I can still remember, distinctly, the first time I fell in love with film. Sure, I’ve always enjoyed watching them – but some films are extra memorable. My first experience watching STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE was mind-altering, turning me into a rabid fan that consumed everything related to that franchise. But the ardent film fanaticism didn’t come until I watched THE MATRIX. It was the first time I experienced a film that was deeply layered, requiring countless viewings to dissect it for all the hidden messages. THE MATRIX was my gateway into film dissection, and introduced me to the world of film criticism.
It still feels weird to consider myself a film critic. I’ve certainly never actively thought of myself as one. I’m an enthusiast when it comes to film. I’m always excited to watch a movie and experience it. Yes, there are movies that I don’t like – but I always make an effort to connect to a film on some level. It’s tough to let go of personal bias and experience a film with an open mind – so I don’t even try. I experience every film as the person I am – excited and optimistic.
Today, most film critique revolves around cataloguing new films. After all, readers are interested in the new and upcoming stuff. There really isn’t a market to go back and write about films that have already been released. But I think that a wonderful opportunity is being missed, all for the sake of cashing in on the trend of What’s Playing Now. Film discussion should be a doorway for readers to explore films that they have never heard of, or might have otherwise dismissed.
The idea behind The Film Legacy is to approach films from my personal point of view. It’s to discuss films critically and emotionally, and cast a light on their legacy. I love connecting with people and learning their own history as it relates to film. If this site encourages even one reader to share their own story, or leads them to discover a new film, then I’ll be happy.
I don’t pretend that my film analysis will be definitive, and it certainly won’t be exhaustive. Film is not a one-size-fits-all. My takeaways may be completely different from the next person – and that’s ok. I certainly won’t apologize or acquiesce if my opinion differs from the mainstream. I will always strive to keep my film discussions honest, and I believe doing so will showcase the impact that films have had on my own life.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy The Film Legacy!
– Chris Carey