Relating to an Irrelatable World: Melinda Camber Porter in Conversation with Wim Wenders

I assume that like many others, my initial interest in this book was in Wim Wenders. It also caught my attention that this was about my favorite movie of his, Paris,Texas (1984), and that the interviews were done during filming. I was hoping that the book would then be a peek into the process that … Continue reading Relating to an Irrelatable World: Melinda Camber Porter in Conversation with Wim Wenders

If I do what you tell me, will you love me?: The AFI Top 100, Part III.

Here are the next five in chronological order. You can read the original posts here and here. Also, the “featured image” for this post on my menu is courtesy of Jason Munn. Check out more of his often minimal and geometric work at his website. Great stuff! My Favorite 20 of AFI’s Top 100+ High … Continue reading If I do what you tell me, will you love me?: The AFI Top 100, Part III.

We Interrupt This List Already in Progress to Bring You Another List Already in Progress.

After I posted about watching the AFI Top 100, a former student asked me about recommendations from the Criterion Collection (Hello Lydia! Hope all is well! Hope you find something you like here!). I’ve seen a small percentage of the Collection, and as a film obsessive choosing one to watch can be mentally crippling, much … Continue reading We Interrupt This List Already in Progress to Bring You Another List Already in Progress.

There Are Things Swimming In Us That We Love. The AFI Top 100, Part II.

Here are the next five in chronological order. You can read the original post here. Five More of My Favorite 20 of AFI’s Top 100+ Stagecoach (1939) Though there are moments of visual sublimity in The Searchers (1956), I’ll have to go with Stagecoach here as a personal favorite. I’ve never been much of a … Continue reading There Are Things Swimming In Us That We Love. The AFI Top 100, Part II.

My Heart Will Go On and On (And On and On): Some Thoughts on Watching the AFI Top 100 and a List

My three-year-old’s versions of Titanic (1997) are more enjoyable for me than the actual movie. Her versions are like the clips of Drunk History I’ve seen. Deep down I knew this wasn’t a movie made for me and there’s nothing wrong with that. Hence the twenty years it’s taken me to sit down and watch … Continue reading My Heart Will Go On and On (And On and On): Some Thoughts on Watching the AFI Top 100 and a List

Might as well….

A few friends of mine have worked through the “Favorite Films for Every Year I’ve Been Alive” and it looked like fun. Zine-Queen Delaine Derry Green posted hers on Facebook and digital slayer and general maker-of-things Trey Lane made a rad Storify version of his. My Favorite Film for Every Year I’ve Been Alive 1977: … Continue reading Might as well….

Test Prepper

After an unintentional absence,  Test Prep is back. This entry is about the original Friday the 13th (1980). I was surprised to enjoy the film after a recent viewing. Once I hit page nine, I realized I was only about halfway through the argument I was setting out involving Northrop Frye’s commentary on genre and comedy and … Continue reading Test Prepper