We know what you are asking yourself and yes, this is it. We know your friends have no clue about those “strange films” you are always watching. You are not alone. We know how frustrating it is not being able to share your passion for film. You are here now, spit it out. We know how much it sucks not being able to find that fantastic Japanese film you read about at some film magazine. We know you feel film festivals are miles and miles away from home. Not anymore… and screw bowties!
So, come on in and make yourself at home. Mingle. The bar is at the back.
BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF.
By the way, I’m giving away thumbs up to newcomers!!
excuse the double post…i didn’t see this thread until it was too late.
i’m an artist that makes cinema related sculpture and installation work. you can see my work at www.amateurauteur.com . my cinema knowledge has dulled and this seems like the place to back on the horse. and by horse i mean mocked for my lack of knowledge.
Dude! I love your work. You sooo belong here.
Hello, I am a commercial editor/filmmaker who hales from San Francisco, CA.
I actually keep up a blog about my film watching exploits. You can check it out here:
What’s up film folks! I’m a doctoral student from Los Angeles living and studying in Belgrade.
I’ve been on the new and improved Criterion site for about 2 minutes, and I can already tell I’m gonna be addicted to it…
I’m a marginally-employed shut-in who lives in the outer outer outer outer outer Chicago ’burbs. New site looks great.
Fascinated by this online stuff. Really. Where’s the Bresson? Ciao
Greetings from Omaha, NE! I feel like I’ve stumbled into some sort of refuge here…
English prof from Canada, which is a place found just above America but is colder and more anal retentive. There are also more donuts and curling rinks here.
I don’t think there has ever been a decent film about curling. There’s a forum discussion just waiting to happen.
Most recent viewings: Sorry, Wrong Number, and Au Hasard Balthazar. Both brilliant; no curling in either.
Love the new site. Congratulations.
I live in South Carolina, work for the government, read and sometimes review books, and love watching movies, discussing them, and occasionally writing about them. I love this site. I think I can already call it home.
“Sorry, Wrong Number” is great noir! Show it on a double bill with “The Locket”.
“Au Hazard Balthazar” gets double billing with “Mouchette”!
Yo! I’m a film student living in Chicago, can’t wait to explore the site some more, so much to see.
I’m a university student from Maryland, been a film fan for a few years now. I’d love to graduate and find some way to work movies into a career somehow, but we’ll see how that goes…
I’m from Vancouver BC. I’m proud of my city for taking film seriously. I’m not a film students, nor do I have any training as a filmmaker. I just like film, and I watch plenty of it. Also, I like to discuss. This is a wonderful website, and I’m glad I found it.
I’m a stock broker in St Louis who escapes into movies whenever possible. The Criterion Collection has made me love good movies, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
Graphic Design student from Canada. One of my only goals in life is to watch all the criterion movies atleast once. so far I am long way from it but I am getting there, although some (very few) movies there I am not too sure about. Latest movie I saw was Summer Palace by Ye Lou.
I hope this site doesn’t take away too much from my studies…
Hello from San Diego, CA, I am a philosophy major who enjoy film as much as I do modern art.
This new forum is the prove that there are people who still care about film as an art form. I am so glad.
Just stumbled here through Gizmodo…I am thoroughly excited, of course about the monthly Criterion festival selections, but also about new discoveries and being able to share with my friends out here in the boonies…hard to get a good movie when there’s no real theatre, and the rental joint doesn’t even carry Citizen Kane
Hey new internet friends!
I’m Jeff and I live in SF going to SFAI studying film. I already know this is gonna be a daily go-to site for me, so cool! Great to see a cool film website hit “2.0” but maybe I’m just a noob.
Again, this site looks faaaaaantastic!
Cheers guys, welcome to the site! I pretty much spend all my working and not working time thinking about and watching movies, and sometimes writing about them at our Notebook, not to mention helping build The Auteurs into a destination for people who love cinema!
Hello. I am not a film major and am pretty much self educated when it comes to films. However, within the last two years I have dedicated myself to seeing a vast array of movies (mostly foreign art house) and currently own almost 200 criterion DVDs. I love the new Criterion website and am thrilled to join this forum.
I’m a semi-recent college grad and have been in the ‘real’ world for roughly two years now. I didn’t major in film, though my passion for it rivals and/or surpasses that of the average film major. I’ve dabbled in some amateur screenwriting. I love the criterion collection, and I love various foods. I often find myself combining the two.
Hi Bobby (and all!)
I haven’t seen ‘The Locket’ but will, now. And I’m almost ready to say that the final scene of Au Hasard is the saddest, ever. Excruciating but beautiful.
WOW!!! Hello everybody. Just found this place. And I can’t tell you what a relief it is to see there ARE other film geeks besides me. Yes, I’ve been a movie fanatic since about age 10 or so, and I can’t even estimate how many I have watched through the years. But as one gets older, the passion seems to fade – mainly because the movies they have been making the last 10 or so years are mostly forgettable – with a reminder here and there that they are STILL making good movies. But it’s mostly Criterion that I thank for keeping my passion alive – cause they always bring out films I never heard of which proves, if anything, there is STILL plenty of film history left to discover, watch, and learn. Once again, hello everybody………
I’ve known about this site for a day and I’m already addicted! greetings!
Hello. I’m an Australian interaction designer & illustrator, I work in a library and my cinematic opinions rarely seem to align with many others so here’s hoping… Is it ok to think blade runner is awful here?
Absolutely, Dstryr. And while I won’t go as far as to say I share the sentiment, I do think it’s fairly overrated—just as virtually every cannonized film of any given genre tends to be.
The fact that you thought Blade Runner was awful makes you special, and an undeniable member of this community.
You are more than welcome to trash this and other great films around here.
I’m a writer and editor. My love of film has become my avocation. It started more than 40 years ago, when I was in college and first saw classics such as Battleship Potemkin, Citizen Kane, and The Passion of Joan of Arc. I had to put my interest aside for many years while my family was growing. However, I took it up again nine years ago, when I was divorced and living alone. I realized that there were many good films being shown on Turner Classic Movies, the Independent Film Channel, and the like that I could record on my VCR.
I had a copy of the software program Cinemania and I used it to generate a “wish list” table that I brought into my word processor. The list consisted of films that were top-rated by either Roger Ebert, Leonard Maltin, or CineBooks. I started with about 950 titles and checked them off as I acquired them. I learned to program the VCR and schedule my recordings. Later I began to supplement the collection with commercial VHS cassettes.
Eventually I started to convert to DVDs. Now I have a cable box with a built-in DVR. Attached to the box is an external, double-layer Sony DVD burner with video capture capabilities. I’m in the process of replacing as many of the VHS titles as possible with DVDs.
My wish list and collection have continued to grow over the years. Currently I have about 1,900 titles in my collection, of which about 1,500 are on my four-star wish list. I figure that I’ll run out of room when I hit 2,000 titles.
Good to hear, cheers for the warm welcome.