Welcome to The Everyday Cinephile, a blog meant to discover new classic films from a variety of filmmakers, genres, and time periods.

In short, this blog is for anyone who wants to explore the vast world of classic film (for the purpose of this blog, classic film encompasses the very beginnings of cinema in the 1890s up until the late 1960s). The Everyday Cinephile is an opportunity to discover new genres, filmmakers, and time periods you may not have explored, whether you’re already an ardent fan of classic film or someone who wants to see their first black and white movie or first silent picture. I am currently undertaking the European Silent Cinema Project which can be found here.

My name is Shawn Hall and I love silent films, film noir, and cheesy religious epics among other things. I grew up in the California territory known as Las Vegas, Nevada and currently live at the center of the movie world in Los Angeles where I am pursuing a career as a film archivist and preservationist.

Ever since I got hooked onto watching classic films in high school, DVRing as many movies on Turner Classic Movies and checking out my library’s collection of AFI Top 100 list films, I’ve loved the power that film has to entertain, question, and uplift. The best movies don’t just fill up an hour and a half of our Friday night. They become a part of us, comforting us when we’re in need, inspiring us to be our best self, and challenging us to expand our own worldview beyond the limited confines of our own notions and beliefs. While I enjoy a good movie no matter the year of its release, I want to make sure films that matter to me from decades past will still have a large audience and impact the film community and others for years to come.

I plan to deliver a mixture of reviews of well-known classics, hidden gems, and overlooked films served up with my own opinions and observations from the film. While I’m most familiar with American classics, I hope to occasionally review films from different countries with a wide variety of languages.

As I am currently in graduate school and very busy, I will be posting twice a month to get the blog started. Feel free also to follow me on Twitter @EDCinephile.

I hope that The Everyday Cinephile will give both me and you a chance to expand our knowledge of film, share our own favorite films while discovering new favorites, and connect classic film lovers everywhere to share their own experiences and worldviews. Here’s to the beginning of a beautiful friendship!