Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: Ah, the first question every film student gets asked when they tell someone what it is they study. My standard answer is Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) — in my opinion, the very best example of film noir that exists in the world (yes, even better than Out of the Past). Other favorites include All the President’s Men, The Godfather 1 and 2, Kurosawa’s Ikiru, The Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future, and the original Star Wars trilogy.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: Currently? Mad Men and Community. Of all time? The list would include Arrested Development, Seinfeld, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights, and Babylon 5.
Q: What are the pictures that are always at the top of the site?
A: It’s a randomized group of images from films and TV shows that I love, including many of the movies and series I’ve already mentioned.
Q: Where did you get the blog’s name from? Does it have any special meaning?
A: “I wonder if you wonder” is a line of dialogue from Double Indemnity… it’s said by Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) to Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) and is the last line of the opening scene between the two characters, during which they flirt with each other shamelessly by way of some of the greatest dialogue ever written for a motion picture. In terms of a more profound meaning, part of the goal of this blog is to interact with film and TV lovers who may not have had the opportunity to study them in an academic setting. I’m constantly wondering what the public at large really things about film and television, and my opinion isn’t any more or less valid than yours just because I went to film school.