Monday, January 25, 2010

Status Report

Whew. Been a while.

Well, with luck, I should be posting here at the Channel (and my other pop culture blogs) again on a fairly regular basis soon. For the last month, I've been very busy with some freelance writing assignments and building and launching my new DVD Late Show site.
After five years of posting my reviews of cult, B-movie and genre films on DVD and Blu-Ray at other people's sites - first at filmmaker Kevin Smith's Movie Poop Shoot, then Quick Stop Entertainment, and, most recently, at Forces of Geek - I have finally decided to publish them exclusively on my own, dedicated website. DVD Late Show Version 2.0 is now "live" at www.dvdlateshow.com.

There are a number of reasons for this move. Among them is a general dissatisfaction with how the "column" version of DVDLS had evolved, and the fact that it didn't really seem to fit in stylistically with the other features at FOG. Also, I confess that I had trouble maintaining the regular schedule. One reason for that was my self-imposed requirement to have a certain word count per installment, and sometimes it took too long to get the necessary number of reviews done to fill a column. Sometimes, there would be a drought of review material, which also made keeping the schedules difficult to keep. And, finally, sometimes I had more pressing assignments that had to take priority over the unpaid gig.

Well, no longer. In the new incarnation, I will be posting reviews as they are completed rather than waiting to fill out a column, which means more frequent overall updating. I will also be free to include Amazon links for the convenience of my readers, in case anyone wants to purchase the reviewed titles. And most importantly, I will be able to archive all my DVD Late Show reviews - several hundred of them, going back to early 2005 - in one place. This last one is very important to me; those reviews represent a whole lot of hours' investment, and I didn't like the fact that the earliest ones were effectively lost.

I am currently moving all of those reviews to the new site. I have over 350 in place now, and I have a few more to go, but I'm getting there!

PLEASE check out the site, and if you find it entertaining and/or helpful, bookmark it, and make it a regular stop. Spread the word, link to it. If I'm going to need a lot of traffic/hits to make it feasible and keep it going. I'll continue to cross-post appropriate, spy-fi reviews on this blog, though.

And, speaking of this blog, since Christmas, I've completed my Mission: Impossible, I Spy and Get Smart DVD collections, picked up the Val Kilmer Saint film from '97 (which I intend to review here shortly), and started re-watching my old laserdiscs of The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger. I still plan on writing up my thoughts on that film series, probably in February. I'm also hoping to read and review a lot more spy paperbacks in 2010, and will probably try and come up with a few more "theme week" like the Spy Vixen series I ran back in December.

So, thanks for your patience, and keep checking back.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sorry About That...

My sincere apologies for the temporary interruption of transmissions. I've been on a top secret mission in exotic locales, where I've been in constant danger, exposed to deadly peril on a daily basis, living moment-to-moment on the knife-edge of total destruction, risking life, limb and sanity for the security of the free world.

And loving it.

While waiting for me to get my act together, I strongly recommend checking out the other C.O.B.R.A.S. sites - there's a lot of great spy-fi news and commentary out there, courtesy of my fellow agents. You'll find links to all of the C.O.B.R.A.S. sites in the sidebar to the left.

Regular posting will resume shortly... hope 2010's treating you all well so far!

*Actually, I've been busy with freelance work and rebuilding & re-launching my DVD Late Show website. But I've been watching some great spy-fi and will be back here writing about it soon. Promise.