Monday, February 5, 2024

Announcing the Mismatched Couples Blogathon


The Mismatched Couples Blogathon - The Shape of Water

Opposites attract, so the saying goes, but perhaps it should be “opposites distract.” Whichever way you look at it, we love to see synergy between two characters, but we enjoy it even more when there’s friction. With this in mind, Yours Truly and Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews have conspired to bring you the Mismatched Couples Blogathon, a three-day (plus) exploration of less-than-ideal character pairings.

Little Shop of Horrors - Seymour and Audrey

There are countless examples of mismatched couples in cinema and TV, from buddy cop stories, to adventures, to romcoms, and everything in between. For the purposes of this blogathon, the “couple” can be romantic or non-romantic, as long as the relationship between the two characters is a key plot point. Here are just a few suggestions: 

·       The Odd Couple (1968) (The 1970-1975 TV version is perfectly acceptable too!)

·       Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) (Han and Leia or C3PO and R2D2)

·       The Princess Bride (1987) (Westley and Buttercup)

·       Moonraker (1979) (Jaws and Dolly)

·       The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (Tick and Marion)

·       Die Hard (1988) (John and Holly McClane)

·       It Happened One Night (1934) (Peter and Ellie)

·       Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971) (Paul and Stanley)

·       The Fifth Element (1997) (Korben Dallas and Leeloo or Korben Dallas and Ruby Rhod)

Godzilla and Jet Jaguar

What: The Mismatched Couples Blogathon 

Who: Hosted by Yours Truly (Barry P.) and Gill Jacob 

Where: Cinematic Catharsis and Realweegiemidget Reviews 

When: March 29-31, 2024 

How: Please read the rules below, and send me your post request (review, podcast, etc…) via email (, Twitter (@barry_cinematic), Instagram (barry_cinematic), or by commenting below. You may also contact Gill by commenting on her post, or through her blog’s Contact Me page (Be sure to include a link to your blog, your blog’s title, and your preferred name).

 Important Note: Barry will be away from February 10th – 15th, and Gill will be away from February 29th – March 13th. As a result, please be sure to contact us both with your choices, to ensure that we don’t miss them. (See Rule #2) 

King Kong and Ann Darrow


1.     You may review ANY film or TV show related to the subject, with the exception of biopics. Book reviews are fine, as well. However, please restrict your choice ON-SCREEN couples (no tabloid or gossip material).

2.     To ensure that your blogathon choice is recorded in a timely manner, be sure to send all requests to Barry and Gill.

3.     We will not allow duplicate pairings, UNLESS you are covering a series of films or a retrospective of an actor/filmmaker’s work.

4.     A maximum of TWO entries will be permitted.

5.     When responding with your choice, be sure to add your Twitter/Instagram/Mastodon/Bluesky handle or a link to your Facebook page so we can promote your post.

6.     Please choose one of the banners below to display on your blog.

7.     A full list of blogs, podcasters and review choices will be posted on a separate page and updated regularly.

8.     Only original, never-before-published posts will be accepted.

9.     Send a link to your post/podcast/video to Gill and me during one of the days of the blogathon.

10.  Note: we will publish all the links on both blogs, with daily updates on March 29th, 30th and 31st. If you plan to participate, but you’re running late, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can post a last-minute update.

11.  Please also note: Gill and I have already claimed the following the titles below, so they are off the table, unless they’re included in a larger retrospective (see Rule 2 above).


Barry at Cinematic Catharsis – Pink Flamingos (1972)


Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews – Kuolleet Lehdet (aka: Fallen Leaves) (2023)


Oh, and one more thing… Remember to grab a banner below and have fun!


Mismatched Couples Blogathon - The Odd Couple


Mismatched Couples Banner - Indiana Jones and Willy

Mismatched Couples Blogathon - C3PO and R2D2

Mismatched Couples Blogathon - The Shape of Water


The Mismatched Couples Blogathon - Polyester 



  1. Yay, so happy we are teaming up again... looking forward to this one and celebrating the life of that hard working, always good (as never calls it in) actor later this year....

  2. Hi Barry -- clever theme for this one! I'd like to write about The Great Vorelli and Hugo from Devil Doll (1964).

    1. Hi there... You got it. Looking forward to reading your post! :)

  3. Hello Barry, new blogger here and I would like to cover Herbert West and Dan Cain in Reanimator. My blog is and will be live soon.

  4. Hi, there! You've got it! Thanks so much for joining.