What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions

Movies and Movie Blog-a-Thons


As the tagline says, Dubsism is “what your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions.”  Obviously, as it is mentioned first, it is only logical this site is heavily sports-centric.  However, it isn’t exclusively so.  You will find the world of classic film being intertwined with all things sporting; the reason for that is rather simple.  Sports and cinema are two of my great interests, my view of the world tends to blend them. After all, I’ve got the concussion to make this page deliver as promised.

Now, you might be asking yourself, how does such a combination make any sense.  The answer to that is also quite simple; sports or cinema share a common and defining trait…they both entertain.  They may do it in a differing way, but they both are a perfect place to get away from the “every day.” That’s why Dubsism is your classic movie sports site.

The signature series on Dubsism which exemplifies that melding is called Sports Analogies Hidden In Classic Movies.  “Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?” is as time-honored a question as “To be or not to be?” but the fact is sport imitates both.  This series goes beyond field and screen to tease out similarities you might not normally recognize.

Sports Analogies aside, there plenty to be seen in the “Movies” category on Dubsism.  But even if it isn’t a post dedicated to movies, you can find plenty of references to classic films, actors, and the “golden age” of Hollywood in general.  But fret not sports fans…there’s still plenty of sporting goodness to go around.

There is one caution.  Dubsism is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes, to make a point, things have to be said that some may not like.  Read at your own risk, but don’t be afraid to be both entertained and possibly challenged.

Last but certainly not least, if you’re here for the movie aspect, be sure to check the pages in our Blog Roll dedicated to classic cinema.

The Dubsism List of Essential Films

It isn’t a ranking; the movies are listed alphabetically.  I made a list 225 classic films with which all people who want to call themselves fans of classic films should at least be familiar.  I’m not saying you need to have seen all the films on this list, but you should at least know about them. There’s no way ANYBODY who legitimately calls themselves a “classic film fan” wouldn’t have seen 100 movies on this list AND agree those 100 were classics.

The Dubsism List of the Ten Greatest Movie Directors and Their Sports Figure Equivalents

Broken down to their base elements, sports and cinema are just sub-genres of entertainment; they both contain drama, conflict, and suspense. Great directors understand that.

My Favorite Actors and Their Sporting Equivalents

Movie buffs all have their favorite actors, just as sports fans have their preferred players. Why not explore what they might have in common?

Movie Blog-A-Thons

If you aren’t familiar with this concept, a “Blog-A-Thon” is essentially a collection of bloggers who write about a particular topic at a certain time.  Think of it as a blogging version of a “pot-luck dinner;” everybody contributes something and in return gets to enjoy and comment on the works of others. I’ve become a huge fan of blog-a-thons, and I look forward to being part of as many of them as I can.

Having said that, here a listed of past and future blog-a-thons in which Dubsism is proud to have been included:

Blog-A-Thons Upcoming

The M. Emmet Walsh Blog-A-Thon: A celebration of all things Walsh on his 84th birthday, about whom Roger Ebert once said “any movie with M. Emmet Walsh in it couldn’t be all bad.” – Hosted By Dubsism

Dubsism’s Contribution: Fletch, 1985

The Fourth Annual Bette Davis Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Dubsism’s Contribution: Sports Analogies Hidden in Classic Movies: The Link In My Brain Between Bette Davis and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew

The Stewart Granger Blog-A-Thon: – Hosted by Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

Dubsism’s Contribution: King Solomon’s Mines, 1950

The Fourth Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration! – Hosted By The Wonderful World Of Cinema, The Flapper Dame, and Love Letters To Old Hollywood.

Dubsism’s Contribution: Streets of Laredo, 1949

The Second Marvelous Michael Caine Blog-A-Thon – Hosted by ReelWeegieMidget Reviews:.

Dubsism’s Contribution: Victory, 1981

Joan Crawford – Queen of the Silver Screen Blog-A-Thon: – Hosted by Pale Writer and Poppity Talks Classic Film

Dubsism’s Contribution: What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, 1962

The “Cops” Blog-A-Thon: Just the facts…to commemorate National Police Week, this one is all about your favorite screen cops – Hosted By Dubsism

Dubsism’s Contribution: The New Centurions (1974) and an examination of how I can by summed up by the main characters of the television series Barney Miller (1975-1982).

The Great Villians Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by Shadows and Satin, Speakeasy, and Silver Screenings

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Longest Yard, 1974

The Second Annual Broadway Bound Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by Taking Up Room

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Music Man, 1962

The Calls of Cornwall: The Daphne du Maurier Blog-a-Thon: A celebration of easily one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Hosted By Pale Writer

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Birds, 1963

The Joan Bennett Blog-A-Thon: – Hosted by In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Man In the Iron Mask, 1939

The “1st and 10” Blog-A-Thon: Coinciding with the start of the American football season, this blog-a-thon is dedicated to football films or movies in which American footballers appear.  We’ll also accept Canadian footballers as well, but I don’t know of any movies featuring the CFL – Hosted By Dubsism and The Midnite Drive-In:

Dubsism’s Contribution: Necessary Roughness, 1991

The “Send In The Marines” Blog-A-Thon: November 10th is a special day for all U.S. Marines as it marks the anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775. Naturally, this blog-a-thon is all about the United States Marines…either films featuring the Corps or actors who served in the USMC – Hosted By Dubsism and ReelWeegieMidget Reviews:.

Dubsism’s Contribution: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and The D.I. (1957).

Check back often as this page will be updated as new projects get on the schedule!

Blog-A-Thons Completed

The “Surprise The Cat” Blog-A-Thon: In honor of International Cat Day on March 17th, this blog-a-thon is being directed by the official Dubsism house-cat, who happens to be named Surprise from the day she ran out from under a bush in our back yard and adopted us.  Obviously, this is about films with a feline theme, but the “surprise” aspect is if you feel lucky, you can tell us an actor or a genre of film, and Surprise the Cat will send you a movie to write about –  Hosted By Dubsism

Dubsism’s Contribution: Paper Lion, 1968

The So Bad It’s Good Blog-A-Thon: Exactly what it purports; a celebration of movies so bad we love them anyway – Hosted By Taking Up Room

Dubsism’s Contribution: Airport 1975 (1975)

Arthur Kennedy’s Conquest of the Screen Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema

Dubsism’s Contribution: They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

The Box Office Jocks Blog-A-Thon: Dedicated to actors who were once athletes or famous athletes who appear in films – Hosted by Dubsism and Return to the 80’s

Dubsism’s Contribution: They Were Expendable (1945) and Mister Roberts (1955)

The Fonda-Thon: A celebration of all things Fonda. Hosted by Sat In Your Lap.

Dubsism’s Contribution: Mister Roberts (1955)

The Second Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood and  Maddy Loves Her Classic Films.

Dubsism’s Contribution: The television series “The Big Valley” (1965-1969)

The “Year After Year” Blog-A-Thon:  In short, its all about any movie with a time span of at least one year, which can involve: (a) a movie in which the characters age over the course of a year or more; (b) time-travel movies; or (c) anthology movies with segments involving different eras or periods of time. Hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog.

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Four Seasons (1981)

The Ava Gardner Blog-A-Thon: Hosted By Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

Dubsism’s Contribution: Earthquake (1974)

What a Character! Blog-A-Thon: Dedicated to the “Character Actors” throughout Hollywood History – Hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Career of George Kennedy

The Unexpected Blog-A-Thon: An event all about a film or a TV show that you knew nothing about, wasn’t expecting to see, and ended up really liking, or being disappointed in something you were expecting to love. Hosted by Taking Up Room

Dubsism’s Contribution: UHF (1989)

The Rock Hudson Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood and Love Letters To Old Hollywood

Rock Hudson blog-a-thon

Dubsism’s Contribution: A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

The World War One On Film Blog-A-Thon: Hosted By Maddy Loves Her Classic Films


Dubsism’s Contribution: Sergeant York (1941) and Paths Of Glory (1957)

The James Mason Blog-A-Thon: Hosted By Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

Dubsism’s Contribution: Odd Man Out (1947)

The Joseph Cotten Blog-A-Thon – Hosted by In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood and Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

Dubsism’s Contribution: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

The Second Van Johnson Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Dubsism’s Contribution: The Caine Mutiny (1954)

The Lovely Lee Grant Blog-A-Thon: Hosted By RealWeegieMidget Reviews and Angelman’s Place

Dubsism’s Contribution: Airport ’77 (1977)

The Fourth Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Dubsism’s ContributionDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

The Kurt Russell Blog-A-Thon: Hosted by RealWeegieMidget Reviews and Return to the 80’s

Dubsism’s Contribution: Miracle (2004)

The Third “Golden Boy” Blog-A-Thon: A Centenary Celebration of William Holden: Hosted By The Wonderful World Of Cinema, The Flapper Dame, and Love Letters To Old Hollywood.

Dubsism’s Contribution: Stalag 17 (1953) and Network (1976)

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