I am a stand-up comedian, podcaster, and failed filmmaker hoping to remedy that shortcoming. I went to The New Zealand School of Film and Television Production (or The Film School) from 2008-2009 and graduated just in time for the global economic crisis. Some of my friends who actually applied themselves now have decent careers in the film industry. I do not. Not entirely my fault… but mostly so.
However, I have had an obsession with film going back to when I was 15 and seeing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the first time which was a major catalyst in my education in art. I became fascinated by the people making these movies, such as Sergio Leone. Through the works of Sir Christopher Frayling and the forbidden 70s films we were supposed to catch up with as teenagers, my film knowledge began to snowball. You discover Sergio Leone – well, how about Sam Peckinpah or John Huston? Have you seen The Godfather yet? Or Quadrophenia? Have you seen the Director’s Cut of Natural Born Killers?
That and my folks’ forcing me to go to and like art galleries and new things, I developed a love for discovering art from anywhere and everywhere.
That said, I grew to love punk rock and that alongside the arse-iness of my Mum’s side of the family, taught me not to tow the party line if something is shit or suspect. So, if everybody loves something, I am disposed to not like it. Not all the time and I am as intolerant of contrarians as I am film-sheep but just because something is deemed canonical (whether mainstream or arthouse), doesn’t mean you have to like it.
What I hope to do with this blog is… whatever, really. I would rather that you don’t know what’s gonna come next from one post to another. The films watched may not even be stuff I like. It’s just a grab-bag of anything from around the world at any point in the last hundred or so years. It will naturally be skewed towards my particular tastes and opinions but I will try to be open to stuff!
My Top Ten Movies of All Time as it Stands (In Chronological Order):
Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa
12 Angry Men (1957) Sidney Lumet
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick
Easy Rider (1969) Dennis Hopper
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper
Scum (1979) Alan Clarke
Natural Born Killers (1994) Oliver Stone
Glastonbury (2006) Julien Temple
There Will Be Blood (2007) Paul Thomas Anderson
… and if you so wish, you can follow me on Twitter: @Scumbagexpat