Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bob's 2013 Movie Journal

Note: This will be my last year keeping a movie journal at this blog, as I now have a film diary up and running at Letterboxd, where you can follow me.

Year three of keeping a movie journal, following my 2011 and 2012 indexes. Five-star movies are masterpieces. One-star movies are abominations. Most of the films I see will fall somewhere in between.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Cult Spark Podcast is now live

The first episode of The Cult Spark Podcast -- an hour-long cast where I lead a group of the best online entertainment writers I know in a discussion about movies, TV, videogames, etc. -- is officially in the books and ready for you to listen to! The plan is to record at least one of these a month, and you'll be able to stay up to date on the latest episode in a number of ways, including subscribing to the podcast via iTunes or streaming episodes from Cult Spark proper via the Podcast menu. We need all the support we can get, so if you like what you hear please spread the word and give the podcast a positive rating at iTunes.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Announcing CultSpark.com

Back when I closed down Fantasy Hurler, my fantasy baseball blog, I had it in the back of my mind that another website would take its place, a pop-culture blog where I could write about movies, television, videogames, comics, etc. Good storytelling is really my number one passion, and while baseball ended up being something I had a hard time writing about year-round, I felt pretty certain I wouldn't have that problem if I decided to wade into the pop-cult pool. Plus, I knew it would tie in better with all the TV writing I've done elsewhere, as well as the essays I've written for BenBella's Smart Pop line. A pop-culture website could promote what I'm best at.

A year and a half later, that idea is finally a reality. Last weekend I launched Cult Spark, a new website dedicated to covering the best pop-culture has to offer in a variety of genres. Though the site is only a week old, I've got posts up about The Evil Dead, Breaking Bad, Mass Effect, RoboCop and Justified. So it's not hard to see where my interests lie -- in geek-friendly entertainments that may not always be mainstream but are wildly successful at sparking the imagination.

A couple things for you to know. One, I could use your help spreading the word. So if you know me or if you've enjoyed my past work, please like us at Cult Spark's Facebook page and become a follower of Cult Spark's twitter feed. Anything anyone can do to promote the new blog is immensely appreciated.

Two, though right now I'm the only one writing at Cult Spark, I'm hoping to pick up other contributors as the site grows. I don't want it to be my own personal pop-culture blog. I want it to be a welcoming home for smart film, TV and game writers looking for a place to get their work read. I've written at a number of places now -- sites I've started and sites where I was just hired help -- and the one thing I've learned is that good writers are always stronger together than they are apart. I can't make Cult Spark take off by myself, but with a few more unique voices, maybe it can grow into something special. (And, hey, if you're interested in contributing, please email me at bobtaylor52@yahoo.com.)

Additional writers aren't the only thing I've got planned. Though I've done some guesting, I've never had a podcast to call my own. That's in the works, so stay tuned.

Lastly, the launch of Cult Spark means that nearly all the pop-culture writing I do from now on will be there. I say "nearly" because I'll continue to update the movie journals I keep here at my personal blog, but the days where I would throw movie news or TV observations up at this site are now over. (Truthfully, those days have been over for a while, but this makes it official.) RobertBrianTaylor.com is now strictly a place for my family, friends and colleagues to find out what I'm up to. It can serve as a hub to my other work and as a home to those journals, but that'll be about it. If you've enjoyed the writing I've done here over the years, please come check out Cult Spark. You'll find more of the same. A lot more.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Bob's 2012 Movie Journal

I had a lot of fun keeping a movie journal last year, so I figure why not do it again for 2012? Every film I see for the first time this year will be logged, rated and written about. Sometimes I'll write a little; occasionally I'll write a lot. Depends on the movie. And I plan on seeing a lot of them this year. As always, ratings are based on a one-through-five-star scale.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Read my Spider-Man essay for free

Smart Pop is making "Raimi vs. Bendis," a Spider-Man essay I contributed to the book Webslinger, free to read up until Wednesday Nov. 9! I wrote this piece, which compares film director Sam Raimi's take on the wallcrawler to Brian Michael Bendis's version of the character, between Spider-Man 2 and 3. (Had it come after 3, it likely would have been weighed even more strongly in Bendis's favor.)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Reviewing what's new on TV

I've spent the last month tackling some of the fall's new shows over at Guy.com. So in case you missed them, go check out my reviews of Homeland, Terra Nova, Person of Interest and Ringer. Spoiler alert: Homeland is by far the best of the bunch.