Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The 12 Movie Meme is CCCized

Daniel Getahun, friend of Coleman's Corner in Cinema, has "tagged" me at http://getafilm.blogspot.com/, in this 12-Movie Meme craze that has apparently been making its way through a certain slice of the movie blogosphere, emanating, it appears, from the blog Lazy Eye Theatre. The idea is to "tag" five other blogs that have presumably not been tagged to continue this concept onward. That concept is to have six pairings of two films, resulting in twelve films to be shown at the festival, apparently in any kind of linking (content for one, but Daniel has his by country, which is a terrific idea). The idea seems to have originated out of living out the fantasy of creating your own film festival at the New Beverly Cinema. According to the originator of this online chain mail letter deal at Lazy Eye Theatre, "On the surface it seems fun and easy, yet scratch the surface a bit and you'll find a very daunting task because what you choose is a personal reflection. And you can't willy nilly it. Your 12 movies should be like a good mixed tape. Strong at first, brought down a little right after, then up again, solid in the middle with a big finish."

Okay.

All I will say, except that I tried to look at everyone else's that I knew about, so as to avoid repeating anybody's picks, is that my concept is to feature "old" films (none from the last forty years) teamed up with films from the past ten years, "young" films, in terms of their general affectation, content and genre.

SCI-FI SURVEILLANCE IN SOCIETY SUNDAY

Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang [hopefully with the latest restorations and recently discovered footage] and Minority Report (2002) Steven Spielberg

ARTSY VENGEFUL NOIR MONDAY

Point Blank (1967) John Boorman and The Limey (1999) Steven Soderbergh

LOST LOVE TUESDAY

The Toll of the Sea (1922) Chester M. Franklin and A Very Long Engagement (2004) Jean-Pierre Jeunet

WHACK ANYBODY IN YOUR WAY WEDNESEDAY

Scarface (1932) Howard Hawks and Gangster No. 1 (2002) Paul McGuigan

AUTEURIST CREATIVE PROCESS HEADACHE THURSDAY

8-1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini and Adaptation (2002) Spike Jonze

FUNDAMENTAL IDENTITY CRISIS FRIDAY

Persona (1966) Ingmar Bergman and Memento (2000) Christopher Nolan

SUPER SURREAL SATURDAY

Vampyr (1932) Carl Theodor Dreyer and Inland Empire (2006) David Lynch

SUMPTUOUS MOTHER LOVE SUNDAY

Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Kenji Mizoguchi and All About My Mother (1999) Pedro Almodovar

OLD MAN ODYSSEY MONDAY

Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman and About Schmidt (2002) Alexander Payne

As you can see, I couldn't stop myself at twelve. Sorry! This was a great deal of fun, though.

5 comments:

Chuck said...

These are all strong, but I particularly like the pairing of Sansho and All About My Mother.

Alexander Coleman said...

Thanks, Chuck. I'm very happy to see you able to comment.

Evan Derrick said...

I love "AUTEURIST CREATIVE PROCESS HEADACHE THURSDAY." Priceless, that one. You could have also snuck in Truffaut's Day for Night as well.

Daniel G. said...

Glad you took a stab at it, Alexander, and a really cool theme that only one with your varied viewing could put together. Starts off with a bang on Sunday! I would definitely check these out as you've listed a number of classics I haven't seen.

Alexander Coleman said...

Thanks, Daniel. Your statement that you'd check these out is a great compliment when it comes to putting a film festival together!

Evan, I'm glad you liked Thursday's two auteurist creative process films, and you're right, Truffaut's Day for Night could also be there, but then I'd be going against my self-imposed pre-40 years ago, post-10 years ago rule. But you're right, and I love Day for Night.