Author: Katrina Barnett
I am, you guessed it, a film school grad, trying not to float away in a sea of student loan debt and insecurity. Reading, writing, and going to the movies are my favorite pastimes, and for a long time I’ve been mulling over ideas for a project that could help me merge all of those things in a fun way that might serve as a means of self-betterment. I currently reside in Texas after long stints in California and North Dakota. I was homeschooled from birth up to my high school graduation. I will hopefully be starting grad school in the fall. My two favorite movies, if you care to know, are The Apartment and The Royal Tenenbaums. Weird things always seem to happen to me. One Easter Sunday I saw a goat in the parking lot of Applebee’s. He looked like he was enjoying himself.
My Year With Gary
I run a personal blog, a seldom-updated tumblr, and a very boring twitter account. I have several completed and uncompleted screenplays under my belt, and one year a script of mine made it into the top 15% of all entries in competition for The Nicholl Fellowship (though I did not place at the time). I am responsible for a published short noir story (in a hard-boiled magazine that is now defunct, of course), as well as about 30 unpublished works, a smattering of film criticism that can be found online (and in my brain), 3 or 4 short films that I made in college, and a never-ending supply of creative projects in various stages of development. Recently I had been feeling frustrated with all of them and I needed something new to focus on, and thus My Year With Gary was born.
I hope you enjoy it.
This is not a fanblog (not that there’s anything wrong with that), nor is it a collection of amateur film reviews. This blog is not intended to be a cache of Oldman info or critique, and while I plan to make my observations about the films of Mr. Gary and his performances in them (though, let me say right now: flawless. All of his performances are flawless, okay?), I’m more interested in exploring what is to be learned from the experience of engaging in film, and what good can come of stubborn obsessiveness, if any.
If you are looking for awesome Gary stuff, try the consistently updated tumblr F Yeah Gary Oldman or the Gary Oldman Web Twitter page, both of which I have already raided in aid of this blog’s creation.
All images that appear on MYWG are probably not mine. No copyright infringement intended.
There WILL BE SPOILERS for almost all of the films I write about.
If you disagree with my assessment of a film, feel free to tell me so.
For the Record
I am a big fan of Gary Oldman and I think he might be the best actor alive. I did go through a really weird period in my life in which I became staggeringly obsessed with tracking down many of his movies, ranking them, and haunting his career choices as I tried to make sense of them. Over the course of this obsession I learned an exhaustive amount about the timeline of his life and work, which I believe can be helpful if you don’t let that knowledge overshadow the films, but I don’t recommend that particular brand of research. Also, it should be noted that while there is no denying that the man makes for a foxy Rosencrantz, I am not in love with Gary Oldman (I’m more of a Steve Carell/Jesse Eisenberg kinda gal), though the way he says “panda” is admittedly adorable. Despite the occasional interview faux pas, Oldman generally projects an endearing persona, his appearances on talk shows of late are usually fun and he is certainly a stately gentleman, but I would like to avoid the “fangirl” moniker (as much as one can when one has dedicated a blog to someone) and I have no plans of usurping his current lady and forcing his children to refer to me as mum.
I do, however, plan to introduce him to the miniature crochet version of himself one day.