About Myself

If you ask me to describe myself, I will say I am just one of those amateur critics who have watched lots of movies every year. I know many names of great directors or actors or other legendary technicians. I know some technical terms. I know when and how to apply around 40% of them in my reviews and I recently learned what the hell master shot is. I know what David Bordwell means to other serious critics but I read only one of his books, “Film History: An Introduction”. Sadly, there was only vol. 1 in my campus library but it was very intriguing to know from that book that they also had movie critics during silent movie.

ย  ย  Somehow, I’m usually capable of recognizing good movies. I am passionate about them and I love to talk with people about them. When I frequented bars in those alcoholic days, my topic for strangers were movies (and books, sometimes). I talked with bartenders and other customers about old movies and new movies of the week shown in our local theaters. I’m still in feedback learning stage in case of moviegoing. I know my limits and I have been struggling with them.

ย 2010 is the year of uncertainty to me and time is short for me now. At least, I was able to enjoy Oscar, Chicago, and Ebertfest during that short period, and then I will move on to whatever I will have to do. I am not so proud of myself. I have messed up a lot while living my life, but it has provided me lots of good things. I have been lucky to have good parents and enjoy lots of movies and books under their protection. And also lucky to get acquainted with Mr. Ebert and his far-flung correspondents and other prolific bloggers and to express my opinion about movies freely. I have lots of doubts, but I will go on.

18 Responses to About Myself

  1. S M Rana says:

    A wistful self introduction!

  2. Tiko says:

    Hello, I’m Tiko from Indonesia.
    You have a quite unique introduction by saying “I’m not proud of my self.” ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Why, hello Seongyong! Ever since your articles were first posted on Roger Ebert’s site, I have been consistently impressed with your literary acumen. I also blog about films, although I try and focus on films that are overlooked or under-appreciated. I would greately appreciate it if you would look around my site, leave a comment, and tell me what you think!

    I also would be eternally grateful if you would recommend some films that you feel are criminally under-appreciated. My blog address is:


    Thank you!

  4. Steve says:

    I would like to say I seem to be at a similar stage in life and possibly have lots in common with interests in film and industry. I seem to have high expectations for myself so I’m not that proud of my self either, but I like to think I have a lot to be proud of too… Nice to meet You.

  5. ashok says:

    Hi – came across your website via Roger Ebert. I was wondering – how did you manage to get the great critic’s notice? Did you email or tweet him one of your reviews? Or did he just come across your blog?

    Great writing btw! Enjoyed your Leaves of Grass piece.

    SC: I frequently left comments in his blog, and he noticed me and other wonderful writers.

  6. tromhbosis says:

    Damn, you are almost as ugly as bad critic!

    SC: Thanks a lot.

  7. becruiser says:

    Yes I also watch the films all over the world and I also like to talk about those movies in my every day life.

    SC: But there is always harsh reality we have to cope with…

  8. Yogesh odyssey opera says:

    An English critic from Korea <>

  9. Eddy says:

    Very touching. Your tone remind me of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. Although, a creative pastiche of it over the long run is better for everyone than a faithful adaptation!

    SC: Thanks for your kind comment.

  10. I appreciate your honesty – with yourself. Yes, we don’t always tuck in the edges of our life so tidily. It’s more frayed and unkempt than we’d like. But today’s a new day.

    The way you think about movies is how I do books. Here are some thoughts that springboard off a Korean novel:


    SC: I’ll read it later, but thanks anyway.

  11. I love what you are doing. Keep it up!

    SC: Thank you.

  12. Thomas Crane says:


    SC: Thank you for your kind support.

  13. Dani Kim says:

    Hi! I just came in your wordpress site through searching some movies. I am Korean and I also write a lot of reviews in my blog but I am quite surprised to see all your reviews written in English. I’ve been thinking about writing my movie reviews in English to share with foreigners but I felt my English skills wouldn’t let me to write all that long article like I write in Korean, and somehow I found your blog. I wonder you are currently living in Korea or somewhere overseas.

    SC: I am currently living in South Korea.

  14. dainrebeccachoi says:

    Hi! I just found you in twitter because you commented on djuna’s retweet. I know that is a weird way to find people online but I really like your blog!

    SC: Thanks for your kind comment.

  15. dainrebeccachoi says:

    Hi! I found your blog through twitter and I like your review style.

    SC: Thank you.

  16. Nice blog you have! I love reading your post, hope we can get acquainted in this blogosphere.


    SC: I am looking forward to that.

  17. Carsten says:

    Just discovered your blog recently and love the work you do here. Thanks for that. It will inspire my movie consumption in the future
    Good luck with your private life as well. Everyone deserves to be happy, the way he / she wants. Everyone should accept that.

    SC: Thanks for your kind words. I will welcome your opinions if you are willing to give me.

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