15 August 2008

And Now For a Non-Film Related Post

President Bush on Russia's military actions in Georgia:
"Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century."
Interesting . . .

06 August 2008

A Little Dose of Perfection

Jane Fonda

Just because . . .

Fonda's previously unavailable 1964 French film Joy House has recently been released on DVD. It costars Alain Delon. It's been on my radar for quite a long time, and I can't wait to check it out.

02 August 2008

The Twelve Movie Meme

Piper tagged JA who tagged Glenn who tagged me so . . . here goes nothing. The general idea is to program your own 6 night mini-film festival. I tried to 'program' each night with two films with similar themes or aesthetics.


À la folie... pas du tout (Laetitia Colombani, 2002) and
Jeux d'enfants (Yann Samuell, 2003)

Two quirky French comedies with surprisingly wicked edges


The China Syndrome (James Bridges, 1979) and
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Two paranoia driven thrillers of the innovative American film movement of the 1970s


Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981) and
Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax, 1986)

Two classic entries into the New French New Wave Movement of the 1980s


Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968) and
The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann, 1973)

Two narratives following the path of killing spree inspired by true events


Murder on the Orient Express (Sidney Lumet, 1974) and
Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)

Two character packed features directed by masters of the cinema of the 1970s


Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006) and
28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002)

Two recent and bleak looks at mankind on the verge of collapse

And, hey . . . there's a whole day of the week left over for me to screen all 6 hours of La Meglio gioventù (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003)

Technically, I'm supposed to tag 5 people, but I'm pretty sure anyone who plans on doing this already has. If I'm forgetting you, just leave a comment and consider yourself tagged.