If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I love movies of all types from any period. I have a vast collection that takes years to go through if I watch one a day. It is a form of relaxation and recreation, and also provides fodder for conversations in person and online. I learn many things from films related to its subject matter, stars, and great dialogue. It tells me everything I need to know about the… Read More »Movie-Inspired Fitness?
I guess that not enough attention has been paid to the smoking dilemma and the role of the tobacco industry. We are still hassling it out despite local bans on cigarettes in restaurants, hospitals, libraries, theaters, and other public places. I know this because I just saw a good indie film on the subject and found it convincing and compelling. All the usual arguments were presented and by now, most of us have already taken sides. On the other hand,… Read More »Broadening My Horizons with a Documentary
I love movies; everyone in my world knows this. I would rather watch the small or big screen at the theater or home than do most anything else. You can imagine my DVD collection. I can remember the plots, characters, stars, and other credits of all the best films. I might have a new hobby. I am so excited that I am devoting this blog entirely to announcing it: metal detecting. You heard right! I will tell you why since… Read More »Potential New Hobby
When you have a home entertainment system, you tend to indulge a bit too much. You can’t resist inviting everyone you know at one time or another for a nightime film fest. After one or two movies are shown, soda, popcorn, and snacks are offered up to entice people to stay and talk. These things all go well together. So well, that I have put on a few unwanted pounds. I am not going to suspend film night, but I… Read More »Soda, Popcorn, and Movies Go Together a Little Too Well
My friend learned to weld some time ago and all he talks about is his new-found skill. I suppose I am impressed, not being a handyman at all. I know you can do all kinds of things with a MIG welder, but right now I am too busy to go this route. I would rather watch TV or a movie to pass the time. There are so many out there and it takes hours and hours to take them in… Read More »Movie Night
Everyone who knows me, also knows that I watch movies and TV whenever I can. I am a big fan. There is never enough time during the day. This means a few late-night marathons when I have insomnia or am with friends. It is great fun, but this kind of behavior takes its toll. Try waking up at six when you have been watching your favorite films most of the night. It is hard to stop when you are on… Read More »Surviving the Morning Routine After a Late Night
I have taken a break from my usual weekend moving watching to read online reviews of miter saws. You must be thinking that this is very odd indeed. There are much better things to do with your time like taking a walk on a beautiful day, swimming, jogging, biking, or visiting friends or relatives. I have my reasons about which you will soon hear. I was sitting on the sofa one afternoon after a very dramatic and intense movie. I… Read More »A Weekend off the Couch
Remember the phrase ‘now out on video?’ I guess it still brings a nostalgic glow for some of us. Videotapes weren’t really all that great. They broke. You ended up taping over the things that you really liked or you ran out of videotape at the worst point. Lots of bad stuff happened and the videos eventually stopped working for no reason half the time. Still, I guess we all can wonder about the videos of old and explain to… Read More »Now Out on Video
Don’t laugh: it is possible to create remakes that are actually good. Listen, I hate 2010’s movies as much as anyone for the most part. It seems like every other movie is a remake, a sequel, a prequel, an adaptation, or some kind of combination of the bunch that demonstrates that Hollywood has not only completely run out of original ideas, but that they now hate original ideas and think that original ideas are ‘so twentieth century.’ Still, I’d be… Read More »Favorite Remake
All movie franchises jump the shark eventually. There’s nothing that you can do about it. If you have that many movies, they’re going to get bad at some point, especially if there was really no reason for a movie to turn into a franchise in the first place. We all know that with television series, even with really good television series, there are going to be some seasons that are just terrible. It’s the same for movie series, except it… Read More »Movie Franchises that Jumped the Shark
What’s the best horror series today? If you’re talking about movies, you’re better off not really thinking about horror movies in terms of series. I mean, there are some horror movies where the sequels actually were really good. Scream comes to mind: the first and second movies were both good. For the most part, though, the horror genre is not known for great franchises or great sequels. Horror partly relies on surprise, which is one of the many reasons why… Read More »Best Horror Series
Okay, I honestly understand it when critics say that comedy movies are awful. They usually are awful. Making people laugh is great, but it is a parlor trick. You have to do something else, or you’re really going to have a hard time when it comes to actually creating something that is good. There’s also the fact that when you aim for the lowest common denominator when it comes to comedy, you’re going to end up with some jokes that… Read More »In the Mood for a Comedy?