There are a few new additions to the Ghibli blog today. Basically, I'm just working to make things easier for everyone, from longtime fans to the newest visitors. Hopefully, this will make your stay here a better one.
First, I've been steadily working on adding tags to all of the posts. It's a long and slow process, because I have to edit each post, one at a time. But I think the effort will be worth it. Now, whenever I write about a topic - the Ghibli Riffs, for example - you can quickly see all the related posts. This should help you catch up more quickly, without having to read everything from the very beginning. We'll save that experience for the books.
Second, I've added links to more film reviews. The Pixar movies are given their own section now, since I've written about their last three feature films. I've also noticed that anytime I write about Pixar, I suddenly become very popular. Which means, naturally, that I'll have to write reviews for all of the Pixar movies, from Toy Story on down. Hey, an excuse to visit the video store!
I've also made sure to add links to my other anime film reviews, like Satoshi Kon's Paprika. I'm telling myself that I really should write something about my other favorite animation films, like last year's brilliant Persepolis (I'm also a great fan of the book) and the usual suspects. As always, my writing is pretty impulsive, without much long-range planning, so hopefully I won't become too distracted. But I do hope to get caught up.
Which reminds me - I really, really need to finish the rest of the Studio Ghibli reviews. I've been putting off a couple of them for years.
Finally, I've added links to general film reviews that I published on my old website, DanielThomas.org. I never wrote nearly often enough, and my plans for writing about every DVD I watched (and I've been a pretty obsessive movie fan) have never played out. Most of my writing was going into the animated movies, and that's what eventually led to this blog.
The most popular - or most infamous - review I wrote was the one for Boondock Saints. I absolutely hated it, detested it. And for the longest time, I would get hate mail every few days or weeks. Now that I think about it, I haven't received any new hate mail lately. Between this review and my rant, "Stryper Sucks," my inbox was always full.
So there you have it. Hopefully, the right column isn't becoming too crowded. I probably need a better template for this site. I'll need to hunt some computer nerds down one of these days.