Hi there. My name is Carlos. Pleased ta meetcha. This is my movie blog. I have been a movie critic for print weeklies and online groups since the mid-Eighties. I have also been a rock critic as well. I love to write, and I love to watch movies, so this is a natural. I am going to write about a single movie each day, generally a review but not always. Some of the movies will be current releases, others will be off of DVDs. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to respond, or help you choose what movie to see. I hope so – this is supposed to be fun!
This is an outgrowth of the Friday Night Movie Bunch, a loose-knit group of people in the Orlando area who went to the movies every week. Although that group is now down to my wife and I (and we generally go on Saturday afternoons anyway), the spirit is still the same. Usually I’ll tell you which movie is going to be up the next day.
Every Wednesday I’ll be publishing a list of movies that are coming out that week ending on Friday. These are movies opening in the Orlando area only, specifically in the area near my home in Apopka but including nearby theaters in Winter Park and Maitland. I’ll give a little bit of information about the general plot and sometimes a little commentary as well. I’ll also provide links to the film’s website and to the film’s trailer, generally from their IMDB video page. I’ll also provide the MPAA rating for American readers.
My wife Doreen – who I usually refer to as Da Queen - and I generally see our major releases at the AMC Altamonte Mall 18 in Altamonte Springs, Florida although we also see movies at the the Regal Winter Park Village and the Enzian Theatre in Maitland as well. We also see movies at the AMC Downtown Disney, mainly to utilize their Fork and Screen feature which allows us to combine dinner and a movie in one place. We’re all about efficiency at Cinema365.
A word about some of the categories on the reviews: REASONS TO GO and WHY RENT THIS amount to the same thing; a summary about why the movie is worth your time and effort to see. REASONS TO STAY and WHY RENT SOMETHING ELSE are a summary of the negative issues. FAMILY VALUES are a list of things parents might want to know are present in the film before allowing their kids to see it. TRIVIAL PURSUITS is a factoid of generally fun or interesting or, more often, useless information about the movie or people connected with the movie. COMPARISON SHOPPING lists a movie that the one being reviewed resembles either thematically or in general. I try to avoid comparing sequels to their predecessors or remakes to their originals because that’s not terribly useful. In our new features reviews, there’s also CRITICAL MASS which quotes the scores awarded the movies from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic so you have an idea what other critics are thinking, and LOVERS is further trivia which alerts lovers of various things to look for something in the movie, whether it is a cameo, a feature of the movie, a topic of the movie or something glimpsed in passing. For Home Video reviews there is also NOTABLE HOME VIDEO FEATURES which notes what is present on the disk besides the usual commentary, deleted scenes, making-of features and trailers, along with BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE which when available tells you how the film did during its theatrical run relative to its production budget (also when available).
In addition, there will also be seasonal preview features, such as a Fall/Winter/Holiday and Summer Movie Guide, as well as other features as may tickle my fancy from time to time. Longtime FNMB readers will remember the Top Five feature, which I have done occasionally although it is dormant at the moment. You can find what few I’ve done here by typing in “Top Five” in the search box. There are also some seasonal features, like the Six Days of Darkness which combines horror movie reviews with fiction inspired by the films being reviewed, which runs from October 26-31 each year, and the Holly and the Quill in which Christmas movies past and present are reviewed from December 21-25, with an original Christmas story published on December 25 for those who like such things. Also we have From the Heart, a romance film review festival which runs from February 11-14. Two newer features include Offshoring which celebrates movies from around the world outside of North America and runs immediately after our coverage of the Florida Film Festival which is in mid to late April. Finally, from July 2-4 we are pleased to present The American Experience which is about movies that capture the essence of American life and history.
If you’d like to contact me directly, either leave a comment here on this page or you can reach me at the site’s official e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feedback is always welcome and filmmakers or publicists looking to get a review on this site should contact me there.
Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I love writing this - coz I’m probably not going to stop. Seriously. Those threats just aren’t going to work.