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January 2, 2012

And with yesterday’s bonus shot of “2012,” the Movie-A-Day experiment is over. The year’s worth of movie recommendations steered me in directions I didn’t necessarily expect going in, but it was interesting nonetheless. Now it’s time to steer the blog back on course somewhat.

The Movie-A-Day project started as a way to deal with a case of writer’s block/blogging burnout, and it helped get me through the former, if not necessarily the latter. (Dealing with burnout by escalating the blog’s updates from weekly to daily? Yeah, not a solid plan.) Now it’s time to bring the focus of the Movie Spot back to where it should be, on the actual movie reviews.

When this blog started back in 2006, I kept up a thrice-weekly posting schedule. That eventually slowed down to twice a week, then finally once a week in the months before the Movie-A-Day series kicked off. But after five years of doing this blog and more than 13 years of blogging in general, it feels like time to slow it down a little bit. At least temporarily.

(Side note: This reminds me that I never did a big fifth anniversary post. I’ll have to remedy that soon, even if it winds up being belated.)

But don’t worry! The Desuko Movie Spot isn’t going away by any means. I still plan to post reviews, but they just won’t be on a regular schedule. I’ll try to post as often as inspiration and my offline commitments allow me to, but don’t be surprised to see weeks go by between updates. Just keep this site in your bookmarks or RSS feed so that you don’t miss the updates when they do happen.

To my newer readers who started following the Movie Spot for the daily updates, I apologize for bailing out on you. But feel free to spend some time in the review archive, which contains more than 300 reviews, many of which I’m quite proud of.

I should also remind you that just because I’m slowing down here for now, that doesn’t mean you can’t find me elsewhere online. I will continue to be a regular contributor to PCL LinkDump, and you can also follow the Movie Spot on Twitter, which I’m going to try to use a little more often. I’ve also become addicted to Tumblr, so you can check out Desuko’s Junk Drawer for a steady stream of pop cultural minutia – not all of it film related – and my newest addition, Earwormology, for a look at my never-ending internal soundtrack.

So thanks to all of you for your continued support and readership, and I hope you’ll stick around for what comes next. Stay tuned.

Movie-A-Day #366: 2012 (2009).

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year’s, and welcome to the brave new world of 2012. The Mayans claim that this year will bring the end of world, and Roland Emmerich agrees, so you know it has to be true! Enjoy your hangover and your parade and your bowl games while you can.

Movie-A-Day #365: Strange Days (1995).

December 31, 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve! Don’t bother ringing out the old year with the new Garry Marshall directed twaddle at the local multiplex. Instead go for “Strange Days” and spend your last day of 2011 with Angela Bassett kicking ass, Juliette Lewis channeling P.J. Harvey and Ralph Fiennes tracking down memory recording technology at the end of the millennium, all under the direction of Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. It’s time to party like it’s 1999 indeed.

Movie-A-Day #364: Footloose (1984).

December 30, 2011

Today is Bacon Day! It’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite fried pork treat in all its forms. But why not spend the day with Kevin Bacon too? So pop up a bowl of bacon-flavored popcorn and enjoy “Footloose” on an endless loop.

Movie-A-Day #363: Black Sunday (1960).

December 29, 2011

The gorgeous horror queen Barbara Steele turns 74 today. Mario Bava’s “Black Sunday” catches her at her prime in a dual role as a vengeful undead witch and her beautiful descendant.

Movie-A-Day #362: X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963).

December 28, 2011

On this date in 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen published his first groundbreaking scientific paper about his accidental discovery of x-rays. His work would go on to start revolutions in both physics and medicine. And, of course, to provide inspiration for the world of science fiction, like Roger Corman’s whacked-out but completely scientifically impossible
“X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes.”

Movie-A-Day #361: Morocco (1930).

December 27, 2011

Happy birthday to Marlene Dietrich, who was born 110 years ago today. “Morocco” – with its turgid love story between a cabaret singer (Dietrich) and a French Legionnaire (Gary Cooper) – may not be the best of her films, but her gender bending tuxedo musical number is rightfully iconic.

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