Polishing The Silver Mirror

Here’s where the blog turns from a smattering of ideas and bursts of insight into something bigger.

The subtitle, as reads on the head of every page, is reflections on cinema and culture.  We cover a fair bit of popular cinema, but what about culture?  Specifically, whose?  Well, obviously American; but that’s general.  I’m a journalist in Indiana, and it’s time to make note of that.

The goal is to transform The Silver Mirror into an online magazine that serves as the nexus between filmmakers, cinemas, and cinephiles in four tiers: Indiana cities (largely Indianapolis), Indiana, America, and the World.

So what you’re going to see, dear reader, is far more than film reviews.  We’re going to interview local filmmakers, big and small.  We’re going to keep an eye on cinemas and the average filmgoer’s experience.  We’re going to attend festivals.  We’re going to help inspire filmmakers across the country with fresh footage of locations and events that deserve to be up on screen.  We’re going to continue analyzing trends in filmmaking and film criticism in the Elements of the Screen column.  The average film review is going to be much more in depth, probably doubling or tripling in length.  We’re going to conduct our own private film screenings and record our discussions for your reading pleasure.

We’re going to do a lot.

With that, I’d like to wish us a happy 200th post!

Reflecting on The Silver Mirror

This is my 199th post.  The first post ever published on The Silver Mirror was a review of ‘The International’, on February 14th, 2009.  I’ve matured much in my understanding of film since then, but those articles will never disappear, no matter how silly or superficial they are.  There’s a progression here, in myself and my esteemed contributor-with-an-attitude, Patrick Zabriskie, that I want to track as the years go by.

In other words, I’m going to stick with this thing.

I’m now a proper student of journalism at IUPUI, not yet to my first midterm exams.  I have always held that the single most important thing in education is personal interest — therefore, if I do not seek to become a true journalist, now, regardless of official recognition via degrees and whatnot, I’d be better off finding another major.

So, then, The Silver Mirror is due for an expansion.

That looks about big enough.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how The Silver Mirror did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 93 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 147 posts. There were 199 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 56mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 20th with 266 views. The most popular post that day was Not-So-Classic Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, facebook.com, popdose.com, en.wordpress.com, and collider.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wicked witch of the west, wizard of oz witch, wicked witch, khaaan, and danny elfman.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

Not-So-Classic Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) October 2010

Patrick’s Top Five Villainesses September 2010

James’ Top Five Film Composers March 2010

Classic Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey February 2010

Classic Review: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) October 2010

Elements Of The Screen: The Movie And The Game

Hey, folks!  It’s time for another article in the ‘Elements’ series!

This one’s more or less in response to Roger Ebert’s article “Video Games Can Never Be Art”, and therein I express my dismay at his point-of-view, and I attempt to explain how the evolving artistic world of video games better illustrates what a movie ought to be.

Click here to make the leap: The Movie And The Game

Elements Of The Screen: Yakkity-Yak, Don’t Talk Back (Dialog And Assumptions Thereof)

Hey, there’s a new ‘Elements’ article up!  Sweet!  Go check it out.