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.

About Bubbawheat

I'm a comic book movie enthusiast who has watched and reviewed over 400 superhero and comic book movies in the past seven years, my goal is to continue to find and watch and review every superhero movie ever made.

Posted on June 15, 2012, in Superhero Shorts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Great interview, and thanks for the shout-out, PFR!

  2. Paragraph Film Reviews

    Thanks for having me Bubba, as mentioned earlier, it was great answering questions from someone that had actually read the site. Looking forward to some downtime at the weekend when I can head through your archives and heckle in the comments sections!



    • No problem, half the fun is checking out new sites. This would feel a lot more like a job if I was just cranking out interviews for the sake of more content. Looking forward to being reminded of some of the movies I watched earlier this year.

  3. Fun interview! PGR is a great blog, and it’s one of the rare few that isn’t afraid to use the *full* 1-10 scale. Love the short, concise reviews.

  4. It was fun to read an interview with the man behind the paragraph! I’ve been a fan of his site for a long time, and I can attest to its readability and fun. And WOW that’s a lot of DVDs!

  5. sanclementejedi

    This is a cool feature Bubba, I really like the idea and the format.

    Although, I disagree about your feelings on Blogrolls. I often use them to check out sites I am not following when I visit a blog for the first time. I know we generate a bit of traffic for people via our blog roll as well. I just wish people would update their blog rolls… hate it when its filled with dead links and abandonded blogs.

    • I think it does work now and then, but if you have to compare a feature like this to a blogroll, I’ll pick this any day. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate when other people put me on their blogrolls, it’s just doesn’t fit quite as well with me.

      • sanclementejedi

        Agreed I like your feature much better. I am just not against blogrolls per se. I have actually been talking to my brother about adding ours as a drop down menu as it is getting a bit large.

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