You've just crashed at Jeeem's CinePad,
that's where. Sit back, relax, take your shoes off. Cyberspace is kind of like LA
(where I lived for seven years): "There's no there there." So, I
wanted my CinePad to feel like an actual place where you can hang out, wander around,
think and daydream. Hence, the house metaphor (and, yes, those pictures really are
of the place I live -- in Seattle, WA).
The CinePad is still in its early formative stages, but I
hope it will be someplace that offers something you don't find that much of on the web --
engaging, thought-provoking, serious (but often funny) criticism and commentary
about the movies and the culture in which they're made and viewed. This isn't a
place for "consumer reporting" (there's plenty of that out there), or a fanzine
(though I am passionate about the movies and moviemakers I love and loathe), or a faceless
database of information (though I expect to provide a lot of easy-to-find factual info).
I hope it offers more of a philosophy of movies than another re-hash of
trivia, inst-opinions, and factoids. Frankly, I'd rather write about (and read
about) the history of plumbing in the cinema, or how certain movies' style betrays their
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What I hope you'll come away with are some ideas about
how to really look at movies, what's important to me (and, I hope, you) about
movies, how they affect us, why certain aesthetic values matter -- stuff like that.
I've been writing about movies for more than half my life
now, since 1977, and I plan to post a lot of things I've written over the years -- plus
new stuff. I come from a background in print journalism, so it's particularly
exhilarating for me -- at long last -- to be able to write, edit, photograph, design, and
publish all by myself! I'm an auteur at last! This site is
also, in part, a reaction to the dumbing-down (and eventual elimination) of Cinemania, the
CD-ROM/website I've edited since late 1994. Cinemania, although successful, fell
victim to "new business strategies" that I think are short-sighted (no surprises
there) -- and to corporate bureaucracy. I hung on until the bitter end as Cinemania
slowly slipped into a coma and died. Jeeem's CinePad was built as a way of finding
something constructive and creative to do with my energies (and frustrations) during
Cinemania's slow and (for me) painful death.
So, welcome. C'mon in. Make yourself at
home. Look around. And be sure to come back. There's a lot of remodeling
to be done...
Some semi-legal fine-print-type stuff:
Everything on this site is by me, unless otherwise noted:
© 1977-1998 by Jim Emerson. All Rights Reserved -- and all that.
Jeeem's CinePad is a non-profit, educational website designed
to encourage people to become more informed and perceptive movie viewers, and to develop
critical skills for discussing and understanding film and popular culture.
Non-original photographs are used for
informational/educational/illustrative purposes only, to accompany reviews or articles
about the films, people, or places (or animals, vegetables, or minerals) depicted.
When books (or even, in some cases, films) are mentioned, you
can buy them directly from Seattle's local worldwide bookstore, Amazon.com, simply by clicking on the title or cover