Let’s face facts here: the selection on Netflix’s Watch Instantly section is definitely about quantity over quality. It’s hard to find good movies mixed in with all the crazy shit they like to put up for you. It’s a lot of dentritus, Mockbusters, television, and weird stuff. So, as your faithful (and inconsistent) blogger/gatekeeper, I’d […]Read More Netflix Watch Instantly Recommendations (7/30-8/5)
Okay, so. Let’s say you get to the IndieGoGo page, you read through all the information, and then you’re all “Gee, I’d love to donate, but I wish someone was here to help me out!” Well, this is the closest I can get to being your personal Donating to Graceland Assistant. Follow these instructions and […]Read More A Detailed Guide to Donating on IndieGoGo, Just In Case You Need It [graceland]
In every screenwriting book, they tell you that by the end of the first ten minutes you have to know and empathize with the main characters. Blake Snyder calls this the “Save the Cat” moment wherein our hero/anti-hero does something good/admirable and helps us make the connection to the character. The Incredibles did this quite […]Read More Five Movies: The First Ten Minutes
The LA Times recently published this article, and it got me thinking about the franchise as a whole, and what it’s meant for me. I was ten when I began reading the books–one of my first memories is being so addicted to them that I’d go to Costco and pick up a sale copy and sit […]Read More Harry Potter and the Fact I’m 22 now.
In the summer of 2009, Aziz Ansari, of Parks and Recreations fame, posted this. He’s pissed because he got duped into paying for IMAX when the screen clearly wasn’t IMAX-sized. Then, all of a sudden, everybody made a stink, calling out IMAX, AMC, and Regal for basically robbing customers of a surcharge. Around this same time, […]Read More IMAX is still trying to fuck you in the butt (but at least they’re honest about it)
I was in 3rd grade when this film came out and my mom took me to see it in theaters. It was PG-13, it was Adam Sandler, it seemed acceptable. A few others in my classroom saw it, too, and we were the lucky ones. The upper echelon of cool to third graders. Since then, […]Read More 9x9x9: Billy Madison–you gotta get your ass out there and find that fucking dog.
I had no previous affiliations with Star Trek before this movie. To be honest, my mental image of the show and the movies was that it was stodgy and overly thoughtful vis a vis trying to be a cultural voice of reason over a sci-fi show. And that’s fine. M*A*S*H* worked great like that, too. […]Read More 9x9x9: Star Trek 2009–wictor wictor 9,2 (access denied)
I don’t remember what sparked my desire to see this movie–it might’ve been that it was Richard Pryor’s final appear in a film though he’s only in it for about 30 seconds. I do remember that it was really hard to find because of Robert Blake and his murder trial. At least that’s […]Read More 9x9x9: Lost Highway–Dick Laurent is Dead
It started with There Will be Blood. I had no idea, at that time (2007) who Paul Thomas Anderson was. I simply remembered that the trailer for this film came up a whole hell of a lot when I went to the movies that year. It was usually shown with No Country and the Assassination […]Read More Love to Give: The Films of PT Anderson
You know what this is: the Facebook Movie (motherfucker). You don’t know what this is: a smart film that’s less about Facebook and more about the current generation of 20-30 somethings–a generation which I am a part of. I can remember when, in high school in 2005, I tried to sign up for Facebook only […]Read More the social network.