Archive for February 23, 2020

The 2020 Film Release Calendar: December

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s December: (more…)

Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #191 – “Fine on the Outside,” from When Marnie Was There


191. “Fine on the Outside,” from When Marnie Was There

You almost expect Bradley Cooper to start singing after those first couple of chords, don’t you?

It’s interesting, this song, because normally Ghibli doesn’t record their songs in English, and they usually all sound like anime end credits songs. So here they have this beautiful little indie ballad that perfectly fits the film. I remember sitting up when I heard it and going, “Whoa, what’s that?” This is one of those songs most people wouldn’t think of for a list like this because it’s a bit out of the way, so I’m glad I got to have it on here for people to listen to.


Pic of the Day: “Faith is a house with many rooms.” “But no room for doubt?” “Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.”