The Works: Movie Blogs

I’m on The Works this evening talking about movie blogs. Here are the websites we discuss:

  • Ain’t It Cool News: To movie blogs what The Drudge Report is to political blogs.
  • GreenCine Daily: A great, general purpose film blog.
  • Metacritic: A site that compiles movie rating from all over the Internet. (Actually, my spiel about Metacritic on the show was something of a rambling digression and John may well cut it, so it may not be mentioned on the show at all.) Also check out Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The Movie Blog: The guy who got got his site shut down by paramount for enthusiastically hyping up their upcoming Transformers movie. The post about the controversy is here.
  • Thank You For Smoking blog, King Kong production diary, and Garden State blog: Three blogs set up by the directors of films to keep fans abreast of the picture’s progress. Zach Braff, director of Garden State, now maintains zachbraff.com.
  • Poster Wire: One of my favorite movie blogs is not about movies, but about movie posters. And any friend of Fipi Lele is a friend of mine. Here’s the post where I learned that the MPAA had approval over movie posters.

Other good movie blogs include The IFC Blog, Movie City Indie, and The Filmmaker Magazine blog. Milo Vermeulen listed his favorite movie blogs here, and I’d encourage readers to do likewise in the comments.

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24 comments.

  1. Can’t forget Bryan Singer’s Blue Tights production blog.

    And in an entirely local twist, there is Tampa Film Fan which follows films, theater stuff and movie productions in that media epicenter known as Tampa, Florida :p

  2. I’d encourage you to take a look at the chutry experiment, written by my pal Chuck Tryon, a professor of film and media studies. He does a lot of reviewing, mostly of indie/art house/documentary film.

  3. OK, so this isn’t a blog per se, but it’s the best reviews you’re gonna find anywhere.

    http://www.filthycritic.com/filthy/

    It’s viciously cynical and every review is usually more entertaining than the film under review. Definitely not for those with an aversion to profanity though =).

    Some favorite reviews include “Glitter”, all of the Star Wars prequels, and the Matrix series. The whole lot oozes with sarcasm.

  4. You don’t have listed what I consider to be the best movieblog website. http://www.boxofficeprophets.com. Great commentary, reviews, previews as well as really interesting information about the movie business and detailed weekly predictions for the weekend box office.

  5. It’s pretty distressing to hear about the MPAA having such a say over movie posters.

    I can accept every level of advertising has to have SOME level of regulatory censorship, but in this country that’s usually handled by the all-encompassing giant that is ‘The Advertising Standards Authority’.

    As for me, I don’t read many blogs at all, your is one of 12 blogs in my feeder, and they’re all ‘personal journal’ blogs rather than having a specific genre.

    That’s not to say these can’t have movie reviews on them, I write a review whenever I go to see a movie, and I very much enjoyed your guides into wathcing the new Star Wars Trilogy.

  6. I have to plug Filthy as well (high five HDC!). The one I enjoyed the most recently was his freakin’ hilarious taking-apart of The Break-up:
    http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/breakup.html

    The only film blog I read. The only downside is how far out-of-sync New Zealand release dates are with his blog, although I don’t think that will be a problem for most of you.

  7. you forgot;
    http://www.pajiba.com
    “movie reviews for bitchy people”

  8. You might want to check out the Moxie Blog, which is a blog written by a man who opened an independent arthouse movie theater in Sprinfield, MO, about a year ago. Read the archives. This blog existed way before the theater opened and it chronicles just about everything this guy went through and had to do in order to open the theater. Now that it’s open, it’s about the struggles of an arthouse theater to stay open. Good stuff.

  9. Pajiba’s a good one … I know it’s already been mentioned … but here’s a link
    http://www.pajiba.com/

    “scathing reviews for bitchy people”

  10. Though the three-month project is over, http://movie-a-day.blogspot.com/ has some great reviews.

  11. Thanks for the mention. ;)

    [this is good]

  12. ^

  13. I like FlickFilosopher.com — she’s funny and has great taste in movies (usually!).

  14. Thanks for the endorsement, KF! No matter what, interested to hear what people are saying about movie blogs.

  15. Heavens, this is probably the first mention of the Daily on the radio. Many thanks, Matthew, for making it such an honorable one!

  16. Thnx for giving us the lovely information and I have found the links really very interesting!

  17. http://geocities.com/outlawvern

    The best-written badly-written movie blog out there!

    Also, your one-stop shop for learning all about the important new filmatist field of “seagalology”.

    Drink deep, and enjoy!

  18. Dennis Cozzalio’s Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. Easily my favorite and most-visited film blog.

    But don’t just take my word for it. No less a light than Vanity Fair‘s James Wolcott has taken a liking.

  19. The House Next Door.

  20. I was going to come in and mention my favorite one, like everyone else…someone even beat me to it the specific site though. I second flickfilosopher.

  21. For good old-fashioned potty mouthed movie discussion. Also some thoughts in thar, on occasion…
    chud.com

  22. Thanks for the nod!

  23. I like movieblog… but I also recommend ispitonyourmovie.com

  24. A handful I haven’t seen mentioned:
    Filmstalker
    Flixens
    Movie Marketing Madness
    Film Junk

    And, naturally, Burbanked.