Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Slog of Writing

For every blog post that I publish, there are another half-dozen or so that I write out by hand on paper to a point of 80%-95% completion. At which point I often find that what is down on the paper is adequate for the point I wanted to express and the feeling of satisfaction at it being written down is enough. I tell myself that eventually I'll get around to typing them up for the blog, but really they just live in my notebook for a few months until the next time I get the urge to clean them up and then they all end up being recycled with the other odds and ends of paper this house generates.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Leonard Maltin's Favorite Movies

A couple Christmases ago, I got a copy of Leonard Maltin's (last) Movie Guide. After flipping through it a bit and browsing, I became a bit annoyed because he didn't seem very consistent in his evaluations. So I thought I'd go through and look at all of the films that he gave four stars (his highest rating) to see if there was any sort of pattern. (There wasn't.) His list clearly has some problems. Nothing from Pixar? Only one Ozu film? No Twilight Samurai? None of Branagh's Shakespeare? Too many concert movies. A disproportionate number of Italian films.

Anyway, it was interesting enough that I'm going to put the list up below the break. It's (obviously) in alphabetical order. The movies that have years after them are titles with multiple entries in the Movie Guide. The films I've seen are in bold, the ones I have on my list to see are in italics.

After working through the list again, I found the pattern. Left-wing films. They dominate this list; lots of propaganda.