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 email@example.com