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2017 in Films: 365 Days, 628 Films, and a Year Full of Cinema!


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!

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December 2017 in Films


I had a pretty long vacation so I filled it with way too many films (that’s not true; there’s no such thing as too many films!) Before I get to December, do check out my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2017 here and know that my year long round up will be posted tomorrow. Back to December, due to this prolonged vacation and access to FilmStruck and TCM, I watched a whopping 77 new-to-me films this month! 17 of those films were directed by Shirley Clarke and 31 of those films featured the inimitable Lana Turner. It was a great month.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Portrait of Jason, 1967 (dir. Shirley Clarke)


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Shirley Clarke: Did you like the name Aaron Payne?
Jason Holliday: As Aaron Payne I I was pretty. . .far out. Not any further than I am now, but I was. . .oh well, it had unpleasant memories that lead to this state of depression. And. . .I just thought, being with those people in San Francisco whose personalities were suiting their names that, if I found myself another name and gave myself another chance, uh. . .I’d be happier. And I dug being called Jason. And like, all my hip friends and the people that I knew, I told them my name is Jason now. And they’d call me that. But a few evil people. . .you know, every now and then they’ll call you Aaron. And, uh. . .I remember once, in San Francisco, I told Miles Davis, I said, “My name is Jason.” And Miles said, “Shit. . .That ain’t none of your name.” But he was hip enough to call me Jason. He hasn’t called me Aaron since. And, as Jason, I really have discovered a new personality. I’m a lazy cat. I’ve always wanted to really jump into it, but. . .I kept avoiding it somehow. Like I made an excuse for accepting other people’s problems and puttin’ down my own. And I always became this one or that one’s flunky or anything to do to keep from facing what I really wanted to do. And now I kinda like want to do it. And Jason sorta is giving me the strength to do it. Like, I came back to New York after being away for three four five years, and some old friends that you don’t even see any more and the new ones or the ones that you keep, I told them my name was Jason. And, uh. . .I was able to establish that. I got the social security card: Jason Holliday. I have a cabaret license. Believe me: there’s something to the name. You know, if the name rings a bell to you and makes you feel well, then take the name.