I’d like to see a post about the process you go through for reviewing films. What are your top… tips for reviewing a film. How do you enjoy a movie while taking notes? How do you take notes? how many times do you see the movie? Do you google actors names, facts, etc?
It’s true that I enjoy reflecting on interesting (to me) films, but I’m certainly no expert. Here are a few things I keep in mind…
- I tend to write about films I enjoyed and that I would recommend to friends. Unlike a professional reviewer, this blog allows me to be very selective about what I choose to write about. In my case these selections tend towards documentaries and independent films. It’s a pleasure to point out lesser-known films and then hear from readers of this blog when they are able to track them down.
- Occasionally I will take notes during a film, but generally I’m just enjoying the story. If there is a chance that I’ll write about the film, then I try to walk away with 2 or 3 themes or ideas that caught my attention.
- Technically, the things written about films on this blog are not reviews. “Reflection” is probably a better word. There are plenty of people much smarter than me who write great movie reviews. On this blog I get to point out films that I think folks will find interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
- When writing about a film I will do some online research. I think it’s important to provide enough background so that my thoughts and opinions have some context to rest on.
- This is kind of random, but I don’t tend to see or write about explicitly “Christian” movies, like the recent Fireproof. (Maybe this is a good time to confess that I’ve not seen The Passion of the Christ.) I know there are some good Christian-themed films out there, but I find it more interesting to watch other films through a Jesus-following lens. Does that make sense?
That’s about it. Thanks for asking Edgar. Anybody else write about films you enjoy? What are the types of things you look for in a review?
- My friends at rednoW.com do a good job writing about films, music, and other elements of art and culture in ways that are both interesting and thought provoking. They’re excellent at finding great art that probably won’t make it to the cineplex.