Announcing the Christmas in July Blogathon 2017

Hey, friends!

How are you this fine Sunday? Are you excited that today is June 25th? Oh, what is special about today you ask? Well today happens to be the one month mark until Christmas in July!  And you know what that means?  That’s right, the fan favorite Christmas in July Blogathon is just around the corner. 😀

If you are interested in participating this year, simply send me a Christmas-themed article as your entry. It can be a movie review, television special review, a list of some kind, or whatever Christmas-y thing your little holiday heart desires.  Please have your entries sent to me before July 17th. I’m a pretty flexible guy so if you feel like you need more time, please let me know and we can work something out.

Like every year, I like to throw a party full of everyone’s favorite celebrities.  So along with your entry, let me know who you would like to invite to our holiday party, particularly someone you would like to meet under the mistletoe.  For example, I would invite Alexandra Daddario and maybe some of you would invite Zac Efron.

There have been a wide variety of entries in the past, so if you need some examples of what you could do, or if you want to see last year’s guest list, give last year’s summary a look. To let me know you are participating, leave a comment or send me an email at drewt510@gmail.com. Then send your entry to that email address before July 17th.  I can’t wait to see the entries this year!

Until next time, cheers!

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Here’s Jack Blogathon 2017: A Few Good Men

Gill, from Realweegiemidget Reviews, is a huge fan of Jack Nicholson. To celebrate, she has invited bloggers to review as many Nicholson films as possible. A Few Good Men is my entry into her three-day celebration. Click on the banner below to head over to her site to see the rest of the blogathon entries for today.

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Navy defense attorney Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise), along with JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) and Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollack), are assigned to prove that Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison) and Louden Downey (James Marshall), two marines accused of murder, are innocent and were merely acting under orders.

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I will begin by saying courtroom dramas aren’t really my type of movie. I don’t find them very exciting and think more often than not they are fairly predicable. A Few Good Men is a perfect example of this. Story-wise, I didn’t feel invested in the case that the three attorneys were working on. And honestly, I didn’t care for Tom Cruise’s character, Daniel Kaffee. He is the skilled-but-arrogant character that Cruise played often earlier in his career but it doesn’t feel like he grows very much by the end of the film. His biggest step is actually taking the case instead of trying to make a deal and that happens fairly early. Which brings me to my next point: this movie feels too long. Although, that might be because I just wanted to get through the movie quicker since I wasn’t very interested.

The only thing that really kept me invested in this film was the cast. The main three, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Kevin Pollak, had such great chemistry. Despite my lack of interest in Cruise’s character, I enjoyed his performance. He brought a lot of energy and emotion to the part. The same goes for Moore. Her performance was so emotionally driven that she made for a good counterpart to Cruise. The dialogue between Cruise, Moore, and Pollak felt very real and genuine. Kudos to Aaron Sorkin for writing such believable, and not too ridiculous banter, between the leads. Despite not being in the film for much time, Jack Nicholson is the standout of this movie. The final scene with Nicholson and Cruise battling it out in the courtroom was absolutely riveting and almost made up for the dullness of the rest of the film.

I thought A Few Good Men was OK 😐 My lack of interest in courtroom dramas aside, I found this to be somewhat enjoyable. Although I didn’t much care for Cruise’s character and felt it ran a little longer than necessary, the performances from all of the actors, especially from the main three and Jack Nicholson, kept my attention long enough to finish watching.

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Cast & Crew
Rob Reiner – Director
Aaron Sorkin – Writer
Marc Shaiman – Composer

Tom Cruise – Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Demi Moore – Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Pollak – Lt. (J.G.) Sam Weinberg
Kevin Bacon – Capt. Jack Ross
Jack Nicholson – Col. Nathan R. Jessup
Kiefer Sutherland – 2nd Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
JT Walsh – Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson
Wolfgang Bodison – Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson
James Marshall – Pfc. Louden Downey
JA Preston – Judge Julius Alexander Randolph

Ultimate 90s Blogathon Conclusion

Hey, readers!  It’s been a fun three weeks but we all knew this day would come. As they say, all good things must come to an end. Here are all the entries of the Ultimate 90s Blogathon in case you missed any of them:

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Encino Man

Tranquil Dreams – Robin Williams Triple Feature

OC Movie ReviewsPump Up the Volume

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie ReviewsThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

MovierobGoodfellas

Plain, Simple Tom ReviewsTotal Recall

DB Movies BlogBatman Returns

OC Movie Reviews – Life is Beautiful

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – The Sweet Hereafter

Thoughts All SortsThe Last of the Mohicans

Rhyme and ReasonLiar Liar

Film and TV 101Reservoir Dogs

Life of this City GirlSleepless in Seattle

OC Movie Reviews – Leon

Starry Traveler’s RoadAnastasia

Often Off TopicLiar Liar

In the Depths of DVD HellMovie Year: The 90’s

Realweegiemidget ReviewsStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Wild Wild West

Tranquil Dream – Top 3 Disney Animated Films

My fantastic co-host, Kim, and I have had a wonderful time revisiting a decade that is very special to us. There were a wide variety of films reviewed. Action, comedy, science-fiction, and animation. Although there were some surprising omissions as well. Besides Kim, no other Disney movies were reviewed. Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs was reviewed but his other big movie, Pulp Fiction, was not. Neither was any of Stephen Spielberg’s work, such as Jurassic Park or Schindler’s List, nor was IMDb’s number one movie, The Shawshank Redemption, reviewed.  I guess that just goes to show the eclectic tastes we all have!

Before I go on, Kim has a few words she would like to share.

2017 is passing us by incredibly fast! Our three weeks of visiting one of my favorite decades filled with a ton of nostalgia is has officially ended today. Just because the blogathon has ended, doesn’t mean that there are no lingering effects of having a heightened desire to watch more 90’s movies, especially with all of the fantastic entries we got and more than a handful that I haven’t seen. 90’s no doubt had a ton of outstanding choices and we had a wonderfully mixed bag of everything which was absolutely awesome and really shows off the variety that the 90’s brought. I’m known for rambling so I’ll get straight to the point and give a gigantic virtual hug to all the participants for joining in and making this blogathon such a success. I’ve met some new bloggers that I can’t wait to see more reviews from in the near future. Thank you so SO SO MUCH to all the readers, participants and of course, my fantastically amazing co-host! Stay awesome everyone! 🙂

Well said, Kim! To echo her words: thank you! Thank you to all of the participants for submitting entries to us. Thank you to everyone who read them and liked and commented. And finally, thank you to my blogathon better half, Kim! It was fun to take this adventure with all of you and I look forward to doing it again. 🙂

Until next time, cheers!

Announcing the Ultimate 90s Blogathon

 

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Hey, readers!

I am delighted to announce that the marvelous Kim over at Tranquil Dreams and I are once again teaming up to host a blogathon.  Last year, our theme was Ultimate 80s and we wanted to stay with the decade motif. So this year, we are hosting the Ultimate 90s Blogathon!  The premise is simple: What do you consider to be the ultimate 90s movie? Does it involve a cross dresser? A Lion prince or Chinese warrior? Dinosaurs on the loose?  Maybe it’s about a socially clueless matchmaker or the return of a robot from the future. The 90s has an eclectic bunch of films and everyone has their favorite. Whatever it may be, we want to hear it. Us 90s kids are notoriously nostalgic of our childhood so let’s put that attitude to good use!

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Or, uh, don’t. I don’t care.

If you are interested in participating, tell us in a comment down below or email Kim, kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com, or me, drewt510@gmail.com.  Then email us your submission once you are finished and we will post the entries on our sites during the blogathon. Boom! Easy, peasy. Submissions are due before Monday, February 13. However, if you need more time, please let us know so we can plan accordingly. Kim and I will then kick off the blogathon on Monday, February 20. If you leave a comment below, keep your choice a secret. We want to be just as surprised when you send them to us as our readers by which film is your Ultimate 90s movie. You can add the banner that is at the top of this page to your site to show your participation. Big thanks to my pal Roland for making the banner.

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MRW I get an Ultimate 90s entry in my inbox.

Spread the word! If there is someone you think would like to participate, please feel free to invite them to join. We can’t wait to read everyone’s submissions! 🙂

Cheers!

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Announcing the Christmas In July 2016 Blogathon

Hey, my dear readers!

How are you this fine Monday? As we trudge through the week, we move closer towards July. There are a lot of great things happening in July but what has become one of my favorite July traditions here at Drew’s Movie Reviews is the annual Christmas in July Blogathon. That’s right, bust out the Santa hats, elf ears, and eggnog because we are celebrating all things jolly.

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To participate in the blogathon, all you have to do is submit a Christmas-themed article. That’s it.  It can be a review of a Christmas movie, some sort of list, or anything else you can think of. This year’s entries need so be submitted on or before July 17th. If you think you will need more time, let me know so we can work it out.  Once I get an idea of how many participants there will be, I can get a more concrete schedule worked out. Write in the comments or email me at drewt510@gmail.com if would like to participate and what you are doing. Last year saw a wide variety of entries, so check out last year’s summary for some ideas.

To make our party more exciting, let’s invite our favorite celebrities! In your submission (either in the article or the email containing your article), include someone you would like to meet under the mistletoe at our Christmas in July party. For example, here’s my choice:

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Some of you might want to invite this gentleman

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Again, submissions are due by Sunday, July 17th and can be sent to drewt510@gmail.com. I can’t wait to read everyone’s submissions!

Cheers.

 

Ultimate 80s Blogathon Conclusion

Hey there, dear readers!

Here we are at last, the end of our cinematic journey through the 1980s.  My lovely co-host, Kim, and I didn’t know what kind of participation to expect when we were organizing this blogathon.  The number of bloggers who joined in was astounding and blew away our expectations. In case you missed any of the entries, here they all are in one convenient location:

Serendipitous AnachronismsPretty in Pink

Movie Movie Blog BlogBeetlejuice

Wolffians Classics Movie DigestSplash

Michelle, Books and Movies AddictPretty in Pink

Steve Says…Stand By Me

Tranquil Dreams – The Breakfast Club (Kickoff)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Top Gun (Kickoff)

Prime Six Blogs80s War Film Series

Movie Reviews 101Child’s Play

Confessions of a Geek MindTrading Places

That Moment InKrull

Ramblings of a CinephileMad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Slip/Through MoviesBill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Movie Reviews 101Critters

Starry Traveler’s RoadAn American Tail

Elena Square EyesCrocodile Dundee

MovieRobLabyrinth

The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner BloggerLethal Weapon

Back to the ViewerFerris Bueller’s Day Off

Flick Chicks National Lampoon’s Vacation and Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Carly Hearts MoviesThe Hunger

Pfeiffer Pfilms and Meg MoviesInnerspace and Tequila Sunrise

Life of This City GirlWhen Harry Met Sally

Cinema SchminemaReturn to Oz

Tranquil Dreams – 80s Dance Movies Triple Feature (Wrap-Up)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Airplane! (Wrap-Up)

Film and TV 101Ten 1980s Faves (Encore)

Look at that list! So many awesome bloggers joined in.  And such a wide range of films chosen, too.  We were expecting some of the big action stars, like Schwarzenegger, Stallone or Bruce Willis, maybe some Back to the Future or Indiana Jones or Blade Runner. But all of you reached to far corners of the 80s for your selections and it couldn’t be more exciting.  However, one thing is for certain: John Hughes was a big part of the 80s. Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off all got some love, with Pretty in Pink being reviewed twice.  Now before I go on, here are a few words from Kim:

Wow! Four weeks went by like a blink of an eye.  Ultimate 80s blogathon was a mega success. Its definitely a great way to start my first blogathon.  There is no doubt that the best part of this blogathon was all the incredible participants that joined up and contributed their choices and pieces.  The turnout took our breath away.  The choices were truly surprising to us, especially when a lot of the popular choices didn’t seem to make the cut.  Everyone had very unique choices and now, I have a ton of 80s movie I know I need to catch up with.   This could get all sappy and emotional on my end (although I’m probably getting all sentimental and missing it) so I’m going to cut straight to the chase and say THANK YOU! A HUGE THANK YOU to all the participants, everyone who dropped by liked and/or shared their thoughts and of course, my fantastic co-host! 😉

Aww, Kim, you’re gonna make blush.  😛 To echo Kim: Thank you!  Thank you to all the participants, thank you to all the commenters and likers, and thank you anyone who read the entries.  One of my favorite things about being a blogger is interacting with other bloggers.  As I said before, the amount of bloggers who sent in reviews was almost overwhelming, so I had such a blast working with everyone. And I can’t say enough about my co-host.  She is laid back and so much fun to work with.  Thank you Kim for joining me on this odyssey. 🙂

One last time, thank you to all the participants and readers! You’ve made all the time spent putting this together well worth it.

Cheers!