Typically, I hate this kind of thing. When someone dies, it’s hard to write about them, even if they were someone you never got to meet in person. But people make an impact, and sometimes it’s so big that when that person is gone, all the words and memories and feelings bubble to the surface and demand to be acknowledged. So it goes. Continue reading
Hello! It’s been…*checks watch*…several weeks since I’ve updated here. My goodness, how the time flies. I don’t know what happened exactly, to make me not update this damned thing more often since the first of the year, so…here we are. Continue reading
See, this is how it works: I lure you all in with the best-of posts, and then toss a grenade of bad films into your lap and run away. Thankfully, there were only ten truly bad (which has a variety of meanings here) first viewing films that I wasted time on in 2013. Whew! Continue reading
So this year, the big movie challenge was to watch 365 films, one for each day. They could be either first time views or repeats, just not the same film in the same year for it to count. Here was my final total, and the best films that were new to me, broken down by genre: Continue reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.
This year is over, and like everyone says at the end of pretty much every year, good riddance. No, that’s not right. It wasn’t a bad year at all! Every year has good and bad things that happen. That’s just par for the course. So what all happened this year and what were the great new things and what were the not-so-great things? Let’s review! Continue reading
I failed the Noirvember Challenge, friends. All that really means is that I’ll finish up the remaining films on my list in December and probably be writing about them through the new year. I have three more films that I watched in the eleventh month that will count toward this completely arbitrary challenge: The Naked City, Call Northside 777, and Scarlet Street, which I’ll discuss presently. And coming soon, an appreciation of the short-lived comic book cartoon series, “Batman: The Brave and The Bold,” which has been one of my favorite discoveries (if you can call it that) of the year. Back to the topic at hand… Continue reading
It’s looking as though most of my posts for the Noirvember Challenge will go up well after the end of the month, but I’m just about wrapped up with viewing for the month. Look for posts on The Long Goodbye (1973), They Made Me A Fugitive (1947), Call Northside 777 (1948), and 99 River Street (1953) over the next few days. For now, here are two reviews for Cage of Evil (1960) and Raw Deal (1948)… Continue reading
It’s very late in the month for me to be finally cracking into that Noirvember Challenge I’d talked about previously, so today’s post will be delving into the first three films viewed for this mini-challenge: Double Indemnity (1944), Fashion Model (1945), and Crime Against Joe (1956). Note: I’m using Netflix streaming to watch these noir films, and thus using their genre tagging system for what qualifies as “film noir.” More on that in a bit… Continue reading
2013 is almost over. Thank maude, because while this year had a bang-up beginning, it’s looking to end with a whimper. Onward and upward. November is when many folks in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, on a late Thursday in the month, although Christmas hovers over everything from about 1 October through the actual holiday itself. So it goes. Continue reading