The Big Kahuna.
Seriously, just to be mentioned in this category is kind of mind blowing.
The title is self-explanatory, this is the big cheese right here. To be nominated in the same company as these blogs in my first year is an overwhelming honor. They are: Flixchatter, The Droid You’re Looking For, Anomalous Material, Man, I Love Films, The Matinee and Cinematic Paradox.
Click through to read more about them and learn about the candidates for the LAMB’S most prestigious award.
Newcomer to the Lamb, as evidenced by his nomination in the “Best New Lamb”, John LaRue runs a movie blog that’s part humor, part serious film study. I continue to be amazed by his ability to shift tones; his last three posts are “Great Moments in Movie History (Using Stick Figures): About Schmidt (2002)”, “Is Poop Funny in Movies” and “Deconstructing Citizen Kane.”
Being nominated for “Best Blog” in your first year in the LAMB is quite an achievement, but it’s easy to see why John’s site earned the recognition. He’s updating regularly with great content, and has a great mix of humor and regular reviews/analysis. He comes up with some very funny graphics work including the aforementioned Great Moments in Movie History (with stick figures), funny photoshopping like “If Other Movie Characters Could Become Hulks”.
Win, lose or draw, one good thing that’s going to come out of this years Lammys is putting TDYLF on my radar. Thank you Lammy nominators.
Flixchatter is the blog of Ruth Maramis (with help from other contributors). Last year she was nominated for Best New Lamb, and this year she’s traded up to Best New Blog.
New release reviews, trailer discussions, music breakdowns, discussion threads, and I’ve noticed she/they’re BIG on joining up with blogathons! Lots of participation!
If you haven’t checked out Flixchatter yet, you should. It’s a great blog and Ruth has the same sort of basic philosophy that I do – it’s all about discussion and interaction and community. Her blog draws an enormous amount of comments because people love talking to her about movies. She interacts with all her commenters (myself included) in a super friendly way that makes you want to come back and visit again and again.
Glad to see you getting recognition at this level Ruth, your blog is awesome.
The Matinee is the blog of our friend to the north Ryan McNeil. He runs a solo blog, and hosts the Matineecast on a bi-weekly basis.
Ryan is a well-respected and liked blogger and podcaster, and he has a rack of Lammys to prove it. My research discovered a total of at least 21 Lammys noms over the past few years: 7 in 2012, 8 in 2011, and 6 in 2010. He’s won 8; Best Film Festival Coverage, Best Podcast, and The Brainiac Award in 2010 and Best Awards/Film Festivals Coverage, The Brainiac Award, Most Prolific, Best Podcast and Best Blog in 2011.
To call him “Accomplished” would be an understatement.
He’s approaching his fifth anniversary as a blogger and is still going strong. He posts movie related content daily – mainly reviews, but also trailer coverage and of course, his award-winning film festival coverage. It’s a highly recommended site and podcast, and it goes without saying that he’s a frontrunner in every category he’s been nominated in.
Anomalous Material is a multi-contributor site, helmed by Castor Troy. They cover a wide variety of content, including reviews, top tens, essays, and news. Castor is one of the best newsmen in the business. He picks up all the important stories, boils them down to the most important facts, adds in just the right touch of commentary and personal opinion, and then turns it over for comments. It’s an art, and IMO its one of AM’s strongest assets.
I tweeted once that the day I realized how awesome AM was was the day I realized I never go to Slashfilm anymore.
But AM is more than just news. With a large stable of contributors included the ever popular Red Georges, and Lammy nominee for Best Reviewer Sam Fragoso, AM always has a good read for you to check out. Add in the two awesome movie related fantasy leagues Castor runs, and you can easily see why Anomalous Material has all your movie blog needs covered.
Another multi contributor site, Man, I Love Films is the site of Dylan Fields and Kai Parker, who have also gathered an impressive stable of contributors. This is Man I Love Films’ first year, but Kai and Dylan bring plenty of experience from their previous endeavors into play.
Man, I Love Films has been nominated for four other Lammys: Best Design, Best Podcast, Best Community Builder and Funniest Blog. Aside from new reviews, they do classic reviews (read: older movies, not say, black & white classics), top ten lists, essays, and games. Aside from their blog, they have a bi-weekly podcast “The Milfcast”, and maintain a formidable presence on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ve done several podcasts now with Kai and Dylan, and they’re both very cool. They were very good sports yesterday during my “Unfunniest Lamb” crusade, but the truth is they have a great blog, do an enormous amount to help the movie blogging community, and have roots as deep as they get in the LAMB. They’re serious contenders in every category they’re eligible in.
Stevee Taylor is a young New Zealander who last year received the Lammy for “Best New Lamb”.
This year she’s showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down, picking up 5 nominations in total. In addition to Best Blog, she also received nominations for Best Festival and Awards Coverage, Best Running Feature, Best Design, and Best Ratings System.
In addition to hosting a highly respected blog (as her nominations attest) Stevee’s a well-regarded and popular member of the Lamb… I just heard her get raved about on Ryan’s Matineecast the other day, for example. She offers reviews, her Lammy nominated “A Conversation With” series, and is also highly active in blogathons. Be sure to check Cinematic Paradox out!
Congratulations on your nomination Stevee, it’s well deserved.
It’s a crazy honor to be included in the discussion, here.
I hope that the fact that FMR got nominated in so many categories speaks to the fact that it’s a well-rounded, high quality blog. I try to put out consistently high quality content on a regular basis…
And people have responded very well. The thing I’m proudest of here is that so many people work a stop by the blog into their daily or weekly internet surfing time, and read what I’ve posted, and then turn around and elevate the value of the content by adding their own comments and thoughts on whatever the post may be. Whether it’s just goofing around like yesterday, or contributing to a “Tossin’ It Out There” thread or sharing their thoughts on my reviews or an MTESS thread.
I hope if you have a vote (and you havent cast it yet), you’ll consider me in this category, but regardless, I’m proud to know that FMR has been so well received by visitors, and is highly regarded by my peers.
Thanks to all of the nominators who had FMR in this field on their ballot. I’m honored.