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…

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…

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…

Films in 2017: January

We’re officially a month into 2017, and it’s already been quite a year… but as I do on my blog, we’ll just focus on the movies I watched, and I kicked off the first month of the year with a great selection of movies. For starters, I had the immense pleasure of seeing Singin’ in the…