A New Year at The Movie Maestro

It’s 2018, a brand new year for a brand new Movie Maestro!

At about this time last year, I never would have expected to be where I am. Sure, money and time problems did not allow me to accomplish all of the goals that I had set for myself in 2017, but I did start a whole new endeavor–this blog! Since March, I have shared with all of you my love of cinema and its power over our hearts and minds, and hope to continue to share it for many years to come. To all of you who have visited and read the blog, whether in passing or as faithful fans, thank you so much!

Changes In Store

When I first started this blog, I had visions of a full multimedia site–a foolhardy ambition, this I now know. So, over the fall and winter, I have slowed down on posting, moving my film reviews onto my social media accounts for quicker and easier-to-write content.

With this in mind, I will be continuing with this format into 2018 and beyond, with my own personal stamp: the Tag of the Month. Every month, I will announce a monthly tag which many of my reviews will revolve around. Some will be seasonal or holiday oriented, like the recent Twisted Xmas posts, others will be at my own whimsy.

In addition, I will be making changes to how I post in the regular columns. The Double Bill Drive-In will continue, although I will be thoroughly viewing every double feature idea before I write the post, ensuring I have a actual opinion on the suggestion. Maestro’s Marathons is also continuing, although with my shift to the Tag of the Month posts, there will be less holiday marathons, and more original ideas. Casting Calls, Editorials, and Head Canon will all be going on, but Weirdo Cinema is closing doors.

Fan Edit Reviews will be continuing as well, but I will be moving info on my own edits to my new studio blog, Temporal Productions. This new side project will house all info on my personal work, including my films, edits, artwork, any and all original work by moi.

Here’s to another year and more of cinematic goodness!

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Happy Holidays from The Movie Maestro!

December 26: With most of the holidays behind us, I’ll be wrapping up Twisted Xmas with a couple more reviews I missed in the hoopla of presents and family get-togethers, in addition to some updates to my collection posts on Instagram. I’ll be updating you all in depth soon on the future of The Movie Maestro and what’s in store for the first few months of 2018.

I hope you all have enjoyed your holidays!

Here at The Movie Maestro, I’ll be celebrating the holidays, whichever one you prefer, with viewings upon viewings of festive films. In addition to traditional Christmas fare, I’ll also be reviewing some of my favorite “Twisted Xmas” movies.

What is a “Twisted Xmas” Movie?

Good question, glad you asked. A Twisted Xmas film, to this reviewer, is any film that takes place at Christmastime, but does not concern itself with the themes of the holiday, or perhaps does so in an increasingly twisted and non-traditional way. Think Die Hard or Batman Returns.

The Reviews:

Home Alone
Iron Man 3
Ghostbusters II
Batman Returns
Die Hard
Enemy of the State
Trading Places
A Christmas Story

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…Star Wars!

You may have noticed that I didn’t get around to the Star Wars flicks last month. Well, that was partially due to my being rather busy, but also a little intentional, since Star Wars: The Last Jedi is opening this month. My Star Wars reviews are being moved to the next two weeks to prepare.

The Reviews:

Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith
The Force Awakens
Rogue One
The Last Jedi

Harmy’s Despecialized Edition Fan Edit Review

Ch-Ch-Changes!

Once the holidays are over, I’ll be doing some major restructuring, as well as introducing you all to my dedicated Temporal Productions blog, where my fan edit and short film information will be permanently transferred to, allowing me to keep my critical and professional work separate. I hope to see you all then!

Once again, Happy Holidays to you all!

Maestro’s Picks – April 14, 2017

How goes it, readers?

In anticipation of a big year for comic book films, Marvel Studios surprised us with an unannounced Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer Monday morning. I’ve already watched it a hundred times, and I’m not tired of it. Oh, and I had the exact same reaction Thor did when I saw the Hulk:

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.

Keeping it rolling with the Marvel news, it looks like we finally have our Cable….drumroll………………………….Josh Brolin! THR first reported the casting, and it looks like Ryan Reynolds has confirmed it, with his usual Deadpool-style photoshop job. Some fans wonder how Brolin will play a role in both the Fox X-Verse and the MCU, where he plays Thanos. My two-cents are this: what the hell do you mean? He just plays two characters in two different cinematic universes. It has happened before, why is it so hard to wrap one’s head around? As for what I think of Brolin playing the telepathic warrior, I think it’s an excellent choice. He’s imposing, stern, and yet, has impeccable comedic timing. He will definitely hold his own against Reynolds.

And hitting the web today after it’s debut at the annual Star Wars Celebration, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! GLORIOUS, I TELL YOU! GLORIOUS!!!

Also making its big debut was the teaser poster, and what an ominous, mythical-looking poster it is:

Twas a short one this week, catch you in seven!

Visit My Social Media Pages for the Full Maestro Experience

While this may be a full WordPress blog, I don’t always get time to write posts here. Most of the time, my social media accounts contain my day-to-day content. Follow them for the full Movie Maestro!

The Movie Maestro Tumblr
The Movie Maestro Tumblr contains my full film reviews, with the extra Tumblr GIF-fy flair, along with special TV, video game, book, and comic book reviews, and special blog posts, like Bite-Sized Fan Theories. I will also soon be featuring my own artistic creations, including custom DVD/Blu-ray cover art, posters, video, and more on my Tumblr. For more of the same from a more personal angle, check out Land of the Maestro.

The Movie Maestro Instagram
My Instagram account includes short-form film reviews with exclusive images, special TV, video game, and comic book reviews, movie quotes, my latest home video and movie collection hauls, and more. Basically, a space to view my dorky perspective, terrible filters and all.

The Movie Maestro Twitter
Check my twitter account for movie news, links, and lots of other random thoughts from yours truly. Latest superhero flick pics? Check. Random retweets of Ryan Reynolds? Double-check. Throwing my hat into the latest cinephile argument? You got it.

Stay tuned, believers!