by Cass Cannon
Sure, you say the effects are cool. Maybe that the score was unbelievable and the acting was downright Hitchcockian. But what’s there nestled between the lines? What do we actually mean when show someone something we care about? At least for me, there’s nothing kinder than getting a movie recommendation. A recommendation essentially says, “I experienced two hours of joy and I want you, YES YOU, to experience the same.”
And we’ve all been there, eagerly watching a friend watch a film we’ve selected from countless others—every snicker, eye roll, and facial expression rewrites a story we love and casts our chosen friend (or sibling or lover or weird neighbor) in a warm glowy limelight that makes their reactions the most important review we’ve seen yet. It’s how dorks like us forge connections. How many of you readers out there have that tried and true social rule “when in doubt, talk about movies” for parties where you may be feeling less than confident?
Patrick Bromley, our bold and fearless leader, has dedicated an admirable amount of time to creating one of the kindest, supportive, and inclusive communities on the internet. And I’d bet money on that. When I was first invited to write for F this Movie!, and later chat on the podcast, I was so anxious. What did these smart, movie encyclopedia cinephiles want with some weird queer kid who still hasn’t seen the Godfather II? I read and reread my reviews, carefully engineering every sentence to be lock-tight. Frankly, I wanted your guys’ approval. I wanted to be able to hold my own among the hosts of a podcast I’d been listening to for so long.
I bring all of this up not just to pat each and every one of you lovely readers on the back (although if I could, I absolutely would), but to raise a proverbial glass to the man of the hour. Patrick, the care you put into this website and community is singular. From raising over seven thousand dollars for the Magnolia Tree Foundation to checking in with your readers and frequent commenters, you truly are a master. And I am proud to call you my friend. I think what you have accomplished here is great, and no small feat. F this Movie! is a lush oasis in the toxic-every-fedora-festooned-man-for-himself-wasteland (coming to theaters next summer) and we should all be proud and feel warm and fuzzy for being included.
Happy Birthday, Patrick, and thank you for recommending and recommending and recommending. We love you!