Films in 2016: July

For most of July, I spent the month watching a bunch of movies starring or featuring Olivia de Havilland, as she was TCM’s Star of the Month in honor of her centennial. If I have time within the first couple of weeks, I’ll try to dedicate a post to some thoughts on the de Havilland…

Films in 2016: June

June was a pretty busy month for me, but I managed to squeeze in a good number of movies anyway. On the personal front, two of my friends married each other last weekend, so I got to spend a couple days back in my Southern California hometown. I’ve known the bride since preschool and the groom…

2016 Blind Spots: Rome, Open City

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) is on the run from the Nazis and seeks refuge at a friend’s place. There he meets his fiancé Pina (Anna Magnani), a war-worn widowed mother. As she’s also part of the resistance, she helps him contact Catholic priest Don Pietro…

Films in 2016: May

May was another movie-filled month, as I watched the equivalent of a new-to-me movie a day, plus several re-watches. I suspect the coming months will see smaller numbers as I start an internship next week, so we’ll see if I’ll have the energy to watch as many movies as I usually do. Plus I’ve been…

2016 Blind Spots: The Producers

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed-up Broadway producer who seduces elderly women to finance his shows. When Max’s new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) remarks that more money could be made with a flop, the two then scheme to put together the worst show possible, a musical called “Springtime for Hitler”.

Films in 2016: April

In April I ended up watching more musicals than usual and even started the month off with one that was Oscar-nominated for Best Picture. This was also due in part to Judy Garland being TCM’s Star of the Month, though most of what I saw that I hadn’t seen previously were movies that showcased the…

Films in 2016: March

As I said in last month’s wrap-up post, I slowed my movie-watching a little for March, though not by too much. I finally saw some new releases this month as I took three trips to the theater, including one that’s bound to be one of my favorite films of 2016 by the end of the year. The…