7 x 7 Link Award

Jaina from Time Well Spent kindly nominated All Eyes on Screen  for a 7×7 Link Award. The award is meant for me to showcase my favorite posts I’ve gotten to write for All Eyes on Screen. Along with the highlighted posts, I will also be nominating 7 other blogs for this award (and for those of you who enjoy reading blogs – I highly recommend these. Please take a few minutes to check them out!) Had it been someone else nominating me, Jaina and her site Time Well Spent easily would have made my awards list. If you don’t get anything else out of this post, please scroll down and check out the sites I listed. They’re each worth a few moments to check out!

The Rules

Rule 1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.

Rule 2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-Worthy Piece.

Rule 3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

Part 1 – What do you not know about me?

This is a tricky question in and of itself. Most of my blogger friends know movie info about me that no one else knows, while my personal friends/family know all that other stuff that my movie friends do not know. So I kind of feel like I’m in this lose-lose place. OK, enough babbling on my end.

To keep this about movies, I’ll make this little unknown fact about me and my relationship to movies. Growing up, I went to all the popular Disney movies–Toy StoryHerculesThe Lion King, you name it. As I got a little older (think late elementary school age), my private school and church did not support attending movie theaters. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to attend movies for the remaining part of elementary, all of junior high, and high school. Many who grew up with me know all this. The little “secret” is that the first film I attended after close to a decade of not stepping into a theater was  . . . *drum roll* . . .  Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. I had seen the first film on DVD and enjoyed it, and I was blown away by the theater experience all over again–at 16 years old. While I can’t relive all that time I lost, I make up as much of that time as I can, happily attending movies at theaters ever since Spider-Man 2.

Part 2 – Posts on Pedestals

Personally, I have a hard time evaluating which “pieces” I would consider “Most Beautiful” or “Most Underrated.” I almost feel like I’m saying, “Hey, let me tell you why I’m awesome.” The truth is, I haven’t been blogging regularly on film for very long, so it’s difficult to find a post that fits each category well. But to the best of my ability, here are the posts I would choose for the categories stated above.

Most Beautiful Piece – “Backstage Spotlight: The Overlapping Themes of Hugo, The Artist, and Midnight in Paris”

This was the first post that came to my mind when I heard the word “beautiful” because the content I’m talking about is incredibly beautiful. All three films incorporate some certain beauty, Midnight in Paris really being the stand-out for me with it’s gorgeous French backdrop and locations.

Most Helpful Piece – “Sundance in Chicago: 2 Days in New York”

The reason I chose this particular post for “Most Helpful” is that posts by other people I’ve read regarding film festivals/special screenings have been helpful to me in learning about films I never would have heard of if/before they became mainstream. 2 Days in New York was made by a French filmmaker, so it’s likely that the States will hear little of it, most likely for a little while at least. The post is primarily about my experience going to Sundance’s screening in Chicago and the interviews with the cast/director.

Most Popular Piece – “Valentine’s Day Special: Ten Favorite Romantic Movies”

This post wins because it’s received the most comments of all posts I’ve ever put up. Originally, I was going to put this in the Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, but it really has been the most popular post I’ve had, at least in terms of comments.

Most Controversial Piece – “Reaction to Oscar Nominations”

The title alone offers proof that it’s an entirely subjective post based off bias. Like every year when the Oscar nominations are announced, the blogosphere is filled with everyone’s thoughts and reactions. This post received the most “critical” comments, primarily thoughtful comments that wouldn’t be considered all around controversial.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece – “Women in the Director’s Chair”

I was incredibly surprised come last New Year’s to learn that my post “Women in the Director’s Chair” had received the most views of all the posts from 2011 (I’ll admit – there weren’t a lot of posts that year, however.). My favorite part of the post is the video I included; it’s about the Bechdel Test. Check out the video – you might learn something new 🙂

Most Underrated Piece – “AEOS Review: The Artist”

While I wouldn’t necessary call a post of mine “underrated” (because who’s doing the rating then? me?), if I could pick one post that I’d like more people to read, it would be about The Artist. Why is this? Because I feel like the movie didn’t have a mainstream audience. Although it was met with much critical acclaim and chatter online, the average attender of this film was either older or a movie geek. I’m quite passionate (everyone gets dramatic about something these days, come on!) about The Artist and would have loved to have successfully convinced many of my friends to go see it.

Most Pride-Worthy Piece – “Recast Edition: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)”

I thought I might have a difficult time coming up with a post that I had any pride in writing, but once I saw this title, I knew it fit the bill. While most people have written off Dr. Horrible as a nerd-type thing, I think it could be more universally liked if people gave it a chance. Although I don’t mind being considered part of the Dr. Horrible fanbase at all! Aside from that, this was my first ‘Recast Edition’ post. It was a lot of fun to write, and it took a lot of consideration and time to put together.

Part 3 – Awards Ceremony

Now the really fun part comes – I get to nominate 7 other blogs to receive this 7 x 7 Link Award. Please check out these awesome blogs! Most of their writers put more time and love into them than I do into mine. Many of them have inspired me to write better, more meaningful, and interesting posts, and all of them have in some way contributed to All Eyes on Screen by either regularly reading or commenting and feeding the discussion on the site.

FlixChatter

Without question, Ruth over at FlixChatter has been an incredible inspiration for All Eyes on Screen. Every one of Ruth’s posts are filled with interesting information, videos, facts, reviews, tidbits–all on film–you name it. Her site introduced me to the movie community at Anomalous Material, where I’ve “met” the majority of my movie blogging friends. Her site is custom designed, and her writing style is easy to read. She’s constantly updating the site, responding to comments, and filling the site with thoughtful posts.

The Matinee

Ryan over at The Matinee is another one of my favorite movie sites to visit regularly. I love the crisp, clean look of his site, and I enjoy listening to his podcasts from time to time. This guy is always open for film discussion, with something positive or interesting to add. His level of writing is incredibly professional, yet very conversational. Ryan is one of the few bloggers I think could make a living writing about film given the right platform. Check out his site, and spare a few minutes to listen to one of his podcasts.

Expressions

One of my coworkers, Josh, heads this photography site called Expressions. If you want to see creatively shot photos, this is the site to visit. Each photo is a story, bearing a fitting caption. I have bought three photos from Josh and know that my JLS photo collection is still incomplete. If you’re searching for inspiration or just want to check out some awesome photos, be sure to check out Expressions.

Grass Roots Movement

Remember a little post called “Support an Independent Film”? Well, the filmmaker in that post, Melanie, also has this incredibly detailed and insightful blog called Grass Roots Movement. While personal posts/tidbits are added throughout, she holds a very firm view on a variety of topics, and she has this edgy writing style that immediately pulls in readers. She also posts about film on occasion. I promise that Grass Roots Movement will never bore you.

Keith & the Movies

Keith & the Movies is one of the movie sites I’ve recently become a regular reader of. If you’re looking for well-written, thoughtful film reviews, Keith & the Movies is the place to go. Each review contains outside information about the film that I never knew until I would read a post of his. They’re not too short, but the posts are also not too long that you get bored reading. Keith & the Movies is one of my favorite movie reviews sites to read.

I Love That Film

Pete from I Love That Film is perhaps one of the most loyal readers and supporters of All Eyes on Screen. And on top of all that, Pete heads his movie blog, I Love That Film, with a variety of posts on film on a regular basis. I love reading his opinions and jabs and quirky insight, and I have no doubt that the rest of his readers feel similarly. From reading I Love That Film, you’ll learn that Pete is incredibly funny, down-to-earth, and always game for movie discussion.

Cinema Romantico

This awards list would NOT be complete without Cinema Romantico, headed by a very talented writer named Nick. He’s the most passionate movie writer I’ve met on the blogosphere, and that’s saying something. He writes the most in-depth posts I’ve read about film, and he holds all the potential in the world to be a famous movie critic someday if he desired. He has a heck of a lot of insight and knows exactly how to say what he wants. In my opinion, Cinema Romantico is a must-read blog for any movie geek out there.