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Checkin’ in – Feb. 5

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Happy February, readers! Here are the new reviews I have for you this week:

“Hail, Caesar!” – The latest from the Coen brothers is set in Hollywood in 1951, and it’s wacky with a side of inscrutability. Coens gonna coen.

“The Choice” – Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, though it’s less insane than a lot of them.

“Fifty Shades of Black” – Ugh.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” – The returns are diminishing, but it’s all right.

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” screened at the same time as “Hail, Caesar!” (not just in Portland but in most markets) because studios like to play chicken with each other. (That’s especially true when one of the studios has a movie that it doesn’t really care if anyone sees.) I’ll catch up with it as soon as I can.

In the Dark, my weekly email newsletter with the latest reviews, Netflix recommendations, and other stuff, is up and running again. You can see an example of what it looks like and sign up for it here.

And if you want to hear me talk about movies with my voice (interrupted frequently by a cohost’s voice), listen to Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider.

In other news, Sundance was great, thanks for asking. I wrote this piece about the films you’ll be hearing about in 2016. Here are the full reviews I wrote:

“The Birth of a Nation”

“Christine”

“The Fundamentals of Caring”

“Morris from America”

“Other People”

(Psst! An archive of all my Sundance reviews since forever is here.)

 

Just checkin’ in on Jan. 22

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Now that my movie reviews are being supported by patrons, I figured I should update this blog more often so you’ll know what’s happening, what’s about to happen, and what will never happen.

First of all, I’m at Sundance! I’ll be providing some coverage for Film School Rejects. I’ll be tweeting a lot, too, if you want to see quick nutshell reactions to things and complaints about the weather.

For Mental Floss, I compiled a list of past Sundance premieres that you can watch online and pretend you’re at the festival.

Back in the regular movie world, “Dirty Grandpa,” with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, wasn’t screened for critics. In fact, critics in some markets were invited to a screening and then un-invited (always a good sign). “The Boy,” about the creepy doll, wasn’t screened. I will catch up with both eventually, but not for at least a week.

“The 5th Wave,” also in theaters today, was duly screened but not till I’d left town. For catching-up purposes, this will be third priority, after the other two.

Now, some new reviews that I do have:

There’s no Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider this week because Bayer’s wife had a baby or something. Thank you and good day.

An assortment of Eric D. Snider updates

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Happy 2016, Sniderinos! My deepest apologies for addressing you with a racial slur, but I needed to get your attention.

Just wanted to check in and let you know what’s hoppin’ over here at EDS headquarters. First, we had the usual bombardment of end-of-the-year stuff, as follows:

The Best and Worst Movies of 2015

My media inventory (everything I watched and read in 2015)

A handy list of every wide release of 2015

A handy list of everything I wrote in 2015

Miscellaneous data about the films of 2015

(The miscellaneous data is at Thrillist this year. I noticed it had been somewhere different each year since 2012 — Pajiba, then Film.com, then Movie Mezzanine — and decided I liked the nomadic tradition.)

The Patreon movie critic thing

You may also be aware that I’ve embarked on a new scheme for writing movie reviews, one where I am paid not by “legitimate publications” or “editors,” but by You, the People. Like the artists of the Renaissance, my movie reviews are now supported by patrons!

It’s going well so far. At the moment, 164 people are pledging a total of $436.05 a month, which works out to about $40 per review. Most patrons are giving the suggested $1 a month. A buck a month ain’t no thing. Others are pledging amounts that are more than $1 a month, and I’ve come up with a couple of rewards for those who do:

– At $10 a month, you’re entitled to politely demand that I review a particular movie that I haven’t gotten to yet — anything released in the previous 365 days. So if you want to make me watch and review “Pixels,” for example, this is your chance.

– At $15 a month, you get the $10 privilege, plus Eric’s Personalized Movie Recommendation service. This is basically my phone number. You can text me questions like: “I know you haven’t posted a review, but have you seen ‘Such and Such,’ and if so, how is it?” Or: “Is ‘Whatever Movie’ suitable for my children, ages whatever and whatever?” Or: “Here are the three movies we’re considering tonight. Which one should we choose?” This service is already used extensively by friends and family, and for $15 a month you can pretend to be one of them.

I’ve also set a “milestone goal.” Once monthly pledges reach $1,000, I’ll guarantee reviews of every single movie in wide release (plus the handful of indies I review, too). As it stands, I have to skip some in order to work on other things. At $1,000 a month, I can say, “Bug off, other things! The People need their reviews!”

To those who have already become patrons, I give my wettest, most heartfelt thanks. I hope you feel you’re getting your money’s worth. I’ve written 20 full-length reviews since announcing the Patreon 57 days ago. In the 100 days before that, I wrote about 10. It’s nice to be back in the saddle again, metaphorically speaking (I would not enjoy being in a real saddle).

Now I’d like your input. I’d like it so much that I’m turning on the comments. What are some rewards I could offer for different pledge levels? What are some other milestone goals I could set? In short, what are the fondest dreams you’ve always had for EricDSnider.com and movie reviews? We can make them come true (unless they’re dumb)! Let me know.

Everything I wrote in 2015

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Everything I published, anyway. There’s a lot to read here! Better get started!

Movie reviews:
The 33
’71
99 Homes
Adult Beginners
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Ant-Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Balls Out
The Big Short
Blackhat
Black Mass
By the Sea
Cooties
Cop Car
Creed
The D Train
Dope
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
The Duff
The Duke of Burgundy
Entourage
Ex Machina
Experimenter
Far from the Madding Crowd
Fifty Shades of Grey
Focus
Furious Seven
The Gallows
Get Hard
The Good Dinosaur
Goodnight Mommy
Goosebumps
Heaven Knows What
Hotel Transylvania 2
Hot Pursuit
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Infinitely Polar Bear
Inside Out
Insidious: Chapter 3
In the Heart of the Sea
It Follows
Jem and the Holograms
Joy
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Knock Knock
Krampus
The Last Witch Hunter
The Lazarus Effect
Learning to Drive
Legend
Love the Coopers
Madame Bovary
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike XXL
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
Night Owls
Once I Was a Beehive
Our Brand Is Crisis
The Overnight
Pawn Sacrifice
Point Break
Poltergeist
The Revenant
Run All Night
San Andreas
The Scorch Trials
Self/less
Seventh Son
Sinister 2
Sisters
SPECTRE
Spy
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Steve Jobs
Strangerland
Taken 3
Ted 2
Tomorrowland
Trainwreck
True Story
Trumbo
Unexpected
Unfinished Business
Unfriended
Vacation
Victor Frankenstein
The Visit
The Voices
We Are Still Here
The Wedding Ringer
What We Do in the Shadows
Wild Horses
Z for Zachariah

Comedy laff-laff chuckle pieces:
The Pitch Meeting for ‘Unfinished Business’ [Complex]
The Film Festival Blurb Generator [Movie Mezzanine]
Love and Sects [Snide Remarks]
Bake Me to Church [Snide Remarks]
Eric D. Snider: Boy Journalist [Snide Remarks]
Eric D. Snider: Boy Journalist (Part 2) [Snide Remarks]

General movie stuff:
11 Forgotten Sundance Gems You Can Watch Right Now [The Week]
Kevin Hart’s Film Performances, Ranked [Complex]
14 Directors Who Did Complete 180s Between Movies [Complex]
‘Spy’ Is Surprisingly Progressive [The Week]
‘Dangerous Men’ and John S. Rad [Vanity Fair]
‘The Hunger Games’ by the Numbers [Vanity Fair]
2015 Movies: The Miscellaneous Data [Thrillist]

Celebrating anniversaries:
‘Stuart Saves His Family’ at 20 [Vanity Fair]
‘Lambada’ vs. ‘The Forbidden Dance’: The bizarre Hollywood rivalry that spawned two legendary flops [The Week]
40 Things That Wouldn’t Have Happened Without ‘Jaws’ [Vanity Fair]
You’re Old: ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ Came Out 30 Years Ago [Movies.com]
You’re Old: ‘The Usual Suspects’ Came Out 20 Years Ago [Movies.com]
You’re Old: ‘Bring It On’ Came Out 15 Years Ago [Movies.com]
Remember When ‘The Running Man’ Foreshadowed ‘The Hunger Games’? [Movies.com]
Remember When the Supergirl Movie Made Us Think We’d Never See a Supergirl TV Show? [Movies.com]
Remember When ‘The Crying Game’ Did the Impossible by Keeping Its Secret a Secret? [Movies.com]
Remember When ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Introduced Us to Johnny Depp’s Weirdness? [Movies.com]
Remember When ‘The Color Purple’ Gave Us Our First Glimpse of ‘Adult’ Spielberg? [Movies.com]

Mental Floss lists of facts:
12 Angry Men
Aliens
All About Eve
Amelie
Bicycle Thieves
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Casino
Chinatown
Con Air
Days of Thunder
Dog Day Afternoon
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Face/Off
The Fifth Element
Good Will Hunting
The Graduate
High Noon
The Hunt for Red October
The Hustler
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Network
Oldboy
Once Upon a Time in America
Platoon
Raging Bull
Requiem for a Dream
Reservoir Dogs
Singin’ in the Rain
The Sting
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
To Kill a Mockingbird
Unforgiven
The Usual Suspects
Weird Science

Subjects other than movies:
How Portland’s Neighborhoods Got Their Names [Mental Floss]
15 Ways ‘Parks and Recreation’ Is Just Like ‘The Simpsons’ [Complex]
‘Parks and Recreation’ by the Numbers [Vanity Fair]
15 Facts of Life About ‘The Facts of Life’ [Mental Floss]

For Mormons: A talk I gave in church

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

I spoke some words in sacrament meeting several weeks ago, then thought they might be of general interest. (General interest to my fellow Mormons, I mean, not humanity in general.) So the nice people at LDS blog By Common Consent published them. This was before the new policies were announced (if you don’t know what I mean, don’t worry about it), but what I said addresses that issue, too.

Again, if you’re not LDS, I don’t know how interesting or even coherent this will be. You are welcome to read it, of course, but keep in mind that I was addressing a room full of Mormons.

Anyway, here: The Elements of Testimony

Some things I’ve written lately

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Ahoy, Internet friends! Just a little update on what’s been happening at EDS HQ lately.

I haven’t been writing a lot of movie reviews, on account of the situations wherein people pay me to write them have been sparse. But I’ve been writing other movie-related things, and my podcast, Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, still has me reviewing movies, only with my voice instead of my writing.

Over at Mental Floss, I’ve been writing list-oriented articles about various beloved films. The idea is to find information about these movies that the average fan doesn’t already know. This can be a challenge, but so far I have not resorted to just making things up.

Here’s my author page at Mental Floss, and here’s what I’ve covered so far:

Aliens
All About Eve
Amelie
Casino
Chinatown
Con Air
Days of Thunder
Dog Day Afternoon
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Face/Off
Good Will Hunting
The Hunt for Red October
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Raging Bull
Requiem for a Dream
Singin’ in the Rain
The Sting
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
Unforgiven
The Usual Suspects
Weird Science

I also did this comedy ha-ha piece for Movie Mezzanine: a do-it-yourself film festival blurb generator. May it bring you hours of enjoyment.

As always, I will be very grateful for any Facebook or Twitter shares of any of these pieces. The higher-ups like that sort of thing, as it tricks them into thinking they should continue to employ me.

Everything I wrote in 2014

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Here’s everything I wrote in 2014. Well, everything I published. I wrote some emails and bathroom graffiti, too.

Movie reviews:
22 Jump Street
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
And So It Goes
Annabelle
Annie
The Babadook
Bad Words
Begin Again
Birdman
Blue Ruin
Borgman
Boyhood
Brick Mansions
Calvary
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Cheap Thrills
Chef
Cold in July
The Congress
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Discoverers
Divergent
Draft Day
The Drop
Dumb and Dumber To
Edge of Tomorrow
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Expendables 3
Foxcatcher
Fury
God’s Pocket
Godzilla
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Grand Piano
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Guest
Hellion
Hercules
Hide Your Smiling Faces
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Homesman
Horrible Bosses 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
I, Frankenstein
If I Stay
The Imitation Game
In Your Eyes
Interstellar
Into the Storm
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Joe
John Wick
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Kill the Messenger
Land Ho!
The Legend of Hercules
Listen Up Philip
Locke
Lucy
Magic in the Moonlight
Maleficent
Million Dollar Arm
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Mommy
A Most Wanted Man
Neighbors
Obvious Child
Oculus
The One I Love
Penguins of Madagascar
Pompeii
The Purge: Anarchy
The Raid 2
Ride Along
Rosewater
Sabotage
Sex Tape
The Skeleton Twins
Snowpiercer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
That Awkward Moment
The Theory of Everything
They Came Together
Transcendence
Two Days, One Night
Under the Skin
Veronica Mars
A Walk Among the Tombstones
We Are the Best!
What If
Whiplash
Whitewash
Wild
Winter’s Tale
Wish I Was Here
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Zero Motivation

Reviews of movies not yet released:
99 Homes
Cooties
Intramural
Madame Bovary
The Voices
What We Do in the Shadows

Eric’s Bad Movies:
Chatroom (2010) [GeekNation]
No Holds Barred (1989) [GeekNation]
Nightmares, aka Stage Fright (1980) [GeekNation]
ATM (2012) [GeekNation]
Amityville 3D (1983) [GeekNation]
Red Scorpion (1989) [GeekNation]
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) [Film.com]

Other movie-related columns:

Upcoming Movies with Internet-Inspired Titles Like ‘That Awkward Moment’ [Film.com]
11 Movie Titles That Became Part of the Lexicon [Mental Floss]
‘Missionary’: Mormons are mainstream enough to be crazy villains [City Weekly]
10 Good Movies from 2014 That Made Less Than $1,000,000 [Complex]
What a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Movie Would’ve Looked Like in the Hands of Other Directors [Complex]
Interview: Jason Schwartzman, ‘Listen Up Philip’ [Complex]
‘Fight Club’ at 15: Marla, Men’s Rights, and the Internet [Complex]
20 Years Later, ‘Natural Born Killers’ Isn’t All That Disturbing [Complex]
More Weather-Inspired Movies [Complex]
On Robin Williams, Comedy, and Depression [Complex]
‘UHF’ 25 Years Later: One Boy’s Story [Complex]
New TV Shows Will Serve As Prequels to More of Your Favorite Movies [Complex]
‘It Practically Writes Itself’: The Pitch Meeting for ‘Maleficent’ [Complex]
20 Strikes and You’re Out: Why I’m Not Watching the New Adam Sandler Movie [Complex]
You’re Old: ‘Look Who’s Talking’ Came Out 25 Years Ago [Movies.com]
You’re Old: ‘Speed’ Came Out 20 Years Ago [Movies.com]
You’re Old: ‘Office Space’ Came Out 15 Years Ago [Movies.com]
2014 Movies: The Miscellaneous Data [Movie Mezzanine]

Everything I wrote in 2013 that wasn’t a movie review

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

My thanks to the outlets that employed me and the many fine editors who dealt with me this year!

Film.com (David Ehrlich and Brooke Tarnoff)
Movies.com (Erik Davis and Peter S. Hall)
GeekNation (Ben Pearson)
Twitch (Peter A. Martin and Ryland Aldrich)
About.com: World/Independent Film (Marcy Dermansky and Jurgen Fauth)
City Weekly (Scott Renshaw)

 

Snide Remarks
(Many more in 2014, I promise!)

“Anti-Anti-Semitism”: Hating Jews seems like a lot of work
“Low-Capacity Magazines”: Another lesson in gossip interpretation
“Jamaican Me Crazy”: Adventures in getting offended by proxy
“Get Out of the Way, Idaho”: Strict regulation of minor infractions
“Empty Pockets”: Air travel means giving up on everything
“What I Think About What You Think”: Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man
“Spring Breaking Point”: Relax and get aggravated at the movies!
“Correction News Network”: CNN clarifies some of its prior coverage
“Truth Decay”: Why I’m voting against fluoridated water
“Supermania!”: A refresher course on the Man of Steel
“Proud Fathers”: What would the Framers think of us now?
“The Surly Urban Juror”: Doing one’s civic duty, civilly or not
“The End of All Things”: Our society has gotten too permissive
“Requiem for a Geo”: A surprise ending for a beloved old car


Eric’s Bad Movies

“The Curse” (1987)
“The Wraith” (1986)
“The Octagon” (1980)
“Setup” (2011)
“A Talking Cat!?!” (2013)
“Land of Doom” (1986)
“Mr. Hush” (2011)
“Lords of the Street” (2008)
“Casablanca” (1942) (for April Fool’s Day)
“Chain Reaction” (1996)
“Barney’s Great Adventure” (1998)
“C.H.O.M.P.S.” (1979)
“Sudden Death” (1995)
“Misbegotten” (1998)
“Sasquatch” (2002)
“Suburban Commando” (1991)
“Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” (2011)
“The Freedom of Silence” (2011)
“Battlefield Earth” (2000)
“Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn” (1983)
“Silent Hill: Revelation” (2012)
“Shakma” (1990)
“Dracula 3000” (2004)
“The Devil Within Her” (1975)
“BloodRayne: The Third Reich” (2010)
“Dinosaur Island” (1994)
“Munchie” (1992)
“Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls” (2008)
“Dead in the Water” (2002)
“The Quest” (1996)
“Hammer of the Gods” (2013)
“A Demon in My View” (1991)
“The Skulls III” (2004)
“House at the End of the Street” (2012)
“A Dennis the Menace Christmas” (2007)


Pitch Meetings

The Pitch Meeting for “Peeples”
The Pitch Meeting for “The Lone Ranger”
The Pitch Meeting for “R.I.P.D.”
The Pitch Meeting for “Last Vegas”


You’re Old

(In which films are revisited upon the anniversary of their release, with accompanying historical data from that weekend)

“Army of Darkness” (20th)
“Lethal Weapon” (26th; we went back to round-number milestones after this)
“Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” (30th)
“Indecent Proposal” and “The Sandlot” (20th; same weekend!)
“Deep Impact” (15th)
“The Matrix Reloaded” (10th)
“Big” (25th)
“Last Action Hero” (20th)
“Jaws 3D” (30th)
“The Fugitive” (20th)
“The Last Temptation of Christ” (25th)
“Mrs. Doubtfire” (20th)
Gus Van Sant’s “Psycho” (15th)


Miscellaneous movie columns

Hollywood’s New Year’s Resolutions
Why Are the “Django Unchained” Action Figures Offensive?
Zombie Boyfriends: “Warm Bodies” vs. “My Boyfriend’s Back”
Top 5/Bottom 5: Steven Soderbergh’s Movies
The Great Debate: “Casablanca” vs. “Gone with the Wind” (featuring Corey Atad)
“Snitch,” Guns in Movies, and Why Hollywood Can’t Shoot Straight
The 8 Most Memorable Premieres in SXSW History
The Great Debate: SXSW vs. Sundance (featuring Rob Hunter)
The 8 Most Annoying Movie Marketing Tactics
Interview: David Zucker on How Spoofs Have Changed from “Airplane!” to “Scary Movie 5”
What Is a “Cinemascore”?
Why Can’t We Let Filmmakers Tell Stories on Their Own Terms?
How “Man of Steel” Is Better Than “Superman Returns” (and Vice Versa)
“The Butler” Lawsuit and 7 Pairs of Movies That Shared a Title Without Anyone Suing About It
The 2013 Summer Movie Quiz
The Steep Decline of Sketch-Comedy from “Kentucky Fried Movie” to “Movie 43” and “InAPPropriate Comedy”
“The Butler” Box Office and Political Agendas
25 Reasons to See “Ender’s Game”
20 Reasons to See “Escape Plan”
We Asked a Telekinetic Teenage Girl with a Crazy Mother to Fact-Check “Carrie”
The Movies of 2013: The Miscellaneous, Random, and Very Important Data (with assistance from Will Goss)
2013 Film Titles: A Dramatic Reading

Occasional link roundup – Oct. 1-Nov. 10

Monday, November 11th, 2013

First, a holiday tradition…

With the Unspecified Holiday Season now upon us, you have perhaps wondered, “How can my gift shopping benefit Eric D. Snider?” And the answer lies in the Amazon affiliate program.

Whenever you’re going to buy something from Amazon.com, come here to EricDSnider.com first. Under the “Buy Stuff” tab at the top of the page, choose “Shop on Amazon.com.” You’ll be taken to Amazon’s home page, just like normal — except that now there is code hidden in it that will result in a small commission for me on everything you buy in that session.

It’s not a huge amount of money, but it helps cover the web-hosting fees, and it pays the salaries of the Laotian children who work in my sweatshop. And hey, you’re shopping at Amazon anyway, so why not?

P.S. If you have Amazon bookmarked in your browser, replace the bookmarked URL with this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F&tag=thelandoferic&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

Then you won’t have to come here first every time.

And now: links!

“About Time” A- [GeekNation]
“A.C.O.D.” B [GeekNation]
“All Is Lost” A- [GeekNation]
“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”
“Argento’s Dracula” F
“Blue Caprice” B+ [About.com]
“Blue Is the Warmest Color” B [About.com]
“Carrie” B [Twitch]
“Ender’s Game” C [Film.com]
“Escape from Tomorrow” B- [About.com]
“Escape Plan” B- [GeekNation]
“Go for Sisters” B [Twitch]
“Gravity” B+
“Haunter” B [Twitch]
“Romeo & Juliet” C
“Thor: The Dark World” C- 
“Zero Charisma” B [About.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies #238: ‘Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls’ (2008) — Indiana Jones rip-off. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #239: ‘Dead in the Water’ (2002) — Wealthy brats turn on each other on a yacht. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #240: ‘The Quest’ (1996) — Jean-Claude Van Damme is an old-timey pickpocket who becomes the world’s greatest fighter. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #241: ‘Hammer of the Gods’ (2013) — Vikings and Saxons kill one another. [Film.com]

Eric’s Movie Column: We Asked a Telekinetic Teenage Girl with a Crazy Mother to Fact-Check ‘Carrie’ [Film.com]
Eric’s Movie Column: The Pitch Meeting for ‘Last Vegas’ [Film.com]
Misc: 25 Reasons to See ‘Ender’s Game’ [Movies.com]
Misc: Every Reason You Need to Go See ‘Escape Plan’ [Movies.com]

Snide Remarks #692: “Requiem for a Geo” – A surprise ending for a beloved old friend.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #179: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Runner Runner,’ a game of Pitch Me [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #180: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Romeo & Juliet’ ‘We Are What We Are,’ ‘Machete Kills’ [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #181: ‘Escape Plan,’ ‘Carrie,’ ‘The Fifth Estate,’ a game of Character Casserole [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #182: ‘The Counselor,’ ‘All Is Lost,’ ‘Zero Charisma,’ ‘Argento’s Dracula,’ a game of Interquel [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #183: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Last Vegas,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘About Time,’ ‘Free Birds’ [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #184: ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ [MovieBS]

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Occasional link roundup – Sept. 1-30

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Hello! Your old pal Eric here, checking in with a status update!

September was a whirling tornado of adventure for me, with the Garrens Comedy Troupe 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular (a video is in the works), followed closely by a trip to Austin for Fantastic Fest, followed immediately by a visit to my ancestral homeland of Lake Elsinore, Calif., for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.

All three activities were wonderful, and I’m grateful to have been part of them. I loved seeing so many semi-distinct groups of people — my Utah friends, my comedy friends, my movie-blogger friends, and my family — all in such a short period of time, and to hug them and laugh with them and playfully punch a few of them in the crotch. That being said, I was on the road 16 out of 30 days in September, which is too much for me, and all my normal routines and work habits were knocked out of whack. Doing those terrific things meant not doing some of the things I usually do, including most of the things I do for a “living.”

Long story short: I’m glad to be nesting in my Portland hobbit hole again, and glad for a new month with no impending trips or distractions, and eager to get back into the swing of things. In the meantime, here’s what I did manage to write in September.

“C.O.G.” C [About.com]
“Don Jon” B+ [Geek Nation]
“Prisoners” B- [Geek Nation]
“Riddick” B- [Twitch]
“Short Term 12” A- [About.com]
“A Single Shot” B [About.com]

Fantastic Fest:
“Detektiv Downs” B [Twitch]
“Goldberg & Eisenberg” B- [Twitch]
“Grand Piano” B [Twitch]

Eric’s Bad Movies #236: “Dinosaur Island” (1994) — An uncharted isle inhabited by sexy ladies and dinosaurs [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #237: “Munchie” (1992) — Dom DeLuise voices a magical monster who “helps” a kid [Film.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #176 (9/6): “Riddick,” “Short Term 12,” Interquel [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #177 (9/20): “Prisoners,” Fantastic Fest [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #178 (9/27): “Don Jon,” “Rush,” “Enough Said,” Fantastic Fest [MovieBS]

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