So despite having both a website Andy’s Anachronisms since 1999 and a personal journal over at LiveJournal since 2003, I felt the overwhelming urge to join the masses and start my own blog in 2013.
What prompted this awakening you ask?
Well, besided the fact that I have owned the SooGuy.com domain for a few years now and have done nothing with it, I was looking for an outlet to post my ramblings on topics other than Time Travel (see Andy’s Anachronisms).
Yes, fine, but why now?
Well, I was stuck today with belated New Year’s resolution fevor, asking myself what challenge could I possible take up for 2013 that would be just the right kind of crazy and not actually benefit myself in a way what so ever. Then it hit me…
I could spend the year reviewing all of Johnny Depp‘s films from his humble beginnings as a hapless victim of Freddy Kruger in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 all the way up to his turn as Tonto in The Lone Ranger this coming summer.
Yes, you heard me correctly – Johnny Depp as Tonto. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here while your head explodes as you digest that.
Okay, so why Depp? Why not Robert Redford, or Robert DeNiro, or Meryl Streep, or hell, even Bruce Willis?
Well not that there is anything wrong with any of those fine actors and their films, but I’ve always had an affinity for Johnny Depp and his acting. I don’t think its a stretch to say that of my generation Depp has been the most versatile and one of the most prolific actors. He’s fearless, eschewing the Hollywood machine, taking on characters and roles that appeal to him regardless of their box office potential. He can gender bend with best, playing characters as masucline or as a feminine as the role requires and audiences love him. That and June 9th, 2013 will mark Depp’s 50th birthday. So what a better way to celebrate the man’s 50th birthday and a nearly 30 year career making movies than with a retrospective of his body of work.
I first became interested in Depp as an actor around the time that 21 Jump Street was on the air in the late 1980s. He’s screen presence was unmistakable and I followed him into the movies when he took on starring roles like Edward Scissorhands in the early 1990s. While I am a huge fan of his work, I’ll admit I have not seen all of his films. For whatever reason, school, work, other life commitments I have gaps in my Depp Filmography. For this reason too I will enjoy trying to squeeze in all of his films.
Looking through the Internet Movie Database today I counted about 43 films that Depp had a role in. That’s almost a film a week to review. I plan on doing them chronologically as much as I can starting with 1984’s Nightmare on Elm Street.
Let the madness begin…