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The Works: Movie Blogs

I'm on The Works this evening talking about movie blogs. Here are the websites we discuss:

  • Ain't It Cool News: To movie blogs what The Drudge Report is to political blogs.
  • GreenCine Daily: A great, general purpose film blog.
  • Metacritic: A site that compiles movie rating from all over the Internet. (Actually, my spiel about Metacritic on the show was something of a rambling digression and John may well cut it, so it may not be mentioned on the show at all.) Also check out Rotten Tomatoes.

  • The Movie Blog: The guy who got got his site shut down by paramount for enthusiastically hyping up their upcoming Transformers movie. The post about the controversy is here.

  • Thank You For Smoking blog, King Kong production diary, and Garden State blog: Three blogs set up by the directors of films to keep fans abreast of the picture's progress. Zach Braff, director of Garden State, now maintains zachbraff.com.

  • Poster Wire: One of my favorite movie blogs is not about movies, but about movie posters. And any friend of Fipi Lele is a friend of mine. Here's the post where I learned that the MPAA had approval over movie posters.

Other good movie blogs include The IFC Blog, Movie City Indie, and The Filmmaker Magazine blog. Milo Vermeulen listed his favorite movie blogs here, and I'd encourage readers to do likewise in the comments.

Posted on July 11, 2006 to Elsewhere





Comments

Can't forget Bryan Singer's Blue Tights production blog.

And in an entirely local twist, there is Tampa Film Fan which follows films, theater stuff and movie productions in that media epicenter known as Tampa, Florida :p

Posted by: John F on July 11, 2006 8:28 PM

I'd encourage you to take a look at the chutry experiment, written by my pal Chuck Tryon, a professor of film and media studies. He does a lot of reviewing, mostly of indie/art house/documentary film.

Posted by: KF on July 11, 2006 9:04 PM

OK, so this isn't a blog per se, but it's the best reviews you're gonna find anywhere.

http://www.filthycritic.com/filthy/

It's viciously cynical and every review is usually more entertaining than the film under review. Definitely not for those with an aversion to profanity though =).

Some favorite reviews include "Glitter", all of the Star Wars prequels, and the Matrix series. The whole lot oozes with sarcasm.

Posted by: HDC on July 11, 2006 9:17 PM

You don't have listed what I consider to be the best movieblog website. http://www.boxofficeprophets.com. Great commentary, reviews, previews as well as really interesting information about the movie business and detailed weekly predictions for the weekend box office.

Posted by: Ted Naleid on July 11, 2006 11:40 PM

It's pretty distressing to hear about the MPAA having such a say over movie posters.

I can accept every level of advertising has to have SOME level of regulatory censorship, but in this country that's usually handled by the all-encompassing giant that is 'The Advertising Standards Authority'.

As for me, I don't read many blogs at all, your is one of 12 blogs in my feeder, and they're all 'personal journal' blogs rather than having a specific genre.

That's not to say these can't have movie reviews on them, I write a review whenever I go to see a movie, and I very much enjoyed your guides into wathcing the new Star Wars Trilogy.

Posted by: James on July 12, 2006 1:19 AM

I have to plug Filthy as well (high five HDC!). The one I enjoyed the most recently was his freakin' hilarious taking-apart of The Break-up:
http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/breakup.html

The only film blog I read. The only downside is how far out-of-sync New Zealand release dates are with his blog, although I don't think that will be a problem for most of you.

Posted by: db on July 12, 2006 3:34 AM

you forgot;
www.pajiba.com
"movie reviews for bitchy people"

Posted by: urs on July 12, 2006 6:08 AM

You might want to check out the Moxie Blog, which is a blog written by a man who opened an independent arthouse movie theater in Sprinfield, MO, about a year ago. Read the archives. This blog existed way before the theater opened and it chronicles just about everything this guy went through and had to do in order to open the theater. Now that it's open, it's about the struggles of an arthouse theater to stay open. Good stuff.

Posted by: Oz on July 12, 2006 6:55 AM

Pajiba's a good one ... I know it's already been mentioned ... but here's a link
http://www.pajiba.com/

"scathing reviews for bitchy people"

Posted by: plantain on July 12, 2006 8:05 AM

Though the three-month project is over, http://movie-a-day.blogspot.com/ has some great reviews.

Posted by: Anonymous on July 12, 2006 8:32 AM

Thanks for the mention. ;)

[this is good]

Posted by: jca on July 12, 2006 8:45 AM

^

Posted by: Milo on July 12, 2006 9:23 AM

I like FlickFilosopher.com -- she's funny and has great taste in movies (usually!).

Posted by: Meg on July 12, 2006 9:41 AM

Thanks for the endorsement, KF! No matter what, interested to hear what people are saying about movie blogs.

Posted by: Chuck on July 12, 2006 11:18 AM

Heavens, this is probably the first mention of the Daily on the radio. Many thanks, Matthew, for making it such an honorable one!

Posted by: David Hudson on July 12, 2006 1:46 PM

Thnx for giving us the lovely information and I have found the links really very interesting!

Posted by: Matt Dave on July 12, 2006 11:55 PM

http://geocities.com/outlawvern

The best-written badly-written movie blog out there!

Also, your one-stop shop for learning all about the important new filmatist field of "seagalology".

Drink deep, and enjoy!

Posted by: jdbo on July 13, 2006 7:20 AM

Dennis Cozzalio's Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. Easily my favorite and most-visited film blog.

But don't just take my word for it. No less a light than Vanity Fair's James Wolcott has taken a liking.

Posted by: Mr. Middlebrow on July 13, 2006 8:12 AM

The House Next Door.

Posted by: random on July 13, 2006 6:52 PM

I was going to come in and mention my favorite one, like everyone else...someone even beat me to it the specific site though. I second flickfilosopher.

Posted by: Jennifer on July 13, 2006 10:17 PM

For good old-fashioned potty mouthed movie discussion. Also some thoughts in thar, on occasion...
chud.com

Posted by: jdbo on July 18, 2006 9:23 AM

Thanks for the nod!

Posted by: Ray Pride on July 18, 2006 8:50 PM

I like movieblog... but I also recommend ispitonyourmovie.com

Posted by: jimf on July 19, 2006 7:21 AM

A handful I haven't seen mentioned:
Filmstalker
Flixens
Movie Marketing Madness
Film Junk

And, naturally, Burbanked.

Posted by: Burbanked on July 24, 2006 1:18 PM