Theme of the Month: Spellbound
Star of the Month: Gregory Peck
February is trash. It’s always felt like a placeholder comprised of nothing more than cold weather and the hard realization that the new year is actually here. I’m glad it’s over.
March, however, is fire: it’s a month characterized by spring break, the end of the quarter, hopefully an upturn in decent weather, and my mom’s birthday (which falls on St. Patrick’s day). I suppose this has been my luckiest quarter at the University of Washington thus far (I somehow got out of finals and midterms), so I’m looking forward to a couple weeks both dedicated to time-consuming wrap-up and necessary relaxation.
Next quarter’s going to be rough with all the reading I’m presumably going to have to do, so fingers are crossed this semi-siesta is going to be rejuvenating enough to keep me motivated to make it to the end of the year.
Life since January has felt like something of a whirlwind, a fantasy where everything simultaneously appears to be moving at the speed of a lunging panther and the acceleration of a rusty, decades-old pickup that can’t go past 40 mph. It began moving at a snail’s pace and suddenly decided to pick up speed just as I started really taking things in, and now I’ve started to realize that in this whirlpool of 90 days have I achieved plenty things I’m proud of.
I’ve gotten into the groove of being a working writer and photographer courtesy of my position at the Kirkland and Bothell-Kenmore Reporters, become comfortable with podcasting thanks to a movie discussion show I co-host, Cinemadventure, and I’ve really started enjoying being an entertainment columnist for my school’s newspaper. In a brief time, I’ve had myriad experiences that have managed to solidify this understanding that I really am on the right path, even if roads become bumpy in the coming years.
I’ve been taken aback by this sort of dreamy momentum, and such makes me keep thinking of Alfred Hitchcock’s underrated 1945 psychological thriller Spellbound, which at once seems to take place in a harsh reality and a hallucination in which actuality is questionable. I suppose my existence isn’t nearly as exciting as the ones lived by the leading characters, who are respectively played by Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. But I feel a sort of camaraderie in the sense that I feel like I’m always in the midst of something of a haze and am perpetually trying to make sense of it.
So the idea of being spellbound – perhaps with just the Feeling™ in mind, in which one finds themselves enamored with something through rather inexplicable means – is going to be the theme of the month. Not just because I myself am so spellbound with life in general at the moment, but also because I particularly enjoy movies in which characters are almost hypnotized by certain situations and fellow characters in ways slightly more romantic than what we’d otherwise see in real life. And because I love Peck, Spellbound’s leading man, so much, I think now’s a great time to shine a light on his filmography as a star of the month. He’s also fitting because he’s such a confident, controlled man, and I aspire to possess that same sort of self-certainty the more I develop.
I’m looking forward to March on this website, and I hope you do too. Happy watching, and happy reading!