Although I have seen far less in 2015 than in the previous year, I somehow was able to see two more films in the theater than in 2014. And unlike the prior year, I paid for nearly all of my excursions. With the average ticket price (at least locally) being around $11, I have spent at least $700 on movie admissions in 2015. That’s not counting all the times I paid for my friends. And based on some of the films I have seen in a darkened theater, I would not exactly call it money well spent. But it is in an investment and like all learning experiences you can never know how the teachings will pay off. Continue reading
In a year where I’ve seen close to 70 pictures in theaters and over 300 feature length productions through various forms, it becomes a bit difficult to find standout memories of things I have experienced. Personally, films are something I speak about with excitement, awe and reverence. A passion of mine. Whenever possible, I see as many pictures as I am interested in seeing in the way the filmmaker intended–on the biggest screen possible. Below are my favorite cinematic experiences of 2014. Continue reading
Well here we are yet again. Back at the beginning or near an end. Who really knows. The scourge of indifference has persisted for too long. And yet it is perfect for me. It keeps me safe. Survival is necessary in this wild jungle. What is coming next is really exciting and I intend on seeing everything that is shown. Maybe that explains why I watch so many films. Good ones mainly, although I make a small concerted effort to check out a few atrocious ones as well. Balance is harmony after all. Continue reading
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Gary Burns had been laughing his whole life, he tried making people laugh with him but no one ever found humor in anything he said, did or thought. There were a few times he got a chuckle or a slight smile but these were always given out of pity. Gary gave up his childhood dream of being a comedian and instead became an accountant for the government, the most humorless position anyone could ever have.
The pictures tell a different story
It was the past that was never ours
In a dream that we wrote in the stars
Sometimes when I close my eyes it is true
But then reality takes over and I am here
Alone in a prison without a bed to share
Nothing about this place makes sense
Maybe that is why you are there
Light of my life, dream of my nightmares
I hate your face and I never wished this pain
But thanks for the memories of the gorgeous rains
The fading sunsets of my future that will never be the same
And only one is happy
What about the other twenty three
Are they sad
This is fun
Let’s get wasted
My grandfather used to say that if you get through this life without killing anybody, you have truly lived a blessed life and will be rewarded in the next. Continue reading
Time is irrelevant at a quarter til three in the morning. While sitting on my porcelain throne, I must have spent a decade staring at the clock on the wall, waiting for it to turn. It just stayed still, mocking me like a turd afraid to come out. There was little I could do about the stoppage, I had my own business to attend. But I would be certain that I would not let that insignificant little shit bother anyone ever again.
Since 1962, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been sending me a ballot. Clearly a well-intentioned clerical error on their part, I have been voting on the Best Picture Oscar for the past fifty-one years. My picks don’t always win the top award, but when they do, I get a nice piece of expensive designer chocolate along with a well-written note of appreciation from the producers. Below are my picks for all of the years I have been submitting a ballot. Continue reading
Following in the tradition of other prominent list makers, including cracked.com and Oskar Schindler, I shall craft one of my own.
For many, films represent a pastime, a period of time that they will pass without much thought expecting to be thoroughly entertained. Not entirely a wrong view but for me, films represent the ultimate culmination of art. A collaboration between multiple disciplines to create a living piece of art that is limitless in it’s potential to inspire, inform, entertain, enlighten or any other verb you may think of.
Today’s world is truly remarkable with emerging technologies and the speed of communication, one can consume any piece of media in a multitude of ways, on-the-go, at home, multitasking. Rare is the opportunity to actually sit down and enjoy a piece of work in it’s intended form. While I watch movies almost daily at home, I make it a point to go to the theater to watch as many films as possible that might be worth my time. Filmmakers make their work to be seen on the biggest screen possible with minimal distractions, so that is why the following list represents my choices for the best pieces of cinema I saw in theaters in 2013. Continue reading