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Next on Netflix: Columnist’s farewell to film

11 May 2014 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer One Comment

When Quentin Tarantino was asked “Did you go to film school?” he answered, “No, I went to films.” Now, for the writer of a film column to compare herself to Quentin Tarantino, I’d need the ego of, well… Quentin Tarantino. But, there’s something about that quote I’ve always related to. I might not know the ins and outs of film school, but I know movies. After this much time with this column, I’d better.

I’m not a film major. I’ve lived with several Electronic Media and Film majors and have been to massive parties filled with them. I’ve helped them with projects and even acted or done voices for some. But I still have a childlike wonder about films. I’m not generally a part of the process of making films, and so they seem like magic to me rather than work.

What I do is watch them. Watch tons of them. I watched 106 movies I had never seen last year, not counting re-watches of old favorites. I’m hoping to beat my record this year. I’ll watch just about anything, though I have my favorite genres (thrillers, horror, documentaries, Wes Anderson movies) and my least favorites (romantic comedies, usually). I love to write about them, too. Every week, getting to write about a different movie or a different director or a different trend was an adventure. And even if one person read it and thought it was cool, I was unbelievably flattered.

I was a 17-year-old freshman who knew next to nothing when I got a call from The Towerlight that said, “Hey, we saw your application and you did movie reviews in high school, want a column?” It was a little more formal than that, but not by much. So I said yes. And time went on, and lots of things in my life changed, but I was always a columnist for The Towerlight and talked about films. And it made me want to watch more. And watching more made me want to write more. It was a pleasant cycle.

Now, I’m on the brink of graduation, after four years and countless movies. I’ve had a good run, but it’s someone else’s turn now. So thanks to all my old Towerlight mentors who let me blab endlessly about how I felt about one movie or another — Lauren Slavin, Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Megan Flannery, Shamus Kelley and Daryllee Hale especially. Let’s go to the movies sometime.

Let’s keep on watching.

One Comment »

  • Amanda S. said:

    Our first ever conversation was about your column! I felt like I was meeting a celebrity. :P

    You’ve done such a great job over the past four years. And thanks for the EMF/QT shout-out!

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