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|This blog column discusses recent developments and additions to our coverage. (This helps keep the site as up to date as possible.) As it also contains personal commentary you may not be interested in, just the intros are on this home page, with a link to the full blog post. Links to the main feature pages online so far are in the sidebar at right. The blog also headlines current examples of established storylines even if the main feature pages are still in development.||
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The 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline:
Setting The Scene In The Bleak Midwinter’ feature page
The 'Outpost Command Crisis' Storyline
InterTitle Historical Review Part 1
The Expeditionary Storyline
Titles A-Z Page
Case Study Page: The 'Gateway Barrier' Scene
Day - Getting Intimate
Further to the previous blog post, I've been reminded that the same weekend as Burns Suppers are held worldwide is also Australia Day.
So I thought I'd do a list of film candidates to match the Scots one. Hopefully, there's something here for everyone - a variety of storylines are represented.
The Burns Night Film
Every January 25th, I commemorate Burns Night (the birthday of Scotland’s national poet) by having a meal of [veggie] haggis etc and watching a suitable film set in Scotland. While the Burns Supper menu is standard worldwide, there is no standard choice of after-dinner film, so for future reference I’ve compiled a list of suitable candidate film choices. (The favourite storyline for films with a Scots setting seems to be the 'country-retreat challenge'.)
‘Tis The Season To Be Binge
1967 ... That Was The Year That Was
-1967 At 50
A year-end is always an occasion for remembrance, and thus an occasion for a film retrospective. The Oxford English Dictionaries’ odd choice for Word Of The Year, Youthquake, suggests a theme for this year. The OED’s choice has caused comment on social media as it’s not a new term but goes back to the late Sixties. This has reminded me that 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the pivotal year in this context, 1967. Hence a ‘1967 At 50' FilmFest [read more]
In Review – Xmas 2017 Catchup
By ignoring all the Xmas madness, the holidays become a good time to stay home, lock the door, and catch up on some reading and viewing. Many people now binge on box sets of a single title or queue one or more entire series on Netflix etc. But for my 2017 Xmas-catchup viewing, I’ve decided to watch and review one example of each storyline I’ve been working on documenting for this website, selecting a film from the queue on my shelf (or hard drive). I'll probably run out of time before I cover the complete list of storylines, but I’m adding to the webpage as I go. I can guarantee that none of the titles have anything to do with Xmas.
Storylines In Review – Xmas 2017 Catchup
Update: I managed to get 20 examples online before running out of time New Year's Eve.
Days Of The Dead
Time Of Year Again
Don’t Look Now, But
There Are 50 Shades Of Greyscale
The Long And Winding Road
-To The Month Of Writing Dangerously
To the news items about Kerouac drafting’s On The Road 60 years ago in only a few weeks of fulltime typing, we can now add some other works of topical interest which were written in a few weeks - after a lengthy gestation process [read on]
On The Road At 60
From The Mountains Of Kong To The Mountains Of Madness
-In putting together our feature case-study page for the 'expeditionary' storyline on how writers have adapted the key 'gateway barrier' scene, it's notable how the conception has expanded from [often exaggerated] natural features, such as cliffs or gorges, to psychological, cultural or spiritual obstacles. [read on].
Lost World Redux
Before ... When & Where
Dunkirk x 3
A new film about the May 1940 evacuation combines three storylines - the ‘castaways’ storyline, the ‘fateful flight’ storyline, and the ‘decisive battle’ storyline. [more]
Site - explaining the term storyline as used here in a particular way, and describing
our various feature-page formats [more].
The Subject Of Subs
There are dozens of storylines in existence (I already have notes on over 50) but I decided to do the The ‘Submarine Mission’ storyline first up. Now you might think this is because I have some special interest in the subject of subs, but... [more]
Cold War On Ice
-On Ice Station Zebra as the epitome of the ‘submarine mission’ genre [more]
"Dive Dive Dive"
-Delving Into The Depths Of The ‘Submarine Mission’ Film [more]
I'm all submarined out at present.... As they used to say on Monty Python, time now for something completely different... something seasonal. [more]
'Tis The Season To Be Thanksgiving
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #2 (of 12 blog posts covering the 12 days of 'Xmas crisis' story setups) [more]
The Coming Of The Snow
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #3 [more]
Xmas, That's A Wrap
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #4 [more]
The Quiet Christmas Crisis
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #5 [more]
The Xmas Holidays Filmfest, 1946-2016
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #6 [more]
The Xmas Blues, Or The Bah-Humbug Effect
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #7 [more]
The Midwinter Walkabout
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #8 [more]
O Come All Ye Fearful - The Xmas Ghost Story Tradition
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #9 [more]
'Dead Time' - The Dead Of Winter
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #10 [more]
New Year's Eve, That's A Date
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #11 [more]
Twelfth (& Final) Night
On the 'Midwinter Crisis' Storyline, #12 [more]
Blue Sky Viewing
-While some like the idea of 'blue sky thinking', at this grey time of year I prefer 'blue sky viewing.'
(Lead-in to the 'Outpost Command Crisis' Storyline) [more]
Storyline Features - Popular Storytelling Formats In Review 2017