Happy New Year! Turns out, I’m not quite finished yapping about The Terminator quite yet. Actually, this podcast for Chicago’s CHIRP Radio was recorded months ago, but it’s only now seeing the light of day. Give it a listen, will you not?
It’s been over three months since I’ve posted here, but I’m required by law to post my top 10 movies of the year, so here I am. As always, there are a few likely contenders I haven’t had the chance to see yet, most notably Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Not Fade Away. With that disclaimer out of the way, here’s what I liked this year:
I could tell you all about my weekend in L.A., but instead, why don’t I just link to the video I shot? This is my first iMovie attempt, I screwed up the end credits, and it doesn’t look nearly as good in YouTube form, but I think it conveys the spirit of the weekend.
If you couldn’t make it out to BookPeople last night, you missed my terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger impression. So as a consolation prize, here’s an interview I did last week on KOOP 91.7 FM’s “Lights, Camera, Austin,” hosted by Robert Sims.
Surely you’ve already reached the only logical conclusion and plan to join me tomorrow night (Wed., Aug 22) at 7 pm at BookPeople in Austin for a rip-roaring IF YOU LIKE THE TERMINATOR event. You know that I’ll be reading from the book, taking questions, signing copies, and that delicious beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company. But just in case you’ve been on the fence, I can now announce that all those who attend the event will have an opportunity to win a FREE pair of weekend passes to Austin Comic Con! The renowned comic book/sci-fi convention will be held October 26-28 at the Austin Convention Center, and will host a 25-year reunion of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation! I have two pairs of passes to give away, so meet me at BookPeople, won’t you?
As I write this post, the Skuriels countdown of the 20 greatest movies of all time is underway. This is a joint effort by two critics organizations, the Skandies and the Muriels, and you can get a better explanation of all that here. I’ve written up a couple of my favorites that made the final cut, and those should be appearing on the Skuriels site sometime today. Meanwhile, I thought I’d post my full ballot here: