Month in Review: May ’17

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well as keep them apprised of any changes or news that happened that month.

May came and went with bad weather and even worse playoff basketball. The month flashed by despite the slog it’s been getting to the 2017 NBA Finals (hooray for Cleveland-Golden State 3!!!), and I suppose that was helped in part due to the third annual Decades Blogathon that was hosted by myself and a longtime friend of this site, Mark of Three Rows Back. If you guys happened to miss out on the action, be sure to scope the menus up top and find the Decades Blogathons, listed by year.


New Posts

Reviews: zero (first time in my blogging history since 2012/’13)

Blindspot Selection: What About Bob? (1991)

Other posts: Casting Call! Bloggers wanted for the Decades Blogathon ’17!Decades Blogathon — Still time to be part of something great!; the Decades blogathon (see above menu for a complete listing); Decades Blogathon — 12 Angry Men (1957)

Movie News

I’m going to just try and plead the fifth on this one; I really have done a poor job staying abreast of movie-related news in the last several weeks. All of my brainpower has been devoted to computing just how many points the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have amassed in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. It’s been a video game of a post-season, for better as well as for worse. It’s the kind of post-season a film could be made about, so there. There’s some movie news. Maybe it’ll manifest in the form of a new ESPN 30-for-30 film. History is being made, by the way. First time in NBA history that the same Finals match-up has recurred three years in a row.

Blogging News

May was different for another reason. I found myself caught up in a one-man writer’s strike that saw a serious decrease in the amount of new content throughout the month. For awhile it was frustrating, having lost that mojo. It began with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. How do you review a movie that is exactly the same as the original without repeating yourself? I guess you comment on the virtues of Kurt Russell being a new addition, but I was largely unimpressed how he ended up turning into a CGI-ed Nerds Rope. Then, before I knew it, everyone was hating on Alien: Covenant, so I’ve been keeping my giddy enthusiasm for it under wraps.

The Circle was too horrible to comprehend, especially when you have Tom Hanks and Emma Watson starring and another chance to see that one kid from Boyhood act again. Good lord that movie was terrible. Then there was The Lost City of Z, an old-fashioned exploration film which I quite enjoyed but struggled to come up with words. Might still do that one. What else? Oh yeah — Ghost in the Shell, a documentary tribute to Leonard Nimoy called For the Love of Spock, and War Machine are still on the back-burner. We’ll see about those too.

I’m not exactly sure why I’m telling you all this, but maybe in some way I find it therapeutic to explain what happened this month. It was really odd. I haven’t ever had my confidence shaken like this before, writer’s block that just wouldn’t go away. But it’s happened before and I’m sure it’ll happen again.

All of this is to say that my posting schedule could continue to be minimal — at least up until the release of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which looks really promising. With any luck that movie can shake some of the cobwebs out of my brain and we’ll be back on track.

As always, thanks so much for the visits you give my page! Until next time . . .

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9 thoughts on “Month in Review: May ’17

  1. Oh my goodness, the levels of excitement I have for Dunkirk! Through the roof. But anyway. I totally feel you on the writing thing. I have not posted a lot of content recently, aside from not having a lot of time to write (announcement soon), I have not really had the drive to, either, when I have gotten a few moments. I am doing my best to catch up some reading today, and I would like to write up a post or two, but I suppose we will have to wait and see.

  2. I empathize Tom. Writing is a challenge sometimes. Incidentally, my monthly rundowns sometimes help lift the writer’s block somewhat – it forces me to write down some opinions. But it is so frustrating to just feel there are no words inside of you. However, you are an excellent writer and I always enjoy your posts, so I know you are going to come back in full swing soon 🙂

    • Thank you very much for the support. Those monthly posts are really therapeutic, actually! I’ve enjoyed getting to do those. I am just really bummed that I’m this stuck in mud still, but hopefully it all works out for the best. Thanks again

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