The Gentleman

Hello! I'm Nick and I'm on a mission to Watch Every Movie™. This blog is a chronicle of my progress and will hopefully be a place for us to have a conversation about the films we love (and hate). Some people may say, "Who care what some idiot thinks about movies on the internet?" To them I say, "My mother!"

I plan on posting regular reviews of current films as well as shorter reviettes on whatever DVDs or streaming films I catch. I'll also be writing articles on random film related topics, and sometimes posts that don't have anything to do with movies at all! The blog is called "A Gentleman's Guide to Love AND Movies" after all.

Note from Present Nick to Past Nick: That paragraph has not held up well.

I hope you enjoy my terrible content. I thought it might be helpful to start with a list of things you might want to know about me or the blog, so without further ado I present the "Top Ten Things to Know About Me and My Terrible Blog."

1. I'm a giant loser.

I'm a 31-year old turbo-nerd living in South Carolina. I love the performing arts, especially symphony and live theater. I enjoy going out to eat and visiting museums. I root for the Houston Texans/Carolina Panthers so my life is in a constant state of disappointment. I taught history in South Carolina for a few years until the state's poor budgeting skills facilitated a career change for me. Now I'm a paper pusher in healthcare. This all reads like the worst online dating profile but I'm kinda okay with it.

2. I don't have any idea what I'm doing.

I am maybe the least qualified person to be doing a film blog, or really a blog of any kind. True story, my wife had to help me with this basic, easy to use template. What I do know is that I love movies and talking to others about movies. A blog is a good outlet for that, so here we are.

3. I probably haven't seen it.

What's your favorite movie? There's about a 90% chance I haven't seen it. I'm not sure how or why I ended up with such a limited viewing experience. I've always enjoyed films. Perhaps collegiate laziness is to blame. Now that I'm a responsible adult, I'm rectifying my cinematic sins with a mission to Watch Every Movie™!

4. I don't literally mean Every Movie.

That's impossible. It would be crazy to try! Speaking of crazy, let me tell you about my List. The List is a huge running list of any movie I'm interested in seeing. There are a little more than 1,400 films on this list. That may sound insane to you, but would a crazy person be self-aware enough to admit they were crazy? Anyway, the point is I want to see a whole lot of movies.

5. I stay current on the cheap.

Well, as current as I can be. More movies come out every year than is financially feasible to watch for most people, including me. I typically can see one new release each week and shoot for two whenever possible. How you ask? Up unti this year, we used the magic of discount showings* to catch new releases without spending a fortune. But in August 2017, MoviePass slashed the price of their one-film-per-day subscription service to $9.99. Since then, that's been our golden ticket to the wonderful world of cinema.

*Cinemark locations often have a half-price night, and AMC offers deeply discounted tickets for first-showings on weekends. Tickets are as cheap as under $5, making theater-going a much more affordable past-time, especially if you skip concessions.

6. I can't pick a favorite.

Movies - especially really good ones - are unique rides that can have widely different intended audience experiences. Unless we're comparing films with similar experience, it's hard for me to narrow them down to one "favorite movie." I have the same problem with color; I can more easily choose a favorite shade within a color than choosing between colors overall.

7. Sometimes I cry at movies. 

Great movies earn emotional response and that's how I like it. Movies have a power to reflect both the best and worst of life and to connect with our own memories and experiences in a way that compels us to feel. In my humble opinion, one of the best parts of the movie-watching experience is feeling soaring uplift and crushing heartbreak, being gripped with fear uncontrollable laughter. Tepid films that don't inspire anything, even disdain, are wastes of time.

8. These are the best seats in a theater.


Sorry, seven ate nine.

10. My jokes are bad / this blog sucks.

Sad but true. Enjoy your stay!