Focus On: Film Blogs
We discover bloggers on WordPress.com exploring different passions and interests, immersed in unique industries, fields, and worlds. At the Daily Post, we’ll highlight these niche blogs and the various communities within WordPress.com. We hope these spotlights introduce you to new communities and ideas, and inspire you to find — and create — your own cozy corner in the blogging world.
It’s awards season in the movie biz, and this Sunday, the heavyweights of Hollywood will gather for the Oscars. Yesterday, Michelle published a Q&A with the film blogger at Canadian Cinephile, so we thought it’d be fitting to give other film blogs the red carpet treatment! We’ve found sites dedicated to reviews of new releases, blogs focused on larger discussions surrounding cinema, and other sites that celebrate more alternative flicks.
Here’s a sampling of film blogs and sites on WordPress.com:
Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second covers the cinematic spectrum, from reviews of new releases to essays on classics and lesser-known flicks. As seen in editor-in-chief Adam Batty’s recent run of essays on French New Wave, the site specializes in “fusing the mainstream with the ignored,” emphasizing in-depth analyses on styles like French cinema and silent film, among other genres.
Adam’s prose is serious yet elegant, and shows his knowledge and deep appreciation for the art of film. Adam also produces Film Clash, a podcast in which he discusses the week’s releases with Ali Bianchi. In their latest episode, they chat about Oscar predictions. Another cool feature to check out is the Hope Lies Monographs series, a collection of books on film that uses material from the blog (as well as writing created specifically for the project).
Dan Fogarty — “Fogs” for short — watches too many movies and likes to hear himself talk. (His words, not ours!) At Fogs’ Movie Reviews, he’s built a supportive, comfy following of movie-loving commenters. He has a clear grading system and varied categories (from “James Bond Central” to “Chick Flick City”). Like Adam at Hope Lies, Fogs also produces a podcast on movies (with co-host Chris Tanski).
Fogs is a funny guy, and we like his conversational tone and voice — you want to engage with him and chat about movies. We also appreciate his frankness in his reviews — on the latest Die Hard, he comments that ”if there were any justice at the megaplex, it would be the nail in the franchise’s coffin.” And he’s straight up about Beautiful Creatures, calling it “a dull, silly movie overburdened with exposition in order to establish its vapid mythology, all surrounding a tween-targeted romance between two low-wattage young stars.”
We love the emphasis on older films, overlooked movies, cult classics, and quirky picks at Trash Film Guru. (We dig the blog title, too!) The commentary is sharp — consider part of this review of Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter:
In this blighted age we live in, there are sooooo many films that are basically nothing but gimmicks. The Hobbit. The Star Wars prequel trilogy . . . The list is virtually endless. The thing is, these flicks all try very hard to convince you, the viewer, that they’re not just quick, gimmick-y cash-ins — hell, they spend millions, even hundreds of millions, trying to dupe you into thinking that they’re something more than that. Something necessary. Back in 1966, when legendary director William “One Shot” Beaudine made the movie under discussion here today, there were plenty of gimmick-based flicks as well, to be sure, but damn — at least they were upfront about it.
It’s a blog worth sifting through, not simply for its focus on film, but for its thoughtful commentary on the forgotten, the offbeat, and the alternative, less-glamorous genres of film that contribute just as much to our popular culture as the big-budget flicks of Tinseltown.
What do you get when you throw two brothers — an award-winning TV director and an award-winning writer — into one site? You get The Movie Brothers, Brian and Matt Volke. They discuss everything from current (Zero Dark Thirty) to classic (Bond film Live and Let Die) and share their opposing tastes to generate some interesting discussion! We like their collaborative approach (and simple and memorable blog name).
A group of film geeks combine their passions for film and writing at Shooting the Script, from reviewing new releases to talking about their favorite flicks of all time to discussing why the car chase in The French Connection is better than the car chase in Bullitt. They’ve spent the recent weeks focusing on the nominations in the Oscar categories in their “2013 Oscar Checklist” series (browse the “Recent Posts” widget on the left sidebar).
Other film blogs worth a peek:
- A Dash of Cinema: Here, Lauren combines her love for food and film, mixing hand-picked recipes “to enjoy in front of the big screen.” A lighthearted take on a film blog, she makes the dual-focused site her own. A delicious mix!
- Centrefolds & Empty Screens: Jamie, a student and film writer in Scotland, has a simple, easy-to-navigate blog — his “Reviews A-Z” link on the left goes straight to the list of movies he’s discussed, and he also displays his “Top Five Films of the Year” list in the sidebar. It’s a quick way for new readers to gauge his preferences.
- Splatter: on Film: Splatter is an all-around solid site of reviews of various film genres, from romantic comedy to historical drama.
- Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations: Joachim’s site is a great example of a niche blog. It’s focused on science fiction, rather than simply film, but the “Film Ruminations” category is a worth a peek for any sci-fi enthusiast.
- Moviewise: We like the simple and quick post concept of this site: a film, a life lesson, and a selected scene from the movie.
- Dharma Junk: A site of “low art and culture,” Dharma Junk covers an array of entertainment, from music to books, but maintains a film category, too. Tom discusses cinema of both new and old, from the deep focus effect in Lincoln to dark pre-9/11 films.