Category Archives: Blogathon
This is where I will gather all the links for the blogathon. Some of these pieces were written in the past week or so, but if you’ve written something just today don’t be afraid to share it, too. I will be updating this post with links in the morning before I go to work and throughout the afternoon/evening when I get home.
- My Love For Woody Allen: Week 1
- My Love For Woody Allen: Week 2
- My Love For Woody Allen: Week 2.5
- My Love For Woody Allen: Week 3
- Craig at Living in Cinema reviews Midnight In Paris
- Sam at sillypretentiousmovieblog’s Ode to Woody Allen
- Andreas at Pussy Goes Grr takes a look at the opening of Annie Hall
- Andreas at Pussy Goes Grr takes a look at Duane Hall from Annie Hall
- Lara at BackLots discusses Annie Hall
- Andreas at Pussy Goes Grr takes a look at Alvy and the Wicked Queen in Annie Hall
- Hearts and Thoughts’ favorite quotes from Bananas
- Sam at sillypretentiousmovieblog’s ranks Allen’s films
- Mark Hodgson writes a guest post for Park Circus on Woody Allen’s early comedies
- Andreas at Pussy Goes Grr takes a look at the couples in Annie Hall
- Lara at BackLots discusses What’s Up Tiger Lily?
- Andreas at Pussy Goes Grr takes a look Alvy’s childhood in Annie Hall
- Ross at Pictures and Noise writers about Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point
- Kristen at FilmFracture reviews Midnight In Paris
- The Kitty Packard Pictorial looks at Woody Allen the cynical romantic.
- Juan and Marya (that’s me!) at YAM Magazine rank Woody Allen’s directorial filmography
Woody Allen’s newest feature Midnight In Paris opens in the United States on May 20th, 2011. To celebrate this I’ve started writing about his filmography (having recently finished watching all of his films). You can read the first post here, there are three more to come before the 20th. But on that day I’d also like to do a blogathon, wherein everyone contributes something. It could be on your favorite Allen film, your least favorite, a scene, an actor, anything in relation to Woody Allen and his films. If you’re interested in participating, use one of the graphics below (or make your own!) and post it to your blog with a link back to this post and on the day of I will gather them all together! Your post doesn’t have to be written on the day of the blogathon, just be sure to send me the post before that day, so I can link them all. You can send your links to here: maryag7[at]gmail.com
I look forward to your contributions!
A few things
- The Japanese Cinema Blogathon has concluded. I think it was a wonderful success. We had 63 contributed posts over seven days. I’m not sure how much money we raised, but based just on the clicks to the donation page from my site alone, I think we raised quite a bit. I hope everyone who participated had fun. I know I did!
- I’ve added some new names and films to the “The Contenders” list on the right side of the site. This is basically the films I think have a good chance being nominated in various categories. This is all sight-unseen, and based on the pedigree of the films.
- Oscar Vault Monday is about a month away from its 1 year Anniversary! There were two weeks at the beginning of the feature’s inception wherein I made no posts, so when it does reach the 1-year milestone, it will only be 50 posts. But that’s still quite a bit. More news on that as the date approaches.
- I just finished reading Sidney Lumet’s Making Movies. It is a fabulous book and I recommend it to anyone who loves films.
- On a personal note, my mother is raising money for the Avon “In It To End It” Breast Cancer Walk in Washington D.C. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so here (every little bit helps!)
- I signed up for a Formspring.me account, so if you have any questions or comments or anything that need a longer answer, feel free to drop me a line.
- Lastly, as many of you know I watch a lot of films. Well, I am going to try to review at least one film a week for YAM Magazine. You can see my reviews here.
This is m y third contribution to the Japanese Cinema Blogathon for earthquake and tsunami relief. While I may lack experience in Japanese cinema when it comes to Miyazaki, Kurosawa, etc., I have plenty of experience with Godzilla (Gojira) films. As a kid I used to just LOVE watching these films. When I decided to write about my love of these films I thought I’d look and see just how many I’d seen. As it turns out, I have seen 15. One would think that is a lot; one would be wrong. There are actually 28 films in the series, not counting spin-offs (like 1956’s Rodan or 1961’s Mothra). Still, 15 is a pretty hefty number. And I don’t even plan on talking about the Hanna-Barbera animated series that ran from 1978-1981 (I’ve seen all of that as well).
This is my second contribution for Japanese Cinema Blogathon for earthquake/tsunami relief. To be perfectly honest, I’ve only seen one of these films. But these posters are just so gorgeous, they make me want to see all of these films. I wish more western movie posters were this gorgeous.
As part of the Japanese Cinema Blogathon hosted by myself and JapanCinema, I thought I’d take a look at how Japanese cinema has fared over the years with the Academy. As it happens, Japan has had its best luck with the Academy in the Foreign Language Film category, but there have been a few other nominations (and wins) for filmmakers and actors from the industry.
If you’ve written a post for the blogathon, leave a link to it in the comments section and I will add it to the ongoing list below. Don’t forget to add a link to the donation page in your post and feel free to use one of these banners on your blog. Also, please link back to this post so your readers can see all the participating blogs.
Tuesday, March 15th:
- YAM Magazine reviews Mamoru Hosoda’s サマーウォーズ (Summer Wars)
- 24 Frames takes a look at Kurosawa’s High and Low
- Juan reviews Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
- Millie at Classic Forever reviews Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter
- Laura at No Lies, Just Love writes about how she discovered Japanese Cinema
- Clara at Via Margutta 51 reviews Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday
- Carl at Losing Sight of Land reviews Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro
- CinemaFanatic takes a look at how Japanese Cinema has fared at the Academy Awards
- Bette’s Classic Movie Blog reviews Miyazaki’s Ponyo
- Bookshop @Livejournal reviews Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1926 film Kurutta ippêji (Page of Madness)
- David at CouchCutter lists 5 Takashi Miike Films You Have to See
Wednesday, March 16th:
- YAM Magazine reviews Tetsuya Nakashima’s パコと魔法の絵本 (Paco and the Magical Book)
- Hungry Lemur writes about Ogawa Shinsuke’s documentary Manzan benigaki (Red Persimmons)
- Juan discusses Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu (House)
- Body of a Greek Goddess discusses the subtitling of Japanese films
- ML Clark reviews Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom
- Criterion Reflections takes a look at Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress
- Caroline at Garbo Laughs reviews Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- YAM Magazine reviews Mamoru Hosoda’s 時をかける少女 (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
- Red Letter Prints takes a look at Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Vikram Kamat reviews Mikio Naruse’s Floating Clouds
- Vikram Kamat reviews Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes
- Vikram Kamat reviews Shuji Terayama’s To Die in the Country
- Sinamatic Salve-ation discusses Eastern Ways in Western Dress: Cultural Hybridity and Subversion in Kurosawa’s Yojimbo
- Mr. C. of Planet Chocko Zone reviews Makoto Naitô’s The 13 Steps of Maki
- MoviesInFrames – Rashōmon, 1950 (dir. Akira Kurosawa)
- MonkeyWonder posts a scene from Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring
- Bookshop @Livejournal takes a look at Images of Women in Japanese Films
Thursday, March 17th:
- YAM Magazine reviews Sang-il Lee’s フラガール (Hula Girls)
- Jack reivews Takeshi Koike’s レドライン (Redline)
- CinemaFanatic looks at 10 beautiful posters from classic Japanese Cinema
- DJ White at JapanCinema reviews Takashi Miike’s Audition
- Jack at Lights! Camera! Critic! reviews Kore-eda Hirokazu’s 誰も知らない (Nobody Knows)
- Jack at Lights! Camera! Critic! reviews Nakashima Tetsuya’s 告白 (Confessions)
- Caroline at Garbo Laughs reviews Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso
- Bookshop @Livejournal takes a look at “The Bag” in Takashi Miike’s Audition
Friday, March 18th:
- YAM Magazine reviews Yojiro Takita’s Academy-Award-Winning おくりびと Okuribito (Departures)
- Jennifer at SilentStanzas writes about actor Sessue Hayakawa
- Kendra at VivAndLarry reviews Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima, Mon Amour
- Anti-Manifesto’s tribute to Miyazaki’s Mononoke-hime
- Sinamatic Salve-ation discusses Zombies, Interdimensional Travel and Rock’n’Roll: Pulp Fiction and Japanese Cinema
- Caroline at Garbo Laughs reviews Miyazaki’s Pom Poko
Saturday, March 19th:
- YAM Magazine reviews Naoto Kumazawa’s ニライカナイからの手紙 (Letters from Kanai Nirai)
- The Lady Eve’s Reel Life reviews Juzo Itami’s comedy Tampopo
- MarcC at Go, See, Talk! reviews Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle
- MarcC at Go, See, Talk! reviews Goro Miyazaki’s Tales From Earthsea
- MarcC at Go, See, Talk! presents “Miyazaki Madness”
- YAM Magazine reviews Tatsuya Ishihara and Yasuhiro Takemoto’s 涼宮ハルヒの消失 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- dear8lue at GreenTeaGraffiti writes a tribute for the works of Iwai Shunji
- Caroline at Garbo Laughs reviews Yoshifumi Kondō’s Whisper of my Heart
- YAM Magazine reviews Kawano Koji’s ラブ マイ ライフ (Love My Life)
- CinemaFanatic discusses her love of Gojira (Godzilla) films.
Sunday, March 20th
- Sinamatic Salve-ation discusses Controlled Testimonies: Cinema, the State, and Nationalism
- Raymond Owen reviews Yasujiro Ozu’s 1931 silent film Tokyo Chorus
- Caroline at Garbo Laughs reviews Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns
- Daniel at The Ghibli Blog discusses connection between Toei Doga’s Wan Wan Chushingura and Miyazaki’s Ponyo
Monday, March 21st
- MarcC at Go, See, Talk! presents the final four of “Miyazaki Madness”
- David Blakeslee at the Criterion Cast discusses Akira Kurosawa’s No Regrets for Our Youth
- Andreas at Pussy Goes Grrr reviews Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man, while Ashley reviews Miyazaki’s Ponyo
- For Cinephiles by a Cinefille discusses Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Influence on American Filmmakers
- Extra Sugar, Extra Salt takes a look at the films of Tetsuya Nakashima
- Diandra at Double Feature Fight reviews the Maiku Hama: Private Eye trilogy
- The Projector Has Been Drinking talks about the classic anime show Star Blazers
This blogathon is hosted by JapanCinema and CinemaFanatic. Tomorrow we will each have a post on our sites officially starting the blogathon, which will run for a week. Simply leave a comment in one of those posts and we will add a link to the post so that everyone can see all of the participating blogs.
To participate post something on your blog related to Japanese Cinema (a review of a film, a preview, etc.) and add this link: https://www.paypal-donations.com/pp-charity/web.us/campaign.jsp?cid=-12 asking for donations from your readers. Please also use one of our graphics to let them know it’s part of the blogathon and so your readers can see the other posts in the blogathon:
You can also find updates for the blogathon on Facebook.