My Week in Movies, 2016 Week 19

This will be a short one this week folks, as I’ve watched little and written even less. Don’t expect a great deal from me this coming week either, as I’m off on holiday in a few hours. Please insert the usual apologies and concessions of my uselessness and failures.

However, something I will take a moment to note is the passing of a friend and fellow blogger. Chip Lary, of Tips From Chip, passed away almost three weeks ago. He had been ill for a while, and had recently undergone an operation to remove his gall bladder, but it is unclear as to whether this was the cause of his passing. Either way, Chip was one of my first ever followers back on my Blogspot site, and was a very active member of the 1001 Movies community back when that was more of a thing, when The Film Vituperatum was more active. There were a few occasions when I became tempted to throw the whole 1001 List thing and blogging in general out the window, and Chip was always there with a helpful and motivational comment of some sort, or a suggestion to take a break for a little bit and come back refreshed, which I’ve done a few times and ordinarily works a treat. In all honesty I’ve not read much on Chip’s site for a while, but that’s more because I struggle to find the time to read anyone else’s site, which is something that desperately needs to change for me. Regardless, I’ll always be grateful for the help Chip gave me, the community he never failed to participate in, the endless spreadsheets he created for the 1001 List and beyond, and the kindness he showed to a writer just starting out. He will be missed. If you’d like to donate to a collection for flowers for his funeral, being arranged by Steve Honeywell of 1001 Plus, please head here:

Last year, when I asked some of my blogging friends to suggest some films on the 1001 List for me to watch, Chip submitted a not-at-all surprisingly really long list. I’ve still got 17 of those films to review, so I’ll be making an effort to watch those as a priority, despite them including some of the longer films on the list. Also, Chip is one of the few people I know to have completed the entirety of the 1001 List, so I’ve asked him what films were bad on there too. I’ve still got 18 of those to go (jeez) so those will be my priority “Bad” movie picks too. Steve, I’ll get back to your suggestions next year, I’m sure you’ll understand. You and Chip had a lot of crossover anyway.

So here’s what I watched this week:

Room (2015)
Reviewed for Blueprint: Review. Hopefully this will get added to the 1001 List this year.
Lists: 2016 Movies
Full review here.

Labyrinth (1986)
labyrinth goblins
The Movie of the Month over at the LAMB.
Lists: Empire Top 301
Full review and podcast coming soon.

Posts you may have missed:
Lambcast #320 Captain America: Civil War: I was joined by Robert Zerbe, Will Slater, Courtney Small and Bubbawheat to discuss Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster.
Favourite Scene Friday: Final Destination 2

Goals Update
Aim: Review 8 or 9 1001 List movies each month
Reviewed: 22
Should be on: 37
On Track: No!

Aim: Review 1 “Bad” movie each month
Reviewed: 3
Should be on: 4
On Track: No!

Aim: Review 1 “Blind Spot” movie each month
Reviewed: 4
Should be on: 5
On Track: No!

Aim: Review 2 “Film-Makers” movies each month
Reviewed: 6
Should be on: 9
On Track: No!

2 thoughts on “My Week in Movies, 2016 Week 19

  1. Chip gave me a list of films for the year, too–I post those reviews second Monday of every month. I’m still doing them because Chip would want me to watch those movies.

    He was a good friend to a lot of people in this community. I still have trouble getting my mind around the fact that he’s not posting, not going to comment, and isn’t going to offer good, pointed insight on things that I missed from films. He is literally the only reason I saw probably two dozen of the 1001 Movies list.

    It’s stupid, the things we think and worry about sometimes. A day or so before he passed, he posted a comment on a review of mine and, not wanting to include a spoiler, asked me to email him with what I was referring to in the post. It’s ridiculous that I actually think about this, but I still wonder and still hope that he read that email.

    Thanks for the link.

    • I regret drifting away from his site recently (and pretty much everyone else’s, I’ve been a terrible blog-reader these past few months), but it’s good to know that it’s still there to go back through and check out what I’ve been missing. And no worries for the link, I’m glad you made the target. If anything, thanks for putting the whole collection together, much appreciated.

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