One Year Blogiversary!

Blogiversary

Well here it is, my one year blogiversary! This blog has now officially lasted longer than any of my relationships. Ha ha ha…wait, that wasn’t a joke. I haven’t posted nearly as much as I’d like, but for whatever reason, there’s people out there who actually read this stuff. So thank you to all you wonderfully loyal and curious readers. As much as I would’ve loved to do something fun and unique for this milestone in history, it creeped up on me and I was not prepared. Such is life.

Before I reached this landmark, there’s two things I really wanted to do: change my blog name and keep up on at least 3 posts per week. Well, I didn’t do either of those things, so it’s looking like the horrible blog name and the sporadic posts are here to stay for a while.

I also have not yet gotten around to writing my Mad Max: Fury Road or Pitch Perfect 2 reviews. But for the record, I loved Mad Max, it’s the first film of this year I’d give a perfect 5/5 to for being such a beautiful and pure action movie. Seriously, action fanatics such as myself can only pray for a movie like this once a year. Pitch Perfect 2 would probably get a 3 for being a lesser version of the first and for trying way too hard to be funny. Pitch Perfect 2 is like that one inappropriate person who’s always cracking the worst jokes at the party and you only laugh to be polite. Hopefully within the next few days I can find the time to actually write them up. In the meantime, if you’re ever curious, I keep a ranking of all the 2015 movies I’ve seen and I always keep it updated. You can find that here: http://boxd.it/lV1e

Anyway, I thought I’d take this time to share with everyone a list of blogs I’ve spent the past year reading, because let’s face it, I would’ve never lasted this long if it weren’t for the other people on this site. So treat this as a sort of blogger appreciation post, if you will. Some of them I’ve been reading from the beginning of my blogging adventures, and some I’ve only just discovered these past few months, but they’re all amazing. I know a lot of the movie blogging community is already pretty tight knit, but there’s always more popping up all over the place with writers who are incredibly talented and well-versed on their subjects. There’s also plenty that have been around longer than I have and I have yet to discover, but that’s another story. Seriously, if there’s anyone on this list you haven’t checked out yet, please do so.

Also, thanks again Emma, Sherise, The Vern, RobbinsRealm, Zoe and The Wolf of Starbucks for nominating me for a bunch of awards that I haven’t had the chance to pass on yet. If I forgot anyone, shit, I’m sorry!

In alphabetical order:

4 Star Films
Abbiosbiston
Abstracticality
Alex Raphael
All My Life…I Wanted to Be a Blogster
Back to the Viewer
Basilmarinerchase
Ben Lane’s Reviews
Canadian Cinephile
Cinema Axis
CinemaClown
The Cinema Cynic
Cinema or Cine-meh?
Cinema Parrot Disco
Cryangosling’s House of Horrors
Damian Thomas Films Etc.
Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
Drew’s Movie Reviews
Dynamite Review
Emmakwall (explains it all)
Film Grimoire
Film the Madman
Film Munch
FilmNerdBlog
Film and Nuance
A Film Odyssey
The Fluff is Raging
Gareth Rhodes Film Reviews
The Girl that Loved to Review
Girls Do Film
Grog’s Movie Blogs
Hard Ticket to Home Video
The IPC
Irish Cinephile
The ISCFC
Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)
Keith & the Movies
Let’s Go to the Movies
A Life in 24 FPS
Life of This City Girl
Lukas + Film
Marshall and the Movies
Movieblort
Movie Man Jackson
Movie Reviews 101
Movierob
The Movie Talk Blog
NrdGZM!
Oh! That Film Blog
Oracle of Film
Permashift
Popcorn Nights
Reel Affinity
The Review Club
RobbinsRealm
Screenkicker!
Seroword
Sidekick Reviews
Sinekdoks
The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger
SSP Thinks Film
The Stub Collector
Sweet Archive
The Telltale Mind
Ten Stars or Less
That Moment In
Thistles and Whistles
Three Rows Back
ThyCriticMan
Tranquil Dreams
The Ü
The Vern’s Video Vortex
Views From the Sofa
Vinnieh
What the Craggus Saw
The Wolf of Starbucks
Writergurlny
Writer Loves Movies
Zobo With a Shotgun

Even if I’m not posting that often, just know I’m still reading your stuff all of the time. I’ve probably said this before, but a lot of you have become my go-to critics. Screw rotten tomatoes.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read my long ramblings. Stay classy, WordPress.

Going Through Changes – 100th Post

For my 100th blog post (man, I suck), I figured it’s time to announce a couple of addtions/changes to this wonderful movie blog of mine.

So I have a cousin, who is more like a brother than a cousin, and his name is Pat. We’ve been movie buddies since we came out of the womb, and coincidentally, he writes just as well–if not better–than I do (stealing my thunder, obviously). Well this loyal movie blog supporter of mine has come to me on numerous occasions and suggested many different things I should feature on here, and I haven’t done a single one. Seeing as how this isn’t a full-time job and my slow writing can barely keep up with writing the reviews for all the new things I see, my natural response was, “You do it!” So I’ve made him an author/contributor on here, and he’s going to help me with new stuff like trailer analyses, movie news, and whatever the hell else he feels like writing. Maybe if we’re feeling motivated we’ll collaborate on some cool features. He’s completely new to the WordPress community, so I hope you’ll join me in welcoming him to the wonderful world of movie blogging. Welcome, you bearded bastard.

Hopefully this will help me in continuing to grow the blog and its content, and allow me to post things more frequently. I’ve said this before, but if anyone ever has any collaborative ideas on articles and wants to write with me, let me know.

On a separate note, I’ve decided the time is coming soon for me to change the blog name, because let’s face it, “Justine’s Movie Blog” is the most painfully generic, boring name there ever was. I can’t promise that whatever I’ll come up with will be terribly creative (I’m awful with names and titles), but it has to be done. It was only ever meant to be temporary, but it has lasted now for 10 long months, and every time I read the title I want to whack myself in the head until the creativity locked away in the far recesses of my mind finally spills out of my thick skull. Hell, maybe I’ll even do something wilder and change the theme!

Thanks to everyone who continues to read all my movie drivel, despite the horrible name (*cries*). Now you can read some of Pat’s movie drivel as well, woohoo!

Also, if anyone has a letterboxd account, you should totally follow me! (letterboxd.com/jbaron) I just made it like last week and I’m always a little late in discovering the next new social media thing. While you’re at it, you can follow me on the Twitters, too (@justine_baron), and Pat (@paldo624).

Have a marvelous day!

2014: My Year in Review

2014 has come and gone pretty quickly. Granted, I’ve only been blogging since May and not the whole year. In that amount of time I was able to watch a ton of new releases, some good and some bad. Before I get into that, though, I would just like to say that I appreciate each and every one of my followers and the time you take to read my stuff (or even just scroll through it). I love all the feedback you guys give, even if it takes me a while to respond to your comments sometimes. I try! But honestly, the movie blogging community on here is awesome, and thanks to a lot of you and your posts, I’ve managed to discover so many great movies that would’ve otherwise slipped under the radar for me. You may not realize it, but a lot of you are my go-to’s for movie news and reviews and stuff, so thank you all for being amazing and informative!

Also, thank you to the following people for allowing me to write long, rambling guest posts on your sites: Rob from Movierob, Rich and Mark from the ISCFC, and Gabe from basilmarinerchase.

I am definitely all for writing for and/or with you guys again. If anyone else wants to ever collaborate on a post, I am always down for it! Contact me via Twitter @justine_baron, or just leave a comment anywhere on the site.

As far as reviews go, I unfortunately haven’t gotten the chance to review even half of the movies I’ve seen this year because, honestly, it takes me forever to write a review and I rarely have the time. I’m still currently working on my Into the Woods review right now which I’ll probably post in a day or two. Also within the next month, I’m going to try and catch up on reviews of my favorite movies from this year that I haven’t gotten a chance to write about yet, at least the ones that might have a chance of making it into my top 10 list.

I know it’s the season for everyone to be posting their top lists from the year, and I’ll be doing the same, but not until I’ve seen everything I want to see. So that’ll be coming probably some time at the end of this month. I know what you’re thinking, how will you live your life if you don’t know what my favorite movies were? Well, fortunately and unfortunately, I only wrote 29 reviews of 2014 releases (wow, that’s not a lot is it?), and since there’s so few, I’m going to list them so you at least have an idea of what I thought was awesome and what totally sucked (because my opinion is just so highly valued and all). Here it is according to rating (out of 5):

5
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Gone Girl
Guardians of the Galaxy
Nightcrawler
The Raid 2
Whiplash
X-Men: Days of Future Past

4.5 
Big Hero 6
Edge of Tomorrow
Snowpiercer

4
Killers
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Zero Theorem

3.5
Interstellar

3
Enemy
Godzilla
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Unbroken

2.5
22 Jump Street

2
Jersey Boys
Life After Beth
Lucy
Maleficent

1.5
The Expendables 3
Transformers: Age of Extinction

1
Fading Gigolo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It seems I’ve loved a lot more movies than I’ve hated, but more than likely I just didn’t bother to review a lot of them. I also hate giving less than a 2 to any movie, because I can always find redeeming qualities in anything I watch. But let’s face it, what kind of an amateur critic would I be if I didn’t rip apart at least a few of them?

I’m happy to hear that a lot of you appreciate and can make use of the Netflix posts I do. It’s probably my most popular feature on here and I will be continuing to do those for as long as I can. It takes quite a while to gather the information, but I try to do them as early as possible every month. As long as I can find it, I will post it.

I’m also going to eventually be returning to my one movie review post per week of a great classic (or just slightly older movie) I think everyone should see. I’ve missed doing those over the past few months. I just have to write faster, I guess, and stop slacking – obviously.

All in all, I think it’s been a successful 8 months for me. I’ve seen a lot of great films and enjoyed writing about them. There’s a lot of movies I’m looking forward to seeing this year. And of course, awards seasons is coming up soon, and I’m looking forward to that as well and will be covering that at some point. So here’s to hoping for another successful year for film! Thank you all for giving me the motivation for continuing this writing hobby of mine, you’re all wonderful. I hope everyone had a very Happy New Year!