New Year’s Resolutions: Movie List for 2015

For me, movie resolutions are the hardest because I feel like I have such a long way ahead. That isn’t to say I’m not excited to introduce myself to new movies, but I do find it challenging to “keep up.” Which brings me to my first resolution for watching movies in 2015 . . .

Watch Movies at My Own Pace

For those of you who watch a lot of movies, have you ever felt like you can’t keep up with the rest of the movie blogging community? Perhaps it is just me, but I regularly struggle to “keep up” with everyone else. That isn’t to say that I need to see as many movies as the rest of you, but there is this feeling of falling behind when many other movie bloggers see films at pre-screenings, film events, and opening weekends. I say this to resolve that I will try to start watching movies more at my own pace, even if that means posting reviews a week or two later than the average viewer/blogger.

Make Progress on My Shame List

I started my own Shame List last September after being inspired by other bloggers who admitted to the Internet that there were a great many classics they have yet to see. So I made my own list of thirty-one titles of popular movies ranging from 1931 to 1999 that I’d like to see. I saw three of those last year (averaging one per month), and now my list is down to twenty-eight. I’d like to set my goal at crossing at least ten more of those movies off my list in 2015.

Start My First Blindspot Series

I realized how much I was missing out on classic films when I noticed multiple other movie bloggers were posting about their own Blindspot Series. I have wanted to start my own for a while, but the right opportunity hasn’t been present until now. I want the goal to be attainable, so copying what many of my film friends have done, I am starting my own list of twelve movies to be featured on my very own Blindspot Series. This series will be different from my own Shame List, because although I took recommendations for that list, I decided on the first twenty films myself.

Similarly to what I did with my Reading Resolutions for 2015, I’ll be taking only recommendations for this list, with one exception. I’m making Singing in the Rain (1952) my January film selection since it has been recommended to me more times than I can count (shout-out to my friend Cynthia who wrote out a list of movies I needed to see a couple years ago, making sure to emphasize that I see Singing in the Rain). I’d like to compile this list by the end of the month so I am set for the rest of the year. I’m all for new ideas in this series since I really haven’t seen many classic films, so include your suggestions in the comments section below. I will choose the eleven most popular choices, so long as I get at least eleven film recommendations.

2.-12. Your Recommendations

See All Films Nominated for Multiple Categories at the 2015-2016 Oscars

This was an unwritten goal of mine for the 2014-2015 season. I’m still working towards it, especially considering that the list of Oscar nominees hasn’t been released yet. I agree that it is a bit of a popularity contest. But the take-away for me is that I get to see a lot of great movies, regardless of whether they “earn” a golden statue or not. Below are the categories that I’d like to see all of the nominees before the award ceremony in February of 2016.

5. Best Picture Category

4. Best Actor/Actress Categories

3. Best Supporting Actor/Actress Categories

2. Best Original/Adapted Screenplay Categories

1. Best Soundtrack Category

After considering all of those hefty goals for this year, I’m excited (and a little nervous) to move forward into unchartered territory for All Eyes On Screen. Thank you for all of your support in commenting, liking, and interacting on the site . . . it has been the greatest encouragement to me, and I’m thankful to count so many of you as friends in my life.

Stay tuned for a final New Years Resolution post tomorrow, this time on blogging. Next week I’ll be posting about the Best and the Worst of 2014 for books, TV shows, and movies I’ve read and seen in 2014.

What are your movie resolutions for 2015?

Support an Independent Film

Hey all! I’ve never had a post like this one before.

I wanted to take the opportunity to spread the news about an independent film, but who better to tell you than the filmmaker herself?

Before you check out the video, a couple things about Melanie:

  • Melanie was a college roommate of mine for one semester. She isn’t a stranger.
  • Melanie shares the same passion for making film that many of you have for writing about it.
  • Melanie already has some experience in the field, and among her experience, research, and understanding of film, I think she has great potential to create film.

Watch the video and get all the info on Melanie’s film, The Lilith Necklace, here.

Melanie never asked me to post about her project, much less to promote it. I chose to do this because I’m a big fan of film and even in this small, insignificant way, I’d like to lend a supporting hand to another person who loves film. You, too, can help support Melanie and her film, The Lilith Necklace, by giving as little as $5, or just by sharing the project with other fellow film friends.

Melanie’s also a blogger! If you’d like to learn more about her, check out her blog Grassroots Movement.

Thanks for reading! Do you know anyone who has a film he’s working on? Feel free to share it!

Shameless Advertisement: Movie Blogs I’m Reading

I have to give a lot of credit to other people out there, because many of them are my inspiration for writing about a mutual love: movies. I started blogging for the first time back in high school, right before I graduated. I didn’t really know what I was doing and I lacked a lot of direction. And although I haven’t discovered or learned all the ins and outs of writing, film, or writing about film, I can say that I have learned a lot in the past 6 years, especially thanks to reading other people’s blogs and getting inspired by their passion, comedy, and interests.

So without further ado, read on and feel free to check out some of these awesome movie sites.

Two Cranky Guys: As their tagline says it, these two guys “wade through the crap so you don’t have to.” These two guys have great back and forth dialogue reviewing the latest film each have seen. It’s entertaining and light-hearted. I always looks forward to reading these guys’ take. In recent news, it appears the duo may be breaking up over the latest movie they saw, Breaking Dawn Pt. 1. Check out the blog for more details!

Anomalous Material: This has become a site I check daily. There are tons of new updates, reviews, and discussions going on that make this site a great place for anyone casually to seriously interested in reading about or discussing movies. There are multiple people who write and run the site, so you get a varied perspective and multiple updates and reviews on current and past movies. I love reading new articles and commenting on them, and I’d recommend this site to just about anyone.

FlixChatter: I don’t remember if I found this blog through Freshly Pressed or just by perusing WordPress blogs, but I’m happy I did. The author, Ruth, posts daily on all types of film-like chatter, from upcoming movie news, to specific actors or films she’s reviewed, to interesting facts about certain movies. It was through her blog that I came into contact with Anomalous Material and the community of film bloggers there. So I am definitely indebted to her. She runs a great blog constantly updated with interesting material–be sure to check it out!

Honorable Mentions:

Splatter: on FILM


The Movie Brothers

Long vs. Short Character Arcs

Before we had technicolor filmstrips, composers, and some serious technological advances, film and TV competed against one another for viewers’ attention. Although people today don’t choose to be a fan of either one or the other, there are still interesting comparison/contrasts between the two entertainment media. Many actors prefer one channel or the other to perform in, while some like taking part in both.

Earlier this year, I was reading this interview in with John Krasinski and Ginnifer Goodwin for their then upcoming movie, Something Borrowed. Krasinski admits that without a doubt, playing a character in a long-time running TV show, The Office, is far more fun than playing a character in a movie who has to let it all out in one scene.

I understand that TV shows allow actors to flesh out their characters, continually building on what they know and adding and taking away from characters they play. It’s fun for the actors. But what do viewers prefer? I never really considered this question before I read the article and thought back about how television and film used to compete for viewers’ attention. Film was the beginning, and since then TV has become a huge medium in today’s society. And most people you ask may prefer one or the other, but are typically not opposed to either. And that’s really what it is–a preference, not a “must have,” or “should be.”

If you look at Krasinski’s character on The Office, Jim Halpert, you know that eventually he and Jenna Fischer’s “Pam” will get together. But we also know that it isn’t going to happen right away, because why would there be a need for a television show then? No, it must be drawn out. In that particular case, it takes three full seasons for the inevitable to happen. In Something Borrowed, his character, Ethan, has an arc–but a very short one. In fact, he drops a big bomb on the main character, Rachel, in one of the last scenes.

Whether it be television or a movie, the characters always start at a starting point. That way, there’s room to grow, learn, and develop relationships. While a movie typically has two hours on average to get it all figured out, TV shows often have multiple seasons with as many as 25 episodes a season. So which is better–the short or the long character arc? I believe it all comes down to context. And if the character arc fits the time allotted to the medium, then it suits it well. Although today, both media have clearly lost their predictability all around. Today, a TV show’s main character’s relationship will inevitably reach some resolution between seasons 3 and 5. Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Glee, Psych, the list goes on. Everyone has to stick around for a later season to see the characters get together; therefore, there always must be a certain amount of relationship drama occurring in seasons 1-3.

In movies, typically something bad happens in the beginning of the film to the main character. Then, that character makes a life or environmental change to their situation. He or she is introduced to someone, and a new relationship begins, develops, deals with drama, splits, and inevitably comes together in the end. Many movies are exceptions to that rule, but this is a very common foundation screenwriters use for movies.

Jim and Pam

Obviously, this is all just my opinion on characters arcs in television and film. So here’s a pro/con list I came up with to conclude the topic:

Long Character Arcs (in television):

Pros: Well-developed character, more detailed, more room to be less predictable = possibility of more surprise, greater relatability

Cons: Ability to have over-written characters, drastic changes to characters can anger audience, space to be over-dramatized, repetitive

Ethan and Rachel


Short Character Arcs (in movies):

Pros: Challenge for actors to adapt, well-written characters, writer is forced to follow a direct path, typically less dramatic

Cons: Less originality, ability to have under-developed characters, less relatability, predictable story arcs, lacks in detail