What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
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.
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.
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.
Movie buffs all have their favorite actors, just as sports fans have their preferred players. Why not explore what they might have in common?
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:
Dubsism’s Contribution: The television series “The Big Valley” (1965-1969)
Dubsism’s Contribution: Mister Roberts (1955)
Dubsism’s Contribution: They Were Expendable (1945)
Dubsism’s Contribution: They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
Dubsism’s Contribution: Airport 1975 (1975)
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 and (your name here?)
Dubsism’s Contribution: Paper Lion, 1968
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 and (your name here?):
Dubsism’s Contribution: Fletch, 1985
Dubsism’s Contribution: King Solomon’s Mines, 1950
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 and (your name here?):
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 “No Reviews, Tell Us Your Story” Blog-a-Thon: Time to go in a bit of a different direction. For this blog-a-thon, we aren’t looking for the “Siskel and Ebert” treatment. Instead, this blog-a-thon is all about sharing our connections to our favorite films, because we all have them. Sometimes, those connections are to films which are not favorites, yet we bond with them nevertheless. A perfect example comes in a recent Blog-A-Thon contribution, the 1963 Rock Hudson vehicle “A Gathering of Eagles.” It’s not a great film, nor is it one of my favorites, but I identify with it because I grew up on U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command bases. I knew what a B-52 was before I knew how to tie my own shoes – Hosted By Dubsism and (your name here?):
Dubsism’s Contribution: Father Goose (1964)
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!
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)
Dubsism’s Contribution: Earthquake (1974)
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)
Dubsism’s Contribution: A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
The World War One On Film Blog-A-Thon: Hosted By Maddy Loves Her Classic Films
The James Mason Blog-A-Thon: Hosted By Maddy Loves Her Classic Films
Dubsism’s Contribution: Odd Man Out (1947)
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)
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 Contribution – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
Dubsism’s Contribution: Miracle (2004)
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