More Lady Directors, Van Heflin and New Releases: February 2014 in Films

This is the first month in about four years that I didn’t manage to watch the equivalent of a new-to-me movie a day! I did, however, watch several movies I love for the first time on the big screen – including Je t’aime je t’aime at The Cinefamily and if you are in L.A. you gotta go see it! Maybe I’ll make up for this month next month. I don’t know. Regardless, I saw some great film (and some truly awful films) in February, a breakdown of which you can see after the cut.


  1. Amour & turbulences (Love is in the Air)
  2. Dots
  3. C’est l’aviron
  4. Symphonie diagonale
  5. Presenting Lily Mars
  6. Freebie and the Bean
  7. Dear John
  8. Gloria (2013)
  9. Il mio nome è Nessuno (My Name is Nobody)
  10. Starstruck (1982)
  11. Seven Sweethearts
  12. Winter’s Tale
  13. B.F.’s Daughter
  14. The Comancheros
  15. She-Devil
  16. Pretty Maids All in a Row
  17. About Last Night (2014)
  18. Cutie and the Boxer
  19. The Pretty One
  20. Canyon Crossroads
  21. Big Top Pee-Wee
  22. Orlando
  23. Safe Haven

1880s: 0
1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 0
1920s: 1
1930s: 0
1940s: 5
1950s: 1
1960s: 1
1970s: 3
1980s: 3
1990s: 1
2000s: 0
2010s: 8

Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 (dir. Norman Taurog) 


This may well be my favorite Judy Garland film (or a close second to A Star is Born). She’s so cute and talented; I can’t handle it! Also of note is Van Heflin, whose comic-timing and facial expressions are up there with some of the silent greats I think.

Starstruck, 1982 (dir. Gillian Armstrong)


I’ll be writing more about this film soon for Female Filmmaker Friday. For now, I’ll just say it is a dazzling and exuberant 90 minutes and not to be missed.

Seven Sweethearts, 1942 (dir. Frank Borzage)


More about my love of Van Heflin, this time under the deft direction of Frank Borzage. The supporting cast is to die for: Kathryn Grayson, Marsha Hunt and S. Z. Sakall. This is a fairytale kind of movie like most of Borzage’s films, but if you just go with it, you’ll be swept up in its world and never want to come back.

About Last Night, 2014 (dir. Steve Pink)


I was hesitant to watch this film at first because I really hated the original film, but I went on a whim last week and I’m really glad that I did. This cast – Joy Bryant, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart – have amazing chemistry and the film manages to be laugh out loud funny, dramatic, frank about sexuality and gender roles and tender all at the same time.

She-Devil, 1989 (dir. Susan Seidelman)


I’m not going to write about this film because I wrote about it extensively yesterday, but I definitely want to stress that it is well worth your time to seek out.

Orlando, 1992 (dir. Sally Potter)


I don’t know how I never managed to see this film, but it is so good on so many levels. Tilda Swinton is so immensely talented it’s incredible. I’ll definitely be writing more about this for Female Filmmaker Friday soon.

So that was February. For March, I have big plans to watch a bunch of Joan Crawford movies, so I have an inkling most of next month’s roundup will be filled to the brim with Joan. Until, keep watching the movies!


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on March 1, 2014, in 2014 in Films and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hey – thought you might be interested in this interview we just did with Susan Seidelman

  2. Also having a lot of love for Van Heflin, I’d highly recommend you check out “The Prowler” from 1951 if you haven’t yet. It’s directed by Joseph Losey who also directed, “The Servant” which is also a great film, but “The Prowler” is an incredible film and I think Heflin’s best performance.

    Here’s the trailer:

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