Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Movie Alphabet

Mettel Ray of Mettel Ray Movie Blog has started a blog-a-thon to celebrate her blog. The object of the blog-a-thon is simple. From A to Z, create an alphabet about the things you love about cinema.

#-2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking sci-fi masterpiece that sets a standard of what sci-fi films should be.

A-Anne Hathaway

Currently one of the best actresses working in Hollywood. Extremely talented, very beautiful, and also willing to go the extra mile to entertain and enthrall.

B-Black Swan

One of the most harrowing and chilling films about a woman on the verge of a mental breakdown in her quest for perfection.

C-Carey Mulligan

One of Britain’s great actresses that is working right now thanks to films like Drive, Shame, An Education, and Never Let Me Go.


The film that finally broke Nicolas Winding Refn into the international consciousness as well as the fact that it made Ryan Gosling a major force in acting.


The best of Lars von Trier’s Europa trilogy that explores a young man working at a train in post-World War II Germany.

F-Fish Tank

An entrancing yet provocative coming of age tale from Andrea Arnold that is harrowing but also fierce.

G-Gus Van Sant

Currently one of the best filmmakers working today whether it’s in mainstream films or experimental independent features.

H-Holy Motors

A daring tribute to cinema that subverts the idea of traditional narrative as well as a film that refuses to compromise its vision and ideas as it’s definitely one of 2012’s most outstanding films.

I-In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-Wai’s dreamy yet heartbreaking film about two people who come together after learning their spouses having an affair as they turn to each other.

J-Jena Malone


K-Kill Bill

The ultimate revenge film.

L-Lynne Ramsay

A filmmaker that needs to make more films as the three features and short films she’s made are already an indication that she’s currently one of the best working today.

M-Marion Cotillard

A great actress who is amazing in both French and English as she can create performances that are simply unforgettable.

N-Never Let Me Go

One of the great weepies of the 2010s so far as it’s filled with evocative images and a captivating story about fates and how these poor souls had to accept it.

O-Open Your Eyes

Alejandro Amenabar’s entrancing sci-fi feature about love and death that features a radiant Penelope Cruz.

P-Pedro Almodovar

One of the great masters of cinema that is currently working as he always delivers with every new film he brings.

Q-Quentin Tarantino

A master that is among one of the best as we all hope Django Unchained is a winner.


Roman Polanski’s visually-hypnotic yet unsettling film about a woman on the verge of a breakdown that features a chilling Catherine Deneuve.

S-Sofia Coppola

My favorite filmmaker who will return with her fifth feature film The Bling Ring as I hope it will be good but I’ll maintain low expectations.

T-The Thin Red Line

Terrence Malick’s dreamy but harrowing anti-war film that is definitely one of the great films about World War II.

U-Under the Sand

Francois Ozon’s understated yet eerie film that stars Charlotte Rampling as a woman wondering about her husband’s disappearance.

V-Valhalla Rising

Nicolas Winding Refn’s dark yet entrancing film about the age of the Vikings that features a riveting yet silent performances from Mads Mikkelsen.

W-Wild at Heart

David Lynch’s Palme D’or award-winning film about a surreal road trip filled with crazed characters, deaths, and all sorts of things including Nicolas Cage in a cool snakeskin jacket.

X-Xander Berkley

One of the great character actors working today as it’s obvious that if he’s in a film, he’s always going to give a good performance no matter what role he’s playing.

Y-Y Tu Mama Tambien

Alfonso Cuaron’s evocative coming-of-age film about two young men who go on a road trip with a beautiful woman that explores the beauty of the Mexico.

Z-Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

D.A. Pennebaker’s very stylish yet rocking concert about David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon.

© thevoid99 2012


Nikhat said...

Great post. Love Sofia Coppola to bits!

Chip Lary said...

Hi. Sorry for not visiting for a few weeks, especially where we were exchanging emails about a slowdown here. I haven't really been on any other blogs since then; things have been a little hectic.

Anyway, you've probably already heard from others, but when I came to your site just now it rendered in a few seconds, rather than a couple minutes. I noticed you have removed your Labels widget, so it looks like that was what was causing the slowdown. Congrats on the resolution.

thevoid99 said...

@Nikhat-She's my favorite filmmaker. I hope The Bling Ring is a winner.

@Chip-That's OK. I was wondering what was slowing things down. I got rid of the labels but I still feel like I'm not getting as many hits as I wanted to.

Chip Lary said...

"I still feel like I'm not getting as many hits as I wanted to."

Well, if some folks stopped coming because of the slowdown then they would not have returned and found out that you've addressed it. There's an old adage - "a cat that sits on a hot stove lid will never sit on a hot one again...the problem is that it will never sit on a cold one either."

Perhaps an informational post about it would help. The title should be something that would attract former visitors when they see it listed among the "Recent Posts at Other Blogs" widgets on some blogs.

Once former visitors follow the link to this post and discover things are back to normal they may put you back on their visiting rotation again.

thevoid99 said...

@Chip-I do plan on creating links and such for the blog so people can find reviews easier and such. It's among the many plans I want to do for 2013. Just to make things better.

Chip Lary said...

I may have confused things. Sorry.

What I meant is that I believe at least some of your reduction in hits is not from people who came to your site, but clicked on fewer reviews; I believe it was from people who stopped coming to your site at all because of the former slowness.

You mentioned that despite addressing the issue your hit count had not fully rebounded. That seems to add evidence to the fact that some people simply stopped coming at all.

Since they would need to come back to discover that you have addressed the issue, and since they are no longer coming, there is no way for them to discover the issue is gone.

The solution is to attract their attention on blogs other than your own. Some blogs (i.e. Big Thoughts from a Small Mind) have links in the righthand column to the most recent posts at other blogs. If you create a post with a title something like "I've Addressed the Slowness Issues" then this will appear on these other blogs, former visitors may see them and click on the link to read your post about it. When they do that, they will experience firsthand that your blog comes up in seconds, not minutes. This may then encourage them to add you back to the list of blogs that they regularly visit.

thevoid99 said...

@Chip-I'll probably address it tomorrow once I do my monthly column. I'll divulge more of my plans for the year-end things as well.

Anonymous said...

Excellent list! I'm really glad someone included Fish Tank.

thevoid99 said...

@QuirkyBookandFilmBuff-Thank you.