I fell in love with movies when I was young…drive-ins, dancing hotdogs, swings? What’s not to love? Then later I was able to go to the “big” Odeon and Paramount theatres downtown for shows like The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Star Wars. Indiana Jones.
When I was in my teens, a multi-plex (Cineplex) opened at the South end of our city, and my friends and I went almost every week for the cheap night on Tuesdays. Sometimes we didn’t even look to see what was playing, we just went.
Long before I had a website, one of the first things I ever wrote and shared by email was a movie review. When I eventually started my blog, I thought that movie reviews would be the major content element for me, and I was even posting my reviews on local review sites often enough that I was starting to get free review passes. The first time I went to a theatre and sat in seats marked “reserved for the press”, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
I even took a film appreciation class to help me improve my vocabulary for some of the elements I was reviewing. I wasn’t looking to write epic reviews, literary masterpieces, or film snobbery by pixel. I basically wanted to review movies the way I review books — simple elements of enjoyability and within genres (it makes little sense to try to compare an Adam Sandler comedy to Shindler’s List, for example).
But as I got older and life intervened, I started going to the movie theatre less and less frequently and instead watched more shows on video, DVD or TV. Even now, I tend to watch more serialized TV storytelling than movies, yet I’m restarting my movie watching in more earnest and have rebooted a review list from scratch.
|Captain America: The First Avenger||2011||PWMR00001||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4
|Flubber||1997||PWMR00002||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 - 5
|American Ninja||1985||PWMR00003||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3
|American Ninja 2: The Confrontation||1987||PWMR00004||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪ - 2
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||2016||PWMR00005||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|Godzilla||1998||PWMR00006||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3
|Protector, The||2019||PWMR00007||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪ - 2
|Wings||1927||PWMR00008||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 - 5
|The Kid Detective||2020||PWMR00009||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|