Blind Spot Series 2013

Ryan McNeil of The Matinee started this Blind Spot series a while back, and I’m finally going to take the plunge myself in 2013. The idea is simple: you compile a list of 12 movies you’ve never seen and consider to be “cinematic blind spots”, and then over the course of the year you actually watch them — one a month — instead of shuffling them down your queue and continuing to avoid them.

Below I present my list for 2013, listed alphabetically. If I allowed myself to choose what to watch at random, I might be tempted not to choose, thus unceremoniously abandoning the project.

As if I needed another series! Anyway, it should be fun.

Ace in the Hole
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Badlands
Black Narcissus
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Freaks

Giant
The King of Comedy
Repulsion
Shadow of a Doubt
Swing Time

ICE FEST Rap-Up!

So ICE FEST 2012 is over! I’m a bit sad that it’s come to a close, but I had a ton of fun watching and reviewing the movies in one big block of Ice. It’s been so long since I’d done a two-week series (about two years since the original SE Event, A Fistful of Djangos), and I had forgotten just how much fun it was to watch the movies as a group. It’s times like these that I get to fulfill my dreams of running and scheduling a theater, and even though the turnout here is always somewhat disappointing to me, I’m truly grateful for everyone that read the reviews and left a comment.

Unfortunately, I still did not receive any links from anyone, so apparently I was the only one that needed some Icy relief from the furious rays of the sun… but don’t fret! I have assembled a couple of reviews that should keep you nice and Icy if my block of nine films wasn’t enough to satiate your urge for coolness.

Nostra over at My Film Views got a chance to see Ice T’s directorial début, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap right before ICE FEST kicked off! I can’t wait to see this one, and when it drops on DVD there’s a chance that SE will freeze over once again. Anyway, check out his review!

The Daily Grindhouse posted up a trailer and a short write-up on ICE FEST opener: New Jack City!

Don’t forget to check out Movieguide.org’s vintage review of Surviving the Game from 1994! It’s interesting to read a take on the film coming from a completely different perspective than my own.

Perhaps you found my review of Trespass stupid and amateurish! If so, here’s Roger Ebert’s review from 1992!

And at this point I spent an hour or so trying to find some more links that were both relevant and interesting to read and found nothing that really did anything for me. Oh well.

So this ends ICE FEST, be sure to come back next week when we’re back to normal and I unleash my reviews of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. OH YEAH!

State of the Ice Address

So the first week of Ice Fest is done and in the can! I’ve had a blast watching and reviewing the movies and I love all the great comments too. Let’s keep rollin’ this snowball iceball down the hill and make next week even better. I need all the help I can get on marketing, so email, tweet, Facebook, carrier pigeon, catapult, however you wanna get the links out there is a big help!

I’ve never looked at this series as any sort of competition to see who was better or anything like that, but if it were I’d say that we’re all tied up at this point. Boyz n the Hood is the definite winner between the first two, and Stealth Fighter clearly trumps All About the Benjamins. Hopefully our actors can stay frosty enough to keep up the great work for next week. In the words of Mr. Freeze, “Let’s kick some ice!”

This would have been the section where I posted links to other people’s reviews of Ice films, but no one sent any in! How dare they! I guess they’re all perfectly cool without any Ice in their lives. Maybe next week! C’mon bloggers, there’s a whole host of options readily available if you have Netflix Instant!

A sampling of what is currently available there:

Ice T
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
Surviving the Game (…but it’s Full Screen! Such bullshit!)
Mean Guns (from the director of one of my favorites, Dollman)
Judgement Day (How did I not include this? It’s like Armageddon but with Ice T, Coolio and Mario Van Peebles! C’mon, someone’s gotta review this!)
Leprechaun in the Hood (Yes!)
Gangland (Post-apocalyptic Ice!)

Ice Cube
Boyz n the Hood
Higher Learning
Ghosts of Mars
Rampart

Oh, and they also have TRESPASS with both Ice T and Ice Cube; can you handle that much Ice at once?

So, that’s it until next week! Keep Icin’, stay Icy, and have an Ice-tastic weekend!

I CANT” TAKE ITANYLONGRET”S BOIL[GJINS MY INSIDESDFS!

If this fucking heat doesn’t end
I’m going to have to do something drastic.

Desperate times call for–
What was that noise?

Mother?

GOD! It’s so fucking relentless!

I CANT” TAKE ITANYLONGRET”S BOIL[GJINS MY INSIDESDFS!
WHERRSAD ASOMERW ICE WHESUN YO NEEDIT!

Something’s gotta give…

This heat wave is getting to be nearly unbearable.

I’m finding it hard to string together coherent thought
and all these reviews have left my head spinning.

I soldier on, as any good man would,
hoping that there is some refreshment
at the end of this hot, humid tunnel.

Something’s gotta give…
Something cool has to be coming…

I don’t know about you…

I don’t know about you…but it’s really
heating up ’round here at Silver Emulsion HQ.

My fingers are swollen and red with arthritic pain
and my joints feel like they’ve been dipped in lava.

I’m slingin’ reviews seven days a week like a man on a mission,
as somehow I feel that in them I shall find my salvation.

I know there’s something out there
to quench this wretched fire inside me.

Ice Fest 2012!

Ardent fans of Silver Emulsion will already be eagerly awaiting this special event’s arrival, as it has its genesis in a comment on one of the reviews, but it’s now time to let everyone else in on the secret. Ice Fest 2012 will be upon us in a matter of weeks. But what is Ice Fest 2012, you ask? A look at the films of Ice T and Ice Cube, of course! In the deep heat of summer, I think we could all use a little ice to cool us down.

Special thanks go to Uncle Jasper for sparking this whole thing off with his comment.

The films covered will be as follows:

ICE T
New Jack City
Stealth Fighter
Surviving the Game
Final Voyage

ICE CUBE
Boyz in the Hood
All About the Benjamins
The Glass Shield
Dangerous Ground

The two-week long series will come to its grand finale as the two Ices convene for the 1992 film Trespass.

I would love for others to participate along with me so feel free to write about these films on your own blogs and then send in the links.

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