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, 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.

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 – September 2016

Speaking generally (which never upsets anyone, ever), September is the month when the studios start to release their Oscar darlings.  Then, in a counter-programming move, you can find some bigger films, genre flicks, or other stuff that will impress the crowds that simply aren’t concerned with the Oscar-bait.  This September is no different, but it strikes me as odd that the films being released this year are much less interesting than we are used to.  So, for this State of the Blog, I’ll likely just complain a bit about the flicks, try to find something that I think will end up being cool, and then I’ll also talk about a few flicks that I would like to see.

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State of the Blog – February 2016

Maybe I should rename these State of the Blog posts, “Broken Promises – [Month] Edition”. It feels like every time I say I am going to publish certain posts, and then invariably I can’t get to everything I say I am going to do. While January did see me post a few of the things I said that I would, I failed to re-boot the Classic Reviews Friday and also didn’t finish up the larger essays that I wanted to. The last couple of weeks were a little more busy in the lab, but my morale has not evaporated completely. So, once again, I am going to touch base with you fine folk who actually read this blog and tell you what I have in store for February.

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