Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sergio Leone and The Superhuman Film List
Dennis Cozzalio is not human.
Yes, yes-- I know there's a photo and an adorable drawing of "Dennis Cozzalio" on the "About Me" section of his blog, and this "Dennis" fellow looks like one of us, but c'mon:
1) We all know that there are people who will doctor those things for you and
2) "Dennis" has foolishly stated time and again that he is a Dodgers fan-- as clear an admission of alien sensibilities as you can get.
No, I have it on good authority that "DC" was actually sent from the planet Cinephilia, like Mork or WALL-E or Harlan Ellison, to observe with wide-eyed sincerity what we wretched humans have done with his species' impressive gift of movies, and to report back the evidence.
How else to explain that shimmering landscape he calls "Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule"? Surely, no human could do what Dennis does. He might truly be the most remarkable figure in the film blogosphere: a creature of indefatigable energy and admirably broad tastes who (between family and work and who knows whatever other responsibilities) somehow manages to seemingly see everything, and to write about it with wit, grace, pasion and depth.
On top of which, he is as humble, and good humored as anyone you're likely to encounter on the Internets. Human? Please. Where's the bitterness, the jealously, the petty bitchy sniping at other bloggers? Where are the bad jokes, the uncomfortable TMI moments, the year-long political rants that other blogs don't hesitate to inflict? Honestly, the only time you see Dennis pop up in other folks' comments sections is to offer support, or to thoughtfully-- not childishly or trollishly or snarkily-- engage in a relevant argument.
Really. What the hell is that all about?
Nope, I'm not buying this David Bowie-like attempt to fit in. I'm here to rip the mask off, and to tell you that "Dennis" is our Kal-El, his goodness sent down to us to remind us all of what the blogosphere could be, if we only relaxed and engaged with our peers in a spirit of open, seemingly endless generosity. This "Dennis" fellow makes writing about film seem like a party, and everyone is invited.
As if to prove my point, "Dennis" has just hit another grand slam over at his place, offering up The Lo-o-o-ong Goodbye, his epic recapping of a year of filmgoing. Again, this being doesn't play by human rules-- he offers multiple top twenty and top fifty lists written with his inimitable panache, wrapped in sensuous images and even linked out to lengthier reviews he did of certain films earlier in the year. As if that weren't enough, "Dennis" also gives us his picks for "underrated" and "overrated" films, "Best of" categories for writers and actors, and even his daughter's best-of list. To say nothing of a couple dozen links to other folks' "Best of" lists.
Like I said-- not human. But gosh, are we lucky to have him. Mosey on over to his world, and find out why.