Blaugust – Thirty One Days of Movie Reviews
Blaugust is an annual writing event run by Belghast, designed to encourage bloggers to post content more often. Its original remit was to publish blog articles every day for a month but over the years it has become somewhat more flexible. When I relaunched Contains Moderate Peril a year ago, I decided to participate, despite my long term plan of reducing my content output. This year I’ve decided to join in yet again, although I shall be changing the focus of my writing. At present I’m not particularly inspired to write about gaming. Star Trek Online and Overwatch are the only titles I’m currently playing and I don’t have enough to say about either of those games to sustain a month worth of posts. So I’ve decided to return to my primary passion, cinema and the film industry.
So I’m hoping to write about a broad selection of films from multiple genres over the month of August, depending on my personal circumstances which are somewhat fluid at present. I’m going to try and avoid mainstream contemporary blockbusters and focus more upon older, less well known titles. I often find when reading movie reviews by my peers that they don't seem to cover material from before the nineties. I personally like movies from the silent era right the way to the present and intend to explore films from all decades of the twentieth century. Hopefully in doing so, I can encourage some of my colleagues to broaden their cinematic horizons and discover some hidden gems.
This rekindling of my love of film is partly due to a list that film maker Edgar Wright published recently in which he named a thousand films that he has seen and considers to be of note. Many of those listed are favourites of mine and it makes for a welcome change from the usual top one hundreds movie articles that critics frequently produce. Mr Wright’s list has cinematic classics and art house films, cheek by jowl with exploitation movies and cult classics. It also reminded me that film is a subject I still have plenty to talk about and that it can provide a wealth of material for me to dissect and debate. So if all goes to plan I may well be able to write thirty one movie reviews over the forthcoming month, as well as some posts about the wider industry.