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It’s Cinema Fanatic’s 10th Anniversary!
I definitely should have planned something more fancy for my 10th anniversary, but this year has completely gotten away from me. Moving across the country and starting a new job can take a lot out of you!
Some highlights: Noirvember also celebrated its 10th year, I attended a few film festivals for the first time (mostly for work, so I didn’t see anything, but still it was fun): Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and New York Film Festival. I went back to Pordenone for the fourth time.
In terms of work, I did some great interviews over the year including the DP and supporting cast of The Irishman (watch those here), and some really fun director’s commentary podcasts (listen here).
I’m really grateful for all the opportunities this blog has given me of the last decade, but as we head into a new one I’m not sure that I will have the time to dedicate to it properly. I plan to close out this year like I always do with my end of the month post for December, my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019, and my end of the year wrap up, but after that I may retire the blog in 2020. Maybe bring it back just for the end of the year next December. I guess we’ll see.
14 Romantic Movies Directed By Women To Stream On Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is coming up and thus many of us are in the mood for something romantic. I combed through Netflix and Amazon Prime to come up with a list of 14 romantic films directed by women that you can enjoy this holiday.
I Know Catherine, The Log Lady KickStarter Campaign
The documentary I Know Catherine, The Log Lady is still raising funds: http://kck.st/2KwsLQC
This documentary will not only cover Catherine E. Coulson’s time as the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, but it will also cover her work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, her work behind the scenes of films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Eraserhead, her early life and start as an actress, and more.
There are some really fun perks for donating and some very rare footage, including an extended interview with David Lynch about his decades long friendship with Catherine, that will only see the light of day if the project gets funded.
Director Richard Green was a producer on the 2002 documentary David Lynch Presents: I Don’t Know Jack and can be seen in Mulholland Dr. (in Club Silencio).
Find out more about the production of I Know Catherine, The Log Lady and how you can donate here: http://kck.st/2KwsLQC
No Home Movies: March 2016 in Films
As many of you know, I moved across the country in March to start working at #TCMHQ . Packing up my life and started a new job at in a new city ( and driving across 8 states) was quite the ordeal. In fact it didn’t leave much time for movie watching. I was hoping to relaunch Movie Quote of the Day thus month, but it may be a bit longer. Please keep following the Facebook page for cool links and (mostly) female directed movies centric news. As always, the list of what I did manage to watch can be found after the cut.
Movie Quote of the Day – The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952 (dir. Henry King)
Female Filmmaker Friday: Hester Street, 1975 (dir. Joan Micklin Silver)
Firstly, apologies for the unintended hiatus of this feature. It should be back in full force for the rest of the year. This week I’m going to take a brief look at Joan Micklin Silver’s Hester Street, which earned Carol Kane a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 1975.
Movie Quote of the Day – Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992 (dir. James Foley)
Movie Quote of the Day – Saving Mr. Banks, 2013 (dir. John Lee Hancock)
“I’m an artist, you know?” – Philip Seymour Hoffman as Rusty in “Flawless”
“Yeah, great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love.” – Lester Bangs, Almost Famous
The thing that was so great about Philip Seymour Hoffman was that he really was an artist who disappeared into every one of his roles. He’s Dusty from Twister, he’s Brandt from The Big Lebowski, Lester Bangs, Truman Capote and so many more memorable roles. No matter how big or how small the role was, you knew he would be good and you know he would bring something different to the table. He was a big, bright, shining star who burned out far too soon.