Return of the Sunday Morning Western and More From April 2016 in Films

Sorry this is a few days late! I was out-of-town all week for my 6th TCM Classic Film Festival – my first as part of #TCMHQ! I had a blast! Although I only saw two films (when I usually see 15 to 17), I got to see one of my all time favorite films The Endless Summer (and met director Bruce Brown!), as well as Rocky (which is always great on the big screen). I also finally met Serge Bromberg from Lobster Films! It was a great fest. As always, a list of everything I watched in April – plus a few favorites – can be found after the cut.


  1. Naughty Marietta
  2. River of Grass
  3. Lover Come Back
  4. Never Fear
  5. On Dangerous Ground
  6. Born To Be Blue
  7. The Rose Tattoo
  8. Kid Nightingale
  9. Winchester ’73
  10. Nothing But a Man
  11. Miles Ahead
  12. Seven Men From Now
  13. Lemonade

1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 0
1920s: 0
1930s: 2
1940s: 1
1950s: 4
1960s: 2
1970s: 0
1980s: 0
1990s: 1
2000s: 0
2010s: 3

So I saw ten more films that I did in March! To be honest, as I find myself exploring Atlanta and working on my apartment, and reading great books, I think I’ll probably my watching habits are going to be more like this from here on out – a few films a week. I spent years watching one (and sometimes as many as seven!) films a day, and that’s just not where my priorities are at anymore, though I still plan to always watch films. Anyways, here are my favorites that I watched in April:

River of Grass, 1994 (dir. Kelly Reichardt)


I haven’t done that well with 52 Films By Women this month (I gotta catch up!), but I’m glad I was able to see this re-released gem from Kelly Reichardt. Although it’s more 90s indie lo-fi than we’re used to from Reichardt, this characters and story fit definitively into her oeuvre. A must.

Lover Come Back, 1961 (dir. Delbert Mann)


I read a Rock Hudson biography in April and have re-found my love for this big lug of a man. What great chemistry he had with Doris Day! While Pillow Talk is probably still my favorite of their three films, I really enjoyed seeing them on screen together.

Born To Be Blue, 2015 (dir. Robert Budreau)


While a lot of this biopic is “imagined,” the performances from its two leads – Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo – are two of the best I’ve seen in a long while. Talk about chemistry! I also saw Miles Ahead in April, and I’ve got to say we jazz fans are really blessed this year with these two films in theaters.

Winchester ’73, 1950 (dir. Anthony Mann)


So I live near the only remaining rental store in Atlanta – Videodrome – and I’ve decided to start Sunday Morning Western back up to celebrate. This was my first Sunday Morning Western in almost two years (And my 95th I think? Gotta find something great for #100!) Mann is such a great director and Stewart gives one of his best performances in this film. It’s sort of a noir western and fans of either genre will be delighted.

Nothing But A Man, 1964 (dir. Michael Roemer)


When I was returning the above movie, I came across this – which I had never heard of before! That’s why I love video stores, you can discover things in a way you really don’t get with Netflix, etc. I’m so glad I did. This is a powerful romantic drama and one I highly recommend for anyone.

Lemonade, 2016 (dir. Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Kahlil Joseph, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek, Todd Tourso)


I have to give a special shout out to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which had many directors, as it was the most cinematic thing I watched all month. There were echoes of Daughters of the Dust, Eve’s Bayou, I Like It Like That, and more in this amazing video album.

So that was April. As we move into May, things are settling down a little bit at work, but I still have a lot of unpacking, etc. to do, so we’ll see how my watching goes. I hope you all have a great month!

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

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