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Hello, classic film fans! My name is Brandie and I am the co-founder of True Classics, having served as its head writer and editor-in-chief since its inception.
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.
My love of film–particularly classic film–is an essential part of who I am. In fact, I do believe I could talk about movies all day long (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 modern Hollywood has 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.
Movie-related things to know about me: I am obsessed with classic animation, ranging from silent black-and-white shorts to the candy-colored contributions of UPA and beyond. I particularly love the classic Disney canon, with my ultimate favorites being Alice in Wonderland and Fantasia. Casablanca is my favorite movie of all time, with Singin’ in the Rain, Bringing Up Baby, City Lights, and Gone With the Wind rounding out my top five. I appreciate, but do not particularly enjoy, Citizen Kane (an opinion that has gotten me into trouble with some Kane-ites in the past). I believe Shadow of a Doubt is Hitchcock’s best film, with Rear Window a close second. Screwball comedy is my favorite genre, and Preston Sturges my favorite director. I’m learning to love Westerns, but will likely never enjoy horror no matter how much I try. I adore Barbara Stanwyck, and find Katharine to be the superior Hepburn. Cary Grant is my personal Jesus. Robert Osborne is my patronus.
In addition to my writings posted here, I can also be found contributing to sites such as The Black Maria, Wonders in the Dark, and Part Time Monster. You can find a list of additional guest posts I have contributed to other blogs here.
Welcome to True Classics!