Monday, May 21, 2018
I'd intended to read Michelle McNamara's true-crime book, I'll Be Gone In The Dark (2018), this year at some point, but was propelled to listen to the audiobook when, in late April, the subject of the book was apprehended in California.
Before the book is run-over, borrowed-from, and absorbed by osmosis as documentaries and news stories rushed into production - and likely a feature film or three - I wanted to hear what McNamara had to say and where she was in her crowd-sourced, DIY investigation into the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who was active in multiple California communities in the late 70's and into the early 80's, before simply vanishing.
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
Creators: Various/ Anthology Book
I believe this is our last Super-stop before Man of Steel #1 arrives. Tomasi and Gleason return to a story from what seemed very early in their run on Superman (issues 8 and 9) where Superman and Jon went to Dinosaur Island and ran into Captain Storm of The Losers. We get a Superman short-story from Mark Russell and Bryan Hitch, and a possible teaser for future Super-content with a few pages from Ian Flynn as Writer and Kaare Andrews on Art and Colors.
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.