Month in Review: November ’19

Production slowed a little during November. Am I bummed about that? Yes. Is there anything I can do about it now? Not really. I didn’t even realize it was December until I checked my calendar late Saturday night/early Sunday morning and noticed I hadn’t yet published my latest installment of The Marvelous Brie Larson. So, technically, that post was published on Dec. 1 instead of Nov. 30 . . .

Theatrical release viewings increased 200% (or is that infinity%, considering I didn’t see any movies in theaters in October?) while streamed movie reviews dropped 50% (from 6 to 3) and movies that involved people farting increased 100% in the past month. So yeah . . . progress.

Here’s a breakdown of what actually made the cut here on Thomas J for the month of November.

New Posts

Theatrical Releases: The Lighthouse

Streaming: The Laundromat; The Beach Bum; Dolemite is My Name

Alternative Content: The Marvelous Brie Larson #6

Around the Blogosphere

Now that Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is in theaters, the reactions to it have been pretty interesting. A blog I’ve recently just discovered, Red Beard Movie Reviews, has praised Tom Hanks and the movie overall. Fast Film Reviews was less impressed however. I found the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor fascinating and truly moving. I wonder where I’ll land on the dramatic feature.

One of my long-time followers and favorite bloggers from overseas, Mark of Marked Movies has put together his thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. I know how much of a fan of Scorsese and DeNiro he is and how much he’s been anticipating that epic gangster picture. So it was really cool to read his take.

And speaking of long-gestating passion projects from big-time directors, Cindy Bruchman has posted a very interesting piece discussing and comparing the latest QT epic, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Scorsese’s The Irishman. Must-read material, IMO.

Gobble Gobble 

I hope everyone who observes Thanksgiving had a good time getting together and stuffing inordinate amounts of turkey through their face. I know I gained a few pounds. A few pictures from the weekend, taken from Lum Pond State Park, DE.

Making a list of movies to see this December, checking it twice. Trying to find out which one’s gonna be . . . shitty or nice. 

6 thoughts on “Month in Review: November ’19

  1. I really am curious about Dolemite is My Name, but its Eddy Murphy. Its wrong of me, I know, but…

    There’s a story you may have heard, somebody years ago walking through a backlot in Hollywood. The studio buildings surrounded by trailers parked everywhere. Eddie Murphy was shooting a movie, and he and his entourage had a mini-village of several trailers, the security was more fitting for a President or something. Around the corner was another trailer, with its door open. You could pop your head in and say hello to its occupant, Jack Lemmon, who was always open to a word or two while he read his newspaper or script. One of the greatest actors of any generation, open and unassuming, compared to Eddy and his circus.

    (I’m a huge fan of Lemmon and his films, he reminds me very much of our own Peter Cushing over here in how he treated his craft and other people).

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    • I’m not sure if I’ve heard that particular story about Murphy but I have definitely read things about how high and mighty he acts on set and in life in general. It’s kind of a shame. The dude is a great performer but maybe not so much of a human being. It’s funny how with some actors I can separate their unlikable real-world self from their act, but not with others.

      Dolemite is My Name is a really fun movie, I loved it.


    • Really, I just do it for the Likes.


      No but seriously, it’s always good to see a review from you. And that was a significant one. Probably could have asked your permission first before I shared it, but I figured you wouldn’t bury me in concrete when you found out. 😉

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