Archive for February 24, 2020

The 2020 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

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.

Today, we’re going over the many films that are yet to have release dates (or some that got dated for articles that already came out, because shit happens): (more…)

Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #190 – “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey


190. “Earned It,” from Fifty Shades of Grey

That’s right. A song from Fifty Shades of Grey made the list.

The real question we should be asking is — why did they go all out on this soundtrack? (I guess because they didn’t put the money into actually making the film any good?)

This song is all about the beat, plus you have the Weeknd’s nice vocals over it. It’s a nice juxtaposition and turns into a nice song.

Fun story: the week before the Oscars for this year (where he was nominated), he was on the lot where I used to work (where a lot of musicians tend to come while they’re in town). And I had no idea who he was past the fact that I knew he was nominated for this song. I knew nothing else he’d ever recorded (and still really don’t. Maybe I’ll recognize a title or two, but that’s about it). So I look out the window of my office and say to the other people in it, “Who’s that dude outside with the weird hair?” And the go, “Mike, that’s The Weeknd.” I had no idea.

Anyway, this is a nice song.


Pic of the Day: “I’m a concert pianist. That’s a pretentious way of saying I’m… unemployed at the moment.”