(The truth is I ultimately want to pursue my doctorate and both teach film and television studies at the university level and conduct my own research in the field. Look out, academia, here I come!)
Me on my balcony
So to mark the occasion, I've put together a list of ten films that have shaped who I am as a passionate cinephile and have pushed me to pursue a career in this nascent field of academic study. These aren't necessarily my all-time favorite films (though make no mistake, I deeply love each and every one of them), but the films that have left the biggest impact on me. I've also organized them roughly in the order of when I first saw them, so that there's a sort-of natural flow to the list.
Anyway, the list is after the jump.
Beauty and the Beast
This is the first film that I became completely obsessed with, or at least, the first that I can remember being completely obsessed with. When I was very young, I would watch it over and over again (so I'm told). Maybe it was the film's luscious use of color, or maybe it was the catchy songs, or maybe it was the blustering magnetism of ostensible villain Gaston (voice of Richard White), but I was completely hooked on it. When I revisited it for a "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" entry four years ago, it was like hanging out with an old friend and appreciating them in a new light. A tale as old as time, sure, but for me, it will always be timeless.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Singin' in the Rain
The Naked Prey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Battle of Algiers
Do the Right Thing