A lot of thought was put into this week’s blog post. I wanted something that would complement The Arizona Republic, but I ran into some difficulty thinking of a topic. I then remembered a while back that my dad visited Milwaukee for a couple of weeks last month, and we ended up seeing “Alex Cross” together. Movies and entertainment it was.
Difficulty came along in finding a tab that stated or implied entertainment. Out of all the labels they had, entertainment was just not found. It was located under “Things to do.” No one thinks of going to that category for the latest news on how a celebrity is doing or what rating a movie received. At least create a tab for entertainment and distinguish it.
But I liked that the movies section didn't duplicate articles like the last time I studied the website. There is still a showing of three columns; the outline still looked crazy. But I wasn't as overwhelmed. One reason would be from the lack of excess and repetitive information. Another would be the formatting within the columns. Daniel Craig (“Skyfall”)'s picture matched up perfectly in width with the Reviews, Features and Hot Lists categories. And no uneven rows appeared throughout it, including the other two rows. The editors didn’t highlight the top news story’s title in a darker and bolder blue and move it to the bottom of the center box. Instead it topped over the summary of the article and other movie-related articles because it presented itself as bigger in size and a darker blue than other subtitles. But the photos in the vertical column below the movies category looked weird and could’ve been formatted a little bit better. I then clicked on the sets of photos provided. The front page photos included pictures from June 2012. The 2012 MTV Movie Awards event; really? C'mon, now. The online newspaper should update their photos for each month. You can't tell me you haven't gotten enough shots to substitute old ones that happened five months ago.
The “Alex Cross” movie earned two stars from The Arizona Republic movie review. The feeling is mutual with the page for not updating itself with new visuals. But I'm glad that they don't repeat their content as they do as on their main page, and that they appear more organized because they fit just enough description into titles where you understand what's going on and the heading doesn't run into the next column.