does this site exist?
First, there is no greater pleasure than to know that other people enjoyed a film that you recommended, helping them discover something that they'll be excited about and that they, in turn, will recommend.
Second, it forms a certain bond with people knowing that you've appreciated or been thrilled by the same films, or, on the other hand, it creates lively discussions when you realize that your opinions differ.
Other minor reasons:
This site will always be a "work in progress". If something doesn't work, I'll try to change it. If something works, I might get bored with it and change it anyway. I would appreciate any constructive criticisms, of course, but if I don't implement them, consider that this site is a hobby, not a commercial affair.
Which goes to my updating as well: I'll try to update the site regularly, but if I slip, sorry! but Real Life (tm) must have gotten in the way.
I do not profess to be an expert in any of these topics. Neither do I think that my take on any of these films or my views in the "editorial" pieces should be seen as a war cry against people of differing opinions. Movies, like any other art form, is extremely subjective. What I hate, you might enjoy, and vice-versa. The movie Eraserhead is not to everyone's taste, nor is There's Something About Mary, or Eternity and a Day. As the French expression goes: "Vive la différence!".
Each movie can be categorized in
different ways. Is it a drama? a comedy? a thriller? People enjoy
films for different reasons, and expect them to deliver either
entertainment value or depth. You don't get the same thing out of
comedy as you do from a thriller, so I try not to review each
film of different genres the same way. Dramas, for example, are
rated by their dramatic content (obviously). A predominantly
action-oriented film, on the other hand, will be rated on the
intensity of the action and on its general entertainment value,
etc. So a high rating for one film means it's better than other
films from that category, but not necessarily a better movie than
one from another category.
My name is Paul Benmussa which, I understand, doesn't mean anything to you (and that's fair enough). I was born in Montreal, Canada in the year Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon, which everybody says probably influenced my early development into everything that had to do with space travel (including oodles of trashy sci-fi novels).