Announcing the A MOVIE GIFT TO YOU BLOGATHON

Christmas is coming soon — and as we are endlessly reminded every year, Christmas is a time for giving. So it’s only appropriate that Movie Movie Blog Blog announces the
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What movie would you give to a very cherished person in your life?

Oh, sure, you’ve done it before. But we don’t mean look up Amazon.com, go to Genres, pick a movie from your friend’s favorite genre, have Amazon add a gift card and gift wrapping, type in your credit card number, and boom, you’ve done your Christmas shopping for another year!

Give this one some thought. If you could give only one movie to someone this Christmas:

  • Who would be most deserving?
  • What movie would be worthy of that person?
  • Why do you think that person would appreciate and/or enjoy that particular movie?

Here are the rules for this blogathon:

  1. No duplicate entries allowed. Please check the listing of entries below so that you do not start writing about a movie that has already been taken.
  2. Only one (1) movie per blogger. As stated, we want you to give this one entry some very special thought. We also fear that, if we allowed more than one entry per blogger, this blogathon would be running past New Year’s Day.
  3. Please give a minimal description of the person to whom you are “giving” this movie.

(a)  It does not have to be a real person. EXAMPLE: Perhaps you enjoy a particular Disney cartoon, and you’d like to give it to an anonymous child who loves watching cartoons.

(b) If it is a real person, don’t feel you have to identify him or her by name or by your relationship with the person. Just give us enough info that we can understand why you’d want to gift that person with your movie choice.

   4.  Provide the standard movie description that you would for any blogathon, but also be sure to relate the movie to your recipient and why/how the movie fits that person so perfectly.

Posting rules are as follows:

  1. Please leave me a message in the “Comments” section below that includes the name and URL of your blog, and the name of the movie you choose to write about.
  2. Below are banners to advertise the blogathon. Once you have completed Step # 1, please grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.
  3. The blogathon will take place from Fri., Dec. 18, through Sun., Dec. 20, 2015. Once you have posted your blogathon entry on one of these dates, please post its URL in the “Comments” section so that I can link our blog back to it.

Let’s make this the best blogging Christmas ever!

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Here’s the line-up so far:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Thoughts All Sorts – The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

B Noir Detour – Bound (1996)

A Shroud of Thoughts – Yellow Submarine (1968)

Serendipitous Anachronisms – Amelie (2001)

Moon in Gemini – Ratatouille (2007)

Old Hollywood Films – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Spontaneous Whimsy – An Affair to Remember (1957)

Silent-ology – Harry Langdon’s Three’s a Crowd (1927)

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Day 2 Recap of the ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON

We continue to cry tears of joy over the enthusiasm of our bloggers’ entries. See why as we present the spoils of

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Day 2 consisted of a couple of blog entries related to the golden past and recent present of the Walt Disney Studios. (If you missed them the first time around, click on the blog’s titles to link to and read their entries.)

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Silver Scenes critiqued The Reluctant Dragon, Disney’s depiction of his step-by-step cartoon-making process as well as the final product.

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And Let’s Go to the Movies gave a detailed description of why she loves the love story of Aladdin, as well as its verbal showcase of the late, great Robin Williams.

And that’s not quite all, folks! We’re still awaiting two more blogathon entries, and then our blog has an announcement about a new blogathon for the final weekend before Christmas. So keep us bookmarked!

POSTSCRIPT – BLATANT PLUG. If you like classic cartoons so much, why don’t you join me at Twitter.com tonight? Every Sunday night at 7:25 p.m. EST, I host a Live Tweet titled Popeye & Friends where I show a half-hour of old cartoons, in the style of the old kids’ TV shows. You can follow along, watch the cartoons, and even comment on the proceedings if you’d like. To find me on Twitter, my Twitter name is @MovieMovieBlogB, and the hashtag that I use for the show is #PopeyeFriends. Hope to see you there!

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The ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON is here!

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Sorry that our blogathon couldn’t wait for Saturday morning, but we’re so excited to talk about our favorite animated films! Join us over the next three days as a golden collection of bloggers share their favorite cartoon memories with everyone!

If you are one of the participating bloggers:

  1. Please post the names and URLs of your blog and the cartoon you are blogging about, in the “Comments” section below, so that we can link to them.
  2. The only deadline is that we request you post your blog entry by the end of the day on Sunday, Nov. 9 — and the sooner, the better. (Inquiring cartoon buffs want to know!)

If you are one of our visitors, click on the appropriate blog and/or cartoon title below to link to the blogger’s entry about said cartoon. Keep us bookmarked, as we will continue to update the list below throughout the weekend as bloggers submit their entries. This blog will also be doing end-of-the-day wrap-ups of blog entries submitted on each day.

So sit back this weekend, and enjoy a guilt-free line-up of classic cartoons on us!

Here are the blogathon entries:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Popeye in The Spinach Overture (1935) and Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Sleeping Beauty (1959) and 101 Dalmatians (1961)

BNoirDetourJessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Epileptic Moondancer – Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Rick and Morty (2013- )

Serendipitous Anachronisms – Pluto in Cold Turkey (1951)

Silver Screenings – Tex Avery’s Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Moon in GeminiBugs Bunny and Gossamer in Hair-Raising Hare (1946) and Water, Water Every Hare (1952)

VocareMentor.com – Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Hood (1949)

The Movie Rat – Daffy Duck in Duck Amuck (1953)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Disney Studios’ The Aristocats (1970)

365 Days 365 Classics – Chuck Jones’ High Note (1961)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Mickey’s Gala Premiere (1933)

Mildred’s Fatburgers – Marc Antony and Pussyfoot in Chuck Jones’ Feed the Kitty (1952)

Movie Fan FarePorky Pig and Sylvester in Kitty Kornered (1946)

The Midnite Drive-InBugs Bunny in Hare-Way to the Stars (1958)

Let’s Go to the MoviesDisney Studios’ Aladdin (1992)

Silver ScenesDisney’s The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

Dell on MoviesTom & Jerry in Jerry’s Cousin (1951)

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SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON – Day 2 Recap

The hits (and pops and splats) just keep on coming! Here’s the tally for our

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(If you missed any of the following blogathon entries, click on the blog titles to go to them.)

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Caftan Woman finds laughs in the “setting up for rehearsal” scene of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.

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How Sweet It Was provides the entertaining backstory of the most famous ottoman in TV sitcom history, from “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

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And lastly but hardly leastly, Way Too Damn Lazy to Write a Blog offers a round-up of barely adequate dining etiquette, as demonstrated in a century of movie and TV entertainment.

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Don’t worry, there’s plenty more to come in our blogathon! We’ll continue to provide end-of-the-day recaps as well (Click here to read the recap for Day 1 [Sunday] if you missed it), so keep checking back with us through Wed., Sept. 23. Trust us, it’s worth the trip!

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Day 1 recap of the SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON

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The autumnal equinox is still a few days away, but the autumble equinox has just begun. Welcome to the Day 1 recap of our tribute to physical comedy, the See You in the ‘Fall Blogathon! If the descriptions below whet your appetite, just click on each of the blogs’ names for terrific tributes to long and loud laughs!

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BNoirDetour gives a shot-by-shot analysis of Keenan Wynn and Whit Bissell offering brief comic relief in the otherwise heated film noir Shack Out on 101.

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Nitrate Glow discusses the chase scene of Buster Keaton’s amazing silent comedy Sherlock Jr.

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Girls Do Film details M. Hulot’s befuddlement with modern life in Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle.

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Movies Silently explains just why grown man Lupino Lane is dressed up like a bratty kid in the silent short comedy Naughty Boy.

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Love Letters to Old Hollywood shows the lengths to which Jerry Lewis will go to get a laugh in his acclaimed comedy The Nutty Professor.

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Barbra Streisand takes Ryan O’Neal on the ride of his life, in Moon in Gemini‘s critique of the chase scene in Peter Bogdanovich’s screwball-comedy homage What’s Up, Doc?

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CineMaven offers a double feature of the no-holds-barred finale of Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, and blind Mr. Muckle’s disastrous tour of W.C. Fields’ store in It’s a Gift.

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British situation comedy gets its due, as Serendipitous Anachronisms chronicles the price that one woman pays for “Keeping Up Appearances.”

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And lastly, your faithful correspondent shows Steve Martin gathering comedy on the fly, in his unique magical act “The Great Flydini.”

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And the fun is far from over! We still have three days left in this bungling blogathon, so keep checking back for more great entries. We’ll post another recap after all of Monday’s entries have been submitted!

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Announcing the “SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON”!

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Are you a fan of old-school physical comedy? When it comes to long laughs, do you prefer prankish pratfalls and slapstick sight gags to befouled bodily functions?

If so, join us and ring in autumn by celebrating your favorite pratfall with the SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON!!

BLOGATHON RULES:

1. Write a blog entry about your favorite moment of visual-media entertainment related to physical comedy.

(a) Your moment can be related to TV or movies.

(b) It can be but doesn’t have to be an entire movie or TV episode. It can be anything from a silent-era short subject to a modern-day feature film to a variety-show-related or Monty Python TV sketch, as long as it involves physical comedy.

2. Post the entry on your blog.

3. Go below to the “Comments” section for this blogathon, and post the URL for both your blog and your blogathon entry.

4. Grab one of the banners below, post it on your website, and link it back to the URL for this blogathon.

5. The blogathon will run from Sun., Sept. 20 through Wed., Sept. 23 (the first day of autumn), 2015. Once you have posted your URLs during that time frame, I will link my blogathon back to your blog and your ‘thon entry.

Have fun with your blog…and try not to slip up! Here’s the blog line-up so far. [If you are reading this blog entry after Sept. 19, 2015, click here for an updated list of links to the blogs listed below.]

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Steve Martin as “The Great Flydini”

BNoir Detour – Keenan Wynn’s flipper scene in Shack Out on 101 (1955)

Silver Screenings – Laurel & Hardy in The Flying Deuces (1939)

Nitrateglow – The chase scene in Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) and Robin Williams in Patch Adams (1998)

Girls Do Film – Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958)

Movies Silently – Lupino Lane in Naughty Boy (1927)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1963)

Critica Retro – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

The Wonderful Worlld of Cinema – Buster Keaton in One Week (1920)

Moon in Gemini – The chase scene in Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921)

Smitten Kitten Vintage – The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937)

Caftan Woman – The “setting up for rehearsal” scene in The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Once Upon a Screen – Laurel & Hardy on the stairs in The Music Box (1932)

How Sweet It Was – Dick Van Dyke and the ottoman on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Reel Distracted – Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967)

CineMaven – Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974) and the “Mr. Muckle” scene in W.C. Fields’ It’s a Gift (1934)

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque – David Schwimmer as Ross Geller on “Friends”

Serendipitous Anachronisms – The British sitcom “Keeping Up Appearances” (1990-1995)

Silent-ology – Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton’s flirting scene in Good Night, Nurse! (1918)

Old Hollywood Films – Harold Lloyd in Safety Last (1923)

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The SEX! (now that I have your attention) BLOGATHON is finally here!

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Blogging foreplay is over. It’s finally time for the SEX! (now that I have your attention) BLOGATHON!

For the uninitiated (by which I intend a light double-entendre), this blogathon’s subject is movies that are devoted to artistically suggesting the subject of sex, through imaginative dialogue and imagery, rather than graphically depicting it. Any old movie can show you a beautiful naked body, but the “horse” dialogue in The Big Sleep? Let’s see Scarlett Johansson show that off in her cleavage!

Below are the participants in the blogathon, which runs from Fri., June 19 through Sun., June 21, 2015. The only set deadline is that the participants must have their entries posted by the end of the day on June 21.

If you are one of the participants, please scroll down to the “Comments” section and post the URL of your SEX! blog entry; once you have posted it, it will be linked to the listing of participants shown below.

If you are a visiting reader, the following list has links to both the blog entries and the blogs themselves. Even if a particular entrant’s SEX! blog isn’t posted as yet, I encourage you to visit each and all of these blogs, as they all have something unique and entertaining to say about a variety of movie-related topics. (And of course, definitely check out their entries for this blogathon!)

Have fun, everyone! Here is the list of SEX! BLOGATHON entries:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BNoirDetour – Born to Kill (1947)

Criterion Blues – Ingmar Bergman’s Summers with Monika (1953)

Moon in Gemini – Blood and Sand (1941)

A Shroud of Thoughts – Pillow Talk (1959)

CineMaven – The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

Outspoken and Freckled – She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Reel Distracted – The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Shadows and Satin – Design for Living (1933)

Portraits by Jenni – Ball of Fire (1941)

thestopbutton.com – Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Defiant Success – The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

The Fluff Is Raging – Double Indemnity (1944)

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