And So It Begins, Again

Ever since I was a teen, I’ve watched at least five movies a week. I’m a total media junkie. Five Movies a week, 10 or so records, a boardgame or two, and a crapton of TV. Honestly, I’ve weighted it, a crapton. I’m in my mid 40’s now (remembering exact ages is for the soon to be depressed), so by my estimation I’ve seen thousands of movies.

On the Buddism scale of quiet zen reflection, I’m a total failure unless, as I imagine this is the way the world now operates, we’re just a collection of what media we’ve consumed. By that measure I’m an A Number One Success as an American. USA! USA! USA! (Sorry starving third worlders with your endless time to contemplate a meaningless life before a ripe old death at 23.)

Now that almost every movie, TV show, CD and book is just a stream or download away, I’ve kinda hit a brick wall. I now spend more time searching Netflix Streaming or Hulu than watching said premium services. I’m not a big fan of most mainstream, big studio fare, I like surprises and most popcorn movies have suprises surgically drained from them to appeal to the mass audiences their budgets demand. I know I’m sounding like a movie snob, but Prometheus this weekend, YO! (excited)

So while browsing the B&N movie book section, I came across two books where I wanted to see every movie in them. Granted, I’d already seen 2/3rds of the films in each book, but saw some gems I hadn’t seen. The books The 500 Essential Cult Movies and Horror!: 333 Films to Scare You to Death. I’d also been trying to plow through the Criterion Collection on Hulu, since my exposure to classic foreign films was a little underexposed. And for fun I added the Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, so I’m not reviewing movies everyday.

Oh, I’m making another stab at a review blog. Basically, I always have four choices each day for the next review. In addition, there’ll be smaller reviews, twitter jokes and other errata every day. Also, the reviews may favor horror movies because that’s what I like. The format came about pretty quickly, check out The Rules for more info.

To quoteth DEVO, “Freedom of choice is what you got, Freedom from choice is what you want.”

The older reviews are just the bones of an older review site.

And so it begins again. Think of it as a another daily recommendation site from someone you sorta know. See y’all tomorrow.

First Up: 200 Motels (1971), A Bell From Hell (1973), 21 Days (1940), or #500. Aquemini by OUTKAST.

5 thoughts on “And So It Begins, Again

  1. Chris Hanzl June 8, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    Please review 2011’s “Drive”


  2. Chris Hanzl June 8, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    Please don’t watch 200 Motels….


  3. Bryan Gahagan June 8, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    I’ve seen Drive, kinda underwhelmed. I liked some of the early scenes, but then it fell apart. The cinamatography was great and that’s the movie’s big calling card. I don’t get the appeal of Ryan Gosling. Plot just drops off midway through. Also, for a movie called Drive, where the hell was the big Steve McQueen Bullett-style kick-ass car chase at the end? They should’ve called it, “Scuffle in a Parking Lot,” not Drive.

    I hear ya on 200 Motels. It’s on the list. I’m too old to try and like Frank Zappa, tried for years, seemed like I should like him. At least a little bit. But no. I’m gonna use the movie to figure out why.


  4. chris hanzl June 11, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    I really liked Blue Valentine and considered it to be the ultimate feel good movie of 2010…so I watched Drive. I liked it but I agree…the ending was stupid. I’ll watch any movie that contains the tiniest bit of Beatle stuff in it…but ringo acting like zappa in a zappa movie is where I find myself drawing LINES.


  5. Bryan Gahagan June 12, 2012 / 1:02 am

    Wow, that means you’ve sat through all of Caveman and that Broadstreet movie.
    Brave man.

    I haven’t seen Blue Valentine movie, looked like a bit of a downer. Give it to Broadstreet?


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