When I wrote my first review here, 8.5 years ago, it was labeled a Non-Review Review. I wasn’t interested in attempting to analyze film and present reviews as a journalist might; I simply wanted to occasionally share that I’d seen something I enjoyed and encourage others to check it out. Shortly thereafter, however, I had a change of heart and my reviews transformed to include grades and spoiler sections. I made it a point to review anything I saw in the theater, as well as the occasional extra-theatrical entertainment, and that is how things have been ever since.
The downside to this method is that I have to write a number of negative reviews. One of my best-written reviews, in my opinion, is a disappointed trashing of The Force Awakens, and while that was a very personal piece, most of my other low-graded reviews were not. After seeing another movie that wasn’t going to garner high praise at the end of 2016, I realized that I no longer wanted to continue on reviewing as I have been.
So, in a return to form, from here on out I am only going to be sharing reviews for movies that I enjoyed. It doesn’t matter if it’s cinematic brilliance or skews more towards nostalgic wonder, if I enjoyed it, I’ll tell ya about it. If I didn’t, I’m not going to bother. There is enough negative news around as it is, I don’t think I need to add to the dour noise by sharing more unpleasant reviews. This is as much a personal choice as a social one, though, in that I just don’t want to keep wasting so much time and energy piecing together reviews that focus on something I would actually rather forget, anyways.
Alongside the positivity, however, I also want to delve a little deeper into my reviews. If I’m going to bother sharing something I really enjoy, then I want to analyze it a little differently for ya. I have some ideas as to how I want to approach this, but you’ll have a chance to see how it all comes together with my first new-review tomorrow.