And with this, the blogathon comes to a spectacular end!
This has been an incredible week. It’s been amazing to see the kind of high-quality writing that our contributors have put together for this little digital soirée. And, no lie, it’s also been pretty emotional: we held a blogathon, and people wanted to participate! What better validation of our blogging endeavors could there be? (All in all, 22 authors submitted 37 posts.) To every single person who’s submitted, read, linked, or been involved with the blogathon in any capacity, we extend our sincerest “thank you.” You are part of the reason Pussy Goes Grrr exists.
And now, on to the final round of submissions! If the Juxtaposition Blogathon was a fireworks display, this would be the grand finale. Imagine these links as red, white, and blue explosions lighting up the sky.
- First, we’ve got Christine from Paracinema with “The Birds versus Birdemic.” It’s always great/awful when an incompetent young director wants to pay homage to a classic—see, for example, Tommy Wiseau’s allusions to Citizen Kane and Rebel Without a Cause in The Room. Christine’s description of James Nguyen’s Birds-rehashing disaster movie Birdemic makes me wonder, “Why in tarnation haven’t I seen this yet?!”
- Oh, and while we’re on the subject of Paracinema: 1) the greatest thanks of all go to Christine’s co-editor Dylan for designing our glorious Juxtaposition Blogathon banners and 2) buy a copy of Issue #13 if you haven’t already! Ashley’s article is on the cover, and I wrote about Bela Lugosi!
- Next up: Thomas Duke from Cinema Gonzo took a fairly unusual approach by writing about the ’80s slashers The House on Sorority Row and The Prowler through the lens of Rush’s music. Alas, due to my minimal experience with Rush, I didn’t get the full effect of this post… but it’s still very entertaining and full of odd trivia.
- Friend-of-PGG G. Smalley from 366 Weird Movies did a “Documentary Double Feature,” simultaneously reviewing Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (a history of American horror) and American Grindhouse (a more focused account of grindhouse/exploitation filmmaking). Both sound like fun, educational viewing.
- Chris from Recently Viewed Movies juxtaposed two classics of German Expressionist cinema from director Robert Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Hands of Orlac. Most people (myself included) have never seen the latter, though you may be familiar with the remake Mad Love; as such, Chris’s write-up is a useful peek at another part of Wiene’s filmography (which, like Cabinet, stars Conrad Veidt).
- Kevyn Knox from The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World went in a very cool direction with his post, “On the Portrayal of Movie Projectionists.” He traces the history of the profession through films like Sherlock Jr. Cinema Paradiso, Fight Club, Hellzapoppin’, and Inglourious Basterds, and his own personal experience as a projectionist.
- Marc Edward Heuck from The Projector Has Been Drinking sent in a trio of juxtaposition posts, dealing with Big Fan and Christmas Evil; Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and Shutter Island; and The Stepford Wives alongside Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees.” That last one especially is very clever, and demonstrates some damn good taste.
- Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. from Thrilling Days of Yesteryear wrote a pair of detailed reviews on The Fuller Brush Man and The Fuller Brush Girl, starring Red Skelton and Lucille Ball respectively. I’ve never seen either, so it’s handy to get Ivan’s perspective on both.
- My friend Anna from The Semioptician set two trailers side by side in order to analyze the representations of gender and sexuality in the marketing materials for Pariah and Gun Hill Road. She really knows how to pick apart tiny textual/sexual details and the conventions of indie cinema, making her thoughts on the subject a joy to read.
- And last but certainly not least, we have Joanna from Reel Feminist with “The Philadelphia Story vs. High Society.” Because sucky remakes are not confined to the 21st century! Joanna’s blog is fairly new, but she’s a damn fine writer and really knows her Philadelphia Story. So go read her stuff!
I guess that’s it. If you have any more blogathon posts, though, feel free to email us and they’ll still get linked to. We hope you’ve had fun! Thanks for reading!