Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Stranger than Guest?

This insightful comment came from Gazette writer and receptionist Christpher Short:

Our last two mail DVDs were Stranger Than Fiction and For Your Consideration. Yes, a Will Ferrell vehicle and a Christopher Guest movie.

Why was the former about twenty times more entertaining? Why, why, why?

Friday, March 09, 2007

Watching movies with the family

My greatest challenge in Netflix is always having at least one PG or PG-13 movie around on the weekend.

Last weekend, we watched "Monster House," which was thrilling for a kid flick. My wife and 10-year-old son loved it. The 14-year-old wouldn't watch because it was ANIMATED!

Then, I tried to watch "The Weather Man" with Nicholas Cage. I figured, even though it was R, I'd edit on the fly with the remote in hand.

20 F bombs later and 20 looks from my wife and the movie went back on the shelf, with my apologies to the kids.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Ups and downs of film reviews

So, you may have noticed that for a while we had way too many bylines on our movie reviews. That was caused by two things:
1. Ebert's still recovering from cancer and has a stable of writers filling in for him.
2. Roger Moore, our critic from Orlando, wasn't filing early enough.

The good news is that Moore is back on track, usually filing early enough for GO! I'd like to hear what you guys think about Moore. We did a considerable search of critics throughout the country before settling on Moore.

I don't judge critics by how often I agree with them. I judge them on how well they translate their moviegoing experience into print. Mostly, I want to know if they're fun, insightful writers.

... Which brings me to Brandon Fibbs. Fibbs was a summer intern at The Gazette a couple of years ago and now he's at NYU's grad school studying film.

He's interested in writing for us. I don't have the budget just yet, but I like his stuff. Let me know what you think. You can read his film blog at

If you were in my seat, would you continue with Moore, wait for Ebert to recover, or try to figure out a way to get Fibbs to write for us?