CINEZILLA gave me this nice award?
I mean, that is really nice, bearing in mind that trashfilmaddict is a pretty recent blog - less than a year old, with under a hundred posts!
I consider this a sort of an 'advance'. Things like that sure motivate you to keep at it.
So - cheers, Jason!
It was also really good to see friends at NINJA DIXON and ITALIAN FILM REVIEW get their awards:)
Ten things: (I didn't put 'watching movies' down as it goes without saying)
1. Receiving e-mails from old friends who are miles away and whom I haven't seen in ages.
Life scatters us across the globe and it's no surprise people loose track of each other. So it's a real pleasure to hear from an old friend who you hadn't had a chance of catching up with for a good while.
Keeping in touch is important and I'd say it's just plain good manners, damn it.
2. Reading a cool review of a film I'd thought no one else but me cared about.
3. Going for a run in the morning.
Not that I'm much of a fitness fan. But running causes endorphins release - an easy way to cheer up. I can only really afford to run in summer, so I'm a pretty happy boy right now.
Georges Simenon, Vladimir Nabokov and H.P. Lovecraft never fail to inspire and impress.
No further comment necessary.
6. Learning Italian.
This language has fascinated me for years, and I've been trying to learn it by watching poliziotteschi films without subtitles. Would be cool to go to Italy one day and get some proper language practice.
I know, I wasn't gonna put 'watching movies' down, but this isn't quite the same thing. You see, watching far-out stuff like 'Ninja Terminator' or 'Snakewoman' with an uninitiated person is a totally different ball game - and I'm loving it.
8. Hearing that Dario Argento is making a new film.
No matter how tasteless Maestro's recent films have been, I am always very happy to hear that he is still going. Most of his peers are out of business by now. But Dario is still managing to raise decent funds to make proper 35mm films for theatrical release - at the age of 70! Much respect, Argento.
9. A nice cup of coffee.
That stuff perks creativity up pretty well.
10. Making movies.
Almost forgot to mention it. Being involved with any production, however cheap, primitive and obscure gives a major kick. It's always hard work, even if results are next to unwatchable. It's a challenge. It's a way of life...
Now here are the blogs that I think could do with an award or two:
Hans of QUIET COOL
- now here is a man who reviews some obscure, diverse films.
Not content with just sharing his opinion, he backs it up with extensive quotes from a variety of credible sources. I want to see your blog flourish man!
Armando of BLOGO TRASHO
- again, a wide range of some very obscure, awful and fascinating movies. Brief, unpretentious reviews with some lovely screengrabs.
Aaron of THE DEATH RATTLE
- this guy blogs A LOT. I mean that. And I have a lot of respect for prolific people. And if, in his opinion, the movie sucks, Aaron will put it plainly. Even if it's some 'sacred' classic.
Riccardo of JUDGE OF CELLULOID.
- One more place where I stop by to read about the movies I care and learn a bit of Italian in the process. Very concise reviews on some classic European films.
Luigi of OCCHIO SULLE ESPRESSIONI
- A man of broad tastes. Luigi writes about everything from the Soviet movies from the silent era to modern day digital oddities seen on youtube. Very interesting blog of truly international scope.
The Goodkind of LOST VIDEO ARCHIVE.
I've come across this superblog on various occasions in search of information on very different (but mainly bad) movies. This is a fascinating place which I haven't yet fully explored myself.
Bruce Holecheck of CINEMA ARCANA.
You need to check that blog out. Even just to see the fab banner. And they have cool movie quiz and other stuff. Recommended.
Richard of DOOMED MOVIETHON.
Now my opinion on certain films may frequently be opposed to Richard's but I have frequently been impressed by his writing style. It actually resembles 'proper' literature. Plus he's the first guy I know of who brought up the film adaptation of Nabokov's 'Laughter in the Dark'.
Mirko of MARISA MELL.
If a film has anything remotely to do with Marisa, Mirko will write about it.
If a shop window dummy looks a bit like Marisa, Mirko will be sure to post a picture of it. Respect to the keeper of the great Euro-goddess archive.
That's it from me.
Thanks again, Jason!