Announcing the Criterion Blogathon

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We are pleased to announce the first annual Criterion Blogathon!

The blogathon will take place November November 16th to 21st, and I have the pleasure of co-hosting with two of my favorite bloggers and favorite people: Kristina from Speakeasy and Ruth from Silver Screenings. This is not their first rodeo, as they’ve hosted numerous fantastic Blogathons. Earlier this year they hosted the Great Villain Blogathon and the Beach Party Bash Blogathon. What’s great about these two is that they turn these Blogathons into events, which is what we are planning for November.

Just last year, The Criterion Collection celebrated their 30th anniversary. That’s an amazing accomplishment for a physical media label. They began with laserdiscs, transitioned to DVDs, and now are the top boutique label for Blu-Ray/DVD. They have established credibility with their film choices, ranging from mainstream classics to some of the best art films the world has ever seen. Today they continue to add to their library, adding modern auteurs and classic films. I’m of the opinion that they have something in their catalog that appeals to anyone with a passion for film and history.

This Blogathon is scheduled to take place over six days in November to correlate with the release of The Apu Trilogy and In Cold Blood. During the month of November, they are also releasing Code Unknown, Julien Duvivier in the Thirties, Ikiru and Don’t Look Back. We think that The Apu Trilogy is an important release for the history of film and we couldn’t pick a better time to celebrate the label.

How does this work?

If you are a blogger, you can choose any film or topic from the Criterion catalog. If you’re unfamiliar with Criterion releases, check out the links below for films offered in a variety of media:

The Eclipse Series
Hulu (Available to US users only.)

You can also search Criterion for titles or people. Or just Google an actor/actress and Criterion.

We expect good participation, so we are not allowing duplicate entries with one exception. Any title that is going to be released in November is fair game. October releases do not count. (Sorry to everyone who wants to cover Mulholland Drive!) This is on a first-come, first-served basis.

You are welcome to write about a film, a director, an era, a DVD release, or anything that is related to The Criterion Collection. These do not have to be formal DVD reviews. You can write from whatever style or angle that you think appropriately covers the topic within the theme of your blog.

You can sign up by completing the form at the bottom of the page or clicking here. Please think of two good choices. You may not get your first choice and maybe not your second, but we hope that everyone can find a personally interesting topic to write about. With more than a thousand titles in the catalog, there are plenty to go around.

Please also keep the hashtag #criterionblogathon in the back of your mind. We’ll be using that on Twitter prior to and during the event. Maybe if enough of you sign up, we can even get it trending!

The Blogathon will take place for six days. Kristina, Ruth and Aaron will alternate posting recaps each day. We will separate the daily recaps by era and region, but we’ll get into that later.

One more thing: We ask that you try to upload your Blogathon posts in time for us to post it in that evening’s recap. If you post late, you will still be included, but probably won’t get as many readers.

We can’t wait for this mega blogging event!. Grab a banner and share it with your blog’s readers.

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Any questions? Feel free to comment below.


Aaron,, The Apu Trilogy
Kristina, Speakeasy, In Cold Blood
Ruth, Silver Screenings, Ikiru

Posted on August 19, 2015, in Blogathon, Criterions. Bookmark the permalink. 103 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Silver Screenings and commented:
    SO excited to be co-hosting this with Criterion Blues and Speakeasy. Hope you’ll join us!

  2. Hey!

    This sounds fantastic, the form seems to have recorded my info. But: How do I know if I got my first or second choice? Though you said to propose 3, the form only had space for 2.

    And do I pick my own day to post? If so, do you need to know in advance?

    Just want to make sure I do what needs to be done to keep things moving smoothly…

    Thanks so much for hosting! Looking forward to reading all the posts.


    • Hi Lesley,
      So glad to have you. This is going to be a blast! We will post who got what. Since you posted early, you probably will get what you want.

      We didn’t post the days yet because we are going to divide them depending on the submissions. Most likely we will separate the days by the time period and nationality, but we want it to be even.

      We have three months, so watch this space and all will be revealed. 🙂

    • By the way, I just checked and you were the first for the choice you wanted. Good one! So you are good to go.

  3. What fun, and gave me a reason to look through the Criterion website. Happy to join in.

  4. This is only my second blogathon, so I don’t have much experience with this. Why so much lead time? I mean, I get it that people have lives, most of them no doubt much more interesting than mine, but November 16 is a long way off. Also, are people supposed to wait until November 16 before posting? And if not, is how early is too early? Thanks.

    • Hey Steve, good question. Most blogathons have a little bit of lead time so that people can think of topics and cover them properly. We’ve been planning this for some time and decided to announce it to coincide with the release of The Apu Trilogy. You are welcome to post your blog early as long as we know, but it’ll be included in the recaps during the week of the event. If you have plenty of time to write, then you are welcome to choose more than one topic too. Glad to have you on board!

      • Okay, thanks!

      • Shoot. I’m almost certain I didn’t include my email when I submitted the form. Don’t know how I missed that. Now I’m wondering if it worked or not. Should I complete the form again? In case you are trying to identify it, my blog is Superflous Film Commentary. Sorry for the trouble.

      • Looks like you didn’t include your email.We might send blast email notices. You’re welcome to submit another form and I’ll just delete everything but the email.

  5. I am in and very excited!

  6. I’m calling dibs on That Hamilton Woman!

  7. Does it have to be a written blog? I have a blog where I post high resolution screencaps, and have any number of Criterion Blu Rays I could cover.

    • Kerry, good question. No, I don’t think it has to be a written blog. It could be a visual blog or even an embedded video would be fine. I think some gorgeous shots would be a fascinating post.

  8. I posted mine in request,thanks aaron west. hopes i got that topic. thanks so much.

  9. Nice! To be honest I will gladly cover either one, but you know I adore Brecht! 😉

  10. I never looked at the list properly before I submitted. I put “Summertime” for my second choice, but I don’t really want to do “Summertime”. I’m going to submit another form and look at the list properly.

  11. Form filled out ( hopefully properly this time ) and my chapeau is in the ring for the French film “Quai Des Orfevres.” I await hearing from you. Criterion…sigh! A girl can go broke here.

  12. Did mine go through? I filled out I wanted to post about Nicolas Roeg (I’m limiting it to his Criterion films), with Le Cercle Rouge as my second choice.

  13. Reblogged this on the last drive in and commented:
    This is going to be an unbelievable blogathon!!!! could watch every Criterion film it’s like candy for the mind!

  14. This is going to be one incredible Blogathon!!! It’s so exciting to see all the film choices lining up!!! Cheers Joey

  15. Reblogged this on The Movie Rat and commented:
    I will be participating in The Criterion collection blogathon covering The Tin Drum.

  16. Reblogged this on 365 Days 365 Classics and commented:
    The wow event in November schedule!

  17. Seems like a great blogathon! Days marked in my diary:)! Looking forward to it!

    • Wow, love your topic! There’ll be some overlap between us, so I cannot wait to read it. Did you mean to send two topics? Your secondary topic is amazing too. Charulata instantly came to mind.

      • Oh same here! I thought the topic would give a chance to explore a particular aspect in the movies. Looking forward to reading your articles too! Thanks for hosting the blogathon! 🙂

  18. Reblogged this on Movie Mania Madness and commented:
    An announcement: I will be contributing to the Criterion Blogathon. As a fan of Criterion and their incredible releases for several years now, there was no way I was going to miss this! I will be writing a column on Jean-Luc Godard’s A WOMAN IS A WOMAN, which is sadly OOP, but should not be forgotten. I can’t wait to watch it again and start writing on it.

  19. Just submitted my request, sounds like it’ll be a fun blogathon! And this will be the first one I’ll be participating in (usually more of a reader than a blogger), so I’m excited. 🙂

    • Wow, well if you are just a reader, then based on the topic you chose, you might want to consider blogging more. That is a fantastic topic! Looking forward to reading it!

      • Yeah now that I have more time on my hands I’ll definitely get into blogging more, and this blogathon will definitely help! I might even do my second-choice topic as well. Thanks for co-hosting this!

      • Your second choice topic was great too, but if you decide to that, please do a favor and submit a new form with it as your first choice. We are basically disregarding second choices unless the first choice is taken. Looking forward to one or both. Big fan of these topics.

  20. Hi Aaron. I really commend you for taking the initiative on such a wonderful project. I chose The 39 Steps and then realised I could have chosen British Hitchcock in Collection. I subsequently did this so could you erase my 39 Steps entry and leave it open to someone else? Many thanks

  21. Thank you!

  22. great idea. just sent u 3 choices that I’d like to review

    • Thanks for participating! It looks like the first request of your third submission (Dazed and Confused) was taken. Do you want your second choice or another topic? You got the other two.

  23. I put in a couple options for The Stop Button and haven’t heard back on either… Wages of Fear or Diabolique?

  24. Hi! Sorry to post this here but I couldn’t find your email. I sent the form to participate in the blogathon at least a month ago but I haven’t heard any response. Could you please email me at to let me know if you received it? If not, I could resend it.

    Thank you!


    • Hi Tammy, yes, we have you for Hobson’s Choice. Is that right? We are now working on the schedule, which takes awhile because of the high number of entries. We’ll probably publish it in a couple weeks and send a mass email. But rest assured, you got your choice. 😉 looking forward to reading it!

  25. Hi! I put a submission in about a week ago to do Mystery Train for the blogathon at my blog,, but have yet to hear a response – hope it isn’t taken, would love to contribute 🙂

  26. Just checking in: Did my submission go through? I sent it at the end of last week, so you probably haven’t updated the roster since then, but I wanted to make sure, especially since I’m signing up rather late. Thank you.

  27. It seems I am a bit late onto this one, but have I read it right that we have to pick a movie that was released in November?

  28. This is my first blogathon and I have no idea how to post my article? do i post it to my blog or send it to you/ and how do I grab a banner and what do I do with it?

  29. Here’s mine: (Sched for last day)


  30. Here’s my Grand Old Movies post for Criterion Blogathon on ISLAND OF LOST SOULS – link –

  31. My article on Red River for Old Hollywood Films is rounded up and ready to go:

    I’m scheduled for Wednesday with Silver Screenings,

    Thanks for hosting,

  32. Mine is online. Looking forward to reading everyone else’s entries (there’s a ton of reading here).

  33. Hello,

    Mine’s up now

    Thanks a bunch ! Really enjoying reading all the posts (though I’m having trouble keeping up !)


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