A Chick on Flicks

Ah, the old “summarize your complex inner self in 50 words or less trick” (how I do fall for it every time). If you’re here, chances are you know me already. (Why else would you care what some random wannabe movie blogger has to say?) But in case you haven’t had the pleasure, I’m 30/f/S.C. (in Internet lingo) and I fancy myself — I enjoy a good fancy now and again — something of a movie critic. I have absolutely no fancy film degrees, no training,  no experience, no legitimate qualifications whatsoever … except that I like to write and I spend a lot (and I mean A LOT) of time at the movies.

Some may say I’m unqualified, but I prefer to think I’m unspoiled by too much book learnin’. Read on and you be the judge. Contact me at ccalum2003@yahoo.com … unless you’re trying to sell me “Vigara” or “Vidocin.”

“The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad one. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives: the time one climbed the Parthenon at sunrise, the summer night one met a lonely girl in Central Park and achieved with her a sweet and natural relationship, as they say in books … What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine as he was falling to the dusty street in ‘Stagecoach,’ and the time the kitten found Orson Welles in the doorway in ‘The Third Man.’” ~~Walker Percy, “The Moviegoer”

37 Responses

  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

    • Mark Twain once said: Don’t let school interfere with your education… and who gives a you-know-what if someone can write like you can!

    • Thanks for your comment — it’s always nice to hear from readers. Keep reading and I’ll keep writing!

      M. Carter at the Movies

  2. Hi fellow movie blogger! Thanks for your comment on Flixchatter. I too have no proper training as far as film degree go, or any industry connection for that matter. But I love movies and passionate about it and like you said, ‘unspoiled by the effect of education.’ You’ve got some cool stuff here, I’ll be sure to peruse further in the future. I’ll respond to your comment on my blog, so please come back soon =)

    • I’m starting to think that reviewer training ruins people for the actual work of reviewing movies. It’s like watching a film with someone in film school — they talk about all the “technical aspects” and suck all the joy out of the moviegoing experience! But it’s great to know I’m not the only one … keep writing and I will keep reading!

      M. Carter at the Movies

  3. I love your blog. I relate to it more than a lot of other movie blogs I read, but maybe that’s because I’m a woman of the same age, and I also am not a “learned” critic. :)

    I really enjoy getting a smart woman’s perspective who isn’t fooled by the romantic comedies of the past two generations, and doesn’t mind a good action movie. I love reading. Keep writing and I’ll be around!

  4. I really like your blog and I don’t think you’re “unqualified”, you’re a good critic!

  5. thank you for your comment! I just saw it today. I also enjoy to spend lots of time about films, writing about them. I will definitely follow your blog!

  6. I finally came back to your site today after way too much inactivity in the blog-o-sphere (God, did I just use that phrase?). And I’m sorry I stayed away for so long! I love your reviews and your taste in movies is phenomenal. I’ll try not to stay away for so long next time!

  7. Thanks for commenting on Cinemuck. How did you find us? I like your reviews, they are insightful and showcase your obvious love for the movies. How do you choose what you review?

    • I think I stumbled upon your site through one of those strings of clicked-on-this-site-and-went-to-that-site-and-so-on actions. I had to stay and read because I love your blog title — very clever.

      Thanks for your comments! Lately I review: 1) whatever new movies I have time/can afford to see, 2) whatever is in my Netflix queue and 3) all the movies in my Top 100 list. That’s a lot of review ink spilled, but I can’t seem to get enough of it.

      Great site! Keep writing and giving the people what they want…

  8. Thanks for commenting on my page! It led me to your little corner of the world [wide web] and it’s good to stumble upon another unofficial movie critic/lover. I will continue to read what a fellow film obsessive has to write.

    Keep up the great writing.

    • Yes, us FFOs have to stick together. In a fight, I feel certain that collectively we could thwart danger by boring people with random movie factoids.

  9. Hiya!

    IM(humble)O, the fact that you don’t have any fancy film degree/experience bla bla bla yet are motivated to have a blog about films based on your passion for films speaks volumes! Credit where credit is due is what I say to that!

    I’m loving this too by the way >> ‘Some may say I’m “unqualified,” but I prefer to think I’m unspoiled by too much book learnin’ – Keep up the good work! :)

  10. I’m a bit slow on the uptake so it’s taken me a while to get around to reading your blog, I’m bad like that I know. Anyways, I like what I’ve read so far, much like me you have a taste in film that is all over the place and I like that.

    How come there aren’t any women like you in my neck of the woods, that’s what I and my numerous failed trips to the cinema with ex-girlfriends would like to know! :)

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,
    Bill

  11. Just wanted to say thanks for the comment on Top10Films.co.uk. I’ve been reading through your work here – very enjoyable and well-written. You obviously have a passion for movies and it comes through your work. Good stuff.

    • Thanks, Dan — like most everyone else who blogs about movies, I do it simply because I love movies. Though, uh, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have this secret fantasy that Ebert stumbles on my blog, is blown away by what he reads and chooses me as his replacement for when he retires (which will be a sad, sad day)!

      Keep reading…

  12. Mer, seems someone (masses I’d imagine) has beat me to the punch, but it is my great pleasure to nominate you for the Kreativ Blogger Award (yeah Marc, take a number right?)

    I don’t know if “stellar” is a good enough word to describe the talent you have or the quality of your posts but I bet it’s a good place to start.

    Suddenly a Carly Simon songs starts to spring to mind…

    • Your words have made my heart very full. With all these nice words I’m seeing, the past two days I’ve been walking around trying not to let it burst! Thanks for the nomination, and keep up your good work. I’ll keep reading … even though “The Killing Room” has wigged me out.

  13. Hahaha…Phase One: Complete :)

  14. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for checking out our blog recently, it was an honor. I love your site here, I can only hope that ours will be as neat as yours in the future. Keep up the great work! And don’t be a stranger, we’d love to see more of you.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Russell. You’ve got a great site, and I plan to make visiting it an unbreakable habit!

  15. Love the site, M. I found it when you commented on one of my posts over at Movie Center. We’d like to do a blog roll exchange with you some time soon. Email me if you’re interested.

  16. Hey M. Carter. Thanks for posting on my site! I had no idea that I had made it onto that 600 Movie Blogs You May Have Missed list too. I’ve been enjoying reading your blog too.

  17. I really like your blog! can we be blog sisters, lol.

  18. Hey Carter: Love your blog. Would love to have you as a guest blogger on MiYM! Let me know! :D

  19. I studied Film Studies at Uni, just not in class. Maybe that’s why it took me 5 years instead of 3 to graduate. I like to think of myself as an educated fool with movies on my mind.

    Loved your review of A Nightmare On Elm Street. As far as I can tell from looking at your blog, you have all the writing qualifications you could need.

    Keep on truckin!

  20. Your top 100 is a great idea, so people can see if they have a similar taste and want to read your blog, I agree on a number of your top 100. Liked your “dropped his basket” comment on buffalo soldiers ( : Never heard that expression before.

    I’ve recently discovered your movie blog while blog hopping, and I look forward to revisiting. I’ll link to your site on my blog.

    I would appreciate it, if you, and others, would become a “follower” and/or link on your site to my new movie + music blog, just to help get it going: http://moviesandsongs365.blogspot.com/

    We can help each other discover new movies that we might not otherwise have heard of ( :

  21. Just a note to say hi and thanks for the site. We would appear to agree on a lot of things (Usual Suspects notwithstanding), so I’ll be spending a few hours here reading and enjoying.
    I’ll even link to it when I get round to doing a links page :-)

  22. By the way, I’ve blatantly stolen your idea and am doing a 101 Great Movies list, with the first 11 going up on Tuesday. I made it 101 to cover me in case you sue for plagiarism on my part…

  23. Hi fellow movie blogger! Thanks for your comment on Flixchatter. I too have no proper training as far as film degree go, or any industry connection for that matter. But I love movies and passionate about it and like you said, ‘unspoiled by the effect of education.’ You’ve got some cool stuff here, I’ll be sure to peruse further in the future. I’ll respond to your comment on my blog, so please come back soon =)
    +1

  24. Just wondering if you are as pumped as I am to see “True Grit”? Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. Who would thunk it, only the Coens?

  25. greetings fellow LAMb blogger,

    Just stumbled my way over here, caught your first review of the savages and wanted say how much I enjoyed your insight and details. “There’s something intrinsically unsettling about this end-of-life process” is a great observation and this film is one that does not take the easy route, making it both effective and troubling and qualifying (in my thoughts) as a film that should be watched but don’t expect a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.

    I’ve been a fan of Hoffman and Linney forever. There are some nice comments sprinkled through out and I look forward to returning to read more of your work (I’ve added you to my rss reader).

    I’m heading over to your thoughts on True Grit and of course invite you and anyone else interested to pop over to my blog, Above the Line Practical Movie Reviews.
    cheers and happy new year
    rory

  26. Love your choice of quote, great stuff.

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