In exile from Los Angeles and trying to watch as many movies as I can so I won’t lose my mind.
That — or a version of it — has been in my Facebook profile for a while and it’s only slightly melodramatic. I am from Los Angeles and after a nasty turn of fortune’s wheel I washed up here in the middle of nowhere a couple of years ago, unemployed and penniless. To say that it was a rude shock to find myself — educated, gay, mid-50s, decidedly leftist — in a tiny town in the American South would be an understatement. Just to keep my mind occupied I decided in December 2011 to keep track of all the movies I watch all the way through by writing a short review of sorts. Because of the constraints placed on me — the nearest movie theater is over 10 miles away and I don’t have transportation; besides, I can’t bear contemporary Hollywood fare for the most part — I’ve been watching films online and on DVD, and for the most part I’ve been trying to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of non-American films rather than attempt to keep up with current movies. If you have any comments or film recommendations or whatever — I do have other interests aside from movies! — I really would love to hear from you. You can leave your comments here or send me a message on Facebook.
Oh hell. I keep thinking I’m supposed to add a Top 10 list or something to my blog. These lists will have to do. They’re not complete or in any particular order and they’re subject to change at any moment.
Movies, Jazz and pop singers, typography, history, Dada, Modernism, languages, radical gay activism, early Buddhism, opera, anarchist movements, dance, Renaissance English literature, graphic design, Indian culture, architecture, Eastern European Jewish history and culture, theater, Egyptology
L’avventura, Pickpocket, Vivre sa vie, Double Suicide, Szegénylegények, Tokyo Story, Shoah, Psycho, Imitation of Life (1959), 2001: A Space Odyssey, L’argent, Le feu follet, Le diable probablement, Muriel, La gueule ouverte, Werckmeister Harmonies, The Scarlet Empress, Je t’aime je t’aime, L’eclisse, Son frère, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Valentino (1977), The Pirate, Mata Hari, Der junge Törless, The Boy Friend, Cobra Woman, Csillagosok, katonák, Pillow Talk, Der Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, The Wizard of Oz, The General, Sunset Blvd., The Navigator, The Day the Fish Came Out, La Haine, Sherlock, Jr, All About Eve, Un prophète, Memento, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tabu, A Story of the South Seas, Le trou, The Band Wagon, Back Street (1961), The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Le clan (3 Dancing Slaves), Ceux qui m’aiment prendront le train, Dead Ringer (1964), Queen Christina, Zéro de conduite, An Actor’s Revenge, Assassination (1964), Harriet Craig, Written on the Wind, I Could Go On Singing
Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Ethel Merman, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Lee Wiley, João Gilberto, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Adelina Patti, Luisa Tetrazzini, Conchita Supervia, Maria Callas, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Astrid Varnay, Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Lauritz Melchior, Gisela May, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith
J.S. Bach, Händel, Haydn, Beethoven, Bellini, Schubert, Chopin, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Hugo Wolf, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Bartók
The Bacchae, Pale Fire, Lolita, Ulysses, Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Browne, Frank O’Hara, Myra Breckinridge and Myron, Ronald Firbank, Emily Dickinson, Tristram Shandy, Exercises de style, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Milton, Anatomy of Melancholy, Christopher Smart, Invisible Cities, The Trial, Ka, Tennessee Williams, A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers (Will Friedwald), Larousse Gastronomique