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Announcing the “Movie Scientist Blogathon!”

16 Dec

Scientist Blogathon BannersThe inimitable Silver Screenings and I are delighted to announce the “Movie Scientist Blogathon: The Good, The Mad, The Lonely!”

Why? – Silver Screenings and I were discussing how scientists who work alone are prone to silly errors. In a collaborative environment, surely Frankenstein would not have inserted that abnormal brain into his monster. And surely Dr. Jekyll would have had no need to test his formula on himself (talk about uncontrolled environment!). The greatest mistake scientists make is to work alone. And in many ways, the scientist is alone…a unique figure burdened with responsibility. Scientists, perhaps even more than superheroes, get to either save the day or wreck it.

But then we thought, there are so many different kinds of scientists in the movies. Why not collaborate to celebrate all of the them, the great diversity of scientists in all their manifestations of good, mad and often quite lonely.

When? – February 19th, 20th and 21st. Each day will be dedicated to a different subset of movie scientists.

  • Friday the 19th = good scientists.
  • Saturday the 20th = mad scientists.
  • Sunday the 21st = lonely scientists.

Many scientists are both mad and work alone (like Frankenstein) and others work alone and are good (like Dr. Serizawa from Godzilla), so when that happens you can choose which day you wish to post your entry.

How? – Pick a movie with a scientist to write about and sign up using our sign-up sheet below. Any scientist from any movie from any time is great! Have a silent movie scientist in mind? Or a scientist from a movie that just came out yesterday? They are all fair game, though due to the vast number of options available we are limiting this blogathon to movies and not television.

Also because of the vast number, we have chosen not to allow multiple posts on the same movie, but if someone has chosen, for example, The Fly from 1958 and you want to review The Fly from 1986 that’s fine. Likewise, if you want to do Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1931 and someone else is comparing the 1931 version with the 1941 version, that’s okay, too, though we hope to cover as many different scientists as possible. We have a movie roster below the sign-up form, showing which movies have already been chosen.

On each day of the blogathon, Silver Screenings and I will put up a post containing all of that day’s entries. To send us your post, you can simply paste the link to your post in the comments section of either this post or the one we will put up and we will add it in.

Feel free to grab one of the posters at the bottom of this page and help us promote. We are quite excited to hear from everyone!

Sign-UpSilver Screenings and I want to thank the talented Kristina of Speakeasy for helping us with our sign-up form, which makes the process beautifully simple.

 

Movie Roster View Sheet – You can also click HERE to open the roster in another window.

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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Movies

 

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89 responses to “Announcing the “Movie Scientist Blogathon!”

  1. The Animation Commendation

    December 16, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Nice! I don’t think I’ll join this, but looking forward to seeing the entries.

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  2. Silver Screenings

    December 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Reblogged this on Silver Screenings and commented:
    Excited to be co-hosting this blogathon with Christina Wehner. We’re looking forward to your take on Movie Scientists!

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  3. lovepirate77

    December 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Great idea for a blogathon! There are so many good options! Are we allowed to do multiple posts (i.e. one good, one mad, one lonely)?

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  4. BNoirDetour

    December 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Very excited to include a British noir in this blogathon, Obsession (The Hidden Room)!

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  5. That Other Critic

    December 16, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I’m so excited for this! Luckily I caught it in time, and snagged an answer for each category. I couldn’t pick just one, you see. 😉

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  6. Virginie Pronovost

    December 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Great idea!

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  7. ClassicBecky

    December 17, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Oh, I would LOVE to do Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Spencer Tracy (1941)! Can I have this one?

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  8. Movies Silently

    December 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hi there! I would like to cover The X Rays (1897), possibly the earliest surviving mad scientist movie. The scientist is not really bad or good, just mischievous, so I put him in the Good category. Hope this works!

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    • christinawehner

      December 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

      That works great! Yours are the first silent film entry and I was really hoping for one! Really looking forward to reading about it!

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  9. Laini Giles

    December 22, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I’d like to do the Jekyll and Hyde (1920) with John Barrymore. 🙂

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  10. CineMaven

    December 25, 2015 at 4:26 am

    I LOVE this idea. Just happened to stumble upon it. ( How can I be in the loop of what blogathons are coming up?????? ) I’m going with”Blood of Dracula” but I put it in the wrong category. I listed it under “lonely” when it surely should go under “stark staring MAD.” THIS ONE I really can’t wait for!!!

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    • christinawehner

      December 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

      So delighted you found this blogathon and can join!! My partner on this, Silver Screenings, is very up-to-date on blogathons and on the side of her site she has posters with links to many upcoming blogathons. “Stark staring MAD” sounds seriously exciting!!

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  11. Quiggy

    January 2, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I have got to find a better way to get notified of these blogathons… I probably would have missed it, if MovieFanFare hadn’t joined and posted a link. My blog is prime site for doing some of the cheesiest mad scientist movies. “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” is one of my favorites of that cheesy designation. But I would want to keep with my format and do a double feature. I’ll have to consider what to pair it with, but I wanted to at least get in that one.

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    • christinawehner

      January 2, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      That sounds great! My partner for this blogathon, Silver Screenings, is very up-to-date on blogathons and if you check out the side of her blog, she always has posters for upcoming blogathons.

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      • Quiggy

        January 3, 2016 at 11:14 am

        I am so used to having to pick older movies that I failed to notice in the description that you were going to allow more modern movies. I wonder if I might alter my choice. Instead of The Brain that Wouldn’t Die, I’d like to pick one of my absolute favorite movies, “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension”, from 1984. This one has it all. A good scientist (who is lonely) vs. a mad scientist (who is actually an alien). It would be SO much fun to write this one I’ll even forgo making it a double feature. Please please please let me change my entry!

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        • christinawehner

          January 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

          Absolutely! No problem! You can simply sign up for the other movie and I’ll see if I can have the other one removed…though you are most welcome to contribute more than post to the blogathon, if you wish. Several people are doing so.

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          • Quiggy

            January 25, 2016 at 3:26 am

            Christina-
            Update: I have decided to go ahead and do both. I will be pairing “Brain” with “The Madmen from Mandoras” (aka “They Saved Hitler’s Brain”). These will go under the “Mad Scientist” category. And I will enter “Adventures” as a “Good Scientist” entry, instead of “Mad”.

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            • christinawehner

              January 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

              That sounds great! Thanks for the update; I’m looking forward to reading about those.

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              • Quiggy

                February 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

                I cannot believe no one, as yet, hasn’t signed up for “The Omega Man”. Now there’s a lonely scientist if there ever was one! I think I’ll round out my weekend for all three categories and add that one if I’m not too late. Let me know.

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                • christinawehner

                  February 14, 2016 at 5:08 pm

                  It’s not too late at all! A post for each category is fantastic.

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  12. Movie Movie Blog Blog

    January 9, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I’m “MovieMovieBlogBlog.” I had signed up to do Steve Martin’s “The Man with Two Brains” for “Lonely Scientist” day, but I need to bow out, so I want to let you know well in advance. Sorry!

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    • christinawehner

      January 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      No problem! I’m sorry you are unable to participate, but I totally understand. Thanks for the heads-up!

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  13. Thomas Luca

    January 20, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Superb, wonderful Blogathon! Thank you!

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  14. Erin

    January 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Is it too late for me to sign up for a second post? If not, I’d like to do The Face of Another in addition to Woman in the Dunes. I suppose it would go in the “Mad” category, because it fits that one better than either of the others. Thank you!

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    • christinawehner

      January 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Not at all – there is plenty of time! You can even add or change a post on the last day before. 🙂 It’s okay if the category isn’t perfect – some movie scientists aren’t quite any of the options, really

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      • Erin

        January 28, 2016 at 3:44 pm

        Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to the blogathon.

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  15. Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman)

    January 31, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Ladies, I was looking over the line-up and see that the David Bruce Appreciation Society has chosen “The Mad Ghoul”, which was also my choice. It only seems fitting that a blog dedicated to David Bruce should do the honours. Will it be okay if I switch to 1936s “The Invisible Ray”? Karloff and Lugosi play two rather cranky scientists.

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    • christinawehner

      January 31, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Oh certainly, yes! That is very generous. The Invisible Ray with cranky scientists sounds wonderful! I’m actually going to change my own choice, too, so there are not two The Invisible Man.

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  16. filmmusiccentral

    February 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Reblogged this on Film Music Central and commented:
    This should be a fun blogathon, Mad Scientists are awesome!

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  17. Andrew Wickliffe

    February 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

    hey y’all, I’m sorry but I’ve got to bow out 😦 But I look forward to reading everyone’s!

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    • christinawehner

      February 4, 2016 at 11:22 am

      So sorry you won’t be able to participate, but thanks for the update!

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  18. movieblort

    February 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

    What era do the films have to be from? I see a wide range on the list, but presume you’d like to keep within a certain time-frame. Any specific preference?

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    • christinawehner

      February 10, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for asking! Actually, the film can be from any era you would like, whether a silent film to a movie that is still in theaters now.

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      • movieblort

        February 10, 2016 at 9:11 am

        Interesting. The temptation to endure the abhorrent Human Centipede again is there, but I’m sure I can think of something a little more out there. Let me ponder on this for a while. Cheers!

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      • movieblort

        February 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

        I have actually written about a few scientist films already. “I, Origins”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Primer” etc. Some great titles out there. Like I said, I’ll have a think and submit in the form if I can think of anything. If not, I’ll keep an eye out on the submissions!

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        • christinawehner

          February 10, 2016 at 10:48 am

          Those sounds great! I really hope you can participate.

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          • movieblort

            February 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

            Can I just send you the links for the ones I’ve already watched?

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            • christinawehner

              February 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

              Sure, that’s okay! We only ask that you use one of our banners on each post and say that the post is part of the blogathon.

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  19. Movie Movie Blog Blog

    February 12, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Sorry for the last-minute entry, but I just saw “Re-Animator” (1985) the other night and would love to cover it for the blogathon!

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  20. Clayton @ Phantom Empires

    February 16, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Mine’s up! I tend to be a bit early, if my laptop doesn’t die, etc. 🙂

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  21. Erin

    February 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Here’s my post on Woman in the Dunes: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/that-unfathomable-way-of-life-woman-in-the-dunes-1964/ I’ll have my post on The Face of Another ready by or on Saturday. Thank you!

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  22. Quiggy

    February 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    A few hours early, but I got itchy feet and couldn’t hold out any longer…LOL

    http://midnitedrive-in.blogspot.com/2016/02/menace-from-8th-dimension.html

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  23. In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

    February 19, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Hi Christina. I’m down to do “Madame Curie” and it’s under the good category. My entry will be late and won’t be in until Sunday, so I’m wondering if I could have it under the lonely category?

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