Yesterday I reached a truly incredible milestone when I published my 1000th film review! I feel that is a massive achievement since starting this blog back in February 2009.
Over the past few weeks I have found myself mentioning this to people on Twitter who had absolutely no idea what I was going on about. On IMDb – Internet Movie Database although I am sure you already knew that part. You can add your Film or TV Series reviews onto the external review part of the site.
I am pretty sure I just saw someone else mention it and started doing it then. Well, worth taking a little bit of time to put all of your reviews onto the site. I get around 15/20 clicks from IMDb by having my reviews in external reviews. I think it will probably be something that becomes even more popular with the announcement that they are closing down the messages boards. I guess both good and bad reasons behind that, but that is a totally different issue. I am here to help you expand your blog and get more people reading your reviews that you take a lot of time and effort to write.
I will take you on a step by step guide and honestly once you’ve submitted a couple of reviews it takes seconds to update!
This thought came across my mind when reviewing Eclipse last week, and thinking about when the best time to write your movie review is. Baring in mind over the past few months I have not really reviewed many films, as have found myself extremely busy. Hopefully know I have managed to find a happy medium and manage to continue in a better manner with this blog.
For me when I write a review really does depend on the film. After seeing certain films I feel the need to quickly draft some thoughts down, in a start to the review. However, at times I write the review as quick as possible after watching the film. Some films with tougher subject matters and more thought into them often require a couple of days to let it all digest properly.
Whilst on my none posting period on the blog, I did go to the cinema and even start drafts for different film reviews. But for some of these films I feel as though the time may have passed until I can get a second viewing of the film, as too much time has passed since I watched them now.
My main point of this blog post is to get opinions of what my fellow bloggers find as the best approach.
So I propose these questions to you:
1. When do you write your film review?
2. How long do feel is too long after seeing a film to write a review?
3. Any particular film genre you struggle with the reviews?
Well the newest craze hitting the blogosphere has been 10 movie facts about me a meme. Andy from Fandango Groovers so kindly tagged me to post 10 movie facts. Love it! This will all be off the top of my head, so I have no idea which direction it will head in (if any). Big shout out to who originally started this post, we really are feeling the love in the movie blogging world over the past few weeks and I think it really is just brilliant.
1. I am a total geek when it comes to going to the cinema, as I keep the tickets from every film I go to see. This helps when myself and friends argue about the last film we saw in a certain screen (from 1-11 in our local cinema).
2. The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Aladdin which would have made me 4 or 5 (depending on UK release date) and I am pretty sure I went to see it twice.
3. I can remember a hell of a lot of film quotes and find myself telling them to people in certain situations, often to help them feel better.
4. I have hundreds and hundreds of DVDs. Some of which have been watched lots and lots of times (Lord of the Rings, Julia Roberts films . . . ) and some have been watched once (Hope Springs is one I can think of off the top of my head) and about 25 have never been watched and on my must watch list.
5. I am extremely pleased that I suddenly decided to start this blog one day as it has allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people through there blogs, getting involved in blogging events and encouraging me to really think about some films whilst writing reviews and even paying closer attention when watching them. To say the least it has become somewhat a hobby.
6. Every now and then I have an actor of the moment which causes me to dive into their past work, often buying more DVDs. Over the years this has happened with Richard Gere, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and most recently Daniel Craig (thank you Casino Royale !!!).
7. My feel good, never fails to put a smile on my face movie is “The Sound of Music” possibly my most watched film EVER. As I grew up watching it and still love it to this day. I always thought Julie Andrews was the most perfect speaking woman.
8. I have a Cineworld cinema pass which I think is the best 13.50 a month to come out of my bank account! Unlimited cinema for that much a month really is something else. I do my best to go twice a week maybe more if loads of different films are out.
9. As I have probably mentioned before I never read a review before I see the film. The furthest I will go when reading a paper with a review in is looking to see how many stars they gave the review – as this doesn’t often make it very obvious how the film goes. But after I have seen a film and wrote my review, I will then read what other people thought of the film.
10. My friends and family often ask me if I have seen certain films and what I thought of them. It’s not very often I actually tell people a film is bad unless I wanted to turn it off or leave the cinema. I don’t often do that because I find that everyone has different opinions so something I hate they may love and vice versa.
Well there we go 10 random movie facts about me!!!
Writing a movie review . . . where to start?
Well this has to be the main reason for this blog, so that I can write my own movie reviews and see if people agree or disagree with what I say about them. So most of this post is going out to my fellow movie review bloggers. How easily do you find it to review a movie?
My answer to that question is it depends how much I like or get from the movie. Some reviews are difficult and take days and days to write. Where as some can actually be done in 15-20 minutes and the words just flow. These are often movies I have really enjoyed and/or related to in some way. I find that so easy to write a long review in such a short period of time.
I also find it difficult sometimes if you do not start the review right away, again this is for movies which I did not enjoy as much or really get anything from. I have to admit I have a few movies like that in my draft section at the moment. It’s just really difficult sometimes to review a movie. Do you agree?
When writing a review I try to give a plot outline, which sometimes goes more in-depth if the movie has quite a few good points as this has to be understood in order to get the whole review. I then try to pick out some of the key points or situations in the movie and give my opinion on them.
If you do relate to any of the key issues or situations in a movie this can be quite an emotional experience and can then transfer into your writing. I am sure it is evident in my reviews which movies I have been touched by or related to with in comparison to those I did not connect with at all. Therefore did not enjoy them very much.
I have to admit that I do hate writing reviews for movies I have not been too fond of, as I do not like just bashing or saying totally negative things about that movie. So I do still try to find something good about it, which is sometimes extremely difficult as my fellow bloggers will be well aware of.
To my fellow bloggers how do you go about writing your reviews?
To people who read my blog, more particularly my reviews, any advice on how to make them better?