An FTMN Thank you for 100,000!
I wasn’t originally planning on doing one of these posts, sure I would share the news on Twitter and whatnot, but I didn’t think I needed to write a blog post about this milestone. But I was thinking about it a couple days ago and there were things that I’m grateful for that I wanted to share with my regular readers, and I thought that this milestone was a perfect time to do just that. So first off, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my readers that have helped me reach 100,000 views. I really enjoy watching all these movies, writing about them, and talking with all of you in the comments, on Twitter, and on various podcasts, both mine as well as others. So on this milestone, I wanted to share some of the things that I’m pleased about when it comes to what brings people to this site.
The home page is not the most viewed page on this site.
The page that brings the most people to this site from search engines is not the typical home page, but instead is the page that I think most reviewers would kill to have as their most viewed page: my review index. Of course, it’s not just because it’s my review index, but it’s also the list of every superhero movie that I can find, which also links to all of my reviews of those movies. Not only that, but I also try to keep it up to date for the current year to include theatrical and home video release dates of all upcoming superhero and comic book movies that I hear about.
The movies that get viewed the most are often the lesser-known movies.
In fact, let me share a few of the top 20 most viewed movie reviews on this site, in order of popularity:
- Dark Knight Returns pt 2: This is my favorite animated DC movie of all time, and it helped a lot that I watched it VOD before the DVD release date so for a while it was among only one or two other reviews on IMDB.
- R.I.P.D.: This was the biggest bomb of last year, and even though I didn’t give it a very glowing review, I didn’t hate the movie either. Of course, I did also learn that somehow the poster I use for the review is the third one that comes up in a Google Image search for “R.I.P.D.”
- All Superheroes Must Die: This is one that I’m really happy about. It’s a completely independent production from Jason Trost, of The FP fame. It’s an extremely low-rated movie but one that I really enjoyed and most of the people that I’ve shared it with have also really enjoyed it.
- Zoom: Academy of Superheroes: This movie came out around the same time as the Disney teen superhero spoof Sky High and most people think this is the lesser of the two, but it’s one that I enjoy a bit more even with the goofy, slapstick humor.
- Bounty Killer: This is another fun one that came out this past year with a limited theatrical release, a lower budget, but a lot of grindhouse style violence in a post-apocalyptic world.
- Wonder Women!: This is a great documentary looking at women in comics and comic book inspired media, and especially how Wonder Woman has become a key figurehead when it comes to feminism in general.
- Blankman: Even though this is probably one of my least favorite movies that I’ve watched for this site, it was one of the earlier reviews that I wrote here and consistently brings in a small amount of interest on its own through the years.
- Spawn, Meteor Man: Conversely, these two are both somewhat guilty pleasures of mine which I also watched and reviewed around the same time as Blankman. Neither one of them are great movies, but they both have quite a bit that I still enjoy.
- Super Buddies: This one just completely baffles me. My daughter is a big fan of the Buddies series – five puppies who talk and were spun off of the Air Bud series. It’s made for kids in every way possible, but there’s definitely a fanbase for it out there, and it’s not the worst movie in the world – for a kid.
Not only through my Superhero Shorts series where I featured dozens of fan films, but also since I’ve started doing my Filmwhys podcasts I’ve been lucky to talk to so many great filmmakers and film bloggers, directors, animators, voice actors, actors, and even game developers. The highlights have definitely been getting to talk to Thomas Jane, but I also had an amazing time talking with Adi Shankar who produced both the Thomas Jane Punisher short as well as the Ryan Kwanten Venom/Eddie Brock short and the upcoming Dredd short due out this summer. But everyone that gives their time to talk to me I greatly appreciate, from the other bloggers out there doing this in their spare time, to the writers and directors out there, many of whom are also doing this in their spare time and with their spare money when it comes to fan films.