Chris Devine is the man behind filmhipster.com, one of the most beautifully designed sites I’ve ever seen from a fellow part-time reviewer (for which he was nominated for the best design category of last year’s Rorschach Awards). Featuring wonderfully concise reviews of a broad range of films as well as features like his guest review segment, Hipster for a Day, Chris’ site is yet another one not to be missed.
Rorschach Reviews: What were some of the specific events or factors that led you to make the transition from movie lover to movie blogger?
Chris Devine: I always loved writing my thoughts down after a film, sure they were short thoughts, but thoughts all the same. I started writing reviews on Blu-ray.com, I’ve been a long time member there in the Home Theater Forum. From Blu-ray, I transitioned into Rotten Tomatoes and I waited patiently for someone to respond with either criticisms or glorious praise. Well, nobody showed sooooo…Rotten Tomatoes was getting rotten and WordPress was free, so I decided to sign up.
I’m a graphic designer by trade and have designed hundreds of websites in my career, but a simple old WordPress theme was fine with me. I wanted this to be fun and not a chore. So I wrote and wrote and wrote. In the beginning I was watching four movies a day, hence the short reviews. Lets just say work was slow at that time.
I didn’t realize that there was such a devout community out there and I didn’t think anyone would ever see my reviews. I think it was Andy from Andy Watches Movies that gave me my first ‘Like’ and from there I was hooked.
I’m proud to be a part of the blogging community but my hope isn’t to make a career out of it, I’m already an old fart. I just wanted to have some fun and meet interesting people who had the same passion for film as myself.
So going from movie lover to movie blogger was inevitable. Thankfully my wife doesn’t mind me texting notes on my iPhone during movie screenings. She supports what I do and is my number one fan.
RR: Very cool, I always enjoy hearing different bloggers’ origin stories. Nice to hear that your wife is so supportive of your addiction, my girlfriend doesn’t have quite the dedication to join me at every screening I go to but she’s still my most frequent companion to theaters. I always find it interesting to see movies with another person and discuss it with them afterwards. Do you and your wife usually agree on movies?
CD: Usually yes, except for the Twilight series. She loves those bloody films and I just can’t stand them.
When we’re not at the theater we usually watch movies in the basement. We put our 2 year old to bed, light a fire, pop some popcorn, turn down the lights and get right into it. The movie that is.
We do have some pretty intense discussions about the film afterward, and those thoughts usually their way into my review. So filmhipsterette deserves a little mention as well. 🙂
RR: That’s a tough one to disagree on, there’s never room for middle ground with Twilight. Does this mean you will be dragged along to The Host when it reaches a theater near you as well?
CD: That’s a tough one because I think Saoirse Ronan is a fine young actress, I loved her in Hanna. I’ll probably have to make a deal with her, if I get dragged to the The Host, she gets dragged to Evil Dead with me.
RR: That seems fair, I’m interested to hear what you both think. Speaking of the Evil Dead remake, if you could see any movie adequately remade in Hollywood right now, what might you choose?
CD: That is a great question. I think I would have to go with Richard Fleischer’s 1973 sci-fi Soylent Green starring Charlton Heston. As a kid it was one of my favorite’s but it just seems so dated now. It’s a frightening look at overpopulation and the short supply of food in New York in the year 2022. A must see for fans of the genre. “Soylent Green is People!!!!” I could see Ryan Gosling playing the lead.
RR: My god that would be amazing… I know they’re working on a remake of Logan’s Run with Gosling so who know, maybe Soylent Green could happen in the future.
Are there any movies being remade right now that you are offended by the very idea of?
CD: I had no idea about Logan’s Run with Ryan Gosling, thanks for making my day. That’s great news.
I was offended by 2012’s Red Dawn, it was a complete disaster but I guess the original wasn’t that hot either. I’m a little hesitant on the proposed remake of The Warriors which will be directed by Tony Scott. He has a good track record so hopefully it’ll be a success.
RR: Unfortunately, I don’t think Tony Scott with us any longer. If I recall he took his own life last year, tragic. I’m not sure if that means that the film is still moving forward or not, but it will be interesting to see. I myself am a bit apprehensive about the remake of Carrie, the crow and Robocop, but ill reserve judgment until I see them.
Before we go, what is one word of advice you’d leave fellow aspiring bloggers with?
CD: Well I guess that’s that then, I didn’t know he passed away.
I just saw the trailer for Carrie prior to Evil Dead and it looked pretty crappy. Looked like another X-Men sequel rather than a Stephen King adaptation.
One final word to leave my fellow bloggers with? Let’s see, I think I’ll quote the late Roger Ebert.
“I’ll tell you, I think that the Internet has provided an enormous boost to film criticism by giving people an opportunity to self publish or to find sites that are friendly.”
So be friendly out there and have some fun!