“Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome, C’mon in”
Lili von Shtupp, Blazing Saddles (1974, Director: Mel Brooks)
Welcome to WatchWatchRewatch.
I hope you like films. I’ll be honest, if you don’t, then you are in the wrong place. You got the internet link equivalent of a Chance card that makes you pay £5 to every other player for some flimsy reason. It probably isn’t going to make you really miserable, but it isn’t ideal.
If, on the other hand, you do like films then this is like some good Monopoly thing. Sorry, I got bored of that simile about halfway through the last sentence. I don’t even really like Monopoly. But, luckily, I do like films and I like talking about them. So if you’re with me on that one, you are in the right place.
There are three main categories of posts that you will find. They are: Watch, WatchWatch, and Rewatch.
In short, all films I post about – be they films I have seen a million times and am live tweeting or something all shiny and new – will have a post tagged ‘watch’. The ‘watch’ tag is for something short, a few lines to whet your appetite. It’s the bait, you’re the fish. If you don’t like to know too much about a film before seeing it, the ‘watch’ tag is designed with you in mind. It is, in short, a glorified blurb. Except written by me.
Ah, ‘WatchWatch’. This is the tag for the long way round. Here is where I get a little bit verbose. ‘WatchWatch’ is the long review. The ‘WatchWatch’ category is about the whole film. It’s about how I felt before, during, and after. It’s about what I saw and didn’t see. In short, about the full impression. If you’ve seen the film too, or you like loads of information from a total stranger that may also include a digression on anything you care to name before you really commit to a film, then this is for you.
This is the final category of things you are likely to find here. A rewatch isn’t just a second, third, fourth or millionth viewing of a thing. A rewatch, here, is a state of mind. Sound ridiculous? Good. It should do. I’m annoying like that. A ‘rewatch’ post might be about the connotations the film has for me. Or it might be a live tweet session. It might be the food the film makes me crave, or indeed the food that made me crave the film. It might be a short treatise on why Bourbon slush was made for drinking with the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. It’s not one thing, but many.
That, reader, is about the long and short of it.