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May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift" 
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Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
JamesKunz wrote:
Patrick wrote:
Oh James, you say you're going to up your DVD reviews so much it's lost all meaning



Hahahaha it's so true! Remember the "Sublime/Ridiculous" VideoViews motif that lasted exactly two reviews? (SherryBaby and Airplane I believe)? Ahhhh good times


LOL, oh yeah.


Mon May 10, 2010 9:16 pm
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
Don't triple-dog-dare a man with a baby. You might not like what you get ;)


Mon May 10, 2010 10:55 pm
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Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
Baby wipes in droves are your best friends and plenty of burp clothes. And a sense of humor.


Mon May 10, 2010 11:04 pm
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Congratulations to you and your wife, James!

For me, the births of my three children remain three of the best days and events of my life. I hope it will be the same for you.


Mon May 10, 2010 11:33 pm
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
First, congratulations.

Second, will the name(s) be movie-related?


Tue May 11, 2010 4:14 am
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Well, good luck on Shrek Forever After. It got horrible, horrible reviews. PLUS you're gonna see it in 3D. The only thing that's gonna come out of this is enjoying you shred the movie to pieces. ;)


Tue May 11, 2010 8:16 am
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"As many faithful readers know, I'm on the cusp of fatherhood. There's nothing extraordinary in that - it happens millions of times every day. "

For the first time in many years -perhaps since I read your review of "Time Bandits"- I find myself disagreeing with you on an unsurpassed, perhaps combative level. You'll understand what I mean on the day of your child's birth.
When a loving husband and wife bring and welcome a child into the world, it is the most extraordinary event that will occur in your life. When your newborn gazes at you, those eyes, which didn't even exist a year ago, will penetrate your soul with a look of recognition that is incomprehensible. They will look into your eyes with a very unsettling wisdom that you simply know cannot be present, but somehow is. They look at you as if they've been expecting you.
Before my first daughter was born (2005), my wife told me that I was to stay with her (daughter) and leave the delivery room. I thought and said, "Hell no, I'm staying with you". The wife insisted that I not leave the baby's side. When the Dr. pulled her from the womb (C-Section for both my kids) and I heard her cry, it was the most beautiful cry I'd ever heard. I couldn't stop looking at her. Staying with my wife in the delivery room was a distant second to staying near our new baby, Alyssa. She wailed with the most beautiful lung-filling wail that I could imagine. She soon calmed and began to examine her new world with eyes so big and bright and perceptive, and that was when I bonded with her. She became an irremovable part of my world in a flash. Where was she in 2003?? -She didn't exist. Suddenly, she is real and I'm realizing that it's unconditional love at first sight.
I can think of nothing more extraordinary.


I look forward to reading a full report on the birth of your son. You'll craft it when you have time (hereinafter time = precious) I'll expect nothing less than the fantastic narrative that you always offer.

Best of luck to you and your wife for a healthy, happy birth.

-AND, Colick is a treatable sickness. It results from an underdeveloped digestive valve. Elevate the head end of the crib about 3 inches or so to reduce the effects and, if severe, see a pediatrician about infant maalox or equivalent -been there, done that, got the badly stained t-shirt to prove it.

God Bless!!


Tue May 11, 2010 11:14 am
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
I think this is the first time we're hearing about the sex of the child, yes? If you haven't picked a name already why not choose something wonderful like...Ed :D

Unke wrote:
Best wishes from me as well.

If the number of video reviews should indeed increase, I'd regard that as an additional benefit. ;-)


Same here. Less new reviews but more Videoviews/Reelthoughts can only be a good thing. At least I think that's the case with most of the regular readers. Might hurt the new traffic from RottenTomatoes and such.

Vexer wrote:
Good for you James, good luck on fatherhood. Since you'll be cutting back on reviewing films, i've decided that if there's a film that I want to see in theaters that you're passing on, then i'll review that film myself. Takers being one such example(though I personally don't get why you'd rather watch SATC 2 over it)I know my writing skills aren't half as good as yours are, but i'll do my best to inform the readers about those "middling" films that they might have in interest in seeing, and hopefully i'll be able to make a difference.


Go for it Vex. I checked out Armoured because of your thoughts and have to say that you were spot on.


Tue May 11, 2010 12:32 pm
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
James, best wishes to you, your wife, and the yet to be born child.

I'll also enjoy an increase in video views and Reelthoughts. I tend to like those more than the newer reviews anyway. Even if they don't end up increasing, howver, good luck with fatherhood.


ed_metal_head wrote:
Go for it Vex. I checked out Armoured because of your thoughts and have to say that you were spot on.


Oh, come on! At least don't use the "u" when it's NOT EVEN IN THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE!!!!


Tue May 11, 2010 1:01 pm
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PeachyPete wrote:
James, best wishes to you, your wife, and the yet to be born child.

I'll also enjoy an increase in video views and Reelthoughts. I tend to like those more than the newer reviews anyway. Even if they don't end up increasing, howver, good luck with fatherhood.


ed_metal_head wrote:
Go for it Vex. I checked out Armoured because of your thoughts and have to say that you were spot on.


Oh, come on! At least don't use the "u" when it's NOT EVEN IN THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE!!!!

Well some areas overseas actually do spell armor with the "u" added in, and it's pretty likely that the film was titled that way in some countries. And thanks ed, nice to hear that some people on hear care what I have to say.


Tue May 11, 2010 2:07 pm
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Best Wishes and may god bless you and your family

Best wishes from Cairo, Egypt.


Tue May 11, 2010 6:12 pm
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Congrats James! The first child is always a life changing experience. Enjoy the ride.


Tue May 11, 2010 6:37 pm
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Congrats!

Are you going to review Babies before or after the birth of your son? I have a 1.5 year old son and I haven't been able to find the time to see it personally. The impressions seem highly polarized between those that have a kid and not.


Wed May 12, 2010 8:39 pm
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
Here's a little bit of useful parenting advice for everyone out there:

If you want your kids to steer clear of drugs, pluck him down and make him watch Requiem for a Dream before he departs for highschool 8-)


Thu May 13, 2010 12:30 am
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Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
Best wishes, James, to you and your wife. I've raised two kids; my youngest just graduated from college last weekend. I can tell you this: parenting is the most humbling experience in the world. It has great rewards and excruciating pain, but I wouldn't trade the journey for anything.


Thu May 13, 2010 6:10 am
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And the transformation from single engineer/geek/critic into a married with children engineer/geek/critic is almost complete! As a long time follower, ever since the site was hosted on Colossus, I feel like I know you and am very happy for you.

Congrats James!


Thu May 13, 2010 12:03 pm
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
PeachyPete wrote:
James, best wishes to you, your wife, and the yet to be born child.

I'll also enjoy an increase in video views and Reelthoughts. I tend to like those more than the newer reviews anyway. Even if they don't end up increasing, howver, good luck with fatherhood.


ed_metal_head wrote:
Go for it Vex. I checked out Armoured because of your thoughts and have to say that you were spot on.


Oh, come on! At least don't use the "u" when it's NOT EVEN IN THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE!!!!


:lol: I laughed at that for a good minute.

You're right though neighbour...that "u" was out of place. Vex was cool to try and cover, but I'm pretty sure that there was no "u" when it played in our theatres.

I don't mind the correction either. You're still one of my favourite posters here.


Thu May 13, 2010 12:17 pm
Post Re: May 10, 2010: "The ReelViews Shift"
The forums crashed after this Reelsthought was posted. Wow. I can't think of a better way to sign off before your descent into fatherhood. :lol:

Just keep up the good work. I'm sure the first thing your son will read will be one of your reviews.


Thu May 13, 2010 7:06 pm
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James, since I've been reading and enjoying your reviews for a few years now, I feel I owe it to you to finally create an account and disabuse you of the following notion:

The idea that a newborn will make small demands on your time which will increase as he/she grows to toddler age is backwards.

No matter how "ready" you feel you are, having a baby will pull the rug out from under you. It sounds scary, but it's more of an adventure. It's something you'll look back on fondly, but while it's going on it's pretty rough. And it starts that very second the baby is born...for me, it didn't slow down until 7 or 8 months in. It's basically like an 8-month long emergency. What do you do during an emergency? You don't sleep, you eat a lot of junk, you neglect hygiene, and you act pretty weird. What you don't do is watch a bunch of movies.

Once the baby is in the toddler years (2-3), there's at least some level of independence. You can drop the kid off at a relative's for a few hours, or even overnight, without pulling your hair out. And sleep is MUCH more reliable than the first year.

Shortly after my child was born, two movies were released which I was anticipating: The Departed and Casino Royale. This was 06, I think Departed came out in October a week after the baby came, and Casino Royale the next month. A three hour visit to the movie theater was absolutely unthinkable at the time. I saw the Departed on DVD in MARCH. I didn't have time to go to the video store, so I bought it for $25 at the supermarket while I was buying baby stuff (which you will do every day for the first 8 months btw). I will never forget this; my plan was to put the movie on at the "reasonable" hour of 12:00 AM, which would give me enough time to view an entire film while still somewhat awake. I didn't make it, as the baby started crying about 90 mins in...I stayed awake with her for a little while, put her back to sleep, and wrapped up the movie around 3:30 (my usual bed time in those days).

I didn't see Casino Royale until summer vacation. I bought the DVD earlier but didn't have a two-hour window of time to watch an entire movie.


Fri May 14, 2010 11:00 pm
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Jeff wrote:
James, since I've been reading and enjoying your reviews for a few years now, I feel I owe it to you to finally create an account and disabuse you of the following notion:

The idea that a newborn will make small demands on your time which will increase as he/she grows to toddler age is backwards.

No matter how "ready" you feel you are, having a baby will pull the rug out from under you. It sounds scary, but it's more of an adventure. It's something you'll look back on fondly, but while it's going on it's pretty rough. And it starts that very second the baby is born...for me, it didn't slow down until 7 or 8 months in. It's basically like an 8-month long emergency. What do you do during an emergency? You don't sleep, you eat a lot of junk, you neglect hygiene, and you act pretty weird. What you don't do is watch a bunch of movies.

Once the baby is in the toddler years (2-3), there's at least some level of independence. You can drop the kid off at a relative's for a few hours, or even overnight, without pulling your hair out. And sleep is MUCH more reliable than the first year.

Shortly after my child was born, two movies were released which I was anticipating: The Departed and Casino Royale. This was 06, I think Departed came out in October a week after the baby came, and Casino Royale the next month. A three hour visit to the movie theater was absolutely unthinkable at the time. I saw the Departed on DVD in MARCH. I didn't have time to go to the video store, so I bought it for $25 at the supermarket while I was buying baby stuff (which you will do every day for the first 8 months btw). I will never forget this; my plan was to put the movie on at the "reasonable" hour of 12:00 AM, which would give me enough time to view an entire film while still somewhat awake. I didn't make it, as the baby started crying about 90 mins in...I stayed awake with her for a little while, put her back to sleep, and wrapped up the movie around 3:30 (my usual bed time in those days).

I didn't see Casino Royale until summer vacation. I bought the DVD earlier but didn't have a two-hour window of time to watch an entire movie.


Welcome. Using your time-scale I gather that JB will be able to post regularly in these forums again sometime around 2014, yes? :)

I actually don't expect a massive drop off. JB seems like he's an expert time manager. I already don't have any idea how the man balances a full time career and is also a critic/webmaster. Must slack off epically at work...


Sat May 15, 2010 2:28 pm
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