Last week, a fine young writer from Tijuana decided to pass along the 7X7 Link Award to seven bloggers who he deemed to be interesting and wonderful. He inexplicably chose me as one of them. I’m flattered, humbled, and honored. Fernando is a terrific writer and I think his blog is one of the best out there; do yourselves a favor and become lifelong followers. I think you’ll agree with me in knowing that this young fella has pretty awesome taste in movies.
So I thank you, Fernando, for selecting me as one of the recipients and it would be my pleasure to pass along the torch to folks whose blogs are well-deserving in accolades and, more importantly, are worthy of your attention.
But first, we have some business to take care of.
Rule #1: Reveal something about me that no one else knows
Well, everyone I’m close to knows about my childhood idol. But you guys? My fellow film bloggers and the world at large? Ya’all probably didn’t know that I had a major, major (platonic!) adoration for all things Harrison Ford when I was growing up in the 80′s and 90′s. I had posters of him on my wall. I devoted my papers on him in middle school and high school (I even did an essay on Indy in college!). I saw all of his films on opening night. I saved magazine articles on anything pertaining to him. I absolutely, truly loved this man, as much as a straight fella can possibly love another dude.
I still dig the guy, I do. I just wish he would make better movies. And lose the earring.
Rule #2: Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories
I don’t consider any of my posts “beautiful” but if I were to harbor a guess, I’d say my thoughts on City of Angels and Joe Vs The Volcano are rather sweet because in both pieces I discuss love, life and the beauty of an awakening soul.
And both movies happen to star Meg Ryan. Go figure.
In terms of hits, the most popular post on Flickers is by far the 5 Best piece on Gary Oldman. That post apparently comes up on Google’s search engine whenever you type in Oldman or his movies because since I wrote it one year ago, it got over 18,000 hits! But as far as comments are concerned, the most amount a single post has received is a mere 15 (for the recent essay My Movie Year: 1994). It may be a low number for many of you, but that’s ok. I like to keep things low key around here.
Flickers is not one for controversy. But I did think I would stir up a little chatter about my post on the 5 best Stephen King movie adaptations because of my high opinion on such poorly received films like Needful Things or the TV version of The Shining. But alas, not a single comment or objection to be found.
-Most Surprisingly Successful
I’m always surprised when any of my posts are recognized by my fellow peers. Surprised and delighted, of course! Specifically, the posts with the most correspondence are my Quick Takes. I’m always satisfied when there’s correspondence on my blog.
I wish my Mission: Impossible and Buffy the Vampire Slayer gush-fests had some kind of feedback. I loved the original Mission: Impossible, a crackling mid-90s blockbuster that deserved far more attention than it ever got. Ditto for Buffy, one of the greatest TV shows of all time, which was saddled with low ratings and dismissed as that dorky “vampire” show with the bimbo name. Come on, now! I know there are die hard fans out there like me! I thought my pieces outlined the awesomeness of these great, overlooked pieces of entertainment. Right? Hello? Bueller?
The Gene Wilder piece, hands down. I loved this one. I had such a blast writing it; it’s such a personal one for me. Those who don’t know me too well will find some surprising revelations. Give it a gander, will ya?
Rule #3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers
In other words, these are seven bloggers I can’t live without. To the best of my knowledge, these fine folks have not received this award. If I’m wrong, well, then they are doubly blessed! Here they are, arranged alphabetically.
Amir’s blog was actually among the first I have come across as a new film blogger. It struck a chord with me because he was doing what I had wanted to do – write about movies. He doesn’t write about every film he sees but chooses very specific topics and expands on them with intelligence and wit. I’ve been a loyal follower ever since. My only wish is that he would write more! Recommended reading: Take a look at his extensive series of highlights of the best of 2011.
Franz Patrick’s Film Archive
I “met” Franz on twitter before I had even seen his blog. I didn’t have to read his posts to realize that he is a droll, funny, and pretty damn smart young man. (He’s a medical scientist, for crying out loud!) He writes great, brief reviews on his crisp and appealing blog. His tastes are wide-ranging, as you can see from his eclectic mix of reviews to the quotations on his blog’s sidebar. In one swift move, he’ll recite lines from The Dreamers to Blood Simple to Mean Girls! Recommended reading: his take on Another Year just nails what Mike Leigh was going for. It’s a review I couldn’t have written better myself.
The Kid in the Front Row
Who is this guy? Shrouded in mystery and yet incredibly revealing, this “kid” opens himself up with phenomenal posts on (among other things) writing, film criticism, and the magic of Hollywood. On his exhaustive blog, he does reviews, interviews, short stories, and just random bursts of creative writing. He clearly has a deep passion for film and the written word. What amazes me more is that he spits out these posts at an alarming frequency. Does he ever sleep?! Recommended reading: all of it, if you have time! But more recently, I really dug his TKITFR Acting Class where he lists 10 crucial things an up-and-coming actor must do to prepare for a career in Hollywood.
Red Dirt Lattes
Not quite an entertainment blog, but there is a Hollywood connection! It’s written by Sabrina Lloyd, who played Natalie on Aaron Sorkin’s much-loved, much-missed series, Sports Night. When the show ended, she packed her bags, uprooted her toddler and left Hollywood with her husband to explore the world. This blog is not just your typical travelogue. It’s a gorgeous, poetic look of a world most of us are very unfamiliar with. Lloyd is a gifted photographer and a beautiful lyricist. Recommended reading: her recent trip to Italy is quite the eye-opener.
A Swede Talks Movies
Emil loves film. Well, don’t we all? But what makes him stand out from the pack is that his love for the medium is new and fresh. Until fairly recently, his interests were geared towards comics, wrestling, books etc. He just never cared about movies. But suddenly, as if someone lit a fuse within him, he found a passion. This blog is an enlightening read from a dude who is discovering new films every single day. Also, I find it amazing that he and I share remarkably similar tastes, despite having radically different backgrounds and living half a world apart. Recommended reading: his post about actors you cannot stand is a very entertaining read.
When I first viewed Anna’s profile picture, I knew she was someone special. No, it wasn’t a picture of herself. It was a striking photo of Elizabeth Mitchell from the dearly departed show, Lost. Oh, Juliet. How I’ve missed you so. Her love for Lost and other great television is well-documented on her terrific blog. She also digs Airplane, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. Now that’s good taste all around! Bonus tidbit: she writes for the Examiner! Recommended reading: if you want to dig back through her archive, you’ll find some choice pieces on the awesomeness that is Lost.
What is Ann Watching?
I only recently “met” Ann and was pleasantly surprised by her taste in films and television. Like Anna and myself, she is an equal opportunity lover of great films and addictive television. Her tasteful blog features thoughts ranging from TV’s The Killing and Justified to the recent release of Chronicle to classic films like Night and the City. She’s fairly new to the blogging world like myself but I’ve got the feeling she’s just getting started. Recommended reading: her hilarious piece on scary movies for mothers and daughters is a must read.