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Top Five Things Joe Belcastro is Thankful for in 2011

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Top Five Things Joe Belcastro is Thankful for in 2011

With Turkey day upon us, one of our talented writers (Melissa Molina) came up with an idea to have the ShockYa scribes come up with a list that represents what they were thankful for in the realm of cinema and/or television this year. A lot has happened so allow me to drop in my humble thoughts (a.k.a poor attempts at humor) that had me rejoicing:

A Decent Year For Remakes

footloose 2011

-Which means for yours truly: “Fright Night,” “Straw Dogs,” and “Footloose” did not draw out my writing rage. Those were the ones I had a particular interest in; and with regards to Fright Night and Footloose – they respectfully topped the originals in my book.

But don’t get me wrong, the rest of the 2011 remake class were easily forgettable and embarrassing (Hello, Conan; Howdy, Thing).

Game of Thrones Finally Got Made

Game of Thrones

-The political/fantasy novels (more like phone-books) “A Song Of Fire And Ice” by George R.R. Martin debuted on HBO as part of the always engaging Sunday night lineup. While the zombies, vampires, and Dexter’s are entertaining to watch, the hour-long dramas needed a new place to play in. The world created by the producers is fabulous and this show will definitely hang around longer than Rome did.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Revealed The Truth…

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1

…This Series Really Does Suck Ass.

-Granted it will make more cash than 10,000 Las Vegas hookers will in a lifetime, but from an artistic and cinematic point-of-view…it’s overrated-ness is now more apparent than ever. And this is coming from a guy who thought Eclipse was decent.

I have No Recollection of Seeing “Mars Needs Moms”

mars needs moms

It took some time, but I’m glad all memories from that screening are vanquished from my skull. Every now and then, binge drinking kills the right brain cells kids.

The Muppets

The Muppets Thanksgiving

-I usually do not like to write preview pieces, simply because you really never know what you’re getting from a trailer or the news circus who thinks they’r helping by reporting on every trivial thing that goes on at a movie set (is nothing sacred anymore? Ruins the fun, too). That being said, the one movie I was looking forward to – well, besides Scream 4 – was The Muppets. Since I avoid trailers like sitting on a bench at a State Fair, I had no clue what to expect from this creation. After the screening, tears of joys filled my eyes (but they didn’t run down my face haha). It may not be the best movie of the year, but it was definitely the most-rewarding. So I’m most thankful I was able to see it and share it with the world!

And Honorable Mention: Our fearless leader, Brian Corder; for letting me write whatever I want (hey, we’re getting close to Christmas bonus time people!).

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Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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