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.
Two and half months into 2013 and I have seen 11 new cinema releases:
Life of Pi
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
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.
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.
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.