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The New Year’s Resolutions: Update #2

At the end of last year, I made a lot of movie-related New Year’s resolutions. Adding them all up, my goal comes out to approximately 125 specific films to watch this year. There are two months down now. What kind of progress have I made this month? Continue reading

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That Magic Moment

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It’s been said that you can know whether or not you’ll like a movie within the first 15 minutes. By and large, I’ve found this to be true. It’s like trying on a pair of pants and knowing whether or not it’s a good fit. You don’t need to wear them out of the store, out and about in public. This is also why screenwriters understand that the most important part of their film is the first and last 15 minutes. But it takes a little bit more to elevate a film to the beloved class. It takes a magic moment. Continue reading

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The Edgar Wright Infographics: A Follow-Up

Back in March, I watched all three of Edgar Wright’s major studio releases- Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)– with the trivia track on. Each time a film was referenced in the trivia track, I wrote it down. Then I used the info to create an infographic for each film, listing each film that influenced Wright’s movies. You can find the finished product here.

After I completed it, I showed it to my friend Marty. “Now”, he said, “you have to watch all of those movies”. I laughed it off at first. The last thing I need is another genre or list to binge upon. But he had a point. That list was ripe with potential for good films. And if those movies are good enough for Edgar Wright, they’re sure as hell good enough for me. Eventually, I started tackling the movies that I hadn’t already seen that were listed on those infographics. It’s a slow and steady process but it’s opened up my eyes to some really great movies that I never would have seen otherwise. Thankfully and not surprisingly, Edgar Wright is a damned good ambassador for some unknown films. So far, I’ve seen: Continue reading

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