Sunday, October 21, 2012
Cinematic Paradox Turns Three!
This day three years ago, I started this blog. To be honest, I don't remember much of that day. All I know is that things have changed a lot since then. In fact, things have changed in the past 24 hours. As you can probably see, the design has been changed (I hope you like it - please lemme know what you think!). I haven't completely finished it yet, as I have a few images to tweak on my sidebar. I also changed the URL to something a little more professional and fitting for a blog that is three years old. Please please please change any URL's you have in your blogroll, I'll love you for it! Along with that, I have updated my Top 100, and given them a very swanky look. I hope you like it!
I've been getting very nostalgic about this birthday, mainly because it has been extremely hard to reach this one. I've lost my mojo a fair bit this year, which was hard to get through, but I managed to work through it. I mean, I feel so lonely down here in NZ. I see all of these bloggers around me going to press screenings, giving away passes to movies, interviewing people, getting mentioned on posters. Andy Buckle gets to interview Paul Thomas Anderson for heavens sake! I have literally nothing to offer you apart from my sterling wit. But at least I have the support of some excellent people. I'm not gonna waste much time here, but here are the people in the blogging world who I love and I'll hope that you'll love em too...if you don't already!
Tyler @ Southern Vision - One day, I hope that Tyler will come back to the blogosphere. Letterboxd is not for you Tyler. Wordpress is. Okay, if you don't wanna come back, that's cool. But we're all here waiting for you if you do!
Ryan @ The Matinee - My blogging idol. One day I hope that I can get to his level.
Ruth @ Let's Be Splendid About This - I adore Ruth, and I don't know why it didn't occur to me to meet her while I was in Melbourne! I'm coming back though, so we can awkwardly drink tea and go to the Pancake Parlour. Too bad if you don't like pancakes.
Mette @ Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions - Mette is really sweet too, with an excellently designed blog. Plus, it is her blog birthday tomorrow, so go wish her well!
Nikhat @ Being Norma Jeane - My blogging soul sister. Not a day goes by where I don't wait for Nikhat to post again so she came make me laugh.
Andy @ The Film Emporium - Andy has done so well this past year, and I'm always looking on his site to see what new releases are good. He always has it sorted.
Jessica @ The Velvet Cafe - My blogging mother. Jessica is just the sweetest, kindest person and always has the most interesting thoughts going on at her velvet cafe.
Alex @ And So It Begins - Alex always has the best ideas for lists and stuff, and he also gave us the opportunity to see his short film Earrings. It was so cool to see a film made by a fellow blogger!
Sati @ Cinematic Corner - Everyone always goes on about Sati's design (which I took a few pointers from, thanks!), but Sati also has awesome content to match. I could spend hours on her blog.
Diana @ Aziza's Picks - Diana's blog has grown so much in a short time, and it makes me really happy to see that happening. Plus, she's a lovely person!
Scott and the team @ Front Room Cinema - Scott's blog has grown so much, too, which makes me insanely jealous. Especially because he has the swankiest design.
Jess and Rachel @ Reel Insight - These two blogging ladies joined forces for extra awesomeness. I do miss the Sims Screenshots, though!
Castor and the team @ Anomalous Material - Another absolutely fabulous blogging idol of mine. One day I hope to get to this level of greatness.
Dylan, Kai and the team @ Man, I Love Films - This year's deserved winner of the Best Blog LAMMY. Need I say anymore.
Nick @ Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob - The biggest fan of Little Shop of Horrors that I know, and also the created of such awesomeness as the Demented Podcast and the Vlog.
Steve @ 1001Plus – Also a member of the Demented Podcast, and has an awesome blog to boot, filled with reviews from every era.
Tom @ Movie Reviews by Tom Clift – I’m extremely jealous of his trek around the major film festivals, but it has made for some extremely interesting writing.
James @ Cinema Sights – He has introduced me to a whole lot of movies that I never would have even heard of otherwise, and he’s the biggest Malick fan I know.
Mettel @ Mettel Ray Movie Blog – One of the sweetest bloggers I’ve come across in the past year. Also, her blog always takes me to a zen place.
Asrap @ Whoa, This is Heavy – Asrap never fails to make me laugh. Never.
Anna @ Defiant Success – Any movie I wanna know about, she’s likely got it covered. Any British actor I wanna know about, she’s likely got it covered.
Andrew @ Encore’s World of Film and TV – Andrew has a plethora of knowledge on the latest movies and TV shows...and everything British costume drama.
Brittani @ Rambling Film – Brittani always tells it how it is, and I love her for that.
Cherokee @ Can You Dig It? – Two years ago, Cherokee came to this blog and gave it some life so I could keep going. I literally wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her!
Lesya @ Eternity of Dream - She doesn't blog anymore, but I hope that she's working hard on her excellent writing. Again, one of the sweetest people I know!
Steven @ Surrender to the Void - Steven has the most in-depth reviews that I've read. Which is awesome.
Alex @ Random Film Buff - Her blog always takes me to a zen place, too. And she always has different thoughts on things.
Bonjour Tristesse - Along with their blog about blogging tricks, Bonjour specialises in foreign films that I've never even heard of. Which is insanely helpful.
Sebastian @ Films from the Supermassive Black Hole - An awesome blog with an awesome love for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and that's all I need in this world.
Pete @ I Love that Film - I love that blog. That's all I have to say.
Kano @ Kano's Lay-Z-Boy Theater - There's nothing lazy about the reviewing power that goes on here.
Kid in the Front Row Film Blog - Often has inspirational, lovely posts that make me smile. And that's something I always need.
Never Too Early Movie Predictions - I can't even predict the Oscars the day before the show, but this guy has it covered until almost the end of the decade!
Stephanie and the team @ On Page and Screen - A really sweet blog that looks at both books and movies - which are two things that I can't get enough of!
Leith @ Ramble Film - A fellow Kiwi blogger who has the latest on most of the new DVD releases, along with awesome list ideas.
SDG @ U, Me and Films - Filled with in-depth reviews from all sorts of eras...he manages to bring a new twist to old-fashioned things.
The Vern @ The Vern's Video Vanguard - An awesome blog covering anything and everything...such variety!
Dan @ Public Transportation Snob - Another blog with lots of variety, which I love seeing! I've learnt so much from reading this blog.
Jandy @ The Frame - Such a lovely blogger who has seen a wide variety of movies, which makes me extremely envious!
Maria Sofia @ Film Flare - Has the nicest designed blog in the blogosphere. Seriously.
Dan @ Top 10 Films - Dan is a regular commenter here, and also has an extremely awesome blog, filled with a whole lot of lists that I never would have thought of.
Ruth and the team @ FlixChatter - A seriously sweet blog site with the most interesting ways of content - Ruth always has a new, fresh spin on things.
And the Large Association of Movie Blogs, who have been such a great support over the years. Where would we be without this organisation?
I'd also like to thank my awesome friends Maxine and Kieran, who have been helping me with various areas of the redesign all day. And my mother who cooked tea and did dishes and looked after us. A lot of hard work has been going on to make this day work!
Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone. Here's to a brighter, fresher future for Cinematic Paradox!