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The Class of ’84 Blogathon roll call

September 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments

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This Distracted Globe has announced that its first ever carnival — The Class of ’84 Blogathon — will convene Monday, October 26, 2009. On this date, anyone with a website is invited to post their thoughts on a movie released in 1984.

The registrar’s office has released the names of those scheduled to participate and the films they plan on bringing to class:

Marilyn Ferdinand at Ferdy on Films will descend into director Michael Radford’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

J.D. LaFrance at Radiator Heaven to dream about Michael Pare and Diane Lane in the maligned “rock ‘n roll fable” Streets of Fire.

Jim Magovern at The Moviezzz Blog is weighing in on the most influential movies of 1984.

Sixteen Candles, 1984, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack

Neil Fulwood at The Agitation of the Mind will open up the ledger on Sergio Leone’s gangland masterpiece Once Upon A Time In America.

Ivan Lerner at The United Provinces of Ivanlandia to go gung-ho over John Milius’ guerilla warfare fantasy Red Dawn.

Amanda Rehagen at My Life In Movies is making her contribution a game-time decision.

Kelsy Chesnut at Cheerful Cynicism will take a trip to David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Charles Bowen Jr. at Bowen’s Cinematic to take a look back at Tom Hanks’ first starring role with Splash.

Patricia Evans at Pretty Pink Patty’s Pictures is bringing Neil Jordan’s adult faerie tale The Company of Wolves.

Edward Copeland at Edward Copeland on Film will give props to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension.

Buckaroo Banzai, 1984, Pepe Serna, Peter Weller, Lewis Smith

Michael W. Phillips Jr. at Goatdog Blog to cover Marlene, Maximilian Schell’s documentary on Marlene Dietrich.

Daniel Getahun at Getafilm is naming his contribution at the bell.

Pat Piper at Lazy Eye Theatre will throw his gaze on whichever 1984 movie he pleases and the rest is for YOU to find out.

Ned Merrill at Obscure One-Sheet to throw a party for Jonathan Demme’s perfect concert film Stop Making Sense.

Jeff McMahon at When the Dead Walk the Earth is also naming his contribution at a later date.

Jim Wilson at Let’s Not Talk About Movies will be a horn of plenty, ’84 style, with articles on The Natural, The Razor’s Edge and 2010.

Jeremy Richey at Moon in the Gutter to bring us all a dream of Wes Craven’s original A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Night of the Comet, 1984, Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart

October 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of The Terminator, which will be my contribution to the festivities.

Multiple perspectives on the same movies are welcome. To participate, RSVP This Distracted Globe in either the comments section below or via email at journeymanjones [at] gmail [dot] com. As soon as your post goes live on October 26, remember to email me your URL so I can publish it.

Tags: Thoughts and theories

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel // Sep 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Decisions, decisions…and aside from you, nobody is really going after the big hits of ’84 (Amadeus, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, etc., etc.) – I wonder what gives?

  • 2 Megan // Sep 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I will almost certainly do something. I haven’t picked the film yet, though.

  • 3 Tommy Salami // Sep 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I will gladly participate. I consider 1984 the Year the Gratuitous Boobies Died, but there are plenty of great movies to enjoy from it.

  • 4 Joe Valdez // Sep 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Daniel: I’ve seen Gremlins and Temple of Doom enthusiastically defended on the blogs of some of those participating, while Footloose and Karate Kid remain favorites as well. Feel free to pick more than one movie, or offer your perspective on ones that somebody else has expressed interest in.

    Megan: Excellent! I’m really looking forward to seeing which movie or movies you select.

    Tommy: One can only hope a retrospective on Hardbodies is coming to Pluck You, Too!

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