Vacation, My 100th Post, and a July “Really Like” Movie Hot Streak

I arrived in the city of Seattle yesterday in the wee hours of the morning. I’m here to introduce myself to my new, beautiful granddaughter. So if there is a contemplative, or distracted, feel to this week’s post, there is good reason.

This is also my 100th post. Not quite as momentous as your first grandchild, but a marker worthy of reflection nevertheless. It has been a labor of love and a challenge. Blogging was new to me when I started out 99 posts ago. I discovered that you don’t find your voice in the first post. Little by little though you develop a style that you become comfortable with and readers of your blog become comfortable with. If you’re lucky, enough people become engaged in your passion and come back for more. Thanks for your support if you’re one of those loyal followers, or even if you’ve just stopped by for an occasional “check and see”. On to the next 100 posts beginning with a look at what’s caught my eye at the Cineplex this coming weekend.

Dunkirk, which goes into wide release tomorrow, is poised to become the fourth high quality mega-hit in four weeks. As of this morning, it is 94% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. And, the early overseas feedback on IMDB has produced an impressive 9.6 average rating. This Christopher Nolan depiction of the rescue of the surrounded British army at the beginning of World War II is being compared to the classic Saving Private Ryan. The Saving Private Ryan comparison benchmarks to keep an eye on are Certified Fresh 92%, IMDB Avg Rating 8.6 and Cinemascore “A”. Pre-wide release Dunkirk is exceeding the Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB scores. We’ll have to wait until Saturday for Cinemascore results. I’m excited about this one.

In addition to off schedule posts to this site, vacation for the Mad Movie Man invariably involves a trip to the movies. With an unusually high number of Certified Fresh movies at the theater it is almost a can’t miss proposition. But, the absolute can’t miss feature of this vacation is the incredible miracle of my granddaughter Addie Rose.

Blogging Shouldn’t Be Like Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day!!! As I was preparing my post for this week, I discovered I was going through the motions. You see, the first post of the month is reserved for my movie picks for the month and there weren’t any February movies I was particularly excited about. Except for Oscar nominees moving to a wide audience in February (e.g. the 2014 movie Still Alice went into wide release on 2/20/2015), February is a wasteland for new releases, filled with cheesy romances and awards wanna-be’s that couldn’t make the cut. Why should I write about that? Sometimes a good idea gets stale, especially for the writer. If repeated too often, it becomes like Groundhog Day.

My series of articles on the actors of the decade has produced some interesting insights into overlooked male and female actors. But, when I obligate myself to two such articles a month, the interest of both the reader and the writer begins to wane. It becomes Groundhog Day.

This is my 76th, and shortest, article since I began writing this blog last February 12th. I still enjoy analyzing movie data. When I go to bed at night, I look forward to discovering something new the next day. I enjoy sharing in this blog those discoveries that induce me to say “Aha”. Most of all, I enjoy experiencing “really like” movies. Maybe I should connect more with those “Aha” moments.

Next week, as I finish my first year as a blogger, I’ll remember that Blogging shouldn’t be like Groundhog Day. Next week I’m shooting for “fresh as the first day of Spring”.