Plot and Theme is creating Movie Reviews and Film Essays
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My name is Derek Jacobs.  I write highly questionable things about movies on my very own website, Plot and Theme.  I started Plot and Theme in 2015 with one purpose:  produce long-form reviews and essays that explain the artistic reasons behind the choices made by filmmakers.  There are movie review sites everywhere on the internet, but I want Plot and Theme to be different. 

Check out the site here.

I don't just jot down my reactions to movies, I look deeper into why I have those reactions.  What do Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams do with their performances to wrench such empathy from me in Manchester by the Sea?  How does Rodrigo Prieto (the cinematographer from Martin Scorsese’s Silence) frame a long-shot to make me feel utterly powerless – just like the characters?  Why does Tom Ford organize the structure of Nocturnal Animals in such a parallel fashion, and what effect does it have on my understanding of the story he wants to tell?

These are just some of the questions I have been confronted with while reviewing films on Plot and Theme, and I mean to keep it up.  So far, readers have appreciated this style; the number of page views and unique visitors has consistently risen since the site's inception, and the site will pass 200K unique page views by the end of June!

If you enjoy my movie reviews and essays, you can join in on their creation by becoming a patron of Plot and Theme!  I've kept my reward tiers low and simple, so hopefully you'll find that them attractive enough to earn your contribution.  If not, I'm still thrilled to have you as a reader, and I look forward to capturing your eyeballs on future blog posts!
Rewards
Supporting Actor
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Access to my Patreon feed and the community, where I will be posting short, off-the-cuff thoughts on whatever movie topics occur to me.  This is your ticket to interact with me on Patreon and guide the direction of my writing.  You also earn my eternal gratitude and slight Karmic realignment to offset your plethora of misdeeds.

You may not think so, but just like there are no small parts, there are no small pledges. 

Come on, it's only a buck!
Lead Actor
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Access to extra tidbits of information for each review I write on Plot and Theme.  When writing reviews, I always have observations that just don't make sense to include in a long-form review.  These could include: comparable movies, other key contributions from the filmmakers, discussions of behind-the-scenes stuff, awards buzz, and so forth.  Think of it as a cherry on top of the sundae that is my full review!
Plus previous tier.
Screenwriter
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You get to suggest a film for my monthly patron-sponsored review!  I’ll throw all suggestions into a poll at the end of the month.  The winning film gets a review on Plot and Theme.  This will be a monthly reward, so you get to suggest crazy or cool things each month, and I’ll be certain to give a shout-out to the winner.  One condition:  it has to be a real movie (1 hr+, narrative or documentary).  No 90’s-era VHS scams or homemade exploding varmints movies.
Plus previous tiers.
Editor
$10 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Become a member of the Plot and Theme merchandise club!  Every 3 months you remain a patron, I’ll send you some overpriced swag with cat spit on it emblazoned with the Plot and Theme logo.  T-Shirts, shot glasses, coffee mugs, tumblers, refrigerator magnets, bottle openers, etc.  You don’t have enough stuff already, and you definitely don’t have enough stuff with the Plot and Theme logo on it.
Quantity limited because shipping hundreds of pogs doesn't sound fun.
Plus previous tiers.
Director
$15 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
I’ll become your own personalized movie recommendation and talking points service, facilitated by text message.  Not sure if you should see Movie A or Movie B?  Scrolling through Netflix for the last 43 minutes and tempted to just watch Futurama for the 20th time?  Text me and you'll get my obviously correct opinion! 
It's hard to keep up with the world of movies, and since I'm doing it anyway you can take advantage of all the stupid things I know!
Plus all previous tiers.
Goals
$2 of $50 per month
At this level, all costs of running Plot and Theme (website hosting, email services, advertisement, buying movie tickets, etc.) are covered.  Reaching this level makes Plot and Theme a self-sufficient entity, allowing me to focus exclusively on creating posts that you don't hate.


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My name is Derek Jacobs.  I write highly questionable things about movies on my very own website, Plot and Theme.  I started Plot and Theme in 2015 with one purpose:  produce long-form reviews and essays that explain the artistic reasons behind the choices made by filmmakers.  There are movie review sites everywhere on the internet, but I want Plot and Theme to be different. 

Check out the site here.

I don't just jot down my reactions to movies, I look deeper into why I have those reactions.  What do Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams do with their performances to wrench such empathy from me in Manchester by the Sea?  How does Rodrigo Prieto (the cinematographer from Martin Scorsese’s Silence) frame a long-shot to make me feel utterly powerless – just like the characters?  Why does Tom Ford organize the structure of Nocturnal Animals in such a parallel fashion, and what effect does it have on my understanding of the story he wants to tell?

These are just some of the questions I have been confronted with while reviewing films on Plot and Theme, and I mean to keep it up.  So far, readers have appreciated this style; the number of page views and unique visitors has consistently risen since the site's inception, and the site will pass 200K unique page views by the end of June!

If you enjoy my movie reviews and essays, you can join in on their creation by becoming a patron of Plot and Theme!  I've kept my reward tiers low and simple, so hopefully you'll find that them attractive enough to earn your contribution.  If not, I'm still thrilled to have you as a reader, and I look forward to capturing your eyeballs on future blog posts!

Recent posts by Plot and Theme

Rewards
Supporting Actor
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Access to my Patreon feed and the community, where I will be posting short, off-the-cuff thoughts on whatever movie topics occur to me.  This is your ticket to interact with me on Patreon and guide the direction of my writing.  You also earn my eternal gratitude and slight Karmic realignment to offset your plethora of misdeeds.

You may not think so, but just like there are no small parts, there are no small pledges. 

Come on, it's only a buck!
Lead Actor
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Access to extra tidbits of information for each review I write on Plot and Theme.  When writing reviews, I always have observations that just don't make sense to include in a long-form review.  These could include: comparable movies, other key contributions from the filmmakers, discussions of behind-the-scenes stuff, awards buzz, and so forth.  Think of it as a cherry on top of the sundae that is my full review!
Plus previous tier.
Screenwriter
$5 or more per month 1 patron
You get to suggest a film for my monthly patron-sponsored review!  I’ll throw all suggestions into a poll at the end of the month.  The winning film gets a review on Plot and Theme.  This will be a monthly reward, so you get to suggest crazy or cool things each month, and I’ll be certain to give a shout-out to the winner.  One condition:  it has to be a real movie (1 hr+, narrative or documentary).  No 90’s-era VHS scams or homemade exploding varmints movies.
Plus previous tiers.
Editor
$10 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Become a member of the Plot and Theme merchandise club!  Every 3 months you remain a patron, I’ll send you some overpriced swag with cat spit on it emblazoned with the Plot and Theme logo.  T-Shirts, shot glasses, coffee mugs, tumblers, refrigerator magnets, bottle openers, etc.  You don’t have enough stuff already, and you definitely don’t have enough stuff with the Plot and Theme logo on it.
Quantity limited because shipping hundreds of pogs doesn't sound fun.
Plus previous tiers.
Director
$15 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
I’ll become your own personalized movie recommendation and talking points service, facilitated by text message.  Not sure if you should see Movie A or Movie B?  Scrolling through Netflix for the last 43 minutes and tempted to just watch Futurama for the 20th time?  Text me and you'll get my obviously correct opinion! 
It's hard to keep up with the world of movies, and since I'm doing it anyway you can take advantage of all the stupid things I know!
Plus all previous tiers.