Criterion Blogathon: Blogs & Topics

in cold blood

The initial surge has slowed down, but we still have an impressive 121 topics claimed for our Blogathon, and that number is surely to grow. We’ve been asked often whether people got their first choices, and here is the official unveiling. Most people did get their first choice, and I think that’s because many checked out the First Round page. Thank you for that!

This same info is being pasted at the official Blogathon HQ and this page will not be updated with new submissions, but the other one will.

One thing we noticed is a lot of USA films. We get it, but we think that will probably change now that the biggest American films are claimed. The UK, France and Japan also have a good number of entries.

Kudos to the brave souls that claimed box sets or essays. A lot of these topics look like grad papers, which is terrific. Just because these are going to require the most work, we are going to have them posted on the last day.

We will divide the rest of the days mostly by country and era, and we’ll post a full schedule along with publish dates down the road.

Did we mention prizes? We will be offering some for each day. We are still working on an objective and fair way to judge the winners, but with such a large volume of entries, please be understanding and respectful. By that same token, we hope you will do your best and post quality content.


Criterion Blues – The Apu Trilogy
The Wonderful World of Cinema – Three Wicked Melodramas
// Lillybelle Production – The Lower Depths (both)
Wrong Reel – 3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg
John Likes Movies – Warped World of Kureyoshi Kurahara
The Howard Bannister Report – Sabu in the Criterion Collection


Jahnke’s Electric Theatre – Criterion and Animation
L’Amour Fou and Movies, Too! – Jacques Demy
Make Mine Criterion! – (My) Top Ten List
Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Thief of Bagdad Arabian Fantasies
The Joy and Agony of Movies – Nicolas Roeg
The Criterion Completion – Collecting Criterion
Threedonia – Christian Faith in Classic European Cinema
365 Days 365 Classics – The Indian ethos in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy
365 Days 365 Classics – Women in Satyajit Ray’s Cinema
Cinema Cities – Classic Film Noir in the Criterion Collection
Scream Blu Fans! – Criterion and Horror


To be Confirmed – Videodrome (1983)
Cinema Versus – The Brood (1979)
Midnight Only – Belle du jour (1967)


Life In Cinema – Marketa Lazarova (1967)


In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – Master of the House (1925)


The Stop Button – Diabolique (1955)
Pioneer Pride – Elevator to the Gallows (1957)
Criterion Blues – Rules of the Game (1939)
The Film Tank – Rififi (1955)
CineMaven’s: Essays From the Couch – Quai des Orfevres (1947)
Spitball Army – Les Miserables (1934)
Film Grimoire – The Testament of Orpheus (1960)
The Lady Eve’s Reel Life – La Ronde (1950) – News From Home (1976)
Movie Mania Madness – A Woman is a Woman (1961)
Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second – The Soft Skin (1964)
Spellbound by Movies – Judex (1963)
Ferdy on Films – Jour de Fete (1949)
Cameras and Joysticks – Pierrot le Fou (1964)
Cameras and Joysticks – Breathless (1960)
The Cinematic Frontier – Beauty and the Beast (1946)


The Movie Rat – The Tin Drum (1979)
Aperture Reviews – M (1931)
Moon in Gemini – Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Smitten Kitten Vintage – Pandora’s Box (1929)
Serendipitous Anachronisms – The Threepenny Opera (1931)
SkeletonPete – Vampyr (1932)


Totally Filmi – Charulata


Pinnland Empire – Close-up and Taste of Cherry (double feature)
Cinema and other Impossible Pursuits – Close-Up (1990)
Wrong Reel – Taste of Cherry (1997)


TheVoid99 – La Dolce Vita (1960)
The Jump Cut at Lime Fiesta – Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
unfocusedframes – Umberto D (1952)


Silver Screenings – Ikiru (1952)
Mookes and Gripes – Mr. Thank You (1936)
Destroy All Fanboys! – High and Low (1936)
Seven Doors of Cinema – Jigoku
The Blazing Reel – Tokyo Story (1953)
Caftan Woman – Sanjuro (1962)
Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings – Early Summer (1951)
Critica Retro – Late Spring (1949)
The Terrible Claw Reviews – Godzilla (1954)


Cinephilia – The Cranes are Flying (1957)


Krell Laboratories – Viridiana (1961)


Coffee Gone Cold – Yi Yi (2000)


Sister Celluloid – Green for Danger (1946)
Blogue cinéastique – The Innocents (1961)
A Shroud of Thoughts – That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Wonders in the Dark – A Room with a View (1985)
Defiant Success – Insignificance (1985)
The Blue Chair – This Sporting Life/If…
Journeys in Darkness and Light – Fish Tank (2009)
GirlsDoFilm – An Angel at my Table (1990)
Mildred’s Fatburgers – Watership Down (1979)
Pop Culture Pundit – Weekend (2011)
The Cinematic Frontier – The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Phantom Empires – The Deceivers (1988)


Speakeasy – In Cold Blood (1967)
Now Voyaging – Ride the Pink Horse (1946)
The Other Critic – 12 Angry Men (1957)
Second Sight Cinema – Lonesome (1928)
Mookes and Gripes – Brief Encounter (1945)
Movie Movie Blog Blog – All That Jazz (1979)
Twenty Four Frames – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Aurora’s Gin Joint – My Darling Clementine (1946)
Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Movies Silently – Pool Sharks (1915)
Arturo – The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
B Noir Detour – Pickup on South Street (1953)
Superfluous Film Commentary – Paris, Texas (1984)
Mike’s Take on the Movies – Jubal (1956)
Cinema Gadfly – Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Classic Movie Man – The Lady Eve (1941)
Back to Golden Days – Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Loud Green Bird – Being John Malkovich (1999)
Wide Screen World – Spartacus (1960)
Cindy Bruchman – Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Old Hollywood Films – Red River (1948)
Cinema Monolith – Ministry of Fear (1944)
In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
An Ode to Dust – Safety Last! (1923)
Film Ruminations – The Third Man (1949)
In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – Written on the Wind (1956)
Mildred’s Fatburgers – Shock Corridor (1953)
Hometowns to Hollywood – The Freshman (1925)
Floyd R. Turbo – Paths of Glory (1957)
Interested in Sophisticated Fun? – Two Lane Blacktop (1971)
Dismal Whimsy – The Uninvited (1944)
A Scunner Darkly – The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
F for Films – Notorious (1946)
Criterion Close-Up – Mulholland Drive (2001)
Grand Old Movies – Island of Lost Souls (1932)
The Last Drive-In – Carnival of Souls (1962)
Diary of a Country Pickpocket – The Furies (1950)
Diary of a Country Pickpocket – Stagecoach (1939)
Cinematic Catharsis – Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Nerdy but Flirty – The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Micro-Brewed Reviews – Fiend Without a Face (1958)
In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – My Man Godfrey (1937)
The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog – The Most Dangerous Game (1932) – The Black Stallion (1979)
Checkpoint Telstar RoboCop (1987)
Cameras and Joysticks – The Game (1997)

Posted on August 25, 2015, in Blogathon, Criterions. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Hi Aaron,

    Not a big deal, just more a question than anything else. Isn’t A Hard Days Night more a British film than USA?

    Regards, John Greco

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Aaron, good grief, you will be busy putting on this show! Thanks for a clever idea and I look forward to meeting new blogs and reading new reviews.

  3. The list looks great! Sure it will grow more! Looking forward to discovering more blogs!

  4. So excited I got my first pick. Looking forward to reading everyone’s posts!

  5. Congrats Aaron!!! The response here has been utterly spectacular!!! 🙂

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