Right, after much gnashing of teeth, I’ve decided to revive the blog. This is hard for me to do. While I continue to be a self centered egomaniac, I am also aware that the last thing anyone needs to do is read a movie blog. That said, I feel that since I’m watching a “Movie A Day” and tracking it anyway, it will help my brain to write a bit so I might as well post it.
Goals: None other than to not have my brain turn to mush.
Rules: While this will mostly be about movies, it will periodically be about other things. I will eventually have a “Title” format to differentiate blogs. I am making no promises as to how regular I post, or if this will get abandoned in a giant hissy-fit like my “1001 Albums You Should Listen To Before You Die” blog did. There is a very good chance that this will get abandoned. You are warned!
So I’ve been tracking my movies since January first. I’m already nearly three months behind in posting. As a result, I will be posting 5 or so movies at a time until I am caught up, at which part I’ll probably revert to a “weekly rundown” kind of format. If I get any feedback on format, I will appreciate it.
MOVIE BLOG RULES
It’s called “Movie A Day”, but it’s not actually a movie a day anymore. I have too much going on personally with medical things wildly beyond anyone’s control. To the point that my movie watching has dropped dramatically since December 2013. That said, I still plan on watching at least 356 movies this year so I’m keeping the name. Won’t it be exciting to see if I can get in 356 movies this year? Of course!
Despite being “Movie A Day”, I also count TV series. The way I count them is by season, so “X-Files Season One” would count as one movie despite being 26 hours long or whatever. I only count TV series on the day I finish them. The exception is anthology style shows where each episode is a separate story. Those will probably be reviewed as singles, though currently I’m not watching any.
I hate movie reviews that break down the plot by plot point, so there are no plot recaps and virtually no spoilers in my reviews. They are incredibly vague plot wise on purpose. If something is deemed missing, leave feed back. If you want to know the entire plot of a movie, wiki or iMDB can get you that information. These are mini-reviews, for the most part.
I’m not entirely sure how to use this site, so I apologize now for any formatting issues. My grammar continues to be piss poor, so no apologies for that, but feel free to offer POLITE suggestions on improvement./corrections.
Format for posting is “Film Number”, Date (Month, Day) Title (Red if a first time viewing, Black if a repeat viewing, Blue if a theatrical), Year of production, and my rating out of 5 with 1 star being the worst, 3 stars meaning I’d watch it again and 5 being the best of the best.
Here we go!
001 01-01 Feudin’ Fools (1952) 3.5/5
This entry in the “Bowery Boys” film series changes up the usual urban setting to a country one when the Boys head out to the country after Satch inherits an Uncle’s farm. This sets up a typical Hatfield/McCoys scenario, and so as not to totally alienate fans of the series, Lyle Talbot shows up as a gangster on the run. At any rate, the change up is enough to breath some life and fun into this one.
002 01-01 City Lights (1931) 5/5
Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece is one of the best films ever made. The simple story of the Tramp and the Blind Flower Girl continues to be completely charming and ends with me being all teary eyed and in love with the idea of being in love. This is no regular Rom-Com either, there’s plenty of political satire in this to keep alert viewers on their toes. This viewing was via Criterion’s recently released Blu ray and the film has never looked or sounded better.
003 01-01 Star Trek Season One Extras (2009) 4/5
Watched the rest of the special features on the Season One Blu-ray. Hours of stuff, from “Starfleet Access” on certain episodes that feature talking head interviews and pop upsas substitutes to commentaries, to proper featurettes. Entertaining, informative and fun. I look forward to getting into season two, which I started last week. Well, one episode anyway.
004 01-03 The Hunger Games (2012) 3.5/5
Revisited this one since I plan to catch the sequel. I enjoyed it on the second run through, but continue to find it a bit off outside of the actual Hunger Games bits. Catniss has pretty much zero personality when she doesn’t have a bow in her hand. It also seems to be setting up a bullshit love triangle in the sequels which, if it happens, is going to leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Well, there it is. My first blog in over a year. Ugh. I should note that I never did get out to see “Catching Fire”, so that review wont be showing up until the blu-ray hits a $15 or less price point. See, lot’s of excitement over here in the Porn Bunker!