Continuing my series of posts related to the 2012 Lammys, today we have the category of “Best Running Feature”, a category that I received a nomination in for my series “Movies That Everyone Should See”.
I’m really, really honored to be nominated here, as this series is my pride and joy.
As planned for each post in this series, I’m going to highlight what each of the nominees in the field have going on, and explain why you should consider me with your vote. Hopefully this will be enlightening for Lammy voters, no matter which way they decide, and for non-Lammies, hopefully this will help you follow along with the action as we go through these next couple of weeks!
Duke & the Movies is the website of Sam Fragoso, who’s also received Lammy noms this year for Best Blogathon, The Brainiac Award and Best Reviewer. In the “Battle of the Directors”, he takes two famous directors who could be considered comparable due to a variety of factors, and pits them head against each other. He gives his rationale for selecting them to square off, and gives a brief overview of their career highlights, before selecting a sample of their filmographies to list for everyone. Then he turns it over to readers and asks them to debate and discuss, allowing the readers to hash out the battle!
Over at Rachel’s Reel Reviews, every Saturday Rachel would recreate a screenshot from a movie using the video game “The Sims”. The resulting screenshot would be different enough from a real screencap to be cryptic. Readers would then try to guess which movie the Sim screenshot is based on, with Rachel keeping a tally of points as the series moved along! Rachel’s Real Reviews closed recently, but she’s Continued the series when she merged with her podcasting partner Jess to form Reel-Insights.
True Classics is a classic movie blog that gets contributions from four different ladies (Brandi, Nikki, Carrie and Sarah) plus a number of guest bloggers, all regarding classic films. In addition to Best Running Feature, they’ve received nominations for Best Blogathon and Best Classic Movie Blog (for the second year in a row!). Their series “Pioneers of Animation” focuses on the careers and contributions of classic animators who helped shape the early days of animated entertainment!
Cinematic Paradox is the blog of Stevee Taylor, last year’s “Best New Lamb”, who’s quite a Lammy contender this year, capturing nominations in five categories, including this one (Best Ratings System, Best Festival and Awards Coverage, Best Design and Best Blog). In the weekly “A Conversation With ____” series, Stevee “interviews” a movie for comedic purposes… often a really bad one. There’s plenty of cracking wise, to the extent that I wondered why she wasn’t nominated for “Funniest Lamb” as well.
I know that all the regular visitors of FMR are familiar with my MTESS series, but for any Lambs stopping through to gain some insight, each Sunday I select a movie that I think every self-respecting film fan should have under their belt. The selection criteria are ill-defined. Nebulous. The order is haphazard at best. These are not necessarily my favorite movies, but they ARE all movies that I think everyone who claims to be a “Big Movie Fan” should have scratched off of their checklist.
It’s an ever-expanding list. I post a new one every sunday. This week’s is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. I have no idea what next weeks will be. LOL. But when I post, I try to offer the best explanation I can about WHY people should see this movie. I talk about its reason for greatness and usually give some behind the scenes/making of back story. If the movie is a metaphor, or has some deeper themes to explore, I try to touch on those. I also try to include lots of screencaps that capture the feel of that particular film. The aim is not so much to argue that you should see the movie, actually, in most cases I assume people HAVE seen them. But I do attempt to remind people why they’re so great, or popular, or groundbreaking.
Below is an alphabetized listing of all the movies I’ve done an MTESS column on to date. 46 in all. I hope that you’ll give the list a look through and see if there’s a movie or two that YOU think is a “Movie That Everyone Should See”, and then give that post a look, in order to get the feeling for my series.
There you have it. It’s an eclectic mix of great movies, movies that people adore, and all around “Movies That Everyone Should See”. I hope that you’ll consider giving this series your vote when you cast your ballot, it’s an aspect of my blog that I really cherish doing, and I’m very, very proud that people think highly of it!