I have decided to set another movie-watching goal for myself: I'm going to watch 31 horror or Halloween-themed films during the month of October. This includes other subgenres of horror too, like horror-comedies or action horror. In Halloween-themed films, I'm hoping to revisit some favorites, like "Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin" or "Hocus Pocus".
The rules are simple: I must watch 31 films that are horror films or themed around the holiday of Halloween. There is no particular way in which these films must be distributed, as long as I reach 31 by the end of the month. I can include films that I have seen before, however I can not include films that have already been reviewed on the website.
I think that is pretty much all I need to say! There are a lot of movies that I hope to watch through this challenge, from classics to films that are coming out in theaters. I hope you enjoy reading about my journey through the genre of horror. If you're not a fan of horror, that's okay, I will still continue to review other films outside of the challenge.
I have decided to switch to a letter-based grading system on my blog in order to allow more accuracy on my reviews. You can check out what each letter grade means and its equivalence to the Letterboxd rating system on the About page.
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I just wanted to give you guys an update on what is happening this weekend. I am going to "The Revenant" and I will also be attending a screening of "Jaws" on the big screen with a Q&A session afterwards with Richard Dreyfus, who portrays Hooper in the film. "Jaws" is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Hooper is in fact my favorite character, so I am really excited for this experience. I will be posting a review for "Jaws", but only a bit of it will be focused on the film itself. I will be talking more about the experience of seeing Richard Dreyfus and the experience of seeing "Jaws" on the big screen, since I was not alive when it was released (and I sadly was unable to attend the TCM screening this past summer).
I also wanted to let you guys know that other than these two films, I may have less film reviews going up because I am currently watching the Amazon Original Series "Mozart in the Jungle" and may also watch "The Man in the High Castle", but I still plan to keep up on my Ascendant Independents challenge.
Speaking of the Ascendant Independents challenge, I wanted to update you on how those reviews will be classified. Any movie that I see that is classified as an independent film using the following criteria:
1. Its budget is below $10 million and its distributor is classified by Wikipedia as a distributor of independent films.
2. It is classified by Netflix as an independent film.
3. It screened at Sundance or another major independent film festival.
4. I saw it at a theater that specifically shows independent films.
5. The film's budget is below $500,000.
Through the criteria, I am trying to eliminate any films that I wouldn't really consider independent, but some may slip in that were poorly classified by Netflix or the theater, and I'm sorry if that ends up being the case. Also, I wanted to let you know how these reviews will be tagged. I will tag all movies that I consider to be independent as "Ascendant Independents". The first independent movie that I watch in the week that I have never seen before will be tagged as both "Ascendant Independents" and "Ascendant Independents (Challenge)". I would like to remind you that I classify a week as Sunday to Saturday.
Thanks for hanging in with me,
I decided to revamp my blog this year because I have a little bit more publicity opportunity: the website Letterboxd. You can find me as bigtunalwhs on Letterboxd. On Letterboxd, I will give "teaser" reviews of a couple of sentences of each movie I see. On the blog, I am going to do some expanded reviews, and I'm going to do a couple of different columns too. Last year, my movie goal was to watch 100 different movies that received their non-festival release in 2015. I am at 110 right now, as of writing, which will go up as some of the ones I missed become available on DVD or the last few remaining 2015 movies expand near me in theaters. I have two movie goals this year, which will constitute my different columns:
1. I want to watch an Independent Film, preferably one that I haven't seen, a week. A week to me is Sunday to Saturday. I am not counting New Year's Day and January 2nd as a week. Most of these will come from Netflix. These will be tagged "Ascendant Independents".
2. I want to try to watch AT LEAST half of AFI's 10 Top 10 List in order to watch some of the movies considered the greatest ever made in their genres. At least 10 of these (hopefully) 50 or more will be ones that I have never seen before. (Off to the local library!) These will be tagged "AFI's 10 Top 10".
I will also be doing a bit of awards season coverage, trailer talk, and other news features like that. I hope that my blog proves really interesting to you, and may even encourage you to seek out some great films!
Looking forward to a great year!
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