I love blogathons. They give me something to do to stretch myself and my blog and offer me new and fun interactive ways to get to know my blogging community better. I've tried my hand at hosting twice, and with the success I had with the last one I'm anxious to do it again (but that won't be coming until this fall). More than hosting, I LOVE participating, and so when the rest of us bloggers forced Brittani's hand over at Rambling Film, I was thrilled. Yup, Brittani is hosting her very first blogathon, so everyone play along so she'll do this again!
The rules are simple:
1) Going through the alphabet, list your favorite movie title beginning with each letter.2) You don't have to necessarily like the movie to use it's title.3) Use the banner at the top of this post in yours.
4) Please have submissions in by Friday, May 23rd. (But I'll be honest, if you send them to me after that date, I'll still add them to my post.)
So, this was harder than I thought it was going to be. I even decided to stick only to films I've seen...and then only to films that I've reviewed at some point in time...but I currently have 3,346 reviews on my Amazon account and 90% of those are movies...so it's safe to say that this was taking way too long. I started with the 20's and worked my way up through to the early 90's before I started getting antsy and decided to jump around and just SETTLE. Some letters were just so hard.
But I want to talk about the letter E for a minute, because it was easily the hardest letter for me to finalize. Well, it was the easiest and the hardest. The obvious (and only correct answer) is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which could possibly be the greatest film title of all time, but it hurt like hell to deny film titles like Every Dawn I Die or The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds or Eyes Without a Face! The letter alone is a bounty of awesome.
I also want to say that I stuck with the English translations for film titles, to make it easier. It would have been nice to waver, only because the options for j were just so bland, and The Virgin Spring's real title is Jungfrukallan, which is all sorts of awesome, but alas. Films that are only referred to by their native titles (like Onibaba, which is also awesome) are NOT translated here. In other words, I went with the title we use here in America.
Let's just get it done, shall we!
Now, I did not allow personal feelings about films to enter into the equation here, but the fact of the matter is that I really like most all of these, and a great amount of them I actually love. The only film here I actively hate is A Kiss Before Dying, but that title is just too perfect.
Thank you so much Brittani for hosting this! I'm pretty sure that I'm happy with my selections, even though I'm sure I'll want to tweak these tomorrow, and as the rest of our fellow bloggers post their picks, I'll see many that I didn't think of and wish I had, but overall I'm really happy with these and hope that you like them!