About

TalkieGazette.com is an amateur movie review blog, written by regular moviegoers for regular moviegoers. You won’t find a lot of lofty analysis here, or desperate attempts to sound clever (it comes naturally – kidding!)  just honest opinions of each and every movie we see.

Talkie Gazette?

When figuring out what to call the blog, we thought about two elements the name of the site had to communicate to visitors. 1) This is a blog about all movies, new and old. 2) This was a blog, and an informal newsletter of sorts, so the domain name also had to make reference to that (plus, be available to buy).

Talkies was a term used to describe the very first motion pictures that incorporated synchronized sound. The first full length motion picture to use this technology was The Jazz Singer back in 1927. Gazette is just another word to describe a public journal or newspaper. So there you have it, TalkieGazette.com.

 

Ratings:

Each movie review on talkiegazette.com will receive at least one rating between 0 (horrible) and 50 (classic). If another contributing writer wants to add their two cents (or pence), an extra rating score will be added. The final rating for the movie will be an average of the scores collected. The rating the movie receives is represented by the total shaded section of stars (up to 5) above the review text. Here’s what those ratings suggest:

4.5 → 5 Stars (45 – 50/50) This is a classic movie, and the kind of film that gets re-released every 5, 10 or 20 years because its impact was so great. Very few films on talkiegazette.com will receive this rating.
3.5 → 4 Stars (35 – 40/50) A really great film, that might one day get five stars depending on its impact with movie lovers over the years.
2.5 → 3 Stars (25 – 30/50) A good film. This is recommended viewing. While it maybe lacking in some respects, we feel it’s still worth your time and money to watch.
1.5 → 2 Stars (15 – 20/50) This film will have more problems than good points. But it will have some redeeming qualities, and we’ll try to focus on those for you.
0 → 1 Star (0 – 10/50) This is a bad film. It has too many flaws to recommend you spend any time or money on it. Though it might have one or two redeeming qualities, it won’t be enough to ignore the film’s many problems.

Books:

The primary contributing writer of reviews on this site, Stewart Hoffman, has also written a couple of books. Information about these works can be found here.