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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

From 2005 To Eternity ...

Greenbriar Is Ten Years Old Today: Updated 1/3/16

As of 12/29/15, Greenbriar has been here a decade. There have been 1660 posts. A separate site indexes them all by dates, film titles, and names involved. When Greenbriar started in 2005, there were vintage movies on DVD, but nothing like now. You could store a collection on a single shelf then. Now it would take a house, and then some. I watch a disc and wonder if I'll live long enough to see it again. With dozens or even hundreds still unwrapped, could I justify re-watch of The Flesh Eaters?

Ambrosia pours forth constant: books, movies, engaging things on the Internet. Each week comes Blu-rays to set a new bar. Something good from one label is often bettered by the same title from another, like Olive's The Quiet Man toppling to Region Two re-do by Masters Of Cinema. Disappointments can be redeemed by change in direction, like Fox gone streamer route at I-Tunes with HD vaulties (The Black Watch, Captain From Castile, a hundred others) after On-Demand cropped and ancient transferred titles on DVD. Now is to await Universal doing same or similar with their own and pre-49 Paramounts the company owns. I'm confident that will come in good time.

What more marvels since Greenbriar started? I submit higher-definition as peak of them. Pictures I liked all along have whole new impact now. Just in a past couple days: Remember The Night, Lady On A Train, Brides Of Dracula done right on Blu and proper framing at 1.85 (from France). TCM has blossomed during 2015 with HD broadcast of many titles, Warner Archive continues to release rarities, and Warner Instant mines much from the 20's forward. TCM really is the model for freshening oldies and luring a modern (and young) audience for them. I haven't been to their L.A. festival or taken any of cruises, but reports from these are positive. Making old movies a social occasion ripens with TCM's lately introduced Wine Club, marketing on par with showmanship of yore as I see it. Yes, the picture life overall have never been better, at least in these quarters. Given further flow of viewing riches, Greenbriar should be around another ten years.


Blogger lmshah said...

And it looks like I get to be the first to wish Greenbriar Happy Birthday and congratulate you on keeping up the best Movie Blog on the Internet for a decade. Keep up that good work!


4:21 AM  
Blogger Reg Hartt said...

And those ten years are unrivaled for their depth of information, their unbridled inspiration and their enthusiastic love of the medium. Happy Birthday.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Barry Rivadue said...


8:01 AM  
Blogger MikeD said...

Thanks for those ten years of hard work keeping us entertained. Here's looking forward to at least another ten more. Happy Birthday!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much for ten wonderful years! And like all good movie, here's looking forward to a sequel to SHOWMEN, SELL IT HOT!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Tommie Hicks Jr said...

Thank you for this internet addiction.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Michael J. Hayde said...

Kudos as well for a magnificent, informative and inspirational web resource... and a strong second towards a SHOWMEN sequel! (Crowdfund it, and I'll send my $$$ right now!) Also, a personal thank you for your friendship and gracious promotion of my books.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Joel Bocko said...

Congratulations! Coincidentally, today is also the movie blog Ferdy on Films' 10th anniversary. With so many sites coming and going over the years (over the decade!) it's great to see some stalwarts sticking around. Keep up the great work.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Kevin K. said...

Here's to 100 more!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Donald Benson said...

Here's to another ten years of Selling It Hot.

2:59 PM  
Blogger John McElwee said...

Thanks to all for the very kind words. As to a sequel for "Showmen," there will be another book, it being completed and with the publisher now, though no definite date for release as yet. This one will deal also with Classic Era exhibition, but from a different slant. I've seen many of the pages laid out, with image reproduction a wow thanks to GoodKnight's design crew. Should be a fun follow-up to "S --- SIH!"

7:37 PM  
Blogger Joe Thompson said...

Congratulations on the big anniversary, John. You are one of the most dependable bloggers out there. I keep coming back for more.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Dan Bitgood said...

Thanks for all your hard work. One of my favorite blogs!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Sean D. said...

Happy Blog-iversery

7:36 AM  
Blogger Scott MacGillivray said...

Thank you for 10 years of insightful and informative columns, John. It's always a pleasure to visit Greenbriar.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Mikeymort said...

I've been a faithful reader for a few years now. I find all of your posts interesting and hope you keep doing it for ten more.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Stinky Fitzwizzle said...


10:02 AM  
Blogger Dr. OTR said...

You don't look a day over 9 and a a half! Congratulations on your fantastic run! Remember -- you *are* big, it's the blogs that got small!

10:41 AM  
Blogger John McElwee said...

Craig Reardon sends birthday greetings for Greenbriar:


Just cruised by your site and saw your announcement, and so CONGRATULATIONS are in order! Not only for ten year's longevity, but for the amazing consistency and high quality of every entry. The visual material alone is 'worth the price of admission', but the writing is equal to it. There's scholarship without a layer of dust or derivativeness, nor hated superiority. It sounds like the voice of a friend who shares your interests, if your friend happens to be incredibly well-informed, witty, and infinitely enthusiastic.

I'll tell you this: it's one of only about four entertainment websites I have bookmarked for easy access, and I visit as often as possible. If the day comes when I go to Greenbriar and it isn't there anymore, well, I guess I'll just bury my computer in the backyard.

Best, and almost coincidentally, Happy New Year! (In about 48 hours.)


7:51 PM  
Blogger Dave K said...

Wow, I guess I'm late to the party in extending my congratz too! Love the blog, love the comments... please, please, PLEASE keep up the great work!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Ed Watz said...

It's been said here many times, many ways, but my heartiest congratulations, John -- and I can hardly wait for your next book, too!

5:22 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congratulations! Thanks for all the years of great reading and wonderful photos. I enjoy your site very much.

Best wishes,

12:23 AM  
Blogger John McElwee said...

Great to hear from you nice people, all of support greatly appreciated. Greenbriar very much runs on the engine of your enjoyment and approval. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Late to notice this, but happy birthday to my favorite old movie blog (and Friend of NitrateVille)!

8:45 PM  
Blogger tbonemankini said...

Misunderstood that FM cover when it came out....thought that was Jerry Lewis on the cover. the alleged comment at Louis B's funeral "Give the people what they want...."

5:45 AM  

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