Follow Friday: filmsRruss
Welcome to another edition of Follow Friday where I take a look at a great movie blogger that you should check out too. I prefer this over a blogroll because it gives each blog their own time to shine, plus I personally rarely click on blogrolls so why would I expect you to? Not only that, but I get the chance to check out some great blogs I might not have found otherwise found, talk to some great people, and share the conversation with you. So this week I was directed by At The Back to check out a blog I’ve visited before, and even received an award from, filmsRruss.
One of the first things that caught my interest on this site was a running feature called the Sunday Scene. Specifically the Burly Brawl from The Matrix Reloaded. It happened to be a scene that was memorable, but not necessarily all that great. Many other scenes featured are because of their greatness. There’s a good mix of new movies as they come out in theaters as well as older movies and collections like Blogalongbond where every bond movie gets reviewed in chronological order up until the next movie’s release, and there’s also The Stanley Kubrick Collection taking a look at many of Kubrick’s films. But without further ado, I was able to get some of my questions answered from the source, Russ Betney of filmsRruss.
Bubbawheat: How long have you been blogging for?
Russ Betney: I started blogging in September 2010, so that puts filmsRruss at 1 year 8 months old. I can’t believe I’m almost 2!
BW: Do you have a favored genre of movies that you like to watch more than others?
RB: I don’t think that I have a favourite genre, though I possibly watch more action films than any other type of film. Or maybe Sci-Fi, or maybe Fantasy. Nope, really can’t narrow it down.
BW: Do you prefer watching older movies at home, or seeing new movies in the theaters?
RB: Yes! I love going to the cinema and experiencing movies on the big screen with the volume cranked up. Of course this applies mostly to new films, but we are lucky in Aberdeen to have a Picture House cinema which also shows classic films every now and then. Having said that, I also enjoy watching movies in comfort at home too. I have a subscription to the DVD postal rental service Love Film, so I’m able to watch older movies as well as new releases I may have missed. I think I have about 90 titles on my Love Film list at the moment!
BW: Can you tell me a little bit about how you came up with your feature The Sunday Scene? And which one is your favorite?
RB: I remember reading High Fidelity years ago, and the main characters who own a record shop, are constantly asking each other “What are your top 5 Films?”, or “What are your top 5 Cheers episodes?” and so on. At the time I remember asking myself “What are your top 5 cinematic moments?”. Remembering this I thought of doing a piece on my blog, and so I created The Sunday Scene. I have rather shirked my duties over recent months regarding The Sunday Scene, but I think my favourite scene has to be the shootout at the end of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Everything about it is superb and I can’t help smiling and marvelling at it every time I watch it or hear the music.
BW: What do you think is the most important thing to cover in a movie review?
RB: I’m not sure that I can think of one really important thing, and if I did I’m sure a lot of my reviews wouldn’t meet that standard! My reviews tend to vary wildly; some may be just a paragraph or two, though others may be more of a deconstruction if it’s something I can really get my teeth into.
BW: I have to ask, what’s your favorite superhero movie?
RB: Tough question, but I think I may have to say The Avengers. That’s a bit of a cop out perhaps since there are so many superheroes in it, but it’s been a long time since I had that much fun watching a film. I really love what Chris Nolan has done with the Batman films, but The Avengers was pure entertainment.
BW: And what blog do you suggest that I follow for next Friday?
RB: There are so many great film bloggers out there; I enjoy reading M. Hufstader at The Smoking pen. She always makes me laugh
Can I just say thank you very much for asking me to take part in this feature. When I started blogging I read about how friendly a community the movie blogoshpere is, and I’ve found that this is completely true. When I started writing I did so purely for myself; I still write because I want to, it is an amazing bonus that other people read and enjoy my writing. Thank you.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, you’ve got a great site that everyone should go check out. And he’s also eligible for this year’s Lammys as a new lamb or any other category. If you are a member of the LAMB too, go right here and make your nominations. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.
Posted on May 11, 2012, in Follow Friday and tagged Blog, interview, movies. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Great idea for a feature. And I see Labyrinth is reviewed on his site, so I shall go check that out.
Thanks, I’m enjoying it so far too.
Fan of filmsrruss – I’m a newbie to his blog, but love his reviews and interaction with comments. Good choice!
Thanks! Although the choice was from At the Back, my last week’s Follow Friday. I think it’ll be fun to be carried along to different blogs rather than just picking my own favorites, I tend to plug them enough as I go anyway.
Great interview! Just another reason why Russ is the shit. His Sunday Scene is always epic, and I’ve got to actually go check them all out again now. And thanks for the shout out!
Looking forward to exploring your site, it looks pretty sweet.