Saturday, May 26, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Format: Noir City Austin at Alamo Ritz in 35mm
Viewing: fourth/ first
We attended two films on the final day of Noir City Austin, The Unsuspected (1947) and The Threat (1949). Two extremely different movies, but both a real treat. The Film Noir Foundation isn't just Eddie Muller, and as he had to depart, we were lucky to have author Alan K. Rode in attendance to introduce the films.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Viewing: First/ First
Format: Noir City Austin at the Alamo Ritz
Decade: 1940's/ 1950's
Both films were shown as part of Noir City Austin, hosted by TCM Noir Alley host, Eddie Muller and presented in 35mm.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Format: Noir City Austin at Alamo Ritz
Viewing: Second/ First
It's Noir City Austin 2018 down at The Alamo Ritz! As in prior years, Eddie Muller - the Czar of Noir and host of TCM's Noir Alley series is in attendance. As he does so well for Noir Alley, Eddie introduces each film, providing Hollywood history and necessary context, as well as any anecdotes he's dug up over the years, often from first-hand interviews.
I can't make it to all the movies this year, but I am trying to make it out to see a few. Friday night SimonUK and I took in the first two films, I Wake Up Screaming (1941) and Quiet Please: Murder (1942).
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Format: Noir Alley on TCM (on DVR)
There are probably two ways to watch Caged (1950), either as a camp classic or through the lens of 1950. JimD taught me several valuable phrases, and in the top three I include "chronological snobbery". Basically - chronological snobbery is that thing you do when you watch a movie made from a time probably before your birth and nod sagely to yourself saying "oh, thank goodness we figured out how to make better movies, people sure were dumb as both filmmakers and as an audience back then."
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Not all movies are for all people. Sometimes a movie, despite a rip-roaring ad, when I see the movie, in practice, I am fifteen minutes in and realize "oh no..." but there you are.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Multiple news sources are reporting the passing of actor Margot Kidder.
Kidder was, to my generation, Lois Lane.
Arguably, Kidder's portrayal was the one that reset Lois as the Rosalind Russell-model news woman that she'd been in the Golden Age and that we simply expect in portrayals of Lois today.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Format: Rifftrax on Amazon Prime Streaming
It's possible that Cynthia Rothrock movies aren't as good as I remember finding them in high school.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Format: Amazon Streaming
It will surprise you that a movie entitled Armored Car Robbery (1950) is, indeed, about the robbery of an armored car and the fallout of that same robbery.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Format: DVD sent by JimD
Decade: 1990's. So very early 1990's.
The trend so far for 2018 is me watching movies other people put in front of me. Whether it's watching whatever is served up on TCM's "Noir Alley" by Eddie Muller, what my collaborators want to watch for a podcast, or - in this case - The Hard Way from 1991.
A couple of weeks back I watched a movie from 1943 called The Hard Way, a backstage melodrama featuring Signal Watch favorite Ida Lupino. More than one of you asked me if I'd seen the 1991 Michael J Fox starring feature of the same name, and, no... I had not. I did look it up, and remembered the film from the posters and commercials and it wasn't too hard to pin down why I didn't see it back then. And before you ask - there is no connection whatsoever between the Lupino film and this thing.
Flashforward about a week and I get a package at my door, open it, and sure enough... once again Jim D has sent me a movie I had absolutely no intention of watching and told him several times I did not want to see. So, I'm now the proud owner of a copy of The Hard Way starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox.
So, let's talk about the movie, 1991, and why I didn't see it. Because I did watch this dumb movie and I have opinions.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Format: TCM Noir Alley on the DVR
If you're wondering why I have three names listed for this movie, it's because this movie was released under three different names at three different times - but I think it was first released under Hollow Triumph (1948). However, I can't find a poster I like better than the one for The Scar, so.. behold!
This movie was a *lot* of fun. It's not a glossy studio movie, but acting talent, direction and cinematography carry you really far in a picture.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
|the parade of pretty people|
As the foremost world expert on all things cinematic and Marvel Comics, my words on Avengers: Infinity War are already making their way around the world as the definitive statement on what any right-thinking human should believe about this movie. So it's natural that so, so many of you would come to me with your questions in all things Thanosy.
Here, I shall address your queries, both penetrating and dumb as hell.
Let us begin with the following question paraphrased from an actual bit of correspondence:
Dear The League,
I have somehow spent the last decade not seeing all - or even most of - the Marvel films. Obviously, this is a sign that I should not be trusted with any decision-making whatsoever.
Therefore, I must bow to your superior wisdom, which is great in so, so many areas, and ask the following:
If I've only seen, like, five Marvel movies, should I see Avengers: Infinity War?
(name redacted to prevent a torrent of well-deserved shame)
Needless to say I was simply shocked that one of my readers - nay, one of my FRIENDS - would have fallen so far. But I wanted to put some serious thought into this, and share my answer for everyone, give them a chance to ponder my response and apply that knowledge - yes, innate genius but also hard-earned - into their own life.
If you have not seen all 18 movies or whatever of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - will, indeed, Avengers: Infinity War be worth the viewing? Will you glean all there is to grasp in each moment, in each line of dialogue, each meaningful glance? Despite the less-informed experience, can you still squeeze some joy, taste the fruit of the labors of both creators and audience, or will the ambrosia be robbed of flavor for your lack of understanding?
My answer may surprise you in it's thoughtfulness and sincerity, it's consideration of every angle. It follows after the break.
Format: Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
Warning - this write-up will have spoilers. Do not read this post until you've seen Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Monday, April 30, 2018
Laura M-S has been around the blog since time immemorial. But did you know she and I went to high school together? It's true. We also live in the same area here in modern times, and decided to get together for what will be the first in a series on High School Movies.
To kick it off, we decide high school movies are a poor reflection of the high school experience - so what movies do reflect those crucial years (for us)? We talk 2005's "Brick" (dir. Rian Johnson) and 2017's Oscar contender "Lady Bird" (dir. Greta Gerwig).
Friday, April 27, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Format: TCM on DVR
Decade: 1940's (wartime)
The Hard Way (1943) is a wartime melodrama and probably counts as a "Women's Picture", which was a thing, as it starred women, had them front and center as career-centered ladies with romance as a conflict.
It's not a genre with which I have a lot of experience, and I'm not a huge follower of soapy melodrama. "So, The League," you say, "Why did you watch it?"