My name is Anthony Dominguez, and I’m currently a Graduate Student at the Graduate Center in Manhattan, New York. In 2016, I graduated from the University at Albany in with a major in English and minor in Film. My interests in films were brought about in the second semester of freshman year, where I came upon a list of “The 100 Greatest Films of All time.” From that list, three works in particular stuck with me: Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker (1979),”Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey (1968),” and Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai (1954).” I only ever watched films casually, and so what made these three films unique to me was that I had never encountered anything like them.
As I watched more films and researched directors, screenwriters, etc., my interest in the subject evolved. I began to write film criticism sporadically with the first movie I ever reviewed being Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover III (2013).”
That review, alongside my next one (Joseph Kosinki’s “Oblivion (2013)”), were private matters. I had written them in Microsoft Word documents that were then tucked away. Their purpose was to allow me to bring out my ideas onto paper.
The direction of my writing changed when I was around 20 years old and began to submit reviews for the university newspaper. The paper itself wasn’t particularly big or popular but seeing my work and my name in print elated me with a sense of accomplishment. At this time I had also began to take film courses offered by the university, and one teacher in particular introduced me to film theory, most importantly, the work of Andre Bazin. I then realized that there’s a lot to learn about film outside of just watching movies and so reading about the subject has become as important as writing about it.
Despite writing for the newspaper, I still wrote at random and quite casually (Average word count was about 300-500). Another change happened in 2014 when a close friend had told me that I should begin blogging; my writing would not only get better from practicing but it’d also get me an audience. That was the start of this blog which was originally called AEDFilms.
The next year and a half followed a pattern of devoutly writing and then taking long breaks. That included a long stint on Tumblr after switching from Google’s blogspot platform to eventually the arrival on WordPress.