If you're least bit interested in movies and enjoy long, rolicking discussions and debates about all things film, I can't recommend Dennis' blog enough. If you can find the time, definitely take the quiz.
It was from Dennis that I learned of Edward Copeland's survey of the best Best Pictures. I'm planning to submit my list shortly. While checking out the rules (and trying to assiduously avoid reading Edward's list until I've finished mine), I found a link to South Dakota Dark, who's conducting a Best/Worst TV show survey.
All of this quizzing and surveying got me thinking about a survey post. It goes a little something like this:
Name ten movies you consider overlooked, underrated, offbeat and in general deserving of not being forgotten.
The only hard and fast rule is that the film never won a major film award—no Oscar winners, no
At first I thought of considering Oscar nominees that didn’t win, but that would include movies like Goodfellas and Citizen Kane. Not exactly offbeat or overlooked. So, thinking about it, let’s extend the ban to Best Picture nominees. That still leaves a pretty wide open field. (Of course, if you can make a good case for something that's been forgotten, by all means, have at.) Also, by virtue of the amount of traffic this site gets, I’m thinking I’ll compile this Dennis Cozzalio style: just post your list in the comments section and I’ll create a digest of all the submissions. If, by some miracle, that becomes too unwieldy, I’ll switch over to the Edward Copeland method of ranking films based on a points system (10 points for #1, etc.)If you'd prefer (and by 'prefer' I mean to avoid the hassles of creating a Blogger ID just to leave a comment), you can email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naturally, I’d love a little commentary about each film on your list.
Just to prime the pump, I’ll post mine in a few days.
Until then, I'll leave you with this thought: because the preponderance of my blog traffic is people looking for the words to the drinking songs from Jaws, that's automatically disqualified (the people looking for drinking-song lyrics, on the other hand, are encouraged to participate). Although I can't imagine who would consider Jaws obscure offbeat or in danger of being forgotten. Especially since, having set up this site, I am single-bloggedly responsible for the revival of Jaws. Still waiting on royalty checks from the 30th anniversary DVD. So far, Spielberg isn't returning my calls. Ungrateful bastard.