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Time Flies, and All That Jazz

Hello faithful readers, if any of you are left.  I know it seems like I abandoned all of you and let this site wither away.  The truth is that life got in the way, as it does for many people’s creative efforts.

That said, like the phoenix rising, so shall this site once again.

To what do I credit this resurgence and interest to revie the sites?

My friends over at The Reasons I’m Broke podcast.

I met Daniel during the time frame that I was visiting one of the local comic shops and had different discussions with him over the years.  He started up a podcast and then started a Patreon to help fund his passion.  I was (and still am) happy to give him $5 a month towards bringing his podcast to life.

One of the perks to being a Patreon for his podcast is access to a private Discord server where various topics similar to what he covers on the podcast are discussed and heavily debated.  During one of these discussions, I mentioned this haven of movie reviews and thoughts.  Imagine my surprise when I heard Daniel not only give me a Patreon shout-out and thanks for support, but he also started discussing this site.  He talked about the Movie-Goer’s Bill Of Rights and added some food for thought for me to add.

Well, now that it has been thrown out there over the airwaves, how could I in good conscience let the site go fallow any longer?

I couldn’t — which is why it is coming back.

While I don’t get to the theaters as much anymore, I still have thoughts on movies and related items.  I will continue to review things I have watched, offer editorials as I feel the need, and in general just continue to add opinions to an already crowded Internet.

As a final note, since Daniel sparked this rebirth, it is only fair I give you ways to enjoy his offerings.

The mothership website is The Reasons I’m Broke Podcast .

If you want to support him via Patreon, feel free to visit The Reasons I’m Broke Patreon and join in the fun.


Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I know, faithful readers, I have let you down by not providing you my words of wisdom regarding the state of movies today.  In reviewing the list, I admit that it is a daunting task facing me.  Never fear, though, I will do a mammoth session of writing and get all of these posted this weekend.  The plan is to do the ones that are out now and then provide the others as backfill.

Here is the list:

  • Rango
  • Gnomeo and Juliet
  • The Conspirator
  • Thor
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Bridesmaids
  • Hangover II
  • X-Men: First Class
  • Super 8
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Green Lantern

Let the games begin..

Review Block

What is review block?

It is similar to writer’s block, in that I have seen movies and watched DVDs, but I have not felt like writing.  Part of that has been that fact that nothing I had seen seemed all that great to write about, and the other part is that I was being lazy.

Well, time’s a-wasting and there’s work to be done.

What’s in the pipeline?

  • Movie Reviews – Rango, Paul, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Red Riding Hood
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews – North By Northwest, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, All-Star Superman, Grindhouse
  • Obits – Elizabeth Taylor

The movie ones will be done before the DVD reviews.  Have fun reading and feel free to comment on everything…

Odds and Ends

Cheer up, faithful readers, I have not disappeared again.  I have been out gathering nuggets of movie goodness to last you through the holidays.  Over the next couple of days, I will be working on the following projects:

  • Movie Reviews for Tangled, The Fighter, and Tron: Legacy
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews for Grindhouse and The A-Team
  • Obituaries for Irvin Kershner and Blake Edwards

One thing I did want to point out is a slight change to the site.  I reordered a couple of the items found in the right-hand column to make navigation easier.  I also added a new category of links: Charities.  The charities that I have linked to are ones that garner a lot of support from the film and television industry.  When I have been able to, I have given to both charities.  As you gather gifts for your loved ones, consider making a donation to either or both of the following:

  • The Will Rogers Institute — To perpetuate the memory of Will Rogers by promoting and engaging in medical research pertaining to cardio-pulmonary diseases and educating the general public on topics of health and fitness.
  • St Jude Children’s Research Hospital — St. Jude helps kids in communities everywhere. Children from across the country and around the world have come to St. Jude for treatment. Their stories reflect hope and courage.  No child is ever turned away because they can not afford treatment.

Musical Memory for 11/14 – 11/20

In other reviews and editorials, I think I have made it pretty clear about how important I feel music is to a movie.  There are some directors that even agree with me, going so far as to treat the soundtrack as another character to be woven into the story.  Today’s memory has to do with one such director: Quentin Tarantino.

Just the mention of his name evokes strong reactions regarding his movies.  When being interviewed after the release of Pulp Fiction, he talked about how he wanted a certain sound to go with what was on-screen.  He had done this previously with Resevoir Dogs, the subject of this memory.  In the movie regarding a heist gone sour, Tarantino used 70s music to create links to movies like Dog Day Afternoon.  In arguably the most famous scene of Resevoir Dogs, Michael Madsen is in the process of torturing a cop.  Steven Wright, our “radio” narrator, introduces another classic from the 70s, “Stuck In The Middle With You” by Stealers Wheels.   As the song plays, Madsen starts dancing around and ends up chopping off the ear of the cop.

Just to give you an idea of how powerul this imagery is, I was watching Morning Glory the other day and heard Michael Buble’s version.  As soon as it started playing, I flashed for a second on Resevoir Dogs before returning focus to the movie.

So, whenever I hear “Stuck In The Middle With You,” I think of Resevoir Dogs…