Monday, February 29, 2016

CMBA Blogger Profile: Tales of the Easily Distracted

The CMBA profiles two classic movie blogs per month, on the 1st and the 15th. Today we're featuring Dorian from Tales of the Easily Distracted.

If you like witty commentary with insightful reviews of classic film, Dorian from Tales of the Easily Distracted has created the perfect website. Dorian's playful enthusiasm is infectious; she has a way of "selling" a movie, whether it's a Marx Brothers comedy or an Alfred Hitchcock film.

"For me," writes Dorian, "my fascination with Alfred Hitchcock first started with my sister having the flu. My big brother let me stay up with him to watch Strangers on a Trainhalf of it anyway, once Mom put me back to bed. But it was like a 'gateway drug' for movie fans, and the biggest score of all was North by Northwest!"

You can read Dorian's post HERE.

CMBA: What sparked your interest in classic film?
Tales of the Easily Distracted: A late-night viewing of Strangers on a Train opened my eyes to decades of films that were literally Before My Time.

CMBA: What makes a film a "classic" in your opinion?

Tales of the Easily Distracted: More than simply being old, a film has to be a cut above the average to be more than just a Great Old Film.
CMBA: What classic film(s) do you recommend to people who say they hate old movies?
Tales of the Easily Distracted: Well, Star Wars is 40 years old, and not too many people say they hate it…

CMBA: Why should people care about classic film?

Tales of the Easily Distracted: The same reason they should care about Shakespeare or old books epic poems – people have told amazing stories, amazingly well, for decades in film, and for centuries in other media.  And some are better than we’ll ever see again, for many reasons.
CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?

Tales of the Easily Distracted: Getting a real audience for my work. Time was I was in various APAs and fanzines where no more than a few dozen people could ever see my writing – now there’s a nearly limitless potential audience, and a lot of them are actively looking for people who write stuff just like you do.

CMBA: What challenges do you face with your blog, and how do you overcome them?
Tales of the Easily Distracted: Time – I’m always convinced I’m not working hard, or long enough on my posts.
CMBA: What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Tales of the Easily Distracted: Write about what you like, not what you think people want to read about.

 Thank you for joining us, Dorian! You can visit her blog by clicking HERE.


  1. When you attend the CMBA party you're always happy when Dorian makes her entrance!

  2. Dorian's posts are unique, funny, and interesting. I couldn't agree more with her advice to movie bloggers. She is also terrific about promoting other bloggers on Twitter.

  3. Dorian is an awesome blogger - always fun to read. She's am amazing gal and we lover having her in CMBA.

  4. Dorian and Vinnie are the Lunt and Fontanne of the CMBA! They work together like a dream, and their wonderful posts show it!