Month: December 2013
As the end of the year ambushed me, I was worried I would not have enough films to compile a best of list. I saw a bunch of films from 2013 this year, more than I normally do, but not enough of them made a list I felt totally comfortable with. There were, however, a number of films that, while they were by no means my favorite films, were ones I was glad I saw. And ones that I never really wanted to see again. These were films that warranted being seen this year, ones that contributed to the discourse on film, sometimes they pushed the boundaries of filmmaking. And if I didn’t see them, I would feel left out of the conversation, kind of like standing by the water cooler while my friends talk about sports I don’t watch. Luckily, I did see these films, and I did get to participate in some illuminating conversations them. But I don’t think I’ll be sitting down to watch these again anytime soon.
Whether or not I was always such an acerbic, sardonic little twerp is up to my friends to determine, but I know that I discovered the work of David Sedaris the year before I entered high school. It was kind of timely, in a way, as it would certainly inform my worldview during high school. iTunes was having an audiobook sale and his collection of essays Me Talk Pretty One Day caught my eye, so I bought it and never looked back. For a while, I wrote my own essays, shamelessly aping his style of humor, but like many imitators of Sedaris, they usually lacked the grasp on humanity he inexplicably had. Some call it smarm, but I think it’s merely fascinating introspection. I think it would be slightly disingenuous to call Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s adaptation of Sedaris’s short story C.O.G. (collected in Naked) “hackneyed”, but, as I mentioned before, the critical thing it lacks is that humanity.
I really hate doing Follow Fridays on Twitter. Not because I hate people, by any means (that’s a different issue altogether), but because I always feel like I leave someone out or something and then I feel bad. There are so many awesome people on Twitter whom I admire and respect. Also, it’s a freaking chore to do every week. So, instead, I have compiled a list of people I shall, as the post suggests, Follow vForever. You people have taught me so much about film, writing, and also life. About halfway through, I got really lazy, because the list got very long and I am, at heart, a lazy bum. Anyways, have a very Happy New Year. I shall be updating this list every so often and linking to it and such.