The Most Important Person In Movies Over The Last 50 Years

A few days back, I put out a call on both Facebook and Twitter, asking for people to tell me who they think the most important person to the movie industry has been over the last 50 years. I had mine in mind, but wanted to see both what others thought, and see just how clever I was being because I suspected mine would not be a top name selected. I got some excellent suggestions. Some that even had me questioning my pick. Here were some of the better suggestions: George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.) Reed Hastings (Netflix … Continue reading The Most Important Person In Movies Over The Last 50 Years

Let’s Get Reel: The Batman

I am unabashedly Team Marvel in the Marvel vs. DC battle. But in the way I like chocolate with my peanut butter slightly more than peanut butter with my chocolate. I’m not going to put one brand down to lift the other up. It honestly has never been a better time to be a nerd and I’m all for it in whatever flavor that comes in. As for the Batman franchise specifically, I’m also firmly on the Bale/Nolan series as my favorite among the film realm. Now that the disclaimers are all out of the way, I was able to … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: The Batman

Spurred By New Series: A Watchmen (movie) Rewatch

Back when the Watchmen movie came out in 2009, I wasn’t really into comics much yet. I grew up on baseball cards, not comics. In college, I got into some of the darker comics from Image and Caliber and such. The Crow, Spawn, etc. Still, when Watchmen came along, I went to the theater to watch it. I even did a midnight showing for this back when they were a thing. I had not read the comic series before seeing the movie. I’m not sure if it was the late night, or the beers with supper before hand, but I … Continue reading Spurred By New Series: A Watchmen (movie) Rewatch

Let’s Get Reel: Boys State

Covering American Legion baseball for several years, I always got invited to the end-of-year awards dinner, held at the local Legion post. It was usually a pizza party and then awards were handed out to the team. For most of the time I attended this event, it also served as a chance for the girls the Legion post sponsored for Girls State in Charleston to speak on their experience there. I always enjoyed that aspect. Most of the time, the girls did not get into much detail, but I have always had an interest in politics, locally and beyond, so … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: Boys State

The Strongest Man in Recorded History: A Documentary on the Life of Paul Anderson

After watching a biography on the father of strongman showmanship last week in Louis Cyr, I had a more modern meat mastodon in Paul Anderson up next. Powerlifting USA put this documentary on the Georgia native. It was most definitely low-budget and about as 90s as you can get, but some of the footage they have of Anderson was just amazing. While Cyr’s story was all that, stories, Anderson came along in the sweet spot of still being old school in nature but during an era with film, rising to fame in the 1950s. Anderson was an Olympic Gold medalist, … Continue reading The Strongest Man in Recorded History: A Documentary on the Life of Paul Anderson

Book Nook: The Devil All The Time

I often say “If I don’t know a guy, I know a guy who knows a guy.” Well, when it comes to gothic rural noir and most things disparate and desperate, my guy is Jeff Reno. Reno use to send me books to read, knowing my own deranged taste waded in similar waters to him. So, when he mentioned The Devil All The Time recently, I was surprised it was not already in a stack on my shelf. With a Netflix film set to come out in a few weeks, I decided it was time to crank through this one, … Continue reading Book Nook: The Devil All The Time

Let’s Get Reel: Blinded By The Light

I’m a card-carrying Sports Writer (TM), even if just on a part-time basis these days. Somethings you just are. As a Sports Writer (TM), I’m of course required by law to worship two people outside of the Sports Writer world: Bruce Springsteen and the modern-day version, Jason Isbell. Some people consider the pledged devotion part of the membership dues, but, neigh, I consider it one of the membership perks. We may all get in Twitter battles discussing Nebraska vs. Darkness vs. Born, etc., but at the end of the day, we all go home acknowledging our music God. One thing … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: Blinded By The Light

Let’s Get Reel: Rocketeer

I keep a Watch List in my to-do app. I can’t remember how Rocketeer wound up in it, but it rolled around to the top of the list today. So, I fired up Disney+ and watched this 1991 “superhero” film for the first time. I had somehow missed this when it came out. I was 12 at the time. Forgive me. I had entered my anti-Disney phase by then. See kids, in 1991, we did not have a plethora of superhero movies. This was long before Marvel figured anything, and just a couple years after the first decent Batman movie. … Continue reading Let’s Get Reel: Rocketeer