Every film enthusiast around the world will miss you.
You were an inspiration to me and many others. Your influence will live on.
Two big thumps up my friend!
After more than a month of inactivity, the humble author of this blog is happy to announce that my arduous schedule will soon be a thing of the past. By next week I will have finished my Masters in Architecture, which would give me plenty of time to practice some actual blogging and not the occasional timid attempt.
I announce, therefore, that The Blog of Big Ideas will be turning into a more serious endeavor after two struggling (though entertaining) years. I will surely be posting more often and about a greater variety of subjects that extend well beyond film.
Stay tuned, the restart and rebirth of the blog is near. For those who follow, be sure to check in next week for a brand new post.
As some of you that follow me may have noticed, I haven’t been quite as active lately.
There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment and I need to take care of some things before I can continue to devote time to this blog of mine.
I should come back in one or two weeks. I’ll miss all my fellow bloggers.
I must extend my gratitude to a couple of fellow film bloggers, Scott Lawlor at Front Room Cinema and Chris at Moviesandsongs365 who have extended their kindness in my direction by making me an ever more involved part of the community and handing me the 7×7 Link Award.
Without further ado, here is what the award is all about:
The rules of the 7×7 Link Award:
Rule # 1: tell everyone something that no one else knows about you
Rule # 2: Link to one of the posts that you personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece and Most Pride-Worthy Piece.
Rule # 3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers
Today I can proudly say that The Blog of Big Ideas is celebrating its first anniversary.
It all started with a friend who planted the seed suggesting I start a blog to touch upon things I was interested in (if you are interested in Graphic Design, her blog is definitely worth checking out). As a fellow user of WordPress, she pointed out how rewarding it had been for her, no matter if anyone read it or not, having become a creative outlet from which to translate her ideas into writing. I was no stranger to her blog, and I was certainly not completely foreign to the community, but once someone pushed me to start writing and I started typing my first word on my first post, there was simply no way back.
In light of the 10th year anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I have decided to open up yet a new series in this blog of mine: Films that Matter. The goal of this series would be to discuss pieces of film that have touched upon subjects that are of relevance to the world we live in today. These films might not be ultimate works of art, but because of their content, they have a relevance that should not be overlooked.
Like I said, I would like to start this new series with a French documentary simply titled 9/11. In case you are already wary of what you are about to read, I can preview the next few paragraphs by saying that what makes this film remarkable and different from the rest is that it did not intend to be what it ultimately became. In fact, the film was intended to be a rather modest inside-look at the lives of New York City firefighters, focusing on the daily occurrences at a station that happened to serve lower Manhattan, to then quickly turn into an astonishing true recollection of a historic event.
During most of its running time, the documentary is nothing more than an hour of impressive footage. It is, without a doubt, one of the most vivid and poignant accounts of the greatest terrorist attack in history. There were no sappy moments or over rehearsed accounts of those involved, it was simply a raw and intimate look from the heroic perspective of the firefighters that were called to action that unforgettable morning.
It is by no means a polished or extremely well-crafted documentary. In fact, a good amount of the film is rather uninteresting as the two french film makers spend time documenting the lives of firefighters in Manhattan in the days prior to the tragedy. It is especially dull because we all know what to expect coming into the film, and the first part has little to do with the tragedy and more to do with understanding the inner workings of a fire station.
What the film does provide is an indelible account of the story told by the cameras of innocent survivors that found themselves in the midst of one of the most horrifying catastrophes the world has ever seen. For all of its value as a historic piece, the film remains a relatively unknown documentary and one wonders why it has. Perhaps it has to do with the over saturation of imagery and video footage provided by an infinite amount of news outlets all around the world, or maybe this is a film that is not suitable to a larger audience whether it may be for the disturbing nature of its content or because the issue remains a sensitive one to a lot of people.
What is definitely true is that “9/11” is a hair-rising, stomach-turning, incredibly horrific account of the tragedy, one that should be watched in order to realize the degree of devastation and human loss from the point of view of the true heroes of that day: fire fighters.
To all who have ventured into the realm of my blog I just wanted to let you know that I am forced to take a break from blogging due to an always exhausting and time-consuming move to a new place, a lack of internet access at said place (for the time being) and the daily hassle of work.
I will be coming back as soon as I can with the end of my Clint Eastwood cycle as I continue with my IMDB top 250 films challenge. Upcoming reviews of movies I’ve already seen will be “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” to finish with the top-rated Eastwood film, then the horror classic “The Thing” and the romantic classic “Casablanca”.
I will also look to continue my new series: Best Moments in Film History, and my first series of this blog of mine: Searching for the Perfect Chicago Skyscraper.
From now on, I will also be splitting my time with a second blog that will be entirely devoted to the greatest of my hobbies: soccer. For that reason, my time spent towards this blog might be reduced although I will continue to try my best to keep this blog as fresh and updated as possible even though it might be harder than it used to be.
Until we meet again…