Every week I read a lot of great movie related blogs and I thought it was time to give the ones I visit regularly a chance to shine in the spotlight, by interviewing its writers.
This week’s interview is with Ruth, writer of FlixChatter.
What is the history of your site, why did you start it?
Well my site actually got started on a whim, even though I’ve been toying w/ the idea of blogging for a while. I was doing an assignment to create a blog design for my client so I was doing some research on it and decided to just start one so I can learn about it. I talked about movies all the time with one of my co-workers at the time and he said I should just start a blog so I don’t have to email him movie news or comments all the time. I haven’t really had a venue to channel my love for writing (other than my ‘novel’ that I started writing 2 yrs before I started the blog) so combining that with my love for movies just seemed like a wonderful idea.
What makes your movie blog different from the ones out there?
Well, it’s different because it’s MY views of movies. FIlm-watching is such a personal thing, everyone is going to get something different from the same film. Plus my blog encompasses all kinds of different aspects of films, i.e. movie music, editing, posters, opening titles, and of course, the actors. I also vary my posts from reviews, top ten lists, featured trailers/posters, featured actors, etc. just to keep it interesting.
What do you enjoy most about your site and what’s the reason you keep doing it?
I REALLY enjoy the blogging part itself but the more I blog, I find that the most enjoyable aspect is the community aspect. Getting comments and ‘meeting’ fellow film lovers, whether they also have a blog or not, is so rewarding. I must admit, my eyes always light up when I see a new comment on my email! I love the joy of connecting with people who share my love of a particular film or actor and I also enjoy reading others’ posts and learning about different kinds of films I otherwise wouldn’t know about. Truthfully, I don’t think I can live without blogging now, even when I’m on vacation, I miss blogging a lot!
In which ways has your blogging changed the way you watch movies? Do you watch more of them, do you view them differently?
I don’t think blogging change the way I watch movies in drastic way. If anything, it perhaps make me view them with a more ‘critical’ eye as I’d have to review them later. It made me pay attention to them more whilst before I probably didn’t notice as much details when I watch a movie.
What’s your favorite article you’ve written?
Well, I don’t know if I can point to just one. I think I’m proud to all the posts I wrote on this list that generated a lot of comments and were featured on IMDb. But if I had to pick just one, I guess it’d be my first pitch I did for Castor’s blog, the Hearts Want romantic thriller. I spent a ton of time on it, developing the story, the characters, researching location, etc. and I really think it’d make a pretty compelling movie.
Could you name five of your all time favourite movies?
Sense & Sensibility
Do you own any movie-related items that you are proud of?
I received TWO autographed photos from Christopher Reeve when I was in high school, one is him as Superman and the other one in a Tweed suit. You can view them both here. The other item I cherish is the autographed picture that Gerry Butler signed right before my eyes after I met him at TIFF in 2005. I wish I could get an autographed item from Gregory Peck, alas he’s already passed 🙁
Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
I just want to let everyone know that I started a tumblr » flixchatter.tumblr.com For now it’s all Gregory Peck stuff, but somewhere down the line I’ll expand it to be a Classic Hollywood tumblr.