What’s a Dardos Award:
“The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”
Having received the award, I’m supposed to go one and give it to five other, similarly deserving blogs. I don’t think I can give T.S. an award (from what I can tell, he’s already received three), so consider this mention an honorary award–for people looking for good film blogs, Screen Savour provides a perfect mix–there’s T.S.’s own posts (he’s doing a 2008 in review series and a wonderful Hitchcock emphasis), but he also provides his Sunday Matinee feature, where he links to things he’s found online. It’s a fantastic blog. My Instapaper is full of his Hitchcock posts.
Now, on to my own Dardos awarding.
- Cinemachine. He’s my Alan Smithee Podcast co-host, just to disclose, but Matt does great work on his blog. He spends a lot of time–or he makes it seem like he spends a lot of time–on his posts. The topics are (rarely) pop movie news and (usually) something obscure and cultish. But he brings a universal film knowledge into the discussion, which means–if you read the site–you end up renting something you otherwise wouldn’t. (Phantasm in my case, just for starters).
- This Distracted Globe. Joe does a once a week (it seems like once a week) post about a film, going from production to release, discussing contemporary response and the current thinking. He also has a feature where he covers character actors of note (I don’t think he’s done Ed Lauter, but then Ed gets so little love). Joe puts a lot of work into his posts and it shows.
- Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot. I discovered Marty’s blog after he left a comment on the Stop Button. He discusses B-movies a lot–well, if Bloodfist III even makes it to the B standard–with a lot of thoughtfulness, but my favorite part of his blog are the posts about the gas station paperbacks of the 1970s and 1980s. These are the paperbacks with the aliens on the covers and whatnot. It’s a great read, always entertaining–it reminds me of that Tarantino/Helgeland interview where Tarantino can’t shut up about movie novelizations.
- From the Cheap Seats. John hasn’t posted in a month or so, which is too bad, since his film blog is such a rarity. He’s UK-based, I think, so he discusses not just UK films, but also their DVD releases, which differ a great deal from Region 1 at times. It’s a fine blog–I think everyone on this list works a lot harder on their posts than I work on Stop Button responses and it doubles as something of a UK DVD release newsletter.
- Tongue Thrust. Another disclosure–I went to grad school with the author, but (so I’ve been told) she didn’t like me (until my last semester, I’m guessing) and once corrected me for smacking my gum (but I told her Clint Eastwood said it was okay). Hers is the only personal blog–she occasionally puts up original writing–I read. I have lots of other ones bookmarked and subscribed, but hers is the only I actually take the time of reading line-by-line. I’m fairly sure she’s never talked about movies (I do remember she mentioned talking during movies once at school… shudder).
That list took a lot longer than I thought it would, but all five (six with Screen Savour) are worthwhile blogs.