Category Archives: Ramblings and Musings

General, possibly aimless, thoughts on movies and media, usually without a focus on any particular work.

Going in Blind

With some of the films I’ve been watching lately, a thought has entered my mind. In just about every case, it was a film I’d heard of in the past; sometimes a film I’d heard quite a bit about. Now, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on 1000 Films

Gammera the Invincible (reviewed here) marks a big milestone for me. It’s the 1000th theatrically-released feature film that I’ve seen and rated on IMDb. That’s full-length feature films, not shorts, and only counting those films that were released to theatres, … Continue reading

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A Monopoly on Loathing

Let’s talk about board games for a little bit. It’ll come around to movies and other things eventually, but for now, the discussion will be starting off with board games. Specifically, one particular board game: Monopoly. A while back, I … Continue reading

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Unfilmable?: Huckleberry Finn

Many of Hollywood’s films begin life as books. Some Hollywood executive, actor, or screenwriter reads a book they enjoy, they go and acquire the rights, and they produce a screenplay based on it, which eventually gets turned into a film. … Continue reading

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Adding Up

As I’ve mentioned more than once, a lot of my movie viewing comes from streaming sites, particularly Hulu. However, until last night, it had been a few weeks since I had last used Hulu. There wasn’t any particular reason for … Continue reading

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Insomniac Viewing Habits

Today (as this post goes live) is another out-of-town day for me, so it’ll be evening by the time I’m able to get back to any comments. But a little unusually for my out-of-town excursions, it’s also having a bit … Continue reading

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The Decline of the Video Store

There’s a tendency among early adopters of technology to immediately declare any older paradigm obsolete and dying. Books were declared dead the moment the first e-reader debuted. It wasn’t until the third or fourth attempt that the e-reader itself survived, … Continue reading

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Science Fictional: Zero-zero-zero Destruct Zero

Suspension of disbelief is a vital element for science fiction, whether it’s in books, on television, or in film. The very nature of the genre is that it involves at least a few elements that are implausible — whether it’s … Continue reading

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Superman vs. Batman vs. Apathy

One of the major announcements coming out of last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con was news about the sequel to this year’s Man of Steel. They did a little reading from a comic book establishing a conflict between two heroic characters, … Continue reading

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The FCC, Network TV, and Indecency

For many years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has held sway over broadcast networks, restricting what they are allowed to say and show in the name of decency. A Supreme Court ruling in 1978 (FCC vs. Pacific, regarding George Carlin’s … Continue reading

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