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PSA: Moviegeekz Continues Rolling Along

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Just a reminder that even if it seems I haven’t been updating this site a whole lot lately, it doesn’t mean I’m not writing stuff.  Want to know what I thought of Blade Runner: The Final Cut?  Or about the recent announcement that there will be twice as many contenders for the Best Picture Oscar next year?  Or maybe you’d like to see a newer, less violent trailer for Inglourious Basterds?  (No, I know, Noah…not you.)  Then head on over to Moviegeekz and take it all in there!

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June 26th, 2009 at 10:44 am

Posted in Movies

Pardon Our Dust

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OK, yes. The site has done gone ugly. Not that it was necessarily beautiful before, but it’s even uglier now. Really, it’s not you — it’s me.

I spent Monday and Tuesday of this week at An Event Apart in Boston, a conference for web developers. Several luminaries in the web design and development field — people whose blogs I’ve been reading for years — presented talks, and the conference did exactly what it was supposed to do, what I’d hoped it would do: it got me re-energized about web development. I realized that I really do enjoy building websites, even if I’ve been more than a bit bored with the specifics of what I’ve been doing lately.

I hope to have more to say on this topic soon, but for now know that my site’s uglification is part of a project. One of the concepts I took away from the speakers at the conference was rooted in the Japanese term kaizen, or “progressive and continual enhancement.” That means…well, okay it means sort of the exact opposite of what I’m doing, but bear with me for a minute. Kaizen means I don’t have to pull down an entire design and start from scratch: I can make small, subtle changes over time. I’ve already begun doing this to Moviegeekz and Mother Mirth, Terry’s site.

For this site, though, of all my sites…I need to have my own design here rather than use a stock theme, which is what I was doing. So I scrapped that theme and I’m starting with nothing. I currently have no style or design on this site. And over time, I’m going to make progressive changes and build it up into something which hopefully won’t suck. I’m designing in the public eye, to some degree: I’ll put up here whatever I have whenever I’m done working on any particular bit. It won’t always look good — it sure doesn’t right now — but hopefully when I’m done it’ll be something I can be proud of. And I plan to document some of what I’m doing.

I have no idea how long this’ll take to do, especially since it’s not really my main focus. I won’t be offended if you read what I write here in an RSS reader for awhile. But I hope that the project will be interesting and that you’ll check in from time to time to see how it’s going.

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June 25th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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My RockBand.com Article Lives!

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Hey, you remember last week when I said I had an article going up on RockBand.com soon? Well, it’s live. If you’ve ever been in a band and wondered whether it’s a good idea to date one of your bandmates, you’ll definitely want to check the article out.

Oh, hell, what am I saying…all of you should check the article out. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope y’all enjoy reading it!

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June 16th, 2009 at 10:33 am

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Moviegeekz: Reborn!

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Some of you might remember Moviegeekz, my old movie news-’n'-reviews website I ran for a couple of years but let flounder and die in 2006.  Well, given how much writing about movies I’ve been doing here since I started updating this site again — and the fact that of the six posts I have rattling around in my head right now, five of those are about movies — it seemed appropriate to dig up the grave, exhume the corpse, pump some coffee into it and slap some lipstick on there.  It’s now live once again with all of the reviews I’ve written since its demise copied over to it.

And not only does it have those recent reviews, it has a brand-new one you can’t get here!  Click on over to read my review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and feel free to poke around a bit while you’re there.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed!

I’m pretty excited about this development — it just feels right, y’know?  And it doesn’t mean I’m abandoning this site, either — I have plenty of non-movie stuff to write about sometimes, and all of that will continue go here.  Stay tuned!

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June 15th, 2009 at 10:48 am

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Pixar’s Stanton to Adapt JOHN CARTER OF MARS

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Now it’s official:  Finding Nemo and WALL-E director Andrew Stanton will be helming his first live-action movie, John Carter of Mars.  The movie, based on the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, will be released under the Disney banner and not the Pixar banner, as was originally rumored/hypothesized, and will be hitting theatres sometime in 2012.

I’m both very excited and a little disappointed with this news.  I have every confidence that the movie’s going to be amazing: Stanton’s already a two-time Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominee — and that’s not even counting the fact that Michael Chabon (one of my favorite novelists) worked on the screenplay, too.  And I’m glad for Stanton in that he’s stretching himself and trying to do something different.  It’s not often that animation directors cross over to live action or vice versa (though Mad Max director George Miller did so with impressive results with Happy Feet).

This means that my two favorite animation directors (combined, they were in charge of four of my top five Pixar movies) are working on live-action flicks instead.  The Incredibles and The Iron Giant director Brad Bird is readying 1906 (also due in 2012) about the great San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires which nearly destroyed the city in — you’ll never believe this — 1906.  It’s not as if I’m worried about Pixar’s output dropping in quality while those guys work on non-animated features.  Up, for instance, was perfectly excellent without any input from either Bird nor Stanton (well, that’s not entirely true; both Bird and Stanton are senior executives at Pixar who surely have input into everything).  But it does mean that we won’t see animated features from either of them until probably 2014 at the very earliest.   I trust them both and will gladly rush out to go see both of their live-action movies.  What little bit I’ve heard about each sounds like they have the potential to be fantastic.  And again, kudos to both for trying new things.

But I’m already looking forward to both of them returning to animation someday.

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June 14th, 2009 at 12:38 pm