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My name is Brandie, and I am a classic movie freak.
Okay, so there’s no such thing as Classic Movies-aholics Anonymous, but perhaps there should be. We could sit around and watch the best that Hollywood had to offer in the Golden Age of film. Although, now that I think about it, that would likely exacerbate the problem.
I could talk all day about classic movies (and I actually have, on more than one occasion), so this blog is a much-needed outlet for me. I mean, what’s not to love about film in general? It excites us, surprises us, thrills us, romances us, titillates us. And to me, the most provocative, heartfelt, joyous, enticing films were, for the most part, produced prior to 1970. That doesn’t mean I dislike current or “modern” film–in fact, quite the opposite–but sometimes it seems like Hollywood’s run out of decent ideas. And seriously, if I have to sit through another remake of a tepid 1980s cheesefest, I’m gonna hurl. In 3-D.
I possess insane, inane trivial knowledge about classic movies, information which I tend to pass on to willing (and unwilling) recipients within earshot whenever TCM comes up on the channel guide. I also harbor a huge, mega-gigantic crush on TCM host Robert Osborne. It’s wuv. Twu wuv (if you know what that quote is from, you deserve brownies. The good kind, with walnuts and dark chocolate). I was in the auditorium for the opening night of his Athens-based annual classic film festival in March 2009, and being in the same room with him almost made me lose my mind. Alas, running on stage to prostrate myself at his feet would not go over well with security, so I had to resign myself to taking many surreptitious photos. Like this one.
I also got to see him up close and personal in Atlanta in March 2012. He was literally two feet in front of me, but alas–a meeting was not in the cards. Someday, Robert O. Someday.
I guess now would be the right time to declare that I’m not a stalker.
In my non-reel life, I am a freelance writer and editor. As of late, my specialty has been ghostwriting and editing memoirs, something I thoroughly enjoy doing–I love hearing other people’s stories, and it’s even more fun to have a hand in helping preserve their personal histories. And, of course, I love to hear about other folks’ experiences with the movies. Everyone’s relationship to cinema is unique, and there’s nothing quite like getting a glimpse into the past through these shared memories.