Criterion & Blogathons
As I’ve become established with this blog, I’ve gotten acquainted with the Classic Film blogosphere. For the record, I consider this a Classic Film blog. Even though I watch modern films, follow the Oscars and go to theaters on occasion, my passion is for older films. My content here is dictated by the catalog of The Criterion Collection, so occasionally modern films will be thrown into the mix. The people I interact with on Twitter and the other blogs I follow are nearly exclusively into classic film.
I did some rough math the other day and realized that I had blogged about 16% of the entire Blu-Ray collection. That’s not a bad number for only doing this for just under a year. I then calculated roughly the length of time it would take to complete this project while keeping up with releases (estimated 5 per month). At two spine number write-ups per week, that would take me about 7 years. At three titles per week, it would take me about 3 years. That explains somewhat why I’ve been a little more prolific lately. I have free time, but also this is a project I want to complete before I’m old and gray.
The one thing that keeps this fresh is that I can pretty much blog any title of my choosing. I keep up relatively well with new releases (although I am about 4-5 discs behind now), and I use my Lists project to dictate what catalog titles to cover. That gets me part of the way. Sometimes there will be time for me to squeeze in other titles. One way to get some incentive while also becoming a contributing member of the Classic Film community, is by participating in their Blogathons. Not only do I get to interact with other bloggers, but I get ideas on how to approach my posts creatively. It keeps things fresh and keeps me motivated to keep writing.
They just posted the schedule and my post is due on April 15th. As you can see, I chose The Blob as my subject. This gives me the motivation to dive into a title that I haven’t been enthused to cover, The Blob from 1958, while also allowing me to contrast that with The Blob from 1988, which I own from Twilight Time. So it’s a Blobathon, which is a phrase I’ll use. It’ll probably start with a straightforward review of the 1958 version over the weekend, and a Blobathon post on Wednesday that contrasts the villain from both films.
Next month I’m getting involved with Classic Film and TV Cafe’s “My Favorite Classic Movie” Blogathon. I love so many films that it would be impossible for me to pick a favorite classic film. Maybe one day I’ll put some time into developing a big list, but for now, I have many favorites. On the Waterfront is one of those titles that has been sitting near my watching queue. I absolutely love the film and have seen it at least three times, and have already done some studies of it during college, but I have not cracked the Criterion version. Well here’s my chance.
For June, I’ll be diving back in with Speakeasy and Silver Screenings for the Beach Party Blogathon. I had a tough time coming up with a title for this topic. My first idea was for Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, but I’ve already covered that film in detail. I settled on The Seventh Seal, which is hardly a “Beach Party,” but it does have scenes on the beach. Annette Funicello, meet the Grim Reaper. How about a game of chess?
From here on out, I’ll do my best to join one Blogathon per month, which is probably my limit. I don’t want to overextend myself and burn out. I just want a creative outlet to have fun with.