Thomas Balkcom’s Movies

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Hello all, I hope everyone had a great Halloween. The weather has been great this week, this is my favorite time of the year.

Amarcord – 9.5/10 <- – Forgive me for not writing much about this, I just completed a sizeable project concerning it. I have to say though, this was one of my first exposures to Fellini and again I am just blown away by the artistic perfection of his work. I am thinking about posting some of the writing I did on this film in here later in the week, I’ll make a decision in the next few days.

The Incredible Hulk (Blu-Ray) – 5.5/10 <- – I have reviewed this already so I will not say much, I was very impressed with how they handled it and that’s about all I’ll say.

I just wanted to speak briefly of Forgive Durden’s new album, Razia’s Shadow. I got it in the mail Tuesday and listened to it upon its arrival, and at first it was just a decent album. Listening to it this morning (written Wednesday, I have since listened to it roughly six more times), with all of my attention, I have realized how amazing it truly is, it’s a great story backed with incredible vocals and excellent usage of guest vocals (the key being Aaron Weiss as the narrator who moves the story along perfectly). Here are some pictures of the pretty cool packaging:

10. Steven Spielberg
9. Francis Ford Coppola
8. Gus Van Sant
7. David Fincher
6. Quentin Tarantino
5. Roman Polanski
4. Steven Soderbergh
3. Joel and Ethan Coen
2. Martin Scorsese
1. David Lynch

A new project is coming from this list, something not very serious but I need to plan it out before I start it. I actually agree with this list, which rarely happens with me, well outside of switching Soderbergh and Polanski but for the most part it’s spot on, especially number one.

Affliction – Upon finishing Affliction a couple weeks back, my Aunt Sharon told me that it was also made into a film so I put it on my queue and received it earlier this week. I put it in and to my surprise it opened with “A Film by Paul Schrader,” who wrote Taxi Driver and several other important films so I was very excited. The film did a pretty good job of conveying the book’s message, but a few key things were left out. In the end, not a bad film and I did have my problems with the book, I think I am growing too critical.

This is just a reminder to start looking into external hard drives in order to back up my music and pictures, it would be terrible to lose it all.

I had several goals for this weekend and I actually accomplished a good deal of them, including reorganizing my room, before and after pictures following this paragraph. The only thing left to do is to reorganize my DVD collection, I have fallen a bit behind.



(the BlackBerry on its weekly charge)

Out of curiosity, do any of y’all use Google Reader? Without it I’d be lost and I was wondering if any of my friends use it as well, and if they do, what do you subscribe to?

Thanks for reading, and sorry it took so long to update. Let’s go Falcons tomorrow!

Currently Listening to: Forgive Durden – Razia’s Shadow

Currently Reading: in between books, I’ll start a new one on Monday but I am not sure what yet


Written by thomasbalkcom

November 2, 2008 at 7:08 am

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  1. Congratulation on that big accomplishment big T. Anyhow, how and why did you get your room get in that situation brother. The after pictures looks beautiful hopefully you keep it like that for ever. Don’t just clean once a year okay my friend.


    February 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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