MacGuffins. Red herrings. Dangling carrots. Bait-and-switch. Whatever. We all know how movies mess with our heads.
And these distractions come in all shapes and sizes. We think Dorothy’s ticket home is meeting the Wizard in the Emerald City until Professor Marvel accidentally leaves her behind. We might watch the Pink Panther movies thinking that somewhere in all that intrigue and sight gag wonderfulness is an actual pink feline. We might get wildly curious about Citizen Kane‘s “Rosebud” until the nameless reporter starts asking questions. Or we might binge on the Lord of the Rings movies just to see Frodo dangle the One Ring over the lava pit in Mount Doom (Well, that and the movies are just so danged cool, anyway).
Distractions are everywhere.
So yeah, I thought it would be fun to celebrate those wiley stories that entice us in and then take us for all kinds of rides. Here are…
- Pick a movie or a list of movies that have distractions in them, whether it’s a MacGuffin, red herring, dangling carrot, or any other kind of hook. Reviews don’t have to explicitly state what a film’s distraction angle is; if doing so is too big of a spoiler, this can be hinted at or skipped.
- If anyone is stuck for an idea, examples can be found here, here, and here.
- The blogathon will take place from November twelfth through November fourteenth. Posts can be sent to Taking Up Room on or around those days via the comment section, my Contact page, my e-mail address (email@example.com), or my Twitter account (@TakingUpRoom).
- New material only, please, and no more than three entries per blogger.
- Duplicates are allowed, but more people can look at the same film if it’s approached from a different angle, such as a straight review as opposed to a listicle.
- Grab a banner and advertise the blogathon!
Taking Up Room: Psycho (1960)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
MovieMovie BlogBlog II: 9 to 5 (1980)
Cinema Catharsis: Strangers On A Train (1951)
Caftan Woman: Sherlock Holmes In Washington (1943)
Journeys In Classic Film: Strangers On A Train (1951)
Hamlette’s Soliloquy: Charade (1963)
Wolffian Classic Movie Digest: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Silver Screenings: Murder By Television (1935)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Another Man’s Poison (1951), Crossroads (2002)