Weekend Roundup… and it’s FlixChatter’s 4th Blog-a-versary!

Hello everyone! I trust that you had a pleasant weekend, well I hope you do anyway. The Summer season is still so very elusive, I mean I still have to wear jacket and it’s June darn it!!

So yeah, watching The Kings of Summer a few days ago was quite frustrating, I mean, as soon as I left the theater, there’s no warm, sunny scenery to match what I’ve just seen on screen 😦 But hey, I’m not gonna be too gloomy about it, after all, FlixChatter hit a milestone this weekend, well today June 9th to be exact. Thanks to WordPress notification, apparently I’ve been blogging for about four years now…

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I was quite unprepared for this blog anniversary, but I do want to take the time to …

ThankYou

Yes, THANKS to each and every one of you who’ve come and visit this week blog. To those loyal visitors and commenters (you know who you are), I’m especially grateful for your constant support.

Special thank you to Kevin a.k.a. Jack Deth and Ted S. for your awesome contributions here. I appreciate every single ‘likes’ and comment, as every blogger would tell you, it’s what makes all the work worthwhile. So keep ’em coming πŸ˜€

IpMan_posterWell, this weekend I only managed to see one new film and it was an excellent one. I’ve been wanting to see Ip Man with Donnie Yen, which is a a semi-biographical account of the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. I was curious about it as the real Ip Man (or Yip Man), in which this film was loosely based on, was credited as one of Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructors!

Someone on Twitter also recommended Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster with Tony Leung in the title role, too bad it’s not on Netflix! Anyway, I’m going to defer my review until I see the sequel, but I highly recommend Ip Man if you like great stories about an inspiring person, whether you’re into Kung Fu or not.

This weekend I’ve also been getting my period drama ‘fix’ if you will, with BBC’s North & South and Sense & Sensibility. Not only are these miniseries are so well-crafted and well-acted all around, both have such mesmerizing-ly beautiful leading men, Richard Armitage as John Thornton and Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars, respectively. No doubt both are on my list of favorite period drama heroes πŸ˜€

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I’m glad I own both films as they just never get old and every time I need a little pick-me-up, I can just pop ’em in to my Blu-ray player, sit back and indulge in a wonderful story telling and gorgeous scenery.


Anyway, stay tuned for my review of ‘The Kings of Summer’ coming tomorrow. So, what did YOU watch this weekend, anything good?

83 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup… and it’s FlixChatter’s 4th Blog-a-versary!

  1. Congratulations Ruth on the best movie site around. 4 years??? Wow!!!

    I loved IP Man, IP Man 2 is pretty good as well. Some of the best martial arts action since Bruce Lee.

    Also, thanks to Kevin who posts some of the best comments on my site. πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on the milestone, Ruth! πŸ™‚ I’m very happy for you.

    This weekend I watched Bronson. To be honest, I don’t know exactly how I feel about that one. Thinking of watching either Killing Them Softly or Seven Psychopaths tonight.

  3. Congratulations! Four years, that’s one hell of a run, looking forward to many more πŸ™‚ My weekend’s unfortunately filled with the woes of finals week, but summer is so close that it makes up for all of that misery

    1. Thanks, yeah I didn’t realize it’s been that long, I guess I didn’t really pay attention until WP notified me πŸ™‚ Yeah, hope Summer comes soon over here, weather wise.

  4. Congrats! Four years is amazing, I hope I’m still going as strong as you are by then!
    I was reminded of you while watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy this weekend because it was so British πŸ™‚
    I also went to my first Star Trek convention today! It was slightly disappointing because we had to leave before Shatner got there, but it was still fun because my friend was freaking out over all the next generation actors who were there. I haven’t watched those yet, but it was still a lot of fun anyway!
    Happy Anniversary!

    1. Hi Hunter, I hope you keep on bloggin’ girl! Ahah, I’m happy that a British movie made you think of me πŸ˜€ Are you gonna review TTSS??

      WOW, you went to a ST convention? Too bad you had to leave before Shatner arrived. I hope you’ll be bloggin’ about it though, I’ll keep my eyes peeled on your blog or pls send me the link if you have it! πŸ˜€

      1. Yup! That review is pretty much all set but I won’t be putting it out for a while because I have quite a back log of them. So next week!
        I was wondering if I should blog about the convention, but I guess I will! I’ll definitely let you know when I put that up!

  5. 4 years is fantastic Ruth! Only two for me (I did a little blogging pre-Wordpress) so four years looks so good. Thanks to YOU for givi g us so many great reasons to keep visiting! I love what you do here.

    Very small movie week for me. Getting ready for vacation (and now officially on it).

    1. Thanks Keith! You’ve done a tremendous job in just half the time man. Awww, you are so very sweet. As you know I love what you’re doing w/ your blog too. Enjoy your vacation, my friend!

  6. I love Ip Man. I really liked how the action complemented the changing tone of the story

    And i saw headhunters this weekend. Really liked it, although there was one part of the plot i felt didn’t really get explained which id annoy me a bit(Not sure how to say which without putting spoilers)

    1. Hi Julian! Glad you like Ip Man too. Oh Headhunters is an excellent film. Hope you’ll be bloggin’ about, just put up spoiler warning if you want to talk about the plot πŸ™‚

      1. I can’t promise anything, but ill see if i can’t blog a bit more often. I am currently trying to get a short film done tho, so that is my main focus right now. And i will just put a warning for the Headhunters bit

        SPOILER WARNING

        I wasn’t sure how Greve knew Roger was a art thief in the first place when Roger was managing to keep it such a secret. A minor nitpick, but i expected at least a hint as to how he knew to use the painting and i feel we didn’t really get any clues concerning that.

  7. Wow, congratulations for your blog (and you), Ruth πŸ˜€ my blog also hit its 4th year last January πŸ™‚

    Btw, I’m looking forward to your Kings of Summer review. I watched the trailer a few days back, and I’m instantly intrigued and I can’t wait to watch it. Funny thing, I expected to be a cheerful coming-of-age film. So maybe I was wrong haha

    1. Hi Fariz! Wah sama2x anniversary dong, congrats to us πŸ˜€

      My review of Kings of Summer is up in a few hours. I do hope you check it out, it’s actually a cheerful film. There are dark moments but by no means bleak.

  8. Ted S.

    Wow 4 years, Happy Anniversary, time fly by when you’re having fun, ha ha. No, thank you for letting me write about stuff that kind of useless but it’s fun to chat with fellow movie lovers all over the world!

    I’m sort of done with kung fu films since I’ve watched so many of them growing up, so of course I skipped IP Man. I think the last “kung fu” movie I saw was Jet Li’s Hero and I wasn’t that impress with it. I think I’m just tire of the genre, they’re all the same to me, kind of similar to samurai films.

    I ordered a couple of BDs from Amazon, they were on sale and watched some of them over the weekend. I got Clint Eastwood’s buddy cop action/comedy The Rookie, which co-starred Charlie Sheen as The Rookie. It came out during the buddy cop action heydays of the 80s and early 90s. I haven’t seen it in years and I still enjoyed it even though it’s probably one of the most ridiculous plot for buddy cop action film. I also ordered the infamous Heaven’s Gate, I watched only about an hour of it, my projector lamp started to dim. So now I have to get a new lamp for my projector since I could hardly see anything on my screen.

    1. Hi Ted, thanks to you for helping me achieve that! Man, your stuff is sooo not useless, it’s actually insightful and you have an amazing knowledge of films!!

      Y’see, I don’t watch Kung Fu movies that much, so I still appreciate it, but I could see you getting jaded with it. I enjoyed Ip Man because it’s not so much about the Kung Fu itself.

      Clint Eastwood + Charlie Sheen?? Ahah, that’s hilarious. Not sure I want to see that though. Oh boy, too bad you gotta buy a new lamp for your projector. That’s gotta be pricey!

      1. Ted S.

        I think if you’re in the mood for laughs, The Rookie is a good remedy. The film was famous or infamous for the worst cast choices ever, that includes Charlie Sheen as an action hero. But the biggest casting mishaps were for the main villains, Raul Julia and Sonia Braga were cast as Germans even though they’re both Hispanics and they didn’t even try to speak with good German accent. I have no idea why Eastwood thought they could convincingly play Germans. I wonder if he did it on purpose since he didn’t really want to make this film, he only agreed to do it if Warner finance his personal project, White Hunter Black Heart.

        1. Ahah, that’s fascinating Ted. Raul Julia as a German?? I have to see it just for that!! πŸ˜€ I suppose it’s possible that Eastwood didn’t care how the movie turned out but seriously, that is idiotic casting, ahah.

  9. jackdeth72

    Congratulations, Ruth!

    Four superlative years!

    Who knew?

    Still one of the friendliest places on earth.

    PS: Check your E-mail Re: Sydney Pollack.

    1. Hello Jack! Thanks man, I REALLY appreciate all your fabulous comments and even more awesome posts!

      Yes I’ve got your Sidney Pollack post for July 1st, which is the kick-off of the blogathon πŸ˜€

    1. PrairieGirl

      What a coincidence! I saw The Intouchables too this weekend. It’s a very good film, I really enjoyed it.

  10. wow… 4 years! That’s impressive Ruth!

    Your blog is one anyone can come to and find something of interest. As you mentioned, there’s some great contributions as well and the posts always encourage plenty of debate.

    1. Thanks Dan!! I try to keep the variety going here, and yes, the guest posts are great as films are such a vast media that it’s impossible for one person to cover EVERY genre πŸ˜€

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  12. 4 years, Ruth? Man, that’s impressive. How do you manage to go so long without getting jaded and continue to produce like you do?

    Anyways, a MASSIVE congratulations my friend. It’s been pleasure visiting your site and getting to know you over my short time blogging. Onwards and upwards dear. Here’s to many more years to come. πŸ™‚

    1. Awwww, it’s comments like this that keeps me going Mark! I do get jaded sometimes, believe me, but not so much for me to give it all up… yet πŸ˜€

      It’s been great getting to know people like you, Keith, Terrence, etc. and that sense of community is one of the perks of blogging! πŸ˜€

      1. I hear you! You tend to fall in more with some bloggers than others and genuine friendships develop. I’ve made many good pals doing this and hopefully I can keep it going for 4 years and beyond. All the very best for the future Ruth. Hope the next 4 are as productive. πŸ™‚

  13. Happy blog anniversary, Ruth! πŸ˜€

    I saw After Earth this weekend, which wasn’t as bad as critics made it out to be. It wasn’t great, but it was a lot better than The Last Airbender.

  14. Congrats on 4 years of blogging! πŸ™‚

    How many times have you seen North & South?:D Have you seen the first Desolation of Smaug trailer? Looks amazing!

  15. Happy 4th anniversary Ruth! You should be proud of the milestone and being one of the hardest working bloggers out there, especially when it comes to community-building.
    Good to see you finally checked out Ip Man, one very entertaining film. I should give it a re-watch soon. I’ll be waiting for your review of it.

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