Posted by Brad @ 3:46 pm on August 22nd 2009


Lately I’ve been chewing over some movies and getting the old urge to write reviews again, which I haven’t done in a goodly long time. Question: would anybody be interested in that? I don’t mean “I don’t care if you do,” I mean would anybody actually be interested in it?

For some reason I tend to find movie reviews on political or non movie blogs to be ostentatious and self-indulgent and usually not very interesting (which is strange and doesn’t make much sense when you think about it, as really all blogging is ostentatious and self-indulgent). But I’ve also been finding that my usual haunts for movie discussion have gotten stale. The Onion’s AV Club, which is the best pop culture site running for my money, nevertheless gets a little heavy on hipsterism for me (granted that can be part of the fun, but it can wear on you after awhile). Likewise, I’ve long given up browsing fanboy-centric sites, be it Ain’t it Cool News or whathaveyou, as they get long on gossip and spoilers and short on, um, perspective. And my steady old standby, Roger Ebert—one of the best working writers period over the last twenty five years—is still a great read, but has gotten…twitchy, since his surgery. I still enjoy reading him, but I’ve found him harder and harder to relate to, or, less charitably, to figure out where the hell he’s coming from at any given moment.

Anyway, that, coupled with the fact that I no longer haunt message boards or comment threads, has given me something of a hole to fill. So, I was wondering if anybody besides me would care to read about or discuss movies in the privacy of our own blog. Nothing overboard, just every once in awhile. This is not a rhetorical question.


  1. Do so instantly.

    Comment by Rojas — 8/22/2009 @ 3:51 pm

  2. Amen to that.

    Comment by Talarohk — 8/22/2009 @ 4:14 pm

  3. Porno reviews, please.

    Comment by Dingle — 8/22/2009 @ 5:04 pm

  4. I’m game. Are you planning on focusing on new releases or embracing a library approach?

    Oddly, I’ve never looked towards the AV Club for movies – it’s all about TV show recaps for me.

    Comment by Cameron — 8/22/2009 @ 5:39 pm

  5. Eh, probably whatever trips my trigger. I am contractually obligated to make a “Joe Versus the Volcano is the Greatest Movie Ever Made” post once every five years, and I’m about due, but the impetus for the thought was I’ve been thinking about Inglourious Basterds.

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2009 @ 3:57 pm

  6. Hah. I was just thinking about 16 Tons the other day. Solely because of Joe Versus the Volcano’s opening sequence, 16 Tons is one several covers of songs that I prefer more than the original simply because I ran across and enjoyed the cover first.

    Comment by Cameron — 8/23/2009 @ 4:50 pm

  7. The whole soundtrack is great like that. Include Ray Charles’ “Old Man River” to that same list of yours (although…).

    Great music set pieces in that movie, throughout. Phenomenal soundtrack. GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE OR I WILL FIGHT YOU!

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2009 @ 4:56 pm

  8. I’m not arguing that with you.

    Comment by Cameron — 8/23/2009 @ 6:05 pm

  9. Heh. +1

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2009 @ 8:31 pm

  10. Late to comment but yes. please. now.

    Comment by Jerrod — 8/27/2009 @ 8:56 pm

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