Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I've Been Tagged (The Thinking Blogger Award)

Over the weekend, something interesting began happening across the blog universe. Dennis at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule mentioned a few blogs that make him think. This was in response to a seperate blog naming Dennis as a blog they often read. The whole affair can be traced back to its humble beginnings here, but the idea is simple- its yet another way for the community of blog-o-spheres to call out niches of interest in this ever-expanding and exciting forum. And it's been virusing all across blogs ever since. So, I'm pleased to announce that this little blog has been mentioned in the list of Jim's at his Talking Moviezzz blog and the activity will be reciprocated with my own list.

The rules are as such:

1) If, and only if your blog is one that is tagged on a list, you must write a post with links to five other blogs you like that consistently make you think (hence, the Thinking Blogger’s Award).

2) Link to the original blog so people will know whose good idea all this was, found here

3) Proudly display the “Thinking Blogger Award” logo with a link to the post you wrote.

So, here goes, in no particular order:

Drifting- Not only is the writer of this blog, David Lowery, a Dallas native such as myself, but also an accomplished short film maker and writer in these parts. But, he doesn't wallow in self serving enterprises, instead shifting the focus of his blog onto other filmmakers, such as when he posted a lengthy interview with director Charles Burnett or posts the latest P.T. Anderson clip. Drifting is essential reading.

Better Than Fudge- Writer Josh Horowitz has a real life writing about films for MTV and other publications, and his blog is a great diversion for film related matters, You Tube posts and some of the funniest pictures you'll surf across on the web. If you don't want to take things to seriously, Better Than Fudge is just what the doctored ordered.

Noel Vera blog- Writer Noel Vera brings us reviews from all over the world, and none as entertaining as his recent dispatches from the Jeonju Film Festival, including thoughts on the festival as well as pictures from his experiences (as a jurt member). This is why I read blogs- to open myself up to places and people that, otherwise, I'd never know. And Vera does a fantastic job of giving us glimpses into foreign worlds with texture and prose.

Coffee Coffee and More Coffee- Another writer who often brings us excerpts from foreign worlds (as he used to reside in Taiwan), Peter Nellhaus has been writing about film for major publications for years now, but none as intimately as within his blog. Everyday there's a new found gem on his blog, reviews from films I've never heard of and screengrabs that jump off the page. Another invalubale source of great info.

Trashcan Odorous Jr blog- Though his posts are infrequent, one of my best friends and one who can shed some insightful thoughts on everything from politics to TV. And I imagine he's working on some great posts about "Deadwood" and "Carnival" right now since he finally discovered the unlimited joys of Netflix.

So, there's 5. Link and enjoy and carry on the "Thinking Blogger" torch. And thanks Jim for the mention!


PIPER said...

Congrats Joseph on your award.

Joe Baker said...

Thanks Piper. The same goes to you on your entertaining blog mention.