This summer seems to have really gone by in a flash (and a whole lot of rain here in Atlanta!) I Somehow missed the handful of blockbuster films I actually wanted to see this summer, mostly because I was busy watching all the great documentaries (and I didn’t even get to all of those that I wanted to see). It seems MoviePass may be floundering, but I’ve used it to see sooo many new releases (mostly indie, foreign, docs) so even if it goes under I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it. I watched more movies in theaters in July than I did streaming, which I think is probably a good thing. As always, the whole list and a few of my favorites can be found after the cut.
June is both Pride Month and my birthday month (my birthday was yesterday), so I’m always busy busy busy. This June I found myself going to Miami to introduce Some Like It Hot for Flaming Classics, moderating a panel at Turner on LGTBQ representation in cinema, and recorded a video about how movies helped me growing up queer in a small town. These experiences were life-affirming in that I was able to see our community thrive, but also I was able to help allies learn more about the cultural history of the community as well. A real dream come true. Because of the travel and prep work for these events, I watched far less films than I had intended to. That said, I did cross several landmark queer classics off of my list and saw some films that will stay with me for a long time. As always, you can see everything I watched plus my favorites for the month after the cut.
Human Rights Watch, independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, screens over 500 films each year through their HRW Film Festival which operates in 20 different cities. The New York City leg of the film festival runs from June 14th to June 21st at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center. It opened with Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders and features mostly films directed by women including:
- Margarita Cadenas’s Women of the Venezuelan Chaos
- Julia Bacha’s Naila and the Uprising
- Kim Hopkins’s Voices of the Sea
- Sedika Mojadidi’s Facing The Dragon
- Neary Adeline Hay’s Angkar
- Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others
- Sahra Mani’s A Thousand Girls Like Me
- Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson’s TransMilitary
- Marilyn Ness’s Charm City
- Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney’s The Unafraid
If you’re in New York definitely check out some of these films over the next week and let me know what you think! I love the films from Iram Haq that I’ve seen before, so I’m particularly anxious to see her new film.
So May was very different from April in that I didn’t watch nearly as many films directed by women as I had intended. Mostly this was because there were a bunch of films expiring from FilmStruck that I had to watch. Like, so many films. You’ll see. As always, the whole list of everything I watched in May plus my favorites can be found after the cut.
This documentary will not only cover Catherine E. Coulson’s time as the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, but it will also cover her work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, her work behind the scenes of films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Eraserhead, her early life and start as an actress, and more.
There are some really fun perks for donating and some very rare footage, including an extended interview with David Lynch about his decades long friendship with Catherine, that will only see the light of day if the project gets funded.
Director Richard Green was a producer on the 2002 documentary David Lynch Presents: I Don’t Know Jack and can be seen in Mulholland Dr. (in Club Silencio).
Find out more about the production of I Know Catherine, The Log Lady and how you can donate here: http://kck.st/2KwsLQC
I didn’t see as many films in April as I normally would have, mostly because I work A. LOT. of late nights. That said, most of what I watched in April was directed by women and it was so refreshing. It felt like A Year With Women again. There’s just so many great films by women left for me to discover! The end of April included the TCM Classic Film Festival, but attending the festival as an employee is very different from when I attended as press (read: I actually have to work and don’t get to see very many films), but I did attend TCMFF again this year (my 8th festival; 3rd being on staff) and it is always the best week of my year. I only saw four films (all ones I’d seen before) + one short (new-to-me by Bill Morrison!), but I was lucky enough to see several fascinating panels and I got to meet Gillian Armstrong (!!!), James Ivory, and John Toll so it was a blast. As always, everything I watched plus some favorites can be found after the cut.
March meant SXSW (though I only saw three films) and several 2018 films in theaters. I saw one film three times (keep reading to see what!) and spent a good deal of the mont rewatching Frasier (again), but 16 of the films I watch last month were directed by women (that’s more than half of the month’s viewing). As always you can see everything I watched after the cut.
February was a short month, but it looks like despite traveling and other shenanigans, I managed to watch exactly 28 new-to-me films! I think I’m a little behind on my directed by women and silent film goals, but I watched some films I’d been meaning to watch for years and lots of Oscar nominated and winning films leading up to the Oscars this Sunday. As always, you can see all the films I watched, a breakdown by decade, and some faves after the cut.
January started out pretty good for my cinematic resolutions. I watched a handful of silent films each week and it really did make me happier! I also sought out a few films directed by women that I kept missing (and they were worth the wait!) and saw probably the best film of 2018 so the rest of the year can just take a big break. As always, you can see all the films I watched last month after the cut as well as a few favorites.
2017 was quite the film (and TV!) watching year for me. I got really obsessed with a lot of things and I watched more films this year than I have in a few years. After the cut you can see all 628 new-to-me films I watched (and you can read my monthly breakdowns here). This year was filled with a lot highlights both in terms of what I watched, but also places I visited and people I met. Here’s hoping 2018 will be even better!