All quiet on the 100 Films front

If you thought last month was a slow’un for reviews, hoo boy, look how this one’s going!

The main reason is I’ve been keeping myself busy working at FilmBath Festival, spending my days editing other people’s writing about films (amongst other things). One of the main tasks has been editing all the text for the brochure, which is officially out today — if you live in or around Bath, look out for a physical copy; everyone else, you can read it online here. (If you spot any mistakes, they were all deliberate. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

The 2019 festival has a genuinely exciting lineup — a mix of previews for high-profile movies you’ve heard of and smaller gems that have primarily been on the festival circuit. (If you’re the kind of person who attends film festivals, especially big-name ones, there’s a fair chance there’s nothing new here. Some of the stuff on show has even been on general UK release, it just hasn’t played in Bath.) And there’s at least one advance preview of a film tipped to be an awards season frontrunner, so that’s particularly exciting. Even if on an initial flick through only a couple of movies jump out, I’ve found when you start to read about these films they almost all get really interesting. I figure most of my readership is outside the Bath area (heck, stats say most of my hits come from the US nowadays), but, nonetheless, I’ll also mention that tickets are on sale to the general public from today. (FYI, I don’t get anything for promoting this, I’m just mentioning it because it’s what I’ve been up to.)

As for 100 Films, hopefully I’ll get back on its case soon. Though I’ve been meaning to post a review of Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans all week and haven’t got it together, so…

4 thoughts on “All quiet on the 100 Films front

  1. Very cool. It’s gotta be more exciting and rewarding to be involved in writing/editing in the “real world” rather than in the blogosphere anyway. I’m trying to find something for myself. As these gigs request writing samples I’m wondering if any of my blog content would count towards that. It’s really the only thing I have currently that could be considered a portfolio. Part of me feels like I’ve been wasting precious time continuing to maintain an obscure film review blog and not taking action as far as finding paid writing jobs. (Don’t feel obliged to respond to any of that — I think this is me just thinking out loud, haha. I’m in a weird place right now with my blog, and a rather mangled writing career.)

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    • Its the weird thing about writing a blog, isn’t it? You spend valuable personal time writing something, and trying to make it intelligent and valid, and -boom- it just goes out there and… well, the number of hits my blog gets, its beyond obscure really. Which does make one wonder whats the point. Its why I value whatever comments I get, and its usually from the usual few really, but hey ho. At least it proves someone is listening/reading.

      Unfortunately quality writing is always going to be lost in the noise of every idiot’s refrain on the internet, just as all the video blogs on YouTube are making me wonder if there should be some kind of license to keep morons off there. The internet is a cacophony of idiocy- makes me miss the good old days of Barry Norman (a regular BBC film news/review programme that the internet has killed off) or professional reviews in national periodicals. Nowadays everyone is a reviewer and has an opinion. The irony that I’m only adding to that noise isn’t lost on me. But I’m trying to keep the intelligence level up.

      (What do you mean, I’m failing terribly? Oh well…)

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      • You certainly aren’t failing. I’d like to zero in on that point you make about comments from regular readers. I think that’s truly what matters. Even if it is small, having an audience and especially having regular viewers goes to show that people out there appreciate the well-written, thoughtful review.

        I do agree though it’s disheartening how the overwhelming majority of internet writers are click-bait ejaculators who really don’t do much more than stuff their pages with links — something they think contributes to SEO but it’s something that’s easily overdone and can end up having a negative impact. I forget the term for it but I’m pretty sure this website frowns upon stuffing pages with links. I have a hard time trusting RT’s “certified” viewer responses as many of those folks don’t even bother to pay attention to grammatical correctness. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to edit yourself on a basic level, such that masses of spelling mistakes remain in what you ultimately put out to the masses, I’m not paying attention to you. (Snobby comment perhaps but I went to school and had some habits beaten out of me and it really wasn’t that hard after school to remember some basics. Don’t get me started on comma/semi-comma usage though. I’m terrible at that, so I”m probably a hypocrite to some extent there.)

        I don’t think you’re failing at upholding a standard. You’re among the few bloggers A) who are still around and B) maintain a high standard when it comes to insight and creative approaches. Those blogs are SO few and far between. Or perhaps I’m not looking hard enough, which is more than a possibility. What I’m trying to do now is really keep my writing sessions as efficient as possible. It becomes draining, and eventually demotivating, when I spend more than 2 or 3 days on a single piece, only to have it be received by a chorus of crickets! Lol. It’s always nice to have those 2-5 regulars stop by and say something. For me it’s the joy of writing that’ll keep me going, even if come 2020 or whenever I’m playing to an audience of 2. yet one of these days this will end, whether by sheer exhaustion or by my life being overtaken by something else. Here’s to hoping the former doesn’t happen too soon, and the latter does happen sooner rather than later. I’d love to contribute to a team of like-minded professionals, whether the content is about movies specifically or the entertainment industry more broadly.

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    • I absolutely understand where you’re coming from. The main thing that’s put me off trying to launch a career out of writing about film is following many Twitter accounts of people trying the same, and seeing how hard it is. Not impossible, but the amount of effort it can take, often for slim rewards… I don’t think I have the constitution to be a freelancer like that. But all power to those that do, and I wish you luck!

      re: about spelling & grammar, etc, what I find even more disheartening than poorly-done user comments is the (supposedly) professional publications that put stuff out with myriad basic errors. I can only presume it’s cutbacks and they no longer have subeditors or something… but even still, surely to become employed as a writer you should have those basic SPAG skills?! God only knows. I sometimes think getting a job (pretty much any job, but especially in certain fields) requires what you’re best at to be “marketing yourself” rather than the job you’re actually applying for.

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