The DSB Blogroll — Roll Call!

It’s been too long since I’ve switched out of writing mode and just put up a post here that actually addresses the community of which this blog (and by extension, I) have become a part over the last several years. The goal of this quick little post is simple — to say thank-you.

I want to draw your attention to one of the pages above the banner, the DSB Blogroll. It’s a section of the page I have been doing a pretty terrible job updating up until recently and I just wanted to make you all aware that your hard work on your blogs have not gone unnoticed here. I also want to doubly make sure that I have not left anyone’s work/pages/blogs/sites off that ever-expanding list. So, if you wouldn’t mind scrolling through that 160-some-odd list of blogs — a lot of which sadly have closed up shop and are no longer around, but a great many that still are and with which I am in frequent contact — and let me know if I have actually done such an egregious thing — be sure to let me know in the comments down below. If I have overlooked you, I am very sorry.😦

Just for fun I thought it’d be cool to share a few stats here:

  • The first two blogs on the list are blogs I have been keeping up with still on a regular basis (impressive for me since I often think I have OCD and my attention span frequently wanders like a drugged-out Burning Man attendee) — thank you Mark Hobin (Fast Film Reviews) and Dan O’Neil (Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews) for the reciprocation of that blog love!!!
  • I have been blogging for almost four years now and I still haven’t hit the 400 follower mark! Hahaha. I’m not really in a hurry on that, but I find it kind of funny.
  • I once made a Twitter account in an effort to promote this blog but that turned out to be more of a cameo appearance. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back to that.
  • I have gotten into horror films chiefly because of the following blogs:
    • Head in a Vice (sadly defunct — does anyone know how to track down a certain Tyson Carter, by the way??)
    • Hard Ticket to Home Video (Brad and Brian do SO much more than horror, but still I’ve found some good stuff on there that has piqued the horror fan in me. . .or maybe it’s their horrifyingly awesome sense of humor that gets me most. . .)
    • The Cinema Monster (Joseph is a writer whom I greatly admire, and if you haven’t found him yet, please give him a few moments of your time if you don’t mind.)
    • Thy Critic Man (Louie‘s unique approach to film reviewing has often had me in stitches and is an opinion I very much trust — I love this page)
    • Rhino’s Horror (Ryan, your knowledge and coverage of the genre overwhelms me and it’s great to have you as a recent friend/follower of DSB)
    • Parlor of Horror (here is an example of a blog that really works on expanding my knowledge of what older, perhaps more classic films can and have been doing for audiences for years. I enjoy this site very much and it’s worth a look for the model kits and collectible items Mike talks about. He’s also a published horror author.)
    • Damian Thomas Films Etc (a BRAND new blog to this reviewer, but a solid one for those looking for reviews of things that are likely to turn your stomach — I will build up a tolerance for hardcore filmmaking here!)
  • Time and again I’ll visit the following pages for their sense of community and diverse ways of posting and sharing/spreading the movie love:
    • Cinema Parrot Disco (Table 9 Mutant, or Mutey, as I like to call her. . . has a wonderful set-up here and I would encourage any who haven’t heard of this page yet to open their eyes already and go scope it out)
    • Fog’s Movie Reviews (I have to bring it up, even though this site tragically went down due to Daniel Fogarty‘s increasing work responsibilities — this was a CLASSIC site. I think it’s still available to browse)
    • Film Hipster (for the very same reasons I honor the great FMR, this might be the first blog I ever stumbled upon in 2011 . . . too bad it isn’t up and running anymore, I miss it dearly)
    • Tim’s Film Reviews (Tim, please keep up your great work! If you don’t know what I’m referring to here, then go ahead and look up that blog. You won’t be sorry.)
    • Screenkicker! (Holy crap, Mikey Boyd has a wonderful little site dedicated to some of the funniest opinions I’ll read in a day. He talks all things movie-related and it’s terrific.)
    • The Focused Filmographer (Terrence Faulkner has a great site that isn’t quite as active now but with any luck his interactive and diverse site will capture those who haven’t found out about it yet via the DSB Blogroll)
    • Isaacs Picture Conclusions (Eric Isaacs has become a great friend of DSB and I’m not sure if I need to explain this blog to anyone. I will say this, though: it’s up there with some of my favorites ever.)
    • The Verbal Spew Review (V has had a triumphant return to the blogosphere and I couldn’t be more happy — this is a quality site)
    • Flixchatter (Ruth Maramis is a consummate professional blogger and a community builder to boot. Not to mention, her guest review posts are just as good as the reviews she writes herself.)
    • Guys Film Quest (No shortage of great movie reviews and community-engaging posts here on Rob Belote‘s page. Unfortunately I am nowhere NEAR as active a participant in this site as I ought to be. I smell a new goal-setting agenda. . .)
    • Silver Screen Serenade (Cara, do I need to write about your site? Me and you be homies! But for whatever reason if one finds one’s self out of the loop, this is a great place for witty, informational and very diverse approaches to film reviewing. One of my favorites for sure.)
    • MovieRob (Rob has a tremendous amount of self-penned reviews that are short and sweet but in that way, incredibly digestible, and he has a wide variety of options for bloggers to get in on the action — great page!)
    • Drew’s Movie Reviews (a neat site that has a variety of very interesting features and a style of writing I find easy to get into and become excited about. Keep up the great work Drew!)
    • What About the Twinkie? (this is an example of me not doing my blogging homework. I have read a very select few of the posts featured here, but I love what Kieron is doing here. Can’t wait to get into it more.)
    • The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger (I’m not sure if you can find a cooler movie reviewer than Zoe from South Africa. Her site is a perfect mixture of film, book and other entertainment reviews. Her writing style is fluid and conversational; her knowledge of film and books goes unquestioned. I. Dig. This. Site. And she’s another long-time friend of yours truly!)
  • Writing/blogging styles I truly envy/secretly copy in my own reviews (but they would never have known that until I admit it here):
    • Marked Movies (Informative, educational, eclectic, and open to many viewpoints, I love Mr. Walker‘s approach to film. And his Scottish accent.)
    • Rorschach Reviews (It hasn’t been in service for sometime now but I always respected Andy’s calm approach to film reviewing, it was nice to read and I miss it)
    • Cinematic (A site I regret for neglecting for weeks at a time, this is the product of a knowledgeable writer whose style and capacity for movie insight I wish I had, and hopefully will have some day.)
    • Committed to Celluloid (Few people write with the skill, precision and passion as Fernando does on his wonderfully visual and intellectually stimulating C2C. Please give this a go if you haven’t tried it out yet.)
    • Three Rows Back (Mark Fletcher is the go-to-reviewer for a diverse collection of movie reviews and is a DSB favorite, no doubt about it. Love this page and its extremely approachable, respectful tone.)
    • Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop (Chris is just one of those writers I want to be when I grow up. Oh wait, too late. I’m already grown up. He’s still one of those writers I want to be.)
    • Beer Movie (originally known throughout the blogosphere as Not Now I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie — a classic blog title I will say — Tim’s site is set up for the avid film critique reader and it’s a calculated effort that I respect very much. Plus he’s an Aussie film blogger. I know far too few of those.)
    • Epileptic Moondancer (Speaking of the Aussie representation, Jordan has an incredibly awesome blog title that puts DSB to shame and his style of writing is not only one to trust but is in competition with this site in terms of emotional highs and lows and is always an enjoyable time.)
    • Keith and the Movies (This DSB favorite has one of the most incredible talents I’ve seen — being fair and balanced, time and again, across a wide expanse of genre reviews. I adore this page and hope more of you can access it through this blogroll.)
    • 3 Guys 1 Movie (I wish this site was still going — and hey, Adam if you’re reading this maybe it will be??? — as it features one of the coolest approaches to film blogging I’ve come across)
    • Jordan and Eddie (another Australian film blog, a duo whose collective opinion is both funny and informative at the same time — a combination that is hard to come by. Check them out.)
    • Baked Movie Reviews (God, this site is great. I haven’t seen a post here in awhile but I’m hoping that’s only temporary.)
    • My Kind of Movie (Lauren has a wonderful site that has an extremely approachable and conversation-oriented style of reviewing that is as straightforward as it is creative. A longtime friend of DSB to be sure.)
    • Fast Film Reviews (San Francisco-based Mark Hobin is one writer I really trust and is one of the first blogs I turn to whenever I get out of a movie to see if we agree/disagree on something. It’s an astoundingly well-written site and one of the first followers of this page.)
    • Films and Coke (Elina is an absolutely hilarious writer whose style I want to secretly steal and never credit her for it. . . just kidding. If you’re reading this. But seriously, keep on keeping on. Love your site.)
    • Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings (James Walpole, not only responsible for one of film blogging’s coolest features ever — the ‘Who’s That?’ feature — is also behind one of the more matured writing styles I’ve stumbled upon and is a go-to site for me.)
    • JJames Reviews (I keep hoping in my heart that this site some day makes a return because I truly loved Josh James‘ style of writing/blogging. He’s talented and intelligent. A rare mix. Plus his blog format was really cool.)
    • Sidekick Reviews (Eddie just has that laid-back approach I envy in blogging. It’s difficult for me to reach that and I often look to his reviews and features for tips on how to get better at it.)
    • Cinema or Cine-meh? (I totally dig Logan’s site because it’s persuasive and well-written. He has a rigorous rating scale that I would like to have nailed down by now, but I can’t help but think I’m too soft in my ratings. A good site to check out if you haven’t already.)
    • Consumed by Film (Adam‘s spectacularly written rhetoric is a form of writing I must have in my daily/weekly readings. For a fair and balanced review, you can always rely on this site.)
    • Popcorn Nights (Run by Stu out of England this is a relatively recent discovery for me and is a wonderfully written site with in-depth film analysis that covers a very diverse range of titles. Give it a look-see, if you are a fan of this page I’m sure you’ll like what you find there too.)
    • All Eyes on Screen (Kristen has stepped away for a moment from her amazing site but it’s one that has a great selection of features and a very friendly and approachable style of writing that’s right up my alley. Plus her rating system is really damn cool too.)
    • CC Pop Culture (Okay so maybe I know a few Australian film bloggers because here’s another high quality one out of the land Down Under. Dave’s site features a highly engaging writing style that makes room for both mainstream and obscure indie releases alike. Cheers to him.)
    • The Cinematic Katzenjammer (This is one hell of a film-centric website, and Nick Powell is the man in charge. Visit this site for your one-stop film news, trailer releases and an assortment of other exciting tidbits of information. A site I very much respect.)
  • And lastly but never least. . . ly. . . . here are ten of my most recent blogging friends. I’d like to issue them a warm welcome to theDSB Blogroll!
    • The Aspiring Film Critic!
    • emmakwall (explains it all)
    • Literary Vittles
    • Lights Camera It’s Alex
    • Life of this City Girl
    • Benefits of a Classical Education
    • Cinema Enthusiast
    • The Popcorn Bandit
    • Thoughtful Tomes
    • Em Everywhere