Monday, May 16, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Friday, May 06, 2022
Monday, May 02, 2022
If you haven't seen one or more of the movies, feel free to skip to the discussions of your choice:
00:02:10 - Review of Solaris (1972)
00:16:12 - Review of Le Dîner de Cons (1998)
00:30:57 - Review of Force Majeure (2014)
00:51:24 - Guessing the Connection
Monday, April 25, 2022
Opening and closing music by Andrew Allen.
Friday, April 22, 2022
Monday, April 18, 2022
Saturday, April 16, 2022
The trouble is that I hit a fence back in December when I stalled out on the Christmas Carol project halfway through the introduction of the Ghost of Christmas Present. I just lost the time and ability to keep up with it. And then other things started piling up behind that. I never did my annual recap posts of the books, movies, and music that I enjoyed the previous year, for example. I've always found those kinds of posts useful to refer back to, so it hurts that I haven't gotten around to it.
And then there are the reading/watching projects I've been into like The Shining and its adaptations, The Ring and its adaptations, screen depictions of Nancy Drew, and I just finished listening to Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH on audiobook and then watching The Secret of NIMH. I'd like to have a written record of all that.
So, what I'm going to have to do is climb over the remaining Christmas Carol entries from last year. They've become a mental barrier that I'm having a hard time pushing through. So I'm just going over them and will start working on my 2021 recap posts instead (backdated to January, since that's where I'll look for them in the archives in the future). After that, I'm calling it a clean slate. I might go back and capture some recent read/watch projects or I might just pick up with whatever I'm doing at the time. It'll be more exciting to not have that decided ahead of time.
And then, at some point, I'll go back and finish introducing the Ghost of Christmas Present, also backdated to keep things organized and make it easier for me to find and reference them later.
Friday, April 15, 2022
I also continued my Western History film project with 1937's Heroes of the Alamo, but Pax stayed on topic with a Disney Western comic: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad by Dennis Hopeless and Tigh Walker.
Monday, April 11, 2022
Monday, April 04, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Pop Culture Retrofit) and my blog pal Siskoid (The Fire and Water Podcast Network) to guess movie titles based on one-sentence descriptions of the plot. It's kind of hard, fairly chaotic, and completely fun.
Friday, March 18, 2022
Hellbent for Letterbox | The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) / The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
Monday, March 14, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022
Friday, March 04, 2022
Thursday, March 03, 2022
Wednesday, March 02, 2022
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Friday, February 18, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Monday, February 14, 2022
Friday, February 11, 2022
Wednesday, February 09, 2022
Monday, February 07, 2022
Friday, February 04, 2022
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
Monday, January 31, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
my activity on Letterboxd:
- I watched a total of 335 films, which is way down from the previous two years, but I started watching a lot more TV series in 2021. My movie average was just under 28 a month or just over 6 a week.
- The first movie I saw last year was a rewatch of Wonder Woman to get ready to see Wonder Woman 1984.
- The last movie I saw last year was Spider-Man: No Way Home.
- I didn't watch any movie more than twice last year, but there were a few that I did that with. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and The Suicide Squad were the only two that I did it just because I wanted to see them again. The others were all movies that I watched for a podcast, but the recording was rescheduled, so I watched them again just before we actually recorded.
- 56 (or about 17%) of the movies I saw were actually from 2021. That's higher than normal for me. I usually skew a lot heavier into older films by over 90%.
- 194 of them (about 58%) were films I watched for the first time (or at least had never recorded on Letterboxd before). That's right around normal for me.
- Samuel L Jackson was my most watched actor with 10 films, thanks to several MCU re-watches, but also Kong: Skull Island, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and first-time watch The Protégé.
- Other actors I watched a lot of were folks from the MCU and Fast and Furious movies, so the only surprise on my Most Watched Actors list was Donald Sutherland. He's due in part to a Hunger Games binge, but also Kelly’s Heroes, Max Dugan Returns, and The Castle of the Living Dead.
- My most watched director was Justin Lin thanks again to the Fast and Furious series. Chloé Zhao, the Russo Brothers, lucha libre director Federico Curiel (thanks to the lucha libre podcast I was on), and Michael Curtiz were all right behind Lin with four movies each. Curtiz was the only sort of naturally recurring one. The others are all because of series, except for Zhao and she's because I purposely marathoned her stuff before seeing Eternals. The Curtiz films I watched were The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and The Sea Hawk (both because I was watching Elizabethan films), The Adventures of Robin Hood (for After Lunch), and my annual re-watch of White Christmas.
- Kevin Feige was my top producer at 22 films.
- But Marvel was not the movie studio I watched most of. It was tied for second with MGM with 21 films each. My most-watched studio was Universal with 28 films. The Fast and Furious series helped a lot with that, as did the Halloween movies, but there are a lot of random films in that list, too.
- Chris Morgan and Henry James were tied for my Most Watched Writer at 7 films each. Morgan's a writer for the Fast and Furious series. James wrote the novel The Turn of the Screw, which I watched a lot of adaptations of.
- Over the Garden Wall was the thing I saw that's most liked by other Letterboxd users.
- The thing I watched that was least liked by other Letterboxd users was Halloween: Resurrection. And I agree with them.
- Spider-Man: No Way Home is the most popular movie that I saw last year.
- The most obscure movie I watched was a 1965 Italian Biblical epic called I Grandi Condottieri. It's basically an anthology film with the stories of Gideon and Samson connected only through some inelegant narration. Both stories have good actors creating relatable versions of their characters, though. And the whole project must have had a decent budget too if the sets and large casts of extras are an indication. I liked it just fine.