Friday, 16 May 2014

Favorite Movie Scenes Blogathon

I've never done this before, but after seeing some of my colleagues start their own I'e decided to take a shot at writing a Blogathon. I've previously posted two articles: My Favorite Move Scenes and MORE Of My Favorite Movie Scenes, and in both articles I ended by asking you, the reader, to bring up some of your own personal favorites. Now is your chance to do exactly that.

So I'm not fully sure what I'm doing here, but here's what I'd like you to do. Using my articles as a guide, I'd like you to put together your own lists of your favorite scenes from movies. I am curious to see what different scenes people come up with.

So I've decided to set up a series of rules for this blogathon to keep things reasonably orderly:
  1. Each choice must be a specific moment from a film, not the film itself, even if it's a movie like My Dinner With Andre or Twelve Angry Men.
  2. Since picking out scenes is hard, you can write about as many different moments from as many different films as you like. There are no specific restrictions in what types of films you can draw from, even if it's one of Godard's movies or Tarkovsky's Solaris or any other film I have criticized in this blog. I'll even try to control myself is you pick a scene from one of Connery's James Bond films (emphasis on the try).
  3. I'd encourage you to try and diversify your range of choices as much as you can. In both my lists I cover movies in the science fiction, war, western, comedy, surrealist, and adventure genres with periods ranging from the 1950's to the present day. 
  4. For each film you refer to you can only discuss one scene. For instance if you decide on writing about 2001: A Space Odyssey, you can't do both the shuttle docking sequence and the scene where Dave disconnects HAL, you'd have to make a choice between one or the other.
  5. For each scene, you should provide a reasonably clear description. I would advise some context regarding what is happening in the scene (though you are not required to do so depending on the circumstances, i.e. if you want to avoid spoiling a crucial twist that happens here), but the focus should be on what you like about that particular moment.
  6. I would also recommend making sure your descriptions are not too long. I'm not going to give a precise maximum length but try to keep your explanations from being longer than necessary.
Once you've put together your article, how you submit it is up to you. I would recommend posting a link in the comments. That way other readers can also find it, but alternatively you can tweet it to me or drop me an e-mail. I'll try and read as many as I can but I do have a life so if I get a lot of submissions I might not get to yours right away.

I'm going to set the deadline for June 30. I think that should be enough time for everyone to submit their choices, though if you stumble across this after that date and want to try it out I might still be willing to read your articles.

I look forward to seeing everyone's choices. Hopefully this will all work out alright and if so maybe I'll consider doing it again in the future. 

Here are the entries I have currently received:

I've been getting a few submissions consisting of only one scene, and judging by the wording (I get a lot that begin with 'There's a lot of scenes I love but one that stands out is...) I get the impression that some of my readers misunderstood and thought they can only discuss one scene. You are actually allowed to discuss as many different scenes as you like as long as they are all from different films,

So if you end up being torn between say... the bolder scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Heineken scene in Blue Velvet, the bank robbery from the beginning of The Dark Knight, the Omaha Beach sequence from Saving Private Ryan, and Charlie Chaplin eating a boiled boot in The Gold Rush; you could just explain all of them as opposed to selecting one particular moment to discuss at length.

This blogathon is now closed. Thank you to all the people who participated.


  1. Thanks for telling me about this, This sounds fun!

    1. That's great. I was hoping someone would be interested.

  2. Sounds like fun! I'm going to try to give it a go! :D

    1. Awesome. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  3. I'm in! It may be a week or so before I can get this done, but I'm totally in!

  4. Hi John, I'll enter too. I'll try to get mine in soon! Thanks for hosting.

  5. Here's mine:

  6. Here's mine!

  7. Posted mine!

  8. Here's ours:
    Thanks for hosting!
    - Allie

  9. It’s definitely hard to choose a specific scene on movies that you love as a whole. However, that challenge can be helpful in keeping your attention to the movies' plot and the actors' role. Congratulations for a successful blogathon, John! I'll be looking forward to more of your link parties with regard to your favorite movies. Kudos! :)

    Simon Walker @ The ViewLorium

  10. I love watching my favorite scenes form the movies at random. Your article is a fun and consider me in. I'll surely try it.

    Kunik Goel
    Latest Bollywood Movie Ratings

    1. Well, the blogathon's been over for a while now, but if you'd like to give it a shot I won't stop you.