The things that happen when you’re not paying attention, or, how the hell did I not know there was a musical of Cyrano let alone a new film?!!

(stage photo from losextras.es) I've been on and offline a lot lately and suddenly, I saw something that made me crazy excited. I suppose this "musical theater" interest came at the right time, because I was about to watch an old MST3K episode (The Brain That Wouldn't Die, and yes, I know, by now they're … Continue reading The things that happen when you’re not paying attention, or, how the hell did I not know there was a musical of Cyrano let alone a new film?!!

2020 Feels Like a Badly-Written Disaster/Political Thriller Movie

Pic from MAD Magazine (definitely fitting). If a human hand put this together, 2020 might just be a fusion disaster movie/ political (thriller?) screenplay that's been rejected 30 times for being too long, too outlandish, too boring, too stupid to exist. Something even Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay would roll their eyes and pass up … Continue reading 2020 Feels Like a Badly-Written Disaster/Political Thriller Movie

35 Years Ago Today, Titanic was found…

Not the famous bow shot coming out of the gloom that just makes you in awe, but rather the debris on the ocean floor. And one of the first images early that morning was of one of the boilers that spilled out from the ship (above). And the start of a shipwreck obsession that's lasted … Continue reading 35 Years Ago Today, Titanic was found…

List: My top 5 funniest “service comedy” films…

(photo from Sgt. Bilko, the 90s movie which I haven't seen yet) When talking "service", that means military or war story, not customer service as we generally know it today. I've started to notice how the service comedy has gone by the wayside for the most part (the only recent example I can remember in … Continue reading List: My top 5 funniest “service comedy” films…

The Inquisitive “mile”: re-tackling questions #076-100 (& more below)

Well, it took two and three-fourths years, but I definitely hit the 100 questions which were one of the main reasons I started this blog (general stuff and book reviews were the others). Of course, I have a couple thousand more rattling around in the noggin, so don't be surprised as the numbers just keep … Continue reading The Inquisitive “mile”: re-tackling questions #076-100 (& more below)

Watched “Now, Voyager” & “Craig’s Wife” for the first time, & noticed some odd parallels for myself…

(image from Now, Voyager) For once, I decided not to let YouTube reign on the TV while I cleaned and worked on jigsaw puzzles. I mean, I have tons of movies DVR'd that I haven't watched yet, and kind of went randomly between a few. Some I got 15 minutes into and decided "no thanks," … Continue reading Watched “Now, Voyager” & “Craig’s Wife” for the first time, & noticed some odd parallels for myself…

Top 5 Soundtracks and/or Film Scores so good you can (almost) ignore the damn movie.

Ah, Bugs, my fave composer...hee hee (gif from Looney Tunes & Gfycat.com) I am a film-score and soundtrack nut. Easily 25% of my CD collection (yes, I still have all mine and keep burning more) is comprised of soundtracks and film scores. That number stretches to 50% if I include classical music and the film … Continue reading Top 5 Soundtracks and/or Film Scores so good you can (almost) ignore the damn movie.

Wishing the best for all this year, and the hopes that the next will be better…

I wish like crazy I've had time to read and write the past few weeks, but moving furniture has left me little. I will be finishing Shakespeare pretty soon, and starting tomorrow will do my 12 days of Shakespeare (because I'm still trying to finish the plays--definitely not gonna make my reading goal this year). … Continue reading Wishing the best for all this year, and the hopes that the next will be better…

#079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?

I've seen it probably a couple dozen times by now. Hell, for some reason I've watched Apocalypse Now every night for a week, I'm guessing as some morbid therapy to show me some people arguably having a far worse month than I. Except for Kilgore (Robert Duvall), of course. I know I like the film, … Continue reading #079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?

An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

My Copy: 9780826430021 (image from Bloomsbury publishing, though there are two different covers, it seems) I'm not sure how long ago I bought this skinny textbook, but I've thumbed through it a few times for my master's thesis. I know that's the main reason I bought it. As someone wanting to learn more about film-making, … Continue reading An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos