Friday, August 7, 2015

Announcement: Against the Crowd Blogathon 2015


It's Blogathon time again!!!

Why now? It's simple. I've finally centralized all of my Blogathons, and entries into other blogathons on its own page. Why not have something to add to it?

I've run a number of these in the last couple years with varying degrees of success. The most popular was the Against the Crowd Blogathon. Since this a movie blog, I'll do what Hollywood does: take what's successful and make a sequel. That means I'm running a 2015 version.

For those of you wondering what it is, this is your chance to vent. This is where you tell the world about your love for a movie everyone else hates and your hatred for a movie everyone else loves.


The rules for participation are simple:


1. Pick one movie that "everyone" loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.

2. Pick one movie that "everyone" hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 35% on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.

3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.

4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.

That's pretty much it.

Oh yeah, let's make sure we let as many people as possible know how crazy you are. Leave a link to your post in the comments section below. In a few weeks, I'll create a post with links to all the entries.

 By the way, should a movie you select not have a grade on rottentomatoes.com, use a score of at least 7.5 on imdb.com for ones you hate and less than 4.0 for ones you love.

I'm setting the deadline for two weeks from now: August 21, 2015.

I look forward to your entries!



68 comments:

  1. UGH!!! I planned on doing this last time you ran this and got super busy and forgot...and now I don't know if I'll have time this go around because of the move!!! NO!!!!!!!!!

    And I really, really want to trash Forrest Gump!!!!

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    1. Awwww man. I understand. It sucks. But I understand. Would love to heat a rant on Gump.

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  2. I had fun with this the last time around! I'm glad you brought it back.

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  3. Sounds like fun, two movies even popped into my mind instantly! Look forward to what everyone comes up with.

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    1. Great! If OK with you, whatever you come up with will be dressed up in a post.

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    2. That would be great Dell! Thanks so much, I'll get crackin' on it.

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  4. I don't think I participated in your previous one so I hope I can do it this time. Hey it'll give me a chance to promote my gorgeous French crush's movies in the 'movie that "everyone" hates' category ;-)

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    1. I hope you get in on it. Sounds like you've got something good cooking.

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  5. Can I write two separate reviews? I think one paragraph is not enough to trash Crash

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    1. Do it however you like. If you need to write something lengthy, then by all means, go for it.

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  6. Count me in! I had fun writing the ones I chose last time.

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    1. Happy to hear it. I'll be on the lookout for your entry. Thanks.

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  7. I'm pretty sure I missed this the last go-around. I'll definitely try to get in this round. :-)

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    1. Very cool. I know you've been by here a number of times. On the other hand, I have not been to your place. Going to correct that ASAP.

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  8. Ha. I loved this one the last time we did it. I totally got to shit on The Dark Knight Rises. Again. That movie can eat the biggest of dicks.

    This time, I'd like to mix things up. Keep it a bit more...classy, you know?

    For once.
    Count me in Dell! (if you'll still have me)

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  9. Oh, seeing this again is good, but I'll have to think about what to choose. I've got a long list of movies I hate that everyone else seems to love, but if I can just find one I haven't already ranted about at length.

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    1. Looking forward to you finding one. I know it'll be a great read.

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  10. Part 1: Godzilla (1998) https://theblazingreel.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/review-godzilla-1998/

    Will post Part 2, the movie I hate tomorrow

    Thanks again for letting me participate

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    1. No, thank you for taking part. I just read it. Great job! Looking forward to part 2.

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    3. Part 2: https://theblazingreel.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/review-crash-2004/

      And once again I'd like to thank you for hosting this awesome blogathon. I'll be doing this again next year

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    4. Your entry is all the thanks I need. Heading over to check it out.

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  11. I think you can count us in, Dell. It's a fantastic idea, even if it's a sequel.
    (and actually, thanks Khalid for his great Godzilla post that alerted me to this)

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    1. Great! Can't wait to see what you guys cook up. And thank you, Khalid.

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    2. Thank you for reading.
      And believe me, the pleasure is all mine.

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  12. I just found your blog today via Khalid like assholeswatchingmovies and I love the sound of this. I have two films that I'd love to get my feelings about out there. I'll try to post it later today if I can!

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    1. Thanks! Glad you found me. Looking forward to reading your entry and exploring your blog.

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    2. Thanks! Here's my entry: http://grogsmovieblogs.com/2015/08/12/against-the-crowd-blogathon-defending-the-cat-in-the-hat-and-trashing-skyfall/

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  13. Yaaaaaaaaaas ! ON it.. will be posting this today... aka Saturday.. depends where you are located.. Either way,, yaaaaaaaas!

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  14. Here is my entry:

    http://filmguyreviews.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd-blogathon.html

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  15. I had so much fun completing this blogthan again and I will give my entry for this blogathan just so I know that you have it when once the due date comes around.

    http://moviereviewsfromjames.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd-blogathan-2015.html

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    1. Thanks! I just read it. Glad to have you!

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  16. Thanks for running the blogathon. My entry is here:

    http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd.html

    I had to break the rules, though, as one of my selections isn't rated on Rotten Tomatoes and the site breaks every browser on my creaky XP desktop, anyway.

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  17. This is my first blogathon!!! I really enjoyed writing this!

    https://actualandrewblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/against-the-crowd-blogathon-volume-2/

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    1. Honored that my blogathon would be your first. Thanks a bunch!

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  18. Count me in! Michaël @Le Mot du Cinephiliaque www.lmdc.co.nr

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  19. Done!
    Well,our first two contributions, anyway. I'm sure Matt will have his up too eventually!

    http://assholeswatchingmovies.com/2015/08/17/against-the-crowd/

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    1. Just read it. So happy you guys got in on it. I'll be on the lookout for Matt's.

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  20. Hey there! Was pointed there by Assholes Watching Movies. I will comment again when I have something up.

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    1. Cool. Looking forward to it. Thanks for coming by.

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    2. That didn't take long at all!

      http://carlyheartsmovies.com/2015/08/17/against-the-crowd-blogathon/

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    3. Great. I will swing by and check it out.

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  21. Hi Dell,

    Here's my entry. Thanks!

    I want to preface this by saying I couldn’t use my original choice for a film that is beloved but I hate, The Sheltering Sky-possibly the worst movie ever made by a big name director, Bernardo Bertolucci with major stars of the time, Debra Winger and John Malkovich, because though it was highly praised at the time of release cooler heads have now prevailed and it has a rating of 50%. That is far too generous, a rating of 5% would be closer the mark. I also considered The Bicycle Thief which I found interminable and a huge waste of celluloid and that has a rating of 98% but my memories of it a happily vague and I wasn’t about to revisit it.

    Instead I chose:

    Chariots of Fire (1981) Rotten Tomatoes rating 83%

    Let me start by saying I love British films, I love British historical films even more. Add in the determination of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and it’s even closer to my sweet spot. This movie has all that and I yet I HATE IT ABSOLUTELY!!! The friend I went to see it with in the theater cried at the conclusion, “How beautiful it was” she said while I wept tears of boredom. From the first frames of someone running, oh God did they EVER do anything else?, this was sheer agony. British film is often low-key and restrained I get that and I’m ready for it. This was somnambulant. A typical scene: whine, whine, whine “You can DO IT!” inspiration renewed and they run in sssslllllloooooooowwwwww mmmmmmoooootttttttiiiiiiiiiooooooooonnnnnnnnn with that freaking Vangelis music in the background!! By the time it mercifully ended I had a lifelong hate for both the film and Vangelis.

    The most painful aspect of the film is that it won an Oscar as Best Picture against four films that were infinitely better including Raiders of the Lost Ark! Okay On Golden Pond was only marginally better but still superior to this exercise in pomposity. Hell even though Reds, another competitor, was endless at least it was ABOUT something!

    Which brings me to my film that is reviled but that I love.

    From the Hip (1987) Rotten Tomatoes rating 29%

    Okay I’ll admit that this movie has a whiplash inducing switch in tone mid picture from frothy comedy lampooning jurisprudence to a drama that examines legal and moral ethics and that the lawyerly tricks on display would likely never be found in a real courtroom and probably get the lead character disbarred so fast as to make his head spin.

    If any film truly showed most of what occurs in a regular courtroom no one would want to watch it, they’d be too busy sleeping. Judd Nelson may be a trifle unctuous but that’s what the character of Robin ”Stormy” Weathers is all about, he’s an ambitious showboating climber willing to make a jackass of himself if it gets his name in the paper and moves him up the partnership chain. The first section where he turns a simple assault case into a first amendment plea is fun with hysterical turns from Edward Winter as a plain talking bank president and especially Ray Walston as a flummoxed judge trying to preside over what becomes increasingly a circus, the film is packed with great character actors, Nancy Marchand, Darren McGavin, Alan Arbus, a very young David Alan Grier and an even younger Elizabeth Perkins. Then there’s that almost complete about face when Stormy is assigned an unwinnable murder case, it takes some getting used to but there is an award caliber performance by John Hurt playing as he puts it “a pissed off English teacher” who just happens to be a homicidal maniac.

    Most of the critics trounced the movie saying that it’s totally implausible, UMMMMM it’s a movie with John Bender from The Breakfast Club as a lawyer, were you really expecting Witness for the Prosecution when you walked into the theatre? To all that I say SO WHAT! I love it.

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    1. Cool, I'll get this spiffied up and posted, either Wednesday or Friday. Thanks!

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  22. I don't remember ever submit my post. Lol.
    but here's my entry to this amazing blogathon:
    http://sinekdoks.com/2015/08/17/against-the-crowd/

    Cheers!

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  23. I'm just a little bit later than I'd like to be, but here's my post, in all of its (possible?) glory:
    https://thatothercritic.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/going-against-the-crowd/

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  24. I've got mine up! http://ramblingfilm.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd-blogathon.html

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  25. I just came across this. What a great blogathon idea! I'll post my entry at my blog after work tonight and let you know the link!

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  26. Here's mine: http://thevoid99.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd-blog-thon.html

    Thank you for giving me something to post as I'm doing my BIG Blind Spot.

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    1. Glad to help out. You've helped me, too!

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  27. Mine is now posted at: https://moviemovieblogblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/for-the-against-the-crowd-blogathon-before-the-devil-knows-youre-dead-2007-and-town-country-2001/

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    1. Thanks, Steve! On my way to check it out!

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  28. Just posted mine. 47 minutes late.

    http://speaksinmovielines.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd-blogathon-2015.html

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  29. My post is finally up! Sorry for my lateness. :-)

    http://dancindanonfilm.blogspot.com/2015/08/against-crowd-blogathon.html

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