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!

New Fan Edit – Godzilla: Resurrection

The time has come, folks! Time for me to embark on my own fan edit!

For my first project, I’ll be tackling a fanmix of The Return of Godzilla and its Americanized recut, Godzilla 1985. While the original Japanese version of the film is still the definitive one, I’ve always held a soft spot in my heart for Raymond Burr’s scenes in 1985, and had always wondered what the final film would have been like had he been present in the Japanese cut.

This re-edit seeks to accomplish just that, while also streamlining the slower pacing of the original cut with suggestions from 1985 to combine the best of both worlds. The film will still be highly critical of both the United States and the Soviet Union, and will work to marginalize the more humorous aspects of the added Pentagon scenes. Finally, this cut will feature a brand new opening to the film, one that seeks to definitely tie the new Godzilla to the original beast in an eerie and unforgettable way.

To read more about the project, please visit my official page on it here, and keep your eyes peeled for a trailer on YouTube and Vimeo, coming soon. Until then, enjoy my custom poster!

Godzilla Resurrection - Coming Soon Poster

Godzilla: Resurrection will be available for viewing and download this fall.