Why do I need to write a movie blog?
I have not found any one film critic out there, or a collection of them, that can faithfully serve to recommend films to me that I like. Ultimate case-in-point: Lawrence of Arabia. One of the most lauded films of all time. Well I saw it for the first time, admittedly on my HDTV and not in a theater, and was impressed by the music and not much else. I would suggest to those that think this is a great movie – revisit it and don’t let your childhood memories prejudice you. The movie is completely broken on a couple key fronts, to the point I give it a big thumbs down. Great score though.
I haven’t looked for it, but I don’t think a lot of people out there are panning Lawrence of Arabia. So that is why I am writing about movies – I have a unique perspective which combines with the unique set of movies I have seen for a valuable set of movie recommendations and criticism that you won’t find anywhere else.
And it’s obvious… I LOVE movies. But the movies I love are the great ones, and the good ones I like but don’t love. There are a ton of mediocre or outright bad flicks out there, but there are also so many great ones. Those that I have come across that I like I intend to share in my writings.
This blog is intended primarily as a source of recommendations of movies to watch. And most good movies are disserved by recommendations or reviews that give away juicy plot elements, even those which occur early-on in the film. So I plan not to do that in this blog. There is movie criticism that I would like to offer which will require opening the door to a movie’s secrets, but should I endeavor in that regard I will disclose my intentions upfront with some sort of “spoiler alert.”
LINKS = Recommendations?
I am using movie title links to IMDb to for one main purpose: To provide a quick guide within a blog post of what I am recommending. If it’s got a link, I recommend it. If it doesn’t have a link, I am not necessarily recommending against it, rather it may not be within the subject matter of my post. E.g., I may reference The Wizard of Oz as a point of comparison. But you won’t find it linked. Of course I recommend The Wizard of Oz, but that’s not why this blog is here – who hasn’t seen and adored The Wizard of Oz?. Otherwise, no link means I am recommending against it. Also note that the link will only appear upon the first mention of a movie within a post. Hope that’s not confusing. It will be obvious with any post of what I like and what I don’t.
One more thing… agree, disagree, both or neither… I hope you can get something out of my posts. Comments are always welcome.
Mark K. Adams