Archive for December, 2012

B+ Movie Blog: Year Two

Another year is in the books here at B+ Movie Blog. Hasn’t felt like one, yet I know it’s been one, because of the sheer amount of stuff I’ve written over the course of it. And my, what a year it’s been.

Last year, at this time, I posted what was my 800th post. This will be my 1,703rd post. So last year, I posted 800 times, this year I posted 903 times.

Last year, I had about 33,000 total blog views by the end of the year. This year, I’m at 225,000. Last year, I had 38 people following the blog. Now, I have 154. I averaged 150 views per day last December. I averaged about 1,185 this month. I got more views (separately) last month and this month than I did all of last year.

It’s insane to me how many people are stumbling upon this blog in a given day, week and month. And how many people (for whatever reason) keep coming back to it.

Last year was mostly the foundational year for the blog. I wrote some articles that I wanted to write at the beginning, and then I started writing up my Oscar Quest. That carried over into this year. Though, this year, I finished writing up that Quest. The last Oscar Quest article officially went up on July 4th. Since then, I wrote a bunch of other articles, about Disney, about Bond, about music, and about the Oscars. I continued a bunch of traditions I started in year one and started some more traditions that’ll likely continue being upheld for as long as this blog continues running.

I also watched a shit ton of movies this year. I don’t know how many in all, but I do know that I’ve watched close to 2,500 movies in the past two and a half years, which is insane on its own. I wrote another script this year, too.

I don’t really have a plan for 2013. Mostly, right now, all I have planned are my usual January and February articles, building up to the Oscars. But after that — I don’t really have too much planned. I guess it’s gonna come down to ho much free time I have. I’ve had two straight years with something being posted on this blog every day. I doubt that’ll continue for a third year, but you never know.

Right now, I’m just glad to be coming off the high of all those great movies on my top ten list for the year, and going into another year of previewing stuff and following the Oscars, which I love so much. That’s really all I need. Everything else… I’ll take as it comes.

Mike’s Top Ten of 2012

Another year, another Top Ten list.

I was very pleased with this year. Definitely more so than 2011. This year felt like it had a lot of strong choices for inclusion on this list. Last year’s list was probably easier to compile, but that’s because I knew right off the bat seven or eight of the films that would make it. This year, I didn’t really know what was gonna make it, but I did know I’d have a lot of great films to choose from. And overall, it just felt like I was happier with the amount of choices available to me for this list.

In case you didn’t know — what I do every year is list my ten favorite films of the year, along with an 11-20 (as I do on all my top ten lists for each year), and then I also create lists of second and third tier films, which are basically my way of ranking as many movies as possible that I liked. The top ten are my absolute favorites, the 11-20 were my next favorite, and so on and so forth. The entire thing ends up being a top ten plus fifty more films. Last year, I struggled to round out tier 3. This year I had to cut off an extra ten films I could have included. So overall this felt like a strong year. Or maybe that’s because I wasn’t as negative about everything this year.

The other thing to note, before we get into the films, is that this is the only time I really ever rank my top ten. After this, it pretty much reverts to alphabetical order. It’s not really about the numbers so much as what’s on the list. I also, as I always say, try to think of the long game when I rank these films. I try to think of films that are most likely to remain on my top ten list when I revisit it in one, two, five years. So let’s get right into it. Here are my Top Ten Films of 2012: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Why didn’t you just let me die?”

The Unforgivable Films of 2012

This list is getting harder for me to create every year.

I’m more positive about movies now than I’ve ever been. I don’t gather deep-seeded dislikings of movies before I even see them, and I generally stay away from all the trailers and stuff for movies before they come out and the online reaction about movies after they come out. It just makes me a happier person to stay away from all that shit. And I’m more about looking at the positive in every movie, rather than looking for shit to attack. So it makes it harder, after trying for a whole year to be like, “Well, no, it wasn’t good, but let’s not be too harsh on it,” to go, “Fuck that movie, it made me want to beat up harmless animals.”

That said… I have developed a soft spot for this list. So of course I was gonna do it. And honestly, the more I started honing in on ten movies I didn’t like the most, it made it real easy to say bad things about them. Since the movies on this list — they’re not good. They either aren’t trying, were made only for the money, or are just so unspeakably executed that they do a disservice to the art form that is cinema. Why shouldn’t I shit all over them when they’re that bad? I know how hard it is to make a movie, and I know nobody tries to make a bad movie — but the people on this list made bad movies. So let’s make fun of those movies. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Alicia, does our relationship warrant long-term commitment? I need some kind of proof, some kind of verifiable, empirical data.” “I’m sorry, just give me a moment to redefine my girlish notions of romance.”

2012: The Year in Reviews (Part VIII: Observations & Wrap-Up)

So I’ve gone over everything, now let’s tally shit up.

Here are all my articles of all the films that came out in 2012, whether I’ve seen them or not. For reference.

This article is basically gonna be me mediating between what I thought I’d think about the films and what I did think about the films. Compiling all my ratings, January and now, and seeing how close I ended up being. And I can see which films surprised me for the better and for the worse, and see which films I was way too overeager on.

At the bottom of all the films in the articles, I did the “How close was I?” section, which is basically where most of this article is coming from. This list really has no importance except to me. But whatever. It’s my blog. So let’s see how close I was/wasn’t: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Nothin’. A handful of nothin’. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin’. Just like today when he kept comin’ back at me – with nothin’.” “Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”