Okay, this might not be the right section to post in but I digress. I can't help but feel like I'm a complete fraud when it comes to film. I'm only 20 and I know I have a lifetime of film-watching and learning ahead of me but I also want to be a filmmaker (writer/director - more on that later) and I'm really starting to think I'm nothing more than a novice, a wannabe. Everyone I know calls me "the film guy" and I'm really interested in the medium but I think I have a world of work ahead of me. For example: -I have seen only 2 westerns (Maverick with Mel Gibson and The Magnificent Seven) -I haven't seen any of the Fox Classics (except for The Day the Earth Stood Still) -I haven't seen any silent films -I haven't seen any of the classic Universal horror films -I've only seen 6 Hitchcock films (Shadow of a Doubt, Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Rear Window) -I've only seen 1 Fellini film (Amarcord - I got a kick out of it!) -I've seen only 1 Truffaut film (The 400 Blows) -I've seen only 2 Jimmy Stewart films (Rear Window and Vertigo) -I've seen only 1 John Wayne film (Sands of Iwo Jima) -I've seen only 1 Billy Wilder film (Double Indemnity) -I've seen 0 Bergman films -I've seen 0 Bogart films -I've seen only 1 Katherine Hepburn film (Bringing up baby which I hated) -I've seen only 1 Audrey Hepburn film (My Fair Lady) -I've seen 0 Preston Sturges films -I've seen only 2 David Lean films (Lawrence of Arabia and Bridge on the River Kwai which I thought was great) -I've seen only 2 John Sturges films (Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape) -I've seen only 3 Scorsese films (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear) On the other hand, I've seen: -All of Kubrick's WB-owned films (except for Barry Lyndon) -All of Kevin Smith's films -All of Woody Allen's films (except for What's Up, Tiger Lily?, September, and Another Woman) -All of the Marx Brothers' films -Closely Watched Trains -Rififi (thanks to Bill Hunt's review at the Bits) -Big Deal on Madonna Street -Harold and Maude -All of Tim Burton's films -All of James Cameron's films (except for Piranha 2) -West Side Story (but not The Sound of Music) -All of the Star Trek/Wars films -Alien and Aliens -Rashomon -Time After Time -The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming -It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World -Patton -Buckaroo Bonzai -Office Space Everytime I tell my co-workers that I haven't seen title X or Y, they are shocked. I appreciate that they think I know everything (I don't) and I shouldn't care what they think but I do take it personally. On the other hand, I'm probably the only person in the 561 area code that has ever heard of Rififi. As for my own work, I haven't touched a camcorder or camera in years. I've had some serious self-esteem issues in the past (which necessitated visits with shrinks) and I never had any friends half-way interested in film or filmmaking (I have a few now). Money was also an issue. I asked my parents if they would help fund a short film (or full-length) and their answer was "No!" I'm working on 3 scripts right now and I think I'm doing okay. (I figured I could focus on character and plot and dialogue versus composition and lighting.) We'll see what happens. Thanks for listening to my non-sensical ramblings.