Day three brings more posts about life in America on film: The Craggus admits the two TV series V (1983) and V: The Final Battle (1984) may seem an odd choice for this blogathon, but makes the case that they predicted how some would embrace fascism in 21st Century America. MovieRob finds Fun With Dick … Continue reading The American Experience on Film Blogathon – Day Three
The American Experience on Film Blogathon – Day Two
Got some more red, white, and blue posts for Day Two of The American Experience on Film Blogathon! Dubism reports that The Jackie Robinson Story is a missed opportunity that inaccurately recounts the life of its title character as well as the history of non-white players in the sport of baseball. MovieRob is surprised to … Continue reading The American Experience on Film Blogathon – Day Two
The American Experience on Film Blogathon is Almost Here!
We're only a few days away from the start of The American Experience on Film Blogathon! There's still plenty of time to join in. Request your choice in the comments section here or under the original announcement post. You may also send it to me via Twitter. My handle is @DebbieVee. Looking forward to a great event!
Announcing The American Experience on Film Blogathon!
It's been over a year since my last blogathon. I am very excited to announce this one! I am inviting you to write about movies that deal with the American Experience. The one and only rule for choosing a film to cover is that it take place in the United States of America. (If you … Continue reading Announcing The American Experience on Film Blogathon!
The 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon: Shane (1953)
This post is part of The 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon, hosted by Virginie at The Wonderful World of Cinema. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! I’m a last minute entry in this blogathon. I noticed host Virginie wonder on Twitter why no one had grabbed some of Jean … Continue reading The 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon: Shane (1953)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Catherine Howard
This post is part of The 6th Annual Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon, hosted by A Shroud of Thoughts. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE! The 1970 British miniseries The Six Wives of Henry VIII is quite different from the more recent series on the same subject, The Tudors. ( It's … Continue reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Catherine Howard
A Woman at War With Herself: The Nun’s Story (1959)
When Sister Celluloid announced this blogathon, I did not have a moment's hesitation about choosing the 1959 film The Nun's Story as my topic. We tend to automatically think of Audrey Hepburn as chic, glamorous, and almost always in a romantic story. It could seem at first glance a very odd bit of miscasting but … Continue reading A Woman at War With Herself: The Nun’s Story (1959)
The Richard Matheson Blogathon Day 1 is Here!
Today is Day 1 of The Richard Matheson blogathon!I am your host today. Tomorrow Rich at Wide Screen World will be your host.I will be gathering all links for this blogathon in this post if you would like to link back and promote your fellow blogathon participants.I will do a more detailed roundup later today. … Continue reading The Richard Matheson Blogathon Day 1 is Here!
So Bad It’s Good Blogathon: The Carpetbaggers (1964)
This post is part of the So Bad it's Good Blogathon, hosted by Taking Up Room and Realweegiemidget Reviews. See the rest of the participants in this event HERE! When I heard about this blogathon topic, I knew right away what my choice would be: the 1964 adaptation of Harold Robbins' potboiler novel The Carpetbaggers. … Continue reading So Bad It’s Good Blogathon: The Carpetbaggers (1964)
The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon is Here!
The Greatest Film I've Never Seen Blogathon has arrived! Bloggers: When your post goes live, leave the URL for your post in the comments section here or under the original announcement post. You may also send it to me via Twitter. My handle is @DebbieVee. I will do daily recaps, but will also collect all … Continue reading The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon is Here!
July is #CleanMovieMonth!
This sounds like a really interesting event! Check it out!
pure entertainment preservation society
PEPS is officially announcing that July is #CleanMovieMonth! Many months are dedicated to celebrating history or bringing awareness. #CleanMovieMonth is dedicated to both. It’s a month-long celebration of Code films, specifically cinema sealed during the Breen era (1934-1954). Frequent PEPS readers know that PEPS is always dedicated to Breen era films. However, during #CleanMovieMonth, we are inviting you to join the celebration, too!
Why is July #CleanMovieMonth?
The idea of the Motion Picture Production Code was first announced by Martin J. Quigley at a meeting in Chicago in July of 1929, so the Code was really born in July. On July 15, 1934, the Code began to be enforced as the Production Code Administration, with Joseph I. Breen as its leader, was formed. Thus, July is dedicated to celebrating Code films and clean cinema!
How do I participate?
Watch only American films released between July 15, 1934, and…
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2015 in review
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading 2015 in review
The Difference Between Hero And Protagonist
I’m moving this week so don’t have time to write a fresh blog post. I’ve reached into the archives and pulled out this oldie but goodie. See you next week with a new post–assuming I can get everything up and running in time!
SPOILER WARNING FOR JAWS, HARRY POTTER, THE HUNGER GAMES.
The terms “hero” and “protagonist” have become nearly interchangeable. Writers and readers will nearly always refer to major characters in a story as the hero or the heroine.
While every lead character who is a hero or heroine is a protagonist, not every protagonist is a hero or heroine.
I think the events of the past week illustrated the difference in a startling way. When the bombs went off at the finish line at the Boston Marathon, almost the first thing people noticed when the footage ran on TV and the internet was how first responders and a few other individuals immediately ran TOWARDS the site of the explosions.
Almost everyone else—who was still mobile—ran away or walked around in a daze.
If anything makes someone a hero, it’s running towards the danger rather than away from it.
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6 Things You Need To Know About Story Concept
Having a busy weekend, so thought I would reblog this old post. Enjoy!
1. It matters. It’s the key to selling your story to other people. It’s one of the first things, along with genre and word count, that you’re going to put in a query. It’s the reason why someone is going to buy your book after they pick it up off the shelf or read the blurb online. It’s why blurbs exist–to convey the story’s concept.
2. It has to convey to people what is both unique AND familiar about your story. Humans are funny animals. We like things that are familiar, but have contempt for things that are TOO familiar. We like something unique, but if it’s too weird, we’re often repelled by it. When creating a concept, you need that balance. Sneer all you want at E.L. James’ 50 Shades Of Grey, but if nothing else, it’s a conceptual triumph.
3. Immediately cast out any snobbery you may have…
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Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordeal
This is Part 7 of my series on the hero's journey, or monomyth. 1. The ordeal is the first major confrontation with the main forces of antagonism. After undergoing many tests, forming alliances, figuring out enmities, gaining some respect in the extraordinary world of the adventure, it is time for the hero to experience her … Continue reading Thoughts on Mythic Structure: The Ordeal