My name is Chad Allard, and I was recently brought onboard at the Citizen. I’m here to begin, what will hopefully be, a long discussion about one the things I love most in life: cinema.
For those of you who don’t know me (which I assume is most/all of you) I am a man of many hats. I work as a chef for a living. I have a four year old son, whom I love more than life itself. And, for as long as I can remember, I’ve had a borderline obsession with film. My father was nice enough to give me free reign to watch anything I wanted from the age of 10 onward, so I was able to see a lot of perfectly vanilla films (by today’s standards) at a time when they were still considered risqué.
Also, I was blessed to be born in 1985, so I grew up in the 90’s, but I still remember the 80’s. Oh, and we had cheap video stores, instead of illegal pirating. Anyone else miss ‘Jumbo Video’? Yeah, me too.
Now that you know me a little better, I’ll tell you what I hope to do.
Given that I’ve seen such an unreasonable amount of movies, I’d like to help you delve deeper into the mysterious beast that is modern film. There will be plenty of small budget productions that turn out to be modern works of art, and billion dollar blockbusters that leave you feeling like you just got mugged. And, everything in between.
In the immortal words of the great Carl Sagan “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere“. I hope that you’ll join me as we explore films of every genre and degree of quality. This won’t be just about whether a film is good or not, but about what makes or breaks it.
I should mention that I would love to get some feedback from any readers/fans/people that want to kill me. Except the last ones. Didn’t agree with my opinion? Great! Tell me why. Think I’m full of bologna? Prove me wrong. If you make a point that’s so good it actually changes my stubborn mind, I might even mention it at the end of a review.
With all that said, I’ll be back next month with my first actual review. I hope that many of you will join me again in October, for the first step in our journey of discovery. Together.
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P.S. Don’t be surprised when I review every superhero movie that comes out, and stuff like Star Wars. Yes, I am a nerd like that. Job perks, right?Tags: Carl Sagan Imagination, Chad Allard, Great Tell, living, Star Wars