First, the rules of the 7×7 Link Award:
RULE 1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.
RULE 2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-Worthy Piece.
RULE 3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.
Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.
Ooh…tricky one. Okay…here’s an embarrassing one. When I was about fifteen I wrote to Sarah Michelle Gellar expressing my undying love for her. For weeks I agonised over whether I’d get a reply. Then a letter arrived with a Los Angeles postage stamp. Could it be from her..? Nope! It was from a grumpy Beverly Hills resident who informed I’d sent my love letter to the wrong address…
Sarah, if you are reading this, I’m sorry our romance could not end like it does in the movies…but if you’re ever town, look me up!
Most Beautiful Piece: Top 10 Seductresses in Film
…this one’s easy. The list does all the talking for me…
Most Helpful Piece: Top 10 Films to see before going to film school
With this list I did set out to find ten films that would help film students and prospective film students understand, appreciate and learn about cinema. It was impossible to pick just ten films to represent cinema’s rich and diverse history but the popularity of this list – one of the site’s most visited pages – showed that the post did at least go somewhere near to achieving its goal.
Most Popular Piece: Top 10 Sequels of All Time
Rodney’s controversial top 10 sequels of all time is still the site’s most popular post in terms of comments. Oh boy, did this post create some heated debate!
Most Controversial Piece: Top 10 Films to have driven people to murder
The title of this post threw people a little bit. I think some might have thought it was a sordid, ill-advised celebration of exploitation films but what I set out to look at here was films that have been claimed, by the killers themselves or the police in the aftermath, to have directly influenced murder. It made for some very interesting, if quite disturbing research. In the end I hope it also made for interesting reading.
Most Surprisingly Successful Piece: Top 10 Quietly Important Films
Gregory Cwik’s thoughtful, in-depth and passionate look at some of cinema’s lesser known films that deserve greater attention was hugely popular. Despite its unassuming and rather vague title this post is one of the site’s most visited; it was retweeted on Twitter countless times and sent Reddit into a frenzy.
Most Underrated Piece: British Cinema’s Back Alleys and Byways: A Top 10
More unassuming than underrated, Anthony Nield’s brilliant look at the little seen side of British cinema has had plenty of hits but not the comments to back up those hits. I’m sure it has created lots of debate just not in the comments section. This is a must-read for anyone interested in avant-garde, little-seen and art house British cinema.
Most Pride-Worthy Piece: Top 10 Male Adventures of Self Discovery
This is one of those top 10s that gave me most pleasure in writing. It is a list I don’t think will ever change and features ten of my all time favourite films.
And now to pass the 7×7 Link Award on to seven other writers:
Claire at Cinematic Delights – …because she loves film as much as me and she’s also just got a new job and is currently on cloud nine.
Rodney at Fernby Films – because his input into making Top 10 Films a success has been invaluable, his contributions have brought in thousands of readers, and his encouragement has kept me going.
Aidy at Aidy Reviews & Avalon at Smorgasbord – two recently discover writers who make the task of reviewing films look so effortless. They also make me very envious of their skills with the written word.
Jaina at Time Well Spent – another recently discovered site for me. I’m adding Jaina here for two reasons – she loves films and also has a passion for photography (one of my other artistic loves), while she is also an ace web developer. So, if my site ever breaks down, I’ll remind her of this post before asking for help!
Alex at And So It Begins – because when I needed a top 10 Woody Allen list to celebrate the release of Midnight In Paris he answered the call. His in-depth top 10 was based on a movie marathon when he watched every single Woody Allen film!
Raghav at Ticker Talks Film – because he started the great Twitter film discussion known as #MTOS and contributed the brilliant Top 10 Indian Films of the 2000s.
Written by Daniel Stephens.
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