Lisa Draski

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Industry Arts
Occupation Recent Grad Looking for Work
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Introduction I graduated in May 2008 from Columbia College Chicago. I have a BA in Film with a concentration in Critical Studies. Film is my passion. I'm a full-time film buff and, more specifically, a classic film fanatic. I know the term "classic" is used very loosely, but I mean American films produced in the studio system between roughly 1930 and 1960. I love everything about this era. My second passion is writing, especially about film. I love doing research, deconstructing and analyzing films, and writing very academically and critically about them. I ultimately want to be a film historian, but I am also interested in working in archiving or preserving films. I want to write analysis or reviews for a publication, as well as my own books. Writing is a beautiful, artistic process to me, and I always need to be writing about film in some capacity in order to thrive as a scholar, a cinéphile, and a person. Now that I'm done with school for the time being, I need an outlet for writing about film on a regular basis. So what you'll find on here will solely be about film, with maybe the occasional entry on something else. I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say as much as I enjoy writing it.
Interests FILM, writing, watching films and writing about them, animals, my dog, my cats, my Cockatoo, feminism, film theory, film history, classic films, the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Production Code, TCM, the Holocaust, art history, history in general, classic game shows, Match Game, TV, The Office (American style), Da Ali G Show, Buffy, Family Guy, Gilmore Girls, 24, Alfred Hitchcock, Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder, George Cukor, William Wyler, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Gene Tierney, young Marlon Brando, young Paul Newman, Tennessee Williams, Robert Walker, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Rex Harrison, Paul Thomas Anderson, Todd Haynes, the Coen Brothers, Darren Aronofsky, Todd Solondz, Sofia Coppola, F.W. Murnau, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Errol Morris, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Anthony Minghella (RIP), Jiri Menzel, Elia Kazan, Stanley Donen, Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron, Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino (usually...), Judd Apatow, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger (RIP), Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett, Paul Giamatti, Julie Delpy, iced tea (my own brew), Vanilla Chai from Dunkin Donuts, music, The Beatles, 80s music, Impressionism, Berthe Morisot, Seth MacFarlane, Joss Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris, making lists of my interests
Favorite Movies Oh geez..., Here we go..., Strangers on a Train, Sideways, Notorious, A Streetcar Named Desire, Baby Doll, the Harry Potter series, Psycho, pretty much all Hitchcock, anything with Cary Grant, anything with Katharine Hepburn, anything by Preston Sturges, Unfaithfully Yours, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Lady Eve, Closely Watched Trains, No Country for Old Men, Juno, My Man Godfrey, I'm Not There, Sunrise, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Brokeback Mountain, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, All About Eve, Teeth, His Girl Friday, Auntie Mame (not the Lucille Ball version!), The Fog of War, It Happened One Night, Say Anything, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Office Space, Requiem for a Dream, Two for the Road, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Lost in Translation, Batman Begins, Garden State, Dr. Strangelove, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard, The Heiress, Gone with the Wind, Some Like It Hot, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Stage Door, Holiday, Roman Holiday, any Harold Lloyd film, Safety Last!, any Charlie Chaplin film, The Great Dictator, any Buster Keaton film, Our Hospitality, Daddy-Long-Legs, To Be or Not To Be, Happiness, Palindromes, The Prestige, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, most classic Disney films, Superbad, name a few.
Favorite Music The Beatles, 80s, Requiem for a Dream score, Bernard Herrmann, Philip Glass, The Fog of War score, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford score, Jon Brion, Punch-Drunk Love score, Planet Terror score, Simon and Garfunkel, Once soundtrack, John Williams, BT, DJ Icey, The Offspring, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand, The Shins, Juno soundtrack, Alexandre Desplat's score for Lust Caution (I know there should be a comma in between "Lust" and "Caution" but a comma is interpreted as a space on here)
Favorite Books Harry Potter, Preston Sturges' autobiography, the two compilations of Preston Sturges' scripts, Fast Food Nation, The Little Prince, Angels and Demons, The Outsiders, W. Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams, scripts, biographies of film personalities, Hitchcock bios, Patrick McGilligan's Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, Sturges bios (I hope to write one someday), anything about Cary Grant, anything about Katharine Hepburn, anything about Audrey Hepburn, compilations of Roger Ebert's work

When you hesitate before hitting snooze on your alarm clock, are you being lazy?

I kind of abhor the snooze feature. I mean, why interrupt your sleep like that? I'd rather just sleep until the latest possible moment and then bolt out of bed, fresh from my uninterrupted sleep. Why wallow? Why prolong the inevitable? How restful is that 10 minutes, really? I'm sorry, what was the question?