7 x 7 Link Award

Wow, is this an unusual day for me.  I tend to say that when bizarre things happen, one after another, like a domino effect, refusing to take a rest until I hit the hay, but today, it was just one event that made this day such an anomaly among my other typical days.  It was because this morning, I woke up to check my email (as usual), and was shocked to discover that Mark Walker, a good friend of mine, had passed on the “7 x 7 Link Award” to me.  There are three rules to this award:

#1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.

#2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories:
– Most Beautiful Piece
– Most Helpful Piece
– Most Popular Piece
– Most Controversial Piece
– Most Surprisingly Successful Piece
– Most Underrated Piece
– Most Pride-Worthy Piece

#3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

Read on (especially you, bloggers–you may be mentioned in #3) for more!

#1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you:

Hmm…Cinemaniac (me) minus movies (which I’ve revealed a lot about on my blog) equals BORING, so that’s going to require a bit of thought.  Everything about me I’ve told at least one person I know, so I’m going to have to be flexible with the definition of the phrase “no one.”  Oh!  Here’s something: when people ramble on and on about how amazing movies like [insert name of any ultra-schmaltzy romantic comedy here] and/or [insert name of any mindless action movie here], I honestly would give anything to the U.S. government to legalize punching people in the face.  I know everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but it drives me nuts when every day, I have to hear how the new Twilight movie or the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation is the best ever (yes, those people have new number one favorites every week).  What’s worse: they have the nerve to say that classic film figures like Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, are “boring.”

#2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories:

Most Beautiful Piece

I think it’s a bit narcissistic to refer to one of my reviews as “beautiful,” personally.  If someone called one of my reviews beautiful, I’d be honored, but it just doesn’t work when I’m talking about my own work.  On the other hand, I do remember absolutely loving The Artist and spending every precious moment reviewing it.  Best theatrical experience ever, for me, and those who missed it, it’s about too late to enjoy the experience I had, because it comes to DVD in less than a week.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/review-the-artist/

Most Helpful Piece

I’m guessing this one was meant for those who write the standard blog, because isn’t every review supposed to be helpful?  I guess I tried to help people in my review of The Passion of the Christ more than I usually do.  I wanted to make sure that all true Christians following my blog saw it and absolutely no one else did, because it’s not your general type of film.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/review-the-passion-of-the-christ/

Most Popular Piece

I think The Hunger Games remains the most commented, and they were from many more than just my usual commentators.  I assume that would be obvious, though, since it’s the most popular movie of 2012 so far.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/review-the-hunger-games/

Most Controversial Piece

It’s a tie between Green Lantern and War Horse.  I seemed to get a lot of hate for strongly abhorring the former (for which I wrote my first-ever rant), and I think I was alone (with two others) one the latter.  That one just seemed way too overrated.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/review-green-lantern/
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/review-war-horse/

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece

Solaris.  I usually get a higher number of comments on my reviews for films released within the past year or two, but this one was released an entire decade ago and it currently stands with 26 comments.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/review-solaris/

Most Underrated Piece

O Brother, Where Art Thou?  As this is a well-known film, I expected at least my usual commentators to give some feedback, but this more recent post stands with 0 likes and 0 comments.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/review-o-brother-where-art-thou/

Most Pride-Worthy Piece

Similar to my previous statement, I don’t believe all that much in pride, but I do applaud myself for being able to write a lot about Plan 9 from Outer Space and its director, who I had no background knowledge of (and still don’t–I have yet to see Tim Burton’s Ed Wood).  It was by far my longest review for the time of its publication.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/review-plan-9-from-outer-space/

#3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers (in no particular order):

#1 – Mark Hobin of Fast Film Reviews

What I really love about Mark and his blog is he is never afraid to have an opinion about a film that is 110% his.  He wrote on my review for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close a quote that should be followed by absolutely every aspiring film critic: “Film criticism isn’t a science. There are no right and wrong evaluations just opinions. That’s why I never feel guilty when I love something everyone hates or hate something everyone loves. Something to think about.”  Furthermore, he puts the English language to the most vivid use in every review he writes.
http://fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com

#2 – Alec of Alec’s Movie Reviews

The title of his blog may be a bit too simple, but that should never lead anyone to think this means that his reviews are.  He pours his thoughts into his reviews like I pour maple syrup over my (heavenly…) pancakes.  The only difference is, his thoughts never come out a mess, and there is no dripping afterwards.  Even better, if you’re in a rush and don’t have time for an entire review, you can read the first and second paragraphs and get the general idea, then read the entire thing later.  Rather than spreading his thoughts throughout evenly, he puts the most important details in the beginning of his review and works his way to the less important (but still worthy of knowing) details.
http://moviereviewer96.wordpress.com

#3 – Dan of Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews

Another simply-titled, but nevertheless fabulous, blog.  Not only does this guy–I mean, man–know how to write a great review, he knows how to design a clean blog that’s easy to read from.  You know when you have a guy who calls himself “Dan the Man” that his reviews aren’t going to be overly formal.  In fact, the informality and colloquialisms make you laugh and keep your attention when reading his reviews.  A fabulous writer.
http://dtmmr.wordpress.com

#4 – Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda of fernandorafael

Let me make a disclaimer that I’m not biased toward this guy just because he has made the most comments on my blog.  His reviews are always promising and to-the-point–even when he makes an effort to write short reviews.  Rarely does he write a review longer than a single paragraph, but he always gets his point across crystal clear.
http://fernandorafael.wordpress.com

#5 – Aaron Neuwirth of The Code is Zeek

I love how Aaron is brave enough to see very many of the movies in theaters.  As much as I love movies, that would put me through a lot of hell, and I’m glad his taste is so broad.  His reviews aren’t standard, either: not only does he write about the film, he includes quite a few defining quotes and images from the film.
http://www.thecodeiszeek.com

#6 – Andy of Andy Watches Movies

He doesn’t just watch movies.  He breaks them down, writes them up, rounds them up, averages his ratings, makes statistics of which ones he saw through Netflix, which ones he saw on DVD, which ones he saw on Blu-Ray, which ones he saw on TiVo…you get the point.
http://www.andywatchesmovies.com

#7 – Paragraph Film Reviews

Similar to #5, this guy always takes just one paragraph to write a clear, concise review.  Great to read someone with both a great writing style and a shocking sense of humor.  He reviews everything “from Action to Zombies!”
http://www.paragraphfilmreviews.com

Another 7×7 Link Award (Monday, April 23, 2012)

It was only Friday that I accepted and passed on a “7 x 7 link award” from my good friend, Mark Walker.  Now, I’m having to do the same, because a wonderful film blogger named Claratsi just passed it on to me!  So here goes, starting again with the rules:

#1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.

#2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories:
– Most Beautiful Piece
– Most Helpful Piece
– Most Popular Piece
– Most Controversial Piece
– Most Surprisingly Successful Piece
– Most Underrated Piece
– Most Pride-Worthy Piece

#3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

Read on for more!

#1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you (different than before):

Well, let’s see…I’m 14 years old.  It seems either nobody in this blogosphere knew that (although I know of one or two bloggers who did know that).  I try not to tell my age unless asked, because I have a bit of a fear that someone visiting my blog for the first time may disregard me as the usual kid who knows nothing about movies and gives everything perfect grades.  Regardless, I’m absolutely nuts about movies (hence “Cinemaniac”), and I’d assume living without them for too long would plunge me into an unfathomably horrible state of depression.  (Luckily, that hasn’t happened, and I hope it never will.)

#2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories (same as before):

Most Beautiful Piece

I think it’s a bit narcissistic to refer to one of my reviews as “beautiful,” personally.  If someone called one of my reviews beautiful, I’d be honored, but it just doesn’t work when I’m talking about my own work.  On the other hand, I do remember absolutely loving The Artist and spending every precious moment reviewing it.  Best theatrical experience ever, for me, and those who missed it, it’s about too late to enjoy the experience I had, because it comes to DVD in less than a week.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/review-the-artist/

Most Helpful Piece

I’m guessing this one was meant for those who write the standard blog, because isn’t every review supposed to be helpful?  I guess I tried to help people in my review of The Passion of the Christ more than I usually do.  I wanted to make sure that all true Christians following my blog saw it and absolutely no one else did, because it’s not your general type of film.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/review-the-passion-of-the-christ/

Most Popular Piece

I think The Hunger Games remains the most commented, and they were from many more than just my usual commentators.  I assume that would be obvious, though, since it’s the most popular movie of 2012 so far.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/review-the-hunger-games/

Most Controversial Piece

It’s a tie between Green Lantern and War Horse.  I seemed to get a lot of hate for strongly abhorring the former (for which I wrote my first-ever rant), and I think I was alone (with two others) one the latter.  That one just seemed way too overrated.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/review-green-lantern/
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/review-war-horse/

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece

Solaris.  I usually get a higher number of comments on my reviews for films released within the past year or two, but this one was released an entire decade ago and it currently stands with 26 comments.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/review-solaris/

Most Underrated Piece

O Brother, Where Art Thou?  As this is a well-known film, I expected at least my usual commentators to give some feedback, but this more recent post stands with 0 likes and 0 comments.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/review-o-brother-where-art-thou/

Most Pride-Worthy Piece

Similar to my previous statement, I don’t believe all that much in pride, but I do applaud myself for being able to write a lot about Plan 9 from Outer Space and its director, who I had no background knowledge of (and still don’t–I have yet to see Tim Burton’s Ed Wood).  It was by far my longest review for the time of its publication.
https://themoviefreakblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/review-plan-9-from-outer-space/

#3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers (in no particular order; different than before):

Let me give you a forewarning that I suck at punning, so don’t be offended by the wordplay up ahead.

#1 – Mark Walker of Marked Movies

Mark started up his blog in January of this year, but it’s quite clear he’s had some sort of experience with writing before then.  He’s such a fantastic writer, and he always lists the directing, screenwriting, and acting credits before he gets to his actual review.
Click here for his ***** blog

#2 – “Summit10” of The Movie Montage

I think The Movie Montage was the first blog I started reading, and I caught eye of it mainly because the title of the blog was similar to my blog’s title, originally The Movie Freak Blog and then Moviefreak: The BLOG.  Almost every review is started like an actual film.  For instance, in his recent review of 2010’s Clash of the Titans, he opens with: “Warner Bros. Pictures with Legendary Pictures in association with Zanuck Company and Thunder Road Pictures present…”  I should’ve mentioned him the first time I accepted this award, and I’m starting to wonder why I didn’t.
Click here for his blog!

#3 – Aiden of Cut the Crap Movie Reviews

This is the perfect title for this blog.  Aiden never goes into a tangent in his reviews (let’s face it, we all do at one point or another), and even though his write-ups are a bit longer than one would expect, it’s all necessary.
Cut the crap and click here for his blog

#4 – Amon Warmann of AMONymous’ Blog

I have to admit, that title’s pretty punny.  We always love a blog with good writing, but this also has a stunning design.  Film flashbacks, film reviews, plus he uses both Twitter and Facebook.  Pretty cool for a guy who started his blog this January.
Click here for the Yin and Yang of his blog

#5 – “The Film Kid” of thefilmkid

A minimalist blog display, with a counter of the number of movies seen and reviewed each year.  The record is 139; visit the blog and see if it can be beaten!
I’m not kidding, you can click here for their blog

#6 – Dan “Fogs” Fogarty of Fogs’ Movie Reviews

A great film blog, with the perfect combination of reviews of the classics, reviews of movies in theaters, and just spur-of-the-moment posts.  ‘Nuff said.
Clear the fog from your mind and click here for his blog

#7 – Movie Reviews from Gene Shalit’s Moustache

I kind of doubt this is the actual Gene Shalit, but if it is, I’m just as impressed.  A wonderful layout, and a laughable header photo, plus an entertaining alternation of the five-star system.
Visit the blog and admire the ‘stache

18 thoughts on “7 x 7 Link Award

  1. Thanks a bunch, it really means a lot that you put me on that list. Thanks for that really great description of my blog as well. I am glad someone noticed that I put the most important information in the first paragraphs just in case people are in hurry and just want the information quick. Thanks again.

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