February is off to a pretty good start with 10 movies in seven days. Please read on…
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Produced by Amato Pennasilico
Written by Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra
Cinematography by Aldo Scavarda
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Music by Giovanni Fusco
(For more about the Blind Spot series, please check out The Matinee.)
“Everything is becoming so hideously easy. Even forgetting pain.”
This line – delivered late in the film – summarizes what L’Avventura is all about. It is a revelatory line for the character who delivers it, a line that not only encapsulates everything about the film, but also barely scratches the surface of much bigger themes.
We’re only ten days into the new year and I’ve already seen at least five films that could be considered masterpieces. I’ve also knocked off two films from my Blind Spot 2017 series, one discussed here and another that I hope to write up soon.
18 films is a fairly low turnout for an entire month, but I did complete an entire season of The Twilight Zone and started several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in August. We’ve got a long Labor Day weekend coming up, so I’m sure I’ll stock up on at least a few movies. The first half of August you can find here.
On to the second half…
I usually wait until the end of the month to tell you about the next month’s film noir releases on Blu-ray, but I thought I’d get this out a couple of weeks early to better prepare you financially. Hang on: there’s a lot to cover. (All releases are Blu-ray and U.S. Region A discs unless otherwise noted.)
The next Barnes & Noble/Criterion 50% off sale is coming soon… Since I live near a Costco which usually has several Criterion titles on hand, and since I just bought some titles at the last Barnes & Noble sale, I probably won’t get much this time around.
In fact, the only title that’s a must- buy right now is The In-Laws, I movie I’ve loved ever since I saw it on HBO shortly after its initial release.
Of course I could be persuaded to pick up The Palm Beach Story and Paris Belongs to Us, two very different films, but films I know I’ll want to revisit sooner rather than later.
I know I should probably blind-buy A Brighter Summer Day, but I’d really like to see it first.
So, what are you planning on getting?
If you’re looking for films from this century, you won’t find much from my second half of June 2016 list, but I hope you’ll find some to consider (and maybe one to avoid).