First and foremost, this is not a film blog. It is not that kind of blog, despite my love for/preoccupation with that medium, for two reasons: One, I know I will inevitably want to write about other things, and two, there is already someone out there in the blogosphere writing exactly the kinds of reviews I would write, about exactly the kinds of films I would write them about, and writing them more eloquently and more eruditely than I ever could. (In fact, when recommending his blog to friends and family I almost always describe him thus: "Imagine me if I had gone to film school." Coming from someone as narcissistic as I am, and with as romanticized a notion of film school, there really could be no higher praise.)
The person I am talking about is Tim Brayton over at Antagony & Ecstasy, and if you have never read one of his film reviews I will give you a moment to do so now.
Second and slightly less fore, you may have noticed that the title of this blog is a reference to Hamlet by William Shakespeare--or more specifically, to the famed "to be or not to be" speech from that play. This is not meant to convey any of the following messages:
1) "I consider myself a modern day Hamlet."
2) "I consider myself a modern day Shakespeare."
3) "I am super-duper cultured."
4) "I am suicidal."
I chose it for the title of my blog because the larger passage from which it is taken...
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
...is I think a really fantastic way of explaining what it feels like to be the kind of person who over-thinks things, which is the kind if person I am--which, come to think of it, does sort of make me a modern day Hamlet, albeit one with a much less exciting and glamorous life story. (Also, I don't dress all in black because that would be emo.)
Anyway, that is what this blog will mostly consist of: me over-thinking things. What kinds of things? Mostly pop-cultural things, things like films, comic books, TV shows, TV shows based on comic books, TV shows based on films, films based on TV shows, films based on TV shows based on comic books, comic books based on films based on TV shows, and comic books based on films based on crappy abuse-excusing young adult horror/fantasy romance novels.
|Fucking Twilight!!!! *shakes fist*|
Also, you can expect some (not particularly well informed but I'm trying) thoughts on politics, social mores and private life, though I tend not to delve too deeply into the latter for fear of coming off as touchy-feely.
Or as Don Draper puts it: "I can't tell you about my childhood. It'd ruin the first half of my novel."
Oh, that's another thing you can expect to read a lot about: Mad Men, my favorite show.
And Batman. Expect lots of Batman.