For those of you who wondered about what was happening – or more appropriately, not happening – on the 25th, this should bring you up to speed.
The 25th – this past Tuesday – was meant to be the release date for my new web, film and literature review site, The Parrington Review. The process of getting that website up and running has been what’s kept this blog from being active for the past two weeks, and promises to continue to slow things down for almost another week yet.
My new projected release date is Tuesday, October 2nd. I was offered a major technical upgrade free of charge by my ever big-hearted uncle Doug Bowker, so of course I took him up on it; unfortunately, getting my hands on the new stuff and implementing it has created a bit of a delay. My apologies!
I won’t say too much about it here, but when things do get underway, I’ll be very excited to share the work of several talented and innovative web writers and developers with you. Over on LinkedIn, I’ve developed something I call the Featured Five – from the many free web reviews I perform there, every so often I select five to be spotlighted on The Parrington Review.
Those five will be featured on a regular basis when the new site comes out. The best of the independent web awaits!
We’re also going to be having a look at a handful of films from the past few years, and a number of older gems as well. This is all stuff I loved. Here are just a few:
Blue Valentine – Inception – Avatar – District 9 – Sherlock Holmes
No Country for Old Men – Aliens – Taxi Driver – Lost Highway
Dr. Strangelove – Blade Runner (of course!) – Natural Born Killers
Unforgiven – Jacob’s Ladder – The Princess Bride – The Godfather
There is the odd film I despise enough to write about, as well. Sorry to those devotees who find the following offensive:
The Expendables – Watchmen – Gran Torino – Synechdoche, New York
Aliens vs Predator: Requiem – Timecop – Highlander – Poison Ivy
Pet Sematary – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Many films fall somewhere in between, naturally enough – and many such will be given their due! See if you can find your own favorite among these:
Limitless – The Hangover – 127 Hours – Machete – True Grit – 9
Inglourious Basterds – WALL-E – Naked Lunch – Jurassic Park
Boys Don’t Cry – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Trainspotting
Escape from New York – 12 Monkeys – Wild At Heart – Rush
We’re literate, too, over on The Parrington Review. I’ll be covering a number of my own favorite reads:
The Waste Land and Other Poems – The Doors of Perception
One Hundred Years of Solitude – A Fan’s Notes – Watership Down
The Beautiful and Damned – The Once and Future King
The Writings of St. Paul – The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer – Crash
I hope you’ve found something on the list that appeals – there’s a lot more than this, too. As always, I’m open to hearing any sort of suggestion you want to throw at me. The Parrington Review is for you, after all, as much as I’m going to be having a blast producing it.
Cross your fingers for me as I continue to dabble in the dark arts of web development! I’ll try faithfully to keep you posted.