Iridium Eye: 2018 in review -Thoughts and Goals-

© 2017 Curtis Bell

2018 was a strange year for me.

Yes, I was gone for months on end because I had to deal with various life things. I’m glad I’m able to make all of my backlogs into reviews which cover all of January right now, so I felt like I got something done. I still have a lot to work on as a reviewer of obscure cinema, docs, and anime.

To be honest, there are times where I wonder if anyone really cares about the things I review. I know I have lower views compared to people I follow and/or know about, but I wonder if that should even matter. Also, most of my most viewed posts involve anime even though I’m not JUST and anime reviewer or aniblogger. I’m not a one-trick pony. It’s also tough trying to find other film reviewers who aren’t knee-deep into Hollywood crap. Reviewers who only review indie movies and world cinema on WordPress are so hard to find.

I’ve wondered if I should really keep going. Don’t get me wrong, I like reviewing obscure media and I have a legit film background which allows me to use such acumen in my writings, but I do wonder if I’m just screaming to the clouds whenever I do these critiques. Oh, man. I just sounded way older than what I actually am. Hahaha!

Besides that, I do have some goals for things I want to review.

-Review at least one movie from the following countries: Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (I’m not counting The Testimony), Benin, Togo, Wales, Scotland, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, and Mali.

-Review every anime series that Yoshitoshi ABe helped create. I’ve covered Haibane Renmei and Texhnolyze, but I want to cover his filmography. No, I’m not counting Edge of Tomorrow or Welcome to the NHK. Sorry.

-Review a film remake of an old-school anime series I’ve critiqued before.

-Review every DVD and digital film I’ve bought that hasn’t been featured on Iridium Eye.

Thank you.



  1. lol, don’t stop reviewing obscure stuff. i went through the same thing you did, wondering if anyone is reading my blog, and soon i just focused on writing as if i’m my only audience. it worked for the most part. just keep believing. 🙂
    also, if you really want interaction, then befriend other movie bloggers. some are snobbish, but friendly in their own weird way.
    good luck on your new goals. 🙂

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    • Aw, thank you! Hahaha! I have to tell myself that especially since I feel that I have a good niche in terms of what I review.

      That’s tough about movie bloggers. I certainly follow a select few, but I’ve noticed that so many of them either only review Hollywood movies, don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to the technical or storytelling aspects, or way too snobbish for my tastes. I really wished there were more reviewers who solely reviewed indie movies or at least international things instead of what the mainstream churns out.

      Thank you.


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