Films in 2015: June

This was a fairly small movie-viewing month as I left for a European vacation in the middle of the month and haven’t had time to watch anything. Side note: I’m actually currently in Salzburg, Austria and saw a few of the filming locations from The Sound of Music today! Anyway, once I get back home next week I’ll probably play catch-up and watch a bunch of movies, including more from TCM’s Summer of Darkness film noir festival. A little more on that is after the cut, so let’s take a look at what I watched in June.

New-to-Me: 17

Re-Watched: 7

New-to-Me Films by Decade:

  • 1920s – 0
  • 1930s – 1
  • 1940s – 11
  • 1950s – 2
  • 1960s – 0
  • 1970s – 2
  • 1980s – 0
  • 1990s – 0
  • 2000s – 1
  • 2010s – 0

List of New-to-Me Films:

  1. Munich (2005)
  2. Tender Comrade (1943)
  3. Avanti! (1972)
  4. La bête humaine (1938)
  5. Woman on the Run (1950)
  6. Born to Kill (1947)
  7. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
  8. Journey Into Fear (1943)
  9. High Sierra (1941)
  10. Nora Prentiss (1947)
  11. Deadline at Dawn (1946)
  12. Johnny Angel (1945)
  13. Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
  14. Night Moves (1975)
  15. Danger Signal (1945)
  16. The Gangster (1947)
  17. Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)
  18. The Leopard (1963)

Monthly Tallies

  • Best Picture Nominees Watched: 1
  • Movies Watched from The Criterion Collection: 2
  • Movies Watched via the Watch TCM app: 10
  • Movies Watched on TCM: 9
  • Movies Watched on Hulu: 0
  • Movies Watched in theaters: 0

Trends and Notes

  • Watched 17 films noir from TCM’s Summer of Darkness festival, 13 of which were new-to-me.
  • Watched 3 films from the year 1947.
  • Watched 3 films from the year 1941, one was a re-watch.

A Few Favorite Discoveries:

Woman on the Run (1950)

Woman on the Run (1950), directed by Norman Foster

I’m so glad TCM aired this as a part of their Summer of Darkness program honoring noir films, because I don’t know when I would’ve gotten around to seeing this gem otherwise. Woman on the Run was fairly recently restored and the channel aired a good print, I had a blast watching it and live-tweeting along with other TCM viewers (I even got a few re-tweets from the channel’s Twitter account!). Anyway, back to the film itself, this made me really appreciate Ann Sheridan as an actress. I’ve seen her in a number of films before and liked her well, but I really loved her here, and now I want to see more of her. The film’s climax is also a bit of a nail-biter; gotta love films noir that have intense scenes at amusement parks.

The Leopard (1963)

The Leopard (1963), directed by Luchino Visconti

I posted my sixth entry for my 2015 Blind Spots series this past weekend on The Leopard, one of the most visually pleasing films I’ve seen recently. My thoughts on the film can be found here.

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