Friday, July 9, 2010

Brand Loyalty...

I buy stuff. I buy a lot of stuff sometimes. But I am not frivolous and rarely do I make impulse buying decisions. I do my research and I am more than happy to wait and let a product mature before I jump in. Case in point, I waited til the fourth generation before I purchased an iPhone. In fairness I did buy the very first Android phone but I've discussed how that turned out. For me the research threshold and therefore the  time from interest to purchase increases with each $100 increment. Up to $100 I'm probably not going to do more than check the Amazon reviews and then find the lowest price. This is how I cam to own an $88 Aiptek digital camera/ camcorder a few years ago. It was perfectly serviceable and my expectations were low because of the sub $100 price.
Point being because of my diligence at being an informed consumer, I get asked to make purchasing recommendations a lot. To wit I have compiled a list of brands who's products I have bought for years and to whom I am very loyal because of the performance of those products.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1980's Film Festival: Day 4

OK so I've put down my new iPhone, I've gotten my 4th of July camping out of my system and I am now ready to bring you the grand finale of our little festival. Hopefully you all haven't been waiting around impatiently as again this is meant to be something you're doing when the weather isn't absolutely awesome. Of course for my Mid-Atlantic friends it's hot death outside right now so by all means stay inside and enjoy.
So for our final film I'm going to break from our convention and actually go back a generation. To sum up everything we've covered in our three previous selections it's important to analyze the generation of Americans that were on the fore of the ideological shift that was taking place in the country at the dawn of the 1980's. The move from the left leaning community focused culture of the late 1960's and early 1970's to the individually focused materialism of the 1980's.

Monday, June 28, 2010

1980's Film Festival Day 4 is coming...

The weekend got away from me. I will have our final selection posted tonight.
Apologies.

- Jeremy

Friday, June 25, 2010

1980's Film Festival: Day 3

Our two selections so far have both in one way or another centered around friendships. "Pretty in Pink" had Andie and Duckie and showed the conflicts that arise with cultural shifts. Yesterday's film, "St. Elmo's Fire" had seven friends who were all drifting apart as a result of 80's culture. Today we will examine a film whos main character sacrifices friendship, love and even family just to succeed in the Reagan era. Today's film is our penultimate Official Selection. As such I find it fitting to present what may be the greatest cinematic evaluation of 1980's America's culture of greed and ambition.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

1980's Film Fest: Day 2

Yesterday we kicked things off with Jon Hughes' 1986 film "Pretty in Pink". A story of star crossed lovers set against a backdrop of Reagan era culture shifts. Today we fast forward four years in the lives of our 80's American archetypes. Now in their early 20's they face a whole host of new problems navigating the emerging world they live in.

I have long had a theory about what formula makes for a really great 80's power ballad. First you must have at least one thematic shift in the song. As an example I cite Night Ranger's "Sister Christian".

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

1980's Film Fest: Day 1

I recently re-watched "St. Elmo's Fire" which of course led to reading the film's Wikipedia page. This got me thinking about 80's movies and what I think are the best 80's movies. Now let's clear something up to start; by "80's movie" I don't mean the best movie from the 80's or what we consider an 80's movie in the modern zeitgeist (as parodied in "Hot Tub Time Machine"). I am not talking about movies that were pastiches of the 80's and the pop culture and trends of that time but rather I'm thinking about films that represented what it was really like to live in 80's America. As a result this list will not include "Weird Science", "Teen Wolf", "Red Dawn" or even the masterpiece that is "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
This list is presented in a recommended viewing order but also in a roughly chronological order. Not chronological based on when they were made but rather based on where the characters are in life. There are a couple of instances where I think you could justly jostle a couple of the selections around and there are a few films that I think would make fine additions but those will be explained as we go along.
So sit back, fire up Netflix and stock these gems away for a wet Autumn weekend.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Videos from my recent trip to New York City...


This is an embed of my NYC 2010 YouTube Playlist. If you click the button to the right of the play/pause button you can scroll through the rest. Or just check them out on YouTube.