Welcome to post number one of the Chesapeake Public library’s shiny and new film blog! Thank you for joining me on this journey through the magic of movies. I am very excited to be able to blog about one of my greatest passions and hobbies, I may even wager that it is a way of life.

First, let me introduce myself. I am Joe and I am the Circulation Coordinator here at the library. What is a Circulation Coordinator you may ask? Well, I make sure all the fantastic items that we have to borrow get checked in/out and that we offer you a great experience in our library, every time! My job description may not say that exactly, but generally that’s my mission.

In my free time I try and watch as many movies as I possibly can whilst still getting outside and enjoying the “real world”. So how did I end up with this fanatical love for film? Let me tell you a story…

A long time ago, in a theater far, far away…

There was a three year old boy (your humble narrator) who walked into a majestic palace of moving images to see a simple tale of adventure. You may have heard of this movie and maybe even seen it. My initial foray into cinema was to see Return of the Jedi. Now I am talking Jedi with the “Yub Nub” song still intact and without the terrible musical number in Jabba’s Palace. This is 1983 and I am having my mind blown! Lightsabers…check! Darth Vader…check! Yoda…check! A second Death Star…whaaaaat! Needless to say, I loved it.

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I not only loved the movie but I loved the entire experience. The sticky floor, the booming sound, the dark room, the snacks and the idea of being immersed in this world away from my everyday life (keep in mind that I am three and my life was already pretty rad) drew me in and never let go.

I have seen countless movies since that day and try to go to the cinema often. When I had a plethora of expendable time on my hands in my twenties I would be at the movies every Friday even if there wasn’t anything worth seeing. I was putting down my, then seven dollars, to watch a director take a writer’s story and commit it to celluloid. When I couldn’t go to the theater I was checking out movies on VHS, which I got for free because wouldn’t you know…I worked in a Video Store. Ahhhh those were great days!

I even went so far as keeping a journal that dated and graded every movie I saw. Looking back on some of those grades I have to wonder what I was thinking. I suppose hindsight is always 20/20 or else I just liked some terrible films. Needless to say, I loved me some film. Even my first date with my wife was to go see  Jeepers Creepers (2001) at the Greenbrier Regal Cinema which is a story I will save for another day.

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This blog will cover film from my point of view and it does not represent the opinion of my fellow coworkers or the library as a whole, so for those of you that like that terrible song in Jedi that is NOT by the Max Rebo Band, the library’s official position may be pro-extended edition but this blog is entirely my own creation.
In the end, I look forward to this excursion together with each of you into the past, present and future of cinema in a blog we like to call…

Screen Scene

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Screen Scene

  1. Hi Joe,
    Reading your memories of movie theaters and love of film in your new blog resonates with me. Recently, I was talking to a friend about going to the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California as a child and how impressed I was with the ambiance of the place. Life does sometimes give you unexpected pleasures as I am going to be there next Saturday night to see The Jersey Boys with my daughter and nieces. Looking forward to reading your blog. I love the movies. BTW, I’m Jeri, Lamar’s wife.

  2. Thank you for your comment Jeri. I hope you enjoy the blog as much as I enjoy writing it. I really think there is a great deal of art that goes into movie making that is often unseen. We get to see the fruits of the labor, but it is a great deal of hard work (at least for the really memorable films). I recently watched a little video on what director David Fincher DOESN’T do in his movies which makes him a great director and it was really interesting. It really is like painting a work of art with film and cinematography rather than paint.

    Needless to say, I love the movies!

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