Daniel Day-Lewis Film Marathon

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So I'm back, and writing, after a 1-year hiatus. Let me explain.

Last fall, I started graduate school (for history!) while also working full time. Needless to say, this left me with very little free time. On the average, I was reading two books a week, while also writing at least one response paper per week. As much as I wanted to be committed to this blog, it was simply impossible.

But now it's summer, and I can once again write freely. The big dilemma, however, revolves around one question. What do I write about?

The everyday facts of my life are pretty boring, so I don't want this to be a journal. I need a topic to write on that's independent of what I do each day. And I think I've found one.

A movie marathon!

I've decided to watch one movie featuring Daniel Day-Lewis each week for the next ten weeks. Yes, that's ten movies. Then I'll write about each one.

Why do this, you ask?

Well, it's quite simple. If I had to choose a few actors currently alive who I would love to spend a few hours talking to, Daniel Day-Lewis would be at the top of that list. His commitment to each one of his roles is fascinating and at times a little troubling. He is the epitome of a "method" actor, often spending the entire shooting schedule of a movie in character. He goes to great lengths to learn not only the language of his character but also just about every aspect of how that character would have lived. He's extremely picky about the scripts that he chooses, often taking a break of 4-5 years in between movies. This dedication to a character intrigues me, and since I've only seen a handful of his films I felt that this would be a really cool viewing experience.

I also just need some experience writing…and now that my interest in theatre and film history has been revived, I thought studying and writing about a few films would be an interesting experiment.

I'm happy to say that many of his films are now on Netflix streaming, and the ones that aren't are often on Amazon instant watch or iTunes. I'm going to work through his films chronologically, starting with the 1985 film A Room With A View. This film is on Netflix streaming, so if you have Netflix I invite you to watch it with me.

After viewing, I'll write my review of the film, with special attention to DDL's role. I might also share some trivia on the film, how he prepared for it, things like that. I'm wanting to incorporate clips from YouTube if possible too, and I'm still toying with the idea of sharing some of my thoughts in audio form.

So, that's about it. I would love for you to watch A Room With A View and tell me what you think. My post on the film should be up by this Sunday or Monday. Happy viewing!