I'm sure that a few of you have heard this already, presumably because you either listen to my podcast (here) or follow me on twitter (here) or have liked the DCM page on Facebook (here). Anyway, beginning on October 1st I, Jack Dignan, am undergoing a month long celebration of all things horror! Oh, and did I mention that this website's going to be undergoing a lot of changes for that one month as we all celebrate this praised genre? Well it is. I shall be reviewing dozens upon dozens of horror films from many different decades on top of my weekly cinema reviews! The website will also have a different, more eerie look to it. Fun eerie, though. But wait, there's more! You can join in on all my fun by using the hashtag #ScaryMovieMonthAtDCM on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! So make sure to saddle up, check out the trailer below and keep checking in to Director's Cut Movies for all your horror needs.
If you've ever headed over to 'The DCM' page then you probably would have noticed the line "I am a young, enthusiastic cinephile who wishes to share his thoughts on movies with others." Well on top of that resume, I also wish to make movies. Professionally, that is. I started this website out as a hobby and I still don't regret it. My real passion in life, though, is to make movies. This website has somewhat helped me in this goal, and I shall explain how it can help you too.
If you have unfortunately gone back and read some of my earlier reviews then you'll notice not only a severe drop in quality, but also a drop in arguments eg. the good and bad stuff about a particular movie. When I first started out, I wasn't able to describe what made a particular film good in much detail. I may have pointed out that I thought it was entertaining or the performances were good or if there was too much unnecessary violence etc. but that was about it. Over these past two years I have grown as both a film critic and a filmmaker. When I watch a movie now, I'm able to pick apart all the little details and give reasons as to why I felt a certain way about them. Take my review of If I Stay for example (here). In this review I was able to give a series of reasons as to why I didn't enjoy the film, with sufficient enough detail. I explain that I enjoyed the character set-up, then the film slowed down, then it slowed even further and this was because we were continuously being bombarded with flashbacks rather than the more intriguing hospital scenes. I understood what made this film bad. THAT'S the most crucial thing you need to understand when choosing what screenplay to adapt. Is it good? How can you tell? What if you're wrong? (Well that question I can't help you with)
Film criticism has allowed me to look at essentially every film with a more critical eye, even films that I have made myself. I'm able to understand how to improve my screenplay or my cinematography, which will hopefully allow me to get noticed by someone with power. Because of this, I really recommend that you too start to notice all the little details and massive efforts that are put into films so that you'll understand what it is to make a truly great movie.
I'm constantly finding new things that I could add to my website, mostly to keep viewers engaged and coming back. I try to write as many film reviews as I can. I do a weekly podcast. I report on film news every day. I'm also trying to backtrack a few of my really cringe-worthy reviews and touch them up a bit, or in some cases reword them all together. Now I'm also making an attempt at writing up articles. This will be my blog-like page that's not really a blog. But again, it is sort of a blog. I will be letting my mind loose. I will be spreading my thoughts, in detail, about recent film-related events or things I feel passionate about discussing. I will try to post as often as possible, or that is necessary. Actually, the more I think about it, this page will be a blog, but I really don't want to call it a blog. So make sure to stay tuned to the DCM as I return very shortly to write my first blog/article/report/whatever.