in Memory of Chip Lary from Tips from Chip

I decided to step out of blog retirement briefly to express my sadness at the passing of blog friend Chip Lary from Tips from Chip. I don't know the details surrounding his death, except he recently wrote of surgery and removal of his gallbladder. Two family members commented on his site that he passed away on April 21, 2016.

Chip worked as a Project Manager. In his free time he was a film buff and completist, working his way through various film lists, which he wrote about on his site. He was a frequent visitor to my blog and other film blogs and expressed a keen interest in other people's writing. If you asked him a question he provided insightful answers. He also had a good sense of humor.

As far as I know he was not yet 50 years old, so he died far too young. Very sad to lose someone I considered a friend. Chip's death affected me deeply because I had interacted with him for several years. The blogosphere will not be the same without him. Chip will be missed by family and friends.

Other tribute posts:
Steve at 1001plus
Msmariah at A Space Blogyssey

Goodbye for the time being

I have thought long and hard whether I should continue blogging and the conclusion I arrived at is I still enjoy watching movies and listening to music, but no longer have the urge to share my opinions. At least not as often as I do now.

I started in 2010 in order to have discussions and I have done so over the last 5 years and made acquaintances. I appreciate those readers who have stuck with me over the years and I will keep in contact with a few of you.

Recently the blog has become marginalized. This has happened on other blogs as well. I realize it’s a time issue, people have busy lives and commenting is not a high priority compared to work, family, and other daily activities.
Despite my attempts to attract new readers by commenting on many blogs over the last 6 months, I feel these acts have not been reciprocated to the extent I wanted, which is disheartening. Comments that excite me are rare and the only discussions I remember this year were on my Weird Science review , New Year Resolution post, and Books read in 2015 round-up. (Most of the online interaction I had happened on other sites)

New features such as Tuesday Short Film have not been welcomed with the interest I had hoped. If you want to see my top 50 short films you can find the list here. 80s Thursday only has 2-3 regular commenters I am aware of and will continue as a sporadic project on YouTube where I will share lists for best songs from 1980, 1981, 1982 and so on.

I may post year-end lists on the blog, so keep an eye out for that. I like to keep a diary of what I have watched/listened to, and I'll continue to write my observations on film and music at letterboxd and Rate Your Music, which you are welcome to follow and comment on.

But at this point I don’t want to spend time writing blogposts every week for only a small number of loyal commenters. Many who used to comment on my site seem to have moved on.

My site won’t be deleted and can still be used as a reference for previous posts. Sorry if I sound bitter. The goodbye is positive and liberating for me, because now I will have time to pursue other interests.

I'll still follow a few blogs and you can always send me an e-mail.

Monthly links from the blogosphere (March edition)


Kevin's Top 15 of 2015

Courney's Top 10 films of 2015

Jo Bradley's Top 10 films of 2015

Brittani's Top 10 Films of 2015

Sati's The Best and Worst of 2015

Josh's 2015 CinSpec Awards

Keith on The 50 Best Films of the Decade (So Far)

Rebecca on the 2016 Berlin Film Festival

Dave shares Yearly Top 10 Lists

Oscar Mistakes: 20 Classic Films Not Nominated For Best Picture

Dan on Top 10 Oscar-Winning Directors Who Should Have Won Years Earlier

Chip's ranking of the 2016 Best Picture nominees

Peggy mini-reviews 8 nominees for Best Picture 

Mark mourns the death of legendary production designer Ken Adam

Alex Withrow's Great Scenes in Bad Movies

Nostra on true crime documentaries and shows 

Watch official trailer for the new Ghostbusters and here is trailer 2

RC on What Donald Trump and 2016 Movies Have In Common

Tim Burton Confirms Beetlejuice 2 is a Go and then The Playlist denies it...

Pete reviews The Witch

The Witch Director Robert Eggers' Movies That Changed My Life

The IPC reviews Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Andina reviews Mistress America

Travis reviews Zootopia


Paul McCartney on the fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin, who died aged 90

Dell on Documentaries About Hip-Hop

Ruth on the music of Joy Division performed by Sam Riley in Control (2007)

Rol shares Top Ten Hairstyle Songs 

Fisti continues Tuesday Tunes Tastings and looks at new albums

C on My bestest most favouritest songs ever ever - part 2

stephen1001 reviews the self-titled debut album by Iron Maiden (1980)

Listen to the soundtrack from the upcoming Dazed and Confused sequel


Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has passed away at the age of 89.

Shala had major surgery, wish her well

Jaina on her holiday to Vietnam

Stephanie on Orwell's classic 1984

Cat on I Am a Loner

Me at the zoo. The first ever video uploaded to YouTube 10 years ago

80s Thursday - Best songs of 1980 (part 15) (synthpop)

With regards to synthpop from 1980, I previously shared tracks by OMD, Visage and Japan. Below are a few more synthpop albums from that year that deserve attention

Album: Vienna by Ultravox
Listen to:
Private Lives

Album: Travelogue by Human League
Listen to
Being Boiled

Album: Metamatic by John Foxx 
Listen to:

Album: From A to B by New Musik
Listen to:
A Map of You
On Islands
The Safe Side

Album: B-2 Unit by Ryuichi Sakamoto 
Listen to:
Riot In Lagos

Album: Folk of the 80's by Men Without Hats 
Listen to:

Best songs of 1980 (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) (part 6) (part 7) (part 8) (part 9) (part 10) (part 11) (part 12) (part 13) (part 14) (part 15)

Tuesday short film: Soft (2006)

A powerful and award-winning 14 min British short that stays with you. About a rough neighbourhood, violent gangs and a father-son relationship.

SPOILERS: I don’t think it’s pro-violence, as some reviewers have suggested. Vengeful anger is a human reaction. He has shown more feistiness than his dad, but this was also a naïve decision to attack, and will probably lead to more violence after the credits have rolled.

You can watch the short here

Favorite short films (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5)

Top 10 songs by Grace Jones

1) Slave to the Rhythm (aka Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones) (from 1985's Slave to the Rhythm)
2) La Vie en Rose (Édith Piaf cover) (from 1977's Portfolio)
3) I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) (from 1981's Nightclubbing)
4) Pull Up to the Bumper (from 1981's Nightclubbing)
5) Walking In The Rain (from 1981's Nightclubbing)
6) Williams' Blood (from 2008's Hurricane)
7) Unlimited Capacity For Love (from 1982's Living My Life)
8) Demolition Man (from 1981's Nightclubbing)
9) My Jamaican Guy (from 1982's Living My Life)
10) Pars (Jacques Higelin cover) (from 1980's Warm Leatherette)

Do or Die (from 1978's Fame)
Private Life (Chrissie Hynde cover) (from 1980's Warm Leatherette)


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