Follow Friday: Paragraph Film Reviews
Follow Friday: Paragraph Film 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 Ryan McNeely over at 5 Word Movie Reviews to check out Paragraph Film Reviews which is a great blog that’s reviewed tons of movies in an easy to digest short paragraph.
Just like the site’s title says, there’s a whole lot of film reviews and they’re all essentially done in one short paragraph. It’s great to get a quick feel for what he thinks of the movie without getting a full blown synopsis and dissection of the entire movie. I generally won’t read a long-form review for a movie that I’m thinking about watching, but haven’t seen yet, but I would totally read a short paragraph on it to find out if it might be a movie I’m interested in. He’s reviewed tons of movies including a bunch of B-Movies and foreign movies. It’s totally worth a look see, and keep an eye out, I may just pop over there with a guest review of a non-superhero movie. But enough from me, it’s time to talk to Paul himself who gave me a paragraph per question.
Bubbawheat: I can obviously tell that your site is focused on the short form review over a longer drawn out one. What made you decide to write these short reviews rather than regular sized ones?
Paragraph Film Reviews: I started the site a few years back as nothing more than a way of keeping track of the films I watched – up to 3 a day at my peak. The first year was essentially increasingly long scribbles of memorable moments / things I could look back after a few years and recall what the film was, and how good it had been (I’ve got a terrible memory). Luckily for me the hits started to pick up so I tried to formalise the reviews a bit more, eventually adding pictures and some more features, blogathons and one-off articles for more readability.
BW: Has there ever been a movie where you really wanted to write more than just a short review? What’s the longest one you’ve ended up writing?
PFR: I could probably stretch most reviews to over a thousand of words, but don’t really have the time to write / re-write / check that level of content. I also feel that the site would lose its main selling point of brief, punchy reviews. The James Bond January pieces are by far the longest I’ve written on movies – but I could write all day about the world’s coolest super spy…
BW: I like that you go through the effort to fill your reviews with links to related articles. I did that for a while but decided it was too much trouble. Do you think it’s worth the effort?
PFR: As you hint at, the effort’s not really worthwhile! It maybe gets a couple of clicks a week… Unfortunately, it’s taken a couple of years to figure that out. These days I only really hyperlink quick and obvious words or names from previous articles.
BW: I know, I never saw more than one or two clicks out of it. Out of all your reviews, you’ve had 7 walkouts, what does it take to make you walk out of a movie (or turn off the DVD), and do you think you would ever give any of them a second chance?
PFR: I’d never give a walkout movie a second chance. Considering some of the ½, 1, and 2 out-of-ten rated films I’ve sat through and ended up reviewing – it has to be phenomenally rotten, or just not my cup of tea before I completely give up. Knowing that you can never watch every movie you’d like to, I now grudge sitting through +90 minutes of something that I’m not enjoying.
BW: How do you decide what movies to watch?
PFR: Mood, luck and my company are the three biggest factors. At my last count I had around 2,000 DVDs & 100 Blu Rays (mostly world cinema, indie, and B-movies), 70 on my TV recorder, a LoveFilm subscription (discs and streaming) and Cineworld Unlimited card! On my own I prefer foreign or B-movies, the Mrs tends to go for drama and action films, and me & my mates hit the cinema most weekends to see the best-looking releases. It’s a real mixed bag, but I do try and keep it varied for the site.
BW: Wow, and I thought I had a lot of movies at around half the size of your collection. What’s your favorite superhero movie?
PFR: Tough call – and impossible to narrow down to one (I know… cop out!). I recently watched Super and loved every second of it – mostly because I wasn’t expecting something that funny. Watchmen absolutely blew me away in that it’s both massively stylish and dense in content (The Blu Ray is also stunning); The Toxic Avenger never fails to entertain, and –of course – The Dark Knight is undoubtedly one of the best in the modern cannon of churned-out superhero films.
BW: I actually noticed your Super review and was surprised you liked it so much. I enjoyed it, but thought it was rather off-putting. And almost every review I read for it has a very different take on it. And finally, what blog do you suggest for me to follow next week?
PFR: I’d shoot for Cool Awesome Movies – they’re my one-stop shop for b-movies / badass films / odd titles and little-known gems. They do a sterling job at writing funny, not-too-serious reviews. (They also have plenty boobs!)
Thanks for featuring the site.
Thank you for answering my questions, I look forward to checking out Cool Awesome Movies, and I think I will likely take you up on your offer to guest review sometime in the near future. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.