As long as cinema has existed as an art form, filmmakers have been using it to figure out their love lives. Whether it's Charlie Chaplin or Jean-Pierre Léaud or Ethan Hawke, there's a long history of characters struggling in their pursuit of a romantic ideal. At times, it almost seems as if a film exists solely as a form of relationship therapy, as a futile attempt to figure out women.
Or, as Thom once wrote, "Maybe that's why we invented cinema: to share our complete lack of understanding with each other?"
Which brings us to 14 February, commonly known as Valentine's Day, but also the date of the brand-new Lovesick Blog-a-Thon, hosted right here at 100 films.
I'm hesitant to give too many restrictions and guidelines, because part of what makes the Blog-a-Thon interesting (at least to me), is the various odd turns a topic takes in the recesses of people's minds, but the general idea is how filmmakers use the medium to relate to their love lives (or, better yet, justify them), or even love in general. If that means a discourse on Tom Hanks romantic comedies sneaks in, so be it.
Other upcoming Blog-a-Thons:
Unspoken Cinema, 08 January
Film Criticism, 01 December-03 December
Alfred Hitchcock, 15 November