I feel like these are getting shorter each month! I didn’t spend as much time on twitter in March, which I think greatly reduced my reading material and exposure to movie news. I’ve also been working on costumes for Oz Comic Con, which has been pretty time consuming. But, anyway, on to the roundup!
Bits and bobs or things that made me happy:
-A friend told me about the director’s cut of 54 and now I’m desperate to see it! I remember actually liking 54 when I saw it, but that was many years ago; I would say my taste was less refined then but it’s hardly refined now. Either way, from what I’ve read the director’s cut sounds amazing.
-I‘m more pumped than ever for the Wonder Woman movie, next year, and this first look at Diana with her family is pretty cool. I really love all the gold tones. I’m not 100% on board with the decisions made (the high heels for one) or the reasons behind them (you can read about them in the linked article) but I still find the costumes very appealing.
–This tumblr was created as a response to the huge number of women who love women who end up dead in various media. ‘They don’t die’ is a great project that anyone can submit to; here is the link to the movies tag.
–Clem Bastow linked to The Walk of Life Project and I spent a while going through and watching all of the ones for movies I’d seen. I have to say, I’m pretty convinced that it is the best song to end any film with.
-There will be three Fantastic Beasts films, which is very cool! The first one comes out later this year and looks pretty amazing so far.
Favourite March watches:
March was essentially the month of Star Trek and Batman/Superman (re)watches for me. I’ve already gone over how much I loved the Star Trek TOS movies, so I won’t say much about them again.
I think my absolute favourite first time watch for March was Star Trek: The Motion Picture (pictured above). I tend to like my sci-fi either super camp, cheesy and/or OTT or more contemplative and intellectual. TMP fits the latter but some of the other Star Trek films fulfilled my love of the former kind.
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (pictured in header image) runs a close second for favourite watch, and other highlights were definitely The Wrath of Khan, Griff the Invisible, Futureworld (pictured below) and Jennifer’s Body.
Of the Batman/Superman rewatches, I was surprised to find Batman Begins is now my favourite of Nolan’s Batman trilogy. I made a list to see how all the Batman and Superman films rank against each other for me and they’re pretty even. I nearly made it through all of them before going to see Batman v Superman but, because I wanted to see BvS on the first day, I didn’t quite fit in Man of Steel (which I watched the day after). Wonder Woman was definitely my favourite part of BvS and I’m excited that she was a highlight for a lot of people.
I only got to the cinema twice in March (I’ve decided my goal is to go at least once a month this year) to see Hail, Caesar! and Batman v Superman. I’d say Hail, Caesar! has made me want more tap-dancing sailors in cinema but that would imply I didn’t want that before.
Watch more movies made by women.
I only watched four women-directed movies in March: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World; Can’t Stop the Music; Office Killer and Jennifer’s Body. Jennifer’s Body (pictured above) was the last I watched and definitely my favourite. I was expecting it to be pretty terrible, to be honest, from the little I’d read but I loved it. I need to watch it again before I write anything substantial about it but I’ve read a little of what others have had to say that’s helping me form my thoughts better. Can’t Stop the Music was a close second because I love musicals and I love disco. Simple as that, really! Office Killer (pictured below) was a nice surprise and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World was ultimately disappointing.
Watch more Australian films.
Griff the Invisible (pictured above) was the only Australian film I watched for all of March, which I’ve already written about; if it only had to be one for March I’m glad it was this one. I want to see The Daughter (pictured below) and A Month of Sundays this month, so hopefully there will be at least two Australian films in my roundup for April.
Write (and read) more!
My emotional Star Trek ramblings certainly helped on the writing front and I still managed to write at least one sentence for everything I logged on letterboxd. I didn’t read quite as much, though. That’s partially because I stayed away from Twitter for a little while, which is where I find most of my movie-related reading material these days.
March reading recommendations:
The Dark Beauty of Film Noir in 50 Shots at One Perfect Shot
Restored ‘Race Films’ find new audiences at NPR
Why every female filmmaker owes a part of their career to these 6 brave women at Upworthy
The forgotten female action stars of the 1910s at The Atlantic
Gal Gadot talks feminism, her time in the military and the real key to Wonder Woman’s strength at The Mary Sue
Wonder Woman reborn: how she stole limelight from Batman and Superman at The Guardian
Gal Gadot brings Wonder Woman to life in ‘Batman v Superman’ at The LA Times