|July saw this blog's 300th post|
Is it just me or did July seem to fly by? It was a busy month but I still managed to watch quite a few films and keep up with my daily posts. Speaking of which, I quietly passed my 300th post this month, and also noticed that Google kindly updated my toolbar Page Rank from zero to a PR3. I know its mostly a meaningless indicator but it's still encouraging to see.
I also spent a bit of time tinkering with the blog design again, as you may have noticed a few new aesthetic tweaks to my template, and one not so obvious one as well. I added a script that pops up the poster and screenshot images in a large floating box on top of the blog when they are clicked, instead of having them open up in a separate page. The script also has a cool feature that lets you scroll through the screenshots with your mouse wheel. Try it out in one of my recent posts and let me know what you think.
Lately I've been asked a few times about how I come up with my ratings, and the truth is I never really put a lot of thought into it. When I started this blog it was pretty much just on a lark, and I really had no grand intentions for it. Just a simple diary to keep track of my recently watched films and maybe a list of my favorites to share with friends when they asked me for a recommendation.
Obviously it has grown to become a bit more than that, but I will save the blog history for a future post. Initially the scores were chosen by going with a gut feeling and just winging it without following any set criteria, however I've realized that over time it has evolved into a reliable system that I can now pin down and explain.
0.0 - 4.9 The worst of the worst, films I either stopped watching before they ended or fell asleep while watching. Scores in this range reflect how much of the film I got through before stopping.
Examples: Battle Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, Insidious
5.0 - 5.9 Films I could tolerate till the end but were either utter disappointments or have no redeeming qualities. I usually wont bother writing a post for films in this range or below, but will make exceptions for awards nominees, festival screenings, a part of a marathon/blogathon, or if I run out of better material.
Examples: We are What We Are, To Die like a Man, The Human Resources Manager, Trust
6.0 - 6.6 Average perhaps even entertaining films that are not complete wastes of time but have nothing special to offer either.
Examples: Chloe, Julia's Eyes, Submarine, The Wildest Dream
6.7 - 7.4 Good but not quite great films. They might feature a couple strong performances or have some unique artistic attributes but failed to blow me away.
Examples: Beginners, Cold Weather, Even the Rain, In a Better World
7.5 - 8.0 Very good films that I enjoyed immensely and would recommend to practically anyone.
Examples: The Way, Neds, Certified Copy, Tuesday After Christmas
8.1 - 8.9 Excellent highly recommended films, including important and influential films, and potential all time classics. New releases in this range and above receive a Best New Film tag.
Examples: Senna, The Tree of Life, Incendies, The Portuguese Nun
9.0 - 9.9 The best of the best, very few films will receive an initial score in this range. This is the realm of personal favorites and cinematic masterpieces.
Examples: Mulholland Dr., Suspiria, Walkabout, The Double Life of Veronique
Random Links of the Month
I wasn't able to keep up with all the blogs I follow quite as closely as I normally do, but I still discovered a bunch of cool posts from a few blogs I haven't mentioned before. Go and check them out!
- Christine of The Five Senses spent a glorious weekend in Paris and took some beautiful and inspiring photos of the magical city.
- moviesandsongs365 posted his Top 100 songs of 2010. Head on over there to discover some great tracks from last year.
- CS from Big Thoughts From a Small Mind wrote a great article on talented Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's intense The Pusher Trilogy.
- Jay's excellent blog The Reel Foto showcases various photographers' works and my pick of this month is his post on Claire Nouvian an artist who captures the unique and sometimes downright terrifying creatures that dwell beneath the sea.
- Toby from blah blah blah gay had some great coverage of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, and reviewed Ben Wheatley's new film Kill List, a film I'm dying to see.
- Amir of Amiresque and Robert of His Eyes Were Watching Movies discuss 2007's sudden revival of Western films in the first of an ongoing series titled A Good Year.
- J-SON of SON:sation posted the incredible looking trailer for The Grandmasters, Wong Kar Wai's upcoming biopic on martial arts master Ip Man.
- Genki Jason from Genkinahito's Blog posted a great review of the 1977 Japanese cult horror film House encouraging me to finally crack open my Criterion Blu-Ray of it. Expect my post on the film shortly.