Why I Am Not a Critic

I want to make this very clear: I am not a film critic and have never been one. Not only have I not taken a profane penny for my thoughts on a film, I am, at all times, I member of the pure and holy Ticket-Buying Public—one who relates their thoughts at length, in writing,…

2018: The Gravy in Review

As we come up on the 5th anniversary of the blog, it’s time to look back on another year and take stock. And 2018, while not in every sense a record-breaker, is easily the best year the blog has seen in quite a while. For which I thank you all heartily. Let’s start with a…

2019 Awards Season Schedule

As we prepare to head into the new year, here’s what you can expect to see in the first two months: February 18: My 8th Annual Film Awards: The Nominees February 23: My 10 Best Films of 2018 February 23: The Films of 2018 in Brief: Part III February 24: My 8th Annual Film Awards:…

A bit of fun to start December

When I’m not working or writing about movies, I like making memes, usually on the subject of movies. (I have a one-track mind, what can I say?) And since we’re getting into the season of holiday stress, wretched weather, and workplace anxieties for those in certain industries (you know who you are), I figured I’d…

In the Twilight of the Year

Awards season is, essentially, already under way, with the recent announcement of the Independent Spirit Award nominees setting the tone for the season – or not, depending on what the coming weeks have in store for us. For me, the highlights of the rest of the year are: November 27: the National Board of Review announces…

My 500th Post: My 10 Best Films—From When I Was 12

I knew my next post on here would be the 500th since I started this blog 4½ years ago, and I thought I should do something special…but I didn’t know what. (It looked like it would end up being yet another soda review.) And then inspiration, as it so often does, fell right in my…

Edgar Wright and Leos Carax bring Sparks to the Big Screen

When it comes to music, I generally prefer listening to individual songs rather than entire albums, let alone a given artist or band’s body of work. (For example, one of my top 10 songs is by a group called The Black Ghosts…and it’s literally the only song I’ve ever heard by them.) So for a long…

May flowers

One of my more fervent pastimes—which I’ve rarely featured on here—is making memes. Or, if you want to get technical, I make macros. Only by sharing does a macro become a meme. Only by spreading does manure become fertilizer. I want to apologize for the lack of updates; owing to constraints of time and energy…

My 50 Most Wanted Films

There’s something about obscurity that has long appealed to me. Maybe it’s the fear that my own creative works will be overlooked that drives me to seek out and appreciate the overlooked works of others. Maybe I just like the feeling of having discovered something no one else knows about – hell, at one time…