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…

2017: The Gravy in Review

The new year having firmly begun, I want to take just a moment to look back on 2017 and the kind of year the blog had – what posts were the most viewed, what posts are now the all-time champs, and so forth. And, of course, to thank you all for your patronage. Thank you.

The Big Screen and I, Part I

In case you didn’t know, I like movies. And more than that, I like going to the movies. Watching a movie at home, there are all too many distractions. In the theater, your attention is compelled. Distractions are discouraged, even penalized. In the theater, the film rules all. So I go to theater quite a…

The Terrible Twos Commence

I was reminded (I had actually completely forgotten) that today is the second anniversary of this blog. Time flies, no? Except when it doesn’t. A few stats for you, because WordPress helpfully keeps track of those: The blog has received 25,481 views from 16,997 visitors (well, “visits” might be more accurate); I’ve published 360 posts…

2016 Rising: Actus Primus

Happy New Year! Another apology for not having gotten some of these promised posts out; first I was too busy with work or too tired to write, but then over the weekend I added being sick to my list of impediments (nothing severe, but…), and aside from seeing The Hateful Eight (which is, shock of shocks, ****),…

Intermission

  About this time last year, as I recall, I took a break from the blog, citing burnout as the big reason. And while I’ve continued posting, I’ve especially fallen behind this year in the area of reviews. There’s no real excuse for that, other than maybe that most of the films I’ve seen so…