Saturday, July 19, 2014

Six Degrees of Separation Blogathon

A few months back, Nostra at My Filmviews started up a blogging relay based on iconic movie characters. It wasn't his first, but it caught on like wildfire. Soon, there were several other copycat relays, including one I started myself. Nostra is back with another relay that he's presenting in association with the Dutch movie blog De Protagonisten, but like the great ones always do, he's managed to kick things up a notch. How so? This relay is actually six different relays all going at once. Yup. Top that, punks.

The concept is based on the age-old six degrees of separation game. Basically, each blogger lucky enough to get passed a baton will have to make the connection between two personalities or entities that have something to do with the movies in six steps or less. For instance, to use the example Nostra used in his original post, let's connect Matt Damon to Arnold Schwarzenegger:


Step #1: Damon grew up with Ben Affleck.

Step #2: Affleck starred in Changing Lanes with Samuel L. Jackson.

Step #3: Jackson has appeared in a number of movies directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Step #4: Tarantino directed Micheal Keaton in Jackie Brown.

Step #5: Keaton starred in Batman.

Step #6: In Batman and Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Mr. Freeze.

With me, so far? Cool.

The last part of this is the passing of the baton. I'll let Nostra explain this in his own words:

At the end of their post these bloggers will assign it to another blogger and set the endgoal for that blogger. The next blogger will start with the movie/actor/director the previous blogger ended with and make the connection to in six or less steps to the assigned endgoal. Example: Ruth ends with Transformers and set the endgoal to Cary Grant then the next blogger will have to make the connection between the two. Please make sure that you link back to the previous post(s) as this will help your readers follow the blogathon and it will also help your fellow bloggers to some extra readers, which I’m sure you’d agree will help everyone.

Make a connection, use who or whatever you connected as the starting point for the next blogger and randomly pick an end point for that person. Got it.

So, where did I get the baton from? Due to my constant begging, on bended knee no less, Shah at Blank Page Beatdown took pity on me and forked it over. In his post, he was successfully able to link Robert Downey Jr. to The Godfather. His task for me? Connecting The Godfather to Lindsay Lohan.

Boys and girls of all ages, I'm not just going to make the connection. I'm going to do so in record setting fashion.

Step 1:
The first Godfather in the franchise, the one and only Don Vito Corleone was portrayed in Oscar winning fashion by Marlon Brando, however...

Step 2:
...the role was also played a young Robert De Niro in the The Godfather Part II.

Step 3:
Robert De Niro appeared in Machete with Lindsay Lohan.

Looks like my work here is done.

Yyyyyeeeaaahhhh, that's it. Get some.

Oh, almost forgot to pass the baton. I'm going to hand it to John at Hitchcock's World. His task? Connect Lindsay Lohan to Sidney Poitier.


  1. Thank you for passing it on to me. This is going to be an interesting one.

    1. No problem. I'm interested to see what you come up with.

  2. Lindsay Lohan to Sidney Poitier?

    Ah.... Lindsay Lohan was in A Prairie Home Companion with Meryl Streep who was in Out of Africa with Robert Redford who was in Sneakers w/ Sidney Poitier.

  3. Great idea for a blogathon! :-)

  4. This is out of control. We've got the Governator having some wine. We've got Machete and Don Corleone. And not only was I called a punk, but then I get Bruce Lee telling me to get some.

    If I wasn't a man before I read this, I am now.

    1. You know me, re-emasculating America one step at a time.

  5. You can get it in 3 steps? Cool! I did not know DeNiro was in Machete, i feel sad for him now.

    1. Lol. I really liked Machete, but it's a love it or hate it kind of deal.