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Written by: Sam Fragoso on April 8, 2012

April 8, 2012 | 12 comments | Featured, Old Format

7×7 Link Award

Happy Easter everybody!

Before last week, I had no idea what a 7×7 Link Award was. But thanks to a few informative writers on twitter (Tyler, Anna, Julian, Alex), I thought I’d take some time out of my day, and contribute to the meme.The idea of this post is to tell you readers seven things you don’t know about certain articles I’ve published in the past. Then, when completed, tag seven more individuals to participate in this meme.

First, though, I’m supposed to start with something you don’t know about me. Well, besides the fact that I moonlight as Dexter from time to time, I enjoy a certain show (mainly viewed by screaming teenage girls) that I’ve watched since 7th grade. Even worse, it’s on the CW. It’s called … (contemplating why I’m admitting such a laughable habit of mine) Gossip Girl.

In my defense, the first season was of actual quality and the following two were watchable affair. However, the show that exists today it’s sort of miserable, but it’s like a sinking ship where there’s really no chance of survival. I’m staying with it to its conclusion and hopefully I’ll survive the plethora of bad television. Before we move on, though, I should admit that the genuine – honest to God reason – I tune in week after week, is Blake Lively. Personally, she’s unequivocally the most beautiful and stunning female I’ve ever seen on screen. Oh, she also contains some talent, too.

Now, without further ado (and with respect hopefully still intact):

My most beautiful piece: Due to the number of individuals who openly told me they cried while reading A Change, I think this selection has a certain amount of beautiful, tactfulness to it.

My most helpful piece: The entirety of our History of Film here at Duke & The Movies is a great way find your way through cinemas finest, voted on by you readers.

My most controversial piece: My dissection of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets provoked cinephile outrage when I gave the film a scathing negative review.

My most popular piece: By the number of views and comments, my favorite 20 films of 2011 contains quite a bit of popularity.

My most underrated piece: I particularly enjoyed my first encounter with the French New Wave, when I review Jean Luc Godard’s Breathless - which din’t inspire as much discussion as I would’ve thought.

My most surprisingly successful piece: While the comments may suggest otherwise, my editorial on the embargo system and David Denby (anyone remember last year’s early review charade?) was valued as a must read by many fellow writers.

My most pride-worthy piece: Just on a pure enjoyment factor my interview with both Eric D. Snider and Eric Kohn, are both pieces I thoroughly enjoyed writing and recording.

The Seven People

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

Eric D. Snider @ Film.com

Jandy Stone @ The Frame

Dylan Fields @ Man, I Love Films

Brian Roan @ Dear Film

Rachel Thuro @ Rachel’s Reel Reviews

Jessica @ The Velvet Cafe


There are 12 comments for this post.

  1. Anna on April 8, 2012 10:59 am

    Darling, you mustn’t panic over liking Gossip Girl. We all have our guilty pleasures. (This is from someone who doesn’t really have any.)

  2. Sam Fragoso on April 8, 2012 11:00 am

    Watching troves of movies and then giving each of them positive reviews is your pleasure. ;)

  3. Dirtywithclass on April 8, 2012 11:09 am

    Well i watch the Vampire Diaries which i’m pretty sure most people think is for girls only, so i wouldn’t worry about the Gossip Girl thing(And i think Lively gave a good performance in the Town). Nikita however i think is the best show on the CW right now

    And i think i’ve mentioned not being a fan if Breathless on one of your posts alrady

  4. Sam Fragoso on April 8, 2012 11:29 am

    But you’re obsessed with vampires.

    Never bothered watching Nikita. To be candid, once my hour of guiltiness concludes, I leave the channel and hide in a corner.

  5. Alex on April 8, 2012 5:28 pm

    I completely agree with Anna, guilty pleasures are a good thing. Never hurts to take an hour away from the heavy shit that we watch.

    When he gets off work every night, Anderson Cooper goes home and watches whatever MTV reality show is on. Why? So he doesn’t have to think.

    Congrats on your 7×7(s). Well deserved.

  6. Sam Fragoso on April 8, 2012 6:28 pm

    Cooper is a pretty sharp guy, when did you find this out?

    And thank you Alex.

  7. Anna on April 8, 2012 9:29 pm

    @Sam Oh, sure. Blame me for being easily won over. And for what it’s worth, take into fair account that the many titles I have reviewed have some quality in them. Trust me, I know a bad movie when I see its trailer. And another thing. Don’t bring that up again unless you want the fastest way to get me annoyed.

  8. Sam Fragoso on April 9, 2012 12:51 pm

    Dually noted.

  9. ruth on April 9, 2012 12:52 pm

    Congrats Sam!

    I can see why a lot of guys tune in to Gossip Girl, Blake has a stunning figure and seems like that show is chock full of beautiful people!

  10. Sam Fragoso on April 9, 2012 12:56 pm

    Indeed she does, the show is actually alright – from time to time.

  11. Alex Withrow on April 11, 2012 7:59 am

    I read an interview with Cooper in… Esquire I believe, a while back. His favorite show was My Sweet 16. But he loves vegging out on any and all MTV reality shows. Hilarious.

  12. Franz Patrick on April 11, 2012 8:56 pm

    Don’t tell me you watched “Gilmore Girls,” too. Or were you too young for that? Best show on The WB back then. Nostalgia!

    OK, I watched “Gossip Girl, too” ONLY BECAUSE, yes, the first season was like cocaine. (Not that I’ve tried it, I swear, even though I learned its chemical structure by heart. It is a fascinating alkaloid, though it’s IUPAC name drove me nuts in an Orgo final exam… Will stop now.) I wasn’t a fan of Lively on the show, her character was SO whiny. I watched for Crawford and Westwick’s homoerotic relationship. And you’re right–the show went downhill from there. Though I heard that they revealed the identity of Gossip Girl this season.

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