“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight Rises.
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
My name is Leonard Wilson, and Welcome to my little corner of the net, Days Without Incident.
I started this site in October of 2015. The original goal was to have a site about movies and other things where I could write, but didn’t necessarily have to stand in a spotlight. Occasionally, I write reviews for Through the Shattered Lens, an entertainment website with a team of very talented authors.I’ve shared some thoughts on films and learned quite a bit in the process. I noticed that many of the other writers had sites of their own in addition to working on the Lens. This allowed them to have a focus on a particular genre of cinema (or just their own thing) while still contributing to the Lens. There, we have a number of regular viewers, which grows all the time.
I’m having a fantastic time there, but also wanted a project of my own. Although I tend to review a number of popular films, I’m trying to learn more about cinema classics. In working with an observing film critics and reviewers (along with attending film festivals), I’ve found that there’s a bit of a film snob in all of us. After amassing knowledge of who played what in which film, it’s often hard to not feel like you’re walking around with this awesome power.
“I want to learn about Classic films.” I would ask someone at a film festival. “Where should I start?”
“Why, Godard, of course. He may the most important New Wave director out there.” the Film Aficionado may reply.
“Yes!” I’d smile and exclaim, taking out a notebook and scribbling down the name. Finally, some knowledge. “I loved Cabin in the Woods. Goddard. Didn’t know he was that special. Got it. Thanks.” I’d look up just in time to see this face of disgust peering back at me, like I referred to some special mustard like it was a casual condiment. *
So, I’m learning, slowly. What I figure out will be shared here.
You might also be asking yourself about the site name. I know. It’s strange.
I had this dream one night.
I was standing on the Concession stand line at a fictional movie theatre, waiting to receive my refreshments when I noticed a sign that read “We have had 5 Days Without Incident. Please make wise film choices.” Receiving my popcorn, I smiled and bought the sign to the cashier’s attention.
“Hey, What constitutes an Incident?” I asked.
The fellow, who happened to look like my little brother, chuckled at the sign.
“Have you ever watched a movie so bad, you wanted to walk out of it? So bad that you’d rather not tell anyone you saw it, out of the fear of being known as ‘That person who actually paid to see that crappy film.”?
“Yeah, I can come up with a few, actually.” I said.
“Well, there you go.” The concession stand attendant replied and smiled. “Every extremely bad film is labelled an Incident and we bring the counter back to Zero.”
As luck would have it, a young couple approached the nearest ticket taker, visibly upset.
“I’d like to speak to your Manager. I demand a refund! This movie was so bad, my love clawed their eyes out!! Help me, Please!” the moviegoer barked, waving her ticket. Her partner’s face was pointed towards the sky with blood running from their eyes. Within minutes, I caught sight of the Manager as they walked over to the couple, along with a medical crew.
“Damn. We were on such a run, too.” The concession stand attendant said. “Oh, well, back to zero, I guess.” He added before walking off.
That’s basically how this site works. If I find a film that’s particularly bad, it’s labeled an “Incident”. If not, it’s just a review.
Either way, hope you enjoy yourselves here.
- – It should be noted that Jean Luc-Godard and Drew Goddard are both awesome. Just needed an example.