Debuts Blogathon – Second Call


Myself and Chris at Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop are jointly hosting our first blogathon … and there’s still time to join us!

We’re both delighted at the response so far to what is our first Blogathon, entitled ‘Debuts’, which focuses on a director’s first feature (shorts not included). We put the call out for you to get involved and you haven’t let us down! So far, the following are on board with their director and first feature of choice:

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)

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

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 Breathless (1960)

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

Marked Movies – Joel Coen’s Blood Simple (1984)

Big Screen Small Words – 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)

From the Depths… – Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case (1982)

On top of these discerning types, Chris will be reviewing Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire (1953), while I’ll be writing about Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989).

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 me an email at or email Chris at 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!


  1. Mark Walker · August 19, 2013

    Hey Mark, I just left a message on Chris’ site as well. I’d love to get in on this one. Still having a little think, though.

    • Three Rows Back · August 19, 2013

      Would be great to have you on board. Let us know when you decide and we’ll add you on. Cheers.

      • Mark Walker · August 19, 2013

        Right! If its not taken I’ll go for the Coens’ Blood Simple.

      • Three Rows Back · August 19, 2013

        The Coens is all yours. I’m surprised it hasn’t been taken before (was thinking of Blood Simple myself). Good to have you on the list! It starts on Sep 2 so would need something before then if that’s ok, thanks.

      • Mark Walker · August 19, 2013

        Sept 2? No worries, man. I’m surprised no-one has snapped that up yet either. I’ll get to work on that, as soon as.

      • Three Rows Back · August 19, 2013

        Top work buddy. Look forward to seeing the final product.

  2. ruth · August 19, 2013

    Looking forward to this! It’s been a while since I saw Gone Baby Gone but that one left a mark in me. Great blogathon idea!!

    • Three Rows Back · August 19, 2013

      Cheers! Glad you’re taking part. I’ve been really pleased with the response and the choices made. A real spread.


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