Charlie Jones (Poet, playwright, and screenwriter)
Meet one of our prolific readers who loves to say a thing or two about our reviews and articles
My obsession with film started when I was quite young. The first film I ever saw was Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman, 1967), which I would watch on repeat, constantly. In fact, The Jungle Book played in our house so much my dad wrote his master’s thesis on it!
Since then, I’ve grown to love all manner of films, from small-budget indies to studio-backed blockbusters, lesser known foreign films to English-language classics, and light-hearted rom-coms to hard science-fiction. I’ve become particularly fond of horror movies, having initially been drawn to what I perceived to be a camaraderie among aficionados and lovers of the genre. The films of Guillermo del Toro and John Carpenter, as well as these directors’ infectious enthusiasm for the genre, cemented my affinity for the strange and the macabre, and it’s rare nowadays for my movie-night selection not to feature a monster of some sort.
My favourite films include John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), as well as Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993), Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2003), and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I try to surround myself with all things film, from reading movie reviews and texts on film, to hanging as many movie posters as possible on my bedroom walls (currently, Kurt Russell, Toshiro Mifune, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all watch me while I sleep), and I hope one day to see a film of my own on the big screen.
Charlie Jones is a who lives in Merseyside. You can contact him on Twitter @Charlie93Jones or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other posts by Charlie Jones
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Keanu Reeves's titular character refuses to die, in awe-inspiring folktale about the odds of overcoming the impossible - third instalment of franchise is in cinemas Friday, May 24th [Read More...]
Fighting with my Family
Biopic of British wrestling diva Paige is effective enough even for non-fans of the sport, despite a few shortcomings - in cinemas Wednesday, February 27th [Read More...]
Clint Eastwood plays nonagenarian horticulturalist-turned-drug-courier to whom women are magnetically attracted, in a poorly acted and directed film infused with vanity - in cinemas Friday, January 25th [Read More...]
British horror has echoes of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man, Ken Russell's The Devils and Greek mythology, with plenty of blood, gore and majestic imagery! Available on Netflix from Friday, October 12th [Read More...]
In defense of screen life movies: not just marketing gimmicks
'Screen life' movies (horror/actions flicks that unfold on computer screens) have been dismissed as marketing gimmicks; in reality, they have created a whole new language teeming with social commentary - argues poet and screenwriter Charlie Jones [Read More...]
Third installment of brand new 'screen life' subgenre deals with father desperately seeking his missing daughter through a variety of online media - in cinemas now! [Read More...]
This "psychological" zombie movie has an interesting premise as well as underlying racial commentary, while steering clear of blood and gore; sadly it also lacks bite - exclusively on Netflix [Read More...]
WARNING: film spoilers can kill!
Cinema-goer Charlie Jones argues in favour of spoilers, and why he thinks readers should be given the choice whether to find out about the dirty twists in a film or not! [Read More...]
This is no laughing matter!!!
Our 25-year-old reader Charlie Jones has come across some epic and glistening pieces of filmic garbage in his relatively short life as a cinema-goer; he shares his favourite gems and advises how to make the best of the experience! [Read More...]