Category Archives: Tysto


I’m going to go on hiatus for a couple of months. Some life changes (possibly menopause) are sapping my time and attention. I hope to get back to doing commentaries in January, but until then I need to focus on real life.

I appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten recently. It’s all been really positive. I know the site continues to present issues with downloads sometimes, which baffles me despite my best preventative measures.

Welcome, Iron Man fans, I guess (or bots?)

According to the PodPress statistics, my commentary with the Doctor from Speakeasy for Iron Man has been downloaded more than 33,000 times. That’s about 15x more than my next most popular commentary, The Phantom Menace (which is actually a remix of Red Letter Media’s work, so it isn’t really even mine).

Maybe a celebrity tweeted about it or a DJ talked about it on the radio or something. I don’t know. Maybe it’s one obsessive nerd just really into it. Or maybe it’s software bots gone crazy. It only has one comment, so maybe it’s bots?

Regardless, welcome, whoever you are. I guess.

Show some love to John Pavlich

My thoughts and sympathies go out to John Pavlich in a time of hardship on the loss of his mother. His Sofa Dogs podcast is one of the first commentary sites on the Web. We bonded over Firefly and Community and a lot of crazy movies, and he’s always a bright spot in my movie watching/commentary listening pastime.

He deserves your attention for a moment if you can give him some support during this difficult time.

Go Fund Me page

Michael “Dorkman” Scott

1655991_615864078532678_4424568584175976464_n[1]As you may already know if you frequent or, Mike Scott was in a very serious accident in which he was hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk. In the past week, he’s undergone multiple surgeries for brain, leg, and pelvis injuries and remains under heavy sedation. But the prognosis is looking up, and he is likely to be allowed to regain consciousness soon.

Mike and I and John Pavlich did a commentary for Dark City a few months ago, and I had the privilege of meeting him and talking about Harry Potter during the 24-hour commentary marathon. He is a great guy, very funny, and very very smart, and I wish him a joyful reunion with his friends and family and a short convalescence.

If you’re interested in his progress, you can keep an eye on the Facebook support page. If you’d like to contribute to his inevitably expensive recovery, visit the GoFundMe page.

10 years and 200 commentaries

tysto-logo3It almost came and went without my noticing, but this site has now been going for more than 10 years now, and I’ve done 200 commentaries. I first started the site in early 2004 as a place to hold my movie reviews and travel photos and my opinions on culture and government, but by late 2006 I found I was more interested in doing commentaries for movies.

I started where it’s only natural—the classics: Casablanca, La Dolce Vita, and the Firefly TV series. I’ve made quite a number of friends and had some great times watching movies with some of them, and my commentaries get enough feedback that I feel people are enjoying them, so it’s worth it to keep going.

And now that I have a fresh look for the site, I feel like I might just keep tinkering and musing for another 10 years and 200 commentaries.

Thanks for listening!

New look

I don’t know what caused my template to get messed up, but I’ve decided that after 10 years, it’s time to freshen the look. So I’m going to look for a new template that looks good and I can adapt to accommodate the PodPress plugin and commentary list.

Look for it soon!

Tell me what you think!

Sorting things out

I’ve got all the files reuploaded and linked again now. And I’ve also got the site added back to iTunes. (So welcome, all you thousands of newcomers who will find me that way!)

And since John Pavlich posted Inception so quickly on his site, I moved it up ahead of Austin Powers.

New Year’s Resolution: requests

Having recently agreed to do a commentary for Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, it occurred to me to go back and look at other requests I’ve had and see how I’ve done at fulfilling them. And it turns out… not so good.

I’ve had some good feedback and many more requests than I’d realized, but I’ve only done a few of the movies requested. I tried to do a Charles Bronson movie and found I didn’t have anything to say about them, kept an eye out for the obscure Hammer horror, found I had nothing to say about The Invisible Man (I might give that and the original Mummy another shot), and have a few others waiting patiently for me to get clean of my James Bond, Star Trek, and now Harry Potter obsessions.

So, my New Year’s Resolution is to do a better job at fulfilling requests.