September 11, 2009

Blogaversary! Four years in the Black Hole...

Black Hole is exactly four years old today, having clocking up nearly 500 reviews. You're one of over 6,000 visitors that the site gets every week. The number continues to build slowly but steadily and I'm not even close to running out of movies to talk to you about.

You've probably noticed my recent parallel commitment to Twitter, also on the site in the window on the right. Snippets of DVD news, choice trivia and micro-reviews of movies that won't be getting full articles. The idea was originally to give you some perspective on what else I was watching. Somehow I've nearly 300 'followers' on Twitter, which seems a lot to me.

There's still a shelf of dozens of Asian DVDs that I haven't watched yet - including some Malaysian horrors that I picked up on holiday - that I'm looking forward to. As well as many more Japanese, Chinese and South Korean movies that I couldn't resist the look of. I was also watching Asian horror for a few years before I started the blog, so there's many early classics that I'd like to review for you some time. I just need to find the time to refresh my memory - I always re-watch them before writing a review.

Of course, there are many more guilty pleasures from the 1970s, my most intensive moviegoing period, and also an era which I find still 'works' very well today. I've also been looking for the movies that I missed out on back then, and again I'm filling up another shelf to watch. It's no coincidence that at a time when movie remakes are at a peak, I'm hardly visiting the cinema.

I worry that Black Hole Reviews isn't a site which can be easily labelled - like just Japanese Movies or Horror Films, and I'm tempted to fragment the site into various smaller blogs, each covering a genre. Then again, I think that anyone who spends all their time in one narrow genre should really get out more, and the Black Hole is all about helping you find good stuff that you might have missed. Including strange little films and whole new genres.

Thank you for reading. Keep watching the screens!

Mark Hodgson


  1. Happy Blogaversary, and I hope for many more. This is a regular source for finding movies to buy. Great work!

  2. Happy Blogaversary! Alway enjoyed reading the articles & reviews that you posted. Hope to read more of your stuff for many years to come! Keep it up! --- Mr. Soo, Malaysia.

  3. hey mark!
    happy blogavesary!
    best site for reviews...bought heaps of movies that you reviewed.
    thanks for sharing!
    cheers marty ,australia

  4. Hey Mark. Happy Anniversary!

    To let you know, the multiple genre aspect of the site is one of the things that keeps me coming back. I love the one stop "shopping" I can do here, as well as reading the occasional non-movie or non-review post. It's a very well rounded site, and with 6000+ visitors per week, something must be working right. ^___^

    Keep up the great work.