Midweek Mumble – Missing The Good Stuff?
Midweek Mumble Time – This week Rodney asks the question, How do you decide what to watch?
Anybody who writes a blog about film, especially if they’re the soleoperator, will understand the pressures of trying to maintain their site. Updating the comments, writing new reviews – taking time out to see new films! – and networking across the blogosphere with like-minded individuals; this all takes time, and inevitably, things get missed.
Those of you reading this who may very well be single, financially free from responsibility or otherwise have plenty of spare time will probably not understand what I’m on about, but there’s plenty of bloggers out there who find themselves struggling on a daily/weekly basis to cover everything they want to. As a father of two young kids, with a full-time job to take up 8 hours of every weekday, I know how hard it is to find a spare couple of hours to sit down and enjoy a good film, review it, and update my blog accordingly. Watching an age-appropriate film around the kids is often impossible – not because there’s not enough kid-flicks out there, rather, it’s the fact that you want to watch a film where stuff blows up and bad things happen that accommodate an adult-level intelligence, and you just can’t do that while your three-year-old is monopolizing the telly with the kids channel.
So you segment your time more often, trying somehow to find the between family time and film time (the latter of which includes blogging), which, out of necessity, predicates a razor being taken to the vast array of material you have the potential to watch. My regular intake of blockbusters, independent cinema and art-house fare are all scrutinised as to which film I’m probably going to enjoy more than the other, and which film would my readers probably enjoy my opinions on more; quite often, lesser known film often fall by the wayside in my limited time to allow for the more commercially successful, popular-with-the-masses film, a trend which concerns me greatly.
Unfortunately, with only a finite time in which to continue my passion for cinema, certain things must be passed over until a later date. Trouble is, the number of films I want to watch but must get to later seems to be growing at such an exponential rate, I’m actually starting to look forward to my retirement years so I can spend some more time wading through the pile!
All of this is a round-a-bout way of bringing me to my question of the week – how do you decide which films to watch, and which to pass over, if you’re time poor like myself? My decisions are made based mainly on the volume of a film: the louder the film, the more inclined I am to want to test out my home cinema with it, while the quieter, more intellectually demanding stuff tends to get pushed back… I never said it was a foolproof method, it just works for me.
What, then, works for you?
Aussie film fan Rodney has been writing about film, DVD and Blu-Ray since 1998, when he became Chief Reviewer at a now-defunct Adelaide-based online retailer. A fan of blockbuster and mainstream cinema, as well as dabbling in arthouse and independent forms of the industry, Rodney prefers to spend his nights and weekends in front of the television watching the latest release on Blu-Ray instead of out getting sloppy drunk like many of his friends. When he’s not out in the Front Room, Rodney can be found writing reviews for his own website www.fernbyfilms.com, helping good mate Al K Hall over at The Bar None, and dabbling in lists over at Top 10 Films.