Let’s play “Two Truths and a Lie.” I’ll tell you three things about myself, and you have to guess which two are true, and which one is the lie:
- I am related to an Oscar-winning actor.
- I know an Oscar-winning screenwriter.
- I am related to one of Charlie Chaplin’s wives.
All three have an element of truth to them, but the “lie” is Number Two. Steve Tesich, who wrote Breaking Away, was a family friend, but I’ve never met him personally. The Oscar-winning actor I’m related to is Van Heflin (which also makes me related to his nephew, Jonathan Kaplan, the director of The Accused), and it is Chaplin’s ex-wife, Paulette Goddard, who I’m also related to. Goddard went on to marry Erich Maria Remarque, who wrote one of my favorite books, All Quiet on the Western Front.
I’m not related closely enough to any of these people to make any money off it, but, hey, at least I get to impress anyone who’s actually heard of them.
My name is Hunter Goddard. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and I’m in my senior year of studying journalism and film studies at Colorado State University. My passion for film is matched by my lifelong passion for writing. I share a birthday with Lauren Bacall, and I shall now attempt to introduce myself as though I were a character from Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain:
I like Italian food, Italian people (Lady Gaga specifically), and run-on sentences.
I dislike people who give serious answers to rhetorical questions, road trips, and that try-hard Christopher Nolan space opera, Interstellar.
The movies I do like are a random bunch. My absolute all-time favorite is Vertigo, but I also enjoy repeat viewings of Titanic (I know, I know, I’m not proud of it), Kill Bill, The Exorcist, and many, many more.
It goes to show that filmmaking done right is a powerful experience, no matter what the films themselves are actually about.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and all those shots and all those actors and all those lines and all that hard work is worth so much more than the price of admission.
Filmmakers are in the business of making people happy, and in a world where happiness is under attack at all times, moviemaking is more than just a distraction.
It is a public service.