Saturday, June 06, 2009

476 - Play It Again Epilogue

I’d like to thank two groups of people for making Play It Again possible. First, there are the four film writers who took the time to contribute. These are writers who I not only hold enormous respect for, but have actually collected checks for their reviews and essays. Each one of them has likely forgotten more about film than I currently know. Their time at the keyboard can literally mean money, and I’m grateful that they decided to donate their insight and wisdom to the feature.

And then there are those who have written little or nothing about film. These eleven folks were in the majority of Play It Again contributors, and had to do something difficult: stretch as writers. Nearly every one of them reported to me that the act was much more challenging and time consuming than they had anticipated. Despite this, I was consistently impressed by the complexity of the writing, by the insights shared, and how passionate the authors were about a wide range of films. I can only hope that they ultimately enjoyed the experience of thinking about film from a different perspective as much as I did reading the results.

When I started firing off recruitment emails for this feature, I had decided that I wanted my friends and readers to not only see what films have become integral parts of the spiritual lives of others, but to consider which ones had affected their own. Once again, my heartfelt thanks to all who participated, as well as those that took the time to see what others had to say.

Some statistics about Play It Again’s contributors:

16 white men
14 Midwesterners
14 people in their twenties
12 with degrees from the University of Northern Iowa
9 bloggers
5 married people
5 single people
4 teachers
3 engaged people
3 people in their thirties
2 NRA members
2 published poets
2 with children
2 Westerners
1 Asian man
1 man living in Asia
1 white woman
1 South-westerner
1 Southerner
1 PhD
1 Lawyer
1 man in his sixties
1 Sunday school teacher
1 Mixed-martial arts fighter
1 Serving in the US armed forces
1 man working in the film industry

Highest Grossing Film: Star Wars (1977)
Lowest Grossing Feature Film: Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Most Recent Film: Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Oldest Film: Sergeant York (1941)
Number of Coen Brothers Films: 2
Number of Howard Hawks Films: 2
Number of Films Starring Bill Murray: 2
Highest Ranked Film on the IMDB Top 250: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Number of people that told me they would participate and then didn't: 4
Number of Comedies:9
Number of Sci-Fi Films: 2
Number of Westerns: 1

Directors represented by Play It Again:

Woody Allen
Wes Anderson
Darren Aronofsky
The Coen Brothers
Howard Hawks
Ron Howard
Mike Judge
Stanley Kubrick
Mike Leigh
George Lucas
Harold Ramis
Rob Reiner
John Schultz
Stephen Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Robert Zemeckis

Here are all of the entries listed in alphabetical order of film discussed:

2001: A Space Odyssey - Scott Cawelti
Annie Hall - Paul Clark
A Beautiful Mind - Ramin Honary
The Big Lebowski - Aaron McNally
Drive Me Crazy - Eric Mohling
Forrest Gump - Dustin Lilleskov
Groundhog Day - James Frazier
Happy-Go-Lucky - Nick Roos
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Tony Girard
Office Space - Ryan Droste
The Princess Bride - Ryan Toppin
Pulp Fiction - Dylan Vennemann
Raising Arizona - Christian Toto
Rejected - Steve Carlson
Requiem for a Dream - Chris Youde
Rio Bravo - Adam Ross
Schindler's List - Ramin Honary
Sergeant York - Steve Waechter
Star Wars - Laura Reeder

1 comment:

Ramin said...

Well done, James!
Considering the time and effort you put into your blog, I hope someday soon it will become a popular feature on the internet.

I read every entry. More than half of the movies I read about here that I haven't seen, I am now tempted to go and see for myself by virtue of the fact that your friends, and others whom you respect, really love these movies.

This "Play it Again" concept might make a good theme for a publishable collection of essays, especially if you could perhaps get some more famous persons to contribute.