Sunday, November 24, 2013

Best or Worst Sailing Movie Ever

It's been a while since we ran one of our famous group writing projects.

So here is a challenge for you.  Tell us, in your opinion, what is the best (or the worst) sailing movie ever made and why.

This particular challenge is inspired by a couple of posts on Charles Doan's Wave Train blog...

and HOLD FAST: Best Sailing Movie Ever?

As it's been so long since our last group writing project, let me remind you of how to participate..

1. Write a post on your blog about what you consider to be the best (or worst or most annoying or most anything you like) sailing movie ever. Tell us why you think your movie deserves that honor. 

2. Once you've posted your entry, let me know about it by sending an email to including a link to your post. If you don't have a blog just email me the article and I will post it here. Please let me know about your post, or send me your story, before Thursday Dec 5th.

3. Please give your post a unique title, ideally similar to those used my Mr. Doan, with the title of your movie and an indication of whether it is the best or worst or most whatever sailing movie ever. I don't want 20 posts all titled "Best Sailing Movie Ever." That will just confuse people. 

4. I will post here two links to your article. Every day or so I will write a post listing any new entries in the project. Then at the end of the project I will provide a summary post with links to all of your articles.

No prizes. It's not a competition. Just a chance to show off your movie criticism skills to the other three readers of my blog. I look forward to hearing from you.

Spoiler Alert: As you may know ALL IS LOST is the new Robert Redford movie about a man lost at sea. Mr. Doan's blog post describes 17 things that annoy him about the movie, mainly because "pretty much everything that happens to Mystery Man (the Redford character), and everything he does, is inexplicable to anyone who knows anything about ocean sailing." I haven't seen the movie yet, but my guess is that those 17 things cover almost everything of any significance that happens in the movie. You have been warned.

Thanks to @wetpantssailing on Twitter who originally suggested that I should write a post on the Top 10 Annoying Sailing Movies. So, being both perverse and lazy, I changed the terms of his challenge and then took the easy way out by delegating the task to you, my readers.


Anonymous said...

White Squall and Captain Ron were good. I saw them when I was younger. I should go back and rewatch and see how they have held up over time. 180 degrees south, Deep Water, and Morning Light were interesting. My favorite would probably be Treasure Island with Robert Newton as Long John Silver.

Tillerman said...

Write a short review of your favorite then, and I will post it for you.

Dan said...

It was not really a "sailing movie", but I really liked the "Life of PI" and did write a short review. And as hokey as the movie "Wind" is, I still like it and watch it occasionally. I guess I like it because of the action and the music. And for the category of documentaries, I pick "Drum" followed by "Morning Light". I am too much of a "establishment" person to like "Hold Fast".

Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

I won't be able to see All Is Lost until I can stream it on line or in DVD. As you know, I've already previewed it. I think when I can eventually see & review it, I will find it is about a lot more than just sailing.

William Robin said...

That's so brilliant! May the wind always be the right strength and from a convenient direction. About Team building New York

JP said...

Assignment complete despite manic work week! I think the answer is to retire but alas many years to go yet

George A said...

OK, Tillerman, I've posted my entry at the usual blogspot.

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