February 12th, 2008

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

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I've been in a nostalgia mode. Pepper is starting to discover some older classics with her Film Theory class, and we've spent the last couple nights chatting about older movies in between writing. Actors like James Dean, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman. Films like "His Girl Friday" and "East of Eden." I have to admit, I'm kind of grateful that she's discovering them. I used to live and breathe movies. All movies. My degree is in film, I worked in editing, I did some independent film work when I was living in Florida, and until I moved to the UK, I regularly saw 2 or 3 new movies a week at the theater, as well as haunted video stores, movie channels, anywhere I could watch one.

All of that changed with having a family. I didn't have the luxury of time anymore. I wouldn't trade my family for anything, but that doesn't mean I don't miss that rush, that sense of getting lost, that joy at discovering a movie forty years old that still speaks to you.

I can't even pick a favorite movie. It's impossible. I've seen too many. And how do you compare the comedic joy of "Some Like It Hot" with a classic romance like "Random Harvest"? Or the wit of "The Philadelphia Story" with the simplicity of "Breaking Away"? It can't be done. Apples and oranges.

I hope Pepper's interest continues. It would be nice to have someone to share some of this with for awhile.:)