January Prompt: 2018 Shame Statements

2018 thought it could sneak up on us. Not so, you fargin’ icehole. This post may or may not have been written by Roman Moronie. And if you don’t know Roman Moronie maybe you should add Johnny Dangerously to your 2018 Shame Statement.


It’s time again to consider your Shame! for 2018. Take a moment to review the new Cinema Shame modus operandi. Post/blog/share your Shame Statement before the end of January to be featured in the Cinema Shame monthly roundup. If you need some space to broadcast your plans for 2018, the Shame page is always open for your writing.

When you scratch off one of your Shames, post it wherever you like, share your link with Cinema Shame (via Twitter or email to cinemashame@gmail.com) and we’ll broadcast it to the moon… or at least Sweden so poor Roman Moronie can get a taste.

If you’re new to Cinema Shame and you’d like a sample from past years, here’s @007hertzrumble’s 2017 Shame Statement.

Create your list however you want. Consider friend recommendations, classics you’ve always meant to watch, AFI/BFI/IMDB lists, whatever movie guilt hangs on your conscience — take this opportunity to place your gameplan for 2018 on the Interwebs for all to see. Once it’s out there, you’re obligated to follow through.

For those Penitent Moviewatchers returning for 2018, welcome back. For anyone who has never participated in Cinema Shame, it’s good to have you aboard the Shame train. Embrace your penitence and kneel before the cinema greatness you’ve yet to discover.


Cinema Shame in 2018

Dear Penitent Moviewatchers:

Cinema Shame will be undergoing a change of formats in 2018. The output from participating writers has dwindled, yet more people are participating in Cinema Shame than ever before. Shamers are shaming, but they’re not writing. Which is okay. Which is good! The point is to put in the effort to watch.

The Podcast, which first aired in 2017, marches on and continues to convert new listeners. We haven’t taken over the world yet, but we’re working on it. We can do better. We wrapped up Year 1 with episodes on Police Academy, The Godfather, Fatal Attraction, The Marx Brothers, Rocky IVI, and Friday the 13th. Look for upcoming episodes on Citizen Kane and The Bad News Bears. #ComingAttractions


When we first began Cinema Shame, Nick and I thought it would be nice to have a central location to display all of our writing here on the Shame page. This worked out well in the beginning, but nowadays most people have their own platforms and their own blogs. Now we want to make it easier for everyone to participate in the Cinema Shame movement. 

Starting in 2018, we will be posting monthly Shame prompts. It doesn’t matter if you’re participating in a year-long shame plan or the monthly installments you can join the legions of penitent moviewatchers.

During the last week of the month, we’ll post a Shame prompt.

For example: “I love [insert director here] but I still haven’t seen [insert unwatched movie here].” 

Participating watchers/bloggers can take this prompt, watch their movie and post on their own website. (If you don’t have your own website, we’d be happy to supply space right here at Cinema Shame.) Each month it’s like a new Shame Blog-a-thon (a Shame-a-thon!). Merely tag @CinemaShame when you post or share your article and we’ll include it in our constantly updated monthly roundup.

I think that’s all the housekeeping I have for the moment. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at cinemashame@gmail.com or contact us on Twitter at @cinemashame.

January’s prompt is on the way… but I’ll give you a little hint before I post it:

It rhymes with “blame abatement.”

Happy New Year, everybody!


Cinema Shame