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Five Years and Counting …

The older one gets the more one realizes that Dad was right. Time passes us by in the blink of an eye and here I am five years removed from the day that I launched Mike’s Take wondering where the time went.

Honestly, when I started up Mike’s Take on the Movies I had no idea if I would find this a rewarding outlet for sharing my love of classic movies and their history but also my passion for collecting film posters and movie memorabilia. What started out as a TV Guide style listing for the film The Devil’s Eight has morphed into 4 or maybe 5 essays a week on average. Here I am chatting up films made prior to the year 2000 and plenty of fun galleries regularly where I feature a wide variety of subjects built around a specific actor or actress to topics where I can feature a poster or two from my personal collection. Yes I always find a way to get my “mug” into the frame and now with little Brando joining me I’ve added him into the mix as well with a monthly pick centered around dog/animal movies. Efforts like Joe Don Baker versus crazed dogs in The Pack made in 1977. A movie that gave Brando ideas of a Pack in his own image.

If I could only find more hours in the day to accomplish so much more. Life is just to short and my interests run far deeper than just film and the history of the medium. A full time job employed at a car dealership for the past 22 years, a family to raise, specifically number 1 and 2 sons Ethan and Kirk that get cameos here occasionally by roughing up the old man,

a wife who never stops me from spending a small fortune on movies and posters, travel, hitting every rummage sale and memorabilia show within driving range to amass the collection of movies and posters I currently have stowed away, baseball season, hockey season, making new friends and keeping the ones you have. Yes I need more hours in the day. But I live a charmed life and appreciate what I do have more and more with each and every passing year. Yeah I’m getting older.

For those that do come in and visit me here at the blog, I’d like to thankyou all for your continuing interest in what I have to say about film topics and specific movies. I’m the first to admit that I generally keep all the reviews positive as it’s just too easy to pick some of them apart and to me that’s just far too negative and there’s already enough of that in the world we live in. I prefer to celebrate past films and when I do feature one that I know is bad, I’d much rather poke some gentle fun at it as opposed to tearing it apart. Try clicking here for a mystery title that serves as a fine example starring some well known faces.

To think this path basically started when I went to purchase a couple of classic titles on VHS thru an online ad. The seller was Kristina over at Speakeasy who I soon discovered knew as much as if not more than me about movie history. She kindly pointed me in the right direction adding some website advice and the next thing I know I’ve got a blog, having some articles published and I’m off to Hollywood to cover the TCM Festival and schmoozing for a nanosecond with Ben Mankiewicz. As I mentioned, I’ve lived a charmed life and I know it.

That’s all for now and it’s back to movies and everyday life as we all wrap up the year very shortly. In parting I’ll once again get my “mug” in here with a recent acquisition that features one of my favorite actors and it’s a first for me meaning the first original film poster in my collection of a John Garfield film. Sadly it was his last movie and a darned good one to go out on. Note the little photo bomber lower right hand side ….

21 Comments »

  1. Love your blog and always look forward to it. And I think it is one of the best film blogs on the web.

    Wishing you and the family a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the New Year.

  2. Hey, Mike, that’s absolutely fantastic — well done! If I knew how to send you a celebratory magnum of Moet et Chandon I would, honest, but (phew!) I don’t.

    Seriously, your blog has added so much to my online appreciation of, um, “older” movies I hardly know how to express my gratitude. You’re performing a huge service to the movie community as a whole, and long may you continue to do so. Many thanks.

  3. Time does pass quickly. Congrats on your 5th anniversary. I always enjoy your detailed reviews of vintage Hollywood . And always happy to see your ‘mug’ and little Brando!

  4. Congrats on the 5 years, and keep ’em coming. I’m always impressed by the breadth of material you cover, not to mention the frequency you post. As well as that, I like and appreciate that you try to find and highlight the positive aspects of movies, which is an approach I try to follow myself.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and the family!

  5. Happy 5th anniversary! Your blog is fun and informative. Your passion for the classics is evident in all that you write. Love your film picks for Brando the dog too. I love stopping by your blog, and I am very glad that I stumbled across it. Merry Christmas to you and the whole family.

  6. Time passing scares the bejesus out of me!
    Yes working and family life doesn’t leave a lot of time left for our hobbies. Like you I would like to do so much more but in reality it’s difficult. Main thing is to keep it fun and that is exactly what you do and it’s a good practice to follow.
    Bonus to have Brando pop up here and there and seeing that “mug” proudly showing off another edition to the vaults.
    You see so many blogs appear and disappear that it’s refreshing to see your enthusiasm and enjoyment still shining through. Here’s to another 5 years and more.
    PS that “He Ran All The Way” poster is fabulous and a brilliant film you put me on too.

    • I’m still having fun thought at times it’s hard to motivate myself to begin writing. I find once I start the words and trivia just come rolling out…. Glad we hooked up as I do love the flicks and style you bring forth to the Wolfman’s blog. All the best and yes that poster is a beauty at just 68 years of age!!!!

      • Yes it hard to start sometimes, I bet you the same as me, once you get the first line sorted it’s not too bad then. As I always remind myself, it’s just for fun and to learn things along the way. Thanks buddy yeah you too, I’m always learning new stuff from you.

  7. wow, first of all thanks for the kind mention, maybe I was a wee nudge but you were destined to be on the interwebs sharing your love of movies, and good thing too! you know so much and it’s fun to follow your viewing and collecting 🙂 time sure flies *raises drink* here’s to many more movies and blog years and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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