It’s such an honor to contribute to that beautiful, one-of-a-kind blog. Such a colorful, talented, insightful family of bloggers contribute there, often providing the best thing I’ll read that day. (Take today, for example, when one of my favorite bloggers, Allison Backous Troy, wrote a heartfelt reflection on Pixar’s Brave.) I can’t believe they haven’t told me that I’ve filled my quota and it’s time to move on.
Every two weeks, I face hard decision: Which movie have I seen recently that I should spend 5-10 hours writing about, in order to come up with 1,000 words worth reading?
Which movie offers that much to consider?
Which movie can I write about with passion? Which one is most meaningful to me? Which one relates to my life in such a way that I cannot merely review it?
This time around, I’m pondering these six titles…
1. The Loneliest Planet, a new film that most readers haven’t seen but that enthralled me for all 113 harrowing minutes.
2. Argo, a popular new release that I’ve already reviewed, but that raises a lot of questions about movies that are “based on true events,” and that might tell us a lot about the differences between “true stories” and “stories we want to hear”.
4. A River Runs Through It. Wow, is it really 20 years old? Time to revisit it!
5. Fellini’s 8 1/2, which stands at #10 on the new Sight & Sound All Time Top 10, and which I have finally given my full attention, thanks to the Criterion Collection blu-ray.
6. Or 42 Up, a documentary by Michael Apted, which has been around for a while, but which would be interesting since it tracks the life stories of several 42 year-olds, and, well… I just celebrated that very birthday.
What a tough choice. I don’t have much time this week to write. Any one of these would be a challenge.
Thoughts, anyone? Which option would be most interesting to you? Your response might influence my decision. (Then again, I might have some kind of epiphany in the next ten minutes and get right to work. We’ll see. The spirit moves in mysterious ways.)