[Keep up with the "Special Feature" column and Christian Fannin will sit you on his lap and talk to you about whatever movie-related topic he feels like.]
Today is all about the fans and the questions you have for us about movies, the site, or anything at all. We're answering some reader mail that will hopefully cut down on some of the commonly asked questions while noting a few for pure entertainment purposes. It's a laid back day today, casual Tuesday. Us CineWeekly editors generally have similar opinions about movies so I can pretty much speak for all of us on these questions.
1. You guys only cover older movies on the site, which current movies (if any) do you like? - David S.
Though our whole draw is that we only discuss movies that are seven years old or older (keeping the "seven" with the "weekly" theme), we do love modern movies too. We're just disappointed in them more often than we believe we should have to be. 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is a great adventure franchise that I will never get enough of as long as they don't rely solely on Jack Sparrow. The 'Iron Man' movies and Marvel's recent string of blockbusters have all been welcome entries as well. While none of us claim 'Inception' to be the greatest movie ever, it is a very good movie with a tight plot despite our distaste for both DiCaprio and Nolan (see below). We're also looking forward to 'The Adventures of Tintin' movies.
2. What movies don't you like that every other site seems to love? - Aaron P.
I'll stick to mostly modern choices again but right off the bat is Christopher Nolan's Batman movies. For me personally, they give me a headache and are completely annoying. Christian Bale seems like a constant jerk and Gary Oldman isn't nearly as great an actor as everyone gives him credit for. We could do a whole article on the suckiness of Heath Ledger's Joker and why it became so unfairly popular. But that's for another day. Next on the list is 'Fight Club'. Were people's minds so blown that Tyler Derp-den wasn't real that they're fooled every time? If not, what else is holding this movie together? I'll end the never-ending list with all artsy movies in general (David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, etc.).
3. Where do you get your behind-the-scenes images? - @ranmonster
We try to keep our site completely original and scan our own images or receive them from cast, crew, etc. through e-mail. Last week's 'House of Frankenstein' color photo isn't on any other site as far as we know and we like it that way.
4. Why don't you review bad movies? - @emiRay11
With so many movies to choose from, we don't want to waste our time with negative reviews of bad movies. Why not just focus on the best movies? That's why we only review and discuss titles we rate at least 3 / 5. But sometimes it can be entertaining to write about how horrible certain movies can be. We have plans for a "Special Feature" column dedicated to reviewing the ocassional horrendous movie and will have a more humorous tone than the regular "A Movie A Week" column.
5. How do you decide what the "Special Feature" column will be about and what are the different columns within it? - Randy R.
It's really as simple as, "What do I feel like writing about today?". So far, we have had nine different columns: "Wild Card Articles", "Short Films", "Lists", "Videos", "Netflix Queue-riosities", "Dream Cast", "Book Reviews", "State of the Site Addresses", and now "Reader Mail". We have six more ideas for future articles and we hope to update daily at some point by spreading them throughout the week.
6. What can we expect from the site in the near future? - Sean H.
In addition to everything we mentioned in last month's State of the Site Address, we'll be rolling out exclusive articles to Twitter followers and separate exclusives for Facebook fans. We'll also be dropping the stupid monikers in favor of our real names when we have the endurance to edit the code.
7. What are your favorite movies? - Every Other E-mail
The CineWeekly staff has a collective top 10 PERFECT movies that we'll reveal at a later date. We've already mentioned a couple in previous articles and I'll add another one here. Planet of the Apes, the 1968 original of course.
To have your questions answered, e-mail me below for publication in our next round of reader mail. Or, don't hesitate to tweet us @CineWeekly or write on our Facebook wall. All editors are fair game.
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