Real Name: Mike
Location: Manchester, UK
Job: Sales Researcher / Desk Jockey
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About This Blog:
I’ve loved movies almost since before I can remember. That sounds like a stupid thing to say, but it’s actually true. One of my earliest memories is watching Back To The Future recorded from a TV broadcast on VHS. My dad put it on and said “I think you’ll like this” – I suspect he was trying to shut me up for a couple of hours. That was the summer before the release of Part II, so 1989, and I would’ve been 5 years old.
I attribute that movie, particularly that first viewing, to the near obsession I have with film today.
I’m certainly a contemporary movie boy, and I don’t much go in for the ‘classics’. Although I’d like to think that we’re starting to move away from the traditional definition of classic, there are still plenty of people who will flick through the reviews and disregard them all as ‘Hollywood nonsense’. I’m not a believer in the idea that to be a real film enthusiast you have to hunt out obscure European art house movies, and then discuss the social relevance of character interplay with respect to film noir themes. I do think you have to have an open mind, so how ignoring the primary source of modern movies is supposed to help that, I’ll never know.
Why a FilmJournal though?
“It’s a blog for people who aren’t much fun at parties”.
Don’t get me wrong, I am no writer. If anything I’m using this space as a creative output, and a way to practice my writing and learn from others. My style is very much derived from traditional movie reviews, although I try to add some first-person aspects since it’s an account of what I thought, and not playing to a large audience. So while I may never reach the standard of some who post here, I hope to at least increase my confidence in writing for the future.
And that just leaves me to say: I hope you enjoy Slate Scrawl, it’s been 17 years in the making. And please feel free to leave comments.