Month in Review: March ’18

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.

I didn’t end up posting much this March as a result of some very whacky weather (and March Madness — which really lived up to the hype this year), but a steady diet of Oscar and film festival coverage kept me going. The first two weeks brought over two feet of snow and a weeklong power outage. I ended up watching the 90th Academy Awards in a hotel room, eating Doritos out of a cup and biting my fingernails when yet again Warren Beaty came into contact with an envelope.

What I did manage to accomplish this month, besides further cement my status as your local weatherman, you can find below. Here is what has been going on on Thomas J during the month of March.

…and then there was light!

New Posts 

New Releases: Annihilation; Unsane 

Other Posts: In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking; 30-for-30: One and Not Done

Movie News

Time is running out on our beloved Avengers. Because I never read the comics, I wonder who we are going to lose in this ridiculously heavily anticipated round of Marvel mayhem. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

You have the choice between two Dwayne Johnson blockbusters this year. Hypothetically you have only enough money to see one of them. What will it be — him going apesh*t in Rampage (April), or as an amputee building security manager who thwarts terrorists in Skyscraper (July)?

The hype for John Krasinski’s directorial debut — wait, what? This is his fourth effort?! — A Quiet Place has reached critical mass. I can’t wait to get my hands on his first horror film and confirm whether the rumors are true, that Dwight Shrute is indeed the main villain.

Blogging News

My favorite blog on the planet has been putting in the overtime with their coverage of the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Seriously, if you love movies, and aren’t following Assholes Watching Movies already, you are missing out! Their reviews are top-rate and holy balls Batman are they in abundance.

Some of you might be aware of my enthusiasm for Alex Garland’s latest movie, Annihilation. Well, as it turns out — I am not the only one who has been mesmerized. Viewers the world over have been responding to the film surprisingly well considering how few actually got the chance to experience it in theaters. I don’t usually get too wrapped up in what the majority think but in this case, I have become enamored with this film and how it has spoken to audiences. It really is an exciting film.

The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger’s recent Blindspot Review of Will Ferrell’s Anchorman pulls no punches. It was a great and rib-tickling read and it defines exactly why I have been following this blog for the better part of a decade — the honesty!


14 thoughts on “Month in Review: March ’18

  1. I do mostly try to jot down notes in the dark, but I usually cant’ read them. Something to jog the ole memory is good. Mostly I try to write reviews quickly, but then they pile up!

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  2. A Quiet Place is a quiet mess imo. Don’t understand the love at all. It felt like a family film with mildly tense moments and a sixth sense type atmosphere. Not for me at all, which sucked cos I like Emily Blunt. A cool premise badly executed, but hey RT says I’m wrong. But then again it said that about Baby Driver as well.


      • I didn’t hate it, I just thought the characters were shallow as all hell – Emily Bliunt was a pregnant wife…. thats about all we learn. The whole thing seemed to me like a family movie. I like quiet movies but this was just a bit silly. I really hated the ending too but I am beginning to realise I am a snob and look down on movies for reasons that aren’t that substantial. Perhaps that is my job if I want to write about film, but this film did nothing for me but I’m in the minority it seems! I’m gonna post a short review of it, I’ve already said a bunch of my opinions ha 😛 but I’d be interested to hear a critique from you – you are one of the few bloggers who’s thoughts and comments really ring true and I take them on board.

        Sorry I am rambling. I’m glad you enjoyed the film dude, I’ll probably give it another shot

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        • I really appreciate that you are able to take things away from my reviews! That’s humbling to read, really is!

          Re: the ending. **SPOILERS!!!!!!!!** Yeah, Im in two minds about ending a film in a shotgun cock. Its kinda cheesy, but then if we are going for a trim film edit here, I think it works. It suggests enough that things might be ok, while holding back on explicitly stating that it WILL be. I’m unsure also how this ending sits if they choose to follow it up with a sequel . . .


          • ***SPOILERS********

            I felt like a sequel set up to me. Ending it in a shotgun cock is a great way to describe it, probably why I didn’t like it


  3. Haha so it’ a good thing we’re skipping Tribeca, right? 😉

    As you know, I ended up really liking a quiet place at sxsw, despite it being really quite terrifying for me.

    I did not realize there were 2 Johnson movies on the loose – the rampage one I have certainly seen tonnes of trailers for – and I only see trailers in cinemas, so that’s impressive.


    • I mean I just don’t know how you guys are able to keep track of everything you saw in a given festival. Surely there is a strategy to this — some notes jotted down somewhere, at some point. I fear I would forget a lot of what I would want to say just by virtue of sheer volume of content. Much like is what is currently happening to me, with just the theatrical releases I have been haphazardly attending.

      And oh yeah — you know The Rock is always up for a good time. Rampage looks pretty dumb to me, but I am looking forward to Skyscraper. There might be some nuance to that one.


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