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The Moviesite Spotlight: Cinemaniac reviews

It’s time to shine the light on another great movie blog, this week’s choice it’s Cinemaniac Reviews, ran by 14 year old Alexander. Don’t let that age fool you though as he’s seen a lot of movies you still might have not. Time to get to know him better in this week’s Moviesite Spotlight.

What’s the history of your site, why did you start it?
What other reason is there to start a movie blog? I cherish movie as well as writing. When the two are fused, you have a movie blog. I started my blog on July 30, 2011. I remember it because it must have been one of the greatest days of my life. I had just come back from seeing Cowboys and Aliens at the theater. I had been writing reviews on Flixster for quite a while, but I felt I wasn’t getting enough readers, so I designed a blog. It was originally entitled “Moviefreak: the BLOG”, and it was originally on BlogSpot. During that time on BlogSpot, I only got four comments and the search bar was not working. So on October 7th of that same year, I imported all my posts over to WordPress and continued blogging there. It’s a much better blogosphere, with many more bloggers who enjoy reading and commenting, and a much cleaner layout. Within the last month, I also began another blog with a close friend: “The Two Cinemaniacs”.

What makes your movie blog different from the other ones out there?
It has a mobile application optimized for both Android and Apple products. The Apple one is a bit dysfunctional, and the Android one is a bit plain, but I still find it a bragging right.

What do enjoy most about your site and what is the reason you keep doing it?
It’s not that I enjoy my site, per se. It’s more that I enjoy the people who look at it. I always love looking back each day for new comments and hit/follower statistics. It thrills me that so many people don’t care how young I am (I’m fourteen years old), they just enjoy what I write.

In which ways has your blogging changed the way you watch movies?
When I first began my blog on BlogSpot, I claimed I would watch anything, but most of my reviews were for films of either the horror or superhero genres. Now I’ll truly say that I will watch anything. I’ll even sit through films as hopeless as Battlefield Earth or The Last Airbender if you need me to, because at this point, I feel it’s my duty. Or a career that I think about nonstop and don’t get paid a penny for.

What’s your favorite article you have written?
I try not to be narcissistic, but sometimes it just happens. I feel a good amount of pride in my reviews for Prometheus and Titanic 3D. When I write longer reviews like that, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something great.

Could you name five of your all time favorite movies?


Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Harold and Maude (1971)

Raging Bull (1980)

The Graduate (1967)

Schindler’s List (1993)

How many movies do you watch on average each week?
That’s easy. TOO MANY. My parents seem to have a problem with it, it seems, or at least they heavily notice it. As soon as I wake up in the morning, they ask, “So what movie are you watching today?” I don’t go to the theater that often—unless it’s the summer, in which case I go at least four times a month—but I wolverine through movies I have in my basement. Then a flood of movies comes in for me at the library.

Do you own any movie related items that you are very proud of?
When I was in second grade and an overly obsessive fan of Harry Potter, I wrote a letter to director Mike Newell asking him to change the PG-13 rating given to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to a PG rating so I could go see it. For some bizarre reason, I thought the directors gave movies their classifications, not the MPAA. Months later, he sent me back a black-and-white still from the preceding film, signed by actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. It’s a symbol of my ignorance as a child, but as I am still somewhat a fan of the series, I have the photograph framed in my bedroom, right in plain sight.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
How about something mostly non-movie-related (for once)? I hate, hate, hate Facebook. It gets on my nerves how everyone is obsessed with it. Personally, I feel that if I used it, it would infest upon my life. So I like to get people just as annoyed. Whenever the website is brought up, I ask, “What’s ‘Facebook’?” and go into long, rambling conversation. I try so hard so that when I go off no one can make sense of what I’m talking about. One time, someone tried to explain it to me by asking me if I had ever seen The Social Network (which I have, and it’s one of my favorite movies). “Oh, yeah…” I replied. “Isn’t that the movie about Mark McZuckerburger? The guy who founded McDonald’s? Never mind, I must be thinking of The Social Fatwork.”

Category: Movies
  • todayiwatchedamovie says:

    Best blog on WordPress. Period. Everyone who reads this should follow him immediately.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  • Stephanie says:

    Is there such a thing as watching too many movies? :-) Though I can understand that your parents miss your company while you’re wolverining through the movies in your basement. I tend to assume there is no such thing as too many movies. And the library is such a great resource. By the way, that’s a great Harry Potter story.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm
    • The Cinemaniac says:

      Noo, I’m sure my parents don’t miss me. Lol. I often get the feeling they don’t enjoy my presence. :/

      August 5, 2012 at 3:03 am
  • Stephanie says:

    By the way, Nostra, this movie site spotlight is a nice feature! Thanks for sharing this.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Stephanie! It’s something I do fairly regularly. It’s always nice to spread the love I have for specific sites with others (and get to know the person behind it)

      August 3, 2012 at 11:56 am
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    haha. I laughed at the Facebook rant quite a bit. I enjoy the things I have read at Cinemaniac’s site. A good spotlight today. Thanks for continuing this important feature Nostra.

    August 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    • The Cinemaniac says:

      Glad you enjoy my site. Also glad you laughed a good amount at the Facebook story. My friends all think it is annoying, especially when it consumes thirty minutes. But hey, they DESERVE it when their lives revolve around something as possessive as Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. Let’s be honest. I have used it. But I took my account down the day after I set it up.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:06 am
  • atothewr says:

    I use Facebook as a way to promote my site, but I rarely go on there. Everything is on that site these days. Nice write up and a nice interview. I have found Cinemaniac Reviews to be one of the better movie sites on WordPress.

    August 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    • The Cinemaniac says:

      I wonder: do I seem fourteen? I’ll be fifteen in October, but I guess that’s pretty young if I’m hosting “one of the better movie sites on WordPress”. ;)

      August 5, 2012 at 3:08 am
      • atothewr says:

        I honestly didn’t know you were that young. You have a way that you review your movies that makes you seem older. Plus you watch a lot of movies most young kids wouldn’t. In this day and age I really respect that. Keep up the good work.

        August 5, 2012 at 3:44 am
  • fernandorafael says:

    Nice post :)

    August 8, 2012 at 6:49 am
  • Raghav says:

    14 years old… WOW! All the best Alexander and just like the Alexander conquered the world, I hope you conquer the movie world like you are already :-)

    August 12, 2012 at 7:48 am
  • grantfitzgerald says:

    Loved the post. Just came across your blog by viewing one of my subscriptions. Are you looking to go into film? I am at school for it, going into my Sophomore year. Fell in love with movies 4 years ago. Though I have always liked them I never watched them with an educated eye until that time. Great work!

    August 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

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