State of the Blog – September 2017

Move to a new state, start a new job, and your movie blogging suffers. July was something of a testament to that, but I still got to see some cool movies. August was brutal, with only a couple of worthwhile releases, both of which I missed (but hope to get to soon). Anyway, Life Things are starting to get sorted, September will certainly be better than August with regards to releases, and thanks to my laziness, there’s a plethora of good content on the way.

Let’s start with everything in the barrel here at Plot and Theme. I’ve five reviews in various stages of completion, and those will start rolling out over the next week. My quick reviews from TIFF, care of cinemaxis.com, will start showing up today with the amazing short animated film Threads, and I’ve got eight total reviews that will pop up throughout the festival. My Kubrick essay on Barry Lyndon is late, and going to be later (who would have thought a 3-hour historical drama would be so complicated?) Don’t worry, it will get done before the next Kubrick essay (which is The Shining). There’s also a pair of Patreon Picks that will be uploaded near the middle of the month.

Now for flicks. September is usually when some of the Awards movies get rolled out, and we have a little bit of that in Battle of the Sexes. Two other wide releases I’m interested in are genre fares, and they couldn’t be more different: It releases this weekend, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle releases the same week as Battle of the Sexes. Then, wrapping it all up, we have mother!, the Darren Aronofsky film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. I’ve always liked Aronofsky, and getting J-Law away from David O. Russell has to be beneficial.

So, while it may look like my interest in Plot and Theme is wavering, rest assured that it merely stalled due to the convergence of tumultuous life events and a terrible August. September, objectively the best month of the whole year, will help right this ship.

The Ten Best Films of 2017 (Halfway Edition)

The prime-numbered year of 2017 has been a divisive one, which is at least a little ironic.  Now that the glass is half of something, it is time to broadcast my 100% correct and 99% meaningless opinions on the Ten Best Films of 2017.  I’ve done a few of these Top Ten lists here on Plot and Theme, and I always add commentary to them to keep them from feeling like a Buzzfeed list, but for you William Shakesman fans I will reproduce a brief and witty summary at the very end.

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State of the Blog – July 2017

The summer is in full swing, and it is time to update you with the goings-on here at Plot and Theme.  The standard formula will apply to this State of the Blog post:  we’ll look at the past month, talk a tad about the new movies that are on the horizon, and make outlandish promises about the posts I am going to write this month.

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State of the Blog – June 2017

As we inch towards the halfway point of the year, blockbuster season is now in full swing.  Here at Plot and Theme, things are going swimmingly, and I’ve got a lot of cool things going on, plus neat flicks and pieces on the blog to look forward to.  But, we’ll start by looking back on what went down during the month of May, both in the greater landscape of cinema, and here on my humble little blag.

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Post #300 on Plot and Theme!

For my 300th post here on Plot and Theme, I decided to update all my readers by explaining the next phase of my blogging, which involves getting the word out that the blog is growing and rewarding readers who support my nonsensical writings.

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State of the Blog: May 2017

April showers bring May flowers, Mayflowers bring pilgrims, and May itself brings the start of Summer Blockbuster Season, that baffling mixture of excitement and predictable, four-quadrant committeethink.  As we touch base at the beginning of this season, I’ll discuss the films that have me stoked for this month (both big and small), talk about a few pieces I have in the works, and generally lay out the plans of Plot and Theme.  Not too complicated, but it should at least be fun.

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