by Brandy D. Anderson
Movies are a major part of what defines us in our modern media culture, so it’s no wonder that we love to gab about them ‘ad nauseaum’. Although there are many places to find cinetalk all over the internet, one of the best places is on Tumblr. With its easy access to photos, videos, links, and text, Tumblr is the place to go when you want diatribes on anything and everything involving the box office. Here are the best four Tumblr movie blogs out there:
About: “The official tumblr for Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine.”
This Tumblr account is a haven for intellectual movie lovers. With detailed articles about the many different nuances of film, this blog is sure to please cinephiles everywhere. One of the most recent posts is “Elisabeth Geier’s Top Five Paul Simon Songs of Film: Garden State, Almost Famous, Obvious Child, The Royal Tenebaums, The Graduate” with a detailed write-up for each entry. There’s another quirky and fun review, just in time for PI Day, of Kerry Russell’s movie Waitress, co-starring Nathan Fillion and a whole slew of pies. A Hard Day’s Night, Amadeus, High Fidelity, and Stop Making Sense are more recent reviews, with the obvious focus on music in movies still in the forefront. There are podcasts featured in consistent posts, and they tend to play automatically when you open the page, so you may have to scroll down the wall a bit if you want to stop the autoplay. Really, if you like dissecting movies, but always through an enthusiastic and upbeat lens, this is the Tumblr for you.
About: “… I’m a moviemaker, and because of my love for movies, I try to watch at least one movie every day. I decided that I should start writing little blurbs about them to help me gather my thoughts and analyze the movies I see, and also to help me prepare for my backup career as a film critic or a film professor or a homeless man who goes up to random people on the street and berates them to watch good movies… I’ll be talking about all types of movies, both new and old, movies out in theaters or on DVD. So keep checking back for new ramblings…”
Snyder’s joy and love over movie making, and movie watching, is palpable as you read through his excited reviews and observations of the movies he watches. Another great thing about this blog is the variety of movies discussed, there’s a wonderful mix of both contemporary and classic films here, a rarity in a world where most people seem allergic to black and white cinema. Snyder is running a series entitled “Cade Snyder and His Grad School Adventures – Week ___” where he discusses the latest films he’s watched for school. In these posts, he includes humorous details, which you can see during his discussion of Mervyn Leroy and Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers of 1933, where he quips, “if you haven’t seen it, you should at least find the “Petting in the Park” musical number, which is the cheeriest song about touching someone’s genitals in public that you’ll ever hear.” Don’t be fooled by this flip comment, Snyder also provides thoughtful and in depth perceptions that make his blog one of the best movie Tumblrs out there.
About: There’s not really an ‘about’ section here, but I love the Casablanca paraphrase caption for ‘Ask me a question’: “Of all the gin joints in the world… you had to come into mine… So pull up a bar stool and let’s chat…”
On this blog, you’ll find cool screen-shots and little snippets of trivia. One of the latest posts contains pictures from the infamous monster movie, JAWS, with the caption: “Scenes from the 1975 original ‘blockbuster’ film ‘JAWS‘ of Robert Shaw (Quint)… first few views are of set images between takes…the final is from the original set image. This not only set the bar for a ‘blockbluster’ film but actually held grip upon the eastern shore for the summer of ‘75.” There’s a few shots of 1931’s Dracula with the commentary: “One of the best close ups of cinematography images used. Although dated from 1931 in the original ‘Dracula’…. the angle…the slow close up and the lighting all created a lasting image which has long been admired.” You’ll also find some fun behind-the-scenes photos of Lon Chaney as the ‘Werewolf’, including rare step-by-step photos of his intense make-up transformations. There are also modern movies covered, such as The King’s Speech and A River Runs Through It. This blog is updated often, and is filled with such diverse content, that it’s always a pleasure to scroll through the plethora of posts.
About: “Cinema: 1900-1979 ‘Nostalgia is a seductive liar – George Wildman Ball”
Although this site hasn’t been updated in awhile, there are 155 pages worth of fantastic tidbits and wonderful photos celebrating the glitz and glamour of classic Hollywood. One of my favourite posts comes with a picture of a silver haired Cary Grant and, along with it, there are two great quotes from Grant and Jimmy Stewart regarding how different the Academy Awards were back in its heyday. Grant said: “”It was a private affair, you see – no television, no radio, even – just a group of friends giving each other a party. Because, you know, there is something a little embarrassing about all these wealthy people publicly congratulating each other. When it began, we kidded ourselves: ‘All right, Freddie March,’ we’d say, ‘we know you’re making a million dollars – now come up and get your little medal for it!’” Stewart’s quote, complete with dialectical inflections, goes “’They used to have it down at the old Coconut Grove,” Jimmy Stewart told me in the late 70s. “You’d have dinner and alawta drinks – the whole thing was…it was just…it was a party. Nobody took it all that seriously. I mean, it was swell if ya won because your friends were givin’ it to you, but it didn’t mean anything at the bawx office or anything. It was just alawta friends gettin’ together and tellin’ some jokes and gettin’ loaded and givin’ out some little prizes. My gawsh, it was..there was no pressure or anything like that.’” This is a telling sample of what you’ll find on this blog: interesting quotes from interesting people. You’ll also find a lot of movie history here that you can’t beat. This is one Tumblr site that you can easily spend hours reading through.