My name is Patrick, I come from Newfoundland. Growing up in a small town, I had little access to anything remotely resembling art cinema or even classic cinema (let alone anything with subtitles…). For the most part, great cinema is something you don’t know you’re doing without if you’ve never known it. It wasn’t until I was in high school and I was introduced to a number of films (Taxi Driver, The Royal Tenenbaums, A Clockwork Orange, Young Frankenstein, Volver and Annie Hall) that I realized just how profound and brilliant cinema could be. Those films were obviously the tip of the cinematic iceberg, but they started me on the never-ending search for the greatest and most challenging films.
I’ve recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English but truth be told, more of that time was spent watching films than writing essays. I’m fascinated with building a knowledge of the history of cinema, and and engaging in the discourse about cinema that occurs across place and time. I dream of writing about film professionally, in some capacity, but my writing abilities are not too strong. I am currently working on my Masters of Film Studies in Montreal.
I decided to start this blog (in April 2011) as a way to make myself start writing about film in a real way. I intend on writing something about every film I watch, big or small, in order to begin thinking critically (and, in time, eloquently) about all types of films.
Some of my favorite filmmakers include Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jean-Pierre Melville, The Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Terry Gilliam, Billy Wilder, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Ramin Bahrani, Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Almodovar, Mel Brooks, Akira Kurosawa, and well this could go on, but if I am successful with my upkeep of this blog, my favorites will be revealed over time.