Tidewater ComiCon 2016 Recap

So, I had a great time at my local Con this weekend. I kinda needed a day to recover, but I still went to my day job yesterday. There were many high points of the weekend including seeing Ernie Hudson and Sam Jones up-close (sorry no pictures).

I did pretty good with my Eternal Curse sales and even managed to move a few of my short stories. But the coolest thing was making a woman’s day, who wasn’t really in to the event, when I showed her my romantic comedy. I still can’t believe I sold a RomCom at a ComiCon. 😉

I’m sooo looking forward to next year.

That Thing You Do! #Review – Mock Squid Soup No.18 #cinephiles #film #comedy


I’m following in the footsteps of The Armchair Squid this month reviewing That Thing You Do! Click here to check out his review.

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching That Thing You Do!, click here to see my notes.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

1. What is this film about?

The movie is about a man and a band that converge briefly in the 1960s and some good music is made. The movie is partly about Guy and how one small opportunity changed his life and brought his love for music to the forefront of his life. It’s also the story of how a band forms, rises to fame, and then falls apart. There’s also a love story.

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

I honestly don’t remember what I thought when I first saw the trailer. I watch the IMDB trailer to see if it would bring it all back, but I don’t think it’s the same. Perhaps I never actually saw the trailer when the movie first came out. In 1996 or 97 when I first saw this film, it’s likely that I would have watched it without having seen a trailer just because of its premise. After watching it again years later, I know I wanted to see this movie for the music, the era, and the story of the band… I honestly didn’t know Guy was the main character until I saw the film.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

I think this movie was the perfect launching path for some growing talents. While Charlize and Giovanni were merely faces in the crowd, Steve Zahn got to show off his acting and singing talent. Tom Everett Scott is good. You can tell he’s a bit fresh but it works for him. As for Mr. Hanks, it was odd to see him in a supporting role, but of course, it’s an authoritative supporting role, so it suits him well.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

The film had serious and comedic moments happening back-to-back, so the homage to 60s film and the Beatles’ films was appreciated. It almost felt like a panoramic sitcom without an audience, but I liked it.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

I love this soundtrack. All the original songs brought together to create the Play-Tone galaxy and more is just fun stuff. Plus, “That Thing You Do!” actually hit the real pop charts after the release of this movie. That’s just cool.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

I like that Guy was for lack of a better term, a good guy. He was the glue and the magic that made it all possible. He was a great character to watch.

7. What did I not like about the story?

I liked Faye so much, but I couldn’t get into her and Jimmy. I was just waiting for that to end.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others?

Yes, but not everyone will be into it because of the music, which only makes me sad.

9. If yes, who? What would I rate this movie?

I think anyone who appreciates music and or 1960s period films will appreciate this movie even if they don’t fall in love with it. I really like this movie, but even I admit that it’s a little corny and cliché.

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 4 reels.


10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

Well, as I briefly mentioned earlier, this is my kind of movie. I love music and 50s – 70s period films. If I could go back in time and erase all the racism and war from that era, I think I’d thrive there. I haven’t written anything taking place during that time, and haven’t really incorporated music into my work, but I will one day.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Technical Issues and Operator Error

Hi there to anyone paying attention. I’ve been experiencing some technical issues that have made keeping up with my blog very difficult. After many, now shameful, accusations to my wonderful host, I’ve learned that it’s a hardware and security issue partially brought on by myself. Apparently my laptop has a faulty Wi-Fi connection that causes my Internet access to come and go at random. Then, on top of that, my security program was blocking me from my own blog after a recent update.

Some of my issues have been resolved while others remain. I guess I’ll just have to make a habit of testing my connection every day until I can afford a new computer. At this point, I’m trying to play catch up with all the posts I missed last week. Anything before that, I’ll just have to continue missing.

Sorry for my absence and thanks for sticking with me through this.