There is this great film database that invites visitors to leave reviews, but on their terms and using their interface. There are also several book databases that invite you, again, to review books at their site (, , , and , for example), but with similar problems, and with the added complication that the conscientious reviewer (that would be me) needs to keep track of what he posted where, and make sure he posted it everywhere (assuming that not one of the sites claim an exclusive license).
So I decided to start posting my reviews here. Advantages as I see them:
- I can license the reviews the way I want to.
- I can edit a review if I like.
- I can prevent a review from being edited if I like.
- I am no longer restrained by silly rules such as IMDB’s “ten lines minimum” (for any given definition of “line”).
This blog’s software may not be eminently suited for handling reviews, but as it happens it is a damn sight better than the aforementioned “specialized” sites, and what I don’t like I can change. (In all honesty, I am sorta chummy with the developers of at least two of those sites, so I could probably help change things over there too.)
Now if only Technorati allowed one to search for a movie title with the tag “review”. Does it?