Thanks so much to Tyler, Sati, Ruth, Diana, and Dan for their kind consideration in giving me the 7x7 Link Award. To say I love their blogs is a grand understatement, so to be linked by them is really quite an honor.
- Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you
- Link my personal posts to a variety of categories
- Dish out the honor to seven other blogs
Something You Don’t Know…
In addition writing this blog, I’m a freelance reporter for several publications, and I’m the Editor in Chief of a quarterly magazine run by the company I work for. But as writing is concerned, what I take most pleasure in is screenwriting. I’ve written a number of scripts, one of which I’m shooting in LA next month (I’ll start blogging about this as soon as The Week of Mamet is finished).
But as for the thing people don’t know: my creative writing is always motivated (or influenced, or propelled) by music. I’m an insatiable fan of indie rock and electronica, and most every script I’ve written (or have thought about writing) incorporates at least one song into its story, usually in the final scene. The movie I’m shooting next month, for example, was partly inspired by a Radiohead song (the title of which I’m not going to reveal). Point is, I get an immeasurable amount of inspiration from music. As of late, M83’s album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming has sparked as intense a creative burst as I’ve ever had. It's one of the best albums I’ve ever heard.
And So it Begins Superlatives…
Most Beautiful Piece: “Beautiful,” hell I don’t know. I’ve always thought I articulated myself exactly how I wanted to articulate myself in my comparison of Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line.
Most Helpful Piece: My list of 101 Things the Movies Have Taught Me certainly inspired many of my fellow bloggers to draft similar lists, so I suppose that was helpful…?
Most Popular Piece: That’s easy, my list of Nine Worthy, non-Animated, G-rated Films is by far the most popular article I’ve ever published.
Most Controversial Piece: This is a split: both my list of Movies I Hate That You (Probably) Love and my essay on why The Help is a worthless piece of shit both sparked some welcome controversy.
Most Surprisingly Successful Piece: Another easy one, the post about my brother was met with ecstatic praise that still confounds me. I can’t thank you all enough for that.
Most Underrated Piece: I’m never dismayed (or bummed, or…whatever) when a post doesn’t receive a lot of hits and/or comments, because people are going to read what they want to read. It’s all good either way. With that in mind, my write-up on Erland Josephson was by far the least-read In Character I’ve done yet, which was a tad surprising.
Most Pride-Worthy Piece: Tough one, because I’m not at all boastful of my work. I was definitely proud of my review for Shame. It’s one of the finest films I’ve ever seen and, much like the Private Ryan/Thin Red Line post, I conveyed exactly what I aimed to convey in my review. One minor correction, that A grade should actually be an A+.
Passing the 7x7 On…
(For the record, I’m trying to honor blogs that have not yet published a 7x7 post, which does not make them any less deserving.)