All that you have is your soul (Tracy Chapman).

Thursday, 16 June 2005

Leonard's Webshots

I've added a new category to the left hand column, just below the links to the blogs. I thought I would share some of my favourite sites and do recommend that you have a look.

I have long been a fan of Leonard Maltin. For those who don't know, he is an eminent American Film buff who publishes an annual movie and video guide which I have been dutifully buying since 1986. My whole family sighs with dispair whenever I pick up the tome, because I invariably get lost in it, looking up reviews for movies. Anorak that I am, I know the ratings for most movies (sad isn't it?) which go from BOMB (Tarzan The Ape Man, anyone?) to **** (Schindler's List - what else could it get?) - ask me a movie and I will invariably be able to tell you the rating Len gives it (we're on first name terms you know).

A few years ago, I spotted a review for "One Day in September" where Mr Maltin and his review team (it's back to the formal name as this is the serious part) described the Black September group who carried out the Munich Attack as being "Palestinian Guerilla Commandos". I wrote to Mr M. pointing out that these were in fact terrorists as opposed to the more impressive sounding commandos (and as they weren't in an army, the term was misguided). He very kindly wrote back to me, agreeing with my assertion and to my delight, as promised, the amendment was visible in the next edition and has been there ever since (wayhay!) Needless to say, this only raised my impression of him even higher.

I do admit that my views of some movies are coloured by his opinion (OK...most movies, but we do disagree occasionally - very occasionally). So anyway, I've added a link to his movie review site.

The other link is one of my all time favourites. You get the Webshots spyware-free software from the site and are allowed to download up to five photos every day, which you can use for wallpapers and/or screensavers. To date, I have close to 2,500 images, 99% of which are stunning. You can also convert your own jpegs and bmps into webshot images and the images themselves are so compressed that they only take a minute or so to download on dial-up. I would really recommend a look.

If I come across any other sites that I really like, I'll add them too.

1 comment:

As always... Rachael said...

All I see on your sidebar is where to click to hear your music.