May 22nd, 2020
That magical day of the year: The unofficial start of summer. Obviously, this year is quite different but that doesn't stop our collective movie-loving minds from looking at the calendar and something clicking, changing and hoping. So what do we do?
Going back in time, yep, looking at you Back to the Futures (some May releasesthere), not to help our parents meet but to tee up some memories of Mays when it all seemed right, even though we didn't know it at the time. It just was what we did. Perspective is the ultimate punch to the gut. We had it good and didn't even know it.
Hopefully by now you're getting familiar with Monthly Gems and a look at some flicks that in 2020 you wonder how they ended up where they did - looking at you Silence of the Lambs in February, then winning Best Picture- knowing it was a different time. Today is the time when movie lovers will look back and ask, "There really weren't any new movies in theaters?" and we will nod, get a bit sad, then tell them about the time when the theaters went dark.
In the meantime, go take a look back for Mays of yesterday, create your very own Cannes Film Festival and walk that red carpet with style. Go make this weekend a cinematic one to remember.
WHAT DO WE EAT?
Line it up with your favorite May flick. Honor the cantina from Star Wars with something weird. Relive the McDonald's days of Dick Tracy plastered on everything there. Finally, the preferred method is always to match it up with your local spots, however you feel inspired to do so.
May 18th, 2020
As part of kicking off summer - unofficially of course - I wanted to go back to something I loved from my youth, previewing thr summer movie slate. Heading into Memorial Day, the cupboard is bare, so maybe sports can occupy me for a bit. No luck there either. Next stop: Sports movies. No I in Team looks ar some well-intentioned, good execution and some really well-done sports movies in an attempt this time around to fill the void of no summer blockbusters. I know that this group is not a traditional look at the sports movies' starting five, but that's just it: Summer is the time of mixing things up, no schedules, no blueprint. So what better time to dive into a remix of favorites spanning baseball, basketball, football and hockey?
With a couple of choices like Miracle and Above the Rim making their way into the starting five as unconventional picks, there's probably a lot of room in those comments for some feedback. Activate the puns, short shorts and whistles and let's roll the ball out, pick some teams and see what the outcome is. Summer is around the corner, so everything is in play.
WHAT'S TO EAT?
Sooooooo easy. Fire up the grill. Hit play on one of these picks.
May 15th, 2020
Going back to the start and bumping the first up against the latest efforts to potentially wreck a childhood, grab some cash or maybe . . . just maybe . . . improve upon the original concept (ducks to avoid the comments).