2013 Projects Announcement: Quick Daily Reviews & Classic Cinema Wednesday’s

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One of the goals I have personally and for the site in 2013 is to provide more original content on a consistent basis. With that in mind, I’m challenging myself with two projects for 2013.

The first project, and the one that will probably be the hardest to pull off, is the Quick Daily Review. Yes, I want to post a review day. Granted these are called “Quick” for a reason; I don’t intend for the QDR to be more than a few paragraphs long which is why I won’t be reviewing the latest video games in this format. It is a great format to review some older games and more recent games (from this generation) that I didn’t review.

The QDR will not be limited to video games though, obviously. I play a lot of games, but definitely no where near enough to be able to review a video game a day for 365 days. So these will be reviews of anything: games, movies, books, cd’s, Blu-ray’s, whatever. By the time 2014 rolls around, I hope to be able to look back and say “I completed my blogging goal; I posted 365 daily reviews in 2013.”

Easier said than done, but I’m going to try my hardest to stick with it.

The second project I’m undertaking is a weekly one called Classic Cinema Wednesday. As you can probably guess by the title, this project is to see a new entry every Wednesday and is about a classic movie. Most of these will be from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, and most will be movies that I have never seen before (one of the reasons I’m undertaking this challenge is because I’ve never been one to watch old movies and thus I’ve missed out on a lot of potentially great stuff).

The first Classic Cinema Wednesday will be January 2, 2013. It’ll focus on what many consider to be the greatest film ever made: Citizen Kane. Is it the greatest movie ever made? I don’t know, I’ve never seen it. But I will soon and I’ll have a review of it on January 2nd.

I may “cheat” occasionally; that is to say sometimes the Classic Cinema Wednesday review may also double as a Quick Daily Review on a Wednesday. Is that cheating? I don’t really think so, but let me know if you think it is.

Here’s an early list of films I know for sure will be featured in a Classic Cinema Wednesday post:

Citizen Kane
Arsenic and Old Lace
Bringing Up Baby
North by Northwest
King Kong
The Forbidden Planet
An American in Paris

Note that that’s not necessarily the order they will appear in after Citizen Kane, but those are “for sure’s” on my list. The “Golden Age” of Hollywood is listed as being 1927-1960, but my series will likely include a few silent films released before 1927 and also some as late as 1975. So it’s by no means limited to that period.

If there’s any old films that you suggest I watch for this project, let me know in the comments below. And yes, this was inspired in part by the excellent work Eric does at The Warning Sign with his Movies Project. If you aren’t already following his blog, go and do so. It’s a great site, and I visit it daily.

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5 Comments on 2013 Projects Announcement: Quick Daily Reviews & Classic Cinema Wednesday’s

  1. This is awesome, man. I love projects, and these sound like a lot of fun. Especially excited that you’re looking to get into classic cinema. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but I have found digging into the classics to be an immensely rewarding experience. It’s a blast to catch references/quotes that have entered the pop culture canon and influenced countless other films over the years.

    Out of your list, I have only seen a few — Citizen Kane, Casablanca, North by Northwest. All are essentials. For recommendations, I suggest digging into some of Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock’s work. They are incredibly different from each other, especially Wilder, who dabbled in pretty much every genre imaginable. For Wilder, I would start with Sunset Boulevard and The Apartment, two near flawless films, in my opinion. For Hitchcock, my favorites are Vertigo, Notorious and Rear Window, to name a few.

    And thanks for the very kind words!


    • I watched Citizen Kane the night I posted this and have already written the CCW review for it, followed by another film last night (I want to get ahead on the series).

      I’ve taken your recommendations and have added some of Wilder’s and some more of Hitchcock’s work to my watch list. I’m using Amazon Instant for this. I’m keeping it free streaming movies at the moment, but after watching the films by these gentlemen and if I like them I’ll probably be willing to spend a few bucks to rent the likes of Vertigo and The Apartment.

      Very pleased with the two classic movies I’ve seen thus far. My watchlist is packed.

      Thanks for the recommendations!


      • Oh cool, there are a lot of great classics to choose from on Amazon Instant. I plan on watching The Searchers next week using Amazon since it’s one of the last few I still need to see from this year’s project. Heard nothing but great things about that one.

        I know Amazon has One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for free, too. If you haven’t seen that, I highly recommend it. One of my all-time favorite films.

        Also glad to hear you enjoyed Citizen Kane. Looking forward to your review!


        • I’ve never seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest despite being a Nicholson fan. I’ll have to add it to the list.

          I’ve seen you on the PS3 on both Nextflix and Hulu Plus. If I were looking at subscribing to one service, which would you recommend as the better one?


          • I am a huge advocate for Netflix. They have a bigger selection of movies by far, and they are starting to roll in more recent films now (especially indie and foreign stuff). Their TV options are growing, too, with a lot of great shows on there: Breaking Bad, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, The Office, 30 Rock, Mad Men, etc.

            Hulu Plus is better if you want to watch TV shows right after they air on TV. Netflix usually doesn’t have the latest season available, whereas Hulu usually does (or at least the last few episodes). Hulu also has an awesome section for Criterion films. I’ve been having trouble streaming with their PS3 app lately, though, so I am thinking about canceling my subscription. I have really only been using it to watch the latest Parks & Rec and The Office episodes, but I can just as easily do that using their free service on PC.

            I guess it ultimately comes down to what you are looking for, but Netflix easily has the most content of the two no matter what.


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