Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ain't no cure for the summertime links

The second half of The One Year Switch has gotten off to a slower start than anticipated; there's been a bit of a drop-off in pageviews over the past few weeks, but I'm betting that'll turn around this month. I've got three more blogathon posts, plus a return to the #TCMparty. If you look at the sidebar, you'll see that the film I've decided on is the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business, which airs August 14. I don't think I've seen this one, but it is the Marx Brothers, so I imagine one knows what to expect.

Yes, I know I've gone off my tentative Mon-Wed-Fri schedule. It was nice to actually have a schedule again - I had forgotten what it was like! - but the truth is that I had overbooked for August and I needed some breathing room. Also, some rainouts ruined my plans for some outdoor movies. What can you do? I expect to return to three posts a week soon.

I haven't seen very many new movies so far this year. Then again, I haven't paid as much attention to what's new, since my focus has been on the old stuff. I know Spy was a big hit, for one thing, and Ant-Man is doing well, too (another Marvel movie that looked like less than a sure thing on paper). I had thought Batman v. Superman was coming out this year, but it's actually due next year. Must've missed the announcement of the change. I was supposed to see Woody Allen's Irrational Man with friends, but I had to cancel at the last minute because I had to attend my writers group. The other co-captains couldn't make it, so I had to be there to run things.

Did I mention I've become one of the leaders of my writers group? It happened a couple of months ago - I replaced this girl who had to shift down to being a part-timer because of outside commitments. I had filled in as an organizer a couple of times when the others couldn't make it, and while I certainly wasn't campaigning for the job, it made me a viable choice when circumstances in the group changed. I try and be as low-key and laid-back as I can about the job. The regulars know the weekly routine, and they help initiate the newbies as well. There is a commitment on the part of a number of people to actually show up and critique each other's work, which is good. It makes me want to be a part of things.

Your links for this month:

Le takes a comprehensive look at the year 1928 in film. With maps! (Google Translate required.)

Raquel speaks! On video, that is, about her film books.

Will found a comics artist who made posters of classic film stars in superhero movies.

Why does Aurora like Bruce Lee? (Total coincidence that he's on the banner for this month!)

Only tangentially related to movies, but what the heck: Jennifer had a speaking engagement in which she talked about Harper Lee.

Bugs Bunny turned 75.

How do we appreciate the work of Bill Cosby now?

When roller disco movies were a thing, featuring a movie I've always been curious about: Linda Blair's Roller Boogie.

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