So you want to write reviews of speculative fiction movies? Good! If you already have a review to submit, go here. But before you submit a review, please read over the following to make sure it's the type of review I'm looking for.
I'll post ANY review of a speculative fiction movie as long as it's available for purchase in either DVD or VHS format. It can be the newest home release or a timeless classic. If you have doubts as to whether the movie qualifies as speculative fiction, drop me an email and I'll make a ruling.
Right now, I've no plans to publish multiple reviews of the same movie, so if you have a movie in mind, check to make sure it isn't already on the site. Each movie review has a comments section, so if the movie is already on the site and you feel the reviewer didn't do it justice or you have more to add, then you can register and post your views as comments on the review page.
I'm not looking for reviews that are simple summaries of the plot or action. I want reviews that tell what the movie is about, NOT just what happens. A subtle, but distinct difference. Think about some of the conflicts and issues the characters faced. Is there a theme at the heart of it all? Does it offer a lesson or caution? Does it deal with issues that have relevancy today? Does it take a moral stance? Ask yourself these and other questions as you write the review.
No spoilers please! Although I want you talk about issues and conflicts the movie deals with, don't give away the story. Hard to do, I know, but if I feel a review gives away too much of the movie, I won't post it.
Tell whether or not you liked the movie and make a recommendation. Even though I want you to take a stance on whether or not YOU liked it, I still want you to consider other people who might like it even if you didn't. You might want to say things like "Although it wasn't quite my cup of tea, the special effects were great and would appeal to fans who enjoy that aspect of film."
Part of taking a stance is offering an overall rating. I'd like you to include a numerical rating of 0 (worst) to 10 (best) along with your review. This rating will be converted to stars: a 10 equals 5 stars, a 9 equals 4.5 stars, etc. Justify your rating. If you think the movie is one star, great, but explain WHY you think it's one star. I want to hear your reason. And if it's good, I want to hear that reason too.
The satisfaction of seeing your name on the byline? The knowledge that you're sharing something you enjoyed with others who might enjoy it as well? The satisfaction of steering fellow fans away from what might be a waste of the time and money? Right now, that's all I can offer. But with your help, SFWatcher.com will grow, hopefully to a point where it starts to generate revenue. Once it does, I'll be able to begin offering monetary compensation. The quicker it reaches that point, the sooner I can pay, so spread the word!