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Friday, April 15, 2005
"We've moved to a new server. If you're seeing this news, you already are linking to the new residence. We're now on a professional server machine (as opposed to a home computer masquerading as a server) which should make things run just a bit more smoothly. So, enjoy! "Sahara" is next on my list, and you'll see it here as soon as I see it. :) Excelsior!"


Saturday, April 2, 2005
"My, what a long, strange trip it's been. It's been two years since I posted a review, but in those two years I've finished my Ph.D. coursework, and gotten a "real" teaching job in the Broadcast & Cinematic Arts department at Central Michigan University. Today, after seeing Sin City, I realized that I missed doing these reviews. This is a good thing, since it means that I've finally recovered from the hell that was Ohio for three years, and all the associated brain-drain that came with it. So let the good times roll! We have movies coming up... Revenge of the Sith (which I actually have a tiny bit of hope for), War of the Worlds, and of course... September 30th and the Firefly movie "Serenity!" Until the next time, I welcome you back to the newly revived Prof J's movie review. I'll save you a seat at the next film. Excelsior!"


Tuesday, September 16, 2003
"FOX has done it again, this time closing down the Official Board for the program "Firefly" with no notice, and thus displacing the online community that resided there. In an effort to help, I've created my own Firefly forum in the hopes of giving them a place to turn to. The matter is being voted on now, on the general FOX forums, and I'm hopeful that I have a chance, but I think I'll leave the forum up regardless. Especially with creator Joss Whedon working on a Firefly film, already greenlighted by Universal, it seems that interest won't be diminishing any time soon. So, if you're a fan, hop on over. If you've no idea what I'm talking about, the completely Firefly DVD set is due to be released on December 9th at last check. Do yourself a favor, check it out. Excelsior!"


Saturday, July 11, 2003
"Last night, I resurrected a tradition of a bygone movie-going era. I took in both "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" as a custom-made double-feature. While I may not possess the stamina to do that all too often any longer, last night was a blast! Both films were entertaining, although one stands head and shoulders above the other (you'll just have to read the reveiw to find out which one, however. :) Also, I'm going back through and adding review dates to all the archived reviews, as per a friend's suggestion, and adding a "Latest Reviews" section at the very top. Oh, and I've moved my personal info down below the movie listings so that readers can get to the reviews themselves sooner. As for what films are upcoming, I've lost track. All the big summer movies I was waiting for I've now seen, with the exception of "28 Days Later" which still hasn't made an appearance in my community, but I'm hoping it will eventually. It did well enough, coming in at #4 overall its first weekend. I'll try to be patient and wait for it to show up here. Excelsior!"


Monday, September 2, 2002
"With my review of Tadpole, I also wanted to bring to everyone's attention a petition that, while not having to do with movies, per se, is very important. Comedy Central has a program called "Beat the Geeks", which is an entertaining homage to pop-trivia knowledge, and a large and vocal fanbase. The program has been airing night on Comedy Central at 7pm, but has just recently been moved to a 5pm timeslot. And, while this move does not definitely indicate any attitude towards the show by the network, it is enough of a change to bring the fans to the fore, to call for the network to give the program a third season. With that in mind, I have places a petition online (reachable here) for anyone, like myself, who want this program to continue. If you've seen the show and enjoy it, please take a moment to sign the petition. If you've never seen the show, it's on Comedy Central at 5pm EST every weekday. Help us ensure that this program continues into a well-deserved third season. Marc Edward Heuck, Paul Goebel and Andy Zax deserve that and more."


Friday, June 21, 2002
"Profj.org has partnered with ATHENSi.com! My movie reviews will now be featured on Athens, Ohio's leading internet information portal site. For this site, it means very few changes (you'll notice the title/home-link added to the top of every review page) but it means much more exposure for the site, and much more traffic. My thanks to Dr. Robert Stewart for working out the arrangments. This partnership works out for both sites, and I expect the partnership to be a long one. Look for my review of Minority Report by Sunday night. :) Excelsior!"


Friday, May 17, 2002
"Finally, I've gotten the time and money around and we've become our own site! The old address of http://csc.aix.cc/profj/ will still work, but now we are, officially, http://www.profj.org/ at long last! Huzzah and hurrah! And we've inaugerated the new domain name with the review of Attack of the Clones! Excelsior!"


Friday, March 29, 2002
"Well, you may have noticed that ProfJ was offline for a while. The server that houses it was hacked, and had to be taken offline to be fixed. When it was fixed, then the domain names the server houses had to be re-distributed out to the rest of the internet, which takes time. But anyway, I did get to see Resident Evil, and my rather enthusiastic review (Hey, I love zombie movies) is up. I don't know what's next for the review queue, but I can tell you, it's not Panic Room, unless there is some real interest in hearing my opinion on it (send e-mails if there is). Excelsior!"


Saturday, March 9, 2002
"It's the end of my second quarter, and I took the time to go see a movie this weekend. I'm also going to be seeing Resident Evil next weekend, so there will be two reviews in a row. Also, with Blade II, Spiderman, and Episode II looming, I'm going to be forced (by my wife if no one else) to see these movies. ;) Keep your eye peeled, it's going to be a great spring for movies. Excelsior!"


Sunday, December 6, 2001
"Greetings from misty southeastern Ohio. Athens is my home for the next 2 1/2 years, as I head towards the day when I cease to be Prof J and become DOCTOR.. er... Prof... er... J... oh well, maybe I'll just hang onto Prof J. Regardless, school has tied up my movie-going time as usual, but I did finally get to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I have firm plans (provided we can get tickets) to go with a large group of friends to see Lord of the Ring at the first showing on the 19th of this month, so hopefully I'll have a reveiw up of that later that day. Until then, remember: We just call it "Episode II" now, none of this dorky clones stuff. Excelsior!"


Sunday, September 2, 2001
"I went BACK to see Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back yesterday, because I wanted to give Kevin Smith my money. How's that for liking a movie. ;) Also, I've got new Top-Ten lists ready. The Top-Ten Heroes list is up, and I have Heroines, Anti-Heroes/Heroines, Comic Leads and Dramatic Performances figured out, I just have to HTML-ize them, which hopefully I can get done in the next couple days, but since Ph.D. classes start in two days... we'll see. Until then, Excelsior!"


Thursay, August 16, 2001
"Well, when it rains, it pours. :) I've managed to acquire two passes to a sneak preview of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back at a theatre in Waterford (about three hours away) tonight, so I'm leaving in an hour or so to make sure I get there in time (we're going with my best friend and his girlfriend, she got us the passes bless her heart!). So, look for a PREVIEW (this is a first for this site) of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back sometime late tonight or early tomorrow.

Also, as you've no doubt noticed, the site has undergone yet another facelift (only the second in four years, that's not too bad). Let me know what you think of the new look. :) So, until tomorrow... excelsior!
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Monday, August 13, 2001
"Finally, I've gotten to the cinema again! Within the month, my wife and I will be moving out of state to begin pursuing our Ph.D.s at Ohio University, but I swore to myself that, before I left, I'd get to a film at least, and The Others turned out to be it. The page will remain (in fact, I'm thinking of giving it a serious facelift) and I will continue to post as often as I get to the movies, so have no fear. The language might become a bit more pretentious (higher education does that) but I'll keep reviewing what I see for you all. Considering that I'm studying Film Criticism in school, this seems an appropriate place to "vent my observations". :) I still haven't seen Shadow of the Vampire but I'm certain that I'll own a copy of it before the year is out. My next film will be Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which opens on Friday, August 24th and which I'll see, come hell or high water, on Saturday, August 25th. Here's hoping we'll have our internet service hooked up so I can upload the review. So, until then, keep the faith, true believer. :)"


Monday, May 21, 2001
"Well, it's official. Prof J. is now a B.A. and an M.A., and this fall will begin studying to be a Ph.D. What does this mean? Well, it means that hopefully, over the summer, I'll see quite a few films, because once the fall hits, it's going to be like it was for the last two years... slim pickin's I'm afraid. Fortunately, I'm finally going to get to see Shadow of the Vampire late this month when it comes out on DVD. I never did find anyplace around me that was showing it, so... never fear, it'll be here. I always say, better late then never. Also, I'm going to open up a section of reviews specifically for DVD's, as I've become quite the collector and a lot of them have some pretty neat things on them. So for now, this is all the update the site is getting, but I feel confident that more is coming soon. :)"


Thursday, January 11, 2001
"I've been approached by a website that specializes in movie posters. I've been approached for affiliate programs before, but this site I liked. I live in a small apartment, but I have lots of wall space, so posters and I get along really well, and this site understands about collecting, caring for and preserving vintage and current movie posters, and they have a LOT to choose from. So, if you're interested in film paraphenalia, give the banner on the main page a click. I'm only putting one banner in, so you won't see any on the review pages themselves. I just thought it was a nice site, and if you buy anything from them after going there from this site, I get a percentage of the sale, so you'll be supporting this site as well. Anyway, next on my list is Shadow of the Vampire, which I _thought_ was being released on December 29th, 2000, and it was... just only in New York and Los Angeles. Ah well, at least by doing that they qualify for this year's Oscars. The nationwide release is January 26th, 2001, and I plan on blowing off Second City coming to the University I'm at to go and see this, so high are my hopes for the film. In case you haven't heard about it, it's starring John Malkovich, William DeFoe, Eddie Izzard and Cary Elwes, and it's about F. W. Murneau filming 'Nosferatu' way back around 1917 or so. It looks to be very well done, and it's the flagship production from Nicolas Cage's new production company "Saturn Films" You'll get the review as soon as I get home (and probably as soon as I can get my hands to stop trembling, if this film turns out to be as I hope). In the meantime, if you like movie posters, give the folks at MovieGoods a look-see, and I'll keep on keepin' on as I always have been. Excelsior!"


Saturday, December 9, 2000
"My brother Jason, who is about to graduate from the University of Michigan's Film School (and believe me, he's talented enough to go places when he's done) asked if I'd put up HIS review of the Dungeons and Dragons film, and I was only too happy to oblige. His is a completely different take on the film, and makes a great counterpoint to my own. I don't agree with him, btw, but that's what makes his review so perfect to put up on the site. And yes, should he want to review more films, I'll gladly put them up, but no, I'm not re-naming the site to "Prof J and Bros. Current and Classic Film Reviews". ;) Welcome aboard, Jason. Excelsior!"


Friday, December 8, 2000
"I love it when a plan comes together. On my busiest weekend of the entire semester, I still find time to get out and see Dungeons & Dragons. Fortunately, after the next 6 days are through, I have christmas break, and time to see more movies! My wife and I have plans to see at least two more films before the end of the year, although which we're not sure. If you have suggestions, feel free to e-mail them. :) We'll be heading out to see the films starting around the 16th of December, so you have until then. Do go see Ubreakable and Dungeons & Dragons, they're both worth your money for completely different reasons. Excelsior!"


Wednesday, July 19, 2000
"FINALLY, I've seen X-Men, and it's everything I expected it to be. The next film I'm waiting for is the Dungeons and Dragons film, due out in late august/early september (at last check). We've now got the 11-theatre megaplex at the north end of town, and the four-screen theatre has begun showing second-run films at $2 a ticket (all shows) so I'm hoping to get over to see Titan A.E. this week yet, and if I do, it'll show up here. So, until then, got see X-Men, as the more money it makes, the more likely it is that Fox will continue to fund comic book-related films, and we want that! Excelsior!"


Sunday, July 2, 2000
"Work. 7 shifts in four days. Ah well, with laptop in hand, I've done a massive upgrade/update to the site, as well as adding the latest addition: Top-Ten Lists. So far, only the list of Top-Ten Best Movie Villains from 1971-2000 is up, but Best Heroes, Worst Heroes, and more are on their way. Do drop me a line and let me know what you think of the new look at jsmith@lni.net along with any other comments/questions you have. I'll try to answer them all, or at least point you in the right direction to find out. Until then, enjoy, and stay tuned, X-Men is 12 days away! Excelsior!"


Monday, June 19, 2000
"Ahhh, summer. No classes, just work, and a new mega-plex opening up in town this month. Life is good for the old movie Prof, and so much is coming this summer, I'll be hard pressed to see it all. Shaft was good (damn right), Titan AE looks fabulous, and X-Men is coming next month, and the Dungeons & Dragons film coming around August. Plus, things like Bless the Child, The Patriot, and others will make my summer viewing enjoyable and hectic. Keep your fingers crossed, we should be rolling in reviews by summers's end. Until then, go see Shaft, and enjoy! :) Excelsior!"


Monday, March 27, 2000
"Yes, I am triumphant! At the Oscar party I attended last night, I tied for the most picks correctly predicted, including three of the four top slots (I only missed Best Actress, I bet on American Beauty sweeping the top four). Next up for review this weekend: Erin Brokovitch. Stay tuned, and remember, if you haven't seen American Beauty yet, do so before it leaves the theatre. :) Excelsior!"


Tuesday, February 29, 2000
"Well, so much for more free time. <chuckle> Since getting to Graduate School, I've seen two films in the theatre, and the second is just now being posted. The main problem is that there are only six theatres in town, and most of the things I had wanted to see (Dogma, Sleepy Hollow, Pitch Black, etc.) never arrived here, so my viewing choices have been limited. Nevertheless, I continue to try to make my way to see films of some type or another. With spring break closing fast, I may have time to see a couple more of the recent films and get them reviewed and up. Also, I'd like to apologize to those of you who have sent e-mail to me about various topics. I've read them, and I appreciate your efforts, I've just had no time to answer even a tenth of them. Forgive the overworked and underpaid, please. I'll try to increase the amount of mail I can respond to over the next few months. Anyhow, stay tuned for the new films coming out... Mission to Mars looks fabulous, and the X-Men film is only four months away! Until the next time, Excelsior!"


Monday, September 5, 1999
"Who'd have thought that, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I'd be making more money and have more free time than I was as a college instructor? It seems unbelievable to me, but it's true. Sixth Sense was my premier film viewing here in Mount Pleasant, home of the Central Michigan University Chippewas, and my new home for the next two years. My wife and I plan to try to make time to get out on a "date" every couple weeks, and since we're both film nuts... you guessed it. If all works out as planned, you'll be seeing a new movie at least every couple weeks here on the site. Until then, keep your eyes peeled, November is going to be a great month, with the release of both Sleepy Hollow, and Kevin Smith's long awaited "judeo-christian action adventure film" Dogma both due. I'm breathless with anticipation! Excelsior!"


Sunday, July 18, 1999
"It's true, I'm married now, and what with being married, tons of work, and getting ready to shuck it all, move two and a half hours north and begin a two-year career as a graduate assistant, I've had just no time to get to a movie. This will probably continue for a while, so I may try to get to some of the classic reviews I've been putting off all summer long. Keep the faith, true believers, there will be more movies up here shortly. If you're started for some ProfJ-like material, check out my personal web pages and see what else I do besides movie reviews. :) Until then, stay tuned and we'll get you something new shortly. Excelsior!"


Monday, May 10, 1999
"Summer's here, and with it, the yearly hope that I'll get to see more movies. However... I'm going camping later this month, getting married in June, and going off to Graduate School at the end of July, so we'll see how it goes. I will be trying to get more video's up on the site if I can't get to the movies. HOWEVER, I'm all prepped to go stand in line for advance tickets to 'The Phantom Menace' on Wednesday, so rest assured that there will be a reveiw of that film up here next Wednesday night. Stay tuned, and we'll see you at the movies! Excelsior!"


Monday, May 3, 1999
"I have been invited to join the Internet Film Critic's Association, and I have accepted. I will still post revies here, of course, but in addition, select reviews will be appearing on their web site, with other reviews from critics around the world. If you don't find what you're looking for here (Hey, I can't see every film...), be sure to check them out, you'll probably find it there. :) Excelsior!"


Friday, April 9, 1999
"Four months. Four months it's been since I've been to see a movie in the theatre. How time flies when you're preparing to get married. Ah well. The review of The Matrix is up, and wow... what a film to get "back into the business" on. I'd suggest seeing this one in the theatre. I tend to let things wait for video, but I'm SO very glad I didn't let this one get past me without seeing it on the big screen. And yes, Phantom Menace looms in the future, as does Entrapment, 13th Floor, Wild Wild West, Mummy and Dogma. We shall see how many I actually get to see, but rest assured that, when I do, you'll be the first to know about it. Excelsior!"


Sunday, November 15, 1998
"It was bound to happen sooner or later... real jobs are around the corner. However, unlike most "I won't have enough time to maintain this site" any longer, this is a "I'll have as much time, and I'll get to see more movies too" message! From this point on, there will probably be at least one new review a week, if not more, and I can't tell you all how excited I am about that. If you'd like to suggest a movie for me to see (it'll help make the last-minute 'What are we gonna go see today?' decisions a bit easier), send me mail at jsmith@adrian.adrian.edu and I'll see what I can do. As a part-time Radio DJ, I'm in the habit of taking requests. Next on my list (at this point anyhow) is Meet Joe Black, another example of Hollywood's sneaky way to get guys like me to go see "romantic" films. Their method? Throw in a healthy dose of the supernatural and gather in the "weirdfans" like me and my companions each time we hit the weekend movies. We'll see if it works once I see the film, but for now, at least the interest is there. Enjoy the movies, and know this: As of November 20th, the trailer for the new Star Wars (Chapter 1) film hits the theatres, so rest assured, come hell or high water, I _will_ be at the movies next weekend, if for no other reason than to see THAT. Excelsior!"


Saturday, September 26, 1998
"After receiving a nasty note from a visitor to this site, I felt a bit of clarification was in order. This is not a professional movie review site. I run this site because I enjoy movies, and I feel I can speak about them in an intelligent manner. However, I have had to take yet another job (this makes 4 in all) to make ends meet, and as such, I have had less than no time to get out to the movies. I review films as I get to see them. I still have to have the time/energy to get to the theatre, and the money to spend on the ticket to get in. So next time one of you wants to ream me for not being as up-to-date as you'e like this site to be, keep in mind... I do this because I enjoy it and if you don't like it, don't read it. 'Nuff said. Hopefully, we'll have a review of Rush Hour up within the next couple days. (Btw, for those of you who read this site occasionally and enjoy it, this wasn't aimed at you. :)"


Monday, August 24, 1998
"How time flies... school is back in session as of Wednesday, and I'm fully into the throes of being engaged, so I've been a bit lax, but more movies are just around the corner. Sadly, I have been as yet unable to see most of the films I've wanted to see this summer due to work, but if I don't get them now, I'll catch them on video, when my review will be somewhat a breath of fresh air. Maybe? I hope so. Anyhow, enjoy the Blade review, and hopefully more will be along soon."


Monday, July 11, 1998
"The seminar is over, and life is slowly sorting itself back out into some semblence of normalcy. However, since my fiance' and I are a one-car family, and she's now swamped, I'll be concentrating on filling up the video/classic's section of movie review for the next few weeks. I'm thinking of films like Empire Records, White Christmas, The Glenn Miller Story, Dark City (Which is due out any day and which I intend to purchase for my very own... that's a review in and of itself) and Blade Runner. (I know this is an... eclectic group of films, but my tastes are varied and somewhat whimsical.)

Keep the faith, I do know that Lethal Weapon IV and Armageddon are the tops on my "to-see" list, but it's just that nasty, nasty old time factor again, striking from a different flank. More information is coming, so, as they say on the radio-waves: Stay tuned to this station!"


Thursday, June 25, 1998
"I've been asked to take over for another professor in a two-week Seminar for gifted high school students, and it's chewing up an AMAZING amounts of my time, so things are rather slow here for a bit. I managed to get a classic review up, and more will follow shortly, but I have no time to get out to see any new films until the seminar is over. Dr. Doolittle is on my list, as is Deep Impact, Armageddon, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but when I get to see them is quite up in the air.

Also, it appears that I may become sponsored shortly, more on that as the details become available, but I've investigated the place, and their prices on video tapes are actually quite good. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information."



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