"What a dump."

Bette Davis

The Cinemaphile
                        Musings on films you never knew you wanted to see and why you need to see them
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Ever since I saw Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver at the age of 12 I have been obsessed with film.  Though I have undergone many phases, (I've strongly outgrown my horror film phase) one thing has remained constant:  I love film and anything to do with film.

Growing up with parents who appreciate film helped me develop a fascination with classic films in particular, though I am also very partial to independent films and dramas.  I will give most films a chance (I even saw Transformers 2 the summer of 2009) and will always review them with an open mind.

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee film school and though film reviews are currently a hobby, I would like to some day make it at least a part-time profession.  This start-up Web site is my beginning. 


Though I could probably come up with 100 films I "LOVE" in about 10 minutes flat, I do have a Top Five that has remained pretty constant for the past couple of years at least:

1.  Citizen Kane - The fact that critics put it at the top of their lists is almost a joke at this point, but for me, it is truly the greatest film ever made and am fairly certain that it will never be surpassed as such.  Don't even get me started on this film unless you have an hour or two to kill.

2.  All About Eve - A close second to Citizen Kane.  Melodramatic, brilliantly acted and featuring the best script ever written for a film.  Bette Davis was never better.

3.  Fargo - As a rabid fan of the Coen Brothers' work, I have often been asked what my favorite Coen Brothers' film is.  My response is usually the same: "It's like choosing your favorite child."  If I had to choose, however, it would be Fargo, since it has been solidly in my favorites since the night I saw it and walked out of the theater saying, "Now THAT is how you make a film!"

4.  Unfaithfully Yours - One of the funniest films I've ever seen in my life.  I borrowed this film from a friend of mine over 10 years ago and proceeded to keep it for a month because I watched it nearly every day.  Preston Sturges is a comedic genius, and I love seeing Rex Harrison act so silly and still be so erudite.  Sheer brilliance from start to finish.

5.  The Heiress - Melodrama at its best.  Olivia de Havilland is astounding, and won an Oscar for her role as a spinster who is denegrated by her father and preyed upon by a surprise suitor.  It doesn't matter that despite the excellent film, Montgomery Clift still couldn't act his way out of a paper bag - I watch this movie every time it's on.

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