By nature, I am the sweet , reserved and sometimes shy girl but deep down when I fall in love with anything. I LOVE IT!! I mean LOVEEE IT. At the moment, I find myself falling head over heels with movies again.
My love affair with movies began when I was 14 years old. It was a Sunday and I think sometime in November. My brother and I, were supposed to go to church but we woke up too late. Back in those days because it was 2004, M-Net always had a Sunday brunch film. That day it was Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. I had watched it before and it did not hit me like it did that day. I will say that’s when I fell in love with film and Leonardo DiCaprio. Something about Catch Me If You Can excited me and enthralled me. I thought it was so damn refreshing and loved that it was based in the ‘60s. I am a sucker for period pieces.
As I got older, there were many films that I loved but never quite hit me. Last year, I found myself getting so tired of Hollywood and their damn sequels, reboots and horrendous comic films. I wanted to watch something new and refreshing. I think I needed something new and refreshing. I am obviously aware of the politics and business of Hollywood but it was getting in the way of the creative and new stories. What was also upsetting me was Hollywood’s obsession with nostalgia!! They really did not need to make a Ghostbusters. Hey but that’s just my opinion!!!
Then suddenly something changed. At the beginning of the year I watched Moonlight and I was stunned at what a beautiful and gorgeous film it was. I was amazed at how everything came together with the score, editing, acting, directing and writing. I could not stop thinking about it and how refreshing and pure it was. Sometimes the purity of the film does not come out but with Moonlight that was loud and clear. I was even more surprised when it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. I really thought LaLa Land was going to and that would have been a damn shame!