The Goal of Wherever I Look
The overall goal of this website is to fill in that space between the average fan and critic. To be that person who formerly, when you went to a theater’s box office, or when you went to Blockbuster, could say this is good, this you’ll like if you are into that, or simply don’t waste your time. This is done by breaking down topics so that instead of a mountain of text, only broken up by quote blocks and pictures, things are fairly to the point.
Well, unless we’re really passionate about it. Then never mind the fan or critic stuff. We’re your friend trying to see if you see the same thing we do or not.
How Are Posts Written?
A one to two sentence summary either hinting at what happens or general feelings.
Information such as the director(s), writer(s), genre, release date, who the production would appeal to, and actors are included for all new postings. Also, for series premieres, season reviews, movies, live performances, and books (if not chapter by chapter) we also note what reasons you may or may not like the production.
Play Through Time/ Total Time
To help inform those interested in playing or renting a video game, or seeing a live performance, the time length of the total experience is noted.
Within this section, which is broken down into three topics for television series, books reviewed by the chapter, and episodic video games, the notable storylines, and characters within them are noted.
Commentary is provided either under the summary or within the Highlights, Low Points/ Criticism, or On The Fence section.
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
If something was notable but just didn’t fit into the recap/ review, be it the age of a character, further information about something said, it will be placed here.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
For some productions, there are topics left for future installments or for fans to debate amongst themselves. In this section, you’ll find questions worth keeping in mind for future entries into the series, or for discussion in the comment section.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
If there is a line or moment that has just have to be captured, it is placed within this section and also placed in a monthly post which holds the collected quotes from the month.
As the name implies, here there is a summary of the highlights. Be it certain storylines, an actor’s performance, how excited the author is about the show’s future, and etc.
Low Points or Criticism
Here we write about some aspects of the production which can be considered frustrating or disappointing.
On The Fence
We believe there should be a gray area when talking about productions and products. Things that may depend on your taste, could have been done better, or weren’t consistently good, they are noted within this section.
The “Overall” section is used to summarize the information above and justify the category given. There is more on our rating system below.
Our writing style is in a conversational tone, as part of the goal of bridging the gap between the average fan and critic. Making it where you feel like you’re talking to a friend who just spends too much of their time watching and reading stuff than some random name online.
With that noted, our style isn’t for everyone.
How Are Spoilers Handled?
For films, shorts, video games, and overall reviews on books, spoilers are used for the sake of providing context to commentary than to compete with Wikipedia. However, our recaps do go deeper but have never been meant to bring up every last detail. The idea is, like with other categories, to present just enough to get a point across and advise whether the production may be of interest to readers if not to start a conversation.
This feature is only done for movies which can be purchased and that we purchased. If we received a screener or went to a screening, we hold off posting the ending explanation until the production is available to the public.
What’s Your Rating System?
While we do use a percentage system, for SEO purposes, staying true to our original concept that numbers aren’t the best method to rate a production, we continue to use the labels: Positive, Mixed, and Negative.
For each media type, there is a different explanation provided per the production being a movie, TV series, or any of the other creative platforms we cover. The general gist for them all are:
- Positive rated media are productions that either met or surpassed expectations based on what was advertised and viewed.
- Positive Rating Range: 80 and above (B to A+)
- Recommended Rating Range: If a rating is 85 or above, it qualifies to be recommended. However, it is up to our writers to choose whether to label something that good.
- Mixed labeled media has some flaws which could affect your opinion of the production, but can still be enjoyable.
- Mixed Rating Range: 70 through 79.9 (C to C+)
- Negative, which we try to use sparingly, is a label for productions which do have one or two bright spots. However, considering the cost or time involved for you to watch, it is difficult to say the few shining moments compensate for the total experience.
- Negative Rating Range: 60 through 69.9 (D to D+)
- Note: The chance of anything being rated 60 would require there to be a single criticism and nothing else. That isn’t likely to happen as nearly all productions have at least one positive or mixed heading and “60” isn’t a number we use too often.
For nearly all posts, there is an option for the community to decide if the movie, episode, show, etc should be rated positive, mixed, or negative. Due to a bayesian average being used, it takes multiple people rating something positive to rise above somewhere around 68%.
The community rating is shown above the overview of all post, and entry field before the comment section. Top posts are shown on our homepage.
The Posting Schedule
Our goal is to, within 24 to 48 hours of a show’s premiere, to post a recap/ review. However, for shows which can be binge-watched, we aim to do two episodes a day. The reason for this is:
- To avoid burnout.
- Most shows lose their luster quickly if they are watched episode by episode, and recapped/ reviewed after watching.
- It allows for other productions to be worked on.
As for movies, due to most movies being an hour and half and beyond, we schedule them as we can, if they are streaming/ video on demand. For theatrical releases, unless it is a limited release, we aim to post about them during their opening weekend, unless we see a screening. In the case of screenings, unless we are told there is an embargo, we post as soon as we can.
Images are used to keep us from just having mountains of text, highlight moments, as well as to help illustrate who is who, like with our character guides. If you hold the copyright to an image and would like your image removed, please contact us by email and link the specific image you wish to have removed.
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Wherever I Look
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Please note, we currently are only able to consider movies, shorts, and web series.