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:
Alfred Hitchcock movies
movies about food
movies with a color in the title
coming of age movies
movies based on plays
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?