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How to Become a Movie Critic

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Do you want to make a living as a movie critic? It’s not the easiest profession in the world to break into, but it can be a satisfying and lucrative career if you’re good at it. Roger Ebert seems to be making a reasonably good living anyway. (I’m not sure about Leonard Maltin or Gene Shalit, though.) But most people don’t get into the film critic business to get rich. They’re interested in movies, and they want to watch lots of movies and then write about them. Here are some tips for you if you want to pursue a career in writing about movies.

1. Get a journalism degree. Writing about movies for a newspaper or magazine is a journalism occupation, so having a degree in journalism can help open doors for you. This isn’t a strict requirement, and a film degree will work just as well as a journalism degree a lot of the time. Some people don’t need any kind of degree at all in order to make a living as a movie critic, but that’s trickier than you might think.

2. Watch a lot of movies. Don’t just watch current movies either. Film critics who have worthwhile opinions are able to put movies into the context of what’s come before. You can write a better review of the upcoming Arthur remake if you’ve seen the original Dudley Moore vehicle.

3. Read about movies. Another way to learn about films and movies is by reading a lot. Don’t just read online. Buy some books too. Don’t just read movie reviews. Read movie critic interviews, too–if you can find them.

4. Launch a website. Some people who are really good at search engine stuff can make a living running a website about movies, but that’s not as easy as some of your get rich quick gurus would like you to think it is. You don’t have to launch a site that focuses exclusively on movie reviews either. People love to read movie questions and answers, too. Movie news and movie gossip are also both popular topics to write about.

If you want to become a movie critic, you have a lot of work ahead of you.

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February 28th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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Watch Free Movies Online

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When it comes to entertainment, there is hardly ever a shortage of ideas. There are numerous ways by which a person can keep themselves entertained. The same policy applies to movie watching. There may be times when watching movies in theatres was a novelty. Now it borders on scarcity. This transformation has occured due to alternatives that have been made available to the movie watching people. There are DVDs and CDs available of the same movies and they are normally priced lower than the movie hall tickets. One of these alternatives is to watch free movies net. There are a number of websites that offer free viewing of movies. So, this method helps people save money on downloading those movies.

Well, there is a certain catch which can be a hinderance. Most websites offer downloading the movies at a minimal cost so one may have to sift through the chaff to find the wheat. The advantage involved to watch free movies net is one can usually get the latest movies online. This method is also a boon for people who do not wish to stack up movies on their laptop or computer. This is also a recommended method for people who are paraqnoid about downloading viruses and worms along with the movie. They use this method to keep their computers free from potential malwares or Trojans.

The advantage of watching movies online is, one can watch them and the movie does not slow down the speed of the Internet which is not the case with downloading movies. Downloading movies take a lot of time and secondly, websites like torrents or its version slow down the speed of the Internet which may be a source of annoyance for some people.

Apart from the obvious advantages, there are some other perks such as instead of watching a full-fledged movie, some websites have the option of letting viewers watch portion of a movie. This option is feasible for people who are not interested in watching the entire movie, when they have the option of watching a portion of it. Most number of times, people prefer watching from the middle or there are still others who prefer watching the climax. And if the scenario couldn’t get any better, there are no signing up for membership; platinum, gold or plastic.

However there are particular categories of movies which can be watched for free. To watch free movies net, the movie has to be categorized under the Public Domain. They are easily accessible on Google Video and YouTube. There are different genres of movies and almost all movies with the rating of UG can be found there. Sites such as watchfreemoviesnet and moviesfoundonline.com are great sources.

Following the popularity trend, there are many TV shows that can be watched for free without the hassles of downloading. Sites such as NBC.com allow many old and new T.V series such as America’s Got Talent and Friends to be broadcast. Watch free movies on net may be the ultimate and most popular form of new age entertainment.

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January 19th, 2011 at 2:50 am

Bollywood Movies

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Bollywood Movies

If you’ve never watched Bollywood movies, you should give one or two of them a try.

“Bollywood” is the term used to describe the Hindi film industry based out of the Indian economic and financial hub city, Mumbai, though you might know it better as Bombay. The term is used wrongly by westerners to refer to the entire Indian movie industry, though India is a country with so many different sub-cultures and languages, that it truly only refers Hindi-speaking productions.

Bollywood Film Characteristics

These films tend to be musicals filled with catchy musical numbers, as well as song-and-dance routines. For American lovers of musical cinema, it’s worth it to see if your love of the genre translates to another language and transcends cultural boundaries.

Other conventions in Bollywood cinema includes comedy aspects, love triangles and romance, lots of melodrama, and thrilling sequences. Hindis call them “masala”, or mixture of spices, because these productions tend to mix action, romance, and comedy in one storyline. Indians expect to get their money’s worth when they go to the public theater, and that’s what Bollywood stories give them.

North American movie buffs who don’t mind mixed genres or 3-hour extravaganzas should take a look at a few Bollywood DVDs or blu rays. One other note: you’ll find these Bollywood producers tend to borrow heavily from popular American movies and successful foreign films. For instance, imagine the Hindi knock-off of Reservoir Dogs, but with musical numbers and dancing.

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December 23rd, 2010 at 8:07 am

New Movies on DVD

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There are new motion pictures on DVD popping up all the time, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all the alternatives on hand. This post is intended to help, as it lists some of the most enjoyable motion pictures that are newly accessible on DVD. I hope this article helps next time you are at BlockBuster searching for something to rent.

Shrek Forever After – This one has got Shrek versus Rumpelstiltskin. Donkey, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, Queen Lillian, and King Harold all are back for this last Shrek film.

Letters to God – An 8 year old boy with cancer writes letters to God. His sincere correspondence is read by an alcoholic postal worker, and the gentle contents within slowly inspire him to clean up his life. Containing a strong Christian message, this film is perfect for religious families.

Soul Kitchen – A German comedy film about the happenings around and in a broken-down eatery in a proletarian vicinity of Hamburg. Filled with unconventional and sympathetic characters, the movie should tickle your funny bone regardless of your nationality. One of the more intriguing of the new movies on DVD.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – A computer-animated movie based on the books by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians follows the adventures of a barn owl named Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess) as he endeavours to rescue the owl realm with assistance from a famous order of winged protectors. Zack Snyder directs.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – The 3rd episode of The Twilight Saga series sees vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) attempting vengeance against gloomy teenage heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) by producing an army of zombies. Even though werewolves and vampires are traditionally foes, they must set aside their differences to combat the larger threat. A great movie for teenage girls.

I hope you have enjoyed this list of brand-new motion pictures on DVD. These suggestions represent my picks for the best movies currently accessible for home video fans. Enjoy.

For more suggestions, see New Movies on DVD.

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December 21st, 2010 at 10:23 am

Three Great Action Movies to See

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Action adventure movies are popular among masculine motion-picture fans. Here are a few of our favorite action movies.

Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee does not always look like he is enjoying himself. One spectacular exclusion to that rule is 1980’s ‘Enter the Dragon’. Bruce Lee is genuinely enjoying beating up nine or ten guys at the same time, and it shows on his face and in his body language. ‘Enter the Dragon’ is a pure action film, with almost no dialogue and nothing in the way of a character arc. You want an hour of perfectly choreographed fighting? Look no further than ‘Enter the Dragon’. Most fanatics of Bruce Lee would probably point to ‘Fists of Fury’ as the greatest Bruce Lee action adventure motion picture, but I think this final chapter to his film career fits better into the action genre. Too often, Bruce Lee’s earlier movies are lost on Western audiences. This has nothing to do with language and everything to do with style. movies made outside of Hollywood look nothing like our familiar Hollywood fare — ‘Enter the Dragon’ is the most agreeable Lee movie for us Americans to swallow.

Top Gun

In the mid 80s, Tom Cruise starred in this homage to weaponry. ‘Top Gun’ is an elementary choice for the best action films ever–guns, explosions, bikes, and beautiful ladies with plenty of male bonding thrown in for good measure. Top Gun has the simplest of plotlines and from time to time the dialogue is best turned off, but you Don’t view ‘Top Gun’ (or most action adventure movies for that matter) for the writing. You get a great deal of up close and personal shots of F-14 fighter jets, shiny and brilliant, surrounding Tom Cruise like an awful and deadly glove. All of Tom Cruise’s movies are similar — Tom Cruise’s character works through his daddy issues — but even without a unique or compelling plot, Top Gun is a monstrosity of an action motion picture.

Hard Boiled

The title of ‘Hard Boiled’ is an allusion to one of the more action heavy genres of fiction — hard-boiled fiction was at one time the realm of outstanding pulp authors like Raymond Chandler. Terrific detectives such as Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe developed out of the hard-boiled tradition. The star of the film, Chow Yun-Fat, is notoriously charming, at once handsome and brutal, fascinating and venomous. In the climax of ‘Hard Boiled,’ the audience finds our hero in a hospital battling dozens of villains with a pistol in one hand and a baby in the other hand. John Woo’s movies are well known among action movie fanatics for their stylized and gorgeous ferocity and choreography. ‘Hard Boiled’ serves up all of the best of John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat, though this film is early in Woo’s career and is a little raw. The fighting is at once true-to-life and pretty, the pacing is terrific, and if there is not much of a plotline, who cares?

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December 8th, 2010 at 9:42 am