Saturday, August 25, 2007

Voting and a Swap

Ok, so the nominations are in! Between the blog and the Ravelry group we got some really great nominations, so I decided to add them all in to the vote. Please leave your votes in the comments to this post. If you are a member of Ravelry, please leave your vote in the thread over at the Fiberflix group. You can vote for up to 2 movies per month. Voting ends on Friday, August 31st. Also, after you vote, scroll down to the bottom of the post for a new swap sign-up. It's another yarn and a movie swap but with a Halloween twist.

September: Back to School Movies

Breakfast Club
Back to School
Sixteen Candles
Grosse Pointe Blank
School of Rock
Bring it On
Dazed and Confused
Mean Girls
Rock and Roll High School

October - Monster Movies

Night of the Hunter
The Others
28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later
The Mummy (1932)/The Mummy (1999)
Dracula (1931)/Dracula (1992)
Gojira (the orginal Godzilla)
Van Helsing
The Corpse Bride
Nightmare Before Christmas
Ed Wood

November - Director Retrospective

Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, The Seven Year Itch, Sabrina, Stalag 17, Double Indemnity, etc)

Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, North by Northwest, Dial M for Murder, The Birds, Vertigo, Rear Window, Marnie, Rebecca, etc.)

Akira Kurosawa (The Seventh Samurai, Ran, The Hidden Fortress, Dreams, Shadow Warrior, etc.)

Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins, Breakfast on Pluto, Interview with a Vampire, We're no Angels)

Robert Altman (A Prairie Home Companion, Gosford Park, The Company, Short Cuts, The Player, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, MASH, Nashville)

Tim Burton (Batman, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Mars Attacks)

Kevin Smith (Clerks, Clerks 2, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats)

Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia)

Also, over on Ravelry there's a Yarn and a Movie Swap - the Halloweeen edition starting up. Here's the info. If you are interested please email Kathie at kathie AT charter DOT net to sign up.

"Yarn and a Movie" Swap
On suggestion from DiniKnits and with the blessing of CraftyLilly I bring you "Yarn and a Movie"!
Note At this time, the swap is open to those in the US and Canada due to region issues with dvd's. However we do have several people in this group who are in the UK and other locations outside the US & Canada, If there are enough of you who are interested we can match you up in the swap, just message me and let me know your interested.
Official Swap Rules and other Stuff...
1) Sign-ups Officially start Wednesday, August 22nd and will end Tuesday, Sept 25th @ Midnight PST. Swap partners will be distributed by Sept 30th. Packages can be sent anytime in October, but please be sure to get the package out in time for delivery by the 31st. To sign up please send me a message, or post your intent here. (We could also use an angel or two for just in cases)
2) This is a theme oriented swap, not everyone likes horror films so the categories are as follows horror/thriller/suspense. After you are paired up with your swap partner, you will exchange a short questionnaires (which I will post when we are ready to post partners) and a list of 5 movies in this genre that you would like to see.
3) What will be swapped?
a) A movie of course, preferably a new one.
b) Munchies to make movie night fun, this could be popcorn, candy, chips, anything that you think your swap partner might enjoy. You could also use this as an opportunity to include some type of local snack item that might not be readily available in your swap partners area.
c) Yarn!! Enough to make a small project like a hat, scarf or a pair of socks, you can also include any extra goodies you might want to pass on to your swap partner.
4) I'm thinking we are looking at about $40 per package plus shipping... give or take... I know there are some people who are swap shy because they have either at some point or another not received a package or got a puny package vs the spoils they sent. I do not want this swap to go down like that! If you cannot participate please do NOT sign up. There are times when once committed to something life happens, at that point please just message me and let me know, don't just disappear.
I really want this swap to go well, if you have any questions or issues please let me know. If this goes well we can probably set up do a movie swap several times a year, under different themes.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

September through November Movie Nominations!

I can't believe the summer is over. I just can't believe it! I know it's been quiet over here on the blog, but I hope you've enjoyed the Westerns this month. If you are on Ravelry and haven't joined our Fiberflix group, please do so! We are quite active over there. If you still have to receive your invite, when you do, please come join us!

It's that time to nominate films for the next three months so here are the themes:

September - "Back to School" Films. Let's nominate any movie that occurs at a school (any grade, high school, or college). There are so many choices that span so many genres! We can have a lot of fun with this one.

October - Monster Movies. Any movie that features a monster is appropriate for our nominations here. The monster can be a classic monster (the orignial Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula movies, zombie movies, etc.), or a human that has a monstrous character (Hannibal Lector movie, Cape Fear, Brotherhood of the Wolf, etc). These movies can be horrors or thrillers. In fact I'll probably have us choose one of both so that the horror adverse will have something to watch too.

November - Retrospective of a Director. Nominate your favorite film director, or one you'd like to explore further. In October we'll vote on which 2 or 3 directors films we will watch together.

Please make your nominations in the comments of this blog (one or two for each month). I will also post this on the Ravelry group to collect even more nominations. Please nominate in only one place, either here or on Ravelry.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Rustle up your six-shooters, and hop on your horse

It's time for a Western! Our August movie selections are Tombstone and/or the Magnificent Seven. If you decide to see the Magnificent Seven, it might be interesting to also see Kurosawa's The Seventh Samarai. Although The Seventh Samarai isn't technically a Western, The Magnificent Seven was based on it, so it would be interesting to do a comparison. I'm going to try to have some links up by the end of the weekend about our genre and movie selections.

Two things to look forward to:

1) I will be putting up nominations for out next movie selections in about a week or so. If you have an idea of a genre, or a topic (actor, director, theme) that you'd like to see sometime between September and November, leave a comment and I'll see what I can do.

2) If you get an invite to Ravelry, also come over and join our Fiberflix group. We've got quite a lively bunch there who love to talk about movies. I'm glad many of you that have received your invite have also joined in. I'll be posting a thread about our August selections in the next day or so.

3) Due to interest expressed with the Fiberflix group on Ravelry, I will be opening up a new Knitflix swap in September. It will have a monster/thriller theme and packages will aim to arrive around Halloween. So if you like swaps, or have missed our last two, look out for sign-ups on that.