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January 2017 in Films


Can you believe this will be my seventh year doing these monthly viewing recaps? In 2011, the first year I did monthly recaps, I was super obsessed with TCM. Now in 2017, the seventh year, I work at TCM! Dreams do come true, folks. As always, after the cut you will find everything I watched in January, plus I highlight a few favorites.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Out of Time, 2003 (dir. Carl Franklin)


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Matt Lee Whitlock: Try the crab, it’s real good.
Chris Harrison: Nah, I’m allergic.
Matt Lee Whitlock: I know.

Movie Quote of the Day – Inside Man, 2006 (dir. Spike Lee)


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Keith Frazier: Let’s let everybody stay calm, okay?
Dalton Russell: Don’t I sound calm to you?
Keith Frazier: Yeah, you do.

#52FilmsByWomen, Denzel Washington, and More: January 2016 in Films


In case you missed it, here’s my wrap-up for A Year With Women one more time. As I slowly ease myself back into watching films directed by men, I’ve definitely felt a bit of a culture shock. I’ve tried to keep my watching very women-centric, because I don’t know if I could handle a lack of women characters too. It’s been a relatively steady transition, although you will see my favorite films I watched last month were still mostly those directed by women! As always, you can see all the films I watched as well as a few favorites after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Great Debaters, 2007 (dir. Denzel Washington)


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Melvin B. Tolson: Why’d you come back?
Henry Lowe: School’s the only place you can read all day. Except prison.

Movie Quote of the Day – A Soldier’s Story, 1984 (dir. Norman Jewison)


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C.J. Memphis: Any man ain’t sure where he belong, gotta’ be in a whole lotta pain.

Movie Quote of the Day – Malcolm X, 1992 (dir. Spike Lee)


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Malcolm X: Wait a minute. This was written by white folks, though. This is the white folks’ book.
Baines: Sure ain’t no black man’s book.
Malcolm X: So what’re we reading this one for?
Baines: Because the truth is laying there, if you read behind the words. You got to take everything the white man says and use it against him.
Malcolm X: Yeah?

Movie Quote of the Day – Mississippi Masala, 1991 (dir. Mira Nair)


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Demetrius: Well, Miss Masala, racism or as they say nowadays, tradition, gets passed down like recipes. Now, the trick is, you gotta know what to eat and what to leave on your plate. Otherwise, you’ll be mad forever.
Meena: And you’ll never eat.

Female Filmmaker Friday: The Preacher’s Wife, 1996 (dir. Penny Marshall)


I’m not sure if I saw this first or the first film adaptation of Robert Nathan’s book, 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife (with one of my favorite Cary Grant performances!), but I did watch this movie A LOT in the late-90s when it was on TV all the time (I think TBS?) I did, however, have no idea that Penny Marshall directed it until I noticed it was on Netflix last week. I decided it was time I revisited this film (not the least of which because Denzel Washington is so goddamn charming as Dudley!)

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Preacher’s Wife, 1996 (dir. Penny Marshall)


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Julia Biggs: Every fire dies sometime, Dudley. What do you do when you need to decide if the memory of it is enough?
Dudley: What do you do?
Julia Biggs: Yeah.
Dudley: What you do is. . . you go dancing!