Monday, November 4, 2013
By MICHAEL WALSH
In my first blog entry one month ago today, I quoted the opening words from David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Dune, "A beginning is a very delicate time . . ."
Thirty days in and I'm feeling less delicate, but no more sure of the direction this site is taking. The movie line that now seems appropriate is the one spoken by Indiana Jones midway though 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, "I'm making this up as I go!"
The numbers suggest progress. A visitor to Reeling Back now has 46 different postings to explore. Of these, 32 are feature film reviews (31 restorations and one original to the website). There are also two book reviews, two music reviews, two interview features, a quiz, an item of B.C. film history, a "Vancouver Memory" piece and five previous blog entries.
The outlook is positive. In the short time it's been in existence, Reeling Back already is among the top 250,000,000 online film-review sites. Assuming the continued existence of the Internet (and our access to it), things can only get better.
So far this month, we've taken note of Charles Bronson's birthday, recalling his 1977 film Telefon, a thriller that keyed nicely to the timely topic of international espionage. Coming on November 6 (the 146th anniversary of the opening of Canada's first Parliamentary session) is my review of the independent feature that celebrated the life of 19th century nation builder Samuel Lount (1985). November 8, author Bram Stoker's birthday, is the natural moment for a review of the 1979 Dracula.
I have a special Remembrance Day feature planned for November 11. On November 13, we'll mark the 73rd anniversary of the animated classic Fantasia's premiere. Then there's November 22, the day that everyone of a certain age can remember exactly where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been shot . . .