Sunday, April 01, 2012

7 x 7 = Retrospective

The 7 x 7 Link Award is a blogging meme that has specific guidelines:
1. Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you. 2. Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-Worthy Piece. 3. Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

Although we are notorious for forgetting to participate in most blogging memes, we have made a point to contribute to this one as a thank you to both those who nominated us (Steven, Andina, Max, and Pete) as well as those who continue to follow Big Thoughts from a Small Mind as we evolve.

Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you

Despite being our neighbour to the south, I have experienced very little of the United States. Besides a trip to Buffalo (to see my beloved Montreal Canadians play the Buffalo Sabers), the only other excursion I had was a recent trip to New York. After seeing so much of America on film, and living reasonably close to the boarder, I feel like I should really explore the country more.

Most Beautiful Piece: Good Movies, Bad Moves: is it all subjective?

Okay, we are breaking the rules right off the bat. Instead of listing the most beautiful piece we are going to list one of our favourite conversation starter pieces. Our piece on subjectivity started some great discussions both on the site and especially outside the site.

Most Helpful Piece: Letterboxd Puts Film Obsession in Order

While what each of us deems as helpful can be debatable, our piece on Letterboxd seemed to get a lot of notice. We have spotted several of our regular readers on Letterboxd after the piece went live. Again, there is no way to tell whether we had any impact on this, but as we are big fans of the Letterboxd site, it is nice to see others enjoying Letterboxd as well.

Most Popular Piece: Blow out the Candles: Meryl Streep

If we are talking about popular based on total hits, then it has to be our birthday piece on Meryl Streep. To date the piece has received more than 5,800 hits. If blogging has taught us anything, it is that you never know what pieces will generate lots of interest.

Most Controversial Piece: In Defense of Short Round and the Temple of Doom

The funny thing is that the piece itself is not controversial but my brief comment about finding the film Pleasantville offensive is what really rubbed people the wrong way. It not only sparked other bloggers to write rebuttal post, but I have found myself in numerous conversations about Pleasantville ever since. Who knows? May I will write a full piece on Pleasantville one day, though I am sure that will only fuel the fire even more.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece: The Must See List

At first we were not sure if we would even get fifty recommendations, but overtime the list started to catch on and we got more suggestions than we could have ever imagined. If we had used every title suggested we received, we would have enough films for three or four lists.

Most Underrated Piece: Motifs in Cinema: Art and Artistic Pursuits

To be honest, there is no such thing as an underrated piece. Like we mentioned in the Most Popular Piece, we have no way of predicting what pieces people will connect with. We may write something that we think is great, and it barely makes a blip on the radar. Whereas we might write something that we do not consider our best work and people end up loving it. If we had to choose, it would probably be our recent contribution to the Motifs in Cinema blog-a-thon. Although our piece was well received, the blog-a-thon on a whole was extremely insightful and we wish more people had taken notice.

Most Pride-Worthy Piece: “I Felt Dirty After That Film...and Not in a Good Way”

While pride is not a word that we would associate with a horrible theatre going experience, it was nice to know that so many people connected with the piece.

Pass this Award to seven other Bloggers:

Considering everyone who we would have nominated has already received this award, we will just use this space to reiterate our appreciation to all those who nominated us for the 7 x 7 Link Award, and all those who continue to read our site on daily basis. We truly appreciate it.


  1. Well deserved, some great pieces here and a great blog!

    1. Thanks again for the nomination, Pete!

  2. so nice to see you get this award! Congratulations!

  3. Great set of posts there. Nice to see Big Thoughts participating in Meme :) I'm off reading 'good movies bad movies, is it all subjective' post. Congrats, CS!

    1. I hope you enjoy the subjectivity post. It was one of the more challenging posts I've written, but I'm proud of how it turned out.


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