Updates: March 8th, 2017

Hey All!

Just a quick preview of what you can expect coming up on The Movie Rat in the next month or so. 

March 24th

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For the second time I will be contributing to A Shroud of Thoughts’ Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon. Last year I wrote about my favorite episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This year I will be contributing a post about an episode of You Can’t Do That on Television. My entry is already written and awaiting publication which will allow me to prepare for the following…

March 27

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I joined Movie Silently’s Early Women Filmmakers blogathon writing about the career of Germaine Dulac.  Leading up to this post I will likely have three short posts about her work.

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April 25-29

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Lastly, (for now) I also signed up for Speakeasy’s Great Villain Blogathon 2017. I will be writing about Frailty (2001), a film I’ve long been a fan of, and deserves a little more attention turned its way due in part to the far-too-soon demise of Bill Paxton, the director and one of the stars of the film. Plenty in mind for that one, so be sure and check it out.

Other Works

I also write fiction. My February GoodReads blog entry on my works-in-progress can be found here. An update will be coming for march when there is a bit more to report. In the meantime, what I’ve written and published can be found on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Also, on my Instagram you can see some “behind-the-scenes” shots of my first painting unrelated to a film or a play in quite some time.

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Updates: Recent Posts and Upcoming Blogathons

The 2016 BAM Awards have been announced. Find the nominees here and the honorees here and here.

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The OA (Netflix)

Next there are blogathon announcements!

Typically, I’ve had the best results in limiting myself to one blogathon a month. First, for the O Canada Blogathon  (2/3) I will be profiling the work of Brendan Meyer, whom you may have seen on The OA. His credits are myriad and varied and I’ll take a look at most (if not all of them), plus Brendan has been gracious enough to grant me a brief interview, which will be included.

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Next up on (3/24) I will stick with a Canadian theme and write about the infamous “Adoption” episode of You Can’t Do That on Television for the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon.

Come back as I’m trying to keep things varied and interesting here, y’all!

Music Video Monday and an Update

Recently I created a political blog on this domain to have as place to vent in that arena and free my focus for cinema, it would be cathartic. It will not be included in typical update notifications

Why the idea of a political blog, and doing more in general, has come back to the forefront of my thoughts is not just because of the unprecedented craziness of the 2016 election cycle but is one that’s a bit older and I’ve come to embrace.

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Long before the lie of WMDs in Iraq was exposed I was debating doing a serialized story on a daily basis called Why We Fight giving a nod to the Frank Capra film series produced by the US Government about World War II. This version would have been about the nightmare I and others felt it would be, not to mention the tenuousness of our aims and the flimsiness of our pretense for war.

At that time, I had no platform to have it ready for, our involvement in Iraq was not televised to the extent that Vietnam was, so we didn’t live with it in the same way, and I would’ve run out of steam. Keeping a daily idea going from 2003 thru 2010, when active combat ended, is a bit like Sisyphus trying to get that boulder up a hill.

Perhaps the main reason that wouldn’t have been the most suitable idea for a series is that it would be a portrait of despair at a dystopian present with no prescription for remedy. Remedy is the operative word. There are dysfunctions in our democracy that we can cite until we’re blue (or red) in the face but unless we’re willing and able to discuss and push representatives for changes to try and address them it’s nothing but a bunch of bluster, I will add a bit about how to most successfully make that push today.

So that blog will be an attempt to seek active solutions. It will start with a pep talk tomorrow to get the dejected off the matt, and move into calls for action soon thereafter. In the meantime, enjoy this contribution for Music Video Monday.

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“Life During Wartime” from The Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense directed by Jonathan Demme, a song whose lyrics have inspired stories of mine in the past and gotten me through some difficult days. Enjoy!

Updates: August 31st, 2016

As you may have noticed, not only if you look at the dates on my posts, but also if you read these Updates.

I’ve been in the process of becoming an adoptive father. Now that a new school year has kicked off I should be here, and watching movies, more frequently.

As for reviews, they are forthcoming. I’ve seen five so far this week. I just have to get to writing them. When they’re ready you’ll see them here.

Other things to look forward to are Blogathon participations…

First…

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I will be covering a Freddie Highmore film out quite a few years before his run on Bates MotelThe Spiderwick Chronicles wherein he played twins.

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008, Nickelodeon/Paramount)

Next…

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The topic I will be covering for this blogathon will be Films as an Exploration of Human Sexuality. Now, I know that sounds like a dissertation title. However, the approach I’m planning on is a bit freeform, personal, and as all encompassing as I can be with such a huge topic.

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Last, but certainly not least. I will be talking about a certain circus element in film. Thanks to the guidelines that allow me to go outside the bigtop, as long as some elements leave with me; I decided to write about Stephen King’s It (1990).

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Can’t wait for these and I hope you feel the same!

Updates: Upcoming Blogathons May-June 2016

I will be participating in some upcoming blogathons that I wanted to announce here.

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Firstly, I’m honored to have been included among the contributors for Underrated ’86, a series by Rupert Pupkin Speaks, featuring overlooked films of 1986. It’s especially cool after I missed 1996, where I would’ve had a killer list. My post will be up in the middle of the month

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I am also contributing a new piece on Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) for the Athletes in Film Blogathon.

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Last but not least, I will also be writing about A Single Man (2009) for The 2nd Annual Sex! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon.

 

My eBooks now on Nook!

One of the big projects of me for 2015 was getting my ebooks that already existed in better shape. They are now, and can be found on Amazon worldwide.

Part of that project was supposed to include making the existing books available on other platforms as well.

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Fast forward to now and phase one of that process is complete: The Isle of Helyr and The Bloodmaster Trilogy both are available on Nook for purchase.

It’s the same cheap $0.99 either way, so get reading!

iBooks to follow!

Updates: April 14, 2016

An update on this site is long overdue. Heck, a post in general is long overdue. Since October the struggle for any cinephile has faced has been very present for me: what matters more life or film? Clearly without life there is no film. However, those obsessed with film don’t always grasp that fully. Two new phases of my life are being entered to: fatherhood (in it, in a foster kind of way), and being a licensed driver (working on it – and originally from New York so that explains that).

I had a good deal of the gap in new material filled with re-spliced material but alas they lapsed. But things are in the works both here and elsewhere they’re just a bit slower-going. Here are some examples.

The first in line will be reviews for two short documentaries by Mark Rappaport.

Followed by a Blu-Ray review of a previous Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film now out on Blu-ray.

Then a Blu-ray review of a horror film starring the late great Christopher Lee, to not narrow it down too much!

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Also, I’ve begun ruminating on the latest caped crusader film. Hint: I was enveloped by the sheer vacuity of it, then when I realized why I was really mad.

Aside from writing projects here, I also have outside writings in various stages of development. I definitely need to kick into high gear. And when I do you’ll hear about it here. One recent development you will not can be found here.

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I have every intention of writing up the BAM Awards for the 21st time in 2017, I just need to do a lot of year-end catch-up.

If a hiatus is needed in the future for another work it will be announced beforehand.

Speaking of hiatuses, my The Tin Drum posts, are a white whale I’m determined to chase down also.

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More is sure to come as balance, much like winter on Game of Thrones, is coming to my life.

Updates: December 20th, 2015

It’s a bit unusual for me to have multiple updates in a quarter much less in a month, but here we are. Much of the reason for a second update so soon is that I’m trying to keep myself on task, as well as letting you know what’s up.

So here goes…

BAM Awards

BAM-Awards-2015Some of the legwork to get me to BAM Awards shortlists has been done. On December 24th (yes, that December 24th) I will announce the shortlists, which is a culling down of all categories to only the most serious contenders. Watch this space for those announcements. This will be followed by nominees on January 2nd, 2016 and the handing out of prizes on January 9th, 2016.

Some categories which have been in limbo for inclusion this year will be either included or dropped on the 24th.

“Post!”

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OK, so I went with a Billy Elliot reference, one that’s more noteworthy in the stage musical than the film, but the point is; many posts are scheduled through the first quarter of 2016. I know I promised new content a while back and that should still be coming.

Screenings

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One thing that will augment the BAM awards, and new content, is getting through my backlog of screeners. You can track my progress (to an extent) on Letterboxd. In the wee hours yesterday, I posted a longer-than-expected extemporaneous reaction to a film, which I may expound upon soon.

List-Making

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Aside from my awards, I do publish year-end lists in Early January. It’s with some sadness that I must say I didn’t see enough horror in 2015 to have a list on that genre be significant. But I will have a Top films (about 30 – some horror included) and also a Film Discoveries list (at least 30).

“I Just Wanna Bang on the Drum All Day”

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What slowed the progress of my posts on The Tin Drum was reaching a non-drafted section in my notes. I hope to get to that soon – and strike a balance with other ongoing projects. In the meantime, you can read what I have so far.

Other Works in 2016

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Some of the other works I hope to get done soon are as follows:

  1. New videos including a short documentary.
  2. Polishing and publishing new fiction. What I have already published can be found here. What I hope to prepare and publish is also intimated at in my about pages.
  3. Collecting more film writing and developing longer-form posts on a more regular basis.
  4. And more.

So, I hope this gives you more insight into the workings of the site here, dear readers. Bear with me for many exciting things are forthcoming.