Hiatus

Just a short post to say that I won’t be keeping up with the monthly posts on new releases directed by women. It may not seem like much, but it is getting too much for me to keep up with. (It also doesn’t help that releases are pushed back or deleted and I don’t feel the posts I put up are reliable sources of information, anymore). I will be trying to keep this list on letterboxd up to date, though.

As for other content on the blog: at present, I will only be posting on letterboxd. Perhaps, one day I will revive the blog. But I’m not sure if or when that will happen.

Thanks to anyone and everyone who has read! I hope I will be back, one day.

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A quick apology

It seems I’ve taken an(other) inadvertent break from blogging! I’ve had a few ideas, but just no motivation to do anything about them. I want to take some time to think through some other ideas I’ve been toying with, and brainstorm some new ones, before I come back to blogging. Diving right back in might be the best course of action, but I feel like I need some time to prepare myself.

I have been writing off the cuff reviews over at letterboxd, I (more than) occasionally reblog movie related stuff over at my tumblr and I’m tweeting again, too. So you can find me on various social media, if you wish.

Until I’m back to blogging again, I will say that if anyone gets a chance to see either Carol or The Dressmaker (especially the latter), do! They’re the best films I’ve seen recently. (Read my reviews here and here).

Hopefully, I’ll be back, feeling refreshed, very soon.

Rainy Day Movies

We’ve had some lovely, rainy days lately (as well as some very loud, keep-me-awake-at-night rain which is less lovely) so I thought I’d do a quick post on some of my favourite films to watch on a rainy day!

Gosford Park directed by Robert Altman, 2001

GosfordPark1130I didn’t like this film the first time I saw it. The mystery is very obvious (those lingering shots on anything that could be poison?) but maybe it’s meant to be. At any rate, it was better on second watch, when I focussed less on ‘whodunnit’ and more on the Upstairs Downstairs type story (which Julian Fellowes has obviously continued in Downton) and all the fabulous clothes. I actually wrote about it on my other blog a while ago.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? It’s set in a country mansion in inclement weather! Plus, murder is always good on a gloomy day (onscreen, anyway).

Clue directed by Jonathan Lynn, 1985

Clue_1985_detailOne of my all-time favourites. I’ve been known to start it again from the beginning after it’s finished. I don’t think I could ever watch this film too many times. I’ve written about it before, in my Halloween for Scaredy Cats posts (actually, the films on that list are also perfect for rainy days!) and on my other blog.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? Creepy house, stormy weather, and some laughs in case the rain gets you down.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit directed by Steve Box and Nick Park, 2005

m8SWJOh gosh, I love Wallace and Gromit! And this film is one I return to a lot. It’s so damn charming and a fun homage to monster movies. The bunnies are especially delightful, in this, and I love Lady Tottington’s style.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? It’s a monster movie! With bunnies!

Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1960

psycho3I think many of Hitchcock’s films work perfectly on a rainy day, but Psycho has the creepy house/motel that I just seem to love on rainy days.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? You’ve got to have some Hitchcock to watch on a rainy day!

A film noir, of course.

The Blue Dahlia directed by George Marshall, 1946

The Blue Dahlia directed by George Marshall, 1946

I tried to pick a particular film noir but, really, I just go with whichever I feel like on a particular day. My go to is usually The Big Sleep or maybe The Blue Dahlia. Or maybe a rewatch of Phantom Lady! I think it’s about time I revisit that one.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? Rain just always makes me want to watch film noir!

Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton, 1999

sleepy-hollowI’m not sure I have a favourite Burton film, but this is one of my most-watched of his. It’s beautiful to look at and I love Johnny Depp’s somewhat nervous and squeamish Ichabod Crane. And Christina Ricci is one of my life-long loves.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? Creepy, spooky films are just more effective when it’s raining, I think.

8 Femmes directed by François Ozon, 2002

8-femmes-284696lSomething a little more colourful to finish off the post. Another favourite, which I’ve written about before (here and here), that’s perfect to watch with a cup of tea and a snuggly blanket. The cast is magnificent, the set and costumes are a visual treat and I just adore the songs.

Why it’s perfect for a rainy day? I think by now you can see I’m a sucker for mysteries set in country mansions during stormy or similar weather. I actually didn’t realise how many of these included that setting. Ha.

There are plenty of other films I like to watch on rainy, gloomy days (and TV shows, too, including Marple and Poirot, rather obsessively) but these are the first that came to mind. I’ve started a list over on letterboxd to expand on this post.

What are your favourite movies for a rainy day?

Girlhood in Australian Films?

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been looking at movies that deal with girlhood in one way or another as part of my thesis. It got me thinking about how much of the discourse around this area is centred on the USA (and, within that, as mentioned in Hentges’ book, white, hetero, middle class, and so on). It’s understandable considering how American films tend to dominate the mainstream and many of the authors I have found are, themselves, American. So, I thought it would be interesting to look at girlhood in Australian cinema. Some films that immediately came to mind included: Picnic at Hanging Rock, Looking for Alibrandi, Starstruck, Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger, Travelling Light, Somersault, Caterpillar Wish, Sleeping Beauty, Muriel’s Wedding and possibly aspects of Strictly Ballroom and The Sapphires.

Pia Miranda in Looking for Alibrandi, 2000

Pia Miranda in Looking for Alibrandi, 2000

I thought I might write a series of posts about some of these films – instead of all of them, together, because that would be an incredibly long post – and how they fit into what I’ve read on girlhood in cinema. In all honesty, I tend to get ideas like this and then lose steam so my interest may wane but then it may come back. I haven’t done any research into what other people may have written either on the topic in general, or on these films specifically, so if anyone has any suggested reading before I go off on my own search that’d be ace. Also, is this kind of thing something others would want to read?

Abbie Cornish in Somersault, 2004

Abbie Cornish in Somersault, 2004

I’ve rather lost direction with this blog – though, to be honest, I’ve never been very certain of it from the beginning – so maybe I need to refocus myself and this idea relates to my thesis so it could help me keep on track with that, as well.

 

Also, for anyone interested in an Australian run feminist film zine then I suggest checking out Filmme Fatales, ASAP!

Vale, Annette

My Tuesday post is a day late, again.  And it is a very short post to say I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Annette Funicello, yesterday. Her music and movies have brought a lot of joy to my life…

Frankie and Annette singing I Think, You Think in Beach Blanket Bingo, 1965.

Annette Funicello as Dee Dee in Muscle Beach Party, 1964

Annette Funicello as Dee Dee in Muscle Beach Party, 1964

Vale, Annette!

(P.S. This Cinematic Life have a fun post on how to be Dee Dee up, too).