I’ve done many of these columns and there’s always a chance I’ve run out of things to say– or that I’ve not really said anything at all. Which is wrong, because I do know I’ve said a lot.
When I wax philosophical, I step out of my own “zone” and see how film affects others. Looking at movie-related comments on Facebook; scanning tweets about classic stars; seeing what members frequently post about on TCM’s message boards, it’s all there. We benefit from each other’s knowledge. We grow on a personal level interacting online and sharing this knowledge.
I’ve grown and changed as a film observer and commentator. When Robert Osborne passed away earlier this year, I thought a lot about what he said of certain motion pictures, directors, performers and performances. Who did he speak for? Was he speaking on behalf of others, or for himself and his own personal relationship with the movies? It’s weighed on my mind, because I have to ask myself the very same things. Am I writing about my own individual relationship with film– and is what I’m saying valuable after I’m done writing it?
When I re-watched A SIMPLE PLAN recently, I remembered almost everything about my initial viewing experience in January 1999. Down to the color and texture of the seats in the theater. It was quite personalized for me. Looking at the film again brought it back and took me in a new direction, since I am now advocating for others to watch the film. It goes beyond a day eighteen and a half years ago. All of film goes beyond the initial experience if you let it. That’s what makes it classic.