|Happy Feb 29th!|
It was also nice to see a French film dominate the major awards, even though I wasn't as impressed with it as much as most. However, the ceremony as always, was way too long and boring. I wish they would cut the unfunny fluff and let the winners have more time at the podium. Also why didn't they perform the nominated songs? Terrible decision.
The funniest line of the weekend was delivered on Friday by Antoine de Caunes, host of the César Awards, which was otherwise just as dull as the Oscars were. Just before the presentation of the in memoriam montage he quipped: "This year, we lost a giant of cinema. Megaupload."
For some quick blog news, I took a slight dip in page views compared to January, but still managed to pass the 250K mark. With some help from an increased interest in my coverage of the foreign language nominees, and also being selected as Lamb of the Month.
I've also been toying with the idea of adding a ranked blog roll widget to my sidebar. Similar to the LAMB's Leaderboard, to reward the blogs who send me the most referral traffic, except this one will be automatically updated. What do you guys think?
I caught up with quite a few 2011 releases this month, but there are still a bunch more I want to see, hopefully I can get to them in soon. In March, I'll also be continuing with my Czech New Wave series which I'm about half way through; and I've begun to source some films for my next major spotlight, I'm not yet ready to reveal what it will be, but the idea was inspired by this year's Berlinale.
Random Blogging Tip of the Month
Stupid Blog Tricks where I compare the different related post widgets offered by LinkWithin, Outbrain, and nRelate. They are a great way to boost your blog's traffic (accounting for ~5% of my pageviews), to keep visitors on your site longer, and to call attention to your older forgotten posts. If you don't have one on your blog, you should seriously consider it.
Random Links of the Month
I usually highlight my favorite new blog finds in this section, but I've already mentioned most of them in an earlier post, so this month's links will be a random assortment of posts that caught my eye from new and old favorites:
Andy Buckle's Film Emporium has changed addresses and can now be found at http://thefilmemporium.blogspot.com/ and this month I enjoyed reading his reviews of Dario Argento films, especially the one for Deep Red
Fogs Movie Reviews had a great post on Big an old childhood favorite of mine
Movies and Songs 365 discovered Lost in Translation, easily one of my top ten films from the last decade.
Aidy Reviews... takes a look at Briefcase, a cool suspenseful short film by Nate Golon.
Big Thoughts from a Small Mind sings the praises about Letterboxd a site that helps you keep track of what you've recently watched.
Southern Vision lists the 50 Essential Arthouse Movies a great starting point for those with an interest in the less mainstream.
Genkinathito's Blog does a fine recap of the Japanese Films at the 2012 Berlinale, with some very interesting titles to look forward to.
Surrender to the Void continues it's Favorite Films series with Chungking Express an incredible film that happens to be one of my all time favorites as well.
Taste of Cinema presents a list of Top 10's from 19 of the Greatest Directors of all time.
Cinematic Corner created a very cool visual post of 48 hidden images you may have missed when watching Black Swan
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque has begun looking at classic films from the province of Québec in a series titled Je me souviens, starting with the work of Denys Arcand.
— Bonjour Tristesse
How was your February? Did anything new and exciting happen? Share your comments below!