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.