January 2018 in Films
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.
- Les chiens savants
- Une histoire roulante
- L’enfant de la barricade
- Making an American Citizen
- The Girl in the Arm-Chair
- Marketa Lazarová
- The Wedding Night (1935)
- Inescapable (2012)
- Ditya bolshogo goroda (Child of the Big City)
- Zhizn za zhizn (Her Sister’s Rival)
- The Sheik
- The Son of the Sheik
- Phantom Thread
- Proud Mary
- Anna Karenina (1935)
- David and Lisa
- Paddington 2
- Country Strong
- Anna Lucasta (1958)
- Don’t Make Waves
- It’s a Date (1940)
- À peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes)
- La voix du rossignol (Voice of the Nightingale)
- The Flying Fleet
- Sukkar banat (Caramel)
- Our Daily Bread (1934)
- Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
- Before I Fall
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
- The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
- The North Star
- Tomorrow Is Another Day
- The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché
- The Blue Bird (1918)
- Mickey (1918)
- Of Human Bondage (1964)
I saw so many good films in January it’s hard to pick just a few to highlight! I’m going to group a few together so I can cheat a little!
Films Directed By Women:
- Sabah, 2005 (dir. Ruba Nadda) – A wonderful film from Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda about a muslim woman who falls in love with a man outside her faith and navigates how this will fit into her family’s dynamic.
- Country Strong, 2010 (dir. Shana Feste) – I have so enjoyed every single one of Shana Feste’s films. I hope she makes another one soon! This one follows a country singer played by Gwyneth Paltrow through a downward spiral. It also features a g-r-e-a-t performance from Garrett Hedlund.
- Caramel, 2007 (dir. Nadine Labaki) – This is the film pictured above, which had managed to escape my viewing for years. It is a delightful Lebanese film that follows a group of women through everyday struggles with life, love, family, sex, work, and everything in between.
- Before I Fall, 2017 (dir. Ry Russo-Young) – I wish I had managed to see this last year so I could have sung its praises! If I had been a teen girl when this was released I would have been obsessed with it! Sam (played by Zoey Deutch) has to relive the same day over and over until she figures out the best possible outcome. It’s a bit melodramatic (I dig that, man!), but it’s a great look at teen girlhood and high school dynamics.
- Child of the Big City, 1914 (dir. Yvegeni Bauer) – A woman literally steps over a dead man as she climbs her way up society. Delightful.
- The Voice of the Nightingale, 1925 (dir. Wladyslaw Starewicz) – A lovely stop motion fairytale.
- The Blue Bird, 1918 (dir. Maurice Tourneur) – A lovely live action fairytale (pictured above). Possibly one of the most beautiful, strange, enchanting films I have ever seen.
Films Watched on TCM:
- David and Lisa, 1962 (dir. Frank Perry) – So glad I finally watched this film. Absolutely knock out performances from Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin as the titular teens who find themselves, and each other, in a mental institution. A heartfelt, honest look at mental illness.
- Anna Lucasta, 1958 (dir. Arnold Laven) – Wow wow wow. Eartha Kitt burns up the screen in this film about a young woman shunned by her family until they try to use her to scam a friend’s son out of an inheritance. Also featured Sammy Davis, Jr. in his feature film debut. They sizzle.
Films Watched in Theaters:
- Phantom Thread, 2017 (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) – This definitely would have made my end of the year list if it had actually opened in Atlanta before the end of the year. A sick, twisted, and absolutely brilliant romantic comedy. Possibly PTA’s most precisely directed film.
- Paddington 2, 2018 (dir. Paul King) – This is the best film of 2018. All the other movies can stop trying.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, 2017 (dir. Sam Pollard) – A great documentary about Sammy Davis, Jr. that fills in a lot of gaps I had in my knowledge of the rat packer. What an immensely talented man!
I’m headed to San Francisco this week for the tail end of Noir City so I look forward to seeing some great film noir and 31 Days of Oscar starts on TCM. I have about 64 out of the 312 or so films we’re showing that I’ve never seen before so I’m gonna see how many of those I can watch!
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