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!
Greetings. My name is Nick Michalak. As many people are, I have been a lover of movies my entire life, but uniquely, my fandom has driven my passions further into creative realms. From being a very amateur short story writer to screenwriter to now independent filmmaker in the suburbs of Chicago, movies are indeed a major part of my life. However, movie reviews are something I’ve been writing since I first launched my personal website back in the mid-to-late 1990’s, and my skills in doing so have only improved over time.
Forever Cinematic is a fusion of two ideas and websites. The first was a horror movie website founded in 1998 by Joey Benedetto & myself. The name FOREVER HORROR was coined by me after Joe had many failed ideas before I joined the site as site designer and webmaster. While the site never really took off, popularity wise, we prided ourselves on delivering reliable horror franchise news, reviews, and multimedia content. However, over time, Joe was unable to continue contributing to the site due to school responsibilities, and thus, it fell upon me to keep the site running solo. Even the influx of a small movie review site staff was only temporary as the site wound down at the start of 2009, and it has lied dormant since.
Meanwhile, on YouTube, I launched two channels. The first was a revamped FOREVER HORROR multimedia archive. The other was a more general site called Cinematic Trailers as answer to usually finding nothing but poor quality trailer uploads. I maintained that it would be a haven for high quality trailers of classic and modern films. Now, with the desire to begin doing movie reviews again, and to officially fuse these two channels into a joint entity, FOREVER CINEMATIC was launched!
I have prided myself on writing very thorough movie reviews over the years. As with the YouTube channel, I was tired of going to websites to read movie reviews, and finding short, shallow, and quick and dirty reviews that gave me little to not substantive insight into the quality of a movie. So, if I decided to post a critique of a film, it would be a well thought out collection of thoughts, feelings, and passions. As an independent filmmaker myself, I have a strong sense of what makes a film good or bad and everything in between. I believe I have a unique and passionate insight to offer into a all different genres of film spanning the mainstream into more obscure territory. At the end of it all, it’s simply my own opinion, but I believe writing these reviews helps to celebrate certain films, bring attention to ones that you might not have seen, and weed out the less than desirable ones, to say the least. I hope you will enjoy what you read here, and if you do, there’s more to be seen now via the video movie reviews over on my RavensFilm Productions YouTube Channel. Thank you for check out Forever Cinematic. I encourage interaction and your opinions on all of these films that I review.
-Nicholas J. Michalak