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:
Arsenic and Old Lace
Bringing Up Baby
North by Northwest
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.