About the Author
My name is Eric Robert Wilkinson. I’m nearly 33 years old. I have an Associate’s in General Studies from Clackamas Community College with a focus on Film Studies, have completed a 40 Week Total Immersion Program at the Seattle Film Institute from 2001-02 and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Film from Portland State University, aiming to attend/preparing for Graduate School majoring in Education and a Doctorate in Film or Journalism (OR vice-versa, I think), with eyes on becoming a professor down the line…
I have written, directed and edited two short student films at Clackamas Community College: Ouija in a Void (2006) and Kaddish (2007), as well as having taken part in numerous short student films while at SFI. While working at Safeway to make ends meet, I’m creating this blog to write new and post old film reviews of every film I’ve ever seen (that’s the goal, at any rate) and working on writing screenplays (feature and short) to direct in the future). Here’s a link to my short film Kaddish:
About the Ratings
My star rating scale appears on the Key to Symbols post and, while it’s changed many times over the years, is currently based on the following concept: I love Roger Ebert. I look at his grade scale as being both on a curve and unabashedly honest about how he felt about a film. The Oregonian newspaper, which I grew up with, tends to put A+/A and A- films in their top 10, etc. and B+ works in Honorable Mention. So the way I figure it is this: I grade on a curve, giving A’s and A-‘s and so on to the films as I see fit, and then “normalize” the curve or “flatten it” by rounding the letter grade down a level, resulting in the aforementioned final star rating. For example, an A becomes an A-, an A- becomes a B+, a B+ becomes a B and a B a B- and so on. Once we get down to about a D+ rounding becomes … silly and pointless don’t you think? So anything from that grade down is what it is. It’s all arbitrary, right? The final letter grade determines the final star grade on Ebert’s four-star scale as defined on the Key to Symbols. This way, yes ratings appear relative and not absolute, yet they are also accurate for the film they represent, no?
About Release Dates
The main page will contain one frequently updated “NEW REVIEWS” post in which links leading to individual review pages for the week’s latest posts will be included. From there, the blog will contain reverse chronological yearly index posts in which Reviews, Revivals & Restorations and Eric’s Journal entries (being Eric’s Best of lists, Essays, Film Festival Reports, Interviews, and In Memoriam pieces) will appear in reverse chronological order. Release dates/years will be based on Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook and RogerEbert.com whenever possible and IMDb if necessary.
Another issue I’ve struggled with, again rather arbitrary, is the credit style I use. I’ve settled (I think) on Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook format of MPAA rating, runtime (# m.), Year of theatrical release with Cast/Actor (Character) lists below that. Then Directed by and Screenplay by credits (Ebert also included Produced by credits in between and would frequently differentiate between animated, documentary and narrative feature films. Credits and information will be provided by IMDb if necessary. Pictures and posters will be provided by RogerEbert.com and, if need be, IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes.
Now: Go read the reviews and … Enjoy! :)