Pre-Codes, Noir and One Big Move: May 2013 in Films

May was a hectic month. I finished my penultimate semester of grad school (I graduate in December) and I MOVED TO L.A. Yes. I now live in North Hollywood (I’ve been here all of one day!) So this month’s round-up post is going to be a bit shorter than usual. I’m sure June will be full of crazy film-going shenanigans (I’m seeing Some Like It Hot tonight at the Hollywood Forever cemetery for Marilyn’s birthday today!). The reason for my move is that I am starting a job next week with. . .the Warner Archive Collection at Warner Bros. I am pretty excited. I can’t really tell you much about it, but it is going to rule. I’m going to miss San Francisco and I’m going to miss the Castro Theatre dearly, but the last film I saw there was Shadow of a Doubt (aka my favorite Hitchcock), so I guess I went out with a bang! I’m excited to explore the rich cinematic adventures L.A. has to offer.


  1. The Wet Parade
  2. Downstairs
  3. Mandalay
  4. Massacre
  5. Successful Alcoholics
  6. The Last 3 Minutes
  7. Blancanieves
  8. Dazed and Confused
  9. Raw Deal
  10. The Accused (1988)
  11. Two-Gun Lady
  12. Lucky Star
  13. Casanova Brown
  14. Sherrybaby
  15. Iron Man 3
  16. Daughters Courageous
  17. Four Wives
  18. Four Mothers
  19. The Long Good Friday
  20. The Great Gatsby (2013)
  21. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
  22. The Virginian (1929)
  23. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  24. Nightmare (1942)
  25. All Through the Night
  26. Walk Softly, Stranger
  27. Hers To Hold
  28. Two Flags West
  29. The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father
  30. A Tragedy at Midnight
  31. Mel Brooks: Make A Noise
  32. All Night Long (1962)
  33. The Outlaw
  34. Autumn Leaves
  35. Female on the Beach
  36. Star Trek Into Darkness
  37. The Hatchet Man
  38. Skyscraper Souls
  39. Employees’ Entrance
  40. Ex-Lady
  41. Frances Ha
  42. Strangers in Good Company
  43. Behind the Candelabra
  44. The Panic in Needle Park

1880s: 0
1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 0
1920s: 2
1930s: 10
1940s: 9
1950s: 5
1960s: 2
1970s: 1
1980s: 2
1990s: 2
2000s: 1
2010s: 10

I did pretty good watching films this month until about a week ago when I watched all of season four of Arrested Development and also season two of Archer, both of which I looooved. I watched a lot of pre-codes (via WAC) and noir (at the Roxie Theatre) this last month. I also saw what is so far my favorite 2013 new release.

Lucky Star, 1929 (dir. Frank Borzage)


God I love Borzage and there is really nothing better than Charles Farrell and  Janet Gaynor together. If you love silent cinema, you will love this film.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, 1943 (dir. Powell and Pressburger)


I’ve been waiting to see this on the big screen since Thelma Schoonmaker told me in an interview last spring about the new restoration. I’m glad I waited until the Castro showed it. It’s the most glorious of films.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, 1963 (dir. Vincente Minnelli)


I already wrote quite a bit about this film, so I’m just gonna say goddamn Glenn Ford, you fashion plate, you.

Autumn Leaves, 1956 (dir. Robert Aldrich)


I can’t believe I’d never seen this. If you are a Crawford fan, buy the set from TCM and watch it immediately. I got to see it at the Roxie and I was so hooked from start to finish. One of her understated bests.

Frances Ha, 2013 (dir. Noah Baumbach)


Usually with Baumbach, I love the film but hate his characters. For once I loved the film *and* the character. Greta Gerwig is phenomenal in this and it’s one of the few things I’ve seen that really gets the awkwardness of my generation. If it’s playing near you, see it right away!

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on June 1, 2013, in 2013 in Films and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Just wanna say that Archer is a great show. Also, do you count TV films (Behind the Candelabra) in the list? Normally, most people don’t do it, but BTC seemed to be an exception to the rule (and it’s a very solid film IMO), I guess.

    My film viewing in May and April have been very low thanks to me owning a PS3, lol. I know I don’t watch as much as you do, but 1 day I’d like to do 1 film per month at least once in my life.

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