Not every film I see commands a full review. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to share my thoughts on them. So I decided to start this journal, encompassing the films I watch (or rewatch) and giving my opinion of them, which may be quite detailed or quite brief.
As you can see, the initial run of the journal only lasted a few weeks; my tendency to write at length about everything I saw, even when I set out with the intention of keeping it brief, made keeping up the journal laborious, and the entries were often unwieldy. I do not have concrete plans to resume it, but having, I hope, become better at keeping it brief, I well may at some point.
- 7/20/2015 – The Secret of Kells
- 7/27/2015 – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Black Dynamite, Road House, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
- 8/3/2015 – The Road Warrior, The Learning Tree, Magic Mike XXL, Mr. Holmes, The Wolf of Wall Street
- 8/10/2015 – Lawrence of Arabia, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Tangerine, The Naked City, Shaun the Sheep Movie
- 8/17/2015 – All That Heaven Allows, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jubal, Straight Outta Compton
- 8/24/2015 – Cavalcade, American Psycho, Zoolander, Murder on the Orient Express, The Look of Silence, Mister Buddwing, The End of the Tour, Room at the Top, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
- 8/31/2015 – Giant, Zorba the Greek, General Della Rovere, Tales from the Golden Age, World on a Wire, The Fifth Element, Anatomy of a Murder, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Turbo Kid, Z for Zachariah
Update 8/6/2020: “Some point” has arrived. I have officially resurrected this series, giving a new and more distinctive name: The Weekly Gravy. The idea right now is to publish a post every Monday, and to keep the reviews for each film under 1,000 words—so far, in fact, most have been under 750.
The most significant change is the number of films covered in each post. During summer 2015, I was unemployed, theaters were open, and I was going through movies like mad. Now, as I write this, I’m working, theaters are closed, and my time and energy are at a premium. So these posts will probably cover 5-6 films at most for the foreseeable future.
I will still, of course, write stand-alone reviews as I (and the films) deem necessary. But for the same of spending more time actually watching movies, I’m going to try and rediscovery the virtues of brevity.
- #1: King Solomon’s Mines, The Plot Against Harry, Airplane!, The Color of Pomegranates, Them!