Under Southern Eyes – What Is It About?
Under Southern Eyes is my personal blog of reviews of films I’ve seen which I find interesting or significant. What I look for can vary from one movie to the next but what I look for in a movie will usually involve any of the following:
- themes: what is the movie trying to address? what issues is the movie trying to raise awareness of?
- plot: what is the story? how is it structured (eg linear / linear with flashbacks / going backwards)?
- acting: how do the actors carry out the action of the plot? how successful are they in performing the plot? if they’re not successful, why not?
- format: if the movie format is anything other than live-action, why might the director have chosen a different format? how does the format match or enhance the plot and the themes?
- genre: if the movie is a genre movie, how well does it stick to the genre conventions? and if not, why not?
I try to keep my reviews succinct and to get them to come to the point quickly and not dwell too much on one particular aspect of the movie. But as some readers will know, it’s easy to get carried away on things that strike a chord with your feelings and beliefs and to end up with a review that resembles an academic essay more than a review! There’s no compulsion though on readers to read the entire review if they don’t wish to and I may consider with very long reviews (more than 2,500 words) to structure them with sub-headings.
I write music reviews for The Sound Projector, a music fanzine established by UK comic artist and music aficionado Ed Pinsent based in London and for Encyclopedia Metallum, an online database for heavy metal music genres based in Canada. I did suffer review burn-out in mid-2011 so I stopped sending reviews to www.metal-archives.com. I took up reviewing again partly as a way of dealing with depression I had for some years from 2007 onwards.
My interests include reading, listening to experimental music, watching interesting films (and writing about them!), perusing news and current affairs websites and blogs (and sowing sedition and upsetting people on them) and trying to fit in some drawing practice. At present I’m also trying to upload various short stories I wrote from 1998 to 2007 to Scribd.com so I can keep my manuscripts in the cloud and not have to rely on hard copies.
Hope you enjoy reading my movie review posts!
Jennifer Hor aka Nausika Dalaz Blindaz (my black metal name brought over from www.metal-archives.com – it’s Proto-Germanic for “Nausikaa of the Valley of Winds”, after the Hayao Miyazaki film)