LAMB #273 – The Powerstrip

by Dylan · April 19, 2009 · New LAMB · 1 Comment

Site Name: The Powerstrip
Categories: Reviews, Film Essays
Rating: Lately, my blog has been in the “R” range 🙂

What is the main focus of your site?
I refer to it as the “journal of a film critic” — it’s less a site about movies and more a site about my paltry attempts to write about movies (and occasionally music as well, though film receives far more emphasis). I’m a semi-professional film writer for Bright Lights Film Journal (and their blog) and Slant Magazine, so I often blog about my experiences as a lowly essayist and reviewer for them (bitching about screeners, or feedback I receive on my work). There are also on-going series, such as JonCelexaFilm, where I rank classic films using anti-depressant mgs instead of stars.

What are your blogging goals, personally and/or professionally? In other words, what, if anything, are you trying to get out your blog?
I am essentially trying to gain more readers, more friends, and enrich my persistent dialog with film. The connections I have already made within the blogosphere have been highly rewarding, and I think the experience is overall forcing me to sharpen my prose. I see it as a road to self-betterment, frankly.

Do you prefer an interactive ‘community’ for your blog or are you the teacher and your readers are the students?
I’d love to think that the former is the case, but the latter is no doubt my subconscious fantasy.

How long have you been movie blogging for, and how frequent do you post updates to your site?
I’ve been blogging for Bright Lights After Dark since August 08. The Powerstrip went live on January 1, 2009. I try to post a few times a week, even if the entries are brief.

Name up to three of your favorite movies (and no more).
Ugetsu, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Great McGinty

How did you hear about the LAMB?
From MovieMan @ The Dancing Image, and others.

Any additional comments, or give yourself an interview question that’s not listed above.
Not much else to say, I admire LAMB a great deal. I feel that blogging, especially for film writers, is very rapidly becoming the standard. It’s creating a more democratic space for film-related conversation but it’s also producing a great deal of unedited drivel by those who ham-handedly attempt to parse art. I enjoy societies like LAMB because they suggest that even film bloggers have standards — which indeed we should.