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Film Review: Tag (2018)

Tag (2018) is an action comedy film that is based on a true story of a 30-year old game of tag that was written in a Wall Street Journal article. Directed by Jeff Tomsic, this film has a star-studded cast list including Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Isla Fisher. The premise of this film is that Jerry (Renner) is about to retire from the 30+ year of tag to settle down in married life, but he has never been tagged in his life and it is up to the other members of the group to take this last opportunity to get him.
This is such a unique concept, and I was quite excited about this film when I saw the first trailer pop up. However, after I was disappointed with the other game-themed comedy this year (Game Night), I was also very hesitant about this. I didn't want this film to disappoint me either, especially with the cast list that is connected with this film.

I am glad to say though that this works so much better than Game Night in terms of the comedy and the action. All of…

A New Start - Schedule Update and Reviving the Blog

As you can probably tell from the past few weeks, I have been lacking in posting on this blog. I only have to apologise personally for allowing this to happen. This has come down to a few specific reasons.

First of all, I just haven't had much time. I have been spending a lot of my time trying to finish off everything that is needed for college, and with only two weeks left until the end of my course, it is a big push to complete everything. With my part-time job on top of this, this leaves me with just enough time for socialising and not being able to watch films or write long blog posts.

As well as this, I have started to lose motivation from the content I was writing. Of course, I still love to talk about film, but I am starting to lose interest in repeating information about the same films that I watch over and over again, and to write film reviews for every film I see has just been tedious and boring.

I have spent the past few weeks looking back on my blog, and I feel that the quality of my blog posts have gone down since the new schedule. I put less effort into each individual film review, which gives less information and therefore less reason for anyone to read my posts. I also feel that they are very uninspired, only writing about stuff that is popular at the time and sticking to a lot of super-hero based stuff. Whilst I love this, it does not reflect all of me and my love for film.

Therefore, in the next month or so, you will start to see a drastic change in this blog. I plan to move this blog forward, and properly pursue this as a passion and step forward in my life goal as a film journalist.

The first change that you will properly notice this from is the schedule. Beforehand, I was posting on this blog two times a week. Now, I will be updating on a one post a week minimum basis. What this means is that I will be posting an essay style blog post every Sunday. These will be following the type of posts I already make on Sundays, but just with more effort put into them. These discussions will be longer (averaging 1500+ words each), and talk about a variety of projects in the film and entertainment industry. An example of this will be uploaded on Sunday, when I talk about women in film, and discuss the ever-growing issue of gender-pay.

The reason as to why I say that I am posting a minimum of one post a week is due to my reviews. Instead of grouping all of my film reviews together, I want to go back and separate each individual review. This will give me more time to write longer, more detailed reviews of these films. I also want to limit the films that I review, instead of just reviewing every film I go and watch. I will no longer review a film that I have already seen or talked about, unless it is a special circumstance (like the sequel of that film being released).

In terms of limiting the films that I want to review, they have to fall under one of the following three categories:

  1. The film must be less than one-year old. This is the limit for how fresh a film is, and anything older will have already been reviewed thousands of times before me.
  2. The film is a classic. There are a lot of classic films that I have not seen that I would love to review, such as Citizen Kane and Schindler's List. No matter how old these films are, I still want to review them.
  3. The film is either so good or so bad, I just have a lot to say about it. There are just some films I want to talk about and bring back into the light. Sometimes, I see some gems and some stinkers late into its release, and I will just want to talk about it.
I also want to continue reviewing TV shows. I have been getting back into marathoning old TV shows, considering that most of the currently running shows that I watch have finished (such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Supernatural). The way I will do this depends on the show. If it is a show that has ended, I will review the show as a complete show (such as FRIENDS), but if it is an ongoing show, then I will review the most current season (such as 13 Reasons Why season two). You can expect reviews for both of those shows in the following months.

There will be more changes coming, not just based on the content. I plan to re-do the website itself, and do a complete redesign. I feel this is necessary to make this blog look and feel more professional, and connected more to the film niche. As well as this, I will be adding sections, to find whatever you want to read about a lot easier.

I will also be adding more to my social medias. I have been using Facebook and Twitter sparingly, whilst I have completely ignored Instagram. I plan to fix this, by connecting all of my social medias together to post coherently. I also want to gain more interactions, by posting content other than my blog posts to those places, and perhaps expanding out to a Snapchat and Pinterest account.

Whilst I don't plan to review every film on this blog post, there are other ways to find out what I think of every film that I watch. There is my Letterboxd account, which gets updated on every film I say. To see an update of every TV show that I am currently watching, have completely watched and those that I plan to watch, you can check out my TV Show Time account.

These changes might not come about instantly. I plan to take my time redesigning this blog to make sure it is exactly the way that I want it to look. Other changes, such as my film reviews, will happen quickly. With Solo: A Star Wars Story out this week, you may get a film review as well as the Sunday essay post within this next week. Keep an eye out and if you continue on this journey with me, then thank you very much. 

So, until next time, that was some film for thought.

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