Screen DJ

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Welcome

Hello, and welcome to Screen DJ! If you’re here, then you’re just like me. Well maybe not just like me, but we do share something in common: a love of film. Since a young age, I have found film to be a transcending experience; complete escapism from the world and its daily troubles. While film for many people may not be considered an artform, for those of us that do find ourselves so engrossed by it, there is no other artform quite like it. Film is an experience unlike any other, in our eyes, in our minds, and in our hearts. It gives insight into what people were thinking and feeling at the time it was made. It’s a snapshot in time, set in a fictional world that brings out the best of our imaginations.

Alfred Hitchcock famously said, “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.” The best movies of course have quality storytelling, and use different variations of a narrative structure to convey a message. The characters set examples by going with or against the message. It’s fun to identify with characters, and even idolize some. They do, after all, embody real traits within us. If Rick Blaine can learn to do the right thing and let the girl go, so can we. I will admit, “Casablanca” made me a romantic. I saw it when I was just 11 years old, and I loved it as much then as I do now. I love the swashbuckling and irreverent nature of Han Solo just as much as I love the intellect and humanism of Indiana Jones. When I was 14, I saw “Goldfinger,” and after seeing the suave Sean Connery beating up the bad guys, getting the girl(s), and effortlessly cracking clever one-liners, my life would never be the same.

I am here to be you: the moviegoer. Too many critics get riddled in clichés or simply give in to becoming internet trolls. The polarization between critic and fan is greater than ever, and it goes further than just with movies. People aren’t always looking for the next “Casablanca” or “Citizen Kane.” Some people want art, while others just want entertainment. Some people want great storytelling, while others crave to see the latest advancements in special effects. The best movies combine all of these.

I provide unbiased, objective, and thoughtful movie reviews from the perspective of just another moviegoer. Well, perhaps one that appreciates the experience a bit more than the average Joe. I try to make my reviews as spoiler-free as possible, especially the ones posted within days of the movie’s release. I will try to point out the obvious and the non-obvious. What I love most about movies nowadays is their ability to spark discourse among people; a discourse that people don’t get upset about. People can have a conversation or a debate about a film without getting heated over it. And, often, it serves to bring greater cultural issues to light.

I hope you enjoy reading my reviews as much as I enjoy writing them. And please, feel free to comment on them! Criticism on criticism can be constructive. I would also like to know what you think of the movie I am writing about. If you have anything you want reviewed, just ask!

So what are you waiting for? Get off Reddit, and get on Screen DJ! And most importantly, keep going to the movies!

 

-Darren Johnson