Summer is best spent indoors

The city of Melbourne is currently suffering a relentless, late summer heat wave. And since I’ve always preferred indoor activities and am generally fearful of sunburn, it’s been a good excuse to stay inside and watch more films.

Ice Cream Flavors

Two and half months into 2013 and I have seen 11 new cinema releases:

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Hitchcock

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Zero Dark Thirty

Lincoln

Anna Karenina

Silver Linings Playbook

Amour

Cloud Atlas

I’ve enjoyed most of these films but the standouts have been Lincoln, Life of Pi, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty. I also have to praise Silver Linings Playbook, a film I was not expecting as much from as I got. I loved it so much I felt like applauding when it was over!

I’ve also been watching a lot of films at home, in particular, filling gaps in my screwball comedy viewing. This has been a lot of fun and I’ve made some interesting discoveries. A friend with exceptional taste recommended I see My Man Godfrey (1936, Gregory La Cava) starring the dashing William Powell and fabulous Carole Lombard. So far it’s been the pick of the bunch – riotously funny, screwy and full of heart.

Carole Lombard and William Powell in the great screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936)
Carole Lombard and William Powell in the great screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936)

In the name of research I’ve also embarked on a retrospective of Cary Grant’s career. I’m mounting my own little film festival, the results of which I hope to share with you in the coming months. I’ve always loved Grant but seem to have forgotten just how much. Revisiting some old favourites and making new discoveries I’m remembering why he is possibly the greatest movie star of all time.

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938) - the most debonair nerd to ever grace the silver screen
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938) – the most debonair nerd to ever grace the silver screen

This is just a short post to say I’m still here. It’s been a very busy couple of months at work, eating into personal time and not leaving much time to write (although I always make time to watch films). But all is well now. I’m working on a paid writing assignment and have lots of ideas for future posts, which I hope you’ll really like. So don’t switch the channel just yet.

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