James Berardinelli is creating movie reviews & commentary
167

patrons

$1,596
per month
For 25 years, reviewing movies has been an integral part of my life and ReelViews.net, which launched in January 1996, has been a big part of that. Now, as a result of Patreon, I have been able to expand Reelviews into what I had always hoped it could be. As far back as the turn of the century, I envisioned two versions of the site – a free one that would include a full archive of older commentaries and reviews alongside a full selection of new reviews, and a membership area that, for a modest fee, would provide additional, exclusive content as well as early access to new VideoViews and ReelThoughts. Logistics (primarily related to the need to maintain a paywall) kept me from realizing that…until now.

I came to Patreon on the advice of many of my readers. To those who subscribe here, I can offer “membership benefits”: monthly ReelThoughts and Video Views in advance of their being added to the site as well as a daily diary/blog where I share thoughts about life, cinema, trivia, and the world in general. There are additional perks at higher levels. Whatever you choose to give, however, will be appreciated. And, if someday I can get rid of all the ads and turn ReelViews back into "the largest non-commercial movie review site on the 'Net", that would realize a hope I have harbored since I first went commercial in 2007. Thanks for your support in the past and your support as I seek to make ReelViews bigger and more vital than it has ever been.
Tiers
Reader
$2 or more per month 45 patrons
  • Access to three curated Daily ReelThoughts blog entries per week
Supporter
$5 or more per month 51 patrons
  • Access to all Daily ReelThoughts blog entries (for most weeks, this will be six)


Director
$10 or more per month 49 patrons
  • Access to multiple "Patreon exclusive" video reviews per month. These reviews will be available only to Director (and above) Patreon members for a period of 3-4 months before being ported to the main ReelViews site.
  • Early access to all long-form ReelThoughts including the end-of-the-year postings. Long-form ReelThoughts will be posted sporadically but will always be available at least several days ahead to Director (and above) Patreon members.
  • Access to all Daily ReelThoughts blog entries (typically 5-6 per week)
Associate Producer
$20 or more per month 16 patrons
  • Exclusive access to the "Beat Berardinelli" Oscar contest - only Producer-level patrons (and above) will be able to enter.
  • Exclusive monthly access to the evolving Top 10 list - get a monthly update to what my 10 favorite films of the year are at the moment. These updates will not be published anywhere else.
  • Have an opportunity become a beta tester for the new ReelViews at Maven site when it comes on-line.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Co-Producer
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Anyone at the co-producer level for 12 months will be able to commission a review at the end of the 12-month period. Note: The 12 months must be consecutive. See the "Executive Producer" category for more information about commissioned reviews.
  • Plus all rewards available at the $20 (Associate Producer) and below level.
Producer
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Anyone who stays at the producer level for 3 months will be able to commission a review at the end of the 3-month period. Note: The three months do not have to be consecutive. See the "Executive Producer" category for more information about commissioned reviews.
  • Plus all rewards available at the $20 (Associate Producer) and below level.
Executive Producer
$100 or more per month 4 of 10 patrons
  • You can commission a review (minimum 500 words) that will either (a) be made available to you privately (for informational or publicity purposes) or (b) be posted either directly to the ReelViews site or to the Patreon site first then later ported over. (This is at my discretion, but let me know if you have a preference.) Although there are generally no limits on the film to be reviewed, I have to be able to obtain a copy.
  • Plus all rewards available at the $20 (Associate Producer) and below level.
Goals
$1,596 of $2,500 per month
When  I reach $2500 per month, I will remove all external ads from Reelviews. Only ads for my books and amazon.com links will remain.
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For 25 years, reviewing movies has been an integral part of my life and ReelViews.net, which launched in January 1996, has been a big part of that. Now, as a result of Patreon, I have been able to expand Reelviews into what I had always hoped it could be. As far back as the turn of the century, I envisioned two versions of the site – a free one that would include a full archive of older commentaries and reviews alongside a full selection of new reviews, and a membership area that, for a modest fee, would provide additional, exclusive content as well as early access to new VideoViews and ReelThoughts. Logistics (primarily related to the need to maintain a paywall) kept me from realizing that…until now.

I came to Patreon on the advice of many of my readers. To those who subscribe here, I can offer “membership benefits”: monthly ReelThoughts and Video Views in advance of their being added to the site as well as a daily diary/blog where I share thoughts about life, cinema, trivia, and the world in general. There are additional perks at higher levels. Whatever you choose to give, however, will be appreciated. And, if someday I can get rid of all the ads and turn ReelViews back into "the largest non-commercial movie review site on the 'Net", that would realize a hope I have harbored since I first went commercial in 2007. Thanks for your support in the past and your support as I seek to make ReelViews bigger and more vital than it has ever been.

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Tiers
Reader
$2 or more per month 45 patrons
  • Access to three curated Daily ReelThoughts blog entries per week
Supporter
$5 or more per month 51 patrons
  • Access to all Daily ReelThoughts blog entries (for most weeks, this will be six)


Director
$10 or more per month 49 patrons
  • Access to multiple "Patreon exclusive" video reviews per month. These reviews will be available only to Director (and above) Patreon members for a period of 3-4 months before being ported to the main ReelViews site.
  • Early access to all long-form ReelThoughts including the end-of-the-year postings. Long-form ReelThoughts will be posted sporadically but will always be available at least several days ahead to Director (and above) Patreon members.
  • Access to all Daily ReelThoughts blog entries (typically 5-6 per week)
Associate Producer
$20 or more per month 16 patrons
  • Exclusive access to the "Beat Berardinelli" Oscar contest - only Producer-level patrons (and above) will be able to enter.
  • Exclusive monthly access to the evolving Top 10 list - get a monthly update to what my 10 favorite films of the year are at the moment. These updates will not be published anywhere else.
  • Have an opportunity become a beta tester for the new ReelViews at Maven site when it comes on-line.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Co-Producer
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Anyone at the co-producer level for 12 months will be able to commission a review at the end of the 12-month period. Note: The 12 months must be consecutive. See the "Executive Producer" category for more information about commissioned reviews.
  • Plus all rewards available at the $20 (Associate Producer) and below level.
Producer
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Anyone who stays at the producer level for 3 months will be able to commission a review at the end of the 3-month period. Note: The three months do not have to be consecutive. See the "Executive Producer" category for more information about commissioned reviews.
  • Plus all rewards available at the $20 (Associate Producer) and below level.
Executive Producer
$100 or more per month 4 of 10 patrons
  • You can commission a review (minimum 500 words) that will either (a) be made available to you privately (for informational or publicity purposes) or (b) be posted either directly to the ReelViews site or to the Patreon site first then later ported over. (This is at my discretion, but let me know if you have a preference.) Although there are generally no limits on the film to be reviewed, I have to be able to obtain a copy.
  • Plus all rewards available at the $20 (Associate Producer) and below level.