Sunday, October 3, 2010

Idea for a new feature on this here family blog

Hey Peeps! The last couple of days there have been some postings, but it seems lately, the blog has been chirping for some action. There are the weekly WTB posts, and that is about it. So, the last few days, I've been thinking about what might be a fun new feature that will get some discussion going. And I think I came up with it!

I was at work today listening to a bunch of old Filmspotting podcasts, that is the podcast I won that contest from, and it hit me. Movie marathons! Once in awhile Adam and Matty will do a movie marathon of about 5 movies with a similar theme. They do marathons on different genres, themes and directors, and I thought it might be fun if we do it too.

Since Emily listens to the same podcast, I emailed her to see what she thought and she said it is a fantastic idea. I then asked if she could help me run it, since she is familiar with the way Filmspotting does it. Here is what we propose:

We will come up with a theme. Anyone who wants can send us, privately, movie titles that you think will fit well with the theme. We will give you like 48 hours to send us movie titles. You do not have to send us titles in order to participate. Em and I will then discuss, and come up with 5 movies. We will watch one movie at a time. I say we give everyone plenty of time to watch the movie, like 10 days or 2 weeks. Then Em or I will do a quick post about the movie and we can all discuss. What do you think? I think this will be a great way to get some good discussions going, and it will be a way for us to see some movies you may not see otherwise, or re-watch some old favorites.

Keep in mind, this is not a top 5 best films that fit the current theme. Just 5 movies that represent the theme. Emily and I discussed about what to do about rated R movies. We decided we will do our very best to keep the movies at a rating of PG-13 and lower, but some R's will slip in. When that is the case, just don't watch that movie, but you should still be able to enjoy the discussion. Emily and I both enjoy the discussions on the marathons Filmspotting has, even when we have never seen the movie they are talking about.

I think this will be a really fun way to spark some discussion and debate. The marathon themes will be wide spread and they can be 5 movies from a director, 5 films with a certain actor, 5 films of a certain genre, etc etc. Here are some example theme ideas:

courtroom dramas
Alfred Hitchcock movies
movies about food
movies with a color in the title
con movies
screen dads
sister movies
holiday movies
coming of age movies
movies based on plays
bio pics

There are a lot of different themes we can do. Feel free to suggest some themes. The themes should be broad enough that we can pick from a list of movies. So we really shouldn't do a theme like "movies about Middle Earth" or "movies that feature Clint Eastwood running around San Francisco with a 45 magnum"

Let me know if you think this is a good idea or not. It is strictly voluntary, so if no one wants to participate, Em and I will just do it and you guys will have to put up with the postings and comments.

For those interested. What should the first theme be?


Pops said...

Good going, Sue. Fine idea and we ought to give it a go. The blog needs some new life and interest.

Movies about Cons would be a good catagory to start. There are some good ones out there. Question: Is "My Fair Lady" a con movie??

By the way: It was a .44 Magnum. A Smith and Wesson model 29 with a 6 inch barrel. I know because I have one.

Haley said...

Sounds like fun. I just don't know how I'm going to be able to get my hands on the movies.

B said...

This sounds awesome!! I still need to give Filmspotting another try. I vote... Movies with a color in the title, screen dads, or coming of age movies.

Other categories could be Oscar nominees (before the awards ceremony, or pick a year and watch them), or... hmm, I've really been wanting to see movies with old classic actresses in them.

Anyways, that's my 2 cents. This sounds fun!!!

B said...

Oh, Haley, I've got a coupon for a month of free Netflix, or you could get them from your local library.

B said...

Also, another theme could be movies where you root for the "bad guys"!

Matt said...

I'm in! Great ideas! I like your themes B. "rooting for the bad guys" is cool. Like Dexter. (even though I've never seen that show but yeah)
Prison movies! Shawshank Redemption, The Last Castle, Green Mile, Dead Man Walking, Count of Monte Cristo... BOOM! 5 good ones right there!!
I will keep thinking. I like this. Netflix is awesome and so worth the money if you watch them. I would say "get it" to anyone who doesn't have it.

Pops said...

add, Birdman of Alkatraz, The Clint Eastwood prison one that I can't remember the name of, Blues Brothers where they sing Jailhouse Rock and many other good prison movies. Shawshank the BEST!!

Emily said...

Speaking of Dexter- season 4 is blowing my mind!