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TIAW On Hiatus

In Site on March 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Hello Friends.

Thank you for supporting me and this site for the length of its existence. While I’ve enjoyed writing for it, I’ve really loved bringing in other minds and making it a collaborative effort.

However, given the format (long-form essay) it has been a challenge maintaining a consistent stream of content. And instead of updating the site once a month, I’d rather just say goodbye. If a thing can’t be done right, it isn’t worth doing at all.

I have already moved my efforts over to a new web endeavor entitled: Should I Go See It?

I encourage you to check it out, bookmark it, add it to your RSS reader, leave comments, whatever.

Hope you all enjoyed the ride. Perhaps you’ll hear from us again at this location, but not in the foreseeable future.

Thanks again.

-Mr. Bill George, Founder / Editor / Contributor

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Odds And Ends #3

In Film, Music, Site on November 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM

TIAW is devoted to giving all of our readers thoughtful and interesting content. We do so in a fairly lengthy fashion (according to internet standards at least). These essays can be spaced out quite a bit because we put a lot into them, so I apologize for the lack of updates as of late. In the mean time, if you are interested in the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of TIAW founder Bill George (the person typing this) feel free to visit his/my tumblr blog at MrBillGeorge.com.

That being said, here are a few things I’ve been thinking about lately that aren’t quite worthy of their own TIAW posts. However, I still feel like sharing them and it’s a good way to get a post up to keep the site active.

2012 – Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster (of a) film is certainly a ‘visual effects extravaganza’… for an hour or so. But the hour and half following that is anything but. It’s, well, boring. Very boring. It’s supposed to be an action blockbuster but it clocks in at a staggering 158 minutes. The pacing is horrific. The action beats are so far apart you forget why you’re watching it.

There are countless subplots that simply do not need to exist. At all. For any reason. Nothing would be lost with the cutting of half the film’s cast. Nobody goes into this film expecting anything besides what the trailers promise: destruction. There were a couple breathtaking sequences but otherwise it felt totally flat.

Enjoyable at times? Sure. Do those times make up for the other two hours that must be endured? Not even close.

Phrazes For The Young – I’m not usually much of a music critic. I’ve written a handful of album reviews in my day but I always feel out of my element. Film has always been my bag and music is more of a hobby. I excel at picking music to use in movies but that’s the extent of my expertise. (Well, unless you count playing Rock Band on expert I suppose.)

But with music, just like everything else, I know what I like. And I love this album.

It’s a solo album from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas. I don’t really know how to describe it or how to put into words why I love it so much, I just do. So I wanted to share it with everyone in case there are people out there like me.

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Officially Open For Business

In Site on April 17, 2009 at 2:15 AM

Okay, so I’ve made some changes already. I’m slowly assembling a team of the best and brightest I know to get involved as contributors. This site is going to be a place to share ideas, thoughts, art, work, stories, links etc. And it has but one prime directive: content is king.

I promise you, dear reader, that none of us will simply post a link to another site or story because it’s cool. I want everyone to include some sort of commentary or insight with every post. I want the comments section to be a place for thoughtful discussion as well as the normal banter. Polls, top lists, reviews, news, politics and opinions. At this point, anything goes. And that is what will make it such an exciting place. The variety of the content will be unlike most blogs, which are dedicated to driving one subject into the ground. And everyone’s unique perspectives will bring something new to the table and make you think with every post, as well as being entertaining.

https://thisisaweblog.com/ is now officially online. If you are interested in joining this pet project/crazy experiment/time-suck feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email: mrbillgeorge@gmail.com. Everyone else, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feed, leave plenty of comments and enjoy the train wreck that will soon follow!

(Check out the ‘About’ page above for more.)

One Question: Why?

In Site on April 16, 2009 at 3:13 PM

So, why did I create this blog? Well, because I’m a self-indulgent narcissist who is obsessed with the sound of my own voice and doesn’t think the world has had enough of my bullshit even with the likes of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, my own personal site, my own film review site and my own movie blog.

Some other reasons being: I’m bored, I think too much (and the thoughts have to go somewhere) and I often find neat stuff on the web that I’d like to share in a more detailed way than just tweeting the link.

So this is my new sanctuary. My ‘Fortress of Solitude’ if you will, to say whatever. If you are so inclined, stop by and leave your thoughts. I like to pose discussion questions frequently and take polls. Also, subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t need to visit all the time but still see the content. (I live by my Google Reader.)

Well, I guess that concludes my first legit post on the blog. I’m sure I’ll be back soon with a bunch of posts as I am flooded with new ideas, only to stop posting all together in two months. Can’t wait!

New Theme: Yay or Nay?

In Site on April 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I’ve been trying out almost every theme I can find but this is the one I think I’m sticking with. It’s both bold and bland simultaneously. Just like me! What do you think? Leave comments.