Origins: Cut the Crap Movie Reviews

15 07 2010

Today’s post in “The Origins Project” spotlights Aiden R of “Cut the Crap Movie Reviews.” His site does the bare-bones minimum, but it is by no means lazy.  He does just what the title of his blog implies, that is, to cut the crap.  Reading his reviews is like talking to a friend about a movie, and I respect his honest opinions no matter if I agree or not.  His style of writing reviews has influenced me more than any other blogger, and it’s something that others have taken note of, as shown by his LAMMY for Best Movie Reviewer this year.

What movie began your love affair with cinema?

Whenever I would visit my uncles as a kid, there were only two topics of conversation: baseball and movies. As much as I loved playing baseball, I learned early on that watching it for hours on end in front of a TV is about as fun as solitary confinement. With that figured out, I turned to movies, started watching like gangbusters, fell in love with ’em and haven’t turned back since. Movies are universal, what’s not to love?

When did you start blogging?

May of ’09.

Why did you start blogging?

Started a new job, was bored to tears for the first two weeks so I found myself cruising around Rotten Tomatoes for most of my days. Eventually it hit me that I’d seen a crap load of movies, had time to burn and an English degree that’s been collecting dust since ’08. So I started up the site that very day, gave it a catchy name and decided that I was gonna review every last movie I’ve ever seen on a daily basis until I’ve gone through ’em all. As they say, the rest is history and it’s made for an awfully interesting conversation piece at all these swank cocktail parties I go to.

What has kept you going?

Death threats. Well, that and all the people who read and comment on my foul-mouthed ramblings.

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

My girlfriend, Audrey, is a freakin’ trooper when it comes to watching all the nonsense I clog up my Netflix queue with and she’s been the head of my fan club since the get-go. All the folks at The LAMB have been amazing, too. Would love to give them all shout-outs, but there’s a lot of ’em and they’re all the bomb in my book.

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

The Best Part: The drugs and money were good for a while, but it’s great to able to have this as an escape of sorts and finally be able to channel a life’s worth of useless movie knowledge into something productive. It’s opened a lot of doors, my writing’s improved and I’m super proud of the whole damn thing.

The Worst Part: Good GOD is it time consuming. I don’t mind watching movies for the sake of writing reviews because it’s a great excuse to discover movies I keep meaning to get around to, but writing every day can be a grating experience at times. It doesn’t outweigh the positives of blogging whatsoever, but the urge to veg out can be a hard one to suppress some days.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

Increased it like whoa. Wish I had started doing this in college when I actually had more free time than I knew what to do with. Damn real world…

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

Waking up the morning before my birthday and seeing that my review for Where the Wild Things Are made the WordPress front page was effing huge for me. But recently being voted the Best Movie Reviewer of ’09 by my peers at The Large Association of Movie Blogs was the big kahuna. That’s the kind of stuff that keeps me writing.

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

Find something you’re passionate about – really passionate about – and just do it. Embrace the community that revolves around your topic, don’t overwork yourself to the point where it stops being fun and starts being a chore and, most importantly, be yourself when you write. In the words of Quentin Tarantino when asked what advice he had for aspiring filmmakers, “Make a f***ing kickass movie!” Don’t wait around for someone to open the door you, bust that bitch down yourself and show the world what you’ve got. Life’s too short to wait around for opportunities to present themselves.


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5 responses

15 07 2010
Fitz

LAMMY for Best Movie Reviewer was very well-deserved, Aiden. You’ll hit the end of IMDB before we know it.

16 07 2010
Castor

Great origins post. Love Aiden’s sense of humor which you can sense even in this interview.

15 07 2010
17 07 2010
Simon

“Wish I had started doing this in college when I actually had more free time than I knew what to do with”

I know that feeling! Three years of Uni and if only I spent my time doing the blogging/podcasting lark then! Instead I got toooo drunk! ha ha

Simon

28 08 2011
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