When I started this blog, I never thought anyone would actually read it; it was just a way to preserve the reviews that, up until that point, I had written by hand. Since amassing followers and dedicated readers, I’ve grown to detest this blog’s clunky domain name. So, finally, late last year I decided to take the plunge and rebrand the site.
To make a very long, very boring, and very disheartening story short, AndSoItBegins.com was taken, and the current owner of that site was unresponsive to several new-licensing requests. So, alas, we arrive at AndSoItBeginsFilms.com. It’s not perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot better than it was.
(Quick sidenote: if you’re on Blogger, switching to a cleaner domain name is insanely easy. Go to your Settings, click Publishing, follow the three simple steps, fork out $10, and a new domain name is yours.)
In changing over, Blogger suspiciously removed a few aspects of the old site, namely my Blog Roll, so I spent the past weekend assembling a list of the blogs I follow, and I figured it’d be a good time to tell you why I read them, and why you might want to as well.
I drafted this list purely from memory, so if I’ve forgotten anyone, I am truly sorry, and I will definitely add you to my Blog Roll as soon as I’m aware of your exclusion. Also, it must be said that while I’m about to make mention of several other film bloggers, I want to sincerely thank every person who spends part of their day or week or month reading this site. This includes my family, friends, people I’ve lost touch with, and people I’ve connected with on the great world of Twitter. Just last week, I received a very long e-mail from someone who found me on Twitter, telling me how much he appreciates my writing. Words like that fill my heart. They humble and inspire me. Words like that, in short, make it all worth it.
The Blogs I Read
Check out Max’s recent list of Not the 30 Best Films of the 2000’s. It is a remarkably enjoyable read. Enough said.
A Swede Talks Movies
Many of my favorite films of all time were spawned from the wonders of Swedish cinema, and it’s great to get an authentic Swedish perspective on the world of movies. Take, for instance, Emil’s excellent write-up on why David Fincher’s Swedish-set Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is “strange” to him.
Andy Buckle’s Film Emporium
Did you see that movie Another Earth? The movie basically asserts that there is an identical Earth, and an identical person for every living being on this Earth. I mention this because, in terms of movie tastes, there’s no one I share more in common with than Andy Buckle. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve begun digging through his blog to find rare instances in which we disagree. Love this site.
Aside from being a genuinely nice, funny person, I always enjoy catching up on Diana’s thoughts on films. Also, similar to Emil’s Swedish take, it’s refreshing to read about British films from someone who’s “living the London life.”
Big Thoughts from a Small Mind
No matter whose content you’re reading, both Courtney and Jenny (and their contributors) consistently dish out great stuff, like shedding light on an actress that only deserves more of it.
Not to play favorites, but what Sati does on Cinematic Corner is fucking incredible. The look and feel, the coding, the design – it’s all flawless and makes for very pleasant reading. I cannot speak highly enough of this blog.
If you’re a fan of those really trashy, hyped-up action films from the ‘80s and ‘90s that come on late at night on TNT (and really, who isn’t from time to time?) then Comeuppance Reviews is for you.
Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews
Dan’s simple, but no less arduous concept of reviewing one film a day, so often produces great, sprawling reviews. In a change of pace, he recently posted is Top 10 of 2011. Number nine ain’t half bad.
Anna’s blog is similar to Dan’s in that she watches and reviews a movie a day. Currently, she’s stuck in a John Cassavetes phase, which is a pretty damn fine place to be.
Duke and the Movies
One of my best bros out there in the digital world is Sam Fragoso, an immensely talented writer with an extremely sleek site. I particularly enjoy his Director Match-Ups and his on-going, interactive assembly of the best films by decade.
I Eat Films
The crew over at I Eat Films helps keep film fans up to speed via their reviews, awards chatter and various features. A great, recent find.
I Love That Film
There’s nothing I don’t enjoy about my buddy, Pete’s site, including his amusing essays on flicks he watches on planes, and how there is simply too much goddamn CGI in movies today.
Movies and Songs 365
Read Chris’s incredibly detailed review of American Psycho (in which he blends his thoughts with various snippets of trivia), and you may find yourself as hooked on his site as I am.
Movie Reviews by Tom Clift
I’m pretty sure Tom saw every single movie at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Check out his site if you think otherwise.
Never Too Early Movie Predictions
I consider myself a rather skilled handicapper at predicating which films and performances are going to win awards. But Never Too Early Movie Predications puts me to shame, and then some.
Pick ‘n’ Mix Flix
Thus far, I’ve mostly been linking to very recent articles on each of these sites, but I’d be remiss to not highlight Colin’s scathing review of The Iron Lady. It’s a doozy.
Public Transportation Snob
It takes a lot of balls for us film freaks to openly admit what classics we haven’t yet seen. Dan does this, and he does it with pride. More power to him.
The Smoking Pen
The Smoking Pen is your site for all things badass in film. It’s a recent, great find. As is its sister sight, the more review-focused, Feed Me a Stray Cat.
I love every single fucking thing about Tyler’s Southern Vision. There’s really nothing more to say. It is a fantastic movie blog.
Surrender to the Void
For expansive and wildly informative reviews of films both old and new, I often find myself turning to Surrender to the Void. Check out this recent review of the masterful Incendies to become a believer.
Time for a Film
Alex’s Time for a Film is a site I’ve taken a shine to rather quickly. Check out is recent A+ review of the gets-better-everytime-you-watch-it gem, Warrior.
to the escape hatch
A great mix of film, TV and music, to escape the hatch is run by genuinely nice people who crank out genuinely great content. Here’s their tribute to the late, often great, Whitney Huston.
Top 10 Films
Who doesn’t love Top 10 lists? There’s plenty here, along with a variety of other content, to feast on.
U, Me and Films
Keeping up a blog while working a full time day job is tiresome enough, but doing it (and doing it well), while you’re earning your Master's Degree? Damn.
Blogs I’ve Recently Discovered
A few blogs I just got into, and will surely be visiting regularly:
I'm gonna keep on rockin' and rollin', folks. And I certainly hope you do the same.