Kid In The Front Row Gets the 411 on Just Chick Flicks

Can you believe that someone actually wanted to interview me and Just Chick Flicks? I just a chick flick movie lovin’ girl from Texas, battling a pancake addition and a not so secret crush on Hugh Jackman. The ‘kid‘ from the  Kid In The Front Row contacted me and wanted the 411 on Clarabela and Just Chick Flicks. So here goes….maybe you will find out some things about me that you didn’t know.

I only discovered your site recently, but I love it. I don’t think we’ve come across each other before — where have you been hiding?

Hiding in plain site. I started Just Chick Flicks in 2008 because I wanted an outlet for my writing. It is not your typical movie blog topic, but I try to bring something new and different into the genre.

I am continuing to build my audience and hope people enjoy reading my blog.

Chick Flicks sometimes get a bad reputation. Does that attitude/prejudice ever find it’s way onto your blog, i.e. in people’s comments or thoughts about your writing?

I see comments and articles all over the web that criticize chick flicks. That is why I changed my tag line to “Redefining the Chick Flick“. Movies that make women look like desperate, love starved idiots make my skin crawl. I hate movies like 27 Dress and Bride Wars just as much as the most ardent chick flick critic. I mean really, two best friends will turn into terrorists in order have their wedding at certain venue. Who thinks of this crap?

I define a chick flick as a movie that features strong female characters, women who can “handle their business” (and any movie where Hugh Jackman takes his shirt off).

When I write about movies like Star Trek, Alien and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I want people to take a different look at the female characters in these movies. For instance,  when you look deeply at Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it is essentially a romantic action chick flick, with 2 fantastic, strong women characters. I also try to find movies that are out of the mainstream, like Penelope, Just Wright and Ticker.

I don’t get many negative comments about chick flicks on my blog, because I take a very different view of movies and how I define chick flicks. I write about a variety of movies outside of the typical Romantic Comedy-style chick flick.

How often do you blog?

I try to blog at least once a week. But that doesn’t always happen. I plan to start accepting more guest bloggers in the coming months. Hopefully, that will help free up some time for me to write more blog posts.

How often do you think about blogging even when you’re not?

I am a freelance writer. I write blog posts and web content for more than other (non-movie) websites. So, I am thinking about writing and blogging 24/7. Also, I find that I get my best ideas when I am doing something completely unrelated to blogging.

Do your friends and family read the site?

Yes. Several of my personal friends read my blog. They also give me ideas, inspiration and feedback for blog posts. I have also made some new friends through my blog, like Andi of Misadventure with Andi, Katrina Hill, the Action Flick Chick and C. McKane of Opinionated Ant. Some of these new friends have invited me to write guest posts on their blogs and they have also written for Just Chick Flicks.

 Using Twitter as inspiration — explain your obsession of ‘Mad Men’ in no more than 140 character…?

#MadMen is a well-written look at the golden age of advertising, the birth of the women’s and civil rights movements. Also the fashion, Don Draper, Joan and clever dialogue. (Is that more than 140 characters?)

I love the usual suspects when it comes to rom-coms, i.e. Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan. But as they get older, those roles seem to disappear. Sometimes, sure, the actors outgrow these types of films and want to do other things — but I think the deeper thing underlying it is that women peak in their 20’s and 30’s, rom-com-wise. What are your thoughts on this? I mean, I’d love to see an old-fashioned Meg Ryan rom-com when she’s approaching 50, but I don’t think Hollywood is interested.

That is a very good point. I am disappointed with how Hollywood treats women in general, but especially how they treat women over 40. While over-40 actors like George Clooney, Hugh Jackman and others continue to play the romantic lead, older actresses usually play the mom or a crazy person.

I would love to see a well-written romantic comedy with Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep, that looks at an honest, adult romantic relationship. But not Julia Robert, I am not a big fan.

How are you different as a writer now, compared to when you started blogging?

I hope I am a better writer than when I wrote that first post. I am continually learning new techniques on how to create compelling content. But there is still room for improvement. I have learned much more about the technical aspects of blogging, like keywords, SEO and  social media. I hope it will help get Just Chick Flicks more visitors and fans.

I’m intrigued about YOU, the person behind the blogging. What is your life like? What do you have planned for the weekend?

Me? There is not much to tell. I am not as exciting as I would like people to think I am. I love writing and I love movies. That’s why I started this blog. So I have many interests, movies, books, technology, and pancakes. My personal tag line is: “I am more than the sum of my parts“.

My weekend plans include: attending a baby shower, a WordPress meetup and maybe a movie.

Kid In The Front Row is a film blog with a more personal outlook. It’s not about reviewing movies, it’s not about criticising movies – it’s about loving movies. About loving them so much that still, after all these years, we’re just Kids In The Front Row, shoving popcorn down our faces as we stare up at those wonderful people on the big screen.


About Clara Mathews

Clarabela (Clara Mathews) is freelance web content copywriter, professional blogger and Hugh Jackman fan. In addition to writing about her love of movies at, Clarabela is also a regular contributor to DignityZine.  Follow Just Chick Flicks on Facebook.