Yesterday’s Million Dollar Baby review was my 50th movie review here on Drew’s Movie Reviews. Yay! I would have gotten this milestone post out sooner but I went and saw a screening of The Lego Movie early last night so I ran out of time (review for that is coming soon, unless your from the future, then you can click here).
I wanted to save Million Dollar Baby for a special post because it’s important to me since it was the movie that made me really consider starting a movie review blog. Before, I had been tossing the idea around for a while but nothing really serious. I am always buying movies from discount bins at stores, but they are mainly movies I have seen before. Rarely do I purchase a movie that I haven’t already seen and at least enjoyed a little bit. But this one time, towards the end of 2012, there was a copy of Million Dollar Baby in the $5 bin at my local Wal-Mart and remembered it won several awards at the 2005 Oscars (I had somehow managed to catch the awards that year). So on a chance I bought it and watched it the following night. When I finished watching it I was stunned. It was brilliant. How had nobody told me about this movie before?
Recommendations are great because the recommender usually has a good idea of the recommendee’s tastes. That is why I enjoy getting watching movies that have been recommended to me because, more often than not, I enjoy the film. And I like giving recommendations. Having someone come back to me saying they really enjoyed the movie is a good feeling. I read professional reviews, but I will take a friend’s review and recommendation over a professional’s any day. So when I saw Million Dollar Baby, a great movie that no one had told me about before, I was determined not to let that happen to someone else. If I saw a fantastic movie, I wanted others to know about it.
When I started my blog, I knew I had to review Million Dollar Baby, but not right away. Creative writing is not at the top of my list of skills, so I wanted to give it some time to figure out my voice in my reviews and get comfortable writing. That way, when I finally did get to the review for Million Dollar Baby, I could to it justice and accurately convey my strong feelings towards the film.
So with 50 reviews under my belt, I think I am getting the hang of it. There is definitely room for improvement, but at least I have more of an idea of what I’m doing than six months ago when I started this blog. If you want a full list of the reviews I have done, stop by my Review Archive or for some history on who I am and a more detailed account of why I started this blog, read this post. And if you have a movie you want me to review, don’t hesitate to put it in a comment. I greatly enjoy watching recommended movies and discussing them with the recommender (I don’t think recommender and recommendee are actual words but they are fun to say). Thank you for the views, likes, comments and overall support all of you have given me!
(Oh, and I am working on getting a few features together so look for those coming soon.)