7 comments on “Year Eight

  1. As a lover of the Oscars and its illustrious history (and owner of every Best Picture winner on DVD and/or Blu-Ray) I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I look forward to this time of year and have attended the AMC Best Picture Showcase since 2007 in preparation of that year’s show. I appreciate all the work you have done in watching and reviewing all of these movies, especially the hard to find ones. I always enjoy getting a well-thought out and educated opinion from a regular person like myself.

    It’s a testament to your dedication and love of film that you have made it 8 years, and I take my proverbial hat off to you. If you keep writing them, I promise to keep reading. Thank you and congratulation on bringing another new future movie lover into the world!

    • Wow Chuck, your words are so kind! Thank you and thank you for reading. I’ve always wanted to go to the AMC Best Picture Showcase, maybe one of these years. And you really own every BP winner on DVD? I’m jealous, that’s an awesome collection! Have a great Oscar season!

      • You’re very welcome! Yes, I really own all 89 Best Picture winners on DVD/Blu-Ray. It was a challenge to be sure, but it was also a lot of fun. The day that Wings and Cavalcade were released on Blu-Ray was a huge one for me as they were my last two hold outs. I’ve tried to watch a lot of the older nominated films, but time (I’m married with a 7 and 2 year old) has not been on my side as much as it once was, and some are really hard to track down as you know. That’s another reason I really enjoy your blog. I loved going back and reading your reviews on the older films and getting an idea of what they were about. When I read one that I had seen as well, it was an even better read as I could compare my thoughts with yours. I’m excited to take the Oscar journey with you (at least in spirit) for another year!

  2. Way back when, on BBSs before the Web existed and then on the early days of the Web, this was the idea. Do what you love (writing, software, art, whatever), share it with people, and enjoy what other people are sharing (and argue about it, when necessary, of course 🙂 ).

    The idea that things needed to be (or even could be) “monetized” came much later.

    I think one thing you really nail here is how much it helps to have supportive people around us, but that we’re crazy enough to keep doing it anyway. My mother was a big fan of my writing (she once said that my characters were more real to her that a lot of her “so-called friends”), but she’s been gone for two and a half years now, and I’m still writing.

    And, yes, you almost certainly aren’t going to get to go to premieres, but back in the early 1990s I knew a guy named Ben Hoffman. A retired accountant, he’d started writing movie reviews on BBSs, just as a hobby, and his reviews appeared in so many places that he became the first ever accredited online movie critic. He didn’t get to go to premieres, but he was on the lists for critics’ screenings of all the new movies before release.

    I’m looking forward to a lot more reviews here. As my mother used to say, there’s nothing like the movies. Thanks for all the wonderful reviews!

    • Anthony, you’re lucky to have such a supportive mother, she sounds wonderful! BBS seems like a fun way for artists to share their work, so cool that your friend Ben is accredited to be the first ever online critic. I’m proud to follow in his steps. Thank you for your support and for reading over these years, I’ll keep writing!

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