Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic


1.) Why did you create Reel Reviews?

I created this blog because I wanted a movie review blog. I love watching movies and talking about movies but don’t get the chance to talk about movies too often on my other blog. Movie reviews just feel out of place there. I tried once, but it felt weird and no one responded to it.

This actually isn’t my first attempt at a movie reviews site. I had one a few years ago, but it was really hard work since I was using Front Page to create the site. It sucked. The thing was that I created that movie review site so I could advertise the Amazon-like online store I was running. I tell ya, it was a disaster.

I just wish I could have thought of a better title though than Reel Reviews. I was too hasty in coming up with a title, not realizing that there are already several other movie review sites with the same name.

2.) What kinds of movies will you be reviewing?

All kinds. Whatever I happen to watch, or whatever I feel like reviewing. You won’t see many gory horror slash film reviews though, nor of movies involving hostage situations. Nor of movies that involve lots of kids. Of course, there are a few notable exceptions in these three fields.

I do invite guest reviewers to write reviews on movies in these fields, and any other type of movies they want to review. But please, no spoilers. Just email your review to me at kaonashigasuki AT lycos DOT com.

3.) Hey! A lot of these movies you’re reviewing are pretty old!

Yep, most of the reviews will be on older movies. Why? Because not everyone has seen certain movies, and they need some advice on deciding what DVDs to rent or buy. Besides, I can’t possibly watch new movies 3 times a week. It’s too expensive! I don’t get paid for this, ya know 🙂

4.) On what elements are your reviews based?

Since I’m not an actual critic and never went to film school (I did take a film history class once. That was awesome!), I can’t talk too much about technical attributes such as lighting and shadow, etc. However, as someone who just likes a good story, I try to look at elements like character and plot development, whether or not certain scenes dragged out or were even necessary, etc.

But most of all, I think about whether the movie is engaging enough that I would like to watch it again and again. A movie can be artistically filmed, have an A-list cast, and have a genius director, but if I’m bored by it, I won’t give it a very high rating. On the other hand, a movie can be really silly with an unknown cast, but if I feel that I can watch it over and over, then it gets a higher rating.

5.) How often will you do the reviews?

I aim for reviewing 3 times a week. I often write a few at a time in advance and schedule dates of publication. Usually this is done on the weekends, so I don’t have to worry about writing something in the middle of the week. Since I’m a grad student though, there will be times in which I won’t be able to post as often. Hence my request for guest reviewers to help fill in for me when this happens.

6.) Anything else you’d like to add?

Nah, not really. I welcome questions and discussions about the movies that I review as long as commenters are respectful of me and of other commenters. If you start calling people names and whatnot, I have every right to delete your comment and ban your ass forever.

I suppose it would be inevitable that spoilers would arise from such discussions, so all I ask is to at least warn people that there’s a spoiler ahead. It’d be great if I could create a spoiler tag for people to use in the comments section, but we’ll see what says.

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