Another fantastic movie viewing month with almost no duds! I won’t be doing mini-reviews but wanted to keep up with posting my list since it always sparks a fun discussion and great recommendations –those comments are always most welcome so fire away.
My 70’s binge continued with: Night Moves (1975), Vanishing Point (1971), The Carey Treatment (1972), Duck, You Sucker (1971), Don’t Look Now (1973), Chandler (1971, the one I liked least in this group), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971), Badlands (1973), The Getaway (1972), The Valachi Papers (1972) and Charley Varrick (1973).
Foreign: Solaris (1972, which I followed with the Soderbergh 2002 remake), L’Avventura (1960), Bicycle Thieves (1948), and Possession (1981) which was unreal, “If only you had seen what I saw!!” indeed.
Apologies to Joel McCrea for only seeing one of his this month, Fort Massacre (1958). I loved John Russell in this one.
Lots of really good crime movies: The Gangster (1947), The Long Wait (1954), The Girl Hunters (1963), The Hunted (1948), The Unknown Man (1951), World for Ransom (1954), and The Long Wait (1954).
Horror corner: A Michael Reeves (director) double-bill with Witchfinder General (1968) and The Sorcerers (1967), Diary of a Madman (1963), The Bad Seed (1956) and a rewatch of one of my favourite modern era scaries, The Others (2001).
Of the rest I really enjoyed: Queen Bee (1955), Billy Liar (1963), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Big Gundown (1966), Assault on a Queen (1966), Harold and Maude (1971) surprisingly uplifting for a movie about death, Room (2015) and Sicario (2015), and rewatches of Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and The Prestige (2006).
OK/Good: Frankie & Alice (2010), Tron Legacy (2010), Miami Vice (2006), First Man into Space (1959), Our Brand Is Crisis (2015).
Meh: Dark Shadows (2012).
The most unusual (but fascinating): The Congress (2013) an ambitious, thinky scifi with animation, about “Robin Wright” being scanned at her peak and selling the rights to her forever young actress self to a studio, in a world where people live in bliss and oblivion by looking at ugly reality through fantasy/VR filters.
Discovery: The Great Garrick (1937) was a delightful, witty comedy directed by James Whale and starring Brian Aherne, Olivia de Havilland and Edward Everett Horton. It’s the story of a troupe of French actors who try to bring the visiting British star Aherne down some pegs by staging a nutty performance at his inn.