About this blog

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I started this blog because multiple friends told me I should write about movies, most likely because they were sick of me talking about them all the time.  My wife has been the most encouraging of all due to the fact that she routinely endures more 10 minute answers to “What did you think of (insert title here)?” than anyone else.

For the first year of its existence, I tried to pin down the format for Monday Morning Movie Quarterback.  Was it going to be reviews, examinations of what worked and what didn’t, or – actually living up to its title – a summary the changes I would make in a film?  After waffling for over a year, I’ve decided on all three.

I’ll almost always offer my initial critique of a film in a short post, but sometimes I’ll examine a technical aspect of one or more films in depth, hopefully with images or video (filed under “Details”), and sometimes I’ll offer my opinion on how to improve what I saw on screen (filed under “Script doctor”).  For anyone who’s been reading since the beginning, my old posts – which were a mashup of all three – are still there (filed under “Archive”), and they may reappear in slightly altered form in one of the new categories.

Although all posts will include a warning both in the category and in the body of the post itself, some will be full of spoilers.

Over the past year, it’s become clear that my passion for movies far exceeds my knowledge of how they’re made.  As my writing evolves from “I didn’t like that scene” to “the blocking and camera movements were distracting,” I continue to rely on the following: The AV Club movie reviews, as well as its internet film school and scenic routes features; The Flop HouseEvery Frame a Painting; Dan Fox’s untitled YouTube channelThe Dissolve; and /Film and How Did This Get Made’s oral histories.

Photo credit: “Michigan Theater downtown Ann Arbor” by Andypiper, used under CC BY, cropped from original