Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Knock around a little at Cinema Styles first official Blogathon


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July 2009 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Plan 9 From Outer Space, a magnificent, wondrous and beautiful movie. And how does one celebrate a fiftieth anniversary? With a blogathon of course! Yes, I'm finally giving in and hosting a blogathon after decades of blogging here at Cinema Styles. If you'd told me all those years ago that one day I'd be hosting a blogathon I'd have laughed at you, told you you're crazy and then possibly, depending on my mood, either slapped you or spit on your face. Fortunately I don't do that kind of thing to people anymore and also, you're not standing in front of me.

So, is it a Plan 9 blogathon? No. An Ed Wood blogathon? No again. See, I don't want it to be too limiting. I want people's imagination and creativity to flourish so I'm calling it The Spirit of Ed Wood Blogathon. The idea is if you want to write about Plan 9 you can. Or Ed Wood. Or any underground, cheaply made movie that was filled with heart, or just incompetence. It can even be about good movies too. Carnival of Souls was made on the cheap in the can-do spirit of Ed Wood and actually succeeded. So basically I leave it up to you. Let the spirit of that unstoppable force of cinema, Ed Wood, be your guide, not me.

As for the dates of the blogathon it will run from Monday July 6 through Sunday July 12.

Don't forget! July is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Celebrate it by taking part in the Cinema Styles Spirit of Ed Wood blogathon!

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176 comments:

bill r. said...

I will take part in this! And I just had a great idea for what I'm going to write about.

But it's a secret!!!

Greg said...

Is it Plan 11? Is that your secret? Is it?

This being my first blogathon, if everyone who comments here and is on my blogroll doesn't take part I will be hurt, offended, crestfallen and crushed. I will immediately abandon the blogosphere and never return, or if I do, start up again under another pseudonym as the pain and humiliation will be too hard to face.

Just wanted to put that out there. Thanks.

And, it's actually not a joke to tell you the truth.

bill r. said...

I think that sounds pretty reasonable.

And no, it's not plan 11. But it will cost me money, so I hope you appreciate it.

Ryan Kelly said...

I call Burton's movie!

Or does that not count? That's totally the spirit of Ed Wood right there, and a personal favorite too.

Greg said...

I appreciate everything you do Bill.

bill r. said...

I just watched the clip. What a marvelous, marvelous film. Why the hell couldn't they get the two guys to lie on the ground and play dead? Why did they have to build scarecrows to replace them?

And Ryan, I considered the Burton movie, too, and might have gone that direction...IF I HADN'T COME UP WITH A MUCH BETTER, AWESOME, SECRET IDEA!!!!

Greg said...

Ryan, of course Burton's movie counts. But I don't think anyone can call first dibs. I mean, if four or five people want to write it up that's fine with me.

Of course, it will probably just be two or three people participating anyway and I'll have to abandon my blog but hey, it's been a hell of a ride, huh?

Ryan Kelly said...

Of course other people can write it up, I 'aint no blogger fascist. I just wanted to be first. Rain on my gawddamn parade, whydontcha, Greg the Sourpuss.

And Bill, you must tell me your idea... or I'll waterboard it out of ya.

Ed Howard said...

So what should I write about? I'd like to join in but I'll have to do some thinking about a good topic.

Great idea, Greg.

Greg said...

I just watched the clip. What a marvelous, marvelous film. Why the hell couldn't they get the two guys to lie on the ground and play dead? Why did they have to build scarecrows to replace them?

Bill - I plan on writing an extensive analysis of it and a part of that will include the fact that it is confusing to rate the movie. It doesn't get zero ratings on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes even though technically it should because technically, it is truly mind-bendingly awful. At the same time it really is one of the few cases of "so bad it's good" that is really true. I mean, seriously, I find it entertaining as hell. So it's close to being an actual paradox: It's awful but in it's awfulness it's entertaining and a work of art, even bad art, that is entertaining has value, so it's not awful. But it is. But it's not. It's a perfect catch-22 of a movie. It should be studied in classes on logic and critical thinking.

Greg said...

Ryan, no waterboarding here. Just tickle him, it works every time.

bill r. said...

Ryan, I'm genuinely worried that if I tell you my idea, someone else will think, "Oh, cool, I want to do that, too!" And then my post won't be unique!

Greg said...

Ed - Thanks, I do look forward to your entry. You've got a whole month to think of something. Any Ed Wood movie of course, or underground flicks of the sixties, or how indie filmmakers today have taken the hustling lessons of Ed Wood to heart in how they finance their movies, etc.

I know you'll think of something great.

Ryan Kelly said...

It's just a freedom tickle!

Greg said...

Ryan, I'm genuinely worried that if I tell you my idea, someone else will think, "Oh, cool, I want to do that, too!" And then my post won't be unique!

Then don't tell anyone! And Bill, did you check out Ryan's picture in the comment section of yesterday's post. You should, it's a riot! Flickhead put up a picture there too and even mentioned a short film he's in.

Ryan, stop asking Bill about his idea.

Ryan Kelly said...

"Stop"? I asked him exactly once and don't feel the need to pursue the matter any further! Still feel like tickling someone, though...

Greg said...

And I have the same insecurities as Bill about a lot of blogging stuff. Before I did this I searched and searched for any previous Ed Wood blogathons. I found Ed Wood pop up as entries in blogathons about other things but could find no Ed Wood blogathon itself. So if anyone knows of one, keep it to yourself. I've already put myself out there.

Greg said...

Ryan, tickle Elmo, he loves it.

bill r. said...

Greg, I meant to check out those pictures when I got home, because for some reason "personal storage" (or something) links are blocked at my job. So I haven't looked at them, and can't now.

I wish this blogathon was sooner...

Ryan Kelly said...

I wouldn't worry about writing up 'unique' subject matter--- just worry about doing it in your own unique way, which I don't think you guys could avoid if you tried.

Greg said...

I wish this blogathon was sooner...

It's only a little over a month away. I don't want it to come too early, say the first week of June, don't want it to occur during a TOERIFC week halfway through June, and don't want to interfere with my good friend Ray's Chabrol blogathon at the end of June.

And of course, the whole 50th anniversary thing. So... July it is!

Greg said...

Bill, you should be able to see the Ryan picture at this link.

bill r. said...

Actually, a month's pretty good, given my subject.

And Ryan, I wasn't worried about being unique, per se, until I had my idea. WHICH IS SO UNIQUE YOU'LL SHIT!

Okay, it's not like my subject has never been written about before -- in fact, if it had never been written about before, it probably wouldn't be possible for me to write about it (that will make more sense when I write my post). But hopefully it'll be unique to this blogathon.

Marilyn said...

Yeah!!!! Bloga. Bloga. Bloga.

Greg said...

Marilyn, I hope that means you'll participate. I hope.

Bill has now gone from intriguing me to utterly confusing me. I'm now officially lost.

Ryan Kelly said...

Yeah Bill's lost his marbles, clearly.

I opened my e-mail and my eyes immediately gravitated to the words "SO UNIQUE YOU'LL SHIT", which made my breakfast less pleasant than it theoretically could have been.

Marilyn said...

I would totally do The Call of Cthulhu if I hadn't already written it up. I would recommend it to anyone who is stuck about what to write.

Gee, that review was short. Now I feel if I haven't written at least 1,500 words, I haven't done my job.

Flickhead said...

Chabrol + Wood = The Twist (Folies bourgeoises, 1976).

While I'm sure Dudley Manlove would think this whole idea is "stupid, stupid, stupid," I'll contribute to the mishegas.

And when it's over, after all the dust has settled, we can all ask one another, "Can you prove it didn't happen?"

Peter Nellhaus said...

Hopefully I'll think of something before the end of June. You sometimes have to wonder what Wood would have done had he had a better budget and a more competent crew only because his films remain compellingly watchable no matter how silly they get. Compare one of Wood's films with something like Mars Needs Women which starts out promisingly, but gets boring fairly quickly.

bill r. said...

Ryan - Were you just riding your bike down the street like that, when somebody stopped you and asked if you wanted to be in the movie? Because that's how I'm guessing it went down.

Greg - I'll e-mail you what my subject is, just so you won't be lost.

Marilyn - The Call of Cthulu is a GREAT idea! It is too bad you already wrote it up. I really like that movie. For all it's flaws, I think it's the best Lovecraft adaptation I've seen.

Ryan Kelly said...

Pete's right I always felt Wood had the soul of an artist, just none of the tools.

Ryan Kelly said...

Bill: Yeah, I was just hangin' around New Haven, dressing like I usually do, and one of the crew members mistook me for an extra and said "Hey, you, goofin' off on the job? Get back there before I take away your SAG Card." Little did he no I didn't even have a SAG card. What a sucker.

Marilyn said...

I have an idea of what I'm going to write about, but I want to think about it a little more. I don't really want to park myself in front of a scotch-tape production if I don't think I'll like it enough to write about it. It's really hard to write about marginally good films. You can't believe how hard it was to write about Office Killer, which is only just good enough.

Greg said...

Marilyn, you could submit that review anyway if you like, it would be great to include.

Greg said...

Flickhead, if Dudley had to provide a justification for this blogathon, for why we do it, I'm sure he would respond, "Because of death. Because all you of Earth are idiots!" Quite frankly, that's kind of is my reason for doing it.

Marilyn said...

Maybe I will, Greg, but I will write a new one, too. I like the idea of this blogathon a lot, and I love blogathons in general anyway. I'm going to do Madame Bovary for the Chabrol blogathon.

Greg said...

Peter (and Ryan), Ed Wood may have had the soul of an artist - and I think he absolutely did - but he had none of the required talents. However, except for the one scene in the Army office where they discuss the tape transmission that goes on a little long and gets kind of boring, everything else in the movie does move at an enjoyably clipped pace. So with a bigger budget... who knows?

Greg said...

Marilyn, I still haven't decided on my entry for Chabrol but will soon. Flickhead's Bunuelathon and your Danceathon are the only two blogathons where I have contributed more than one post because I enjoyed them so much.

Marilyn said...

I was thinking about doing the Danceathon again, but right now, work is just too much for me to run a blogathon. Besides, I really don't like to repeat myself. Unless there is some upswell of demand for another Danceathon, I'll probably come up with something else.

I did love your moving banner, though. You could do another one of those any time!

Greg said...

Ryan, SAG is overrated anyway. Not living in NY or LA there was nothing for me to go for here anyway except industrial films and re-enactment stuff. After some commercial narration I dropped it. It wasn't worth the dues required unless you really think you're going to be pursuing steady work as an actor.

João Seixas said...

Well, I'll be in on this one. I bet you can't imagine what the title of Plan 9 was in Portugal: PLANO 9 DOS VAMPIROS ZOMBIES (which we could translate as Plan 9 From Zombie Vampires). How's that for a title?

Greg said...

Marilyn - Yeah, I've got to do more animated banners, it's been a while.

You should do another blogathon but I've got to be honest, the last one would be hard to top. That is easily one of the most successful blogathons I've ever seen. It was like everyone in the known blogging universe contributed a post to it.

And I welcome any entry that is slightly off-center as well, like the one I did for Ed's Early Howard Hawks Blogathon. I'm sure Ed wasn't entirely thrilled with a post on a defunct wax museum as a post on early Howard Hawks but I had a great time writing it.

Ryan Kelly said...

I would like to do steady extra work, if possible. I live in the same town in NJ with the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan, so The Big Apple is pretty much my backyard. I got one of the necessary 'forms' when I did Indy, and they said I'd need to get two more slips to get into SAG. I've been looking for open casting calls in NY, but have been unable to find them really.

Ed Howard said...

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be writing about nothing but Chabrol during Flickhead's blogathon. I've got a couple of Chabrol box sets I've been meaning to catch up on, and that'll be the perfect opportunity. I don't think I'll be able to dedicate the same level of commitment to Ed Wood, sorry; I have a very low tolerance for "so bad it's good" or camp filmmaking. But this blogathon will at least force me to engage with Wood and this type of stuff, so that's a good thing. I love these kinds of projects that push me outside of my comfort zone -- one reason TOERIFC is so much fun, too.

Greg said...

João - Welcome! Glad to see you here. And that translated title makes it sound as if the risen recently dead ("thanks to our electrode guns") are the ones who came up with the plan. And yet, I'm sure no one noticed that when they saw the movie anyway.

Ed Howard said...

Oh and Greg, quite to the contrary I loved your wax museum post.

By the way, anyone who hasn't seen, Tom Sutpen just wrote a very strange and late entry to the Hawks blogathon. Pretty hilarious, actually, though part of me wonders if he's making fun of me.

Greg said...

Ryan, once you get the necessary slips it cost a bundle to join. It was around 1500 back in the nineties when I joined and then you pay monthly dues. So only do it if you really think it's worth it.

Ryan Kelly said...

Why do you think he's making fun of you, Ed?

bill r. said...

I kind of want to host a Werner Herzog blogathon, but right now I wonder if he gets written about so much these days that no one will care.

Ryan Kelly said...

Yeah acting really isn't what I want to do, honestly. Extra work is cool for me because it's attainable, lucrative, and you get to watch movies being made first hand.

Ryan Kelly said...

Bill, who cares if anyone cares?

bill r. said...

And Greg - check your e-mail.

Greg said...

I don't think I'll be able to dedicate the same level of commitment to Ed Wood, sorry; I have a very low tolerance for "so bad it's good" or camp filmmaking.

Well excuse me Mr. Hoity-Toity Serious Film Blogger! Oh, I'm just joking hoping that the shooting pain to my heart won't be revealed.

Ed, I don't really buy into the "so bad it's good" stuff either most of the time which is why I remarked earlier in this thread that Plan 9 "really is one of the few cases of 'so bad it's good' that is really true." I think it happens rarely but I think Plan 9 succeeds. I really do find it entertaining. To use a very overused word, it's almost surreal.

There, I'll never use that overused word again, but I think it applies with Wood.

Marilyn said...

Greg - I really can't account for the outpouring of response to Invitation to the Dance, except there are a lot of people who like musicals, more than will admit it, I think. I really don't think I'm that well known, though others tell me otherwise. I really can't account for it.

Ed Howard said...

Ryan, I don't know, probably just a bit insecure. That and I find myself a little puzzled by Tom's sense of humor sometimes, I'm never sure what he's making fun of.

Greg, I look forward to being proven wrong. No shooting pains, please: I really am excited for this blogathon.

And Bill, I think a Herzog blogathon is a great idea. I'd certainly contribute. Though I should warn you that I've just started work on my next conversation with Jason Bellamy, which is about, you guessed it, Herzog. So unique you'll shit!

bill r. said...

Ryan - Just because if you host a blogathon that nobody cares about, no one's going to participate.

Ryan Kelly said...

Ed and myself will participate. Sure Greg will too. That's... like... 10 people right there.

bill r. said...

No, that's only 8.

Marilyn said...

That's true, Bill. I've seen some very forlorn blogathons in the past. It's not a pretty sight.

But I think Herzog has many fans and would generate a lot of contributions. You might even get some famous folks to contribute, like Roger Ebert. He had Herzog at his festival. Maybe even Herzog! If he can be in a Zak Penn film, he can be in your blogathon.

bill r. said...

Marilyn - It's true that Herzog's fans are legion, but I'm just worried that people are a little tired of writing/reading about him.

Maybe even Herzog! If he can be in a Zak Penn film, he can be in your blogathon.Okay, I'm in.

Greg said...

Ed, I think Tom's piece is hilarious! I don't think he's making fun of you at all. I read it as a takedown on academia overintellectualizing the beauty and simplicity of great art. At least that's my take on it. That book title he gives is brilliant! I'd welcome him as an Invisible Edge contributor.

By the way, you know how sometimes you don't know what the joke is? Like just now with Tom. Well, I have an Invisible Edge post for today but I haven't posted it yet because I'm afraid no one will get it because there's no normally accepted punchline and some will be offended. I'm sure that's how Tom felt and why he waited. He wasn't sure if it would be taken the wrong way.

Greg said...

Bill, if you get Herzog to participate you better damn well ask him to wrtie up something in the spirit of Ed Wood for your friend Greg. And Ebert? Geez, let's not build up too many hopes okay, although I'm sure he would contribute to Marilyn, he's in love with her. She gets all the best endorsements. I feel like such a loser blogger next to Marilyn.

Marilyn said...

I like that he worked "patriarchy" into the title. I'd like to think I had something to do with that.

You know he just about had a psychotic break from staying up for 3 days straight to do some writing assignment. This might have been come out of that craziness.

Ed Howard said...

Yeah the book title was brilliant. And it's a pretty solid parody of academic writing. I guess I just had some doubts because I think that sometimes my own writing verges into that kind of style.

Greg, you should post whatever your Invisible Edge thing is. I always enjoy your posts there.

And Bill, definitely go ahead with the Herzog blogathon. For blogathons, I think it helps to pick a subject that people are likely to know about already -- everyone has something to say about Herzog, which is not necessarily true about, say, early Howard Hawks films. I think you'd be surprised by the turnout you'd get for something like that.

bill r. said...

Maybe I will. It won't be for a while, though, since I now have Flickhead and Greg's blogathons in my way!

THANKS GUYS!

Greg said...

I guess I just had some doubts because I think that sometimes my own writing verges into that kind of style.

I don't think it does. There's intelligent writing that explores the mechanics of cinema and there's boring academic speak and you definitely fall in the former.

And I'm going to write up something else for the Invisible Edge today. The other one's too stupid probably.

Greg said...

Maybe I will. It won't be for a while, though, since I now have Flickhead and Greg's blogathons in my way!

THANKS GUYS
!

No problem. Also, if you could wait until after my Herzog blogathon in August that would be great.

bill r. said...

NOOOOOOO!!!!

bill r. said...

And Ed, your writing's not like that at all.

Fox said...

Awesome. I am in ... BIG TIME. My brain is already racing for which movie to pick.

Fox said...

I just decided on Citizen Kane! That Welles guy tried pretty hard, and his heart was in it, but man, that movie was pretty sucky.

Greg said...

Fox, I was thinking someone could/should do some kind of compare and contrast between the two especially since Welles figures so prominently into Burton's Ed Wood biopic. I think that would actually be a good choice.

Ryan Kelly said...

Don't be ridiculous Ed you're one of the Net's FINEST!

I sometimes worry I'm a little too stuffy, also. I'm trying to lighten myself up. So I've decided my next post will be all fart jokes and bad puns (that is most of what they are, anyway).

The Demarest said...

Hmmm....

Greg said...

[scratches chin]

Fox said...

Hey Ed-

I nominated and voted for you in the LAMBYs, dude! Chin up! I think you get much respect from us around here, and we are awesome!

But as far as being one of the net's "finest"??? I don't know... have you guys seen Greg in his coach shorts on a hot summer day?

Ed Howard said...

I really wasn't fishing for praise, honest.

Although I'm still smarting from losing that "hottest blogger" award. I thought I nailed the swimsuit competition.

Greg said...

I look good in coach shorts even on a cool spring day.

Marilyn said...

What are coach shorts?

Greg said...

I have no idea, I'm just going with it.

Fox said...

For real you guys??? You don't know coach shorts? I guess you didn't play Little League baseball or pay attention in PE.

OK... this gives me a good chance to do an image search!

BRB...

Ryan Kelly said...

I don't think I've ever seen 'BRB' used in a comment thread before.

Fox said...

Coach shorts

Arbogast said...

There's no way I'm reading all these comments.

Fox said...

There's no way I'm reading all these comments....

Will you at least click on my coach shorts?

Arbogast said...

I did do that. Why? Because I'm a pal.

Brian Doan said...

Holy cow, this is an awesome idea. And it gives me the excuse to watch PLAN 9-- I had some students do a presentation on it this semester (which was really great), and it made me perversely curious to see the whole thing. I haven't scrolled through all 86 (!!!) comments yet, so I don't know if it was mentioned, but in the spirit of the blogothon, do you know this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Directed-Allen-Smithee-Jeremy-Braddock/dp/081663534X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242848924&sr=8-1

Pat said...

I definitely want to participate. I don't know what I'm writing about yet, but I'm in!

Flickhead said...

Greg, pardon me if someone already mentioned it, but Herzog's Conquest of the Useless is due on June 30.

Greg said...

Arbo, thanks for clicking on the Coach Shorts Pic, it meant a lot to Fox.

Greg said...

Brian, you've never seen it all the way through, really? It really is, and I'm not just saying this, but it really is entertaining. Like I said with Ed earlier in the thread, I don't necessarily buy into the "it's so bad it's good" philosophy but with this movie it really is... uh... good. And you could include the fictional Alan Smithee in your post. I look forward to whatever you do and thanks for agreeing to do it.

Greg said...

Pat, you've got time to pick something and I'm sure it will be great. It means a lot to me to have my blogger friends say they'll do a post because I've never done a blogathon before and already I have that feeling that I'm forcing something on people that they don't really want to do. With that belief in place it means even more to me that you'll actually do it.

Greg said...

Flickhead, no, no one mentioned it but thanks. It should work in well to the Herzog blogathon I'm going to do just before Bill does his.

Bill, of course, I'm just kidding. I'm going to do the Herzog blogathon at the same time that you do yours.

Peter Nellhaus said...

By the way, nice coffee shot on the banner du jour. And I think I may have a film in mind for your blogathon. The trick might actually be to have some more room in my Netflix queue.

By the way, I once actually had a paperback with short stories by Ed Wood, Jr. I'm sure that had I held on to it, I would have now been able to sell it for a million clams. Not dollars, just clams.

Greg said...

I would have now been able to sell it for a million clams. Not dollars, just clams.

Memories of my favorite moment in Love and Death featured right here on Cinema Styles. And I quote:

"There I will make an alliance with the crown. Not the king, just the crown."

Neil Sarver said...

I accept your challenge, good sir!

And I, for one, am glad I have a month, because I have no idea what I'm doing.

Well, I know I'm doing Orgy of the Dead which is one of the most thunderously dull movies ever made... and I don't want to watch it again... and I should come up with something else.

But I won't come up with anything else, so I'll probably go with that, which will require watching it again and...

Look at the things I do for you! The PAIN!

(Oh, and it's a long way back, but Bill is right. Call of Cthulhu is the best Lovecraft adaptation.)

Greg said...

Neil, I appreciate every little thing you do. And you could do a post about how you don't want to watch it again and that way you wouldn't have to watch it again. See, that's a helpful little hint right there. That's what I'm here for, to help.

Rick Olson said...

Gotta push this toward 100, dammit. I'll do one, I have no idea which flick right now, all right, I have an idea, but like Bill's, it's a BIG, FAT, SECRET.

In other news, I'd do blogathon about Herzog, Bill, sure, why not?

I other, other news, I've been toying with an idea for a blogathon for some time, but I'm really not very imaginative. How about "Movies we really, really like blogathon?" No? Well, I'll work on it ...

Pierre Fournier said...

I'm in. You can't keep me away. Put down that stick.

Neil Sarver said...

100th comment! Do I get prize?

I may end up with something like you're suggesting... We'll see! Yay for time to think!

Greg said...

I've been toying with an idea for a blogathon for some time, but I'm really not very imaginative.

Like a lot of people I went with an anniversary date. That way, you hope at least, plenty of people might be writing up the subject anyway and there's a better chance your blogathon won't completely bomb.

I'm not against a meme either at this point but every time I think of one I think, "Nah, no one would want to do that."

Greg said...

Pierre, will it be Frankenstein related or will you allow an exception for the blogathon? Of course, there have been plenty of cheap, spirit of Ed Wood type Frankenstein movies so I'm thinking you'll go with one of those but don't tell me and spoil it. And thanks for wanting to take part!

Greg said...

100th comment! Do I get prize?

Let me just get this box of Cracker Jacks open...

Younger readers scratch head, puzzled

Ed Howard said...

Wouldn't anyone who's been to a ball game know what Cracker Jacks are? They're still around.

Radiation Cinema! said...

Greg: Great idea to celebrate this wonderful film. I love Ed Wood; and what made him so special is that with such meager tools he shot for the stars. Other film makers of the era with scant budgets, like Richard Cunha and Bert Gordon, made movies about giant bugs and she demons. They didn't concern themselves much with "big themes."

Wood wanted to address the big stuff. He made films about the social degeneration (Jail Bait), mankind's tendency toward self-destruction (Plan 9) and societal prejudice (Glen or Glenda).

He may have had only a beat up Chevy, but he aimed it straight at the moon. God speed, Ed Wood. -- Mykal

Greg said...

[Greg mumbles to self, "Hey everybody look at me, I'm Ed and I know everything. Oooh I'm so smart and always have to show everyone I have the right answer even if it means spoiling someone else's joke.]"

Yeah, I guess you're right Ed.

[Greg mumbles under his breath, "jerk"]

Greg said...

Mykal, I was hoping you'd see this and join in. You have the perfect blog for it already and remember, you can do Plan 9 or something on Wood himself or some other movies from the era or whatever. Roll with it. I know you know the period and the types of movies I'm talking about.

Ed Howard said...

I wasn't trying to ruin your joke, just pointing out that the young 'uns and the old fogies can actually bond on a shared love of Cracker Jacks. I'm trying to bridge generational gaps here, go with it.

Radiation Cinema! said...

Greg: Oh, my friend, believe it - I have been saving up Plan 9 and Ed Wood, gathering my strength. Anyone that has a blog about B movies, at some point, must address Ed Wood. I might even go the "Films of Ed Wood" route, as I did with Bert I Gordon; pursuing the theme I have touch upon in your Blogathon.

When I first conceived of my blog, Plan 9 was, of course, one of the first films I considered. Oddly, I have waited, not wanting to rush it. It is such a seminal film! -- Mykal

Greg said...

I wasn't trying to ruin your joke,

Wait a minute, I mumbled the 'ruin the joke' part. You heard that?

Greg said...

Well Mykal, now is your chance. I will of course lead off the whole blogathon with an in-depth analysis of the film (no joke either, I have a lot to say about it) and I welcome whatever other takes can be presented on it.

Ed Howard said...

It was a stage mumble.

Greg said...

It was a stage mumble.

Damn theatrical training! I've got to be more careful.

Ryan Kelly said...

Greg is just threatened by Ed's expert knowledge of salty-snacks. Don't feel bad, Ed, he's easily intimidated.

Now what in the hell is a cracker jack?

Ed Howard said...

Now what in the hell is a cracker jack?

Never heard of it.

bill r. said...

Are we still talking about this thing?

Marilyn said...

I almost decided to fall on my sword and watch an Oscar Micheaux film for this blogathon. Then I thought, hell, it's only Greg. I'm not going that far!:-)

Greg said...

Are we still talking about this thing?

Why wouldn't we be? It's only the most exciting news to come out of blogland since the last time we were all bored out of our minds and latched onto whatever the hell was convenient.

Greg said...

I almost decided to fall on my sword and watch an Oscar Micheaux film for this blogathon. Then I thought, hell, it's only Greg. I'm not going that far!

Zing! Wow, that's an total knockdown of Micheaux. But more so of me... sigh.

"It's only Greg."

Now I know how Bill feels most of the time.

Marilyn said...

Poor boy. Here's a cookie.

Greg said...

Mmmm, oatmeal raisin...

bill r. said...

Most of the time?? Try ALL of the time! Because you all are dicks!

Greg said...

You're just mad because Marilyn gave me a cookie. We can share it. Here take this. It's the part I had to spit out because there was hair in it.

See, we can all be friends.

Ryan Kelly said...

Did we just put Micheaux in the same boat as Wood?

And why do y'all pick on Bill so much? I think you underestimate what a sensitive person he is. He comes over to me crying at least once a week because of something one of you said. And when I try to tell Greg that he shouldn't lay it on so thick he generally punches me in the gut and steals my milk money.

Greg said...

Hey that reminds me...

[punches Ryan and takes money]

Thanks loser.

[Walks away until encountering Marilyn who then punches Greg and takes money for herself]

Marilyn: So long sucker.

Ryan Kelly said...

Haha, bullies never prosper! Except girl bullies, that is.

Marilyn said...

I've decided to be Bill's best girl because he might slit my stomach open with a chef's knife if I don't.

Greg said...

Yeah, and the whole thumb/eye thing. Come to think of it, Bill, here, take the whole cookie.

Neil Sarver said...

Just as a matter of note, I agree with the sentiment that a lot of Wood's stuff is totally watchable in its madness. I always struggle with the idea that people call him the worst director ever, because I'm quite certain that the worst director ever made things that are instead unwatchable.

On some level, the guy who insisted everyone else "celebrate" the "trashy movies" should perhaps be first in line to celebrate Wood and his rather peculiar oeuvre.

Yeah, I really should.

It is indeed most likely my own orneriness that's leading me down the path of likely visiting Orgy of the Dead, so I should blame you, Greg.

But I may anyway...

Remember, the orneriness.

Neil Sarver said...

(That should say "... I shouldn't blame you...", but no matter.)

Pat said...

Ok, I've picked my movie and like Bill's and Rick's - IT'S A BIG, FAT SECRET!!!!

Now won't it be funny if Bill, Rick and I all pick the same movie.....

Greg said...

Neil, you can blame me. I still blame you for JARVIS.

By the way, you need to make your follower thingy active. JARVIS wants to follow your blog but will only do so if you make it active.

And yes, as I said much earlier in the thread, Wood is a paradox. His films contain both incompetence AND incredible entertainment value. It confuses the mind.

Greg said...

Pat - Bill chose The Godfather and Rick is going with The Maltese Falcon .

Pat said...

Ok that's cool, 'cause I picked Citizen Kane.

bill r. said...

Ha ha ha! I'm going to kill you all!! HA HA HA HA HAHAAHAFHINAT{B()GF???

Pat - I didn't choose a movie...at all!!!

Ryan Kelly said...

Wow, Bill, that's so unique I just shit.

Greg said...

While Ryan's cleaning himself, I'll busy myself on sidebar banners because I know you ALL want to advertise this blogathon, don't you?

I should have them ready this weekend so that ALL of you can advertise it. You know, because you ALL want to. Right?

bill r. said...

Wow, Bill, that's so unique I just shit...

See?? I told you guys you'd shit!

Greg, my sidebar banners always end up looking like poop. Just so you know.

The Demarest said...

...say, I just mig...

Greg said...

[leans forward]

Ryan Kelly said...

While Greg's leaning forward, smack him upside the head with a blunt object and take back my money

Greg said...

[Greg realizing what just happened]

Greg: [shouting] Maaaarilyn!!!

Ryan: No, no shhh, here, here take the money back just don't call Marilyn.

Greg: [takes back money] Thank you!

Peter Nellhaus said...

Here's the homework assignment for those in need of Ed Wood, Jr. 101.

Marilyn said...

Did I hear something? Greg, is someone picking on you again? Let's see, where's my cat o nine tails - the hubby's always hiding it.

Ryan Kelly said...

Greg started it, Marilyn.

Greg said...

Peter, thanks I put that link up in the new post.

Greg said...

Let's see, where's my cat o nine tails-

I bet Arbo wishes he had started it now.

PIPER said...

I'm in. I have no idea what I'll write about, but I'm in.

Greg said...

Thanks Pat! I expect your entry will be a work of genius. Genius!

The Demarest said...

...ht write something for this, ya know, maybe...

Greg said...

[Greg finally exhales]

Stacia said...

I heard about this over on Arbo's blog (I barely know him and I'm calling him Arbo, yes, it's what I do) and after plowing my brain for ideas, I finally have one - I'm in.

Greg said...

Great Stacia, thanks! Glad to have another person on board. And Arbo loves being called Arbo, who wouldn't?

Stacia said...

At least I don't call him "Arby". Much.

Greg said...

Or Arbo the Barbo.

Ed Howard said...

Hey Greg, maybe this is a stupid question, but would Jack Arnold count as being in the "spirit" of Ed Wood (and of this blogathon)? Because I think I'd like to write about a few of his films for this...

Greg said...

Ed, that would be great. I've probably seen more Jack Arnold movies than any other fifties sci-fi director. He wasn't as low budget as Ed of course but almost any sci-fi from the fifties would qualify in my opinion because they weren't huge money makers and weren't taken seriously by the studios so the people that made them had a genuine love for them.

Ed Howard said...

Nice, I was hoping. Then I'll be able to dedicate more of less the full week to blogathon posts, like I've done for Chabrol. I'll probably focus on Arnold but may throw in some other 50s sci-fi/horror as well. It's too bad I reviewed the two Paul Landres vampire movies already; those would've been perfect for this.

Greg said...

You're the best blogathon participator around. Thank God you want to do this.

Robert Ring said...

Robert Ring from The Sci-Fi Block here. Embarrassingly, I didn't even know of the anniversary until I read this. I'm running a website, not a blog, but count me in. I'll be posting a full review of Plan 9 on my site, some time between the 6th and the 12th. Sound good?

Greg said...

Robert, sounds great. Glad to have you join in and look forward to reading your review. Thanks for letting me know.

Robert Ring said...

Awesome. I'll get started on it right away and will keep you posted.

Robert Ring said...

Working on the review right now, and it shouldn't take long the way I'm doing it. What would be an ideal date to post it?

Greg said...

The blogathon starts July 6th so anytime on or after that date would be perfect. Thanks.

Robert Ring said...

Ok, I'll be posting this on the 6th. Looking forward to it.

Wings said...

No idea WHAT I am gonna post, but I am gonna attempt something! Cool idea!

Greg said...

Thanks Wings I look forward to it.

Pax Romano said...

I will try to come up with something for this auspicious occasion.

For now, I will feature one of the banners over at my blog.

Greg said...

Thanks Pax, much appreciated! Hope to have a post by you.

Erich Kuersten said...

Greg! Greg! Here's my post:

Pax Romano said...

here's mine

http://billylovesstue.blogspot.com/2009/07/spirit-of-ed-wood.html

Robert Ring said...

and mine: http://scifiblock.com/reviews/plan9fromouterspace.shtml

Tor Hershman said...

Glory to The Savior of all our glutei maximi,
Edward D. Wood, Jr.
and his most supernal work
“Plan 9 from Outer Space”
in which he gives to all humankind the glorious knowledge that
“All you [us] of Earth are idiots.”

I would also suggest Savior Wood's
"Hollywood Rat Race" as an excellent read.

Here I offer my humble homage to
no-budget film making.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m6qC6FCiY0


Woodness be with Thee
on
groovin’ safari,
Tor Hershman

The Flying Maciste Brothers said...

Does anybody here have any chutney? We've run all out of chutney. We'd really appreciate some chutney. It would save us from having to put on our coach shorts and go to Trader Joes.

Greg said...

Hold on...

Hold on...

Looking... looking...

Nope, sorry.

The Flying Maciste Brothers said...

Well, thanks for looking. We went right on ahead and used lemon Jell-o instead. Oh -- and we'll be posting something in a day or so...soaking in the spirit of Ed...(hats lowered over our collective chest)