For the first time in months I did something a little daring with my movie watching. Are you ready to be blown away? I actually watched a handful of movies without doing ANY reviews!! The last review I did was on Saturday for the atrocious comedy, Your Highness (check it out). I guess what started this different frame of mind for me was my realization that the Oscars aren't closing in as fast as I thought - they will be held on February 26, 2012 (roughly 5 months from today). Prior to figuring that out I was starting a 2011 Catchup where I was going to try to watch many of the films from this year that I have missed; I plan on continuing that, just at a less rushed pace. So, with an endless supply of movies I can, and need to watch, I am really increasing my movie watching pace. That, very likely, will either require me to figure out how to do my reviews at a faster speed or I may just have to skip out on some reviews. I think I could accept that as long as I can keep up a steady post rate, but so far my blog consists of only reviews (with two "month in review" posts). My only idea of how to deal with that is for me to figure out non-review, yet still movie related, posts to do; this being the first.
My reviews are lengthy and go into a lot of detail. They take me no less than an hour to write, some have taking me a very long time to write - my review of The Tree of Life (2011) took me at least 4 hours. Changing up my reviews is an idea I flirt with on a daily basis. I always am trying to figure out how I can write my reviews at a faster pace but keep the same length, but so far I am clueless. Most likely asking for assistance on this won't help me much, but I still will try. If you have any tips for how I could write good reviews at a quicker pace fire away because I could really use some help. Writing quicker reviews could make it possible for me to increase my movie watching rate while still writing reviews for most of what I watch.
The majority of ideas that have been mentioned to me are lists and some kind of "spotlight" on a specific actor/actress or director. Lists have not been my strong suit, by the time I finish the list up I remember that I have either left out something or I just plain am not satisfied with it. I always feel like I need to watch more movies for whatever I am listing or I need to watch more movies by whomever I am spotlighting. If I take a break from reviewing I could probably watch a lot of films by a specific director, but I also never feel comfortable taking any real break from reviewing. I am in a no win situation.
This weekend (a long weekend because of Columbus Day) I watched a handful of films with youthful characters who are struggling to mature, "grow up," or just find their place in the world. So, an immediate idea I have is to do a blog about films tackling the maturity of young characters and all of their struggles to do so. I really like that, but that would require me to watch quite a few more films of that kind before I could make a good, knowledgeable elaboration. Maybe I will just get on that...
I really could use some other ideas, and with all the movie lovers that I have met who have such wonderful imaginations with movie topics, you guys could be a real help. Just think of a topic that you would want to read about, something that fascinates you that I could gain knowledge about or maybe I already know something about whatever that topic is. I am extremely open to ideas because I am interested in every kind/type of film there is (yes, porn also does fascinate me), so let your mind go crazy with this. If I want to talk about movies for my profession, I really need to know my stuff and doing something like this will do nothing less than increase my knowledge.
My main purposes for this post are to once again try to get assistance for the little dilemmas that drive me crazy and make me want to smack a baby. I really want to gain more readers and expand what I do with this blog instead of just doing reviews. The smallest bit of help could be so....well, helpful. For all of you who were too lazy to read what I said and are just skimming (I know it's you!) then I will quickly return to what I need assistance on: Ways or methods to write reviews that still are equal (better works too) to my others but at a quicker speed. Ideas for other movie related posts I could do so that my blog has more than just reviews in it. Let your imaginations soar, go crazy with your ideas, and be sure to give me some much-needed feedback.