Films in 2022: February

February was a lighter movie-watching month, at least compared to my usual viewing habits. But it was still a great month of film, especially for screenings around L.A., from retrospectives honoring Peter Bogdanovich and Sidney Poitier┬áto a couple of my favorite filmmakers making special in-person appearances, Paul Thomas Anderson and Barry Jenkins! I’ve also been…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – All That Heaven Allows

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) Directed by Douglas Sirk Cinematography by Russell Metty This week’s movie for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series is one of my very favorites: All That Heaven Allows. I love Douglas Sirk’s Technicolor melodramas (four of his best ones are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel!),…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Nightmare Alley

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021) Directed by Guillermo del Toro Cinematography by Dan Laustsen The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot is back (for a four-week miniseries)! I participated in the last couple of seasons from a few years ago and enjoyed focusing on the cinematography of the assigned films, so I’m glad the series…

Films in 2022: January

Well, we’ve made it through the first month of the year. It was a somber start though, with beloved film figures Peter Bogdanovich and Sidney Poitier passing away within the first week. I didn’t get around to actually watching or revisiting some of their films like I normally do after someone’s passing, but fortunately, there…

Films in 2021 Review

The past year in movie-watching, fortunately, offered more exciting viewing experiences instead of just seeing almost everything at home, as I had in 2020. While I did still watch hundreds of movies on my couch, I was able to see dozens of films on the big screen. That included my return to the New York…

Films in 2021: December

And just like that, a new year is upon us. The last month of 2021 flew by for me, mostly because I was dealing with my big move to Los Angeles in the first couple of weeks and then getting adjusted to my new job. So my movie-watching went down a little because of all…

Films in 2021: November

November was another whirlwind month for me. As I do every year, I watched a bunch of noir films for Noirvember (which I’ve listed on my Letterboxd here). I didn’t get around to watching as many new-to-me noirs as I would’ve liked, especially from the classic era, but overall I enjoyed what I watched and…

Films in 2021: October

It’s officially the best month of the year, November, aka Noirvember! Before I do my annual deep dive into film noir, let’s do a quick recap of October, which ended up being quite an eventful month. As I mentioned in last month’s post, I kicked off October with my in-person return to the New York…

Films in 2021: September

Happy October! I’m kicking off the month by spending the next ten days in New York City, primarily for the New York Film Festival; I’m so excited to be back at this great event and to see some of my most highly-anticipated movies of the year. With that said, this will be another short wrap-up…

Films in 2021: August

Hello September! It’s almost hard to believe summer is winding down now, but the good news is my favorite season is just around the corner. As usual, I watched plenty of movies in August, and much of this past month’s viewings came from TCM’s Summer Under the Stars (I still have some catching up to…