Issue # 15 Monday, September 7, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Things Todd and Internet can be seen at http://propagandist.com/.

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to (and generally reads) 60+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


  

INDEX
Special - E-mail-zine Essentials

This Week: a couple of excellent entertainment and review oriented e-zines, ZENtertainment and Film Threat.

Review - ZENtertainment
Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 4.5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 5
 

E-zine Description: ZENtertainment is a semi-weekly newsletter that covers all things entertainment, from TV and movies to snacks and toys. As of this writing, ZENtertainment reaches roughly 80,000 subscribers via its mailings.

Frequency of Publication: Semi-weekly

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://www.zentertainment.com/

WWW location: http://www.zentertainment.com/

Contact Information:
e-mail: ?????????????????????

Cost: Free! and twice a week as well!

Review

Content - 5
This newssheet covers every major topic relating to the entertainment industry. Sean Jordan has adroitly understood that his major topic headings of music, tv, movies, toys, electronics, print, attractions and food are just different faces of the same corporate machines. Toys tie in with movies and tv, are sold by fast food chains, accompanied by music, played on the latest electronics at all the latest shows. Coverage is well rounded and mentions the latest from Slurpees to character changes in Spiderman.  Every issue has dozens of great news items.

Writing Quality/Style - 4.5
Style is quick, quipped and easy to read. Each issue is nicely laid out and topic centered. Not every issue has items on each topic, but clearly covers those items that have occurred over the past few days.

Regularity - 5
Comes twice per week.

Extras - 5
Each issue clearly identifies copyright, subscription and authoring info. The ZENtertainment site has updates info, subscription points and has a very well sorted archive. Search by major topic, alphabetically or by text string.

Overall - 5
Great coverage and content delivered with wit and style. Sean Jordan is one the excellent people on the Net that produce an industry grade publication purely through spare time while holding down a full time job.

Review - Film Threat Weekly
Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 5
 

E-zine Description: Film Threat calls itself "Hollywood's Indie Voice of the New Millennium". A California based, weekly collection of reviews, news, independent and underground films, festivals, editorial, anecdotes and an update on latest box office receipts.

Frequency of Publication: Weekly

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://www.filmthreat.com/Subscribe.htm

WWW location: http://www.filmthreat.com/

Contact Information:
e-mail: filmthreat@aol.com

Cost: Free!

Review

Content - 5
Every issue has some of the best editorialized and satirized film news bits around. Included is a typical box office chart which provides latest week and total take to date for the top 10 films in the US. The picks of the week (like it says) cover whatever they want to mention. Each pick quickly covers a Web site, book, CD or other film related thingy.

Of course the best and most important part of each issue is the film reviews. Thoughtfully presented, each review details the issues, style, content, direction, and acting of each film and throws out a some excellent point on why a particular film is great or crappy.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Clean clear and professional, and well edited. Nicely laced with humour and properly provide links and source info for its major news items.

Regularity - 5
Weekly like clockwork. Every issue maintains a high level of consistency and content.

Extras - 4.5
One of the best publication info sections around. Notes on subscribing, unsubscribing, syndication and reprinting, ownership and on-line locations for reading current issues. And of course the site archives past issues.

Overall - 5
This is one of the best film review e-zines with or without e-mail delivery. It rivals the best print mags in its style and content. I've never been disappointed with their reviews and always enjoy the quick read it provides.

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