January 14, 2009

The Dart Prize

Ray Young of the superlative Flickhead has honored this blog with a Dardos Award, described as follows:

The Dardos Awards is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

The Rules are:
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

I am delighted to pass this on to a quintet of blogs I admire…

John McElwee’s Greenbriar Picture Shows is a rich source of film lore illustrated with rare stills, posters and vintage movie ballyhoo. Pure pleasure.

Kate, at Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire, pans for gold among what the snooty would sniff at as the dregs of genre films. Enlightening and hilarious.

David Cairns is one of the most entertaining film writers to be found on the web. Shadowplay manages to be both giddily in love with movies and perfectly sensible in its opinions.

Tim Lucas’ formula is simple: Start with a spectacular knowledge of world cinema, back it up with impeccable research and then write about it with genuine passion. His observations are acute and revelatory. Video WatchBlog is, in a word, essential.

Jeff Cohen’s Vitaphone Varieties is devoted to the rescue, preservation and restoration of early sound films. You have to wait a while, sometimes a whole month between posts, but then you are rewarded with what amounts to a new chapter in a book you can’t put down. Captivating stories about early filmmakers and now forgotten musical stars, complete with fabulous vintage music clips.

And those are my choices, made, as the Dardos credo states, with affection and gratitude.


Tenebrous Kate said...

Thank you for this honor and for your extremely kind words! I'll have to give some thought to this and pass along the love :)

Max the drunken severed head said...

Congrats on the Dardos award, Pierre!