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).
Yesterday I briefly mentioned hearing the guys from the Criterion Close-Up podcast discussing Plain Archive, the South Korean boutique Blu-ray company. If you’re not familiar with the terms “boutique label” or “boutique company,” no worries. Such companies are those that produce independent and/or specialty, genre, or niche DVD/Blu-ray editions of films.
March looks to be a slim month for film noir and neonoir, offering little that we haven’t seen before in one form or another. But since February has been been pretty tough on our wallets, the scant offerings in March might give us time to catch our breaths before April. Here’s what I found for next month:
Directed by Robert Bresson
Produced by Agnès Delahaie
Screenplay by Robert Bresson
Cinematography by Léonce-Henri Burel
Edited by Raymond Lamy
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I wonder what kind of direction Robert Bresson gave his actors. From what I gather, Bresson didn’t use professional actors and while that may have been trying at times, it was probably a stroke of genius. Did he just give them a situation and tell them things like “Behave like you think a pickpocket would behave just before attempting to lift a man’s wallet” or something like that? I have only seen two of his films: this one and A Man Escaped (1956), which came right before Pickpocket. Both films have an almost documentary feel in places. Part of that is due to the “actors” and part is due to Bresson’s unconventional manner of filmmaking.
I’ll be brief today, rushing to get this post in just under the wire. 2015 was a great year of movie watching and although I didn’t see as many films in December as I would’ve liked (I never do, it seems…), there were some good ones.