2020 media log

Trying to track major media consumption throughout the year. I’ve done this for a few years now, but it’s kind of a chore. Anyway. Here’s most of the media I consumed in 2020.1 ...

December 31, 2020 · 4 min

2019 media log

I didn’t really track my media consumption in 2019 - most of this was pulled together from watch history in various platforms, and from memory. So, likely huge gaps in there. My non-work reading was pretty sci-fi focused - I need to branch out a bit there, maybe after book 9 of Expanse comes out… Anyway. Here’s most of the media I consumed in 2019. ...

December 21, 2019 · 5 min

Red Dawn

It's time to pick up the Formative 10 Films series, after abandoning it after the fourth entry… Red Dawn. 1984. A bunch of misfit high school kids work together to defend their town from an invading Russian military force. Patrick Swayze as the cool older brother. Charlie Sheen. Lea Thompson (I had such an '80s crush on Lea…). Jennifer Grey. What's not to love? WOLVERINES! I was in grade 10, a misfit outcast just starting high school, and watched this movie maybe a dozen times....

September 25, 2009 · 2 min

alligator

Jim's recent post including the drive-in intermission clip made me think about the last time I watched a movie in a drive-in. It was 1980, and my family packed into the Olds Custom Cruiser station wagon to head out to the Corral Drive-In. My sister and I got to stretch out in the back of the car to watch the movie in comfort. We'd do that pretty regularly. I remember back when the sound came from a box that fit onto the window of the car - before they got all fancy with their own mini radio stations for the audio....

March 6, 2009 · 2 min

star trek: the motion picture

I was a hardcore Star Trek geek as a kid. Who wasn't, really? Captain Kirk going all maverick on the galaxy, finding cool new planets, and nailing hot alien babes. Space is cool! I think I watched every episode at least a couple dozen times - yay syndicated reruns - but for some reason it's the first motion picture version of the franchise (released in 1979) that really affected me....

October 24, 2008 · 2 min

the iceman

After thinking about Quest for Fire, I realize that another of the most formative movies for me was 1984's The Iceman. The body of a prehistoric man was found frozen in ice, but still alive. He's placed in a zoo-like containment room at an arctic research facility (filmed in Churchill Manitoba, no less) where he can be studied. Another fascinating movie, not because of special effects or high budget, but because of story....

October 23, 2008 · 1 min

quest for fire

Inspired by Jim's description of one of his 10 formative movies, I realized that one of the movies that's had the most impact on me is Quest for Fire. The 1981 Canadian anthropological movie about 4 separate tribes of homo erectus, neanderthal and homo sapiens, and their interactions. I remember being absolutely fascinated by the movie, watching it dozens of times (it was one of the early movies offered on our fancy new SuperChannel Cable Movie Channel when I was a kid)....

October 22, 2008 · 2 min