Month in Review: April ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts (who are we kidding — this has become quite repetitive, hasn’t it? Are you even still reading this part?) 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.

Let’s see what we have here. Do we have anything? Well, put it this way: out of the month’s highest opening weekend grossers, I saw two (2) of them. I missed a chance to Feel Pretty, blocked myself from seeing Blockers, failed to Rampage, skipped this round of Truth or Dare (I feel like I won on that), and I did NOT see the point in Super Troopers 2. So I passed on that grass too. Meanwhile, I am accumulating a backlog of unfinished reviews so long that it has all gotten to a point where I might need to get paid just to contribute content to my own blog.

And because everything is about Money, I’ll just leave this here. On Tuesday, April 10, my dad and I went into the city to see the British cover band Brit Floyd on their 2018 Eclipse World Tour as they played at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall. Pictures are before the show and during the cover of Money. As impressive as the lead singer (Damian Darlington) was, proving himself an uncanny Roger Waters/David Gilmour imitator, the laser show was truly mind-blowing. At various points in the show, from where we sat I swear you could walk out on those colored beams like it was a solid floor of light.

Meanwhile, here is what has been going on on Thomas J during the month of April.


New Posts

New Releases: A Quiet Place; Isle of Dogs

Movie News  

Well, Deadpool Deuce drops like a dookie in a couple weeks (May 18), but you already knew that. You didn’t need the visual, but I bet you needed the extra reminder to get you that much more pumped up. I can’t wait either.

It is true, the universe is expanding, and rapidly. At least when it comes to all things Star Wars. Han Solo has, for some reason that remains unclear beyond money (what’d I say earlier?), gotten his own solo film, and it drops May 25. And it will be called Solo: A Star Wars Story. No kidding? I have to say, I am struggling to muster the enthusiasm for this one. What about you?

As far as sticking up for the little guys this month I am really hoping the new Ethan Hawke drama/horror First Reformed makes its way to local theaters. It is in limited release beginning May 18, and tells of a middle-aged, solitary pastor (Hawke) who experiences a crisis of faith when he is asked by a pregnant parishioner to counsel her radical environmentalist husband. From writer-director Paul Schrader comes a gripping thriller that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Blogging News

As the 2018 Hot Docs Film Festival continues, the excellent writers over at Cinema Axis (another gem of a blog that you should explore if this is the first time you’ve heard of it) have been busy keeping us up to speed with what’s been hot this year. Check out their plentiful reviews here (or find them in my blogroll).


“You should have gone for the head.” 😦 
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13 thoughts on “Month in Review: April ’18

  1. I’ve been moderately excited about the new Star Wars films, and it’s been rewarding to watch them. The Solo one? Can’t see it working.

    Deadpool? Fuck yeah.

    I also have so many posts I need to actually write – if I can get two minutes not stressing about work (the thing that gives me the money), I try to write something. But right now I’m just taking things slow.

    • Argh! I keep missing comments.

      It seems that very few peeps are actually really gearing up for the Han Solo film. Interesting turn of events, these are.

      With you on Deadpool. I’m there tonight! And hopefully this will be the movie that can break the spell that I have apparently cast upon myself in terms of actually reviewing movies. 😉

      While this time has been no doubt frustrating for me, this is also the beauty of running your own show. You set the pace. You set the deadlines (I don’t know if people do this but I’ve done it before and it didn’t work! lol) and you decide what to talk about. I like having that control. I must control everything!!@!!!

  2. Dude, no Harrison Ford = no Han Solo. I am so not excited about this. I like Hawke for drama/horrors, so I will definitely check it out when the time comes. As for Deadpool 2, here’s hoping for a strong follow up. As for those half finished reviews… I feel you xD

    • Yeeessshhhh. It seems there is a consensus building — brewing, even, almost as if with ominousness — about the dubiousness of Han Solo’s spinoff story. I get that Aiden Hehrenreich has this passing resemblance to a young Harrison Ford, but its barely there. Not wanting to write the dude off quite so soon of course, but they can’t surely be expecting this movie will hold up just because there is some physical similarity. Idk man, this might just be one for the hard-core Trekkies. I mean Wars fans! Shit! 😉

      • I had doubts when it was announced. I just don’t know. Maybe we get a great movie, who knows? I will likely rather just avoid because, well, no Ford. Pfff, I can’t concur with that. Ford was SUPER looky in his youth. We aren’t even discussing Hehrenreich’s acting chops here, don’t know him. But still. Oh well.

        LOL!

        • I’ll admit I am not the best source on the lookiness of Harrison Ford (though my eyes work perfectly fine thank you very much — the dude *was* cast in all these huge roles in the 70s and 80s for a reason). I think that’s what they are going for but personally, man doesn’t this take away from the mystique of his character a little bit too?

    • While I look forward to more episodes in the overall saga I think I can now say for sure I’m still not a diehard fan because yeah, I’m totally not invested in the Solo spinoff. I think I need less big franchise titles overall in my life right now lol

  3. You’re telling me it’s May now, right?
    Don’t worry, I put up new content every day and I still have a bunch of half-finished reviews. It’s hard to avoid. And yet the months just keep rolling by.

    • Time is flying! Its so frustrating some times. Writer’s block is like this past winter. It just keeps hanging arouuuuund…..

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