If you’re a regular visitor to this site, I’m sure you noticed that June was rather light on content. As I mentioned a few months back, I’m afraid this sort of thing is going to become more of the norm than the… abnorm. I’ve always kind of danced around the why of it all, but I think it’ll all make more sense if I just come out with it. My day job is as a caregiver for my girlfriend of 10 years who is afflicted with debilitating multiple sclerosis. As you might imagine, this takes up a fair amount of time and energy.
While I often get an hour-long block here or there to play a video game or watch something, recently I am rarely finding the solid 2–3 hour chunks required to watch a movie, plus another hour or so to write about it afterwards. When time was an issue before, I sometimes used to resort to watching a movie in chunks to keep the site going, but as of last month or so, I decided that I should no longer do this for films I’m trying to review. Not only is it not fair to the film, it makes it a much more stressful situation for me as a reviewer. After I’ve watched the first hour of a movie, there is a time crunch to watch the second half before I forget everything and have to start the damn thing over again (which has happened numerous times). My stress levels were much too high about something as fun and “relaxing” as watching movies, so this is why I decided to not do that anymore.
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Things are going to be rather slow around Silver Emulsion this week, but I did get one piece of writing done this weekend: a defense of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace for its inclusion in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies list that Bubbawheat at Flights, Tights and Movie Nights is putting together! In it I try my best to explain why Superman IV is a worthy entry in the series, and for some reason I chose to try the high road approach instead of simply describing all the B-Movie joys that the film provides. Check it out here! And don’t forget to throw the film a vote if you think I did a good job selling you on why Superman IV is a worthwhile inclusion in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies list!
Time flies when you’re distracting yourself from life’s constant struggles! Here I am again, staring at the calendar and realizing that yet another year has passed and I’m still writing reviews. I started way back on April 12, 2010! Hard to believe.
April 2013–April 2014 brought many great movies, but I’m too lazy to look through the reviews and see exactly what they were. I did run through all the Superman movies, as well as Peter Jackson’s filmography. There were a couple of cool milestones the site hit during this year also, most notably breaking the 1000 post barrier and Stephen reaching 100 reviews (with this week’s look at Birth)! So let’s dream big! 2000 posts total and 200 reviews from Stephen next year!
It’s my anniversary tradition to write about what I hope to do in the coming year, as well as check in on last year’s predictions and see just how far out in left field I was. I remember thinking I would be done with the Full Moon series two years ago, and yet still in 2014 there’s quite a bit more to go. Hahahaha. Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans,” but at this stage of the game my plans don’t get that far. I plan and I laugh, because I almost instantly see through my own bullshit. In any case, here’s another load of false promises and ideas of what Year 4 at Silver Emulsion might be like!
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This is a quick note for those who frequent Silver Emulsion and might be wondering where all that shiny new content is that usually appears here at an alarming rate. Simply put: shit happens. Many things all came together over the last two weeks to make this lack of content possible. So thank God, Satan, the Universe, the Buddha, Mother Earth, Gaia, or whatever deity you believe or don’t believe in for finally quieting my diarrhea of the mouth about movies. Sincere apologies to anyone out there following one of my review series, but know that I am going to resurrect myself from this dead period and be back to posting as normal as soon as possible.
Last week saw a dip in my posts by half (and the two I did post were both written a couple weeks prior), and this week is shaping up to be one of complete unplanned hiatus. I do hope to back in some capacity next week, as I have a lot of interesting things on the table. Things like the latest film from Lloyd Kaufman and Troma (Return to Nukem High), my Blind Spot for this month (Scorsese’s debut film), and a huge stack of 2013 titles (The Grandmaster, 12 Years a Slave, Blue Jasmine, Escape Plan, Thor 2: The Revenge, etc. etc). I also have a book to review and a magazine to review, in addition to all those wonderful review series films I’m dying to get to. So yeah, things are coming. When? Sometime. Thanks for your patience.
To keep the fires stoked and warm while I’m not doing much of anything here, Stephen will have a review up on Wednesday as usual. So be nice and heap lots of traffic and comments on it when it drops.
In 1993, director Sam Fuller published his final novel, Brainquake. But while the book was released in French and a few other languages, it was never released in English. Until now! Err — September! English speakers will finally be able to enjoy this “lost” novel from a true storytelling master, as this September Hard Case Crime and Titan Books will be publishing Brainquake in English for the first time ever! If that’s not enough to sell you, here’s the synopsis!
The bagmen who transport money for organized crime live by a set of rules: no personal relationships, no ties, no women…and never, ever look inside the bag you’re carrying. Paul Page was the perfect bagman, despite suffering from a rare brain disorder. But that ended the day he saw a beautiful Mob wife become a Mob widow. Now Paul is going to break every rule he’s lived by–even if it means he might be left holding the bag.
Still not enough? How ’bout the intro to the book, featured in A Third Face, Fuller’s memoir?
Sixty seconds before the baby shot its father, leaves fell lazily in Central Park. Sparrow-weight with bulging jugular, the balloon peddler’s face appeared coated in white ashes of cow dung used against flies, but the pallor was really from his anemia.
Sounds like a must-read book to me! Brainquake releases on September 9, 2014, and you can pre-order it now from Amazon (and presumably other major book retailers)! Below you’ll find the cover and a link to the Amazon pre-order page! Enjoy!
Well, hello you Silver Emulsions! Welcome back to our Annual Valentine’s Day Love Fest. Will and I are pumped the hell up! We have been planning a Black Love Fest for quite some time. And now… drum roll please… Black Love Fest has arrived!
This Love Fest is an all-out sexy “Turn Up” (in my Kevin Hart voice) for Black Love. It was hard to narrow down the selections, but we finally whittled in down.
Starting today, and continuing over the next two weeks, we will review:
- Love Jones
- Love & Basketball
- Something New
- Brown Sugar
- About Last Night (ALN)
Quick note: About Last Night was a part of our sexy ’80s Love Fest last year, except it was the original cast with James Belushi, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and Elizabeth Perkins. This year’s remake features an all-black cast of Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, and Regina Hall.
Many of you may wonder why we’re paying homage to black love this year. The most honest answer is that we just need to. As a woman of color myself, it has always been very exciting to see a trailer for a romantic comedy with a black cast. I grew up without many images of black-on-black love on-screen. One of the reasons we, the audience, watch movies are to see images of fantasy, and/or our own reality. I can’t wait until the time when a romantic comedy with an all-black cast is just a romantic comedy, but that time has not come. An authentic qualifier for a “Black Movie,” is a movie that mirrors or is similar to the experiences of black culture. That’s not to claim that all black experiences are the same. However, there is a universal knowledge and close kinship to an experience. I didn’t live the experience of Boyz n the Hood, but it was an experience through association because of my friends and family members. It’s also these movies that expose us to a variety of black culture. In the past, most black films were about slavery, civil rights, and Blaxploitation. Those movies just show the struggle and hustle associated with being black. The films we are reviewing also show the trials and tribulations of falling in love, friendships, artistry in the black community, and the joys of sharing and experience. Before Cosby, many of us did not know of black doctors and lawyers. Black romantic comedies are often a continuation of what Bill Cosby started with the television series The Cosby Show and A Different World. The films introduce the audience to black, educated professionals, who share the same obstacles when trying to meet “the one.”
I am always excited when I see a new romantic comedy trailer. I have a tradition when a black film comes out. My closest sister/friend, Barbara, and I go and see the films together. It’s always a great girls’ night out. We can drool over the cast and discuss the plot at dinner afterwards. Black romantic comedies are not released enough. When a new film comes out, it gives us a chance to see some of our beloved actors, who are not “commercial” enough to be on sitcoms or mainstream movies. I encourage everyone to watch the films that we have chosen. They may have all-black casts, and may include cultural norms that you may not be familiar with, but they have the universal language of love and experience. And isn’t what we all want… some experience and some love?
Here are a few other noteworthy runner-up movies:
- Think Like a Man (2012)
- The Best Man (1997)
- How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
- Boomerang (1992)
- Claudine (1974)
Like last year, we are having a contest!
This contest will require you to bring out your “inner nasty.” After reading my first review, “Jonesing For Some Of That,” you will notice a little surprise at the end of my review. You are to take the title of my surprise and create your own written word. There is no min or max word count. Just make Will and I pant. Use your imagination and let the title consume you. The person who gets the most comment replies with the word “ummm,” will win something you can use on your next romantic night out!
In 2013 I jumped on the Blind Spot bandwagon and had a grand time watching all kinds of movies that I had put off for years. I expected the experience to be a rewarding one, but it still surprised me how much I enjoyed doing the series. Even though a good portion of my reviews for this website are just me scratching titles off my neverending watchlist, the Blind Spot selections were special in that they were films that I definitely would have pushed off for later without the prodding of being on a list. So here I am at the end of the year, ready and willing for round 2! I can’t wait to get crackin’ on these titles, and I hope I enjoy them as much as I imagine I will.
The 12 films for 2014 will be:
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