In 2014, I launched a series called Female Filmmaker Friday, where I wrote about a film directed by a woman almost every Friday for almost the entire year. This in part inspired my A Year With Women project where I only watched films directed or co-directed by women for the entirety of 2015. In 2016, Female Filmmaker Friday made a brief comeback as a podcast, though that was also short-lived. Finally, I am excited to announce that I will be bringing Female Filmmaker Friday back as a regular feature on this blog. For its auspicious return I have chosen one of my all-time favorites, one that has become far more readily available in the last few years: Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts.
2017 was quite the film (and TV!) watching year for me. I got really obsessed with a lot of things and I watched more films this year than I have in a few years. After the cut you can see all 628 new-to-me films I watched (and you can read my monthly breakdowns here). This year was filled with a lot highlights both in terms of what I watched, but also places I visited and people I met. Here’s hoping 2018 will be even better!
I was pretty happy with last year’s Holiday Gift Guide, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This year gifts range from $5 books to $250 dollar box sets. I’ve scoured Amazon for the best box sets, as well as added some films and books that have made my year pretty great. I think there’s a little something for everyone here. Treat yourself. Treat the movie lover in your life. Treat your favorite film blogger. Everything you need can be found in this handy, dandy guide. I upped this year’s list from 15 to 20 items because there were just so many great new Blu and box set releases this year!
It’s that time of year. Everyone is frantically trying to finish end of the year projects at work or at school. People are freaking out because they are alone (hopefully not forever though!), etc. etc. It’s also that time of year when we celebrate those we love by giving them things we think they’ll love (or that we love and want to convince them to love, too). Thus I give you my first-ever Holiday Gift Guide, filled with 15 things that I think would make awesome gifts for the movie lover in your life.
So as many of you know I’d been unemployed for quite some time and only recently got a job substitute teaching. Unfortunately, that a) only pays for my bills so far and b) I don’t even get paid until October some time. That being said I am pretty strapped for cash.
And at the worst time possible, as The Thin Red Line is being released on Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-Ray on the September 28th.
So what I am trying to do is refer as many products from my Amazon astore in order to get enough credit to buy it. This is one of my top-ten favorite films (and has been mentioned on this site multiple times). How the astore works is you click the link and it takes you to all the categories I’ve set up to correspond with various posts I’ve made. It also lets you see your very own Amazon wishlist, so if you’ve been meaning to buy something on your wishlist you can do so through my astore and I’ll still get referral credit. Basically, you can shop just like normal, only you get to help me out at the same time!
Here’s all the astore categories I have:
- Films Discussed on Cinema Fanatic
- 20 Years of Best Actress Nominees
- 20 Years of Best Actor Nominees
- 20 Years of Best Supporting Actress Nominees
- 20 Years of Best Supporting Actor Nominees
- Oscar Vault Monday
- 1967: The Year Cinema Changed Forever
- 21 Films That Weren’t Nominated For Best Picture
- Auteur of the Week
- Summer Under The Stars 2010
Your own Wishlist should show up in the bottom right hand side of your screen (you may have to scroll down a little).
I really, really appreciate your readership and your help. Just look at this magnificent film:
This is so exciting! Terrence Malick is my favorite director and The Thin Red Line is one of my Top Ten Favorite movies of all time. The news leaked a few weeks ago, but I was waiting for the cover artwork to get released before writing about it. I actually thought Fox or someone would release a ten-year anniversary edition in 2008 but that never happened. I may already own the crap Fox War Classics version of this film on DVD, but I also own two versions of Malick’s The New World. so I have no qualms about buying this again.
DVD/Blu-Ray specs after the cut.