I contributed two short reviews to this post detailing Flickchart’s Top Ten films of 1939 – a good year of cinema by any gauge, and maybe one of the best. I got to do The Roaring Twenties and The Women (which is not one of Flickchart’s Top Ten, but is in my own all-time Top Ten). The rest of the mini-reviews are also really good!
Many of my classic film blogger buddies are already at TCM Film Fest RIGHT NOW – I won’t be able to get there until Friday night, but in the meantime, here’s my preview post at Flickchart that runs down some of the films easily available to watch at home if you’re not able to go to the fest, and some films that aren’t easily available at all to whet your interest in making it to the fest next year. Hope to see you this year or a future one!
I need to do better about cross-referencing the stuff I write elsewhere in this little “elsewhere” column. That’s what it’s here for! I’m continuing to write TCM programming guides every month at the Flickchart blog (April’s will be…soon…I’m behind), and managing the Decades series, where we look back at films celebrating decade anniversaries this year.
For April, we looked back 90 years to 1927, a watershed year in the history of cinema with the exploding popularity of sound films, but also possibly the height of silent film artistry. All of the films featured in the post are silent (The Jazz Singer did not make Flickchart’s Global Top Ten), and it’s an embarrassment of riches. Check it out!
I keep forgetting to mention over here when I’ve got something new up on the Flickchart blog. I’m continuing to do my TCM Guide monthly over there, and contribute to weekly blogger Q&As as I’m able, but my favorite recent piece over there is a look at some of the real-life and cinematic references in the Coens’ latest Hail, Caesar!. I had a lot of fun watching the film and putting together this post, so check it out and let me know what other references I missed, because I’m sure there are many!
I’ve started doing a guide to TCM’s upcoming programming over at the Flickchart blog. Classics tend to be underseen by the Flickchart crowd, so a lot of the ones highlighted may be too mainstream for the people who read this blog, but I like to think it’s still a helpful overview, especially of the Spotlight programming focused on Mark Harris’s Five Came Home book about five directors who made war films during WWII. Check it out if you’re not already too inundated with TCM programming posts. :)
I also recently put together a post on Flickchart’s Top Ten Films of 1935 as part of an ongoing series of decade anniversaries – I wrote about half of this one, with other contributors filling in the rest.