Monday, May 25, 2009

Idea for future reviews...

After completing the quick cycle of Cagney films, I’ve been thinking about where I want to go now with my reviews. I know that the blog is only a little over one week old, but I think about such long-term plans, even if I’m not always able to stick to them. What I have been thinking about doing is begging to go through a series where I review my #1 film for each year. My reasoning for wanting to do this is two-fold. First, it would allow me to write about all-time favorite films, and in the process would begin to beef up the Perfect 10 Reviews section. Second, I think it could generate some great discussion for each year. My picks as my favorite film of any particular year obviously isn’t going to always be in line with what you guys think and it could generate some entertaining discussions. I think it would be fun to see how my choices compare to anybody that reads and care to comment. A key influence on my deciding to do this is the incredible polls run by Sam Juliano and Allan Fish at Wonders in the Dark (possibly my favorite movie blog on the ‘net), where they tabulate lists of the greatest films of each decade. But, this would be different as I wouldn’t be making any lists, just simply choosing a favorite for each year and offering my opinion on why I hold it in such high regard. Then, hopefully, there would be opinions offered from everybody who reads and agrees or disagrees.

I’m just throwing up this post to try and get any feedback from people who follow the blog to see if this would interest them. I would probably start around 1930 and go from there. If this is something that would be fun for folks who read my stuff, then I’ll definitely start work on it. If not, well, then I’ll be glad to find that out before I start the process! So, please feel free to let me know your thoughts on the idea.

And look for the White Heat review later tonight/tomorrow morning.


  1. Dave: Thanks very much for the flattering compliments. I will be sure to let Allan know of this magnanimous regard tomorrow. As to your own suggestion, I am 100% behind it and I really think you should go forward with it. Not only will you give this your all (which is quite considerable) but this will serve as a springboard for some fascinating discourse. I know I'll be here to always contribute my own two cents........Best Wishes, I'll look for this.

  2. Dave, I think it's a great idea, and I look forward to reading your thoughts. If you start with 1930, it's gotta be "The Big House," right? See, it's such a great idea we're at it already!

    Thanks as well for the comments on my blog!

  3. Thanks for the feedback, guys... I'm going to go ahead with it. I think it will be a lot of fun. I can already foresee some tough decisions in certain years -- thinking about picking 1950 is enough to make my head spin! It'll take me a few days to gear everything that direction, but I should get a countdown going within the next week or so.

  4. Go for it Dave! Sounds like a good idea. As Sam said "I'll contribute my two cents."

  5. OK, guys, it's official that I'm going to do this. I think 1930 sounds like a nice even year to begin things, so the countdown will start from there. And Mark -- I've been trying to track down a copy of "The Big House" for a while with no real luck, so unless something changes quickly, it won't be my pick!