"You like me! You really like me!"

So I got an award

I got a “Dragon’s Loyalty Award” from Elwood Jones at From the Depths of DVD Hell, which is one of those “pay-it-forward” blogging awards you then pass on to other bloggers. I usually don’t participate in those, mainly because I usually can’t think of enough blogs (in the case of Dragon’s Loyalty, fifteen) I follow at any given time.

Still, I very much appreciate an accolade from a fellow blogger–especially from Elwood, who is a wonderful fellow to podcast with, and DVD Hell is one of the blogs I try to remember to keep up with. So, thanks, Elwood!

Dragon's Loyalty Award

In the interest of passing it on, I’d like to suggest you stop by my old stomping grounds, Forced Viewing, which is returning to life after something of a hiatus.

One of the FV writers, my friend John Bruni, is also a writer of fiction who just published his second novel, Poor Bastards and Rich Fucks. It’s available now from the sort of stores that Joaquin Phoenix’s character in 8mm would have worked at, and also Amazon. I’ve not had a chance to read it yet, but from what I’ve heard, it sounds like a corker.

The Vern & the Lackey

Diversion: The Large Association of Movie Blogs meetup 2014

I don’t remember what the Vern (left) and I were talking about, but I bet it was exciting!
Photo: Fredo Castil

They came from all over the country: from colonial New England, the southwestern desert, the icy climes of the north, the heartland, and the state of mind that can only be described as “Texas.” They came by car, by plane, by Greyhound bus, and they brought their women (and their men) with them. A motley gang they were, with only one thing in common: a badge, sky blue, upon which a cartoon sheep bleated.

They were bloggers. Worse than that, they were film bloggers. And for three days (July 11 through 13, 2014) we allowed these freaks and weirdos to invade our fair city, Chicago, city of large shoulders, of Al Capone and The Dark Night. For we are, ourselves, film bloggers.

It was the most interesting of times. It was the 2014 meetup of the Large Association of Movie Blogs, U.S. branch.

Continue reading “Diversion: The Large Association of Movie Blogs meetup 2014”