I’m a film enthusiast who’s been posting at other movie forums. Glad to be here.
I recently got my undergrad degree in English literature, and although I love books, I decided what I really love is movies—after learning that I talk about them obsessively, way more than the average person. So now I’m working toward applying for a graduate filmmaking program, so we’ll see where that takes me.
Favorite directors: Kurosawa, Coen Bros., Kaurismaki, De Sica, Schnabel, Kubrick, Teshigahara, Truffaut, P.T. Anderson, Jarmusch, Gondry.
Hello you who is reading this, it’s nice to be (somewhat) aquainted. I’m just another person who likes to watch movies in their spare time, though perhaps a little choosy. I work at a video store, so I get to rent movies for free, which is the best reason to work at a video store, I think. I don’t have a college degree in anything, though I enjoy learning, so I may as well get one somehow. Anyway, pleased to meet you, it’s nice to finally meet other people who get excited about Criterion/Rialto/Janus upcoming releases.
Hi. I’m a transplanted Brit living in Vancouver; earning money as a 1st AD in commercial land; blog-writer (http://fmtm-revengeoftheblog.blogspot.com/); podcast producer (http://www.cyclemedia.net/fmtm/FMTM_all/Welcome%20to%20FMTM.html); and general film obsessive. Very happy to be part of The Auteurs and looking forward to some healthy and heated well-informed debate about film.
Hi all, I’ve been working at Criterion for 15 years, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see you all here. This is the fulllfillment of a longstanding dream for us, and this Thanksgiving I am grateful for Efe, Gabe, Kamer, Jatinder, Danny and all of the hard-working, tough-minded, inventive people who have made this experience possible. Cheers, everyone, and enjoy the site!
I have just recently joined. I’ve been getting the Criterion newsletter for a while now and when they mentioned The Auteurs I joined immediately. I am enjoying myself already. Finally, a site that’s not filled with jerks!
Living near Seattle, I have access to some good movies that come through (plus I have access to Scarecrow Video, the largest video store on the west coast!). Now I have people to talk about them with…finally.
Hello! This site looks amazing. Someone showed me tonight and I signed up right away. I live in Boston right now, but I hope I can make it to New York City by next year. I am a big fan a French New Wave and watching all the Godards and Truffaut films I can get my hands on. I love to write and make films.
Hello all fellow film fanatics and addicts of the cinema. I’m a film student at UCSB about to move onto Los Angeles in the field of Post Production Editorial. I’ve been a huge fan of Criterion ever since I saw their first release of Seven Samurai back in middle school. Thank you for giving us a network to serve our extreme passions for all things film.
Hi everyone! I live in Chicago and have been a movie-lover my whole life. I am looking forward to reading the many threads here and contributing to them. Also looking for others who share similar tase in films. I’m off to the city to see “Milk” this afternoon.
Hey everybody. I’m a parttime filmmaker out of St.louis,MO. This new site is a godsend! I remember renting Janus films from the “weird” section in Blockbuster. Just watched Bashing, Sweetie and After Life on the site. All great films. Looking forward to discussion.
Writer in Los Angeles – Sucker for Melville and other well-done crime movies. I wouldn’t be upset with Criterion eventually releasing well-done dubs, seeing as the rest of the world goes that way, and reading subtitles can distract you from the amazing shots and details amazing directors put into their works, though I understand the cost involved, especially with older films with no separate audio tracks, can be astronomical (and we’re already paying a month’s wages for a single-disc DVD now).
36 years old, ex film critic, working for London’s Underground and also have a side job doing research for a music royalties company. Ended up at NYU in the early 90s, specializing in Italian Cinema and Pasolini. This site is excellent so far. I tend to watch as many films released into cinemas as possible, whilst have a healthy collection of Criterion, as well as anything I come across. Inspired by my memories of growing up in London in the late 80s, when London did actually have a rich tradition of showing old classic double and triple bills. My dad now lives in Pasadena, so inspiring trips to the Egyptian and The New Beverly keep up the passions. I’m a sucker for a gory horror film, or a sleazy epic from the 1980s, the kind that the censors in the UK cut to shreds. But, in essence, it’s been a voyage of discovery since 1984, when I saw “Diva” for the first time. After that, the rest is history, which I’m making, on a personal level, every day. I’ve already had some lively exchanges regarding films already…I hope to have a lot more in the future.
I’m a 23 year-old musician from Connecticut. Moving to New York next year, after a United States tour. I enjoy many different forms of art. Movies have a big affect on me, and I’ve just started to delve into them. Glad to join the forum. I really love Charlie Kaufman, Ingmar Bergman, and Paul Thomas Anderson.
I’m a free-lance writer stranded in the Middle of Nowhere in the Midwest. Been fanatical about cinema every since I saw 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY when I was eight and was freaked out by the trip into the infinite at the end. I tend to love great art or great trash, the stuff in the middle doesn’t interest me so much. Nice to be among the fellow obsessed here in cyberspace!
Hi, I’m Ryan. I’m 14. I live out in the suburbs of Chicago. I hope to study film in college, and either be a film critic or work in the somewhere in the film industry.
Hi, I’m a librarian (not a “scary” one) from Chicago. My favorite “desert island movies” are “Battle of the Sexes” and “Kind Hearts and Coronets.”
I’m Michael and I have faint aspirations of being a director, or at the very least a screenwriter. I don’t know if I’ll ever achieve that, but I’ll be working very hard at doing so. I would find a life without films a very boring one, and I feel like making them would be one of the few things I could do in this world that could potentially make a difference. I guess we’ll see what happens in a few years.
I’m a Junior in High School, and I live in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, this is hardly a place where I get to discuss films frequently. The best I can hope for is somebody here having heard of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or something. It never gets much more esoteric than that. And foreign films? Haha. Not in this state. Luckily, I have Netflix, Criterion, and now The Auteurs to keep me from losing my mind and keeping me exposed to all the world’s best films. There’s nothing I love more than watching a good film. They can and often do affect me emotionally, spiritually, or intellectually, sometimes all at once. Nothing else in the world does that for me. I love reading and I like music, but neither of them are as overall impressive and affecting as films are. So thank you, makers of this site. I already had Criterion to find the films, but now I have The Auteurs to discuss what I’ve found (as well as watch a few that I’ve missed out on).
E: I got into cinema, weirdly enough, through King Kong 2005. I was a bigger nerd than I am now when I was younger. I used to be much more into Sci-Fi and video games; I watched the Sci-Fi Channel constantly throughout 2005 (laugh all you want; I do too.). Then I saw King Kong at the end of the year, and, at the time, it was the perfect movie. It had everything I, at fourteen years of age, was looking for in a movie, including a healthy dose of fantasy/Sci-Fi. From there on out, it was an upward spiral. I got more and more into films, and I started to like better and better ones. I still have a soft spot for King Kong, but my tastes are a bit better nowadays. I still appreciate Sci-Fi to a degree (2001 is one of my favorite films), but ever since I saw Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, I’ve been a huge fan of well-done dramas. I like pretty much anything and everything now, though, and am willing to give anything a go. I watch at least one film a day, usually one I haven’t seen before, and sometimes a lot more if I have the time. It’s a hobby, but it’s also more than that. I want to say way of life, but that sounds a little melodramatic. A passion, maybe? Yeah, that sounds appropriate.
I’m a senior at a college in New England. I’ve been a film buff since my father made me watch Night on Earth when I was 12. I’ve been hooked ever since, and Netflix and my school library have been keeping me sane. I’m in my school’s film society, and I also write the occasional music/movie review for the paper; my dream is to make a career out of it, but I know that it will be a while before that happens. Nonetheless, I am super glad this place exists.
Ahhhh……the welcome thread!
I am a big fan of both films and movies as well a believing that there is both a difference and that many cool ones transfer between both categories. I long for the spellcheck feature on here and I am sorry if I make some errors. Hopefully my wall full of diplomas and sarcasm will allow me to be forgiven.
On a related note; if a 40% sale and this site beget Criterion moving some things to Kentucky…welcome to the Blue Grass state indeed!
I’m a filmmaker, musician and comic book writer/artist, London-born, now living in the USA making various films at different levels and in different mediums, including my first feature. I am co-producer and architect of a project here onsite currently known as 05:00. I run a production company/audio-visual label called Synaesthesiac.
yo, I’m a 24 year old aspiring artist (movies/video, sculpture, painting), who needs to catch up on watching movies….
I’m a public librarian in Wisconsin, enjoy a variety of good films and try to make them available to the community through our library collection. Partial to science fiction & intelligent anime. Favorite directors include Ford, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Coens, Capra, Hawks, Ozu.
I’m going to be a pre-cinema and television arts major at CSU Northridge starting this January… naturally I want to brush up on my film history. I’m pretty new to this website and can’t wait to meet some film buffs with more knowledge than me. So write some good reviews and I’ll see you around!
(Long time Criterion buyer: Godard, Kurosawa, Anderson, Gabin, Carné, Renoir, and Truffaut)
Thanks for posting this topic Juan C.P!
Coming to you live from Jarmusch’s hometown. I’m a contract negotiator by day, information architecture / user experience student by night.
I love, love, love watching and discussing films but don’t have any offline friends that share my tastes, so I’m extremely happy to be a part of this site.
Reading these posts has made me happier than I’ve been at 4 am in a long time.
I’m a 21 year old director in my last year at drama conservatory. My favorite genres are New Wave and Samurai. I’m hoping to find an aesthetic that will bridge those two worlds.
I’m 61 years old (which is old in these parts I see), originally American, live in Tel-Aviv for over 30 years. My son turned me to this site - and since then, I haven’t been working :) The most recent movies I saw were La Ronde (Criterion, of course), which initially turned me off but by the end had me entranced, and a lovely French movie by an Israeli director, “One Day You’ll Understand.” I was enjoying it thoroughly when it ended. One of my companions turned to me and said, “Weird, no?” The other suffered in silence. This site is a marvel!
I am a high school student and also trying to work on becoming a director. I love every aspect of film, from writing, directing, editing and filming. It was probably the works of Terence Malick that turned me into a full out cinephile as it was my search for Days of Heaven that led me to find Criterion and that led me to a wider variety of films. My criterion collection so far is small, Days of Heaven, This Sporting Life, George Washington and Solo Con Tu Pareja but now ive figured out that buying from the website is SO much cheaper. I seem to waste all my money on DVDs, usually never seeing them before hand. I think that my collection is pretty big, its over 70 DVDs, now but I am sure tons of people here completely destroy that in number. Does anyone have any suggestions for must haves in terms of Criterion DVDs? By the way I am so glad there is a great site like this.
hi, i’m ZAK FORSMAN. i’m an independent filmmaker living in los angeles. (www.zakforsman.com)
Great place here..
I am a graphic design student (going back to school at 30). I’ve been a fan of great films since a friend of mine made me watch ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ with him 12 years ago. Around that same time I saw ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘City of Lost Children’ at an independent theater in Salt Lake City where I was going to school at the time. I now live in DC.
I was probably already a fan of good film before that, though, my parents used to take me to see them when I was younger and I remember renting movies like Dracula and Phantom of the Opera from the library.
Anyway, glad to be here.
hello. i’ve been here on the site for a few days now, and i guess i forgot to formally introduce myself.
my name is isaac, and i’m an aspiring critic, i suppose. i’ve got a blog dedicated to reviews and essay’s i write about movies, music and books i enjoy. you can check it out at samuraipandapoetry.blogspot.com
I think this site is great because it allows a venue for us total film geeks to actually be able to talk about film and have people care about it and respond positively. i can’t count how many times i’d go on a rant about a film and have my girlfriend roll her eyes or just stop paying attention altogether. now she’s scared she’s lost me to the website.