ByBrycin O'Reagin, writer at

Seeing as though I'm brand-spankin'-new to the Moviepilot community, I'd like to introduce myself a little beyond being a sucker for witty dialogue and beautiful cinematography.

From my childhood viewings of Back to the Future, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and The Blues Brothers, movies have always been a passion of mine. Those classics filled my little head with wonder, laughter and suspense, and they literally moved me. Not emotionally of course, I was five, dancing on the coffee table while Michael J. Fox put the McFly spin on Johnny B. Goode.

The tales which had me emotionally invested at the time included anything from Pixar, specifically the Toy Story series. Then again, Pixar Animation Studios is a factory of tears and I'm fairly convinced Monster's Inc. is a semi-accurate portrayal of their business model. Look, there goes John Lasseter absconding with my emotions after Inside Out.

Naturally, as I got older, my tastes evolved and I began developing a love for movies with darker subject matter like Apocalypse Now, Scarface, and the probably-too-sombre-for-12-year-olds Hotel Rwanda. Not your typical adolescent Saturday fare, though my friends and I left the theatre with a lasting impression. It was a powerful experience that opened my eyes to both the horrible atrocities that, up until that point, I hadn't heard much about, and to a lesser extent the power of movies to tell meaningful stories.

As much as I'll always love and appreciate a gripping drama, it has never been my go-to genre, not by a long shot. Comedy has always held that title proudly above it's glorious, glorious head. I think watching guys like Chris Farley, Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler in their absolute prime solidified that for me. I mean, you couldn't pay me to see Pixels, but I'd gladly pay to see Happy Gilmore in theatres 20 years after it was released, so credit where credit is due to Sandler in my opinion.

*Here's where I would talk about the beautiful merging of drama and comedy in dark humour, or at least my discovery of it that is. But I figured I'm going to write a review of In Bruges, a favorite of mine, which will be the perfect opportunity for just that.*

On the writing side of things, I've always enjoyed the craft and I've tried my hand at a variety of its aspects. From lyric writing, short stories, half of one admittedly doomed film script, to editorials, opinion pieces and copywriting. Most recently, I was an editor for a business-to-business publication which covered many different industries, though sadly not the film industry!

I'm excited to have found what seems like the perfect community to both hone my skills as a writer, and write what I'm truly passionate about. I'm looking forward to reading more articles from around the community, and I do hope you enjoy mine.

Feel free to drop me any comments, questions, or constructive criticisms below!


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