Alyson of The Best Picture Project has deemed me worthy of the 7x7 Link Award (well, me and six other bloggers).
What is the 7x7 Link Award, you ask? It highlights a blogger's favorite pieces of work and is passed on to others so they too can do the same as a way to promote posts and/or blogs.
Without much ado or further adieu, my answers to the 7x7 Award's questions.
1. Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.
In Little League, I was picked off second base while talking to the opposing shortstop about Atari games.
2. Link to your posts that best fit the following categories:
a) Most beautiful piece:
I'd hardly call any of my reviews beautiful, but the one I feel is the most elegantly haunting is We Need to Talk About Kevin. Writing about that film made its disturbing and harrowing subject matter burrow even deeper into my psyche.
b) Most helpful piece:
My review of LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, because it helps bring attention and exposure to a criminally little-known yet fantastic family film (that includes parents, too).
c) Most popular piece:
Aside from the occasional blip, it's been my most consistently popular post, according to that widget on the right: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
d) Most controversial piece:
That's a toss-up: either my review of The Land Before Time or The Secret of NIMH. I'm no fan of Don Bluth (the former Disney animator and director of both films), and I let it show in what I wrote. I let any differing opinions stay in the comments sections, but I've actually had to delete personal attacks on me and my children from die-hard Bluth fans. Looking back, I might be less harsh if I reviewed these films today; my then-only son was a preschooler at the time, so I was definitely more protective about what he saw.
e) Surprisingly successful piece:
I knew it would be successful, but I had no idea how successful: my review of the exploitative, entertaining, B-movie classic The Sword and the Sorcerer, with 19 comments as of this post. It even received a comment from the director himself, Albert Pyun - the first comment, and on my birthday no less!
Sadly, my review of L.A. Confidential. I worked hard on that one, and was certain that my take on this modern classic would open the floodgates for comments of agreement by fellow cinephiles. Unfortunately, the only comment I got was, "Hey, where are all the comments?"
g) Most pride-worthy piece:
Can I substitute "pride" with "schadenfreude?" If so, I choose my review of the absolutely horrible Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The filmmakers gave me so much to sink my fangs into, I should really thank them for it.
3. Pass this award on to 7 other bloggers.
Cinema du Meep
Daddy Geek Boy
Dinner with Max Jenke
The Droid You're Looking For
Enter the Man-Cave
Luke, I Am Your Father
Me and You and a Blog Named Boo