Some days I feel like I've spent entirely too much time reading film blogs instead of doing something more productive, like paying bills or watching movies or entertaining the cat . Sometimes I feel like I never spend as much time as I want reading film blogs, much less writing for them myself. For example, I regret I never made time to participate in the Shakespeare Blog-a-Thon listed below, and also that I haven't been able to read all the blog-a-thon entries yet. To lighten my feelings of guilt on all accounts, I figured the best thing to do was to share a bunch of good blog entries out of the ones I read last week.

Normally I prefer to arrange Film Blog Group Hug entries into a neat little category, like "Austin bloggers" or "film festival bloggers" but this week, I decided to post a variety of links, just for fun. Consider it a quick tour of various fun spots in the online world (I can't stand the term "blogosphere"), from Shakespeare to Woody Allen to Spike Lee. After all, this is how most of us read film blogs, isn't it? Dive in and enjoy.
  • The William Shakespeare Blog-a-Thon took place on Monday, The Bard's birthday, and if you haven't read any of the fascinating entries and essays about Shakespeare and Film, there's a long linky list waiting for you on Coffee Coffee and More Coffee. Topics range from the traditional, such as musings on Henry V, Chimes at Midnight and various Hamlets ... to Tromeo and Juliet and "The Bard vs. The Shatner." That did it; now you're all going to look.
  • That's not all that's going on at Coffee Coffee and More Coffee (no, Peter is not giving me a kickback). Peter's posted a fun entry, with photos, about Cattle Queen of Montana and Barbara Stanwyck as an action heroine. If that's not quite enough Stanwyck for you, head over to the New Yorker's website and read Anthony Lane's comprehensive and delightful essay about the actress. (Pssst ... Ball of Fire is finally getting a DVD release in May!)
  • Over at Flickhead, Irene Dobson looks at Woody Allen's 1983 film Zelig in an entirely new light -- with a focus on Mia Farrow's character, Dr. Eudora Fletcher. After reading this, I immediately added the movie to my list of DVDs to rent; I'm dying to see it again with these insights in mind.
  • I hadn't ever heard about Stephen Frears' 2003 made-for-British-TV movie The Deal -- written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen, and featuring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair ... a role he also played in The Queen. The movie has never played in the U.S. until now, when it will be screened at SFIFF next month. The Evening Class has all the details, plus some quotes from David Thomsen, who will be discussing The Deal with Morgan at SFIFF.
  • Spike Lee was in Austin this week (and I missed him! drat!) to accept the William Randolph Hearst Fellow award at The University of Texas and also to speak with John Pierson's class at UT. Chris Garcia shares the evening's highlights over at Austin Movie Blog. Lee had plenty to say about Don Imus recently citing Lee's films in reference to his controversial comments; he also talks about who he'd cast as James Brown in a biopic he wants to make and -- go read the entry for the rest.
  • Andy Horbal at No More Marriages! has been blogging for the past week about his experiences as a Moving Image Institute fellow. He's developing insights about different types of film writing and what he wants to do himself in that arena. The Institute itineraries sound simultaneously grueling and envy-inspiring.