Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting most every day like I had been doing. The reason is that I just haven’t been on the computer much the last couple of weeks. It’s summer, I’m out and about, and the thought of sitting down and writing movie reviews just hasn’t had that much appeal for me lately. I think it was July of last year that I had a similar lull.
I wanted to let you know that I do plan to continue posting, but that those posts may follow a pattern like what you’ve seen recently – maybe every two, or even three days instead of daily. While I could try to dash off quick reviews, I don’t think I’d be satisfied with what I was posting, so I’d probably end up taking the time to write a full review anyway.
Because I haven’t been on the computer I unfortunately also haven’t been visiting your sites. It’s now been more than a week since I made my rounds. With the current number of blogs I read and comment on, it takes me a steady six hours to catch up on all of them on a weekly basis. And I’m a fast reader and fast typist.
I will continue to post on “American” movies (my current category), and I also still have reviews of The Bourne Legacy and The Expendables 2 to finish out the Big Summer Movies category. I do intend to get caught up on your posts as well. And at some point I will pick up my pace and get back to the old frequency.
Thanks for reading.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
“You have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?” – Hans Gruber, Die Hard
The word American is in quotes in this category’s title because the next set of movies I will be recommending are not necessarily ones made by Americans, but rather ones that have the word “American” in their titles.
I just saw the movie American Reunion, and the Olympics have been going on, so I decided it was time I did this category. (It was one of the original 75-80 that I brainstormed in December of 2010 before starting this blog.)
Besides, the only “Canadian” movie I knew was Canadian Bacon. (Sorry CS, Bonjour Tristesse, and others.)
One piece of trivia that spans movies, so the best place to mention it is here: Mena Suvari had come to people’s notice in 1999 for two movies – American Beauty and American Pie. She had a third movie coming out that same year and to capitalize on her connection to it the studio changed its title to American Virgin. I recommend just sticking with the first two for your viewing pleasure.
As I post the reviews, I will come back and post the links to them here:
American Beauty (posted January 18, 2011)
American Pie 2
An American Werewolf in London
American Pie 2
An American Werewolf in London
Bonus: Here is my review of the award winning novel American Gods (posted January 23, 2011)
On to the reviews…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Hike – The Triad, Day Mountain, Hunters Beach (Hunters Brook Trail, Triad Trail, Day Mountain Trail, Lower Day Mountain Trail, Hunters Cliff Trail, Hunters Beach Trail)
Monday, August 6, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
I happened to run across this tribute to Rita Hayworth and figured I’d share it with everyone. The person who put this together definitely spent some time on it. For those of you who may not know anything more about her than her name, she was a popular actress and dancer in the 1940s and 1950s. She was also one of the great screen beauties.
And just to forestall any “disco sucks” comments – unless all of your dancing has been done in honkytonks, you’ve been dancing to disco music most of your life. Disco never went away; record companies just changed its name to “dance music” and the places that played it were renamed from “discotheques” to “dance clubs”.
By the way, the video above doesn’t include any clips from her most famous performance in Gilda. Play the video below and see what raised the blood pressure of your dads or granddads.
I saw Gilda back in the late 1980s and let’s just say that I’ve had an appreciation for opera gloves ever since, whether it was in Pretty Woman (1990) or Shopgirl (2005). Hmmm, perhaps this could be a future movie category?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Last month I did my first ever monthly status of the movies I had seen. It was also a half year status, but I said I would likely do these kinds of posts monthly from now on. I received a few questions on the films last month so I will attempt to add a few things this month that people might be interested in (i.e. years, recommendations).
The two main lists that I am taking movie suggestions from right now are the 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list and a list I put together of every Oscar Best Picture nominee. You can see those lists by clicking on these titles: 1,001 Movies; Oscar Nominees.
So far in 2012 I have seen 242 movies that were new to me. Among those 242 films, 90 were from the 1,001 Movies list and 39 were Best Picture nominees. (Some movies were in both lists.) In fact, there are a total of 207 movies among the 494 Best Picture nominees that are also in the 1,001 Movies list. After this month I have now seen all but four of them and three of those are not available via Netflix. The remaining one (Reds) just arrived today.