A big thanks to Kristen at All Eyes on Screen for nominating Keith & the Movies for the 7×7 Link Award. It’s a chance to share with others the blogs that you really enjoy while also sharing a little about yourself. It’s an honor for me to even be considered by anyone. I’ve been writing reviews for several years first posting them on my Keith & the Movies Facebook page. I recently started this blog site and I’m still shaping it into what I want it to be. Thanks to fellow bloggers and movie fans like Kristen, I’m getting a better idea of what makes a site enjoyable. It’s a work in progress and I will be listing 7 other sites that have it right.

The Rules

Rule 1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.

Rule 2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-Worthy Piece.

Rule 3: Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

1. A Little Something About Me…

Well, I’m 40 years old, married, and the father of two. I’ve been a movie junkie for years. My earliest movie memories date back to the 70’s where I would play with my army men in the backseat of the car while my parents were at the drive-in. My parents enjoyed going to the movies and I remember them taking me to films such as “Chariots of Fire” and “Tootsie”. Of course at a young age, those movies did nothing for me. But when I saw “Star Wars” everything changed. “Star Wars” was the first really strong response I remember having to a film. I grew up watching those “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” pictures and they introduced me to the power of motion pictures.

Another thing worth mentioning – I’m a HUGE Humphrey Bogart fan. He’s been my favorite actor for some time now. I have most of his films in my collection, even the smaller and more absurd roles that he had early in his career. I have collected things such as  Bogart neckties, an original death certificate, stamps, and a life-sized cardboard cut-out that stands right next to our bed (my wife is so nice). What can I say, I’m a Bogart geek.

2. My Personal Best???

I have no idea how to rate my own posts since I find them all lacking. But I’ll try my best…

MOST BEAUTIFUL PIECE – “The Tree of Life” Review

While there’s nothing beautiful about my review, this was a beautiful film. It touched me in so many ways and Terrence Malick’s vision is gorgeously rendered in this deeply moving picture. It certainly didn’t affect everyone as it did me, but “beautiful” certainly describes it.

MOST HELPFUL PIECETop 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

I guess I would call this post helpful. There weren’t a lot of comments but I received several messages from people who learned about a few new movies coming out that they hadn’t  heard of. While these were more personal choices of mine it was great to see others use the post as an introduction to some potentially good movies.

MOST POPULAR PIECE“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” Review

While several posts have received more conversation, no review or post has received as much traffic as “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. It surprised me especially considering all the other bigger named films I have reviewed. It’s also interesting that this film would be viewed and shared so much considering it’s subject matter. Nonetheless it was great to see the interest.


I don’t know if I have written any blog that has been considered controversial. But if there’s one thing that sparks debate it’s putting together a list of the best movies of the year. Again, not a lot of posts but I had some really good discussion about my list especially my choice for The Best Movie of 2011.

MOST SURPRISINGLY SUCCESSFUL PIECE – “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” Review

OK, I know this is a cheat and I’ve already mentioned this review, but to be fair I have to mention it here too. I didn’t know how many people had even heard of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. But I was so surprised to see the response.

MOST UNDERRATED PIECE“No Country for Old Men” Review

I’m not sure if anyone really read this review but I was proud to give this incredible film some time. It’s grown into one of my very favorite pictures of the last 20 years and I love talking about it any chance I get. I do wish more people had a chance to not only read the review but share their thoughts on the movie.

MOST PRIDE-WORTHY PIECE“5 Phenomenal Modern Day Actors”

I love good performances and I love talking about the actors and actresses that deliver them. In this post I tried to make a hearty case for each of the five great actors included. It wasn’t easy to narrow the picks down to just five, but it was loads of fun trying to put together a reasonable defense for each pick.

3. And the Award Goes to….

So many great movie blogs out there and I’m not sure how to pick only seven. But these are sites that I truly enjoy and I’m happy to share:

  1. All Eyes on Screen – I may be breaking another rule but I have to add this site that I love. An amazing mix of movie reviews & articles.
  2. Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews – A fantastic review site. Old reviews, new reviews, and everything in between.
  3. FlixChatter – Talk about a great assortment of movie related content! Informative, fun, and one of those sites I love to visit!
  4. 3 Guys 1 Movie – Adam, Scotty, and Griff offer loads of entertaining content and exchanges.
  5. My Filmviews – A really good-looking page with great reviews, news, & creative movie content.
  6. blood, dirt, and angels – The blog site of film critic Philip Martin. Lots of good stuff from movies, music, and pop culture.
  7. The Movie Blog8 – Lot’s of fun stuff including this year’s Sitcom March Madness.

6 thoughts on “7×7 LINK AWARD

  1. Way to go, man! Well-deserved. I definitely understand the idea of shaping your site. I’m still working hard to figure things out on my mind, much less be as consistent in posting/responding as you and many of my other blogging friends are far better at!

    Keep up the excellent writing, Keith! Looking forward to the continual film discussion.

    Also–I love how Star Wars really “opened your eyes” to great film. Such a good introduction to the beauty of motion picture.

    • I’m with ya Kristen. Although my posting comes in spurts. Family time and work have been cutting into my chances to write. But it’s still so much fun.

      Thanks for adding so much meaning to my little page!

  2. Why Keith, THANKS so much for giving me the award, how kind of you! I’m gonna catch up on some of your posts, especially the Tree of Life one. It is a beautiful movie indeed, and I feel like perhaps I need to rewatch it at some point. I appreciate Malick for going against the grain in Hollywood, not a lot of filmmakers have that integrity and courage.

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