Cinematic Musings Gets the Green Light
With my next trick, I’ll try to revive the “Movies New to Me” concept and do even more in the process.
That was the last official entry I recorded in the journal I had going for my old website, Moviesnewtome.com. Don’t bother trying to visit it - the link is dead, and I deleted all the content for some foolish reason. Well, to be honest, it seemed I was going to analyze the documentary, “Tyson”, three days later but I didn’t even bother with it. Trying to take notes while watching “Paprika” a few days before all this might have actually broken me.
To add even more honesty, the last film I had “analyzed” and done a review for on the site was “Orange County” on June 29th, 2017. My next entry was for “Gold”, which was on September 11th, 2017. I wrote on the top of the page, “Site shut down - review in book as reference - watch more”. This was written because I got into the habit of just writing down every plot point of a film I watched and not, most importantly, enjoying it while also letting it breathe and exist. Maybe it was also written because “Gold” just sent me over the edge in disappointment. Looking back through the journal, I know I could have done good reviews for the likes of “Bubba Ho-tep”, “Enter the Dragon”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”, and, most importantly, “Atomic Blonde”. Oh how I loved “Atomic Blonde” when I first watched it.
I’m telling you all this to get you a little backstory regarding the site you are currently viewing. “Movies New to Me” was a project where I reviewed movies… that were new to me. Pretty creative, right? The added catch of the project, though, was that I was reviewing films that I let slip through the cracks. Films I had intentionally avoided or just never got around to viewing. Some were obscure. Many, like the film mentioned in the quote above, were not. Once I knew about the twist in “The Sixth Sense”, which was not hard to decipher back in 1999, I didn’t really have an overwhelming interest to see it. Generating those “HOW HAD YOU NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE!” reactions, though, is exactly what I was trying to achieve with the site. It was a way of getting people to engage. I believe I succeeded in that for a lot of the entries. “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom”, I think, was the film that received the most of those reactions. It was another I had intentionally avoided over the years.
It was fun for a while, but, like a lot of projects I have attempted, I lost interest. This is a problem that definitely pre-dates “Movies New to Me”. I’ll get all gung-ho about the conception of a project, doing everything to get it going, and then, well, I’ll run out of steam and will start thinking of a new project. I let it become work instead of something fun.
So, naturally, I’ve created a new website that implements the concept behind “Movies New to Me” along with a few other things I want to do. This is either going to keep my feet to the fire or will blow up on me again. I’m hoping for the first choice, especially considering the time and expense that went into getting this website off the ground.
So you now have why “Cinematic Musings” has received the green light and is a thing on the internet. I know the world was just dying to have another site where a dude in his 30’s talks about movies, but, hey, at least I haven’t launched the podcast… yet. I mean podcasts, such as “Junkfood Cinema” and “Unspooled”, are a big reason why I’m jumping into this project, but I don’t think I’m ready to do all that again.
For those wondering, “Cinematic Musings” was actually the second choice for the site’s name. It was originally going to be called “Move Life”, a nod to my old “TV Life” podcast, but, hey, someone jumped on that domain before I could. A pox on whoever that may be.
On top of the “Movies New to Me” concept where I review films that have slipped through the cracks, I’ll be doing something things with this site. There will be reviews of new theatrical releases (I might as well do something with the AMC A-List subscription), a look at movies that I love and why (I can’t wait to do those pieces), and commentary on current film topics, such as upcoming releases, trailers, or whatever might be the news of the day. I might also go back and review films I saw in between the death of “Movies New to Me” and the creation of “Cinematic Musings”. This could be my way of getting in that “Atomic Blonde” review along with some other choice titles. A running list of all the films I’ve seen this year (and maybe the other years that I’ve charted my viewings) will also be available.
All of this will be done with a personal touch. These are my musings on the films I see and love. While I will try to be analytical about things, I will, most definitely, be adding my personal perspective, whatever that might be. I’m not a professional, but, hey, I do have a degree in Critical Film and Television Studies. That has to be good for something.
The fact I’m launching this in conjunction with the start of the year’s summer film season is not a coincidence. I’ve made it a point to see more films over the summer and to immerse myself with the free time that I have. When I’m not photographing weddings on the weekends or concerts at night, I’m working out of my house and usually have an abundance of down time. That is a good reason to put a big dent in the library of unwatched films that I have. The summer season has also always been the most anticipated portion of the film calendar each year (Historically, at least. I think the holiday season might have caught up or surpassed it at this point - * makes mental note about a topic to discuss late *) so I really want to approach this year’s calendar with gusto.
I do hope you stick around and check things out as this page grows. I’m going to try and keep from being rigid and too worried about structure, which I believe are other reasons why the original page failed. I’m excited to see how this page grows, and, well, if my traffic numbers end up being hilariously low… then so be it. I’m not going to let that deter me.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… let the musings begin!