Origins: Pompous Film Snob

24 07 2010

We’re getting close to the finish of “The Origins Project,” but there are still plenty of interesting entries, such as that of Frank Mengarelli of “Pompous Film Snob.” I’m pretty sure we discovered each other at “Anomalous Material,” bonding over our dislike over “The Blind Side.”  Then he came and backed up my hatred of “Punch-Drunk Love” on my site, and he’s been someone I’ll always listen to ever since.  He’s got a thing for Jeff Bridges (which doesn’t really show up here), too.  And don’t let the name fool you – it’s a great tease because he’s neither pompous nor a snob.

What movie began your love affair with cinema?

I would say that seeing “Batman” in theaters when I was 4 really, really got me into film and as I got older, I watched a lot of films with my Dad. Mainly Scorsese and John Ford films and once I got to middle school, that’s when I really began to branch off into the world of independent film and saw “Reservoir Dogs” for the first time.

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging days before Christmas 2009.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I have a much deeper take on films than most people I know. I could talk about the decade of the 1970’s films forever. I can also talk in depth about the film “Cop Land”.

What has kept you going?

Lately it’s been other bloggers. Whether I agree or disagree with them, that’s what keeps me trucking.

Has there been a particular person (or people) that has helped you along the way?

Not really, I tend to go my own way.

What’s the best part of being a blogger? The worst?

The best part are comments from other bloggers/readers who make insightful comments on my posts, maybe it’s a post on a film they’ve never seen before, or something in a film they never noticed. The worst when people comment just to comment.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

Not one or the other, I have a very high level passion for film, and if I’m really passionate about a particular aspect of film, I scuddle off to my blog and write.

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

When my blog gets linked on other film websites (IMDb).

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow their passion? To someone starting a blog of their own?

Be kinder than necessary because everyone is fighting some sort of battle.

Random Factoid #341

4 07 2010

A last second e-mail over a week ago has turned into a contribution on a blog post, so I thought it might make a good factoid.

Right before I left for Wilderness, I got an e-mail from Frank Mengarelli, the “Pompous Film Snob,” asking me what my favorite trailer ever was.  I instantly replied because I knew my answer, but on the way to the airport, I saw his reply asking for a bit of a write-up.  I scribbled down some rationale for my choice, and while I was gone, he ran the favorites.

It’s some of my favorite bloggers who contributed, so the whole post is worth checking out.  Here’s what I wrote about my favorite trailer ever, the teaser for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

I love the teaser for “Benjamin Button” because it perfectly captures the magic of the movie.  It shows the aging process without ruining anything except the breathtaking cinematography.  The “Carnival of the Animals” playing in the background only adds to the sense of wonder.  I hadn’t even heard of the movie when I first saw the trailer, and it absolutely knocked me off my feet.

Coming in at a close second is probably the “Up in the Air” teaser.