I've been in love with cinema for most of my life. A conservative estimate is that I have seen at least 3,000 films, a number that usually increases weekly. I enjoy all genres of film from all periods of time, silent to modern. I write a film review blog called Scan and Pan and many of my reviews are also published by Thoughts on Film.

I discovered cinema as something more than light entertainment at the age of thirteen, when my fchased its first VCR. At the time there were few tapes available for purchase and thost that were sold for $80 or more. Notable exceptions were older films, some of which were sold through the Crown Books chain for $10 and included Battleship Potemkin, Citizen Kane, The Gold Rush, M, Metropolis, Nosferatu, and other classics of the silent and early sound eras. They were my gateways to loving the cinema.

I have a good sized DVD collection, which was even larger until a recent burglary. My DVD player is a Jaton PSD7611K all-region player with a built-in PAL-to-NTSC converter.

Filmmakers whose work I particularly like include Ingmar Bergman, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro, Sergei Eisenstein, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, David Lynch, Takashi Miike, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, and James Whale.

I have an interest in Asian horror films (a major reason that I have an all-region DVD player), particularly those that are part of the Japanese New Wave of Horror (films directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hideo Nakata, Takashi Shimizu, etc.). The New Wave films are superior to what usually passes for horror films in the US or Europe, which rely on gore, cheap thrills, and, too often, monsters who spout one-liners. The Japanese New Wave directors just want to scare several years off of your life (and often make you think about deep issues while doing so).