Having said that, I understand that I, as Trove’s blogger, made a grave mistake last week; I missed the GOLDEN opportunity to do another movie-centric blog about the best romances to watch for Valentine’s Day. WHAT WAS I THINKING?! I had a drop of the proverbial ball, that is "fo' sho'". You all suffered for it, as I know that without my guidance you were left flailing wildly for something to watch for the holiday. I imagine many of you deferred to the likes of Nicholas Sparks (in which only “The Notebook” is forgivable to view) or “Fifty Shades of Dumpster Fires.” For this, my deepest apologies.
Hello readers! Ladies, gentlemen, highly intelligent animals, join me as we enter the mind of a man by the name of Reginald Rose, a screenwriter working in good ole’ Hollywood over half a century ago. You’ve just written a screenplay you’re feeling prettaaay good about by the name of “A Dozen Furious Males” which, after some thought, you’ve decided to rename as “12 Angry Men,” about 12 jurors trapped in claustrophobic, tense, frustrating deliberation over the fate of a boy on trial for murder. About 95% of it takes place in the jury room, and you, being Reggie, are pretty proud of the snappy dialogue you’ve rocked to keep the action moving.
I want you all to flashback to this last Sunday night, if you can recall such an evening that may have been derailed by alcohol intoxication, unbridled joy (if you’re from Philadelphia), or crushing sadness (if you’re from the New England area). But prior to the appearance of that joy or sadness, you were undoubtedly just living your run of the mill Super Bowl Sunday, watching what turned out to be a game for the ages (NICK FOLES?! WHAT?!) and partying with your family and friends (unless you were alone, in which case I’m … I’m sorry).
Greetings and salutations our blog brethren! To begin this week’s blog, I want you all to think of your favorite scene from your favorite movie that really catapulted it into its now favorite movie status. Maybe it was the final scene in “The Shawshank Redemption,” where SPOILER Red and Andy reunite on the beach of a Mexican town that’s unreasonably fun to say, ZIHUATANEJO (love that word). Or the scene in the legendarily awful “Mac and Me” where our protagonist captures the titular alien, a scene that comes off as a truly terrifying moment. In my case, it’s a scene halfway through “There Will Be Blood”
A pleasant Thursday to you all, dear readers! I’d like to open this week’s blog with a Classic Miles Anecdote.
As you may know, last week we published Trove’s list of the best movies of 2017, which I wrote after interviewing our staff. When I interviewed our newest intern, Chelsey, she picked “Wonder Woman” as one of her films. Naturally, I immediately mentioned two things; one, how great the movie was; and two, how I’ve appeared to have fallen irrevocably in love with the film’s star, Gal Gadot.
Friends, allies, comrades, I come to you with an urgent and horrifying news story; 2017 is over, and it was … a fantastic year for movies. Don’t listen to the haters who claim this year didn’t have any big daddy, stand-out masterpieces, like “La La Land”and “Moonlight” last year and “Mad Max: Fury Road” the year before -- those people are just … just monsters. The reason there doesn’t seem to be a couple stand-out films is because, to be a tad colloquial, this year was just so consistently dope.
Recently, on a brisk winter night in St. Petersburg, Florida (if a Florida “winter” can really qualify as winter) I sat with a member of my family, who shall remain nameless. I was describing to this person, whom we will refer to as Beth, what I do for a living, that being, of course, video production. Beth is also well aware of my intent to one day be a screenwriter and possibly direct, and she was adamant that I should utilize my access to the equipment we have at the studio and “just make a movie.”
Hello ladies and gentlemen, and a happy and pleasant new year to you all! With the holiday season we figured we’d offer you all a respite from the constant barrage of wit and entertainment and simply let you enjoy time with your family. Like your “lovely” in-laws, or far-flung distant relatives whom you have never interacted with in your life but are somehow expected to forge a familial bond with in just a week’s time.
But fear not! We have returned to continue to enlighten you as well as provide you with a seemingly endless amount of puns.