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."
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.