First, my apologies for hijacking a photo from the University of California at Santa Barbara website. Secondly, I didn’t do several years of graduate study in film history and criticism without it having a lasting influence on me.
While Martine has been taking long walks to no particular destination (the destinations are all closed, anyway) and noting the takeover of the streets of L.A. by bums, I have been reading and watching a ton of movies. In twenty-six days this month, I have watched twenty-five movies:
|04/03/20||Boorman, John||Emerald Forest, The||1985|
|04/04/20||Menzies, William Cameron||*||Address Unknown||1944|
|04/05/20||Resnais, Alain||Hiroshima Mon Amour||1959|
|04/07/20||Jackson, Peter||Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey||2012|
|04/08/20||Jackson, Peter||Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug||2013|
|04/10/20||Jackson, Peter||Hobbit, The: The battle of the Five Armies||2014|
|04/11/20||Forster, Marc||*||Quantum of Solace||2008|
|04/11/20||Lang, Fritz||*||Beyond a Reasonable Doubt||1954|
|04/12/20||Wise, Robert||*||Set-Up, The||1949|
|04/14/20||Hertz, Nathan||Attack of the 50 Foot Woman||1958|
|04/15/20||Dean, Alexandra||Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story||2017|
|04/16/20||Totten, Robert||Sacketts, The: Episode 1 [Made for TV]||1979|
|04/17/20||Totten, Robert||Sacketts, The: Episode 2 [Made for TV]||1979|
|04/19/20||Siodmak, Robert||*||Phantom Lady||1944|
|04/20/20||Park, Chan-wook||I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK||2006|
|04/21/20||Robson, Mark/Val Lewton||*||Isle of the Dead||1945|
|04/21/20||Misumi, Kenji||*||Sword of Vengeance||1972|
|04/22/20||Misumi, Kenji||Baby Cart at the River Styx||1972|
|04/23/20||Tarantino, Quentin||*||Jackie Brown||1997|
|04/24/20||Parajanov, Sergei||*||Color of Pomegranates, The [Sayat Nova]||1969|
|04/24/20||Parajanov, Sergei||Hagop Hovnatanian||1967|
|04/25/20||Rouse, Russell||*||Wicked Woman||1954|
|04/26/20||Keaton, Buster||*||Sherlock Jr||1924|
|04/27/20||Rapper, Irving||*||Now Voyager||1942|
More than half of them, I really liked. Those are noted with an asterisk just before the title of the film. Predictably, most were either American film noir productions or Japanese jidai-geki (samurai films). A few were outright dogs.
As long as the quarantine/social-distancing rules remain in place, I will probably continue to see at least one film per day. Some of them are on DVD from Netflix; some from Turner Classic Movies (TCM); others from Spectrum Cable’s On Demand service.
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