This week marks the beginning of the 2012 NCAA football season. My next 14 Saturdays will feature at least a few hours parked in front of a TV watching college football. It’s a dirty secret I don’t talk about much at TDYLF- I’m a huge college football fan, and my enthusiasm for the sport has kicked into hyperdrive this year with my beloved Missouri Tigers making the jump to the SEC. Naturally, college football has been on my mind a lot in the last few weeks. And I’ve realized there are a lot of parallels between college football coaches and movie directors. Continue reading
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October is a bit of a sacred month. It’s so sacred that I start preparing for it in the middle of September. It’s the month and a half out of the year that I can put the Criterion Collection away. I can put all of the new releases aside. I stop thinking about the top shelf of cinema. That particular month and a half is dedicated to horror. Continue reading
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Or at least that’s what I’m going to tell myself, because I find myself completely ripping off the Beer and Whiskey Brothers blog yet again. They should feel like the most flattered people on earth at this point because this is at least two or three times I’ve “borrowed” from them. But hey- they do beer and whiskey, I do movies and TV. Amazingly, ideas about both can be applied cross-discipline. So with apologies to Jim and Don over there, I present to you The Super Bowl of Movies (Wherein I Compare Cinema Based in Green Bay to Cinema Based in Pittsburgh).
Unfortunately, it’s not exactly comparing apples to oranges here. Green Bay is a teeny, tiny city (101,000 residents). The whole county has 247,000 residents. By comparison, Pittsburgh has 312,000 residents, and Allegheny County has 1.2 million residents. Green Bay would seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage. After all, the more residents you have, the more likely you are to have films based on your area. So I’m going to level the playing field a bit and allow all films based Wisconsin into the fray. And to be completely fair, if there’s something in Pennsylvania that’s noteworthy (but isn’t based in Philadelphia), I’ll allow it as well. So what are the respective resumés for these two regions? Continue reading