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The 5 Obstructions blogathon: Obstruction 1

The 5 Obstructions blogathon

Finally the day has come that the 5 Obstructions blogathon is kicking off. I know a lot of you are itching to get started and challenge yourself, so the wait is over. If you want to know more about this blogathon, you can find all the details here and join in!

So what will be the first obstruction? I decided to start off with a fairly easy one:

The 5 Obstructions blogathon

As a reviewer you always write down your own opinion about the movies you watch. This obstruction forces you to watch a movie differently and write a review opposite of your true feelings about it. It means you need a different mindset and should be open to the good or bad things of a movie you might sometimes not think about too much. The review you will be writing for this first obstruction needs to have valid points to support the positive or negative review you are writing. Someone who has not seen the movie and who reads the review and then watches the movie should at least be able to understand why you reviewed it like that.

You will have till the 30th of June to write your post for this first obstruction (the second one will appear on July 1st). Please leave the link to your post in the comments. I will create an overview post of the blogs who are participating in this blogathon so others can check out your entries. Good luck with this first obstruction and I’m looking forward to reading your reviews! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Join the following blogs who already confirmed their interest in participating:

Category: Movies
  • Alex Withrow says:

    This is an amazing idea for a blogathon. Please count me as an eager participant!

    June 1, 2013 at 12:37 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Alex, looking forward to your entry!

      June 1, 2013 at 6:18 am
  • Hunter says:

    This is such a great idea and I’m really excited to get started on it! Should be a pretty big challenge.
    I actually have a question about the rules though. In the documentary they had to remake the same film five times, right? So do we have to do five posts on the same movie? “Remake” the review five times so to speak? Sorry if this was obvious and I missed something, but it had me a bit confused.

    June 1, 2013 at 2:21 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot Hunter, good luck with the first obstruction.

      I have thought about it, but it doesn’t need to be the same movie each time. You can do it if you want to, but although challenging my main goal is that everyone also has fun participating in it.

      June 1, 2013 at 6:20 am
  • Steven Flores says:

    OK, I will do that but what if I fail in an obstruction?

    June 1, 2013 at 3:31 am
  • Mark says:

    Wow, tuff challenge, but looking forward to it.

    Nice one

    June 1, 2013 at 7:39 am
    • Nostra says:

      You’ve got the whole month to write it so take your time :)

      June 1, 2013 at 8:06 am
  • Mettel Ray says:

    Oh man… uhm.. now I have something to think about every night I fall asleep but I guess I’ll have to think about something I hate. Boo! Nice obstruction though! ;)

    June 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, well, some mental exercise before going to bed then ;) This challenge is a good reason though to rewatch a movie you love…but then it is hard to see what is bad about it. Maybe it is easier to see the good points in a bad movie…although I’m not sure that is true.

      June 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  • sati says:

    Awesome, I’m joining!

    June 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Cool to here that Sati!

      June 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  • ckckred says:

    I’ll be sure to write a post soon.

    June 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    • Nostra says:

      looking forward to reading it!

      June 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm
  • Tim The Film Guy says:

    Sounds fun, i’d like to participate but i am a little busy at the minute. Hope it goes well and will be reading them :D

    June 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I understand Tim, but you have the whole month, so should you find some time don’t hesitate :)

      June 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  • Erik says:

    So, can it be in 140 characters or you have a minimal requirement? :)

    June 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, you could do that, but you could make it more challengin and you will have some trouble with some upcoming obstructions. If you don’t want to put longer reviews on the site (which I can understand since your concept is 140 characters) you could also mail your review and publish it, which you can then link to from your blog (and of course I’ll add a link to yours (like I also did in this post)

      June 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  • Brian W. says:

    This one sounds interesting, so yeah, I’m in. Shoot me an email offline and let me know if there are any specifics to posting or sharing the article as part of the broader blogathon.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Happy to hear you are joining this one. Have sent you an email, if you have any other questions be sure to let me know.

      June 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm
  • ruth says:

    Hi Nostra!! Sorry I’m late to this but I’d like to still participate if that’s ok. I’ll try to get Obstruction 1 posted by sometime next week.

    June 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    • Nostra says:

      You are not late Ruth, I just posted the first obstruction this weekend, so you have till the end of the month till provide your review for this one. I’m currently waiting for the first ones coming in. Will be keeping an eye out for yours!

      June 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • Andrew says:

    Well, here it is!

    I hope you enjoy :-D

    June 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Andrew, have added it to the overview post

      June 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Did enjoy reading it, but had trouble leaving a comment. Was a very enjoyable read.

      June 8, 2013 at 11:24 am
  • Steve says:

    I decided to take on one of my favorite movies of all time. Casablanca.
    Here it is

    June 7, 2013 at 2:16 am
  • David Opie says:

    Hi, I was really inspired by this blogathon as I thought it was quite unusual compared to most I see on the internet. Here’s a link to my entry, which is a negative review of Avengers Assemble, one of my favourite films.

    June 8, 2013 at 10:01 am
    • Nostra says:

      Great to hear David, have added your entry to the overview :)

      June 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Beatrice says:

    Here’s my entry (and I’ve changed my blog name from Monochromatic Films). :)

    June 9, 2013 at 5:27 am
    • Nostra says:

      Cool, will be adding it to the overview post and read what you did to see if you passed it ;)

      June 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  • David Baruffi says:


    Well, I came across this-, I don’t remember how now, I think through Dan Heaton’s blog, but anyway, after being up all night struggling with a screenplay, and switching between DVDs of “Top Chef” and “Arrested Development” on Netflix, for some reason, I wrote a negative review of “Manhattan”. So, I guess I’m asking if I can still participate in this “Five Obstructions blogathon”. It seems like a waste now that I wrote it, although “waste” would accurately describe the script I was writing too…-, but anyway, if I can get the review up, by next week, can I participate? Seems like a cool challenge and I need to do more of these things anyway. Alright, I’m either gonna sleep of watch more “Top Chef” right now, either way, wake me up when you reply. Thanks.

    June 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I see you already submitted, but yeah of course you can join :)

      June 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    • Nostra says:

      As you’ve probably seen I’ve added it to the overview post. Thanks again for participating.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm
  • Sydney Aaliyah Michelle says:

    This wasn’t easy. I wrote a negative review of Silver Linings Playbook.

    June 14, 2013 at 1:22 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks for joing, just added your post to the overview.

      June 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm
  • David Baruffi says:

    Here’s my negative review of “Manhattan” that I mentioned I wrote. Hope you enjoy it.

    June 14, 2013 at 9:52 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks, added to the overview post. Nice one!

      June 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm
  • Leith Aitken says:

    I know it’s late in the month but I only discovered this blogathon recently and I’m eager to participate in it. It sounds like an awesome idea for a blogathon. I’ll write something in the next week or so.

    June 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Cool Leith! Let me know when you have it up!

      June 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm
  • Hunter says:

    Here’s my first obstruction post!

    June 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Hunter, have added your post to the blogathon overview!

      June 26, 2013 at 8:58 am
  • Leith Aitken says:

    Hi, Nostra. Here’s the link to my first post for the blogathon:

    June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am
    • Nostra says:

      Hi Leith, welcome to My Filmviews and thank you for participating. I have added your review to the overview post. The next obstruction will be up on Monday and I look forward to see what you will do with that one.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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