Sunday, February 17, 2008

I. Declaration of Principles

This site purports to be:

--An outlet for people to gauge the economic worth of a film to their lives.

At a time when going to a movie theater costs ten bucks per person (your grandfather paid a quarter), when the concessions are north of a fiver, and a family of four can spend close to $100 for one theater trip, someone should tell you whether it's worth it, with little pretensiousness, with an eye toward value and a knowledge of what has come before. And maybe...with luck and watching real close...that movie with real staying power can be found.

--A portal where trailers and previews can be viewed as a counter-point to the expressed opinion.

Everybody in the theater likes it when the commercials end and the trailers come on--except they're commercials, too. Damned good one. Persuasive ones. And sometimes they're better than the movie they're promoting. The studios spend big bucks on these things to persuade you their product is worth it. They're there as the opposing view, or a further inducement. And they're fun to watch.

--Beyond that, this site will serve as access to other critical opinions, no matter how stupid, knee-jerk or fraudulently bought and paid for by the Studios.

Film criticism runs the gamut, from the newspaper vet who's been given a cushy job before he's put out to pasture, to the film-studies professor who measures every shake of the camera for some auteurist "significance." Here, it falls somewhere in-between. "Value" is this site's coin of the realm. "Worth" is it's gold-standard. And no one's paying for my opinion...not even you.

--This site will serve as a link to publications, and professional societies in the motion picture arts and sciences

There's a bunch over there on the right, and there'll be more in the weeks and months to come and there are some movie-mag's, and good publications on special effects and cinematography and sound (my area of interest) and selections of poster art sites, some composer fan-sites of note (heh!) as well as some of the prominent film-critic circles. But if you want juicey gossip, that's in another part of town. The news-wire at the bottom of the page is as low as we go.

Thursday: The Way We Rate the Things We Do

Friday: Who, What, When, Where and Why Not

Saturday: We go "LIVE" with a look at 2007 in Review, and the Site gets flooded with reviews, new and old.


John said...

Jim... Great looking site! I'm looking forward to reading your 2007 reviews all over again!

If you are interested in even more copy... I'd love a place to rework and post my own movie write-ups. Are you interested in publishing a variety of opinions in your "original" or "non-commercial" material?

I'd willingly cede editorial power, and be happy to work within the framework you propose: starting with the bottom line of "Was it worth it?"

Yojimbo_5 said...


Jon said...

Great site but what's with the vote-rigging - tried twice to vote for NCFOM as most likely winner of the Oscar and each time, my vote didn't get registered. Did you get Diebold to install your poll? Is this Florida or Ohio? Blah, blah, blah.

PS Would be happy to contribute movie reviews too??

Yojimbo_5 said...

Re: The alleged vote-rigging

"That's...the Chicago way."

Re: the movie reviews.


We'll figure it out

Jon said...

One more technical - any chance of adding the check box for new comments to be emailed?

Yojimbo_5 said...

But...but...but...that means you wouldn't have to go to the web-site to read your comment-replies.

Sue. Take the EASY way out--read your e-mail!