Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Moonlight

MOONLIGHT (2016) Directed by Barry Jenkins Cinematography by James Laxton The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series returns for another season! I had a lot of fun participating a few times last year, and I’m so glad this new season kicks off with Moonlight, 2016’s most beautiful movie in both story and imagery. First…

Films in 2017: April

April saw a good mix of movies from TCM and FilmStruck, including a few films that were directed by women. I haven’t been doing as well with keeping up with women-directed movies since the 52 Films By Women project last year, but I did manage to watch six of them this month, including two in…

2017 Blind Spots: Life of Brian

Ever since the day he was born, Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) has found himself being mistaken for the Messiah. He was born on the original Christmas, and in the stable right next door to Jesus. Resenting the continued Roman occupation of Judea, Brian joins a political resistance movement. While the movement isn’t effective, he manages to become a…

Doris Day in Calamity Jane (1953)

Today, classic Hollywood fans are celebrating the birthday of one of the industry’s most charming stars, Doris Day, who is fortunately still with us. While best remembered for her romantic comedies with a few of the era’s most handsome male stars like Rock Hudson and James Garner, she’s also famous for her marvelous singing voice, starring…

Films in 2017: March

March was a very busy month for me at work, but I managed to watch a decent amount movies while also making sure I got enough sleep. I ended up watching a few documentaries this month on FilmStruck (though they were all entertainment-related), and I hope to continue that trend throughout the rest of the…

Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

One of my all-time favorite actors is Jack Lemmon, as he never failed to illuminate the screen in any role he played, whether it was in a mediocre movie or in one of cinema’s most beloved films. While he’s probably best known for his more comedic work in films like The Odd Couple and Some…

2017 Blind Spots: Umberto D.

Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti), an elderly man in Rome, is struggling to maintain a decent standard of living on his dwindling pension. He’s behind on his rent, and his landlady is threatening eviction if he doesn’t pay what he owes at the end of the month. Unable to get the money in time and feeling ill,…

Films in 2017: February

Well, February and awards season sure went out with a bang (who hasn’t seen that Oscar snafu by now… I’m still not over the craziness!). Now that we’re in March, I can shift my focus back onto more TCM and FilmStruck screenings, as I spent much of the past month catching up on Oscar-nominated movies. I…

2017 Blind Spots: Au revoir les enfants

In the winter of 1944 in Nazi-occupied France, Julien Quentin (Gaspard Manesse) returns to his Catholic boarding school following the holiday vacation. Upon his arrival, he meets the school’s newest student, Jean Bonnet (Raphaël Fejtö), who is treated as an outsider by his classmates due to his reserved nature. Though there’s initially some friction between the…