Archives for August 2010

A Fantastically Breezy Read

Everyone loves a freebie or a little swag. At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, I picked up a few things; among them was a copy of City Secrets Movies: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Cinema’s Hidden Gems. After sitting on my bookshelf for several months, this morning I decided to throw it in my bag and read it during my morning commute into NYC. Am I glad I made that decision! The editor of the City Secrets series of books (which are primarily travel books) decided to create a special guide to satisfy his quest for what movie to rent. He has gathered a collection of actors, directors, writers, academics, etc. to reveal to him (and us) some of their favorite films both big and small. So far I am only in the B’s of the A-Z guide and it is so much fun! I even enjoy reading about those movies I have already seen (Americanization of Emily stands out early on).

This book is a MUST-HAVE for folks, like me who are will to broaden their cinematic horizons. This is equally relevant as, last week, I declared a “Call to Action” for my readers to participate in a little blogging project I am working on (see previous post). Think of this recommendation as my gift to you in thanks for your recommendations!

Please Help! (with YOUR Reader Recs)

As I have progressed on my cinematic journey, I am always looking to broaden my horizons.

Today I am looking to you all, my blog readers to help me on this mission.

Think of some of your favorite films and post what it is you like about them in the comments field. If I have not seen the film, I will make an effort to watch it and post my reaction to the film here on my blog.

The result of your contribution is being a part of a new series on my blog that I will call Readers’ Recs.

I look forward to your contributions.

This Year So Far

We are headed to the final quarter of this year and I decided to take stock of some of best bits from my blog in 2010. I went through everything starting with January and realized that I did see a lot of films but not as many as I saw in 2009.

My evidence of seeing the V&A exhibit

My first viewing in 2010 was the underwhelming Nine. By the end of January, it picked up pace with weekend back to back viewings of A Single Man and Fish Tank; the main highlight of the latter film had to be seeing Andrea Arnold (director) and Michael Fassbender (one of the leads) in person at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The spring did not offer too much in cinema pleasure but I did enter the summer blockbuster season watching Iron Man 2 (which I liked but did not review) – I was too busy preparing for my trip abroad, which included a very exciting trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the fashion exhibit of Grace Kelly. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs at the exhibit I guess you will have to take my word for it 🙂

After some time away to reflect on my recent loss, I shifted back into movie-going mode with viewings of the Sex and the City 2, the A-Team and Inception. I am still wowed by what I saw (Inception). A-Team definitely met my expectations for a summer action flick and Sex and the City – well after seeing it, definitely does not make my list of Great Girlfriend Flicks.

So, what does the final quarter of 2010 hold?

Stay tuned here and find out.

Minor Edits to Site

Hello Readers,

This is the first time in a while that I have had the opportunity to back track through some of my blog posts only to realize that some of the links, etc. were no longer active. Hopefully the problem should be resolved by now but I will continue to review over the next few days.

Thanks for your patience!

~i luv cinema

A Shout Out to Movie Morlocks and SUTS!

On my blog I often highlight features, programming information, etc. that comes from the one-stop source of all things classic in cinema – Turner Classic Movies. On occasion I have also mentioned (and bookmarked) their blog, Movie Morlocks.

For those of you who are not familiar with what is going on this month on TCM, they are having their annual 31-day Summer Under the Stars (SUTS) in which they run a 24 hour marathon of a particular performer. It is a wonderful opportunity to catch a series of films from a single performer. In fact you will get the chance to even see a performance that you may have overlooked.

You may now be wondering how this relates to the blog I mentioned in the first paragraph. Well as a complementary piece to the television programming for the month, TCM’s Movie Morlocks has dedicated a week’s worth of blog posts to the life and work of often overlooked actors. This year it is Woody Strode’s turn.

For my part, what I knew about Woody Strode, I learned in passing from my father. But for years, I did not think of him too much within the context of the history of American cinema nor did I fully appreciate the impact he had during his time and the trail that he blazed for those stars who came after him. I thank the Morlocks for shining a light on a performer who nowadays might be often overlooked but should never be forgotten.

So my recommendation is for you to take a gander over to the Movie Morlocks site and read more about Woody Strode.

*Oh and look out August 13th (Friday) for 24 hours dedicated to Robert Ryan; other marathons of note include:

  • 8/14 Gene Tierney
  • 8/21 Paul Newman
  • 8/27 Olivia deHavilland

Quote of the day

Something to remember each time you enter the cinema:

Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they’re whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they’ve got. I can’t possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to.
David Cronenberg

5 Things I Like about Joseph Gordon Levitt

Last month I mentioned in my review of Inception (see previous post) that one of my favorite parts of the movie experience was Joseph Gordon Levitt’s performance and that amazing hotel hallway sequence. As a result I took a little time to reflect upon his transition from child actor to bona-fide adult thesp.

It is in that spirit that I submit, 10 5 Things I Hate Like about You Joseph Gordon Levitt

  1. He has grown into to looks. Many a moon have passed since he was alien-boy on 3rd Rock from the Sun, a show I admit to passively watching. Nowadays, JGL has a Keanu/Heath thing going on. Not too bad.
  2. 500 Days of Summer. I finally saw this in its entirety last week and overall I am glad I took the time to catch it. Favorite scenes: dancing in the park and the party near the end of the film.
  3. He gives a great interview. For this I am citing the same interview from The New York Times for these items.
  4. He either lives (or frequents) NYC. Thereby increasing my likelihood of having a celebrity sighting.
  5. A lot of other sources like (and love him) as much as I do. For evidence I refer to this post from totalfilm.com.

There are a bunch of other things I can probably come up with but I leave it you to the readers to offer any suggestions.