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.

The first Blogathon adventure is just around the corner. It is the Great Villain Blogathon through Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings.


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.

My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon 2

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.

Posted on April 11, 2015, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Thanks, really looking forward to your posts for both of our ‘thons and the Favorite Movie one too. You’re right about these types of events being both fun and creatively inspiring, and always fun to get to know each other through movies. Cheers!

    • Hey Kristina, thanks for stopping by. You both did a great job at choosing topics for your ‘thons. These should be fun to read and write, and I look forward to what you come up with next and hope I can find a creative way to contribute.

  2. I love that you chose “The Seventh Seal” for the Beach Party blogathon. Admittedly, I’ve not seen this film, but I suspect I’ll be rushing to find it after your review!

    Just a heads up: There is a third co-host for the Villain blogathon, and that is our pal at Shadows and Satin:

    • Thanks for the correction. I don’t know why I blanked on including S&S as that’s a blog I read regularly and enjoy. The post is edited to include all three.

      Even for Bergman, The Seventh Seal is a deep and contemplative piece. It’ll be a difficult choice to apply to the “Beach Party” theme, but I’ll do my best.

  3. I just emailed to participate in the classic film blogathont last night. How long should I wait for a response or addition? I really would love to be a part of it. I picked THE THIRD MAN.

    • I think it took him a day or two to respond to mine. He wasn’t an immediate emailer. I’m pretty sure you’ll be included. The Third Man is a great choice!

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