• What's A Wilhelm Scream?
• What's the deal with first-pass/second-pass reviews?
• Why do you rate films out of seven?
• Why do you rate films at all? Why not just review them?
• Why haven't you reviewed [Insert Title Here]?
• Do you really see all of these films in the cinema?
• You really do love Star Wars, don't you?
It's this. A commonly used library-sound effect of a man yelling, usually used in films, TV and games when someone either falls from a height or gets shot/blown-up during a battle. The likleyhood is that it's the voice of Sheb Wooley, who appeared as a voice-over extra in the 1953 film 'The Charge At Feather River', where a character named Private Wilhelm (played by the actor Ralph Brooke, not by Wooley) takes an arrow to the leg and falls off his horse as a result. Since then it's been used in countless films, and has become a sort of low-level in-joke with editors and sound mixers. All of the Star Wars films feature a Wilhelm (hence my obsession). Once you have the sound burned into your brain, you'll recognise it instantly in movies.
For more examples, this YouTube video is quite marvellous.
I started reviewing (and I use that term loosely) in the blog to make me watch films differently. I've got one of those magic cards that means I can go to the cinema as much as I want, and I didn't want to drift into a state of autopilot where someone asks me if I've seen a movie, and I know I have but I find I can't remember much/anything about it. So since I decided I want to write about everything I see in the cinema, it made sense to extend that to repeat-viewings as well. As long-time readers will know, I have no problem watching a film I love five times during its theatrical-run, and writing about each screening makes me look for (but not always find, admittedly) new things.
It started when I watched seven movies in seven days, and it was a thing to finish the theme off. It just kind of stuck from there, it's not just me being different for the sake of it.
(ASIDE: It is.)
There's a tendency among humans to skip to the end. It's partially for them, and partially to sum up the movie. Even critics who get a bit sniffy about scores are still judging it 1 for 'I liked it', 0 for 'I didn't' or somewhere inbetween. So am I, but I'm also putting a number on it.
I usually only make a point of reviewing films I see at the cinema. If my local hasn't shown it (and that's a worryingly high number of new releases), I don't write about it, even if/when I catch it later at home. There are exceptions to this, but if I reviewed all the films I watch I'd be typing too much to sleep.
Unless it's posted as a catchup-review or similar, yes. If you're reading on a device with a mouse, hover it over the poster at the top of the review; the image it flips to is the ticket for the showing I went to. And yeah, I've got a Unlimited card; I wouldn't go nearly as often as I do, otherwise.
I mean, who in their right mind would pay full price to see 'I, Frankenstein'?
Yes. Yes, I do.
• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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