Films in 2017: November

Somehow I ended up watching a ton of movies in November, way more than I was expecting! Of course, it was Noirvember, so I watched lots of film noir and neo-noir. My favorite actor, James Stewart, was also TCM’s Star of the Month so I made an effort to watch as many of his movies…

2017 Blind Spots: Heat

Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is planning one last big heist before retiring, despite his latest operation with his group of thieves going wrong. Meanwhile, LAPD robbery-homicide detective Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is closing in on the criminal crew, becoming more and more obsessed with taking down McCauley at the expense of his private…

Films in 2017: October

October ended up being an exciting movie-watching month, at least more than usual. Not only did I watch the equivalent of a new-to-me movie a day, plus a dozen re-watches, I also took a quick trip to New York City for the last weekend of the New York Film Festival! It was a lot of…

2017 Blind Spots: Secrets & Lies

After her adoptive mother dies, Hortense Cumberbatch (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a successful black middle-class optometrist in London, seeks out her birth mother. Her research leads her to a working-class white woman named Cynthia Purley (Brenda Blethyn), who has a dysfunctional family with a few secrets of their own affecting their everyday life.

Joan Fontaine Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Today marks the centenary for Joan Fontaine, an actress I’ve long-admired, and one who was a prime figure in getting me into older films. I had already seen a good handful of classic Hollywood movies before discovering her in Rebecca, but after watching it I had to immediately follow it up with Suspicion, as I…

June Allyson in Interlude (1957)

Today marks the centenary of one of the brightest stars of MGM’s golden era, June Allyson. For classic Hollywood fans, she’s best known for her roles as the “girl next door” in musicals and romantic comedies. She worked continuously from the early 1940s through the end of the 1950s, the latter of which one of…

Films in 2017: September

This past month saw a good variety of films, as far as watching at least one film across almost every decade beginning in the 1920s (didn’t get a chance to watch anything from the 2000s). I also ended up bookending September with a few films starring Jane Fonda; throughout the beginning of the month I…

Films in 2017: August

August was mostly filled with watching movies from TCM’s annual Summer Under the Stars festival, though towards the end of the month I wasn’t able to keep up with every star honored (and there’s still a few movies I still want to catch on the Watch TCM app). There were, of course, a few other…

2017 Blind Spots: Contempt

Writer Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli) is hired by American film producer Jeremy Prokosch (Jack Palance) to re-work a script for a screen adaptation of The Odyssey, which is to be directed by the legendary Fritz Lang. But as Paul becomes more engrossed in writing the screenplay, his wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot) begins to resent him, as…