I’d like to thank the wonderful folks who double-nominated me for the Sunshine
Blogger Award and my first-time nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award:
Ernie Fink from Until the Lights Go Up,
Paul Batters from Silver Screen Classics,
and Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews, respectively. I
apologize that it took so long to acknowledge these accolades. It means more to
me than you’ll ever know.
I would imagine is the case for many, these past several months have been
difficult emotionally, physically and financially, making it especially hard to
stay motivated and focused. Also, as you may have noticed, I’ve refrained from
further blogathon announcements for the moment. After discussing things with my
blogathon partner Gill, from Realweegiemidget Reviews, we decided to postpone
the next installment of the Hammer/Amicus Blogathon until next year. On the
other hand, the blog is still chugging along after all these years, albeit at a
slower rate. Right now, any progress is good progress.
never been much of rule follower, so I’ve modified them for the purposes of
this overly verbose appreciation post. Nah, who am I kidding? I’ve thrown them
out. Instead, here are my responses to Ernie, Paul, and Gill’s questions…
topic do you blog most about?
This is a film blog, so I try to keep
things as movie-related as possible. I keep an emphasis on horror and science fiction,
although I’m not strictly confined to those genres. While I’ll blog about the
occasional blockbuster, my mission is to discuss the movies that somehow slipped
through the cracks.
you only blog about one topic, or do you blog about other things, even
Movie reviews, long and short, are my
bread and butter, but my blog is peppered with the occasional rant about pets
in film, physical media, star ratings, or whatever strikes my fancy at the
you have someone or something you love to write about more than others? If so,
Anyone who knows my Twitter presence
probably associates me with Mad Love-era Peter Lorre. I’m not sure exactly when
I adopted Peter Lorre (Or should I say he adopted me?) as the official
Cinematic Catharsis mascot, but it was love at first fright. Why? I’m not quite,
sure, but I think it might have something to do with the old TNT promos for the
100% Weird show.
your blogging by a schedule, or done as ideas come to you?
I try to adhere to a loose schedule,
averaging a minimum of four posts per month. These normally consist of a few longer
reviews and a collection of capsule reviews, Quick Picks and Pans (as of this
post, I’ve done 118 of ‘em).
subject would you never blog about? Why?
I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a Rom
Com, but I wouldn’t rule it out if the right one came along. I stray from
religion and politics, and anyone who’s read my posts over the years probably
knows that I have no tolerance for intolerance (see #15 of my Film TwitterSurvival Guide).
you get comments from your readers?
I always look forward to comments from my “regulars”
as well as new visitors to the blog. Sure, there are the odd spam messages and
a few irritating comments now and then, but keeping an open (albeit moderated)
forum is worth it.
do those comments affect you?
As mentioned above, I invite and enjoy comments
from my readers. While most comments have been overwhelmingly positive and
respectful (which doesn’t mean that my readers always agree with me), I recall a
few comments (always from “randos”) that irritated me (lecturing about their take
on a film). I’m still baffled by one reader who once took offense when I joked
that a movie (Whisper of the Heart) had too much John Denver music.
there a time when you considered giving up blogging? Why?
Nope. I love doing this, and even if my output
slows, I’m glad to do what I’m doing.
blogging led to other writing activities? Or is it the other way around?
Blogging has definitely opened doors that
were closed before. I’m a semi-regular contributor to The Dark Pages newsletter, and I’m
currently researching a book project, which will be a direct offshoot of my
10. How important are
pictures to your blog?
I believe screenshots and posters are essential
for readers to get a taste for the movie I’m writing about. I try to keep
things PG-13 around here, so even if the movie is of a more (ahem) adult nature,
I purposely refrain from posting more explicit pics. I figure readers know what
they’re getting into when they read one of my reviews, and can just watch the
movie if they’d like to see more. Besides, there are already plenty of other
places on the web if they really need to see that sort of thing.
11. Do you have any
wisdom that you'd like to pass along about blogging?
Don’t write for other people. Write what
you enjoy, and your audience will find you.
British or International film would you recommend to a friend who has never
Japanese cinema continually fascinates and
baffles me, so much so that I devote an entire month each year, and could
probably write about it until the end of time. Here’s a handful of suggestions…
Animated: Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro (1988) or Spirited Away
(2001) are simply magical gateways to the world of anime; Takashi Miike’s
extensive filmography is well worth investigating. Happiness of the
Katakuris (2001) is one of his most fun and accessible titles; If you’re
looking for more classic fare, you can’t go wrong with Yasujirō Ozu’s Late
Spring (1949) or Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954). Oops! I
guess I recommended more than one.
classic film director do you prefer and what is your favorite of their films?
The works of Fritz Lang continue to
entrance and inspire. I’m still exploring his diverse filmography, and finding
hidden treasures. Any director who could make Metropolis (1927) and The
Big Heat (1953) demands my attention.
character actor or actress do you think would have made a great lead?
Dick Miller was a favorite of Roger Corman
and Joe Dante, but rarely got his due. Although he proved he could carry a film
with A Bucket of Blood (1959), he should have headlined many more.
child actor do you believe should have had success as an adult but didn’t?
Haley Joel Osment. After his breakout
roles with The Sixth Sense (1999) and A.I. (2001), he seemed to
fall into a black hole. I hope his recent appearance in What We Do in the
Shadows will be the shot in the arm his career deserves.
film do you love, but dislike the ending?
Unbreakable (2000) always keeps me
captivated with its performances and low-fi approach to superhero movies, but oh,
what a corny ending. That final caption (about Elijah Price’s fate) before the
end credits has got to go.
onscreen wardrobe do you covet and would like to claim for your own?
Do costumes count? I’m not much of a
clothes-horse, but I think it would be a hoot to wear one of Raymond Massey’s “future”
outfits from Things to Come (1936) for a Halloween costume party.
original film do you think could be improved as a remake and who would you
Damnation Alley. If the
filmmakers stuck closer to Roger Zelazny’s 1969 novella (which has more in
common with Escape from New York than the 1977 film), I might cast Michael
B. Jordan or Christian Bale (played by Jan Michael Vincent in the original) as
the lead, or perhaps for a gender switch, Charlize Theron.
classic film actor or actress do you think would be successful in today’s film
Katherine Hepburn, who often portrayed tough
and savvy, yet vulnerable characters. She held her own against her contemporaries,
and would easily measure up against anyone today.
film trope do you never tire of seeing?
Sure, it’s a tired trope, but I always
enjoy seeing the hero knocked down, only to rise up to fight another day (Hey,
it works for Godzilla and Gamera).
you could adapt a piece of classic literature that has not yet been made into a
film, what book would you choose and who would you cast in the main roles?
John Kennedy Toole’s posthumous novel, A
Confederacy of Dunces. After some consideration, I thought it would be
amusing to cast Mark Proksch (the guy who plays Colin Robinson in the What
We Do in the Shadows TV series) as Ignatius J. Reilly, and Kathy Bates as his
long-suffering mother, Irene Reilly.
of today’s modern actors or actresses do you think would have been successful
in classic films and why?
With his fast-talking persona and unique
features, Steve Buscemi would be ideal for a 1930s screwball comedy or 1940s film
the reason you started your blog.
Catharsis started as a byproduct of completing my master’s degree. I had grown
so accustomed to writing for numerous assignments that I felt I didn’t care to
stop. The blog’s title refers to how movies have always been a release for me, my
refuge from the rest of the world. I love watching them and sharing my thoughts.
As of October, this will be my 10th year blogging, and I have no
plans to stop!
two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
(and I can’t stress this enough), write about what you love. Don’t write for
pageviews, Twitter retweets, or because you hope to gain some modicum of
notoriety. Write about the things you enjoy the most. It’s good to have an
audience in mind, but write for yourself first. I’ve seen too many blogs come
and go, and the main reason cited (if the blogger decided to write an epitaph)
was that it just wasn’t fun anymore. Blogging should never seem like a chore. If
it seems like it’s heading that way, this is the perfect time to reevaluate why
you’re doing this in the first place. So, go forth and create the kind of
content you want to see!
set reasonable goals for yourself. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, and no
one knows when this crazy ride is coming to a complete stop. Don’t beat yourself
up if you don’t meet all your goals. One of the secrets to blog longevity is pacing
yourself. Pushing yourself to post when you’re not ready is the quickest road
to burnout. By all means, post on a regular basis, however many that means to
you. Depending on your comfort level, you can always go up or down from there.
I like to do things a little differently, I’m taking this opportunity to
present The Cinematic Catharsis Hall of Fame – A rotating list of notable blogs
you should check out!
Talesfrom the Freakboy Zone
Untilthe Lights Go Up
AShroud of Thoughts
Filmsfrom Beyond the Time Barrier
of the Missing (but not forgotten)
StabfordDeathrage Shoots His Mouth Off – Wherever you are, Mr. Deathrage, I hope you’re doing well, and look forward
to reading more of your inimitable musings someday soon.