Top10Films.co.uk turns one
I started Top 10 Films one year ago. My initial idea for the site was to produce top 10 lists as a resource for film fans to find movies they might not have seen before. If you could find a top 10 list on a particular actor or director or theme and within that find films you’d seen and liked as well as films you hadn’t, it meant it became a useful recommendation tool over bog-standard film reviews. Through the Films section I could also create a database of films worth seeing. In this alphabetised list you can see all the films featured in our top 10s (or the top 10 of a larger list), as well as all the lists each film appears on making it easier to locate films worthy of seeing.
The site also allowed me to make use of my love of cinema, that started as far back as I can remember, and create a place on the internet that could document my own feelings towards cinema. The site would also make all that film-watching worthwhile.
One year on, I’m looking back at the best bits from the last 12 months including some excellent contributions from talented writers and the growth of the site as a film community as well as resource.
Scientist’s View – Academic’s give their opinion on the best science-fiction films
First original article:
Top 10 Steve Martin Films. Published 18th November 2009, the date has since become the site’s official launch date.
The first comment after my official launch was by Ross McG, who has been an ever-present commentator since. On our very first original top 10 list other commentators also included Heather from the Movie Mobsters and Rodney from Fernby Films (who is not only our top commentator but is also our most frequent contributor).
The site’s most viewed Top 10 list was written by my close friend and Anime expert David Lloyd-Smart. The list in question is his Top 10 Anime Films.
The second most hit top 10 list is my Modern Vampires list which is probably popular due to the success of Twilight.
The most commented list is another contribution, this time from Rodney, who wrote what turned out to be the controversial Top 10 Sequels of All Time.
My personal favourite:
My personal favourite of my own lists is the Top 10 Dustin Hoffman Films. It was pure joy to put that list together, to watch some of his films again and even see some new ones like Lenny. Hoffman is a genius, a great actor with a body of work second to no one.
In celebration of 35 years of Jaws, I (with the help of Rodney) spent a whole eight days focusing on the work of Steven Spielberg. It was great to learn a few things about the director such as his love of Lawrence of Arabia and his troubled relationship with David Lean, as well as his involvement in the making of Poltergeist.
Some more highlights would include my exhaustive look back over the last ten years of cinema to not only produce ten Top 10 lists for every year between 2000 and 2009, but also a Top 50 of the 2000s. It was fun watching all those great movies but hard work putting them in order and writing something about each one. But I do hope you found the lists interesting. They did inspire some good old debate which is what I like to see!
Rodney Twelftree has been a friend of the site since we began. He was one of Top 10 Films’ very first commentators and has been a regular contributor ever since. He is currently the proud owner of the site’s most talked about Top 10 list, as well as many others that have proven very popular. If you haven’t already, please check out Rodney’s own site Fernby Films where you’ll discover film reviews, articles, news and retrospectives, as well as discussion of Rodney’s own filmmaking projects.
Because backlinks are so important to getting visitors to your site, and to rank more highly in internet search engines, I implemented The Film Buffs table in the right hand sidebar. Here is the site’s most frequent commentators with a link to each of their sites. It’s a thank you as much as anything to them for visiting and commentating on our posts. Without you guys it wouldn’t be worth all the hard work.
So after one year of being on the internet Top 10 Films’ Top 10 Commentators are:
1. Rodney – Fernby Films
2. Fitz – Nevermind Pop Film
3. Castor – Anomalous Material
4. Heather – Movie Mobsters
5. Ruth – Flixchatter
6. Aiden – Cut The Crap Movie Reviews
7. Ross McG – RossvRoss
8. Roisin – Sundryandco
9. Will – Silver Emulsion
10. James – Cinema Sights
A special thank you has to go to Castor of Anomalous Material. His site (along with co-editor Red) is one of the liveliest film communities on the internet and his work and encouragement to fellow bloggers and online film writers has been a constant driving force behind the success of Top10Films.co.uk. One of the highlights of my year was AM’s brilliant comedy film tournament.
And also I must thank the guys at The Lamb for allowing Top 10 Films to join this group of film bloggers. The site became Lamb No. 441.
Looking forward to Year 2:
Over 1000 comments, 200 posts, and 1475 tags later, we arrive at birthday No. 1. The site also has cause for more celebration after a record month in October for hits. Our total page views has doubled in the last three months and I hope that continues as I look to publish more interesting content and contributions in the coming months.
Hopefully the site’s second year can be even better than our first. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the site’s contributors, particularly Rodney Twelftree, David Lloyd-Smart, Mike O’Callaghan, Mike Sutton, and George Litman.
Again I’d like to thank all our regular readers and commentators – I’ve mentioned many already but also thanks to Olive (Movie News First), Peter (Magic Lantern), Amy (Yam Mag), Richard (Blah Movies), and Andrew (Encore Entertainment) for their regular insight and encouragement. A hearty thanks to everyone else who has commented too! Your thoughts and opinions are what make the site worthwhile.
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