Pop Culture and Things

When I first started The Midnight Cafe back in 2004 I was using it as a journal to document the year my wife and I spent in France. Over time I started writing movie, music, and book reviews to fill the pages. By the time we got back to the US it had become a full-on pop culture blog.

Eventually, I started writing bootleg reviews which then led to me posting links to the shows. Slowly the bootlegs took over the blog and the pop culture stuff disappeared. With Amazon Drive dying I’ve been thinking about what comes next for The Midnight Cafe. My desire to continue the bootleg blog and nothing but the bootleg blog is nill. I will find a way to continue sharing the music, but I do not know if that will be through Discord, or a chat box on this blog or something else.

But I’ve also been thinking about returning to my roots. Truth is I’ve continued writing movie reviews at a site called Cinema Sentries. I kind of like the idea of talking about pop culture again in these pages.

I don’t know if that will happen. I have no idea what I’m going to do next.

But, the thing is I have a whole lot of pop culture writing that has been sitting dormant in these pages for years. Whenever I turned the Cafe into a private site I made everything that wasn’t bootleg related invisible to everyone. With the Amazon links dying I’ve decided to go back to making the Cafe a public blog. And with that I’ll be making many of those old pop culture posts visible again.

For whatever reason whenever I make those old posts visible WordPress sends out an e-mail like the old posts were new ones. I can’t find a way to bulk edit those old posts and so I’ll be doing it individually whenever I feel like it. So you can expect some e-mails with old movie reviews and other random pop-cultural musings for a while.

Honestly, some of them are kind of embarrassing to read now, as I wrote them many years ago, but they are my words and I own up to them. Point being, if you don’t want to get e-mails with movie reviews from me for the foreseeable future you might want to unsubscribe. It will most likely be April before I make a real decision as to how I’ll be sharing more music so you can ignore me for a while.

15 thoughts on “Pop Culture and Things

  1. Hi Mat,

    I just read your review of “The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu”. Excellent review, makes me want to see the movie. I’m quite happy to see that you are posting more than just bootleg music. I eagerly await more posts like this movie review.

    Bob W.

  2. Hey Mat,

    Whatever you decide, I just want to say I am grateful for all you have done to this date. We are all directing our own movie, and the future is a blank canvas. I encourage you to follow your creative muse freely!

  3. Het Mat, long time since I nagged at ya. First, thanks for everything you have done. And going forward, follow your heart. The sentence about ‘your words and owning up’ was very profound. I will say that you have been a historian and journalist of sorts, and what you do will outlast you. Kids that think Bieber is really cool might be looking back at your indexes in a few decades and pulling themselves up by their rolling papers. Snarky, but true.

    I for one, look forward to your continued involvement in the world. We need it. I think the open blog is a good idea.

    Thanks again!

  4. Cool post – and sounds like a great idea for the next leg of the journey. I myself have a ton of music writing that’s just hidden in journals – I literally review every concert I ever go to, some of them in great detail. About 600+ total reviews. And they just sit on my hard drive! So you are way further along !!

    Maybe as you brew up the new idea, I’ll share a concert review or two along the way, if it emerges as an interactive type conversation (sort of like http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/ which I referred to earlier)

    But any way it goes, I’m sure it will be fun to check out.

  5. Mat do you have a review for Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidd directed by Sam Peckinpah? The movie holds a special place in my heart as I saw it at a way too young age, single digits actually, and it blew me away at the time. Our man Bob Dylan did the sound track for it and has a minor role in it to. Asking on the off chance that you might. You are a fantastic human Mat.

    • While I have several versions of the soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and actually own the movie on DVD, I’ve actually never sat down to watch it. Sorry. Maybe your comment will encourage me to rectify that soon.

      • Aside from Dylan, Kris Kristofferson is in the lead role. Various of his real life band members make up his gang. Rita Coolidge is a love interest. If you watched any old Westerns you will recognize a multitude of Character actors from Mexico and the US make an appearance. It was filmed in Durango Mexico and I’ve always assumed going there influenced Dylan’s writing of songs like Romance in Durango and One More Cup of Coffee. Check it out for a lark some night when you feel like stepping into Peckinpah’s vision of 1890’s New Mexico

        • It has been on my list of things to see for ages, but for whatever reason I’ve just not gotten around to it. I have really gotten into old westerns over the last couple of years so I really need to find my DVD copy and give it a whirl.

  6. Matt, I could download the picture. Buddy Miller had a blue arrow but when I clicked, it told me “The number of downloads for this shared file have been exceeded.” There was no blue arrow for Bill Monroe.

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