Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Blogging the Bloggers of Bloggingdom

I usually disagree with Jim Emerson's general approach to movie-blogging, but lately he's been putting up some pretty good stuff. Here's the general link:

Scanners: Blog

Apparently he just wrapped up something called the "Contrarion Blog-a-thon," which by its very name sounds kind of obnoxious, but at least the topics look interesting. It seems like all these people come from the same "Irritable and Exasperated School of Film Writing" as Jim Emerson does. Oh well, mostly I'm just jealous because he gets paid to do this and I don't.

Here's a sampling of some of the more interesting posts.

Which great director is not-so-great?

Although I voted for Hitchcock, it's interesting to note that I own at least one movie by each of these directors. Some of the comments from other people are quite thoughtful. As far as who's missing in the poll, a couple of people bemoaned the exclusion of Bergman, Kurosawa or Lumet, but to me the biggest name missing is Lean, although I believe I hold Lean in higher regard than most film scholars do at the moment.

Your Oscar speech: How not to blow it

This was actually something he wrote for MSN, but there's a link to it from his blog. I felt it showed Jim at his most humorous.

All in all, no matter how much I curse it, Emerson's website is at least a halfway solid example of what can be achieved in bloggingdom. Someday, Yoggoth, this may be us!


yoggoth said...

'thank you,' was one of the oscar acceptance speeches I've fanticized about repeatedly. The other one that repeats in my mind is yelling 'fuck you' really loudly into the mic.

Little Earl said...

Glad to know I'm not the ONLY one who's fantasized about an Oscar acceptance speech. I've always wanted to go with a simple "Thanks," myself. I mean there's nothing I could say that would be very interesting, and the actual idea of "winning" something is pretty ridiculous when you're talking about the creation of art. They should just nominate people and not actually declare winners.

yoggoth said...

But if they did that why have a show at all? Getting the attention is what it's all about. People are bored, this gives them something to do.