Origins: The M0vie Blog

9 07 2010

Today, “The Origins Project” takes a look at Darren of “The M0vie Blog.” We’ve only just begun enjoying each other’s company, but I value how much he comments on my blog – I should be more motivated to reciprocate and do the same. I want to say I discovered his site through “Anomalous Material,” but I can’t say for certain. Nevertheless, enjoy his response and imagine him saying them in his Irish accent (that I’m going to assume he has).

What movie began your love affair with cinema?

Hard to pick just one, to be honest – I’ve loved it since I was a kid – before I remember actually seeing any of these movies.

When did you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging for a year-and-a-month now, so am just a tiny bit old than your good self. I’ve posted more than 600 posts in that time – some of them have got to be half decent, right?

Why did you start blogging?

I’m not sure why. Maybe I had free time after college – work is just eight hours a day, but I’d been pushing myself a lot more during my education. Maybe I just wanted a little bit of space and to do something that I wanted to do – I’m not one of the ten people in the world who would do their job for free. Maybe I just wanted a bit of practice writing. I produce about 2,000 words a day, so when I figure out what I want to write about, it should be a synch, right?

Okay, so maybe that’s not going to happen, but it’s nice to have a little diary of my film opinions over the past year. So I can look back in a decade and chuckle at the naive young kid who thought Demolition Man was actually quite good. I tend to waffle a lot on stuff that I think about, no matter how small – it’s nice to put them into words.

What has kept you going?

I’ve never really had a “dark half-hour of the soul” or anything or thought of giving up, but the support from the blogging community (and friends and family when they found out) has been great.

Has there been a particular person (or people) that has helped you along the way?

Those other more experienced bloggers who took an interest in me and popped over the fence to say hello. I really appreciate that.

And the better half, who has plenty of time for my own personal foibles.

What’s the best part of being a blogger? The worst?

Best part is the freedom. Write what you want, when you want. Ramble about this, that or the other. Find people who are interested in these nerdy little things and want to share. And the community is pretty awesome.

The worst is… maybe the time you spend at it. Not in a bad way, just like I feel I have to post twice daily or I’m letting myself down. Like a daily jog before trying that novel-writing thing I plan to do at some point.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

It has made me more cynical. But we all get more cynical when we over analyse stuff, don’t we? As you pay more attention to films – structure, special effects, Hollywood politicking – it’s easy to miss the magic that slips between the frame. On the other hand, it has introduced me to talents I wouldn’t know otherwise, and it’s helped me observe a whole heap of storytelling conventions and mannerisms.

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

Making the front page of wordpress. Twice. Being quoted in an internet magazine discussing the Oscar voting changes. Sparking a bit of discussion over really inane things like whether Burton’s Alice in Wonderland could be considered a feminist text. Being named one of the five pop culture blogs in Ireland. Little things like that.

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow their passion? To someone starting a blog of their own?

Just do it. Figure out what works. Find what’s comfortable. There will be teething pains finding your voice, but you’ll love it. Or you’ll find out it’s not for you. Either one is a win.

Oh, and don’t worry about hits. I won’t lie and say that “if you write it, they will come”. I’m still not exactly setting my hit counter on fire. Do it for you, not for hits.


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5 responses

9 07 2010
Red

Haha, I actually just jumped over to this blog from Darren’s.

I definitely hear you on the cynical part. Four years ago, I probably would’ve loved Clash of the Titans or The A-Team…now those type of movies disappoint me.

9 07 2010
Sebastian

These posts are really cool! I don’t know why I’m saying that now, but, I figured it was as good a time as any.

Love the comment about hits. Totally true!

15 07 2010
Darren

Thanks very much for the invite to take part. It’s a wonderful little project. And kudos to you for following through with it.

15 07 2010
Darren

And, as for my Irish accent, I do occasionally (but sadly rarely) laugh like “he he haw haw”. On the other hand, I have never used the phrase “begosh and begorrah”.

15 07 2010
Aiden R.

Darren, man, I don’t know how you do it. I go crazy enough writing one review each day let alone 2,000 words. You’re a beast, dude, and you kick ass. Very impressed on hitting the WP front page twice. That’s no joke.

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