Hello to all 3 of my readers! The last few years have suffered from declining views on this site, directly corresponding to declining content by yours truly. A big part of that was changes in my life, both work and health related. This is going to change in 2020 as I’ve decided to alter what I review on this page.
The one thing any self respecting blog requires is CONTENT! I aim to deliver this with a series of weekly/monthly/otherwise regular articles! To figure out what this blog should be, I looked at what we already do well, and what my current passions are. I figure that the more of “me” that is in this site, the better it will be. Some posts will be “back-dated” to start this as of 1/1/2020.
Comix This Week!: The venerable weekly tradition is coming back starting 1/8 (with perhaps an “issue zero” this weekend to cover 1/5). These are nice “skinny” looks at the comics I am reading every week. Some editions will have many titles reviewed. Others will have only a few. At the moment my pull list is on the small side, Star Wars and a few Indie titles. If this gets any traction I hope that some readers will suggest some stuff to read. This is actually my oldest work. This began in the 1990’s as a weekly e-mail chain between some friends. Maybe I can snag some other contributors for this one.
As society seems to have adopted “The day of Thor” as the one where we look back, I decided to follow suit. One of the gems of this blog, for me at least, is the movie list. Every film I have ever seen in a Movie Theater is listed here. In 2016 I toyed with the idea of doing “skinnys”, my short reviews, for all 300 or so films that predate this website. I could not find a way to make it work as we were talking about hundreds of films. With my new plan, I think it is achievable. As an added bonus, these reviews, at 52 a year, give me 6 years of content. Score! How “on fleek” is that, kids?
積ん読 (Tsundoku) is a Japanese term for piles of unread books. In my younger and more vulnerable years I was able to read 2-3 books , or one GRRM, a week. Now, they pile up around my home, even in my kindle, and threaten to smother me. Rather than allow myself to be entombed I will knock down 1 every two weeks, or quicker, and give my thoughts on it. I recently joined the Book of the Month club so there will be plenty to review.
The Films I have seen in theaters…
This is the heart of this site, my movie reviews. My true love is cinema, and I love nothing more than to share that with you. Sometimes this will be weekly, biweekly, and perhaps daily at times! While generally locked to Saturday, this could pop up on Thursday preview screening nights or Friday openings as well. Mapping out the next 6 months, I don’t see more than 2 weeks passing at any given time before a new entry pops in. I am hoping to squeeze in a minimum of 25 films in 2020, likely much more. I want this year to be my most prolific to date.
My creativity knows no bounds as I portmanteau the shit out of “Netflix and Chill”. Netflix, and the other streaming services, have come to dominate our leisure time. At the click of a button we have access to thousands of programs on any topic we choose. Nary a weekend passes where we don’t watch SOMETHING on Netflix or another streaming service. This column will document these somethings. As Netflix and Amazon have put their foot into prestige cinema offerings, the movies watched here will be considered contenders for best/worst of the year. Yes, I have decided to not be a Cinema snob. I will still be tracking the films seen in theaters, but these will still count.
My days off from the blog. Expect nothing.
That is pretty much all I have to say for now. This is an ambitious schedule, but I think a manageable one. I plan on having lots of fun with this, so I hope you come along for the adventure!