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…

Films in 2017: July

I was on a roll with movie-watching throughout most of July but by the end, my viewing habits dropped off a bit as I was getting ready for a week-long vacation with my family (which I’m on now, in Canada!). But during the month, I took part in TCM’s online course on Alfred Hitchcock, which…

2017 Blind Spots: Red Desert

Set amid an industrial area in Ravenna, Italy, a woman named Giuliana (Monica Vitti) finds herself losing her grip on reality as life around her seems to progress without her. Trying to conceal her anxieties from her successful yet neglectful husband, she finds some solace in his business associate, Corrado Zeller (Richard Harris), but their relationship does…

Films in 2017: June

June was a jam-packed month, as I saw a good number of new-to-me movies as well as revisiting some others. That included re-watching the first two films in Edgar Wright’s so-called “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy and watching the third one for the first time, all ahead of the director’s latest movie in theaters now (more on…

Films in 2017: May

May was another month filled with a good mix of movies from TCM and FilmStruck (which are of course my go-to sources for movie-watching). I also spent much of the month (as well as in April) re-watching Twin Peaks before the new season, so that’s one reason why the month fell a little short of…

2017 Blind Spots: Paris, Texas

Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton), an aimless drifter, wanders out of the desert after a mysterious four-year absence. After his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell), finds him in southern Texas, he brings Travis back home with him to Los Angeles to reunite with his young son Hunter (Hunter Carson). After reconnecting with his son, Travis sets out…