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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

An image is worth 1000 retweets

An image is worth a thousand retweets.


The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" was long attributed to Confucius as a Chinese proverb, but the expression was actually first used in a 1911 newspaper article discussing journalism and publicity.

The exact phrase first appears in an 1918 newspaper advertisement for the San Antonio Light which says:

One of the Nation's Greatest Editors Says:
One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The San Antonio Light's Pictorial Magazine of the War
Exemplifies the truth of the above statement—judging from the warm
reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers

Today, the phrase is a full blown cliche, forbad by journalists and newspapers around the world. But with the popularity of social media and its ever-growing reach, the context of the phrase now takes new meaning.

Today, with the constant stream of posts, blogs, and tweets, it can be difficult to differentiate and emerge from the masses. But one simple way to draw the eye to your posts, and to your account, is with images.

If the objective of every social media account is to gain followers, and the intention of every post is to promote engagement, then the best (and easiest) way to attain your goals is by adding a photo, picture, or image to everything you do. But don't just add a profile picture and cover photo (which you should definitely be doing), you should also add an image to every tweet, every blog post, and every Facebook update. You'll see your likes, favorites and retweets increase almost immediately. And before you know it, every image will be worth a thousand retweets. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My top 100 favorite films

Top 100 Favorite Films

What makes a movie worthy of a spot on your top ten list?

If you've read my top 100 best movies list you know my definition of "best" differs from "favorite". But how do you define "favorite"?

I am sure your list is different than mine, and my list is different than his, and his list is different from hers. The fact of the matter is...

No one agrees on the best movies of all time. No one's favorite movies are the same. No one's genre preferences are the same. And no one's favorite actors are the same. So no one's list is the same.

"List-worthy" films are combination of best-films and favorite-films specific to each person, personality and personal experiences. The best movies of all time are difficult to separate from your favorite movies of all time. You favorite movies are the ones you can't turn the channel from when you catch it halfway through on TBS. While your best movies list is simply compiled of the most critically acclaimed films you've actually seen.

But honestly, most people don't agree with critics. Most people haven't even seen this year's Academy Award nominees. Most people just go see what their cineholic friend suggested, or what their co-workers were talking about around the water cooler. Most people fall for the hype. But often times, box office numbers even lie.

A movie isn't "list-worthy" just because there's a trailer on TV every hour, it's starring 5 Oscar winners, plus Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, itís directed by Martin Scorsese and was produced by Steven Spielberg. And just because a critic gives it "two thumbs up" and calls it "the best movie this decade" doesn't guarantee it a spot on your list either.

"List-worthy" movies are a mix of everything. You can't make your own list without including opinions and rebuttals to someone else's list. I don't know if you consider me a legit critic, but Richard Roeper is, and I'm sure your list is different than his, his list is different from hers, and her list is different from mine:
  1. Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back 
  2. Inception 
  3. The Godfather 
  4. Fight Club 
  5. The Dark Knight 
  6. Dumb and Dumber 
  7. Pulp Fiction 
  8. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut 
  9. Braveheart 
  10. Silence of the Lambs 
  11. The Notebook 
  12. The Incredibles
  13. Great Expectations 
  14. Saving Private Ryan 
  15. Last of the Mohicans 
  16. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 
  17. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 
  18. Finding Nemo 
  19. Fool's Gold 
  20. Inglorious Basterds 
  21. Shawshank Redemption 
  22. Heat 
  23. The Social Network 
  24. The Lego Movie
  25. Usual Suspects 
  26. Gladiator 
  27. Predator 
  28. Garden State 
  29. Pacific Rim
  30. Toy Story 3 
  31. Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade 
  32. Memento 
  33. The Avengers 
  34. Shrek 
  35. Goodfellas 
  36. Apocalypse Now Redux 
  37. Se7en 
  38. Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 
  39. The Ring 
  40. Good Will Hunting 
  41. Serendipity 
  42. Lord of the Rings 3 - The Return of the King 
  43. The Matrix 
  44. Drive
  45. Schindler's List 
  46. The Beach 
  47. American History X 
  48. The Bourne Ultimatum 
  49. Watchmen 
  50. Monsters Inc. 
  51. A Perfect Getaway 
  52. Batman Begins 
  53. Pretty Woman 
  54. Forrest Gump 
  55. Paranormal Activity 
  56. Back to the Future 1 
  57. The Exorcist 
  58. Kill Bill: Volume 1 
  59. Black Swan 
  60. Into the Blue 
  61. Groundhog Day 
  62. Trainspotting 
  63. Notting Hill 
  64. Snatch 
  65. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 
  66. The Big Lebowski 
  67. Scarface 
  68. The Sixth Sense 
  69. Big Fish 
  70. Reservoir Dogs 
  71. Mothman Prophecies 
  72. Pirates of the Caribbean 1: The Curse of the Black Pearl 
  73. 300 
  74. X-Men: First Class 
  75. Rocky 
  76. Avatar 
  77. Die Hard 
  78. American Beauty 
  79. Star Trek (2009) 
  80. L.A. Confidential 
  81. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 
  82. Aliens 
  83. Sin City 
  84. Lord of the Rings 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring 
  85. Jaws 
  86. Up 
  87. The Cabin in the Woods
  88. Kill Bill: Volume 2 
  89. Troy 
  90. Full Metal jacket 
  91. The Hangover 
  92. Stand By Me 
  93. Titanic 
  94. The Departed 
  95. Bourne Identity 
  96. I Am Legend 
  97. Slumdog Millionaire 
  98. Back to the Future 2 
  99. Amadeus 
  100. Requiem for a Dream 

Honorable mentions:
  • Donnie Darko 
  • Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers 
  • Into the Wild 
  • Ratatouille 
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall 
  • Wall-E 
  • The Lion King 
  • Fargo
  • Wizard of Oz 
  • Casino 
  • Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom 
  • Twelve Monkeys 
  • The Shining 
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest 
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
  • Mystic River 
  • E.T. 
  • Toy Story 
  • There Will Be Blood 
  • Bladerunner 
  • V for Vendetta 

Last updated: 2/8/2014