Well, it’s that time of year where we hit a double shot of special months here at Forever Cinematic. First off, September brings the second year anniversary. It’s very weird that it’s only been two years. It feels like a long, long time ago when it was 2011, but 2012 feels like it was yesterday. This year has gone by way too fast for my comfort, but I have been exposing myself to far more movies than ever before. Anyway, I am hoping to pound out a lot of reviews before the end of September for this occasion because I am seven reviews away from my 200th review on Forever Cinematic. Of course, I have a couple of special favorites in mind to celebrate this, and a few films I’ve been trying to get around to recently. Last year, the 100th review landed right in the middle of Forever Horror Month in the form of Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and I’d rather have free reign to choose number 200 this year. Many reviews are half finished waiting for time to balance itself out for me. Plus, very shortly, I plan to do a video review retrospective on the first six films in the Star Trek franchise – the movies featuring the full original cast and crew. That should hit in the next week.
And of course, Forever Horror Month returns this October, but I won’t be pushing for one review posted per day. I do have over twenty horror films I want to get around to watching and reviewing, but I don’t want to overtax myself this year. With that said, you can likely expect reviews for the Scream movies, the original Dawn of the Dead, Horror of Dracula, Poltergeist, Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween sequels, and probably a couple of rather bad horror movies. I like to rant about crappy movies every once in a while. You’ve gotta know which films to avoid, too.
And since September contains a Friday The 13th, I am planning to do a couple of special tributes to the slasher film franchise including an all encompassing video review of all twelve movies. Also, ten years ago, a friend and I attempted to make a Friday The 13th fan film on a VHS camcorder. It wasn’t much, but it’s a sentimental loose thread for me, so, I am working on a reconstruction of that 10 minute short. All of this will appear on the RavensFilm Productions YouTube Channel in the coming weeks in addition to a review of Riddick. I am hoping to stop procrastinating and watch and review Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick in the next week. All three of those films will be reviewed here, in the written form, first!
I know me writing movie reviews is hardly a unique or important thing, but I have greatly enjoyed writing each and every one of these nearly 200 reviews over the last two years. I just hope circumstances allow me to continue doing this as I have a number of film, video production, and web design obligations in September and October. Beyond that, I am dedicating a lot more time to opening up new opportunities for myself to bolster my income. I appreciate all of the support and feedback all of you offer, and you can expand your view of my content to that YouTube Channel with all of my short films, music videos, audio commentary tracks for my films, movie trailers, the Forever Cinematic video movie reviews, and various other things that my creativity sparks into being every so often. So, I hope you all enjoy the reviews that are coming up. They are a reflection of my passion and love for film, and if there are any movies you’d like to recommend to me, feel free to do so. Thanks much, and take care!
Recently, in order to expand the exposure of Forever Cinematic, I have begun doing video movie reviews on YouTube. Now armed with my new high-definition camcorder, I’m putting forth fast paced reviews that summarize my feelings and critiques on various films. Mainly, I am reviewing newly released films alongside the written reviews, but in lulls between those reviews I am taking stuff from the archives to further publicize the back catalog of reviews I’ve done. The video reviews are an extension of the written ones, and I will not be doing a video review of something I have not done a written review of first. These video movie reviews only enhance the content, not replace it.
So far, listed below these are the video reviews I have done which are posted to the RavensFilm Productions YouTube Channel. The first two were shot prior to obtaining my Sony HDR-CX580V camcorder, and so, they are in standard definition quality. From Miami Vice forward, you get 720p HD in 24fps which is a massive upgrade on every technical level. There will also be occasional Forever Cinematic “Specials” where I maybe do a Top 5 list, spotlight some bad movies I own, do a run through of my complete Star Wars home video collection, or whatever else strikes me as fun and entertaining. I hope you will enjoy these videos, share them around, and subscribe to the RavensFilm Productions YouTube Channel to catch all the new videos as they are posted. Thanks much!
Now that all the horror and James Bond movies are behind me, I will be returning to a much more leisurely schedule for reviews. Forever Horror Month was a very rigorous output of content that I will not be repeating with posting one review per day. There will be another Forever Horror Month next October, but it will be a much smaller undertaking. It was fun sharing all of these horror films with everyone, but I did fall behind schedule due to several factors resulting in a difficult final week. Yet, I was determined to make good on my word in completing the month. So, I am proud to have pushed forward all the way through to the end with a total of 41 reviews published in 31 days.
I do have a few reviews planned for the next month or so. There has been a very analytical review of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in progress since mid-September, and I intend to have that completed by month’s end. I might do another Star Trek movie review depending on time and sustained interest in writing it. If it happens, it will be posted ahead of The Undiscovered Country review. I also have the urge to watch and write reviews of some more Highlander movies. I have just ordered an alternate cut of Highlander: The Final Dimension on DVD for an impending review. I have the original 1998 U.S. DVD featuring the actual director’s cut, but the 2005 and 2011 DVD releases have the European cut of the film. So, I want to include some comparison in the review since I believe there are good and bad differences in both from what I have read.
Beyond all of that, I do still want to have reviews of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi up before the year is out. If they do come within that time, they are certainly going to be happening in December. And yes, I am very aware of the entire Disney purchase of Lucasfilm Limited, but until I know how Disney will handle the property of Star Wars, I have no opinion to pass upon it or the impending new trilogy of Episodes VII, VIII, & IX. I’ll just wait and see. It should be an interesting ride as they develop, regardless.
Lastly, you may have noticed some changes since November 1st. This is because I decided to make Forever Cinematic an official product of RavensFilm Productions. Since I put so much time and passion into this blog, I felt it was a logical choice to meld them together. Nothing has changed beyond the slight cosmetics, but you can now see the Twitter feed for RavensFilm to the right under the Forever Cinematic Facebook feed. I also expanded the social media sharing options for the blog posts. I will be refining other minor aspects of Forever Cinematic over the coming weeks.
I’ve been wanting to post this for a while, but I’ve been kept out of being productive due to a couple things. However, for the moment, I’m feeling back to normal, and ready to get back to being my usual productive self.
We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Forever Cinematic, and I want to thank everyone who has followed the blog since September, 2011. For this, I want to get reviews of some of my very favorite movies out such as the Michael Mann 1986 film Manhunter, which inspired my own short film Dead of Night (which has recently been re-released on Special Edition DVD and Amazon Instant Video). I also hope to have my review written up for the original Star Wars. I’m very anxious to finish off my reviews of the saga before the end of the year. The prequels were a very arduous task, and I couldn’t be happier that they are history, now. So, I get to focus on celebrating the positives in the saga soon. I also plan on writing a peculiar review of the 1987 movie Masters of the Universe. A childhood favorite that has been lambasted over the years, but I’ll detail my positive marks about the film much like I did in my review of Highlander II: The Quickening. If for nothing else, He-Man is my second favorite superhero right behind Batman.
Beyond that, since I still have a backlog of reviews to update from the old Forever Horror website, I have decided to release one new horror movie review every day in October to bolster the Halloween spirit. This will be dubbed “Forever Horror Month.” I am polishing up many of those old reviews, and I will be writing up brand new ones that will range the full spectrum of good to terrible. So, it won’t be a full-on horror love fest, but there will be plenty of balance to keep the onslaught of reviews interesting. If I build up enough reviews, I may do multiple reviews from a single franchise on one day such as Phantasm, Hellraiser, or Halloween. I will finish out my reviews on the Friday the 13th franchise as well. The second week in October will be a full-on “Vampire” theme week, and I am already seeking out some films I have not seen before including some classic Dracula movies starring Christopher Lee and Frank Langella.
I enjoyed the more than ten years I was a webmaster at Forever Horror, and while the site has faded to an old memory, I feel this is a strong way to pay tribute to it. For most of those years, it was just me running the website, but for my friend and site creator Joey Benedetto and the short term movie reviews staff I had, I want the spirit of Forever Horror to live vibrantly one last time.
Because of my love of movies and being an independent filmmaker myself, I highly enjoy writing these reviews and sharing my love and opinions with all of you. Maybe these reviews have helped you to check out some films you’ve never seen, or have rekindled your love for something you haven’t seen in a long time. Maybe you’ve just been able to see the other side of the argument over whether a movie is good or bad. We all seek out like-minded opinions, but if we all had the same opinion on everything, it would be a very dull world. So, thank you for your interest and support.
If you would like, you can visit my personal website, The Online Home of Nicholas J. Michalak, to learn about more of my interests, and see a list of my complete DVD collection. I have amassed more than 500 titles since October, 1999. I also have a section of video editing projects I have done as fan made trailers and music videos for some of my favorite movies and television shows.
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