Updates: December 4th, 2015

As the calendar has turned to December it’s time to discuss what’s past and what’s to come, and how it may be different than in past years.

First, as you’ll not above this year will mark the 20th BAM Awards. The shortlist will come out on 24th

Anna Karenina (2012, Focus Features)

The Year-End Dash will still exist to an extent but it won’t feature in a running post or even that many daily reviews. I will try and rack up eligible reviews and do have much of this month, and the first quarter of 2016, scheduled with something.


Oh, Oskar. Yes, he will be coming back in a series of posts. I need to get to drafting the next few sections. You can read the series-to-date starting here.

Pit Pony (1997, Cochran Entertainment)

I have upcoming blogathon contributions like O Canada and the Backstage Blogathon, and a few recent contributions like Grace Kelly, the Swashathon, and another cartoon post.

The Movie Rat

This blog may have been a bit too set in its ways, but as I recently discussed I want to be more diversified even while sticking to some old themes. As I try and balance many interests, life changes, and changes here there may be some irregularity in posting new content, I hope to get “new” release reviews up again soon, but I hope to continue to tweak and improve this site and hope you’ll be willing to come along for the ride. Thanks all!

Updates: November 3rd, 2015

As you can confirm here on this Letterboxd list this year’s 61 Days of Halloween was a bust in terms of achieving the implicit movie-a-day quota.

As time goes on things change, and one thing that has definitely changed is in a desire to get scheduled ahead of time on the blog. This desire to allow myself more freedom to pursue longer-running projects and write the new content I want to write when I feel up to it, has made it more easy for me to view films in an eclectic manner.

This is not to say that the categories of 31 Days of Oscar, March to Disney, Poverty Row April, 61 Days of Halloween, Thankful for World Cinema and Year-End Dash will cease to be. It only means that they will not be wall-to-wall (as previous updates already indicate) but they will also not always be exclusive to the time period. Mind you, I will likely not change the names so they’re all still searchable for you.

Halloween (1978, Compass International)

Should new themes make sense for upcoming months that would be unique and make sense for short runs they will happen.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, I have new blogathon contributions to come. Which you will be able to see on upcoming reblogs.

Updates: July 17th, 2015

It’s been too long since I wrote up and update post. I thought it was about time. Especially when you consider that we’ve passed the midway point of the year, and that’s usually when there’s some overhauling done around here.

First, since an update around this time last year I no longer conglomerate film reviews. Therefore reviews are usually either categorized as Reviews (full-length; 400 words or more) or Mini-Reviews (Under 400 words).

You may see more instances of multiple posts in a day as I have now scheduled almost all the remaining backlog of reviews that have not gotten their due.

This should allow me to dedicate the time needed to creating new content and keeping up on films and reviews.


This includes my next blogathon contributions, which as of right now are on Ingrid Bergman, William A. Wellman and Film Books.

Jurassic World (2015, Universal)

Having recently compiled June’s BAM Award considerations the compiling of offline master lists has begun. It seems like contenders are shaping up well.


New and older posts will be posted more frequently on Twitter, film viewings can be accompanied on Letterboxd. You can also accompany the site on Facebook or subscribe via email.

There will likely be more news soon so check back soon and enjoy!

Updates 5/4/2015: Here, There, and Everywhere


One thing I was aiming to avoid when starting my own page was being a slave to the cinematic news cycle. Not that there’s anything wrong with following industry headlines, and I usually comment on things I find compelling on Twitter. However, yesterday and today there has been a synergistic confluence of fantastic news, in my estimation. Therefore, when the bad news occurring in threes trend is reversed, I feel it should be fodder for my first update post in quite some time. So it’s what’s new on the site and the four bits of film news.

Blog News


Yesterday I posted a new blogathon contribution.

The recent BAM Awards Considerations post was more appropriately populated.

Music Video Monday and Free Movie Friday will return soon.

Follow my Letterboxd as I may add the My Radar post there as a list. Also, other themes where I plan on doing year-round viewing will be viewable there too.

Also check out out all four of the new About pages if you’re so inclined.

Star Wars


Yes, it was just May the fourth and the forthcoming Episode VII played into it big time by releasing new images and information here.

Also recently it was announced that the Anthology films will be Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards. Rogue One centers on the Rebel plot to steal plans for the Death Star.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002, 20th Century Fox)

It was also confirmed that the second anthology film, which Josh Trank just departed as director, will be about Boba Fett.

Pennywise cast for new adaptation of Stephen King’s It

Will Poulter (2013, Interview Magazine)

I don’t usually like to get into a casting decision that may still be in negotiations, but the idea of Will Poulter (Multiple BAM Award Winner) as Pennywise in the forthcoming two-part It film from New Line and director Cary Joji Fukunaga is so brilliant I have to applaud it repeatedly.

Recent Birthday Celebrants Making News

Ender's Game (2013, LionsGate)

Asa Butterfield (April 1st), BAM Award Winner for Ender’s Game, has been cited on the leaked shortlist of candidates to be the next Spider-Man. A few publications cite him as the favorite. If this does come to fruition, it’s awesome news.

Bobby Coleman (May 5th) appears to have a new title Momo announced per his IMDb page. Considering some of the notices I’ve given Coleman (which you can see below) it’s a wonder this is his first credit since 2013, and that title was long-in-the-can.

In The Haunting Hour:

What buoys this episode is the prosthetic work, the voice over of the creature, its conclusion and most importantly Bobby Coleman‘s performance, which may be the finest of the series to date.

In Cody the Robosapien:

As per usual, Bobby Coleman, as the young lead, is fantastic and a standout in this cast. He buoys the title much more than most would deem possible, and more than most actors his age could possibly hope to.

In The Last Song:

Most impressive in the film is Bobby Coleman, best known to some as the title character in The Martian Child, who plays the younger brother in this film and delivers a very compelling performance. Towards the end he does quite a bit of crying and considering this is his second tear-jerker style movie it can now be said with no exaggeration that his abilities as a crier now rank amongst the all-time greats, rivaling even Bobs Watson.


It’s been too long since I posted an update, I will try to do this more regularly in a free-flowing manner.

Updates: What’s Happening as of July 20th, 2014

OK, so here’s what’s happening on The Movie Rat as of the last update, and some things that will be happening from here on in.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1900)

The Short Film Saturday post on this site has been consistently delivered and will continue to be for quite some time to come. You can find previous selections here.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014, Warner Bros.)

BAM Considerations posts have been added to on a monthly basis for May and June.

If you navigate the menu bar you will see new drop downs added since the last update.

Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

Tarzan Thursday may or may not be winding down, but I have added new entries there and you can find all of them here.

Reefer Madness (1936)

I have contributed to a few more blogathons The Billy Wilder Blogathon and the Accidentally Hilarious blogathon.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, Disney)

Created a new feature I hope to follow-up on called Food on Film, and one I’ve already posted in twice called Duh about famous relations one featuring the Derns and another the Gleesons.

Bloodmaster (David Rosenthal)

I shamelessly plugged a trio of short stories I am releasing on Kindle.

The Human  Resources  Manger (2010, Film Movement)

Lastly, is that having ended the Mini-Review Round-Up I am further burying many films worthy of individual attention. Therefore, over time the films that were included in those posts will be featured in newly-published individual posts. In some cases there will be new additional quotes or materials added, but mostly it will just be an individual short post, a Mini-Review (such as this one). This will mean posts every day for sure, and it will allow me to focus on posts that need the time and not scrambling to create new content, or worse, missing days.

Thanks for stopping by, and y’all come back now y’hear!

Updates: May 12th, 2014

So what has been going on then?

Posts have been a bit more infrequent but I’ve been working to rectify that to an extent. There has, however, been work going on behind the scenes and when I get a string of days scheduled it should be possible to start filling in the schedule on a more consistent basis.

A SNAFU has slowed down the Roku phase of By Any Means Necessary, but it most definitely is a theme that will continue.

One thing I have been able to make great progress in, thanks to Apple TV, has been the scheduling of Short Film Saturday. There shouldn’t be a missed one of those for quite some time. You can look up past films here.

There should be more reviews coming down the pike as things have been viewed. In the meantime, if you need you play catch-up you can go here.

Running posts that have been lacking in updates like Films Viewed and Favorite Older Films and My Radar will shortly be updated or revamped.

And I did participate in a blogathon last month.

Until the next update and/or post. Thanks for stopping by and for reading.

Updates: 2014 So Far

OK, this used to be, for the short time it existed last year, a bi-weekly (or so), post. Well, the beginning of this year has been a bit hectic, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime too soon. I do have to find time to draft posts that will keep the site current and more manageable. However, things haven’t been as stagnant around here as you, Dear Reader, may believe.

Firstly, for the most part I got the 2013 BAM Award nominations and Honorees posted in a fairly timely fashion. The timetable definitely worked for me and will be re-implemented this year.

I was a bit slow to get all the historical lists updated, but they now are. They are easily found under BAM Awards in the menu bar.

Speaking of the menu bar, most of the recent updates that may not have reached you all have concerned the addition of new pages. Under the Themes tab you will find pages for many of my perennial topics such as 31 Days of Oscar, March to Disney, Poverty Row April, 61 Days of Halloween, Thankful for World Cinema thus far.

As for logging, that is taking a more deliberate approach as well. The BAM Award Considerations will post once and not be updated. Therefore, they will be up at the end of their respective month, or at the start of the following month. The January post can be found here.

My Radar has been updated and one title, at least, will be scratched off soon.

As for Films Viewed in 2014 that needs to be updated as it is quite behind.

Similarly, another post only being updated once monthly will be Considerations Favorite Older Film of 2014.

I’ve also been a bit lax in the Shameless Self-Promotion Department. So much so that I neglected to mention that I contributed a post to the LAMB Devours the Oscars series. I also frequently submit links to Foreign Chops and Classic Chops. Those posts are a great way to catch up and discover other blogs. Another way is that you can follow me on Twitter or like The Movie Rat on Facebook.

Next, I believe I’ll start with some My Ballot posts, similar to this one and move on from there and get caught up slowly but surely. The goal is to spend less time updating running lists and more time creating new content. That goal has not yet been achieved, but if you have patience you will see it come to fruition. As always, thank you for stopping by, and taking your time to read the site.

Updates: December 6th, 2013

This update is going to be slightly different than ones in the past. It will not only provide links to what’s been updated today but also discuss completed, ongoing, and upcoming posts.

Past and Present

Firstly, of course, the November list of the BAM Award Considerations is closed and the December list has opened up.

My films viewed list is almost up-to-date and nearly at 500 features.

The Contender for Favorite Older Films First Viewed in 2013 list gained only one title, but it’s an interesting one.

Two new titles added for Jury Award Consideration.

On My Radar a few titles added, but more crossed off.


Next, considering I wrote many pieces last year on the Foreign Language Film race at the Oscar (How the Foreign Language Film Submission Process Could Change and The Problem with Limiting Foreign Film Submissions – Part one and Two and The Oscars Should Change Its Best Foreign Language Film Processes most notably) I am returning with a five-part series that examines more nuanced, often overlooked issues with the process starting next Wednesday!

Also forthcoming is a look at some past BAM Best Picture Winners and well as old winners explications, nominees/winners lists and Best of the Year lists I didn’t yet post.

That’s all I can guarantee right now. However, I do intend to draft new Pages so keep your eyes on the menu bar and The Holiday Viewing Log should return next week too. Here’s last year’s.

The next update will be on the 15th. Short break but there’s lots going on towards the end of the year so I don’t want to push it off as I did this time.

Thanks for reading all!

Updates November 15th, 2013

So not much in the way of updates this time. That’s mainly because the interval was shorter than usual and I’ve been mostly watching movies trying to enliven the BAM contenders and Thankful for World Cinema.

So the BAM Award Considerations for the month are newly-updated. Again. Check them out.

My films viewed list is updated with more titles and links. No new older favorites because I’ve been watching almost all new films.

Lastly, updated My Radar. Not much in the way of adding titles, but a few more scratched off or queued up.

The next update day will be on Monday, December 2nd.