There is nothing wrong with offering recommendations, but it's possible that the world could live without another extended review of The Godfather. If you don't have time for a full-blown analysis, or if it just seems unnecessary, consider starting a brief list of the media you think readers should check out. Just name a few of the movies, books, magazines, or songs that have affected you.
Jason Kottke (www.kottke.org) does an impressive job of tracking the media he consumes on separate pages of his site. For movies (www.kottke.org/movies), he offers ratings, and a review here and there. For books (www.kottke.org/books), he displays thumbnails of the covers and offers a review of each. By organizing his picks so thoughtfully, he's created a deep resource, one post at a time.
I've actually been attempting to do this, in several ways, for just about as long as I've been blogging. I love to write reviews, I love to read other people's reviews, and sites like Kottke's really are a fantastic resource. However, Kottke writes code and I don't, so I find it's more reasonable to use outside sources to keep track of what I am reading and watching, as well as posting one-off reviews here. So here's a list of the resources I have to offer, even if they aren't as well-organized or comprehensive as the example:
Goodreads: This was mentioned before, it's where I keep track of what I've read, give ratings, and post reviews. However, the reviews are mostly also posted here, in the Books section of the blog.
Heroine Content: At HC, my friend Skye and I post reviews of action media (mostly movies) looked at specifically through the lens of feminism and anti-racism. We've been doing it for over a year now, and we're building up a pretty fair library of reviews.
Movies: Right now, I just post non-HC movie reviews in the Movies section of the blog, but I'm hoping to find a resource something like Goodreads or organize that a bit better in 2008, particularly because I don't review everything I watch here. Suggestions welcome. My movie tastes can also be sampled in the ubiquitous Netflix queue, but please keep in mind that it is a joint effort between Mark and I, so there is a lot on it for which I am NOT responsible.
As not to leave this post totally without new content, I offer a list:
My Top 5 Heroine Content Heroines:
1. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, Judgment Day)
2. Tank Girl (Lori Petty in Tank Girl)
3. Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
4. The Lady (Sharon Stone in The Quick and the Dead)
5. Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez in Girlfight)