I just want all of my blogging friends to know that, yes, I do read your blogs. I love you guys all so much and love this little community that we have created here (truth be told, it was established well before I started this blog, but I'm so privileged to be a part of it) and I think that it is important to let each other know that. I know that when I first started writing reviews for films, about ten years ago, it was all about me. I just wanted to write everything down because film really became ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT. That really hasn't changed. I think about film about 17 hours of the 24 in the day, and the only reason I don't think about it for 24 consecutive hours is because I have to sleep...but when I wind up awake in the middle of the night with a teething baby or a sick child, I'm usually on the couch watching...a MOVIE!
Anyways, when I first started this journey into the world of movie critique, I didn't even bother with what anyone else had to say. I just wrote and posted (on Amazon) and then wrote and posted some more. Then I stumbled onto a little site called AwardsDaily and found their forums and I realized that writing and posting without any sort of conversation, communication, debate...whatever...was just so incomplete. How can you love something or grow in that love for something unless you talk with other people who love it too?
Those forums are now AwardsWatch, and they also have their own site now (separate from the forums) and they are pretty much my home away from home.
From that forum spurned the desire to have my own blog, a place where I could just talk and talk and talk and hopefully find more people who share my love that I can communicate with on the regular (wow, that was an outdated phrase). It was a slow start, but this blog has grown and my personal community has grown and I just love you all so much (did I say that already?).
So, in ode to my fellow bloggers, I have decided to make my Fridays a linktastic day of the week (unless, you know, I'm on vacation) and have 'A Fistful of Links' to close out the end of the week and highlight the posts that have caught my eye and made me think, smile, question or debate over the course of the week. A number of you already do this, and I have to tell you that receiving a link form you is one of the best feelings I have as a blogger. I honestly have a very Sally Field moment each and every time. "You love me...you really love me!" I tell myself almost every Friday that I'm going to do this and then the day gets away from me and I forget.
So, going back to the opening comment, I want you all to know that I do read your posts. I don't always get the chance to comment, and sometimes I actually forget to even though I have something I really want to say, but I am constantly visiting your blogs and reading through and even going back and seeing where you started from, what you were thinking months ago, because for me getting to know you is what makes blogging and being part of your blogging family so special.
Now, don't go digging here, since the first few posts on this site are a true embarrassment.
So, enough talking already! Get to the links!
Posts That Made Me...
SMILE (because it's just that awesome):
I love celebrating milestones, and Lights Camera Reaction just celebrated a big one!
And So It Begins gives us a look at realistic movie cliches he hasn't personally experienced...have you?
I am just smitten with this piano-themed post from Flixchatter!
The first place I go to discover new sounds is jdbrecords, and this week he doesn't disappoint.
Cinematic Corner talks about Thrones and hands out her own linkage, but really I smiled most because she gave me this:
THINK (about something I wasn't giving much thought to):
Have you ever watched a movie in reverse order? The Matinee ponders this...
Have any personal goals for your blog? My Filmviews wants to know what they are.
DEBATE (whether or not I agree):
Serious Film delivers to us his picks for the best working cinematographers.
There are so many actors out there who really deserve better careers...and Film Lovers Paradise shares his feelings on ten of them.
I love personal ballots! The Cinematic Spectacle shares his personal awards for 1973! Seriously Josh, name these already!!!
Not sure how she settled on 70, but The Movie Scrutineer has posted her picks for the most essential Sci-Fi films, if you want to consider yourself a connoisseur.
I partook in Fandango Groovers Captain America Blogathon last month, but Perspective of a Writer was late to the party. His list is still very much worth your eyes!
QUESTION (my personal viewpoint):
Who am I kidding, I'm not questioning shit, but I love that Two Dollar Cinema dares to say something so crazy...
Public Transportation Snob raises a pretty interesting debate on unpaid writers, and then does some linking of his own...
And then we come to my favorite post of the week, which doesn't make me question my viewpoint so much, since we pretty much share the same one. Mettel Ray breaks down why she loves movies so much, and I have to say I completely get where she is coming from!
So there you have it...fifteen of my favorite posts of the week. If you aren't on the list, know that it has nothing to do with your posts or your blogs or anything personal, but just that I had to narrow this list down so as not to go...overboard. I love you all and look forward to linking your blog next week!