I have a new obsession, and I’m enjoying it way, way too much. I started contributing to the website Cutprintfilm (www.cutprintfilm.com) as a writer of editorials and reviews. Since my favorite things to do are: 1) lie on the couch; 2) eat; 3) watch movies; and preferably 4) all of the above at the same time, this is like hiring a hopeless stoner to man the cannabis shop.
I get to riff on all the weird film things I like, including things I can’t indulge in my film classes for one reason or another (time constraints, possibly disturbing content, just too freaking weird for the students). Apparently, sometimes people even read the stuff I write, which just goes to show you that there’s no accounting for taste.
So far I’ve written about Neil Jordan’s Company of Wolves (http://www.cutprintfilm.com/features/the-company-of-wolves/) ; ballet as an eater of the soul in the Red Shoes and Black Swan (http://www.cutprintfilm.com/features/red-shoes-black-swan-ballet-and-the-loss-of-the-soul/ ); what vampire flicks can teach us about our humanity (http://www.cutprintfilm.com/features/vampire-movies-teach-us-humanity/ ); and a woman’s (scathing) response to The Trip. I also got to review A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (http://www.cutprintfilm.com/reviews/girl-walks-home-alone-night/ ), which was probably the most fun yet, since it’s the best Western about an Iranian female skateboarding vigilante feminist vampire that I’ve ever seen.
I just reviewed Match (http://www.cutprintfilm.com/reviews/match/ ), with Patrick Stewart. That’s quite a treat, because it’s not playing that many places, and I might not have gotten to see it until it was on Netflix.
Next up I’m going to write about actress/director Ida Lupino’s influence on my life and taste in music, followed by a survey of the dance and music films of Carlos Saura. Why, oh why, aren’t they better known in the U.S.?
Even if I wasn’t indulging my inner perv with the writing, the website is like candy for the brain if you like movies at all. There’s new content every day, and I find all the writers interesting and worth reading. It’s a privilege to be associated with it. Even if my writing does nothing for you, the other contributors all have unique perspectives, and they can all write their asses off.
I know, I’m gushing. It’s not like me. Actually I’m not gushing so much as bouncing around giggling and chortling like a cat with a mouse that looks especially tasty.
Nom nom nom.
Forget heroin and Pinterest. They’re for amateurs.
Pardon me while I go get another dose. http://www.cutprintfilm.com/