Update: Due to some health issues, I have had to step down as co-host of this event. However, Janet is still on duty and she will be more than happy to accept your submissions. Happy blogging!
Hang on kids, I’m back in the saddle again! I was invited by Janet of Sister Celluloid to join her in hosting an event for those of us who like to swim against the current.
Here’s the skinny from Janet:
If you love a movie, actor, actress or director that most fans and critics dismiss, or if you’ve had it up to here listening to praise
for someone or something you simply can’t stand, then come sit here by us! This event is about expressing opinions that are liable to get
your Classic Movie Fan card revoked. We just figure if we do it together, they can’t kick all of us out.
This isn’t about plugging obscure movies or people, though heaven knows we’ve all got a few of those up our sleeves. (Fritzi adds: It’s also not about mythbusting or debating a controversial love life.) And it’s not about quibbling over who or what deserved an Oscar, or complaining that a good film is nevertheless overexposed. Yes, we know, none of us ever needs to see another Casablanca coffee mug—but if you genuinely loathe the movie itself, then go to town!
And this has nothing to do with loving movies that are so bad, they’re good. It’s about believing with all your heart that something that’s
considered bad actually is good—or, on the other hand, toppling a beloved film or figure from its pedestal. (For instance, Fritzi is leaping to the much-maligned Cecil B. DeMille’s defense with a review of The Godless Girl, and Janet is seeing many shades of Jungle Red over
So go ahead! Say Guy Madison never got the acting props he deserved. Or that Louise Brooks sets your teeth on edge. Praise Cimarron to the
skies. Heckle Bambi. Give Kitten with a Whip the critical raves it’s been denied.
Now, c’mon, people, join us out on that limb—there’s room for everybody! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
A few ground rules
We’re focusing on movies made before 1970 and performers and directors who did most or all of their work before then.
No reruns. Please don’t send us a link to a post you’ve already published.
When: January 17 and 18, 2015
What you need to do: Just tell us your movie, performer or director of choice.
Once your choice is accepted, grab a banner, create a link out of it, and display it proudly.
When you publish your post, include one of the banners at the top or the bottom, with a link to the blogathon (link to whichever of our two
websites publishes your post), and include this brief description: “This post is part of the Contrary to Popular Opinion Blogathon, where
we set the consensus on its head by defending a maligned film, performer or director or toppling a beloved one!”
We will not be assigning days, so post your review on either day. In the next few weeks, we will be dividing up the posts between us, so check to see which of us has yours. Then, after you’ve posted, copy the URL into the comments section of the appropriate website—either
Sister Celluloid or Movies Silently—and we will link over to your site. Easy!
Movies Silently defends Cecil B. DeMille with a review of The Godless Girl (1929)
Nitrate Glow defends Gulliver’s Travels (1939)
Sister Celluloid attacks The Women (1939)
Nitrate Glow attacks The Pirate (1948) and Our Dancing Daughter (1928)
Critica Retro discusses why Marilyn Monroe movies are better if you don’t focus on Marilyn.
My Classic Movies attacks 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Moon in Gemini is going to take down Jezebel (1938)