Friday, February 15, 2019
Format: TCM on DVR
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) rightfully won accolades and awards upon its release, telling the story of three returning GI's in terms that try not to gloss over the hardships and adjustments those who went to war in WWII must make as they come home and attempt to re-enter civilian life. Perhaps as much or more importantly, the movie doesn't ignore the adjustments and expectations of those who were safe at home, including arcs for the folks who didn't go, for whom life was not on pause as their loved ones - or even former coworkers - disappeared for a few years.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Format: TCM on DVR (Noir Alley from months ago)
This is an oddball one to slot in with noir in some ways - but I think it fits. It's just sort of a weird set-up to have your antagonist of the film a Nazi war criminal.
I really don't want to say too much or give too much away - I really didn't know much going into The Stranger (1946), and if you've not yet seen it - try not to learn too much and go give it a shot.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Murder, My Sweet (1944) is a favorite and one of two Dick Powell movies that made me a fan. Based on the classic detective novel Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (not yet a classic, obvs, at the time), this movie has as many or more twists and turns than The Big Sleep and maybe doesn't have the popping-off-the-screen chemistry of Bogart and Bacall, but Powell feels more like the Philip Marlowe of the books in my book.
Anyway, I promised not to write up every movie this year, and I'm sure I've written this one up before, so aside from adding that Claire Trevor's evening-look with her up-do is something else, I'll just give the movie a solid rec and what I love about Chandler boiled down to work in a movie. Oh, and Mike Mazurki is pretty great.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Format: Noir Alley on TCM on DVR
Anything with Lucille Ball pre-I Love Lucy is a weird watch.
I do not know what to do with Sexy Lucy.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Format: Noir Alley TCM on DVR
Viewing: Unknown. 4th? 5th?
Whole books have been written about Double Indemnity (1944), so I'll keep it brief while the more scholarly pursue it's winding journey through the souls of a couple of grifters. And Eddie Muller's intros and outro's were, as ever, insightful, knowledgeable and refreshing.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Format: TCM on DVR (from Criterion, natch)
"There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." is probably a line you've heard used somewhere - maybe not from this movie, exactly, but from the television show loosely based on this movie that was a sort of crime-anthology series that started off in the late 1950's, aping the style of police procedural that The Naked City (1948) may not have originated, but it did get down to a T.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Format: Big screen at Austin Film Society
Viewing: unknown. Fifth?
I'm not actually going to write up this movie. You should watch it. And behold Bacall. I need to re-read the novel. It's been a long time.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Format: streaming on Prime, I think
Viewing: 7th or so
Holiday Inn (1942) is a terrific movie, except for the deeply problematic blackface sequence.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Format: Horrendous colorized version streaming on Amazon, I believe
Viewing: Unknown. Dozens.
NathanC and Ryan take on the big Christmas classic about a guy who meets an angel who deeply improves his Christmas Eve. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) is an annual favorite, but it's also a movie that gets pretty dang dark. We take a look and ponder why the film has endured.
Christmas Time is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Main Title/ Heaven - Dimitri Tiomkin, It's a Wonderful Life OST
It's a Wonderful Life (finale) - Dimitri Tiomkin, It's a Wonderful Life OST
O Tannenbaum - Vince Guaraldi Trio from A Charlie Brown Christmas
~29:55 articles on gender and libraries (nowhere near complete on the topic)
- Father of Modern Libraries Was a Serial Sexual Harasser
- The Stereotype Stereotype
- Women's Values, Vision And Culture In The Transformation of American Librarianship, 1890 -- 1920
Holiday Cinema Series Playlist
Thursday, November 29, 2018
I started reading All the Answers (2018) a couple of weeks ago, got ten pages in and realized that I wouldn't have time to read it cover to cover in one sitting, the way one generally wants to watch a film, and so I put away the book and picked it up again when I had uninterrupted time.
Written, researched, drawn and lived by Michael Kupperman, a cartoonist and artist I've followed for well over ten years at this point, the book is more than a minor pivot from a particular brand of humor comic that I would fail to capture here if I tried (and what is explaining a joke, anyway?) - this is also a biographical and autobiographical graphic novel. I believe Snake n' Bacon strips were my entree into Kupperman's work, followed by Tales Designed to Thrizzle - something that should be a staple in any comics-studies course. And, of course, Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Format: TCM/ DVR
Well, I finally watched Cat People (1942).
I wish I had not been so tired when I put it on, but I figured "now or never" as I was winding down my Halloween night, post trick or treaters and family heading home.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on DVR
The Locket (1946) gets name dropped a lot in noir circles, but not always with a lot of context. It starred no particular favorites aside from Mitchum, and didn't happen to cross my path til it aired on Noir Alley, so I'd not made a tremendous effort to watch it. Turns out, The Locket is a hell of a movie with some terrific qualities, from the performances to the direction and cinematography, but it starts with a story and script that - while maybe a bit rudimentary in applying psychology as a science (a common trope of this era) - tells a unique, engaging, tragic story via unconventional techniques - and puts a new spin on the "femme fatale" (if that's accurate here, and I'll say it is) that's fascinating to watch unfold.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Watched : 08/28/2018
Format: DVR/ TCM
Audrey Quotient: Nowhere near enough Audrey!
This isn't a noir film! Nope. This one is an historical drama about the creation of the atomic bomb. So, you know, fun stuff.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Format: TCM on DVR
Audrey Quotient: mid-range. A tad low. She plays "the daughter" in an ensemble comedy.