Monday, March 30, 2015

A Fistful of Thoughts...about stealing thunder, mocking subtitles and basically all things unnecessary!


Ok, so this isn't going to be your typical (or at least my typical) Fistful of Thoughts.  I skipped last week in favor of announcing my Fistful of Moments blogathon, and will probably be skipping next week when I post the recap post filled with all those amazing links (you guys are outdoing yourselves, and I'm so happy about it!), so I really wanted to get one of these to you today.  The problem is that work is REALLY busy and I am finding myself working on posts for days on end because I have no time to get anything done, and I have posts that need to be wrapped and done for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday...and I'm still working on them!

BUT, I have been thinking about something lately and I really wanted to talk with you guys about it.  We talk about remakes a lot, not necessarily here, but as a cinephile community we can't help but talk about it because every year we are bombarded by remakes and sequels and remakes of sequels (oh god, have we gotten those yet, because they'll be coming I'm sure) and so it's a topic of conversation.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A false sense of priority…


I’m a good father.  I know this.  I don’t need anyone to tell me this for me to know it.  I’m also not a perfect father.  I know this.  I don’t need anyone to tell me this for me to know it.  Being a good father does not mean you are perfect.  In fact, I’m going to tell you a story.

Two years ago, my family went on vacation.  We rented a boat and we went out on the ocean and we looked for dolphins and we floored it head on into waves and we just had a great time…until something happened.  The boat hit a swell and the whole front end was engulfed by the ocean.  It looked, for a brief moment, like we were going to sink.  My whole family was on this boat.  My wife, my daughters, my father and mother.  In a flash of panic, I did something wrong.  I ran to the other end of the boat.  I fled from the wave, leaving my wife and one of my daughters (who were seated near me) to get drenched completely.

No one died.  It was false panic.  The boat flooded and then quickly was…unflooded (not a word, I know) and everyone was safe and sound, and my daughter who was completely soaked thought the whole experience was fun. 

Thankfully my wife laughed it off and didn’t make me feel awful about it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Mother-Daughter Relationships


This one caught up with me.  I don't know why I didn't realize what day this was, but this week has kind of run away from me.  But it's Thursday, and that means another Thursday Movie Picks post! This week's theme is a near and dear one for me, and so I'm excited to play along.

The theme of the week is:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The 1967 Fisti Awards


1967.  This is another one of those years that are famous for being 'the best of the best', somewhat like 1939, except I don't think that my exclusion of this year's Oscar winning BP, In the Heat of the Night, is going to be as controversial as when I left Gone with the Wind off my 1939 ballot.  Despite not nominating In the Heat of the Night for more than two awards (both in the acting categories), I have to profess a deep love for this year.  It was the first 'Oscar Year' that my wife and I explored together (and kind of the only since my cinematic indulgences grew and my wife's diminished) and it really proved fruitful, for this year is just so incredibly rich.  Just think of the legendary films that came from this year...Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, In Cold Blood, Cool Hand Luke...this year is legend for a reason!

And I do promise that I like American films...I just like European ones better.

With that, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1967!

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


It's time for another Hit Me With Your Best Shot post!  I was super excited to see Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on the schedule because it was a pivotal film in my cinephile development, and so it holds a special place in my heart.  I wish that I had fully read the rules for this entry, for if I had read the entire post before this morning, I would have gone the 'pick a shot from each episode' route, but instead I merely have one shot for you this morning.

And I'm sure it's an unexpected one.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Fistful of Moments Blogathon!


So, last week I posted a Ten Perfect Cinematic Moments list and it was met with unexpected excitement from my fellow bloggers who seemed to really love the idea and even suggested it would make a great blogathon, so that got me thinking...LET'S DO THIS!

The rules are super simple, so simple they may as well not be rules, just suggestions.

1) Pick a number between 1 and 100 (any more than 100 is just gaudy)
2) Choose that many cinematic moments that are either your all time favorites or ones that could, on any given day, be your all time favorites
3) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever) with the above header (or one you create for yourself)
4) Send me the link by either posting it here in the comments or getting ahold of me on Twitter ( @fististhoughts )

So, I just want to clarify what I consider a cinematic moment before we continue.  To quote my previous post: 

We all have them in the back of our minds; those moments that make us think "man, this is what the movies are all about". We relive those moments in our mind's eye, remembering them and dissecting them and adoring them. They come in all shapes and sizes, from all types of films, and yet they all share one very important aspect; they define why we love the movies. It could be the way that the moment is cut; the way it's edited together. It could be the way the moment uses it's actors to evoke a powerful emotion from us. It could be the way that music floods the scene and draws us even closer to the moment in question. It could be a grand climax, a breathtaking introduction or a simple interchange. It could be any and all things, because for every film lover, the list is different.

So have at it!  I can't wait to see what you come up with.  I'll be posting a summary post with links to all participants on APRIL 6th.  I debated giving everyone more than two weeks to participate, but I've found that if you're going to participate in a blogathon that intrigues you, you usually do it within the first week of hearing about it, or else you forget.  So, you get two weeks my friends!  But, like my rules that aren't really rules, I'm flexible, so if you're going to be late, don't fret, I want any and everyone to play along and I will link you all! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blind Spot Series 2015: They Shoot Horses, Don't They

The month has fleeted from us rather quickly (man, this year is moving along, isn't it?) and so it's time for another Blind Spot entry.  This one was hard.  That isn't to say that it was bad, because it wasn't.  It was just hard.

Enough of that.