Motion Picture Commentary - An Introduction

By Taylor Williams

The word cinephile is defined as “a person who is fond of motion pictures,” which when applying the term to myself feels like more than a little understatement. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a lover of film, but over the last 6-7 years, my love for films has grown at an exponential rate.

During that time, I was studying at the University of Waterloo to obtain my engineering degree, and a trip to the local multiplex became my favourite thing to do when I needed a break from schoolwork. I never really kept an ongoing list of every movie I went to, but it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to be at the cinema at least once a week, if not more.

My love for motion pictures didn’t stop at just going to the movies as much as possible, but that love was also fostered by my continued visits to entertainment sites such as iO9, Rotten Tomatoes, Screen Rant, and eventually CBR (who I’ve been contributing articles to for over a year now). My favourite things to do when I wasn’t working on my degree was watching films or reading about films.

I started contributing news articles to CBR, also known as Comic Book Resources, in October of 2017. To date, I’ve had over 200 articles published on CBR. I was fortunate enough to obtain this opportunity through a mutual friend of my landlord/roommate at the time.

As might be obvious in the name Comic Book Resources, the site is all about comic books, comic books movies, and comic book shows, with some other high interest pop culture pieces sprinkled in. While I’ve never been much of a reader of comic books, I’ve been watching comic book movies for a long time and one of my favourite things to do is talk about the endless theories that surround any movie based on a comic book.

That being said, I watch movies in pretty much every genre, although I rarely delve into horror. I certainly love writing about comic book movies and shows, but with this new writing venture, the goal will be to talk about movies and shows across all genres, with a focus on the underlying social messages within the chosen film(s) and/or show(s).

So, how is this venture going to work?

The current plan will be to publish one to two articles a month discussing a topic that I believe needs to be talked about. Alongside that will be podcast episodes in which I will be joined by David Birnbaum to discuss the most recent article I’ve published.

Of course, topic suggestions are more than welcome, and should you ever be interested in joining the conversation on a podcast episode, we’d be more than happy to have you along for the ride.

The goal with this series of articles and podcast episodes is less about setting a definitive stance on a topic, than it is to create a dialogue about said topic.

With each article I will be providing context to the main topic of the piece, as well as sharing my stance on the topic. The podcast episodes will serve as a means to delve deeper into the topics and my respective stances, while providing viewpoints from David and other guests.

That’s it for now. I do hope you find this series thought-provoking, interesting, and enjoyable.