Random Factoid #486

26 11 2010

Today, November 26, 2010, I achieved an important milestone.

As I reported back on December 26, 2010 in Random Factoid #151, I got a whole lot of movie money.  $150, to be precise.  And today, I finally spent the last dollar of that money.

That’s not to say $150 covered all of my moviegoing expenses in 2010.  I used plenty of my own money to buy tickets, and there were several times when I simply forgot I had gift cards to use.  But I also got tickets to a whole lot of free screenings which also helped my frugality.

So, a month away from Christmas 2010, I have to wonder how far this year’s money will go.





Random Factoid #485

25 11 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Hope you all are having some nice, relaxing time with friends and family – and, of course, EATING!  PopEater posed the question three weeks ago of what celebrity you would want to spend Thanksgiving with, and I gave this a lot of thought.  I translated it into cinematic form, and the question I wound up asking myself was, “What movie family would I want to spend Thanksgiving with?”

Since Thanksgiving is a holiday all about family togetherness and eating, I figure I would have to pick a family that ate heartily and without shame.  So, if I was going to spend Thanksgiving dinner with one family, it would clearly be …

The Klumps! They sure can argue, but I feel like they would put it aside on Thanksgiving Day and just feast.

Who would you want to spend Thanksgiving with?





Marshall and the Movies – Counting Blessings

26 11 2009

I feel like diving in this ocean of generosity!  It’s a hailstorm of kindness!

– Roberto Benigni, accepting the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999

Hello readers,

It has been three months since I addressed you formally, but before I begin, let me wish you a happy Thanksgiving to your and your family.  I truly love this holiday because it is something that everyone can celebrate.  It provides a great reminder to be thankful for what we have, something that we always seem to forget in the greed-driven Christmas season that kicks off at 4 A.M. tomorrow morning.

As I reflected on the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me, I couldn’t help but feel but the sincerest gratitude for all the success I have had with my blog.  Hey, you’re reading it, aren’t you?  That’s success to me, and I cannot thank you enough for visiting.  Every view I get further empowers me to deliver better quality writing.  Without you all, I would just be an obsessed teenager talking to himself in cyberspace.

I am so thankful for the acceptance in the movie blogging community that I have received.  I have been featured on the “Large Association of Movie Blogs” (LAMB) website.

To adapt the immortal words of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your blogger can do for you, but ask what you can do for your blogger.”  Thanks, devoted reader, I thought you would never ask.  You can help me out by visiting this site from my blog.  The more hits they get from Marshall and the Movies, the higher I rank and the more visitors I can draw here.

This site has brought even more readers from the community to build on being read by some impressive bloggers.  Please click on a link in the “Sites to Check Out” section of my sidebar; most of them are bloggers just like me.  The unprofessional ones have all commented or read the blog, and hopefully you will give them a chance.  Consider it my way of thanking them.

The LAMB isn’t the only way that I am getting the word about Marshall and the Movies around the town.  I have been contributing my reviews to Rotten Tomatoes for several months now.  You can visit my page at rottentomatoes.com/member/marshallandthemovies, but I would rather you read the reviews here on the blog itself.  Some random person has friended me from the RT community, so I’ll take that as some kind of a success.

I had considered elaborating on my desires of expanding the blog in the future, but I’ll save that for a later date.  It would ruin the mood of this post.  I want this to be one that expresses my elation with what I have been given, not my desire for something more.  I’m trying to be Lester Burnham at the end of “American Beauty,” not the beginning.

I couldn’t be more elated at what has become of this blog and that you have decided to take time out of your life and share it with me.

Until the next reel,
Marshall