The Backstory

Why Blog About Movies?

Going to the movie theatre to watch the latest flick wasn’t a common occurrence when I was growing up. My sincere interest in movies started about 10 years ago when I started learning to play a musical instrument called a theatre organ. These instruments were wildly used in the 1910s-1920s to accompany silent movies. Its thrilling sound and intricate mechanical workings sparked my interest in playing the organ.

The historic Fargo Theatre, featuring yours truly and the Mighty Wurlitzer!

The List

At the time of this writing, my “Movies to Watch” list is a cinematic Smörgåsbord of classic films, superhero movies, movie musicals, silent films, cult classics, and new releases. It also includes movies that I really should have seen by now, but haven’t, including but not limited to every Star Wars film, the Indiana Jones movies, and The Lord of the Rings.

A list of movies to watch. The movies that have been seen are marked with a date and a green check mark.
A screenshot of part of my List, as of November 28, 2020

The Blog

Well, here I am. The movie that sparked the creation of this blog was 12 Angry Men (1957). I watched it last night, and found it so thought provoking and interesting that I felt like I just needed to write about it. Perhaps other people would find my thoughts interesting, or are looking for recommendations on what movie to watch next. As a musician coming into his last weeks of music school, time is precious. I’d hate to watch a dud movie unless there was something that I could glean from it.



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Ryan Hardy

Ryan Hardy

A musician exploring the world of cinema, one movie at a time.