Screen DJ

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My name is Darren Johnson and I am a Business Operations Analyst at Dish Network in Englewood, CO.

My love for film began at a young age. Like many young boys, the first movie to really make an impact on me was “Star Wars,” but not too long after I also fell in love with the many productions of Alfred Hitchcock and musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain.” I believe I was 10 when I first saw “Casablanca,” and remarkably I appreciated it as much then as I do now. I didn’t start writing about movies until college, when I felt I needed an additional creative outlet aside from my music. I began writing reviews of the films I would see with friends, and they requested that I start a website where all of my reviews could be found in one place. When I was younger, I enjoyed writing short stories and poetry, but for my excessively critical mind, this seems like a good way for me to channel my criticism in a useful way; off of me and on to something else, hopefully sparking conversation. For more about my views on the movies and my goals with this blog, check out my Welcome page. 

I also began making more trips to the cinema while in school. Going to the movies became a usual weekend event for me – sometimes with friends, often alone. It was the one time a week that I could transport myself into another, more colorful, more optimistic world that wasn’t quantified in Excel. I only hope my passion is exhibited in my writing as much as it is in my heart.

Some things to know about me –

I love music more than film. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that music and film are two of my passions, given that they go so well together. John Williams is just as, if not more brilliant than Steven Spielberg. A large reason as to why I enjoy film so much is that it combines several of my passions: music, photography, and storytelling. 

Hobbies: violin, viola, piano, tennis, hiking, bicycling, cooking, reading, writing, and going to the movies

Top 10 Films: “Casablanca,” “Notorious (1946),” “The Maltese Falcon,” “12 Angry Men,” “North by Northwest,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Goldfinger,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” The Godfather,” “Schindler’s List”

Favorite actors: Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day- Lewis, Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig

Favorite actresses: Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson

Favorite directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan

Favorite soundtracks: “Star Wars,” “West Side Story,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Last Samurai”

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