Austin Bishop is the man behind The Bishop Review, a movie review blog that occasionally dips into the wonderful world of TV, Video Games and (God Forbid) Books. Featuring an en easy-to-read format and concise reviews, The Bishop Review’s most recent reviews include Malice in Wonderland, I Sell the Dead and Analyze This.
Rorschach Reviews: What first motivated you to start a movie review blog?
AB: Man, that’s a tough question. I’m not quite sure what really motivated me; it had been something I had wanted to do for years. I never really expected that I would eventually make one. But one day, out of the blue, I created a WordPress account and The Bishop Review just sort of appeared. I’m guessing that it probably had to do with my love of writing and watching movies.
RR: What has been your favorite part of blogging so far and what has been the most difficult part?
AB: I’d have to say that my most favorite part has been meeting fellow bloggers and readers. Never in a million years did I expect to meet and befriend so many great, like-minded people. I mean I’ve had the luxury of getting to know up-and-coming authors, ambitious filmmakers and people I consider role models in the review blogging world.
The most difficult part has been getting new readers. In my first year and a half of blogging, The Bishop Review had about 600 views and I think 2 comments. It was sort of depressing to put so much in and get so little in return, but I’m glad to see that’s changed.
RR: I completely get what you mean, mine got started a little faster on views but the majority of those were from Google image searches, which means people were just searching for a picture and likely never actually read anything. What do you think helped out most in getting new viewers for your site?
AB: I’m not quite sure, I would probably attribute it to finding similar websites and liking and commenting on their pages. Though I didn’t really hit it “big” until I started posting my reviews on IMDB External Reviews and I became a member of LAMB. Those have both helped tremendously.
RR: Three Cheers for LAMB! I haven’t even heard of IMDb External Reviews, I’ll have to check it out. Moving forward though, one thing your blog does well is present your opinions in a very concise, easy to read format. Do you ever want to write more about the movies you watch, and what are some over this past year that you could’ve written entire pages about?
AB: There have been many times where I wanted to write for paragraphs and paragraphs about my love for a film. Two that come to mind are my reviews of Safety Not Guaranteed and The Dark Knight Rises. Both could have been thousand word epics with me gushing like a fan boy. Come to think of it, I run into that issue a lot with Christopher Nolan films, which is why I’ve reviewed so few.
RR: Completely understandable, I myself couldn’t fit all of my giddy excitement over TDKR so I ended up splitting my review into 6 parts (Main Review, Politics, Bane, The Women of TDKR, Gotham PD and The future of Batman). I’m surprised about Safety not Guaranteed, I love Aubrey Plaza but never got around to seeing it. I guess that’ll have to change that soon, lol. Speaking of Plaza (aka April on Parks & Recreation), with all of the time taken up by watching movies do you have any free time left over for television? If so what are some of your favorites of the small-screen?
AB: Safety Not Guaranteed was quite enjoyable, though I know some people said it was too quirky. I never thought that possible. My television time has been cut down tremendously. I still have time to watch and enjoy Grimm, CSI and Once Upon a Time. I do watch a couple other shows on Hulu, though.
RR: Good ol’ Hulu, do you use it for movies as well? Most people seem to be moving away from DVD’s in this digital age, but there seems to be a huge amount of variety between where people actually get their movies. Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes and the likes of HBO and Showtime seem to be the most popular “legal” options at the moment. What do you prefer?
AB: I’ve never actually used Hulu for movies. I still love Netflix, it’s where I watch the majority of my movies. I like the selection Netflix has for their watch instantly option, I’ve seen some odd movies on there. I’ve never used iTunes either. I cancelled my subscription to HBO and Showtime over 2 years ago. I haven’t really missed them.
RR: I’m going to have to plead the fifth for the source of most of my movies, but I’m with you on loving Netflix. There are always about half of the movies they have on their which nobody has ever heard of before, but every now and then you can find little nuggets of golf among the crap. What’s the most obscure movie that you’ve ever given a try because it was on Netflix, and was it worth the time?
AB: I’m unsure which weird, obscure movie is the most weird and obscure movie that I’ve seen on Netflix. I’m caught up between two. There is I Sell the Dead, which I just reviewed. I had never heard of that one and I ended up enjoying it thoroughly. There is also Malice in Wonderland, another movie that I knew nothing about prior to watching. Let’s just say I wish that I had left that one alone. I was quite bored.
RR: I’ve never seen I Sell the Dead (but I do love Dominic Monaghan) and I can understand not liking anything starring Maggie Grace so I’ll probably give Malice in Wonderland a pass. It’s definitely a toss-up w/ random movies like that, but it’s always fun to find a movie that you love even though nobody has ever heard of it. Aside from home viewing though, what is the next movie that you think will get you out into an actual theater?
AB: I might go see The Hobbit opening day with some friends, but if not I might wait a few weeks for that. I do know that I will be seeing Django Unchained twice; Once with my brother and then again with a good friend, and fellow Tarantino fan. I was going to go see Killing Them Softly, but I’m now on the fence about that one.
RR: Just saw Killing Them Softly, I tentatively recommend it. As for the other two, I am with you all the way. I’m a huge Tarantino fan and Inglourious Basterds proved that he still has his spark, so I have high hopes for Django. Before we go, what are some of the films you most look forward to in 2013 and why?
AB: There are three fairly early releases that have piqued my interest. The first is Gangster Squad, which I think looks like it could be entertaining and the cast looks great. I am also interested in Movie 43 because we all need to watch raunchy comedies from time to time. Lastly, I’m finding that Oblivion is looking cooler and cooler, I find nothing more entertaining than a well done sci-fi action movie.
You can find Austin at The Bishop Review or follow him on Twitter at @authorabender