Criterion Blogathon: Day 6 Recap

This has been amazing. Today was the last day of the Criterion Blogathon, a blogging event that celebrates some of the best films in the world. Films covered include Hollywood classics, art house flicks, foreign films and cult classics. The essays presented over the past six days are inspiring, amusing, challenging and thought-provoking. The blogathon is dedicated to Criterion,… Continue reading Criterion Blogathon: Day 6 Recap


Criterion Blogathon: Day 4 Recap

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  Today the Criterion Blogathon is focusing on Asian cinema, with these great articles touching on everything from samurai and kaiju to baseball and judo to intimate family stories and personal epics. From all these truly excellent posts, we recognize a few for their unique approaches. Join us again tomorrow on social media via #CriterionBlogathon. Asian (Hong Kong,…


Criterion Blogathon: Day 3 Recap

It’s already Day 3 of the #CriterionBlogathon! This is an incredible blogging event, due to the knowledge about – and insightful analysis of – a variety of film subjects. You want to read some of the smartest writing on film? You’ve come to the right blogathon. Today we’re focusing on English-language films from 1947-1980. You’ll be impressed by… Continue reading Criterion Blogathon: Day 3 Recap


Mr Watanabe’s Life-Fulfilling Project

“[T]his is one of the few movies that might actually be able to inspire someone to lead their life a little differently,” writes movie critic Roger Ebert. Ebert is speaking of the award-winning Japanese film Ikiru (1952), a haunting story about the meaning of one man’s life. Ikiru, in Japanese, means “to live”. The film is about a… Continue reading Mr Watanabe’s Life-Fulfilling Project


Daffy Duck: How to Succeed in Show Biz

Before Daffy Duck was a Big Star, he was a character actor in Looney Tunes animated shorts. His career began in Porky Pig‘s star vehicles, starting with 1937’s Porky’s Duck Hunt. Daffy was created by the saucy animators at Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.) as a colourful but supporting cast member of Porky’s dramatis personae, as outlined in this studio… Continue reading Daffy Duck: How to Succeed in Show Biz


Bob Hope, Swashbuckler

Swashbuckling movies are always lots of fun, but… let’s face it. Sometimes they’re just begging to be spoofed. Come on – swashbuckling movies revel in men with floppy hair, swishy clothes and impractical footwear. These guys are our first line of defence against evil highwaymen and pirates? It can be a bit of a stretch, no? That’s… Continue reading Bob Hope, Swashbuckler


Warner Bros. Animated Pop Quiz

Hooray! It’s time for a Pop Quiz. What – did you think we were never going to have a Pop Quiz? Where’s the fun in life if you can’t enjoy a surprise test every now and then? Today’s quiz is based on the Warner Bros. animated short, Hollywood Steps Out. This eight-minute film is a send-up of Hollywood… Continue reading Warner Bros. Animated Pop Quiz