Debuts Blogathon – Second Call

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Following on from our initial announcement of the ‘Debuts’ blogathon, hosted by myself and Mark at Three Rows Back, we’re putting out a quick update to show who’s on board, what films have been snapped up and a call out for anyone else who would like to get involved.

For the uninitiated, ‘Debuts’ unsurprisingly looks at directors’ debut features (no shorts). Here’s the list of those already signed up to take part…

Head in a Vice – Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The Soul of the Plot – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Pleasure Garden (1925)

Cindy Bruchman – Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me (1971)

FlixChatter – Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Committed to Celluloid – Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros (2000)

Cinematic – Terrence Malick’s Badlands (1973)

Tranquil Dreams – Hayao Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Karamel Kinema – Darren Aronofsky’s Pi (1998)

The IPC – Jodie Foster’s Little Man Tate (1991)

And So It Begins… – David Gordon Green’s George Washington (2000)

She Speaks Movies – Joon-ho Bong’s Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

Film Police – David Lynch’s Eraserhead (1977)

Ewan at the Cinema – Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout de Souffle (1960)

The Running Reel – Sam Mendes’ American Beauty (1999)

Marked Movies – The Coen brothers’ Blood Simple (1984)

Big Screen Small Worlds – Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket (1996)

Keith & the Movies – John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941)

The Cinematic Katzenjammer – Duncan Jones’ Moon (2009)

Video As Life – John Lasseter’s Toy Story (1995)

The Silver Screener – Christopher Nolan’s Following (1998)

From the Depths of DVD Hell – Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case (1982)

Blank Page Beatdown – Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave (1994)

As well as this diverse list, Mark will be looking at Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) and I will be writing about Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire (1953).

As well as reviewing the film itself, we’d also love your write-ups to look at how their first feature has impacted on their work. How have their subsequent films fared against their debut? Has the director improved or steadily declined over subsequent features?

Do you have a director whose debut you’d like to cover? If so, then there’s still time to contribute! We’re looking to run the blogathon from Monday, September 2. Before you get cracking, please drop one or both of us an email at or email Mark on by Sunday, August 25 letting us know who you’d like to write about (just so we don’t get duplicate posts) or for more info.

Thanks for reading and, most importantly, DON’T MISS OUT!


25 thoughts on “Debuts Blogathon – Second Call

  1. Mark Walker says:

    I’m a bit swamped with stuff just now Chris, but I’d love to get in on the action with this one. Give me some more time so I can have a think on it.

  2. ruth says:

    Hi Chris, sorry but I’d have to change my pick as I thought Bryan Singer’s debut was The Usual Suspects. I haven’t seen Public Access, ahah. I’ll let you know which debut it’ll be 😀

  3. keith7198 says:

    How has no one taken the great “The Maltese Falcon” by the great John Huston! As a public service to the classics I must jump in and right this obvious wrong! 😀

  4. I’d like to claim THX 1138 but I’ve already reviewed it. Do I have to write a second review or just resubmit the one I have?

  5. Nick Powell says:

    I signed up for Moon!

  6. Popcorn Nights says:

    Hi Chris,
    I’m up for taking part if there’s still space. How about Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express? I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while.

    • Hey Stu, really sorry we had to close entries for this. We got the last entrant literally about 10 mins before you emailed. It’s been much more popular than we thought to be honest, we weren’t really expecting to have to say no to people! Sorry again mate.

      • Popcorn Nights says:

        No probs, I just got an email back from Mark. I’ll look out for something similar in the future!

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