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Juxtaposition Blogathon: Day 5

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.
  • 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!

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Juxtaposition Blogathon: Day 4

Two more days to go in the blogathon!

And wow. I cannot overstate how happy I am with today’s crop of submissions. These folks really went above and beyond. Give them some love!

  • First, the delightful/talented/lovely Christianne from Krell Laboratories penned “Once Too Often to the Weller,” evaluating RoboCop 3 (which does not star Peter Weller) and Leviathan (which does). She demonstrates a Kim Newman-esque knowledge and intuitive understanding of horror/sci-fi history as well as a great sense of humor, and this post is just a pleasure to read.
  • Next, the reliably great The Mike from From Midnight, With Love does a “Modern Horror vs. Not-So-Modern Horror Double Feature” five times over! It’s got love for House of the Devil, a hilarious graph, snakes, gators, and more. In other words, everything that’s beautiful in life.
  • Finally, Colin from Against The Hype gives us one last poignant, funny image juxtaposition entitled “F***ed: Actress Peak Performance Barometer?” Anything that contains both Heavenly Creatures and Safe makes me very, very happy.

If you have anything else to submit, please do so by tomorrow evening! (Stragglers will get linked to, even if it’s after the wrap-up post, so don’t fret.) I hope you’re having as much fun as we are. Now, on to the last day…

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Juxtaposition Blogathon: Day 3

Halfway through, and the blogathon’s going strong as ever!

  • First, Noah from The Hooded Utilitarian goes into rape-revenge territory with the original I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and its shitty 2010 remake. He cites Carol Clover’s Men, Women, and Chain Saws (aka “my bible”) so of course you have to read it. Back in February, he also wrote about “Bad Boys” in Groundhog Day and From Dusk till Dawn, both of which he hated.
  • Tim Brannan from The Other Side looked at five different film versions of Dracula and their representations of Mina Harker. I’ve never thought about Mina as the original final girl, but it’s a great point, and it’s fascinating to see the changes in her character over the decades.

I know of a few bloggers who are still preparing their posts, so stay with us over the next two days as we build to a thrilling climax…

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Juxtaposition Blogathon: Day 2

The blogathon marches on!

  • Movie Guy Steve from 1001plus brings us “Marriage Gone Bad,” with the Czech drama The Ear side-to-side with Mike Nichols’ adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His description of The Ear, which I’ve never heard of, makes it sound fascinating. He also wrote “The Best Month Ever: June, 1982,” parts one and two—and presents some solid evidence to back up that claim, like the words “The Thing.”
  • Craig from Blame Mame played a little game of “original vs. remake” with The Women (1939 and 2008). It’s really just disappointing to see so many first-rate actresses wasted the ’08 version… but, well, that’s Hollywood. At least someone got a blog post out of it!
  • Finally, Colin from Against The Hype makes his first appearance in the blogathon with a very witty juxtaposition all about “War.” In this battle between Neeson and Close, who will win your heart?

That’s all for today, but stay tuned this week for a Dracula-centric submission and some special surprises…

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Juxtaposition Blogathon: Day 1

The Juxtaposition Blogathon has arrived!

Three weeks ago, we sent out the call for posts juxtaposing two or more movies. The response was tremendous, and now it’s time to start linking. We’ll be accepting submissions at p.g.grrr@gmail.com through Friday—and yes, we’ll still link to it even if it’s a little late. (We’ve procrastinated and sent in late submissions to many, many blogathons so it’d be silly not to.)

So now let’s kick off five days of juxtaposing, blogging fun with the first round of submissions!

  • Simon from Four of Them is both a very entertaining blogger and Pussy Goes Grrr’s most prolific commenter, so who better to start off with? She submitted a post from 2010 called “Women Pre-1970: Adam’s Rib, Bonnie & Clyde, Citizen Kane.” It has some strong observations about the contrasts between women within each movie: as she puts it, “For every strong, badass chick, there was a screaming, emotional wreck of a baby basket.” Amanda/Doris, Bonnie/Blanche, Emily/Susan, you get the idea. My favorite line:

There is no apparent sexay-times [between Kane and Susan], but then, that shit wouldn’t go down back then, would it?

  • Next up is Alan from The Great Movies Project with “The Evolution of a (Super) Hero.” Writing exclusively about movies where Chris Evans has superpowers (Fantastic Four 1 and 2, Push, Scott Pilgrim, Captain America), he charts the heroic development of Evans’ characters. I knew almost nothing about Evans’ career going in, and thus was very amused to learn that he’s been typecast as “guy with superpowers.”
  • We’ll close out the first day with David Kilmer from I Took the Liberty of Reading Your Mind, who submitted a double feature of double features. In “CE3K = Jaws with BEMs instead of Bruce,” he makes some good points about Spielberg’s pet themes and story structure, as well as Richard Dreyfuss’s versatility. (Seriously, what a terrific actor.) Then he explains how King Kong and The Searchers are basically the same movie—and it’s totally true, too. They’re genre-coded expansions on centuries-old (racist) captivity narratives. Hell, so is Star Wars. And Taxi Driver. I’m not making this up! Anyway, David’s posts have been some of my favorites so far in the blogathon, so definitely give ’em a gander.

Thanks to Simon, Alan, and David for jumping headfirst into the cold blogathon waters and making this first day possible! We’ll be back tomorrow with Day 2…

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