I’ve got a bit of news to those who’ve been following Journeys in Darkness and Light for nearly four years. First of all, thank you for reading and for joining me on this journey. If this sounds like I’m saying goodbye, I’m not. I’m simply moving to a new platform: my own website.
As much as I love movies and showing them at the library, I know very little about audio, but I hope someone reading this can be of assistance.
The world has lost another great creative force, director Jonathan Demme, who died yesterday from complications from cancer. He was 73. Many people will remember Demme primarily as the director of The Silence of the Lambs (1991), some erroneously thinking that was his first film. It wasn’t; at that point he’d been making films for close to two decades.
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I have a very unusual relationship with horror movies. I own very few of them and most of the ones I do own are from Hollywood’s “classic” era, including several of the Universal monster films and later more “psychological” horror films such as The Innocents (1961) and The Haunting (1963), films that suggest more than they show. Most of the horror in those films comes from implications and a sense of dread rather than actual physical danger and mayhem. These are the elements that – at least to me – offer the best justifications for rewatchability. Yet after listening to the latest Pure Cinema Podcast, I might be picking up more horror.
In their most recent show, Episode 6: Scream Factory, I came away with at least 16 titles I absolutely must check out:
My apologies to Jon over at Rarefilmm. Some time ago, I posted that Rarefilmm had returned as RareFilm, which is incorrect. RareFilm.net is a completely different site that is not affiliated with Rarefilmm and is not managed by Jon. My apologies to Jon and anyone else who was confused by my post.
If you haven’t visited Rarefilmm, please do! Jon has a welcome message that brings readers up-to-date on what’s been happening with the site, a showcase for over 200 films. I see several titles I plan on watching soon, including many film noir titles I’ve been seeking out for years. Enjoy!
This time of year you can count on holiday shopping madness, eating too much and a proliferation of “Best of the Year” lists. I try to limit myself on the first two items (usually without success with either) but go nuts with my “Best of” lists.
During the next few weeks, I’ll be posting sporadically with several “Best of” lists that I hope you’ll enjoy. My first list should be a Best Books on Movies list. These won’t be books to movies, but rather books about movies, some new, some old. (I also look forward to reading your “Best of” lists.) See you then…
Photos: Lisa Renee Jones, Stumptown Blogger
Thank you to those of you who have made streaming suggestions based on my current no-physical-media dilemma (described in yesterday’s post). Although no one commented here on the blog, several of you commented via Twitter (@awolverton77) and Facebook. I took a serious look at two of those suggestions: