I’ve said it before, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time (sorry, dear readers). I’m dragging my feet again, instead of exploring cinema’s obscure and darkest regions. It’s tough coming down from the high of a theme month. Now that the dust has settled, and I’ve made my way through Kübler-Ross’ stages of grief, I’ve accepted that Japan-uary III has come and gone. Along with the cruel reality of February, comes the promise of more eclectic explorations of cinema just around the corner, with Germany Month in June, Silent September II, Horror Month, and... you guessed it, Japan-uary IV next year.
So what’s next, you might ask (Well, I might at least)? As much as I’d like to take credit for the idea, my next theme month, Monster March, was suggested by my 9-year-old daughter. She’s not into scary flicks like her dad, but we find a common ground with classic creature features, particularly from the 30s and 50s.* While I can’t promise that all of the title choices will be daughter friendly, Monster March will focus on the creepy-crawlies, the misunderstood creatures and the aberrations of nature that form the basis of a good monster movie.
* She enjoys The Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, so I know I did something right.
As always, stay tuned for more updates. If you have ideas you’d like to share, just want to vent, or have an upcoming blogathon, don’t keep it inside. Comments, emails, and tweets are encouraged and appreciated.