From a very early age, maybe 8 years old, I loved watching movies. I was always drawn to more “adult” films, as opposed to those oriented toward kids. My earliest memories of watching film include The Rocky franchise, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Small Soldiers.
Leaving grade school and entering high school, I started to broaden my horizons. I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time, which opened the door to Quentin Tarantino. I saw Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, which opened the door to Martin Scorsese. Soon I was seeking out foreign films by directors like Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, and Jean-Luc Godard. At one point in high school, I made an effort to watch a movie per day. Occasionally I would write a short review and post it on Facebook.
It was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that inspired me to pursue studying journalism in college, which in some respects makes it my favorite movie. Now, being in college, it becomes easy to slack off in appreciating the arts. There’s always an excuse why I can’t read, or watch a movie, or take time to really listen to an album.
My resolution for the new year is to return to my film roots, watching and reviewing at least 1 movie per week. Hopefully, that journey will be cataloged on this blog for whoever cares to read it.
— Anthony Calvaruso