On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Catch Me if You Can’ Turns 20 this Year (and Other ‘Tempus Fugit’ Musings)

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, June 13, 2022. It is a hot, humid, and cloudy early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Today’s forecast is typical for our wet season; the current temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 84% and theContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: ‘Catch Me if You Can’ Turns 20 this Year (and Other ‘Tempus Fugit’ Musings)”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 10, 2022, or: Of Dogs and Movies

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, June 10, 2022. It is a hot, humid early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 84% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 10, 2022, or: Of Dogs and Movies”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 1, 2022, or: Summer Hath Arrived…and My Movie Collection Grows Yet Again

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. It is a hot first day of (meteorological) summer in the Tampa Bay area. As I write this, the temperature is 83°F (28°C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 11 MPHContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 1, 2022, or: Summer Hath Arrived…and My Movie Collection Grows Yet Again”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: My Blu-ray Collection – May 2022 Edition

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that one of my hobbies – albeit an expensive one – is collecting movies on home media. I have been doing this since late 1983 when I bought my first VHS cassettes – even before I owned a VCR – and as one medium makesContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: My Blu-ray Collection – May 2022 Edition”

On Movies & Movie Watching: TBW Lists are Aspirational Documents, Not Ironclad Contracts…..

A few days ago – on April 8, to be exact – I posted a “To Be Watched” (TBW) list of movies that I aspired to watch over the April 8-10 weekend. To wit: Chernobyl (2019) A Walk in the Sun (1945) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Casablanca (1942) The African Queen (1951) Catch Me If You Can (2002)Continue reading “On Movies & Movie Watching: TBW Lists are Aspirational Documents, Not Ironclad Contracts…..”

On Movie Collections: My Current To Be Watched (TBW) List – March 2022 Edition

Ever since I bought my first videocassette recorder in the summer of 1984 – it was a VHS machine from a company whose name I’ve forgotten and it cost me the princely sum of $400.00 ($1,092.27 in 2022 dollars) plus Florida sales tax – I have collected “home media” versions of movies I either sawContinue reading “On Movie Collections: My Current To Be Watched (TBW) List – March 2022 Edition”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook – All’s Well That Ends Well

It’s only just out of reach Down the block, on a beach Under a tree. –  Stephen Sondheim, “Something’s Coming,” West Side Story Well, Dear Reader, after all the angst, all the aggravation, and all the chats with Best Buy customer service reps online, the West Side Story Limited Edition Steelbook incident had a happyContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook – All’s Well That Ends Well”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?

Today, all day I’ve had a feeling A miracle would happen I know now I was right… – Stephen Sondheim, “Tonight” from West Side Story When I last wrote about my issues with the exclusive-to-Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook version of 20th Century Studios’ 4K UHD Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated West SideContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?”

Weekend Update for Saturday, February 12, 2022

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, February 12, 2022. It is a (more typically) warm day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 53% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Weekend Update for Saturday, February 12, 2022”

On Movies: He’s America’s Storyteller, or: Why I Am a Spielberg Fan

I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for a living.― Steven Spielberg On December 18, 2021 – less than two months ago – Steven Spielberg celebrated his 75th birthday. Eight days earlier, 20th Century Studios (the former 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and now a wholly owned subsidiaryContinue reading “On Movies: He’s America’s Storyteller, or: Why I Am a Spielberg Fan”