until I got my hands on a copy of the movie a few years ago. From then on, I believed them; though I never screamed nor hid, I can imagine why I would have been so terrified and excited about these scenes. I can never help but smile and feel nostalgic whenever this memory is evoked. Through this reminiscent moments I have come to fully realize that good movies stick with you for the entirety of your life.
From then on, the fascination never ceased. To this day, I have never felt that going to the movies was an obligation nor was it an action merely out of habit; it was always something I have looked forward to and I believe it will be so for the decades ahead of my life.
As I grew older, I have developed a greater appreciation for movies. From someone being deeply engrossed by the story being projected on the screen, I have developed an interest on how and why these movies are made. I learned that Jackie Chan’s first ever movie appearance was as an extra being beat up by Bruce Lee in one of his films! How about “The Expendables” (Sylvester Stallone – 2010)? It was thrilling in that the entire series paid homage to all of the older actors’ iconic roles through the course of their careers. Arguably, the biggest “did you know?” is that Stan Lee, the legendary creator for many superheroes, appear in all movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that I think about it, I must admit that, for certain films, the stories behind what is shown is far more intriguing and interesting.
I made Filmophillia.com for many reasons. The biggest, however, is so that I can share my thoughts and insights about the movies I watch with the rest of the world. Through this blog, I have high hopes that more and more people will come to read and stay for the conversations we can have about the very passion that we share. Though this blog will focus mainly on recently released and upcoming movies, I am very keen on learning more about a lot movies regardless of age and origin. A good example as to why such a statement exists is the movie “7 Samurai” (1957 – Akira Kurosawa). This masterpiece is arguably one of the most referred to movies that echoes through generations. Did you know that the recently released “The Hateful Eight” (Quentin Tarantino – 2015) was heavily inspired by this movie? This only proves that movies with the right flavor and feel are timeless.
I can go on and on about all the reasons why movies are an integral part of my life and I intend to do so through subsequent posts. Through this site, I also wish that I learn a lot from the readers, fellow cinephiles, about movies that I may have not known of. Through our interaction, fellow cinephile, we can give justice and give your “one true movie” some praise and a spot under the limelight it really deserves.
In all seriousness, seeing that one movie that resonates deeply with you is only a matter of time; I can argue that I was lucky that I met mine in the form of Jurassic Park at an early age. I hope that, through this blog and its future community, you eventually meet that match you will make with a movie.