Yesterday, April 25, marks ten years since I started this film blog. Ten years. How is that possible? It’s been a long strange trip, fighting procrastination every step of the way. But it’s too late to stop now, and I wouldn’t want to anyway. I’m not going anywhere.
I’ve wanted to acknowledge this anniversary in some way, and what I’ve come up with is to put up posters for some of the films that have been important to me over the years. A friend of mine once said that the power of movie posters may be greater than the movies themselves. There’s something to that. Really great posters are able to evoke strong memories of the films. Some of the films I’ve selected are truly great, i.e. Grand Illusion, Tokyo Story, Citizen Kane, The General, to name a few. Others, both recent and in my distant, primordial past, have meant a great deal to me and still do.
Bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive listing, but more like the tip of the iceberg. I’ll be thinking of films I’ll wish I’d included long after this post is done and gone.
One of my first movie obsessions. I’ve seen King Kong so many times.
Impossible to overstate how much I love both of these films.
I love Warner Bros. cartoons, especially the ones made by Chuck Jones. If I had to pick my favorite of all of them, it would be this one.
This image is of the end papers of the science fictions novels for young readers published by the John C. Winston company in the 1950s. I still get a charge from the sense of wonder and excitement it invokes in me. I think it ties in strongly with how my taste in films and books developed over the years.
Finally, two great endings from two great films, The Searchers (1956) and Citizen Kane (1941). These endings both have a strong emotional effect on me, due in no small part to the music scores by Max Steiner and Bernard Herrmann, respectively.
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more. Until next time, be safe. — Ted Hicks