Welcome to my blog, In a Lonely Place: Cinematic Encounters in the Dark. 

I started this blog in 2012 when I realised I spent most of my spare time watching film, reading about film, thinking about film and talking about it.  I knew it was time to start writing about it again.

In my former career as an academic in a Women’s Studies department, I wrote a PhD about men and masculinity in American cinema of the 1990s. I’m not afraid to use bits of this, from time to time, but regardless, I hope you find my writing about film not only informed, but passionate, enthusiastic and sometimes a little silly. You won’t find conventional reviews of new films here but pieces that extend from ideas in these new films, reflections on the old films I love, and studies of the magical men and women who make them.

When I go to the cinema – and yes, I still do most of my viewing in an actual cinema – I’m interested in connecting with or encountering the world, not escaping from it. I’m interested in the encounters we have with ourselves, with each other, with experiences and people both unlike us and more like us than we know. And I’m interested in how film can change what we think, how we feel, and how we see the world.

This blog takes its name from Nicholas Ray’s 1950 film In a Lonely Place starring the great Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame. It’s a film about filmmaking,  about the complexity of the human experience, and a heartbreaking love story.  Three themes I can’t get enough of. ‘In a lonely place’ is also  the title of a great Joy Division song – a band whose music, like Ray’s film, looked into our dark, conflicted souls.

I think watching film is both a solitary pursuit and a communal one that connects us across time and space through images and stories. I’m going to explore some of my encounters with film here, new and old, dramatic and comedic, pleasurable and challenging. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the view.

Joanna Di Mattia

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,
    Your blog is fantastic. I need a small favour though if possible. I am looking for a good big full size poster of the below photo:

    Have you got access to it or can you point me in the right direction to get such a thing in big format? Have you got it maybe? If you could e-mail it to me, this would be simply amazing as I’m a massive fan of Heat since 1995 release.

    Thank you very much!

    Kind Regards,

    1. Hi
      Thanks for your comments. I’d be happy to help you with a poster if I had one but I don’t. It was also quite difficult to find a high resolution image – that’s why the picture’s so small. You should try searching online specifically for movie posters and see what you can find.
      It’s a great film.

  2. Well, I couldn’t be more impressed with your sharp-witted and thoughtful remarks on “lost in translation”.

    thank you.

  3. Hi Joanna, I really love your blog. I’m very passionate about films. I have autism and when I was bit younger I hardly did anything else but watching films. It made me feel safe. I have nominated you for the ‘Liebster Award’. You can leaner more about this award on my post: http://remrov.wordpress.com/awards/
    I wish you a wonderful weekend and keep on blogging.

    1. Thanks for much for this, but I’m going to politely decline the award at this time. I do really appreciate the nomination, however, and more so that you enjoy reading my blog.

  4. Hi, Joanna, this is probably my favourite film blog that I’ve come across so far. I really love to read your reviews (or maybe analyses would be a better term?). They’re smart and insightful, and it’s more than apparent that you’re very passionate about films and cinema in general. So, thank you. Thank you for writing and sharing your knowledge and thoughts with the rest of us. 😉

    1. Hi Veronika, Thanks for reading and for your very kind and generous comments. I’ll be sire to take a look at your blog too. Happy cinema.

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