August 2017 in Films

This month was mostly filled with Summer Under The Stars, but I also caught up on a  bunch of Sam Shepard films, and went to Noir City Chicago. As always, everything I watched is under the cut.


  1. Ladies of the Chorus
  2. Love Nest
  3. Laugh, Clown, Laugh
  4. The Penalty
  5. The Ace of Hearts
  6. Oliver Twist (1922)
  7. The Monster (1925)
  8. The Unholy Three (1925)
  9. The Black Bird
  10. Tell It To The Marines
  11. Mr. Wu
  12. West of Zanzibar
  13. Where East is East
  14. The Unholy Three (1930)
  15. Blackthorn
  16. Country
  17. Steel Magnolias
  18. Voyager (Homo Faber)
  19. The Only Thrill
  20. A Life of Her Own
  21. Let’s Do It Again
  22. Alias Nick Beal
  23. Panic In Year Zero
  24. When Strangers Marry
  25. Story of G.I. Joe
  26. Exclusive Story
  27. The Wife Takes a Flyer
  28. The King Steps Out
  29. The Unguarded Hour
  30. Gentlemen Are Born
  31. Between Two Women (1937)
  32. Uncle Vanya (1957)
  33. Old Enough
  34. Johnny Angel
  35. Crack-Up
  36. Borderline
  37. Step
  38. Cry, the Beloved Country
  39. Good-bye, My Lady
  40. The Bedford Incident
  41. Brother John
  42. Buck and the Preacher
  43. A Warm December
  44. Whose Streets?
  45. Unstoppable
  46. Chicago (1927)
  47. Roxie Hart
  48. The Purchase Price
  49. My Reputation
  50. Elvis on Tour
  51. Clambake
  52. Kissin’ Cousins
  53. Live a Little, Love a Little
  54. Elvis: That’s the Way It Is
  55. Ricochet (1991)
  56. Condemned (1929)
  57. Biography of a Bachelor Girl
  58. I Was A Male War Bride
  59. Sage femme (The Midwife)
  60. In Name Only
  61. Mr. Lucky
  62. Good Time
  63. The Hard Way
  64. Dragnet (1954)
  65. Drive a Crooked Road
  66. Classe tous risques
  67. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  68. Blue Collar
  69. Hearts Divided
  70. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
  71. Breathless (1983)

1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 0
1920s: 13
1930s: 10
1940s: 12
1950s: 9
1960s: 6
1970s: 7
1980s: 4
1990s: 3
2000s: 0
2010s: 7

I couldn’t narrow it down to five faves again this month, so enjoy this strange selection of flicks.

Voyager, 1991 (dir. Volker Schlöndorff)

This film’s content is pretty fucked up (and this is from the director of The Tin Drum), but it’s one of Shepard’s best performances and his chemistry with Julie Delpy is top notch.

A Life of Her Own, 1950 (dir. George Cukor)

I just love Lana Turner so much. This was a wonderfully feminist film that took a hard look at gender roles and masculine possession circa 1950.

Buck and the Preacher, 1972 (dir. Sidney Poitier)

I had no idea Sidney Poitier directed so many movies and in so many genres. This western with Poiter, Harry Belafonte, and Ruby Dee takes a hard look at post-Civil War America and the crossing paths of freed slaves and Native Americans. It’s great.

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, 1970 (dir. Denis Sanders)

Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! This is probably the best of all the Elvis concert films. He is on fire in every frame.

Good Time, 2018 (dir. Josh and Ben Safdie)

Wow. Just go see this. Don’t watch the trailer. Don’t read anything. Just let it wash over you.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, 1974 (dir. Michael Cimino)

A bonkers performances from Jeff Bridges and some interesting commentary on performative masculinity, with some strong homoerotic tones between Bridges and Clint Eastwood.

Breathless, 1983 (dir. Jim McBride)

I loved this so damn much. Richard Gere for life! Don’t compare it with the original film. Take it on its own wonderfully 80s terms.

So many films! I can’t believe we’re already so far in the year. Here’s to four more months of great cinema!

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on September 1, 2017, in 2017 in Films and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is the second movie blog that’s really loved Good Time. My theater had it for a week then got rid of it. I’m going to have to check it out on DVD.

  2. Nice to see Thunderbolt and Lightfoot get a mention. One of my favourites. What do you think of Cutters Way, also with Jeff Bridges? Both have great blu ray versions put out by Twilight Time. Are you aware of the UK film channel called Talking Pictures TV? You would love it!! I’ve just discovered your blog, and I’m knocked out. It’s brilliant, I’ve never seen or known someone so genuinely passionate about movies. All movies. Thanks.

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