I’d like to start by thanking everyone who voted and left feedback. And here are the results of the polls:
What existing series do you like best?
The choices here were Silents in Talkies, After the Silents, The Lost Film Files and In the Vaults.
The first three choices are all neck and neck in popularity with In the Vaults slightly less popular. I had been slacking off on my Lost Film and Vaults posts lately but I will be putting more into the queue. I will also be more diligent about posting After the Silents. Silents in Talkies will be a little more sporadic because I frankly get a little worked up when movies get things wrong and I try not to write angry.
What new series would you like to read?
The choices here were Silent Life (a look at daily life in the silent era), Dress Like a Star! (showcase a fashionable look from a silent film), and So You Want to Make a Silent Movie (vintage tips for would-be filmmakers).
The response was overwhelming. Silent Life got more votes than the other two choices combined. I have already started implementing the series on my site. The other two proposed features will be rolled out sometime in the new year.
Once again, I really appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoy the new features.
Movies Silently is getting a makeover
Over the last year or so, you may have noticed that I have been experimenting with various headers and banners. Well, I finally made up my mind. I will be switching themes and implementing the new look in the next few months. In the meantime, please excuse my mess.
I will be co-hosting the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon on January 12. Be sure to come over for the festivities.
February is a very special month. I will be holding a Cecil B. DeMille Centennial Bash. DeMille’s directing debut, The Squaw Man, was released in February of 1914 and I will be reviewing it (along with other DeMille features). I considered hosting a DeMille blogathon but had a bit too much on my plate already. Don’t write it off, though. Cecil B. and I have a very complicated relationship and it would be a fun event to host sometime in the future.
But that’s not all! February is also the anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s debut! I will be throwing some Chaplin shorts into the review mix as well. I decided to give the month to DeMille because I think his best work was in the silent era and it is unjustly neglected. However, there was no way I could leave the Little Tramp out entirely.
Lots to do!