Some people have a writer in them they need to let out.
Some write about fly fishing. There’s a nice man I follow who writes about his latest barbecue chicken rub.
I do movies.
A good majority of bloggers choose to write about movies too. Some write well. Some try well. I’d like to think I land in the middle. Regardless, if we choose to blog, we choose to write about a passion, and if we write passionately about it, I think that’s all that matters.
I am a husband first to a patient and encouraging wife, a furry, black cat dad second, ecstatic high school music teacher third, and a movie fanatic fourth. To watch a movie is one thing; to write a review on it is dessert, and I’ve always had a sweet tooth.
It’s been a sweet summer, and I’m thrilled that I started this blog when the last school year ended.
I’ve met so many amazing people through this blogging community, and I can say this without a hint of hesitation in my gut: The blogging community is supportive, loving, communicative, and your number one fan when you need it to be.
I learned the technical ins and outs of blogging format, exposure, and publication through Jenny in the UK: https://jennyinneverland.com. She will respond to your every question 🙂
Mitch (https://mitchteemley.com/) and https://bereavedsingledad.blog/ have enriched my spiritual life with humor, challenge, and observation of nature. Add some love to the mixture, and you have a wonderful https://inalove.world/
Kristian writes prompted fiction so well, you’d think you were reading her diary (too many times have I thought she was writing her non-fiction journey): https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/
Need to unwind and “look” at how to do that? Go here: https://tao-talk.com/
Best compliment: https://powerpop.blog/ reminds me of my dad. This guy knows so much about the history, plugs, controversies, and pickup notes of every classic rock song. The Wiki definition of “nostalgia” must include him, or life would not be fair. He rocks.
Regarding movies, I adore Isabelle’s reviews (https://isabellereviewsmovies.wordpress.com/), I look forward to Thomas’ monthly reports (https://digitalshortbread.com/thomas-j-is/), and Joel has great taste and is such a nice supporter of mine: https://joelwatchesmovies.wordpress.com/
Jay at the infamously titled https://assholeswatchingmovies.com/ is the heartbeat of film criticism. Straight outta Canada and with a wicked sense of humor, she writes about movies – old and new – like breathing air, and unlike the air in Denver, it is fresh.
In the last three months, my favorite movie review/blog was the one I wrote about that Pokémon movie I saw with my brother-in-law, Alec. It just goes to show that movies are all about conversation and companionship, much like a prayer to God: https://reelybernie.com/2019/07/09/that-pokemon-movie-is-actually-a-prayer/
Unfortunately, most of 2019 has been a cinematic disappointment. Even my favorite published film critic, James Berardinelli, couldn’t come up with a worthy “Halftime Top 10” – http://www.reelviews.net/reelthoughts/reelthought_1564586901. So, my blog kind of evolved into a celebration of the movies that offer me Escape and an opportunity to Empathize with the characters (the two “Es” in Reely Bernie). Throw in some “groundbreakers” (Amadeus, A Hard Day’s Night) and “losers” in the mix (Long Shot, Child’s Play), and you experience the typical and absolutely wonderful world of movies.
This is no farewell to blogging or movie reviewing, but with the next school year starting back up literally next week (!!!), I simply will not have as much time for it. I just wanted to say thank you to all of my readers and supporters this past summer.
You’ve helped “check mark” a hobby venture of mine 🙂 I will continue this blog as the next hopeful “reel” comes out, but if you don’t hear from me as much as you used to, it’s because I am grading AP Music Theory or directing a choir concert.
I love you all. You are good people. You make the world a lot smaller, and I am grateful for your every word.