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April 2021 In Films

In April my freelance writing kept on keeping on. I’m going to recap it all here in case you missed it! Since it was a five Friday month, I spoke to five different women directors (and two men) for my Moviefone column: Emma Seligman, Charlène Favier, Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher, Marilyn Agrelo, and Shari Spring Berman and Robert Pulcini. I also took a look back at the career of Joan Micklin Silver. A few Old Hollywood nerds got together and launched the Classic Film Collective on Patreon. Join at any level and you can read out monthly film recs and each month I’ll be contributing a poem. In April I wrote a poem about Lana Turner! I was a guest again on the Zodiac Chronicles podcast. And speaking of podcasts, the first two episodes of Prog Save America are out! In episode one Arianny Pilarte joins me to talk about Bruce Springsteen and New Jersey. In episode two I’m joined by Jill Blake as we count down our top ten rock flute tracks! For Nerdist I wrote about unicorns, Lina Wertmüller, and movie stunts. Lastly, I made my debut at Bright Wall Dark Room with a very personal essay about The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and forgiveness.

Of course, aside from all that writing I also watched a metric ton of movies! Yes, you will see after the cut that I watched a whopping 123 new-to-me films in April! How? Why? Click on the cut to find out!!

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Movie Quote of the Day – Thieves’ Highway, 1949 (dir. Jules Dassin)

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Nico ‘Nick’ Garcos: Soft hands.
Rica: Sharp nails.
Nico ‘Nick’ Garcos: You like to make tough, huh?
Rica: I am tough.

Movie Quote of the Day – Two Smart People, 1946 (dir. Jules Dassin)

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Ace: There isn’t any kind of after for people like us. We’re a special kind of breed. We were born after the clock stopped. No yesterday, no tomorrow.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Naked City, 1948 (dir. Jules Dassin)

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Pete Backalis: I done a lot of things but I never killed nobody. . .Gonna stay drunk for a long time. . .don’t know what I’m gonna say to God when my time comes. He’s got a big heart, I’m told, but He don’t like–
Willie Garza: [knocks him over the head] Thought you were off the liquor. Liquor is bad. Weakens your character. How can a man like me trust a liar like you? I can’t.

Movie Quote of the Day – Pote tin Kyriaki (Never On Sunday), 1960 (dir. Jules Dassin)

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Homer Thrace: She killed them. Medea herself, does she not say, “I killed my children”?
Ilya: And you believe her? You don’t understand the women. Medea loves her husband, yes?
Homer Thrace: Yes.
Ilya: Her husband is interested in another woman? Yes?
Homer Thrace: Yes.
Ilya: So she said to her husband that she has killed her children to frighten him, to get him back.
Homer Thrace: No!
Ilya: Yes. She gets him back, and everybody go away and everybody is happy and they go to the seashore. And that’s all!
Homer Thrace: If I show you that everything that was ever written about Medea talks of her killing her children. If you ask 10 out of 10 people who saw the play and they tell you it’s true, then by simple logic. . .You’re a Greek, you should be logical.
Ilya: Why?
Homer Thrace: Because the greatest Greek of them all, Aristotle, invented logic. He said –
Ilya: Who?
Homer Thrace: Aristotle. . .
Ilya: Aristotle! The one that the Captain said thinks men are everything and women are nothing? I don’t care what he said, Aristotle.

Movie Quote of the Day – Night and the City, 1950 (dir. Jules Dassin)

Phil Nosseross: You don’t know what you’re walking into.
Helen Nosseross: I know what I’m walking out of.

Movie Quote of the Day – Brute Force, 1947 (dir. Jules Dassin)

Gallagher: It’ll only make things tougher for everybody else.
Joe Collins: I don’t care about everybody else.
Gallagher: That’s cemetery talk.
Joe Collins: Why not, we’re buried, ain’t we? Only thing is, we ain’t dead.