Monday, December 10, 2012

"Sunrise" Paper

As most of you probably know, this year I began my career as a full-time college student at the University of Oklahoma, where I'm majoring in Film and Media Studies. I have been taking an introductory course this semester, and one of the assignments was to write a short paper about a scene or sequence from one of the films we saw. I chose a sequence from F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans for mine.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November Update

Haven't posted anything here in over two months, so I thought I'd let you know that I'm still alive. I've just been too busy with my college courses to post anything here lately. Not sure when that will cease to be the case. I'm still writing about The Dick Van Dyke Show for This Was Television, and I've also contributed to a few other posts over the past month or so. So if you're at all interested in TV history, be sure to head over there (if you haven't already) and read all the fantastic content that writers far better than myself have been writing, as well as my own meager contributions.

That's all for now. See you later.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Leaving for College (and What This Means for the Blog)

Next week, I'll be leaving to attend the University of Oklahoma. This will be my first time attending college full-time and in residence, which means there's almost certainly going to be a lot going on the first couple of weeks as I get used to my new living and studying arrangements. There's been a lot going on just getting ready for the impending move, which is part of the reason I haven't been posting very much recently.

Whether this trend will continue or not is something I just don't know yet. Hopefully once I've been there a few weeks, I'll find I have both the time and energy for blogging. But even if I don't get the chance to write many new posts during the school year, rest assured that Screen Ramblings isn't going away any time soon. It could be that it will transform into a summer-only blog, with perhaps a few additional posts over spring, Thanksgiving, and winter breaks. Hopefully not. But at this point, who knows?

In the meantime, you can continue to find my Dick Van Dyke posts over at This Was Television, and be sure to check back here occasionally to see what's going on. And as always, be sure and check Twitter for my latest thoughts on TV and movies.

That's about it. See you later!

Monday, July 23, 2012

"And the beauty is . . ." - My Five Favorite Adam Guettel Songs

Most of the posts on this blog have involved movies or TV (and that will continue to be the case), but I do have other interests. One of them is music. I'm a serious piano player, but I also just enjoy listening to and talking about many different genres of music. This means that you'll probably be seeing more posts on this subject in the future, including more album reviews like the one I wrote about The Idler Wheel a few weeks ago.

Friday, July 20, 2012

An Announcement About My "Dick Van Dyke" Reviews

Starting today, my Dick Van Dyke coverage has a new home at This Was Television: an awesome website devoted to classic television and television history. I can't tell you how happy I am to be joining this site, and I only hope that my reviews will come close to measuring up to the high quality of the writing on it. So those of you who've been reading my coverage of the show should head on over there right now and check out my thoughts on "To Tell or Not to Tell". And check back every Friday for new reviews.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Film Review - "Brave"

Note: this review contains several allusions to certain events which occur late in the film, including a brief, non-specific discussion of the ending. I wouldn't consider any of them spoilers if I were reading this, but they do tell you a lot about the overall emotional arc of the characters. So if you want that to be a surprise (although you'll probably be able to guess where this story is going once you're past the first half hour or so), you may want to avoid reading this until after seeing the movie.

A review of Brave after the jump:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Fifth Season Theory

The current brilliance of Mad Men's fifth season recently got me thinking about other TV dramas that delivered their finest moments fairly late in their runs. As it turns out, there are quite a few. Indeed, of the dramas I've seen that went on for more than one season, almost all of them (with a few exceptions like Battlestar Galactica and Slings and Arrows) gave us their greatest seasons at or after the halfway point of their given runs: The Wire's third and fourth seasons, Lost's fourth, Deadwood's second, and so on.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Link - Justifying: Season Three, Part Two

Season three of Justified recently wrapped up, and Les Chappell of A Helpless Compiler was kind enough to invite me to chat with him about it. Les, for the record, is one of the most awesome TV critics around. In addition to the wonderful writing he does on his blog, he's recently begun to write equally great reviews of The Borgias over at The A.V. Club. In short: if you're not reading his stuff, you should be. (If you're not convinced, read the post he wrote on hats in television and you will be.)

Justified fans, feel free to check out our discussion using either the above link or this one (which will take you to the specific post). Not surprisingly, there are major spoilers for the entire season.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Classic TV Coverage - "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

Today I am excited to announce a new, long-term project here at the blog: classic TV coverage of The Dick Van Dyke Show. I'm planning to review every single episode of this terrific sitcom, starting Friday, May 11th with the episode "The Sick Boy and the Sitter" and proceeding from there with one episode a week for the rest of the spring and summer. They'll probably have to stop during the fall, but we'll see. If that is indeed the case, they would likely resume around the same time next year, for however many years it takes to cover the entire series. 

More after the jump:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

“New Girl” and “Suburgatory” – Strong First Year Comedies, One Piece Shy of Greatness

Note: This piece contains a few minor and very general spoilers (the kind that can probably be found in the episode synopses). Most people should be fine, but if you're the kind of person who tries to avoid even the most minor plot details you probably want to wait until you've caught up with these shows to read this.

More after the jump:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

TV Discussion Thread

As I said to Jose in the comments of my last post, this week I will begin putting up these discussion threads where I, he, and anyone else who wishes to can discuss television without worrying about potentially spoiling Cougar Town for someone in the comments of a Revenge review or other things like that. These posts are designed to be a place where people can talk about any shows they want to, as well as to double as a way for me to post something at least once a week (which has been my goal from the start) even in weeks when I don't get the chance to write anything else. So pleased be aware that the comments on this post may contain spoilers for any number of shows in a given week.

A couple of quick rules, in addition to the usual ones about profanity and civility. First of all, please avoid movie or book spoilers, since this is a TV-centered thread. And if you are going to talk in-depth about any current premium cable series, please warn me ahead of time so I (and others) can skip your comment if we wish to. Feel free to discuss them, but out of respect for the fact that some of us haven't had the chance to watch yet, just make sure there's a warning. Thank you. 

Okay, that's about it. So, what shows captured your interest over the past week? Did you think the Awake pilot was as amazing as I did? And are you as worried about Cougar Town's survival as I am right now?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So, About the Lack of Blog Updates Recently...

I was sick last weekend, and am just now getting back into the swing of things. However, said sickness means I'm also a bit behind on other things not related to my blogging here. Simply put: I doubt I'll have the time and/or energy to post anything this week, either.

Things should be getting back to normal next week, or maybe the week after. In the meantime, thanks for your patience

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Link - Test Pilot: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Today I'm excited to link to a post I've contributed to on Cory Barker's excellent site TV Surveillance (a site you should definitely be reading if you're a TV fan, by the way). He runs a terrific feature called Test Pilot, in which he and another writer discuss and analyze a specific television pilot every couple of weeks. This week he's tackling Whedonverse pilots, starting with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I volunteered for. If you've never seen the pilot I'd recommend watching it before reading this, because there are spoilers for it (but none for subsequent episodes, so don't worry about that).

If you're interested, you can follow the link I've included above. And once you're done reading, be sure to check out the previous Test Pilot pieces as well as all of the other fine television coverage Cory provides on the site. Enjoy!    

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Film Review - "Hugo"

Spoilers for Hugo after the jump:

Happy New Year!

It's the first day of 2012, which means it's time to briefly discuss what I'll be writing about here at Screen Ramblings in the early months of this brand new year. Among TV shows, I'll likely be splitting my time between Revenge and Justified (and perhaps Parks and Rec, which closed last year with a superb trio of episodes after struggling just a bit early in the season). Mad Men's upcoming return will complicate things a bit, but it's not back for another couple of months. So until then, this is the plan. (Plans can change, of course. So don't hold me to anything I say in this post, particularly on the TV end where there are a number of promising new shows that I may decide to cover in addition to or instead of the ones I've already mentioned.)

As far as movies go, I'll be reviewing as many 2011 releases as I can. I can't promise I'll get to every single one I see, but I hope to cover most of the big ones. I've already written a piece on Hugo that I've scheduled to post just a few minutes after this, and I'm also in the process of finishing up a review of Meek's Cutoff, so look for that to post pretty soon (probably next week). After that, I'm not sure. But there are quite a few films I'm interested in from the past year that are either already out on DVD or will be at some point, which means there should be plenty of choices. 

As always, my other responsibilities come before this blog, which means that some weeks there may not be any posts at all*, although I'm hopeful that won't happen very often during the first few months of this year. And of course, I'll be updating my Twitter account (usually at least once every day, often more) with my thoughts on film, TV, and any other forms of entertainment that I may be interested in (such as the occasional book or album). So you can generally find me there, even if blog updates are sparse. Again, they shouldn't be. But you really never know.

See you soon!

* I'm pretty sure I've said this many times before, but on the off chance I haven't it seemed worth saying again.