Saturday, 19 July 2014

Six Degrees of Separation Blogathon

Nostra at the blog My Filmviews has an interesting new event going on called the Six Degrees of Separation Blogathon. As it's name implies, it's based on the classic game of six degrees of Kevin Bacon, and having indulged in this game and proved quite good at it, I couldn't resist taking up the challenge. Thankfully, Wendell Ottley at Dell on Movies was nice enough to pass me the baton and gave me a real challenge. This was a tricky one but I think I've figured it out.

So the way the game works it simple enough. The idea is that in six steps you have to connect one person to another, usually two people who at first seem completely unrelated. Usually this is done with actors by way of movies they starred in, but this one is a bit more open to greater connections. The difference here is that once you've made your link in six degrees, you have to pass it on to another blogger by assigning them a new challenge, using your conclusion as a starting point.

The challenge I've been given is to connect Lindsay Lohan to Sydney Potier. This was a tricky one because I really only knew the latter by name, and I went through several possible routes before I found this one that worked best. So how did I connect two unrelated actors? Well, let's take a look:

1. Lindsay Lohan starred in Freaky Friday  (2003) alongside Jamie Lee Curtis.

2. Jamie Lee Curtis was in Halloween (1978) with Donald Pleasence.

3. Donald Pleasence appeared in The Great Escape (1963), which also starred James Coburn.

4. James Coburn starred in Duck, You Sucker (1971) alongside Rod Steiger.

5. Rod Steiger co-starred with Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night.

Now I'm supposed to pass the baton onto another blogger. I'm thinking I'll go with Jenna and Allie of Flick Chicks. For their challenge, let's see...

How about Sidney Poitier to Groucho Marx? This one should be interesting. I have no idea how you'd do it but I'm sure you'll figure out something.


  1. Great job. As much as she is in the news I'm a little surprised you didn't know her. Not that she's done anything that warrants her ridiculous level of fame, mind you. Again, great job.

    1. I think you misunderstood. I'd heard of Lindsay Lohan, it was Sidney Poitier I only knew by name. I didn't even realize until this morning he was an actor, I thought he was a director.

      Still, it was quite a challenge you presented. I spent a fair bit of time combing IMDB looking for links. I almost ended up coming up with a convoluted route involving Mulholland Drive and The Lord of the Rings before I found this one.

    2. Yes, I misunderstood. In that case I highly recommend the movie you used, In the Heat of the Night.

  2. Oh wow, well done John! This is going to be a tough one, but challenge accepted :) I'm going to have my thinking cap on tomorrow morning for this.
    - Allie

  3. I'm a bad girl-Sydney Poiter was in Guess who's coming to Dinner with Katherine Hepburn. Katherine Hepburn was in Stage Door Canteen with Lucille Ball and Lucille Ball was in a Marx Bros movie but I can't recall which one off the top of my head (brain freeze.) Now I did it in less than 6-is it supposed to be 6 cos then...much harder:) I don't mean to be a brat here either I just found this fun...Oh Room Service!! Just came to me:)

    1. Well, I made the connection in five so I think less than six is okay.

  4. If you want a good, but often forgotten, Poitier film, check out Band of Angels, with Clark Gable and Yvonne de Carlo.

    Nice job with your section of the blogathon. I can't wait to become part of it all.

    See ya 'round the web. All Things Kevyn