Hello everyone! My name is Michelle and this is my first blog ever. Movies have always been a big part of my life, but ever since I was introduced to classic films about four years ago, I was instantly hooked. A Film and Visual Literacy class in my senior year of high school truly changed the course of my life. We started off with silent films, and then ventured into Film Noir, and that’s when things took off for me. After watching The Maltese Falcon, I was transfixed with the acting and power on screen, especially from the commanding Humphrey Bogart. I never knew that a film could have such an impact. I discovered many of my favorite movies in that class, including Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca, and Sunset Boulevard. Although we sometimes watched more modern movies, these classics stuck out to me. I was addicted to black-and-white films from then on, and that was when I discovered Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I watched it everyday when I got home from school and that entire summer before I started college.
I was finally ready to start school in North Carolina and was going for Interior Design. Some time went by, and I wasn’t enjoying the work I was doing and I felt out of place. Watching my favorite black-and-white movies helped me through the days. After talking with my family and friends, they convinced me to become a Film major. I applied to a school back in New Jersey, was accepted, and began my spring semester at Rowan University, majoring in Radio/TV/Film. I don’t regret any of my decisions because it brought me to the place I needed to be to further my passion of classic films.
Now approaching my senior year and graduation from Rowan, I want to share my love of classic films with others. My generation might not know about these films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. I feel that it is crucial for anyone interested in the film industry to know about this time period in film history. I want to be able to converse with other classic movie fans and share my favorite films with everyone, and I would greatly appreciate any advice or comments. I hope that, with this blog, I will meet some fascinating film fans. I was fortunate enough to meet some in person at the TCM Classic Film Festival back in April in Hollywood, California. It was an unforgettable experience and I want to share that with you all before I start discussing films. It was so surreal to be in the presence of the wonderful hosts on TCM, Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, who I see on TV all the time! I met people young and old, and everywhere in between. That being said, I truly hope that classic movies will never be forgotten.
In the past, I’ve encountered people who can’t quite understand how I can sit around and watch black-and-white movies all the time. It’s not just a hobby though. The people I met at the film festival will understand me when I say that watching classic movies is a way of life. They are timeless gems that deserve to be watched over and over again, and that is what I hope to convey with this blog. I am a fan for life!