If there is a special type of OCD for movie fans, this blog is proof that I have it. Whether sorting shots from a scene into symmetrical piles, pairing up movies into thematically compatible double features, or comparing stats of actors bearing a physical resemblance, my compulsive need to categorize is given free reign. (See? I just sorted myself!)
If there is a deeper theoretical layer to my interest in film, it is based upon the notion that once a work is released to the public, it is out of the filmmaker's control and its "meaning" now belongs to — and is essentially created by — the viewer. This is not to say that I have no regard for the creative action involved in film production, nor that I believe communication is given to chance in a world of semantic chaos. I only wish to underscore the notion that our interaction with film — or anything else — is influenced by our personal history and experience, and because everyone's history and experience are different, so can be our perceptions of film — or anything else.
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