5 Movie Soundtracks That Shaped My Childhood

Nostalgia... It's hard to know when it will hit or what could trigger it. Whatever the case, it gets us thinking about a simpler time. A time that we're able to look back on fondly and somehow filter out the bad leaving only the positive memories. It's a lens through which we see the past … Continue reading 5 Movie Soundtracks That Shaped My Childhood

The Open Door Policy

Does anyone else ever find themselves waking up in the middle of the night with an idea in their head? A blog post that you think might be good enough to actually sit down and write about. But it's, like, three in the morning... who's awake enough to write anything at that point, no matter … Continue reading The Open Door Policy

Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two Ernest Cline 2020 I absolutely LOVED Ready Player One. I enjoyed it so much that, after reading through it once, I downloaded the audiobook to let Wil Wheaton read it to me again. And it was fantastic. And I was thrilled to know that Ernest Cline had a sequel in the works. … Continue reading Ready Player Two

Impact

How would you describe nostalgia? I don't necessarily mean the things that stir up nostalgic feelings within you. I don't mean the sights or sounds, the tastes or smells... I mean the feeling itself. Here's how real nostalgia makes me feel... It's like this deep ache. It's not painful, but it's like something has gone … Continue reading Impact

Remember the Animator?

Did anyone else have one of these as a kid? I kind of feel like I was the only one... It was made by Ohio Art, the same company that produced the Etch A Sketch. You've gotta know what that is, right? The drawing toy that made it impossible to draw a circle. Anyway, this … Continue reading Remember the Animator?

The Confusing Middle’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

Happy New Year! And welcome to what has become an annual tradition here at The Confusing Middle. This is the post where I take a look at the statistics provided by WordPress to see which of the posts that went up throughout the year were the most popular among visitors to the site. Please note, … Continue reading The Confusing Middle’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

After Seeing the “Live Action” Remake of The Lion King

Kids, even before seeing this movie, I was an emotional roller coaster in regards to its very existence. I remember seeing Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book remake and thinking, "They could remake The Lion King." I had that thought based on how well done I thought The Jungle Book had been. Now, by the time The Jungle Book came … Continue reading After Seeing the “Live Action” Remake of The Lion King

My 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

I’ve mentioned Flickchart on here before, right? Yeah, I know I did on last year’s post like this. Well, the quick sales pitch is that it’s a way to rank your favorite movies. The site gives you two movies and you pick the one you like better. From that, you can eventually develop a pretty … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

Old Commercials and Anxiety

YouTube can be a wonderful waste of time. If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself watching something useful, maybe even informative, and then you find yourself falling down a rabbit hole of videos and suddenly an hour or more has gone by. Maybe there aren't many out there who find themselves in that situation. … Continue reading Old Commercials and Anxiety

My Favorite Movies #90 – Super 8

Super 8 2011 Directed by J. J. Abrams Netflix says... With a nod toward producer Steven Spielberg's landmark sci-fi films of the 1970s and '80s, writer-director J. J. Abrams crafts a supernatural tale about six kids who witness something incredible while shooting a movie with their Super 8 camera. Yeah, sorry it's been a while … Continue reading My Favorite Movies #90 – Super 8