I’m back from vacation, and am finally ready to return to film! After two months of watching films out of habit, rather than passion, a week off has renewed my love and passion for the cinema. Now it’s just a matter to get my writing groove back on. I have a lot of films lying around to see, hopefully one of them is enough to grab me and I’ll have something written in the next week. I’ll even consider requests, so here are the films I have lying around:
An Angel at my Table (1990)
Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Beau Travail (1999)
An American in Paris (1951)
The Taste of Tea (2004)
Bon Voyage (2003)
Les Biches (1968)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Back to the vacation, I really enjoyed myself, despite the weather. Nova Scotia is a beautiful province, and the people are very friendly. I had many photo ops, and here are some of my favourites:
Also, I’ve spent the last few days reading some of my favourite blogs and decided to share some of my favourits posts made in the past 2 or so weeks.
A Film Canon, one of my favourite daily visits, has a beautiful capsule review on one of my favourite films Powell & Pressburger’s Black Narcissus (1948). Consistently informative and well written, A Film Canon offers short reviews that pack in a few words more than I’m usually able to accomplish with a few thousands. It’s also ripe for wonderful recommendations.
Second up, Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind goes through a few short reviews of recent viewings. Having Au Revoir, Les Enfants scheduled for the week, I thought I ought to give myself a pre-emptive reminder to check out the review. The real reason I’m highlighting it though, is because two great classic comedies are featured (positively, of course), One, Two, Three and the criminally underseen Midnight. If my recommendation is not enough, perhaps both of ours will do.
Film of the Year is not only one of my favourite reads, but the type of thing I would have probably tackled myself. Though, follow-through has never been my greatest skill, and I don’t think I could conceivably choose just a single film to showcase a year. Though I love the films for 1948, and 1949, I think White Heat is in a league of it’s own as far as gangster/noir pictures go. Cagney has never been more electrifying. It’s worth reading both Ryan’s analysis of The Snake Pit and White Heat back to back though, simply because they both deal with mental illness in some way, though with different results and use within the narrative.
I never tired of Hitchcock, so I was thrilled to see Polar Bear writing a very lengthy analysis on the climax of North by Northwest. Though far from being one of my favourite Hitchcocks, the film never fails to thrill me. It’s only when you look very closely at Hitchcock’s films, do you realise the painstaking efforts he put into creating his masterworks of suspense.
That’s all for now, there were many articles and reviews that caught my interest, but I’m too tired to go find them now.