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. Before that I got the journalism bug at Loyola Marymount University, where I had gone originally to study law, then Communication Arts (essentially film and television) before becoming entertainment editor for the school newspaper. I have also been a rock critic as well. I love to write, and I love to watch movies, so this is a natural.
Originally, I was going to write about a single movie each day, generally a review but not always. Now, I’m trying to write two reviews a day. Some of the movies will be current releases, others will be off of Video on Demand. 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 Thursday, 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 although there will also be coverage of the rest of Florida as well. 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. I will either list it as a wide release – generally playing at all the multiplexes in town – but for independent releases, I’ll list the theaters individually.
A word about some of the categories on the reviews: REASONS TO SEE is a summary about why the movie is worth your time and effort to seek out. REASONS TO AVOID is 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, generally based on the MPAA rating (when available) but also from my own observation of the movie. 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.
In addition, there is a monthly PICK OF THE LITTER feature that summarizes the dates for most wide releases (at least the ones I think are worth seeing) as well as selected independent films that, based on what I know about them, I think might stand out above the rest. I try to have that out by the last day of the previous month, although from time to time I run a little late on that.
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.
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I enjoy your reviews very much, and not just because you gave such a good one to my film, “Montana Amazon, The Adventures of the Dunderheads.” (You caught it last year at the Orlando Fesitval.) Because I didn’t know how to reach you, I was never able to thank you for your kind words. I hope someone slipped you a screener, because if that review was from one viewing, you got more of it than any one else ever has from one go.
all the best
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I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
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You’ve got an amazing blog going on here.
Thank you. Tell a friend!
Would you have any interest in doing a review and/or write about about our film The Projectionist. We are currently releasing the film exclusively via Kickstarter and you can check out our already very successful campaign below. If so, we’d be happy to email you a private link to see the film! Congrats on a great blog!
I’m always interested in doing reviews of independent films. You may send the link to my email address email@example.com. Look forward to seeing your film!
Carlos – Keep up the good work. I always know I can get the straight scoop from you.
I don’t always agree but love to read your reviews…..Dolores
Thank you very much. I appreciate the support!
Really good stuff here!
This is John Bernardo, Co-Director / Co-Producer of A Peloton of One, a documentary film on surviving childhood sexual abuse.
Thank you, Carlos, for the in-depth review. We take both the kind words and constructive criticisms to heart.
We especially love the following, which is 100% spot on. We did our best to give these Survivors some light to show what life is like for these brave warriors in the days / months / years AFTER they come forward with their truths. The sun on their welcoming faces is hopeful indeed. Unfortunately, there is still the rain.
“The bicycling scenes are nicely photographed and are compelling in their own way, but the real power of the movie is in the stories of the survivors.
Their stories are the emotional core of the film, and to the credit of the filmmakers they let the survivors tell their stories in their own way.”
Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you appreciated my review. It’s a great film that I hope my readers will be able to see someday. Best of luck in securing distribution!
Hi Carlos, Love this stuff. Reach out to me at Christina@blendedsense.com. We’re looking for videographers and film experts at BlendedSense.com