Film Fanatic

The first film I remember watching is "The Sound of Music." I can still remember watching that movie for the first time with my parents. Julie Andrews' beautiful voice, the breathtaking scenes of Austria in the background and the involved plot all created a magical escape for me. Since then, I have been drawn to the art of film.

I appreciate all film genres, but I have a special love for old thrillers, especially those directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I have seen 20 films directed by him, and my favorites are "Vertigo," "Topaz" and "Psycho." I think Hitchcock was so innovative in his directing techniques - way ahead of his time compared to what other directors were doing then.


My favorite film of all time is "On the Waterfront" with Marlon Brando. The grittiness and message of the film still strike a chord with me, even though I've seen the movie 20 times. I think the shots are beautiful. I miss the subtleness of old movies. Today's movies often move too quickly for me and rely on special effects instead of a well-developed plot. Although I have no aspirations to become a director or act on stage, I would call myself an avid film watcher. If I really like a movie, I can watch it over and over again. Below is a famous clip from "On the Waterfront" where Terry, played by Marlon Brando, addresses his brother about the past.