Happy Father’s Day From The Shattered Lens!

As much as I hate to admit it, male cats are notoriously bad fathers.  9 out of 10 male cats will abandon both their mate and their kittens and many male cats end up fathering and abandoning multiple kittens with different females.  Male cats are often so resistant to taking on the demands of fatherhood that any attempt to force them to accept responsibility will lead to hissing, growling, and occasionally clawing.

Some humans, however, have done better.  In fact, there’s even a few good fathers who write for this site!  To them, we say Happy Father’s Day from the Shattered Lens!

Happy Godfather Day, too!


Happy Star Wars Day From The Shattered Lens!

Today is May 4th, which, in 2011, was declared by some silly humans to be Star Wars Day!

The humans here at the Shattered Lens seem to love Star Wars as well!  (The kitty is indifferent.)  Check out these Star Wars reviews:

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, reviewed by Leonard Wilson

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, reviewed by Jedadiah Leland

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of Clones, reviewed by Alexandre Rothier

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, reviewed by Jedadiah Leland

Rogue One, A Star Wars Story, reviewed by Jedadiah Leland

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, reviewed by Leonard Wilson

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, reviewed by Gary Loggins

The Star Wars Holiday Special, reviewed by Valerie Troutman

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, reviewed by Leonard Wilson

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman

The Ewok Adventure, reviewed by Valerie Troutman

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, reviewed by Valerie Troutman

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, reviewed by Ryan C.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, reviewed by Arleigh Sandoc

Enjoy and happy Star Wars Day from all the humans and the cat at the Shattered Lens!  May the Force be with you on May the 4th!

Why Lisa Is Currently Furious

Hi there, WordPress subscribers!

Have you looked at you WordPress Reader lately?

It’s been reformatted once again!  The WordPress Reader is now using combined cards and it’s probably going to kill a lot of your favorite sites.  I just thought everyone might want a little advanced warning.

See, here’s how combined cards work.  Let’s say that there’s a wordpress site — like this one — that publishes multiple different posts during the day.  In the past, each post would appear separately in your reader, as a “card.”  However, someone apparently thought that prolific writers — like me for instance — were posting so much that the WordPress Reader was getting crowded.

So, now, we have combined cards!  Instead of getting a card that reads, “TV Review: Twin Peaks On Through The Shattered Lens,” followed by another card that reads, “Why Lisa Is Currently Furious,” you’ll get a card that reads, “Two new posts on Through The Shattered Lens.”  If you want to just casually click on the like button or get a quick preview of the images used in those posts, you’ll no longer be able to do that.  Not with combined cards.  Instead, you’ll have to click on the combined card and then click on one of the posts listed.

Does that help to “clean up” the reader?  I have no idea.   I really didn’t know that there was apparently a “cluttered reader” crisis going on.

What I do know is that this new format only serves to reward writers who only post, at most, once a day.  Meanwhile, people like me and sites like this, will be punished for having a lot to say.  With this combined card nonsense, WordPress has pretty much destroyed the benefits that many sites got from people casually browsing their reader.

And who is going to suffer?

Only the most active and prolific writers.  I’ve already heard from many other WordPress users that, since the introduction of combined cards, both their views and their likes are way down.

I mean, what the Hell?  HOW IS THIS A GOOD THING!?  In the end, the only thing this reformat is going to do is unfairly deprive sites of hundreds of potential views, likes, and comments.  Why punish those of us who are actually willing to put in the effort to make our sites worth visiting!?  And, perhaps even more importantly, why do this without giving us any say or advanced warning?

No.  I am not happy about this at all.


A Few Thoughts On The Passing of Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne, the longtime host of TCM, passed away today.  He was 84 years old.

I write those words with the heaviest of hearts.  I never met Robert Osborne.  I did not actually know Robert Osborne but, like a lot of classic film lovers, I felt as if I did.

Usually, I am not the most patient of film watchers.  When I show up for a movie, I want the movie to start as quickly as possible.  In theaters, I’m usually the one who is cursing under her breath during the whole spiel about how to safely exit in case of a fire.  I once got in trouble in a film class when the professor heard me muttering, “Shut up and start the movie.”

But, whenever I watched a movie on TCM, I always made sure to watch Osborne’s introduction.  It didn’t matter what movie he was introducing.  Over the years, I watched Robert Osborne introduce everything from acclaimed Oscar winners to quirky grindhouse features.  And, without fail, his introductions always made the viewing experience better.  It wasn’t just that he was knowledgeable.  It wasn’t just that he was erudite.  It was that he loved the films as much as I did.  Robert Osborne was just as happy to introduce a film directed by Jess Franco as he was to introduce one directed by William Wyler.  Regardless of genre, regardless of director, regardless of reputation, Osborne treated all films and all filmmakers with equal respect.  Today’s film community, so full of elitism and willful ignorance, could stand to learn a little from Robert Osborne.

I’m going to miss Robert Osborne.  In many ways, he was the mentor that every film lover wishes that they could have had.

Don’t get me wrong.  I will never stop watching TCM and Ben Mankiewicz is a wonderful host in his own right.

But I will never forget Robert Osborne and I imagine that I’ll never watch or discover another film on TCM without missing him and his articulate love for the movies.