6 Years of Emulsification!


Another year has flown by and here I am once again, wondering what to say and staring at a picture of a cat using a computer. In last year’s update, I talked about stepping back from Silver Emulsion a bit to focus more on my caregiving duties for my wonderful wife who unfortunately has multiple sclerosis. This year was a further progression of this, but I still managed to keep the reviews flowing pretty regularly. I did take a week off here and there, so I guess I can officially say that I’m not wicked. 🙂

I can also officially say that at this point, my Arnold review series is all but done. For once, one of my “next year” predictions in a status update was correct! Do I win something? [Editor’s note: No.] I only have a few cameo roles to do Quick Take reviews for, and those won’t drop for a while as one of them is the film version of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. I refuse to watch that one until I read the book, and I can’t read the book until I finish re-reading the other Chandler novels. I’ve got a couple more to go. In any case, outside of this final cameo post and whatever new movies Arnold is in, I can move my attention to finishing the other three series that I committed myself to (quite some time ago now!).

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Year 5 Status Update

Doing an update post has become a yearly tradition, and while I don’t think anyone else really cares about them, it helps me process what I’ve done and what I’m wanting to do in the coming year. I usually post these on or very close to the good ol’ anniversary date, but since I was doing my blowout giveaway extravaganza I thought I’d let it slide a little. Anyway, here it is! Bet you’re glad you didn’t hold your breath waitin’ for it!

Looking back at last year, I did a lot of stepping away from the site. The fairly hectic and generally dependable weekly schedule I set up for myself was thrown in the trash, and I found myself just struggling to keep things afloat. This was for many reasons, with the main ones being my general stress level and the increasingly more demanding caregiving I do for my lovely partner. I can happily report that this move towards not caring as much about the site has definitely helped. I’m still a neurotic, obsessive bundle of anger, but I try my best to not worry about these little things like Silver Emulsion. It’s only a fun hobby, after all.

This update comes on the heels of FINALLY finishing my first long-running, ongoing series: my ever-expanding look at the work of writer/director Sam Fuller. I’m very excited to be done with it, because that means that everything else will be moving just a little bit quicker without any specific speed-up on my part. That basically boils down to posting about Jackie Chan and Arnold movies about twice as often as I have been over the past year or so. Yay! I’ve also recently figured a schedule out that may make it possible for me to increase my speed even further, but I haven’t tried it out yet so no guarantees. Just keep your eyes peeled and if you notice more than two reviews a week going up with any kind of regularity, you’ll know I have been successful. Of course, these hopeful words of “speeding things up” are all dependent on everything at home continuing as it has for a little while, so if things slip here and there that’s probably why.

As for where I think I’ll be next year in regards to my ongoing series: I’ll say that Arnold will be done (outside of a cameo or two, maybe), which will in turn further speed up the Jackie Chan reviews (which most likely won’t be done), as well as the neverending Full Moon and Shaw Brothers series. I will note that if I were able to get the Full Moon series back to once a week, I could likely be done by next year… but that’s not gonna happen.

I think that’s all I have to sort out this year, but I thought it might be fun to post a poll about these ongoing series that I’m spending so much time on, just to see if anyone actually cares. So… do you? 🙂 Select all answers that apply, and feel free to write in suggestions in the comments!


Silver Emulsion’s Silver Mine Cart Motherlode Giveaway!

Silver Emulsion turns 5 years old today! I’m so excited that I decided to share my excitement with all of my readers. I’ve unearthed all kinds of prizes for a massive giveaway I like to call “Silver Emulsion’s Silver Mine Cart Motherlode Giveaway!” And boy, if I do say so myself, this is one mother of a giveaway! I’ve created a special video to tell everyone a little about the giveaway, so sit back and see what’s up for grabs!

Hope you enjoyed the video! Are you excited to win some fun prizes? Since this is such a massive giveaway, I’m going to let it run for a little longer than I normally would. So it’s starting now on April 12, 2015 and will run through May 12, 2015! Head down to the RaffleCopter app below and start enterin’!

The five ways to enter are:

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Year 4… Engage!

se_4thanniversaryTime 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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Happy Belated 3rd Birthday, Silver Emulsion!

496x700px-LL-3f781117_happy-birthday-catHey look! I was so busy bustin’ out that CZ12 review and getting everything ready for this week that I totally forgot to recognize the blog’s 3rd anniversary! It was Friday, the 12th, and I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long. I love writing reviews for this place and I’m feeling stronger than ever. So hopefully you’re not sick of my rants against digital grading and the inequality of modern film amidst fun criticism of blockbusters and B-movies alike, because there’s much more to come!

I’ve made it something of a tradition to look forward to what I might do in the coming year, but this year I’d like to start by looking back on the year that’s passed. 2012 was a huge year for me personally. I moved away from the town where I spent most of my childhood (and all of my adult life up to that point) after living there for 26 years. This was an emotional, backbreaking experience, but somehow I was still able to keep a slow trickle of reviews appearing on the site. 2012 also brought along Stephen, who’s been doing anime reviews for the site for over a year now! I’m very happy to have him on-board. We also collaborated on the very fun Futures Passed event, Stephen’s excellent idea that I very gleefully ran with. And because this is really more about the blogging year as defined by birth date (April — April), “last” year also brought along Syreeta’s wonderful contributions over the two-week Valentine’s Day event! I must say that I often dread doing these events, but they always turn out much better than I could have ever hoped, and the Valentine’s Event was one of my favorite ever. And now I can call to the mind the image of Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta gyrating like the sexual turbines they are (or were), and that will always make me laugh/cringe/smile.

Looking back at last year’s birthday post, I’ve actually started the Jackie Chan series I alluded to in the post (thanks to the prodding of Uncle Jasper), and my prophecy that I’d only watch a few Sam Fuller movies during that year was mostly true.

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2 Years Old!

So yesterday was Silver Emulsion’s 2nd anniversary. I started it up on April 12, 2010 and have been going strong ever since. It’s more fun than ever and I have no plans of stopping any time soon. I have far too many ambitious ideas and projects to get through before that happens.

I don’t have anything witty, funny, or touching to say about the day, but I will say this: Thanks for stopping by and reading a review (or two, or three, etc.) I really appreciate it. I know there’s a shit-ton of movie review blogs out there, so I’m always happy when your search for “NUDE BARBARIAN MOVIES” or “DRY HUMPING GRANNIES” points you here.

Looking forward into Year 3:

  • I hope to be fairly close to finishing the long-running project of reviewing all of Empire International/Full Moon’s films. I haven’t counted but I think by this time next year I should only have a few left, plus any new arrivals.
  • The chronological Shaw Brothers project will also continue to be in full swing, as I make my way into the luscious 70s. Oh man, there is such a wealth of great martial arts films ahead of me there. I want to get those Clockwork Orange things to hold my eyes open and watch them all at once!
  • The off-and-on Sam Fuller project will continue as well, and if I can stick to it, perhaps I can rip through the rest of his movies this year. I just find that I want to savor his movies rather than devour them, so most likely I’ll only end up watching two or three.
  • I have many other projects I’d like to start (Godzilla, Jackie Chan, JCVD, Pedro Almodóvar, the list goes on) but I think they’ll have to wait till Year 4 unless I’m able to slowly sprinkle them in. We’ll see.

I can’t think of anything else to say, so thanks again! If you like the site, feel free to spread the word!

It’s our one year anniversary!

I can’t believe it but it’s already been a whole year! On this day in 2010 I officially started Silver Emulsion with a laughably bad review of a movie I did not enjoy, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. I endlessly re-wrote it, even after posting, trying to get it just right. I never did succeed, but I quickly realized that if I was going to make a go of this blog thing, I had to learn to let go! Overall, I’m pretty happy with where the blog is now in terms of my writing and I hope everyone else thinks so too.

One of my favorite parts of the site is the three Film Festival extravaganzas we did last year: A Fistful of Djangos (an eight film look at the spaghetti western Django and some of the many clone films), The Clones of Bruce Lee (a four film series by Uncle Jasper on… the clones of Bruce Lee) & Shaw Bros. Horror (a four film lineup of horror movies from the studio known for its amazing martial arts film). The Shaw Bros. Horror fest capped off the month of October, where we did nothing but horror movie reviews all month-long. These ultimately did not prove very popular, but I enjoyed doing them greatly and will definitely be continuing the tradition in the future.

In addition to those series, I’ve also been doing a couple of running series: one to eventually work my way through the entire Empire International / Full Moon catalog of films, and another to review all the films of one of my favorite directors, Samuel Fuller. Eventually if I ever finish one of these, I’d love to do an ongoing series on all the Godzilla films! Something to look forward to.

To celebrate this occasion, I’m taking the week off. I’ll resume regular postings next Tuesday. In the meantime I’ve trolled through the archives and dredged up some of my favorite reviews from the past year for your reading pleasure. I’ve also highlighted some of my favorite reviews from Uncle Jasper, my sometimes partner-in-crime. Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of the first year and here’s to another good one!

Will Silver:
Broken Embraces
The Big Red One
Troll 2
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Karate Kid (2010)
The Red Shoes
Do the Right Thing

Uncle Jasper:
Super Inframan
Tromeo & Juliet
The Young Master
Maniac Cop
Santo vs. the Vampire Women
Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy
Challenge of the Masters
Robot Jox
Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare

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