I can hardly wait to see the many takes on all of my home movies. I imagine Dennis will do something on that classic from 1974, Disney World Vacation spoiled by Jonathan vomiting on the Teacups Ride. I'm assuming we'll get the usual comparisons to New York New York and 1941.
Then there's Kimberly. She's always been a fan of horror so it's a no-brainer she'll probably write-up 1984's Jonathan Sports a Mullet and Wears Ruffled Tux to Prom. I'm already getting chills just thinking about it.
And there are so many others:
*Jonathan tears groin muscle attempting to break dance, (1986)
*Jonathan secretly filmed by sister while watching Somewhere in Time on cable and crying, (1985) Oh, the escapades following the discovery of being taped. I'm sure some Bourne enthusiast will choose this one if only for the shaky camera shots while Jonathan chases his sister yelling, "I'm serious! Give me the goddamn camera!"
*Jonathan trips and crashes into podium during graduation, (1985)
*Jonathan gives speech before film class: "Richard Grieco is the rightful heir to Robert de Niro." (1989) Hey that could still be proven right.
*Jonathan secretly filmed by sister while using tennis racket to "play" guitar solo on "Running with the Devil." (1983) Kim will probably remark on the pop genius of using Rick Nielsen's guitar playing style with a Van Halen song, until Jonathan's sister reveals herself by laughing and the chase begins.
*Jonathan accidentally passes gas during Holiday dinner, blames it on dog (1987) The acting in this one is truly exceptional. When Jonathan insists, "Oh my god, I'm serious it was the damn dog!" you almost believe he believes it. The shots that follow the discovery that the dog wasn't even in the house at the time are heartbreaking.
*Jonathan's audition tape for Star Search singing Kenny Roger's Lady (1983) Here I expect the Shamus will want to analyze the unique stylings of Jonathan's crooning with Kenny Roger's benchmark, nay, seminal moment in songwriting history.
*Jonathan boldly states, "Twenty years from now we will all remember where we were when we first saw Cocoon." (1985)
*Jonathan's secretly filmed by sister while practicing pick-up lines in front of the mirror (1989) Someone exploring the pop culture touchstones of the eighties, perhaps Brian the Cinephile of Bubblegum Aesthetics, can explore the recurring motifs of the "secretly filmed by sister" trilogy: The running and screaming afterwards, the mad cackling of Jonathan's sister, the slamming and locking of her door as she escapes and then taunts while Jonathan bangs on the door impotently. There's so much to cover.
So there you have it. It starts today so get writing. Most of my home movies are available on Netflix but if you can't find them there check out Greencine which tends to cover harder to get titles like Jonathan wearing rainbow suspenders and pink parachute pants to 17th birthday party (1984). That one also has a couple of DVD extras including production shots before I took off the purple bowtie. If the blogathon's a success, who knows maybe I'll put together a list of the best Jonathan Lapper home movies ever. Neil Sarver can do the rankings. Thanks everybody and see you at the blogathon.
Update: Almost forgot to add - When you've done your post send it to Ken Lowery's Ringwood... just for the hell of it.