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Carnival Appearances

As always, I’d like to thank the sites that have included us in their recent carnivals.

First up, thanks to The Pensieve for including our recent review of the second Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. They have a wonderful site for keeping up with all things in the Potter world.

I’d also like to take a moment to doubly thank Scott Nehring over at Good News Film Reviews. He included our review of Flyboys in this week’s carnival, and included our The Spy Who Loved Me review in last week’s carnival. With the time that he puts into crafting his carnivals, it’s easy to see why Scott’s Carnival of Cinema is the current flagship of film carnivals on the internet.

Carnival Appearances

Our recent Stardust review was included in quite a few of last week’s film carnivals, and I wanted to point out some of the appearances…

First off, it’s good to see Scott Nehring back in action, and see the consistently excellent Carnival of Cinema up and running again. The carnival has a new home, as Scott has combined his two sites into one site, over at Good News Film Reviews’ Carnival of Cinema. This week’s carnival has a massive turnout, with a large number of links to some insightful film reviews and commentary. Welcome back, Scott!

We also made appearances at Observations from Missy’s Window’s Movie Monday and The Guru’s Movie and Tube Reviews’ Movie Review Carnival.

Thanks to everyone for having us aboard!

A Netflix Adventure and Review

Today I signed up for Netflix. Originally, I was thinking to go with either Blockbuster or Intelliflx. However, both Blockbuster Online and Intelliflix seemed to get awful reviews on review boards I checked, so in the end I went with Netflix at first. I thought this site would be as good a place as any to review Netflix’s service and offer some observations on my experience.

The sign-up was painless and easy to understand. Simply type in your email information, your address, and add a payment method. Within a couple of minutes I was signed up and selecting movies.

The movie selection process is relatively efficient, but off hand I wonder if there isn’t a better way to browse Netflix’s database. I found it easy to search for movies, and easy to get recommendations by popularity or other critics, but I didn’t find it that efficient to browse through categories. I very well might be missing something, however.

Two features that interest me are the recommendations Netflix makes based on either the movie you just put into your queue, and recommendations based on movies/genres that you have rated. I look forward to seeing how helpful these recommendations become as I zap more movies with rating stars on their site.

I’m curious to see how the service is. I signed up for the two DVDs at a time plan, which is running at $13.99/month at the moment.

Carnival of Cinema, Episode XXXXI

carnival.gifWelcome to the 41st Edition of the Carnival of Cinema. I’d like to start by thanking Scott Nehring, at Nehring the Edge, for allowing us to host this week’s edition. We’ve got a lot of submissions, so let’s get right to business.

Frankk starts us off with an interesting article on screenwriting, Screenwriting: a Critical – and Common – Mistake posted at Screenwriting Goldmine. Frankk makes some great points about visualizing scenes before you sit down in front of the computer to type them up. This is a worthy insight into the screenwriting process.

Following this is an intriguing piece by Praveen at My Simple Trading System. In his article Branded Interactive Features Coming to DVDs, Praveen discusses some of the interesting features that will likely arise in the new large format DVDs. Interesting stuff, and he provides a humorous example from the DVD of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Gautam Valluri follows this with two excellent pieces. The first, The Rise of Sci-Fi Noir, looks at the advent of Sci-Fi Noir films, and takes a look at three signature films in the genre. He also adds a review of the short film Gratte-Papier. You can find this and more at his site, Broken Projector.

Let’s go next to the prolific Paul McElligott at Celluloid Heroes. He adds reviews for three films this week, The French Connection, Red Dawn, and Panic in the Streets. Paul heaps praise on the French Connection, makes a good case for watching Red Dawn, and does a fine job describing the political and social backdrop to Panic in the Streets. As an aside, I’m always amazed at how Paul can consistently produce so many excellent reviews. His site has recently crossed the 300-review mark, and he’s still going strong.

At the other end of the spectrum in terms of number of reviews posted, I’d like to welcome newcomer Ronald Beasley who has recently started a blog titled Them Fancy Movin’ Pictures. Ronald adds two solid reviews to this week’s carnival, as he takes a look at Babel and The Departed. Scorsese’s direction in the Departed impressed Ronald, but he got frustrated with the flow and effectiveness of Babel. Good luck with your blog, and keep it up!

Ronald Beasley is damn close to Ronald Weasley, which is the best segue I could come up with to lead in to Blue Skelton, at The Literary Junkie. He joins this week’s carnival with a glowing review of the new Harry Potter movie. Skelton considers the film the best of the year, to date.

Next, let’s go to John Lampard at John presents a review critique and a review of La Vie en Rose. He argues that both he and the audience disagree with the Sydney Morning Herald’s lukewarm review.

On a more serious note, David Mills from Undercover Black Man tackles some tough racial issues in his article, Undercover Black Man: Something shocking from Scatman Crothers. David takes an in-depth look at some of the racial controversy surrounding the film Coonskin.

Also not shying away from films dealing with controversial topics, Zee presents a review of Black Snake Moan on Zee Says=Film Addict + Teen Librarian. Add Zee to the many who have given the film a positive review, but Zee goes a step further to provide some interesting analysis of the film. Good stuff!

Mr. Besilly joins this week’s carnival with a review of Hairspray, posted at Mr. Besilly’s Blog. Mr. Besilly sums this one up: “If campy musicals are your bag then you may not want to wait for the home release. It’s drenched in the kind of cute that’s capable of causing severe cavities, which qualifies it as a direct hit for the targeted teens.”

Sorry to end this carnival on a sinking note, but it’s entertaining to watch Alan torpedo the newer version of Poseidon, over at Big Budget Films and Studio Flops. He makes some great comments on the incredible inefficiency with the huge budget of the movie.

And that’s it for this week’s carnival! Thanks to everyone who contributed! Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Cinema using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found at the Carnival of Cinema index page.

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