I know it’s been quiet around here of late. I have been watching silent films. Recently I haven’t seen any I’ve been taken with enough to write about. At least not on a blog. I have been filling my film diary up with reviews. Just because nobody sees it doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened.
When I was younger I used to keep a film diary. I jotted down thoughts & plot outlines in the diary’s pages. This was in the pre-internet age before IMDB & you tube. Scribbling down notes was the best way to retain information. As I grew older diaries film related or not fell by the wayside.
Last Christmas I received a decent sized diary. It seemed a waste of paper as I hadn’t needed one for years. Cue Internet Archive. I was looking at a film to watch on the archive & couldn’t remember if I had watched it or not. Fortunately I recognised the office set in the thumb nails. And reading the TV guide I kept thinking “Have I seen that or not?”. It’s easy to remember the great & the awful, less so all the middle of the road movies.
Something had to be done. This year I’ve been filling the diary up with up scribbles on films usually the whole page. The shortest entry goes to ‘Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief’ with a brief “It was alright”. Which says it all. Of the average movies, particularly silents, some do have the odd interesting moment or character or whatever which is worth recording to separate it from the truly mediocre.
Doing a film diary is quite nice & liberating. There’s no need to think about anyone else reading the comments & their views or grammatical complaints. Or any need to make it understandable to anyone else either! There are no standards other than writing at least a sentence on the page. There’s no worry about flaming over any controversial views or looking like a nutter (it’s nice to know the Self Styled Siren wasn’t the only one picking up something in ‘Son of Fury’ every other reviewer ignored on the web, maybe our minds are equally diseased though). And pick out things that wouldn’t make it to the blog. Everyone’s so keen on telling everyone else their opinions on any topic these days, but I don’t think everyone needs or wants to know what I think of every film I’ve watched. The world doesn’t need to know what I think about the films I have covered on here but hey! If other people have, why shouldn‘t I?
It’s nice to revisit old opinions in the original diaries & see if my views have changed; ‘Asphalt’ I though was better than ‘Pandora’s Box’, so sue me it‘s my truth. I thought ‘Night Nurse’ was dull, wrong! Wrong about ‘The Curse of the Cat People’ it was more boring the second time around & I still have no sympathy for Emil Jannings’ character in ‘The Blue Angel’. Ah well, controversy at last.
It’s worth doing a film dairy. Looking at the growing list at the front I’m not surprised I’m having trouble remembering all the films I’ve seen if I times the total by decades.
And finally someone who made a much finer diary than I: