(INTRODUCTORY DISCLAIMER: This blogathon is in no way connected to or endorsed by any of the Beatles or by Apple Corps Ltd.)
As a celebration of both Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday and his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Beatles buff otherwise known as Movie Movie Blog Blog would like to announce…
THE BEATLES FILM BLOGATHON!
Following are the rules.
Primary rule: Please note that I will not accept duplicate entries about the same movie. There is a wide range given below from which to choose, so it’s first come, first served.
Feel free to submit a blog about one of your favorite “official” Beatles movies: A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, Let It Be, or The Beatles Anthology.
Since this is obviously a limited menu from which to choose, I will also accept blogs about any of the following:
* Beatles-related documentaries, such as the Maysles Bros.’ Beatles documentary, 1982’s The Compleat Beatles, or 1988’s Imagine: John Lennon.
* Movies in which a Beatle appeared solo, either in a starring or co-starring role — anything from John Lennon’s starring turn in How I Won the War, to George Harrison’s cameo in The Rutles.
* Music videos featuring any of The Beatles, either as a group or separately.
* If you can provide a detailed critique about how their music adds to the film in question, I will also accept blogs about movies for which The Beatles contributed only a musical score, such as The Family Way (Paul McCartney) or Wonderwall (George Harrison). (Again, be sure to note how the music relates to the film as a whole, rather than just critiquing the score itself.)
* Fictional movies whose main source of plot is The Beatles’ music, such as I Am Sam (2001), the musical Across the Universe (2007), or Nowhere Boy (2009).
Don’ts – Please do not blog about any of the following:
* Movies for which any of The Beatles served only as behind-the-scenes personnel (such as George Harrison’s Handmade Films productions).
* The 1966-1969 Beatles TV cartoon, since The Beatles themselves really had nothing to do with it other than the use of their songs.
* TV appearances, such as The Beatles guesting on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” or John and Yoko co-hosting “The Mike Douglas Show.”
How Do I Join the Blogathon?
In the “Comments” section at the bottom of this blog, please leave your name, the URL of your blog, and the movie you are choosing to blog about. At the end of this blog entry are banners for the ‘thon. Grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.
The blogathon will take place from Sunday, July 5, through Tuesday, July 7 (Ringo Starr’s birthday). When the opening date of the blogathon arrives, leave a comment here with a link to your post, and I will display it in the list of entries (which I will continually update up to the beginning of the ‘thon, so keep checking back!).
I will not be assigning particular dates to any blog posts. As long as you get your entry in by the end of the day on July 7, I will be satisfied. (That said, the earlier the better!)
Again, be sure to leave me a comment and grab a banner, and have fun with your blog entry. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Here is the list of participants thus far:
Critica Retro – A Hard Day’s Night
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Help!
Moon in Gemini – Yellow Submarine
Back to Golden Days – Let It Be
Movie Movie Blog Blog – Music videos for George Harrison’s “This Song” and “Crackerbox Palace”; music video for The Beatles’ “Free as a Bird”
Summer Reeves – I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
A Shroud of Thoughts – Across the Universe
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – How I Won the War
Beatles Film Blogathon Banners