Follow Friday: 5 Word Movie Reviews
Welcome to another edition of Follow Friday where each week I feature and interview a fellow blogger and follow their suggestion to another blog to feature next week. 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 JD over at Radiator Heaven to check out Junta Juleil’s Culture Shock, but unfortunately he never returned my initial E-Mail and I was without internet so I wasn’t able to try and follow up. So this week gives me another chance to feature one of the blogs I follow and start heading in a new direction of blogs with Ryan McNeely over at 5 Word Movie Reviews.
When I first started writing this blog, I wasn’t really an avid blog reader, or a blog reader at all. So I thought I would check out other movie related blogs to get some ideas, some inspiration, and in the end, I also enjoyed reading them. Since I started out near the beginning of the year, I found a lot of movie blogs that had plans to watch a certain number of movies throughout 2012, and several that were attempting to watch a movie every day for the year. This was one of those first few blogs I found, and it’s one of only a few that are still posting regularly and the only one I found that has yet to miss a day. He has a very wide range of movie interests, but seems to enjoy a lot of B-Movies. I also really like his themed weekends, starting with Kid’s Movie Friday, moving onto Documentary Saturday, and finishing up with WTF Sunday. The 5 Words of the 5 Word movie review are just a brief little quip to start out the full length review, and it’s a great movie blog worth checking out. Enough from me, it’s time to hear from the man himself.
Bubbawheat: When this year started, I found a large number of movie blogs that had planned on watching and reviewing a movie every day for this year, but of those, yours is the only one that has yet to fully miss a day, even though your own attitude seemed less than optimistic at your chances. What do you think has made you stick to your resolution?
Ryan McNeely: I’m the only one?! Wow! I am the most shocked of anyone that I haven’t quit yet. There’s not a single day when I don’t get that “I can’t be bothered today” feeling, but there are a couple of reasons I keep going. This is going to sound a bit counter-intuitive, but the main reason I’ve been so good at sticking with it is because I suck at sticking with things. When I first started the site in March last year, I was posting every two or three days for the first couple of weeks and I intended to keep up that pace, but once I fell out of that rhythm I tailed off very quickly. It’s like going to the gym when you first start out: once you miss it the first time, it’s so easy to just keep missing it. In the second half of 2010 I think I only posted about three reviews, and one of those was from a guest contributor.
This film-a-day thing started rattling around in my head around that time and I figured January 1st would be a good place to start, mainly because it would be easy to remember when it was time to stop. I made the mistake of mentioning it to some friends back in December when I was drunk, then they made the mistake of reminding me once I’d sobered up. Once it was out in the open I felt I had to make a good go of it, so now I feel like I have to keep going to avoid losing face with them, and the longer I go on the more readers I get, and the more “likes” and comments. That stats page is a great motivator. It has also become a bit of an exercise in masochism; I want to keep doing it just to see how long I can keep doing it. Finally, I suspect I might be a bit obsessive/compulsive!
BW: Technically the only one of those I originally found, which was around a dozen. There may be others I’m just not aware of. What’s been the toughest day of the year to set aside time to watch a movie so far?
RM: Back in February, I had to travel from Scotland over to my sister’s place in Ireland for my baby niece’s baptism. That was a long weekend at the family homestead, and that was tough. Particularly since I had still only been at it for about six or seven weeks so I didn’t feel totally invested yet. If I was going to quit early, it would have been then. Also, I’m not looking forward to Christmas.
BW: After this year is over, I imagine you’ll slow down on your movie reviewing, but how often do you think you’ll post reviews in 2013?
RM: Honestly I haven’t thought that far ahead. I might try and set a schedule just so I have something to stick to, or I might just only do a write-up if I see a flick that really deserves it (either good or bad). I will almost certainly take a week or two off though. It would be nice to be able to have a full night’s sleep again.
BW: Yeah, posting seven days a week can be rough on sleep now and then. Have you watched a movie that you thought you were going to like/dislike and ended up feeling the exact opposite after seeing it?
RM: Blitz. That Jason Statham flick from a couple of years ago. I watched that one back in day 9. Most of his films are somewhere between great fun – like Snatch or the first Transporter – and pleasantly watchable, but for me, Blitz was offensively bad. I hated it. I think I might have hated it more than it deserved because I wanted to like it.
On the other hand, I really wasn’t expecting much from Bridge To Terabithia, but that one really affected me. I’m not ashamed to say that I even teared up a bit towards the end. That’s a movie that I’m going to make a point of watching with my (hypothetical) kids.
BW: What’s been the hardest movie to come up with a 5-word review for?
RM: Aside from a tiny minority that spontaneously pop into my head during the film, the 5-Word Review is usually the very last part I write. Probably the hardest was Man With The Screaming Brain, earlier this week. I could have done it in six, or four, but I just couldn’t find five words. I ended up just rearranging the title of the movie in a (hopefully) semi-humorous way!
BW: The easiest?
BW: I’m sure you knew this was coming, what’s your favorite superhero movie?
RM: I had a feeling this question might pop up, yeah. It’s a tough one though. A few months ago I probably would have said a tie between Blade and Blade 2. I just love those movies. The first one is probably the best work Stephen Norrington will ever do, and I love Donal Logue’s vampire side-kick character, and of course Snipes is a total badass. But then part 2 has got Ron Perlman and that whole “Magnificent Seven” vibe, and Del Toro refining a lot of the aesthetic that would lead to the Hellboy flicks. Plus Kris Krstofferson! (Convoy is one of my all-time favourite Sunday-afternoon movies). That’s what I would have said a couple of months ago, until I saw The Avengers…
BW: And what blog do you suggest that I follow for next week?
RM: Paragraph Film Reviews. This is another Scotland-based blogger (unlike me though, he’s a native) who reviews in just one paragraph. A bit more short and sweet than mine, only not always so short and very rarely sweet. He writes about all sorts of movies, and the two of us are often freaked out at the amount of similar opinions we share. He was also one of my site’s first followers, so I owe him some props for that!
Thanks for asking me to take part in this, man. It’s been fun. You know you already had my vote for the Lammy anyway though, right?
Thanks, I appreciate it. I’ve glanced at Paragraph Film Reviews but am looking forward to really digging into it now. Good luck making it through the whole year! Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.