Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Forthcoming February Features

Well, I outlined what was happening here in January, and I almost completely stuck to the plan. A review of Otto Preminger's film noir, Where the Sidewalk Ends, however, is postponed but not forgotten.

As this is February, with the holiday of love, St. Valentine's Day--at least since the time of Chaucer--on the mid-February horizon, I must say, of course, man cannot live on film noir alone. The Noir City 7 film noir festival was tremendous fun, and as I have been kindly encouraged to continue posting reviews and recollections from that ten-day event, I will indeed do so in my own mercurial fashion. (Which is to say, whenever I muster concentration and ambition for short periods while negotiating time to write more here.) Getting to the point, I will be engaging in a brief series of romantic cinema leading up to St. Valentine's Day.

This series will be made up of three films with love stories at their center--and the identities of those three films to be looked at in Coleman's Corner in the coming days are: A Woman is a Woman, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and the film that made me come up with the idea in the first place, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which is truly the "St. Valentine's Day movie" of this generation, no? Every holiday deserves its film and St. Valentine's Day now has Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The 2004 comedy-drama will cap the series off just before St. Valentine's Day.

Again, do not fear, noir-lovers and noiristas: I will still write some more reviews of noirs I saw at the San Francisco Castro Theatre. Now that the film festival is in the rearview mirror, however, there is little rush to do so. I'm mercurial (read: disorganized and undisciplined).

What else is occurring in February? Well, the Muriel Awards. I was asked by Muriel awards mastermind Paul Clark to vote and write a couple of blurbs for the awards, and I am honored to do both. So everyone is encouraged to look for that very soon. That reminds me, I need to add Paul to my blogroll.

On Saturday, January 3, I was asked by one Steve Eifert to write for the website of which he is proprietor, Noir of the Week. He currently has a fine review of Jacques Tourneur's Cat People up. I agreed back on that first Saturday of 2009 to write a review of This Gun for Hire, which will be published at both of our websites on February 23. Noir of the Week is a terrific website. That reminds me, I need to add Steve to my blogroll.

Then there are all of those pesky new films, both the overflowing leftovers from 2008 and the first batch of 2009 releases I may dare to experience.

You know what is remarkably annoying? I could have speedily hammered out a review in the time it took me to think about, mull over and write all of this. That is frustrating. Oh well. I just hope everyone reading this is as excited about February as I am. What, you say? You're obsessing over the Oscars? Ha!

So, what I am conveying is that I will be around. This blog is not a class and this post is not a syllabus, but you can look back on this little scribbling as a guide that, let us hope, will prove to be largely accurate in delineating the bulk of this blog's activities for the year's shortest month. However, do not be too certain that I will remain punctiliously faithful to this precarious guideline. I am mercurial.


tim watts said...

I just want to say, was there ever as great a month for a blog as January was at CCC? Just look at the archive folks! You are underrating yourself, Mr. Coleman. If you're disorganized and undisciplined I didn't inhale in college.

I can't wait for your February offerings.

irwin dykstra said...

i didn't exhale in elementary school.
notable oscar best picture absences:
1. gran torine
2. wrestler
3. batman

Joel E said...

I've been waiting to inhale since preschool.

Looking forward to the great work coming in February while Hollywood is in hibernation mode. Looks good!

Pat said...

Alexander -

Now that I'm back online more myself, I'm looking forward to spending more time at Coleman's Conner and enjoying your insightful posts.

And I've chosen you for a Dardos Award - you can scoot over to my blog for details.

Anonymous said...

I will be going to see LAURA/VERTIGO tonight at the Silent Film Theater here in LA. Noir love!

Alexander Coleman said...

Tim, thank you very much for the remarkably kind words.

Haha, Irwin.

Joel, thank you very much! Life has been rough these past few days but I'm hoping to crank out some more goodies today as I get to stay home.

Pat, thank you very much for the sentiment and the award. I'm very much honored. I'm so happy to see that you're feeling so much better now. :-)

Christian, now that is a superb double bill! Vertigo and Laura do have many similarities to one another. Have a lot of fun, Christian.

I'm thinking about seeing Point Blank and The Outfit a week from tonight at the Castro.

Daniel Getahun said...

I just saw This Gun for Hire last night for the first time - what timing!

This was, obviously, the very first place I came looking for a review. Our Universal Noir seven-film series started here last night, so if I get to the other ones I'll make sure to seek your reviews as well (though I'm not sure if you've done all seven).

Alexander Coleman said...

Tremendous timing, Daniel! I need to get to writing that review!

Stay tuned, as they say.

Which noirs are the ones you are seeing?

Daniel Getahun said...

I will definitely stay tuned.

I'm not sure what I'm going to see, but this is the lineup. I hope to see at least one more of them - suggestions?

Alexander Coleman said...

That is a definitively solid line-up, Daniel. Thank you for sharing that.

If I were you, I would be inclined to see Criss Cross and The Killers, a fantastic Burt Lancaster double bill (I had my own Lancaster double bill to close out Noir City 7 at the Castro on February 1, with The Killers and Sweet Smell of Success).

The other films, though all good and worth seeing, aren't quite in the league of The Killers in particular. They don't call it the Citizen Kane of film noir for nothing (although I won't go into that anymore for fear of spoiling it for you).

Daniel Getahun said...

Hmm, well you are in the in-house expert to be sure, so I'll do all I can to see The Killers.

Alexander Coleman said...

Thanks, Daniel. If you are able to see it, I hope you enjoy it. The print of it I saw in San Francisco was brand new and nearly pristine.

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