I believe in cinema

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I believe in cinema. I believe in the almost infinite potential for cinema to detail, comment upon and engage with the human condition. I believe that cinema at its highest and lowest is perhaps the most revealing cultural artefact of all. I love the fact that, through a nation’s cinematic output at any given period, we may obtain knowledge about the customs, costumes, codes and cultural tensions of that period and place. I believe in viewing cinema not only through the lens of qualitative judgement (good films and bad films), but also through that of cultural revelation.

In those films that deal explicitly with the trials and tribulations of human beings, especially those that do it well, we are afforded the opportunity to identify with and reflect upon the human condition and the situations in which people find themselves. Literature also offers this opportunity, perhaps with more space for narrative and psychological detail, but with less immediacy and emotional impact than cinema. Take The Bicycle Thief (1948), sometimes more appropriately known as Bicycle Thieves, in which Vittorio De Sica places us in the position of a man in post WWII Italy who has had his bike stolen, leaving him with no means of producing an income for his family. We suffer with this man through the duration of the film, hating the human being who took away the bicycle that was his livelihood. Only in the final tragic and ironic conclusion, when this man himself becomes a bicycle thief as his son looks on, do we realise the totality of the situation – that we are all victims and perpetrators and that our conditions are what drive our actions. More than this we also learn about the tragic state of post-WWII Italy, and the very human costs that accompany it. We are reminded that, beyond the textbook manner in which we regularly learn history, these were real circumstances that affected the lives of real people.

Just as interesting are those films that were made as windows into history that have subsequently become windows into their own cultural situation. George Roy Hill’s classic western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1971), may well detail the circumstances the led to the deaths of two infamous bank robbers, but the film also reveals much about the values of the period in which it was made. Its counter cultural anti-heroes, gender politics and deliberately discordant tone are themselves a consequence of the youth movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Or perhaps consider what Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece Battleship Potemkin (1925) reveals about the 1905 mutiny that it examines, versus what it reveals about the Soviet era in which it was produced. It quickly becomes apparent that a film cannot detail a historical moment without filtering that moment through its contemporary ideals.

Alternatively, within those films that appeal to the most base elements of human desire, perhaps even more is revealed than in their more artistically, psychologically and philosophically ambitious counterparts. A few examples:

  • Action films might act as windows into the core fantasies of masculine identity. The Schwarzeneggers, Stallones and Van Dammes of cinema live out the alpha-male longings of the men who view them, revealing the ways in which masculinity expressed (or wished to express) itself at the time of the film’s production.  We can quickly learn about the ways in which masculinity’s representation is consistent across cultures, and the ways in which it varies by comparing the outrageous excesses of the action films of South-Indian superstar Rajnikanth, the equally outrageous but more physically plausible films of China’s Jackie Chan and the far less aerobic brute force of Schwarzenegger (just as you can view the ways in which the respective cinema of these nations influence each other).
  • Pornography demonstrates and is directed towards the satisfaction of humanity’s (or at least men’s) most primal impulses, and also reveals how the objects of these impulses have changed. A simple glance at the pornography of the United States between the 1960s and today reveals much about the increasing emphasis on female physical perfection over time, and a disturbing trend towards the portrayal of increasingly misogynistic sexual practices.
  • Romances and comedies target and satisfy the emotions of the people who watch them. Such films reveal how the emotional demands of various eras express themselves. By looking at the films produced in any given era (and their reception), a huge window is opened up onto the culture of that time and place, and of the people who lived within it. More than this, they reveal much about humanity in general. Take for example, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940), which reveals a wonderful intersection between the comedic form’s relative innocence at the time and a clear awareness amongst Americans of the threat presented by Germany’s Adolf Hitler.
  • Finally, sometimes genre pictures are literally formed out of their cultural circumstances. A perfect example may lie in the science fiction cinema of the United States in the 1950s. The genre was a relatively minor one in the USA up to this point, before a massive output of SF films began in 1950.A simple glance across these films will demonstrate recurring themes of scientific advancement for either good or evil, alien invasion, nuclear war and the very new threat of radiation (usually causing some kind of mutation). Whether or not such representations were deliberate, they do demonstrate that invasion, the threat/potential of scientific advancement and the nuclear threat existed in the public consciousness.  No surprise given the recent tensions with the Soviets, and their attainment of the bomb in 1949.

All I’m saying is, I believe in cinema. I believe in the almost infinite potential for cinema to detail, comment upon and engage with the human condition. I believe that cinema at its highest and lowest is perhaps the most revealing cultural artefact of all.

Hope you can stick around and talk cinema.

Regards,

James Curnow

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  1. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you enjoy the wide variety of music covered and find the writing entertaining. I usually post on a weekly basis. I welcome comments. Regards and good luck with all your projects. Thom

  2. James, thanks for stopping by at TOWARDS A GREATER CANON and liking my ‘Deliverance’ post. I came by to check your blog and found these wonderful thoughts on the value and importance of cinema. Never I read anyone (seriously!) that expressed my exact feelings on the magnificent art. I second everything you say on the cultural relevance of films. Cheers, Ricardo.

  3. Oh my, you have put a lot of thought into this! It’s fabulous!
    My family and I, are huge movie buffs. Have you per chance watched ‘Instructions not included’ and ‘Calvary’? Exquisite movies. And since you enjoy cultural movies, do watch ‘Dharam’ if you get a chance. It’s a Hindi film.
    Thank you so much for the follow!

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  6. Thank you very much for liking my first post. It was a lovely confidence booster, and felt very ‘neighbourly’. You have an amazing site here! Certainly something to aspire to in the future.

  7. Thank you for following Panda’s Choice! I think you have an amazing website around here and that this is probably one of the best movie blogs in the blogosphere. Great articles and solid writing! Congrats for your work! Hope to give a contribution to your website someday! Best wishes!

  8. Hi James- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. I believe in the power of cinema, too, and will enjoy reading your blog.

  9. I cannot imagine a world without cinema. I’m definitely hooked on movies, although finding “gems” is becoming more of a challenge of late. Thanks for visiting and following my blog…it brought me to yours and I enjoy reading your posts!

  10. Thank you for the like on “Black Frost 5” (5th chapter, I’ll remedy the missing word) More to come on the mystery.

    I got reading on your blog, very enjoyable, I will be following it. (I cannot comment on Game of Thrones, it is not on any non-cable channels I watch around in my locality.)

  11. Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I feel honored to have you visit. I don’t profess to know much about cinema, but I find it as an artistic vehicle much like writing. We have the ability to move people and raise questions in their minds that will hopefully lead them in a positive direction – for me that means towards Jesus. I so appreciate your insight.

  12. Thank you for your like! Check back on Black Frost! I have no idea where the characters choose to take the story.

    Thank you for this blog on Cinema, I do enjoy — especially the much older “golden age” movies.

  13. Thank you again James, for yet another “like” on my latest novel, “For This Very Purpose.” You’re one of my most avid readers and a great source of encouragement… Mick Dawson

  14. Thanks for liking some of my posts, much appreciated. I have been enjoying many of yours as well. I do not comment that often, as my days are jam packed, but I like what you do as I feel we are kindred spirits in our shared love of cinema. Keep it up! 🙂

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog post. I hoped you enjoyed reading!

    It’s rare to find someone speak so passionately about cinema today…films are such an integral part of our culture that sometimes we take for granted their existence. Thanks for the refreshing perspective!

    Hope

  16. Passing on to my son your blog. He is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in film and speaks as passionately about cinema as you! Thanks for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. All the best!

  17. Thanks for the follow. Your blog is fascinating! Though I am woefully ignorant about most classic films, I love learning about them. Love the commentary and insight from someone who’s fully immersed in the world of cinema. Cheers.

  18. Some of the most interesting and passionate discussions and debates I had as an undergraduate living on campus were with a group of film majors who lived in my building. Those long talks into the wee hours of the morning not only made me look at film differently, but also art and literature, culture and history, in a more profound way. Looking forward to getting to know better your take on things by following your blog. Thanks for checking mine out and hope to cross paths often. Ilene

  19. Thank you for following my blog James. I’ve just perused through yours and consider myself privileged on two counts. The first that an avid film critic is interested in my work (literature) and that you comment very intelligently on cinematography. Just to let you know, I’m quite a film buff, but no critic, and tend to watch most films as they are released. All the best with your blog site… Mick Dawson

    • No problem, Mick. I’m always on the look out for good art – whatever form it takes.

      And thanks very much, I appreciate the compliment. Keep in touch, and let the blog posts keep coming!

  20. Hi there, just popping by to say hello, and to let you know that we have a new site – http://www.dagdapublishing.co.uk – Our old site (dagdapublishing.com) will no longer be actively updated, but is still online.

    If you want to receive future updates and poetry by new writers from us, please head to the new site. You can follow us by email or by clicking “Follow this blog” (You can do so by just liking a post in our blog (which is where the poetry is residing now), which then gives you the option to follow). We look forward to seeing you over there, and thank you for your support over the last year and a half. Here’s to the next chapter 🙂

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  21. Very interesting! Thanks for following our blog. We are just getting involved with video cinema production, after a long time in the TV and music business, followed by another long study of Vedas & the teaching of the Buddha. Emptiness at 29.95 frames per second.

  22. Thank you for following my blog. Im amazed as i am new and excited when you are such a great writer.
    I think what i like the most is all that i am learning from such talented people around the world.
    Talented indeed!!
    Thanks again, really!

  23. Mr. Curnow – thanks very kindly for your Follow, and for this superb cinema blog. I’ll be following your blog with great interest; your posts are very insightful and informative. Very best wishes to you!

  24. Are you related to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Curnow Walter Curnow? Thanks for following at Timeglass Impulse blog, but one of my other specialized WordPress blogs – Timeglass Entertainment – might be better for you and our common interest. My primary multi-subject blog is Timeglass Journal, where I included posting about movies and other entertainment before I created the new branch blog for that purpose. Use categories and Recent Posts to find anything of interest. I’ll be following your blog now too.

  25. Thank you for following Writing Well Design and Photography. You can find my other sites by stabbing my profile pic in the eye with your cursor arrow. 🙂 Now I know where to go to find great movie reviews. Cheers!

  26. hey there!

    Thank you for following my blog a few mths ago! I just wanna share with you that I have recently changed host (nearly died along the way 🙂 ) and if you like, please come again to my blog and you can type in your email address as with the change in host from wordpress, new posts will not get delivered to your email address like the last time.

    So if you like posts to get delivered to your email address like the past, you have to type in your email again. It only appears in your reader now, so if that works for you, then it is ok.

    thank you
    michelle

  27. Thanks for following, James. Just followed back. I love films since I was a kid and I want to be a film director and I’m trying to watch a lot of varied and diverse films I can to gain knowledge about film-making and the history of cinema. There are interesting posts in your blog about film criticism which have really good points and they have inspired me to write a post about being and trying to become a cinephile in the future.

  28. Hi, thanks for following my blog – I’m glad you found something to interest you! And I’m glad your follow led me to your blog. I write a lot about books I love, but am nothing like as knowledgeable about films as you are. Loved your blog, and looking forward to reading more!

  29. Hey James thanks for the follow! i saw your follow notification pop up with a very curious article! I also despise most of speilberg’s recent work but it does does take Bay to show what an auteur speilberg is given the comparison! hope to have a few conversations with you about movies in the future! keep writing and do let me know what you think about my writing as well 🙂

  30. Hello there,
    Thanks for following my blog. If I may ask, what exactly do you like about it? My content isn’t exactly the short kind and it seems you follow a few blogs already, so I hope you stick around. I look forward to learning more about cinema from your ruminations. Happy blogging!

  31. Thanks for following my blog. Yours is terrific. I am about to share the link with my brother-in-law whose appreciation for every aspect of film making has increased mine. I’ve always loved movies but I have loved books more. I’ve only recently come to understand how much films can teach about story telling and character development. I’ll learn more by following here, I suspect.
    Thanks again, Betsy

  32. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for deciding to follow it. I appreciate the vote of confidence, and I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.

    I don’t know much about cinema, but I love movies! So I am looking forward to following and reading more of your blog. 🙂

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  34. Thanks for the follow. I’m not much into movies but I do have some old favorite classics and Christian based films. I have written some books I think would make good movies though. Hope you enjoy my posts.

  35. James, thanks so much for visiting my site and deciding to follow along. I love movies and don’t pretend to have anything remarkable to say about them. They are just where I live.

  36. hi james, thanks for the follow. i am really looking forward to reading your work, as i am a film freak in the finest sense of the word. my former career was in advertising with film studio clients, publicity and promotion, and now i just get to see the films without worrying about critics, studios, cast, crew, and dollars – just for the pure pleasure of the film experience. peace, beth

    • No problem, Beth!

      Great to have another film buff on board! Wow, I can imagine that living amongst the business end of cinema would make it difficult to watch in the same way – I’m glad you made it out the other end 🙂

  37. Hi James. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and choosing to follow it. Your blog is very cool and unique; keep up the good work you’re doing here. I hope to hear back from you again and more often. Cheers!

  38. Hi,

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer to be called Kev, However. :).

    I live in Wales & am now Following your Blog. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting & Following my Blog, MUCH Appreciated. :).

    Best Wishes

  39. Greetings! Thanks for following my blog, ‘The Nomadic Soliloquist’.
    You have a very interesting blog as movies seem to be your passion. Some great posts and nice information. Do stay connected. Cheers! 🙂

  40. Hello, thanks for checking out my blog and following! I’ve been greatly enjoying taking a look at your blog. I greatly enjoyed your piece on Spielberg/Michael Bay/Bruckheimer! In a fit of madness, I recently decided to watch about 20 Nicolas Cage movies within 4 weeks, and the experience left me with more exposure to Bruckheimer than is probably healthy. I’ll probably die of radiation poisoning now. Anyway, looking forward to reading along!

  41. James,
    Your following my “Randa Lane…” blog is much appreciated. As movies are your passion, poetry and haiku are mine. Will explore your movie insights and writings more in the days to come. Looks like a rich treasure trove of info. 🙂

    Best Success,

    -R-

  42. Hey!

    You have a pretty amazing blog! I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews and status updates! I was wondering if you could check out my blog and give me some advice? Much appreciated.
    moviereviewsdirect.wordpress.com

    Good luck with all of your blogging,
    Arena

  43. You have a wonderful blog!! I’m glad I found it ’cause you have a lot of information on here… very interesting. 🙂 I love watching movies and have a great taste on this field so I enjoy many film genres. I’ll sure come back to read some more.

  44. Hello, my friend, you have a nice blog up here. Well done! 🙂 Your posts look good, keep posting, all with love, and surely you will become another light in the heart of humanity.

    Here, I would like to kindly thank you for following my blog. That is very kind of you. It is my mission to serve humanity through the written word. It is my aim to illuminate the World with my Light of Love. To do so, I write inspirational poetry and short stories and post them every Thursday. Please feel free to visit if you feel like inspiration. Take care and may the Light of Love perpetually shine in your heart, my friend. ♥

  45. Hey dude, thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I appreciate it! I’ve been looking around your site as well, and I really dig it. Great stuff! I’m looking forward to more 🙂

  46. Thank you, James, for following my blog. I am fascinated by film so watching Carla choose and then manipulate the sound track for my book trailer was a thrill. Filmmakers have to understand all the threads of story and have a brilliant eye for the right moment. Some films will not let me go — some of that is sentiment but some of it is power. Like writing and words, film has the ability to change minds — for good and for bad. Anyway, I’m happy to follow your blog. I’m sporadic but I do try to keep it meaningful.

  47. Hey there James! You just started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi.” I love film – but in poking around in your blog I feel like I have experienced so little of it. Great blog – maybe you’ll inspire me to see a few more movies!

  48. Thanks for following MojoFiction. We admit to being a little jealous. We used to see tons of interesting movies (including indies and whatnot) before we had a kid. Now we see The Croods. Actually, we kinda liked it, but never mind…

  49. Thanks for following my blog! I had to do something with this compulsive love for horror, sci-fi and all things coming from bizarro land! I really enjoyed some of your posts! This is me clicking “follow” on your blog-Cheers!

  50. Thanks so much for the follow! You have some great reviews on here and many I haven’t seen. I did read about Rob Zombie’s Salem movie but was too scared to watch the trailer. Being a visual person, movies stick with me for some time and so horror is usually out 🙁 LOL!

  51. Hi. Thanks for following my blog :-).

    Reading the comments above from fellow movie-fascists and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas reminded me of an incident some years ago…

    My local multiplex decided to do a special showing of the Exorcist late one Friday night. So I decided to go along and see it. Before I proceed I should say that nature has not been kind to my hair and I have a bald patch right on top that has got bigger over the years. Anyway about half way through the film some kids at the back were obviously getting bored and not content with a few giggles, started to fool around. One thing they tried was throwing Maltesers at around the place. I knew remonstrating with them would only encourage them and would probably result in the lot of us being thrown out. Unfortunately they managed to start ricocheting a few Maltesers off my bald patch, they thought this was a great idea! At this point I was about to get up and pulverise them when I hit on a great idea. As the next Malteser came flying over I made a show of catching it as it bounced off my head and then eating it. I then did a thumbs up. Of course all completely impossible but they were too stupid to realise that. I heard howls of laughter as the perpetrator was mocked by his companions! We were then all able to watch the rest of the film in peace.

  52. Howdy, thanks for adding NaiveTest to your follow list. Your blog is a lovely throwback to my film nerd days. I will be checking in on your work here and there!

  53. Almost six years in film school made me love and hate cinema. I’m still trapped in this love-hate affair with films but when I’m about to give up on movies, I watch The Bicycle Thief again and is reminded why this love affair is gonna last a lifetime. I sure will be reading your posts. It reminds me too much of why I once dreamed to be a filmmaker.

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  55. James, thank you for coming to my site and for following. Now, I know who my Australian is! Laughter – I look forward to your writing – Australia produces some of the best films. I’ll enjoy learning from you re cinema. I’m sadly without knowledge on this. Best ~ HuntMode

  56. Thanks for the follow James – always curious why men folk follow me, considering my content. Nonetheless appreciated.:-) I enjoy movies try and see one a fortnight, but my critique would be pretty basic. I liked, I loved, I hated, I fell asleep. 😉

    • No probs!

      Sort of. Working full time in a non-related field but I’ve also done an MA with a thesis on disaster cinema during the Cold War and Post-9/11. Also just started a PhD in which I’ll be focusing on representations of history in cinema.

  57. Belated thanks for the follow. I’m sorry this note is so late. We’re just starting up (as if that’s an excuse). Loved your post on 10 Great Australian films – yes, Jimmy Blacksmith, now that was a film (though thought we might see Samson and Delilah in there) – and your valentine to Sunshine. And those Haiku were great. All the very best to you.

  58. Artful contrast. I know little about film.Took an Alfred Hitchcock course and LOVED every minute of it, but I would love to learn more about the subject in general from a considerate, informed individual such as yourself. Great blog you have here!

  59. Thank you for visiting my site. I’ll keep coming back to yours the more I finish my novel.

    I’ll be releasing it at the end of the month. Hope you’re interested 🙂

    -C.W.S

  60. Hi James, thanks for following Novels Now which is my new blog as I have my first novel coming out from MuseItUp of Canada on 3rd May. It’s called Mariah’s Marriage. curiously, I have another blog on my website as I’m temeramentally a plywright. that’s called Write,Watch and Critique plays and it’s also on wordpress. Look forward to your filmic insights as I’ve never cracked that medium. Anne

  61. Many thanks for finding and following dragonshades where life is experienced one frame at a time and the invitation is to allow the film to play on in the Cinema of the Mind.

  62. Thanks for following The Climax Papers. There is much more material to come. Things start to heat up for Joe. Next post is in a day or two. I had a great time reading through the cinema thread and will check out something else. Couldn’t think of a cinema quote that didn’t sound contrived.

  63. WOW you have a popular blog – I’ve been scrolling and scrolling to get here. Thank you for your visit and follow at art rat cafe – I am honoured. Your approach to film is brilliant and I look forward to exploring your site in more depth…

  64. Hi. I haven’t been to a movie theater for over 40 years. Stepped in or sat on too much bubble gum. 🙁

    I know there are other ways to see movies. And I know there are more good films out there than the ones coming to My Local Theater. What a fun time you must have.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  65. Thanks for following my blog! I’ve just been going through a few of your posts and have found them interesting and enjoyable so I decided to follow you back.

  66. Thank you for following my blog. I am not much of a movie viewer, but when I do see one, the old, worn-out maxim applies — I know what I like — and don’t like. I find your postings interesting, though, and am happy to begin following your posts. I’m sure they will broaden my horizons.

  67. I’m gonna do what so many have done before me – thanking you for following my blog, so that I could discover yours! Maybe this blog will finally bring back my film-spark. I used to see so many good ones, and bad ones for that, but lately, I’ve just played it so safe, and most times that just doesn’t give me anything.

  68. You have a lovely writing style that is sophisticated yet easily palatable. Your knowledge (and obvious passion) of all cinema is astounding. After reading only 2 posts so far, I’m ready to delve into films I never would’ve considered before. Thank you.

  69. Hi, Thanks for dropping by ritaLOVEStoWRITE and for joining the blog. I hope you find other bioBlogs on there that you enjoy (I do a lot of bios of film directors and actors). And if you have any suggestions let me know. Cheers, Rita

  70. Thanks for following! I’m a huge fan of film and it’s history. It’s nice to find pages like these that share film’s richest histories and stories. 🙂 Thanks again!
    You’re so lucky you could update your page all the time. I am doing my best to update it as well.. Looking forward to seeing more posts!

  71. Thanks for following Calaskan! As a former (though now disenchanted) film student, it’s good to find somebody who shares the interest. I love film, not as an art exactly (though it certainly is) but as an efficient storytelling device. Story and character come first, any kind of camera trickery is not as important. (That’s where I disagreed with my professors, anyway). Good luck on the blog, I’ll be a follower!

    Evan E Hinton

  72. Thanks for the follow! Your blog is awesome by the way. I don’t know much when it comes to movies but my husband sure does. I’ll be referring to your blog frequently to boost our convos. Thanks!!

  73. Hi there. Thanks for following CUPAFS. I enjoyed reading your review of Room 237. It just so happens that Kubrick is next in line for a screening at our society. Alas, it is not The Shining but another gem – Dr. Strangelove. The article will be up next week. Anyway, keep up the good work.

  74. Thanks for the follow! I can see you have some really nice reviews here, definitely like your taste. Will follow Curnblog for sure. BTW where are you getting all those nice films? – crazy amount of updates. Waiting for more, keep up the good work.

    Cheers

  75. Much thanks for the follow. I’ll try to keep up with your posts as well, as I’m a bit of a film nut myself. By the way, that list of 10 not-so-childish films that kids should watch? Spot on!

  76. Thanks for following Cinema Train! I’ve read several of your posts now and I have just subscribed to your blog. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you write next.

  77. Hi there! I’m grateful for following my blog. I just browse some of your posts and help me appreciate more about movies, which are among my favorites as a way to relax myself and get a feel of the story. Sometimes If i am carried away with the plot and twist, it even stuck in my mind for days that i often write reviews and made personal reflections. And with your blog, i can see the other side of it. Thanks again!

  78. So nice to find another theater-going fascist amongst us: I too splutter with rage when people talk and/or behave badly. When they text or check their messages. When they make noises as if everyone agrees with them about how tedious the plot is.

    Which brings me to the best small chain of theaters in the universe: the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, where not only can you drink a beer while watching, but they maintain strict no-talking, no-texting, no-phones rules. So strict that before each screening they show a public service announcement explaining what you can’t do. (These are hilarious and the many versions can be seen on YouTube.) My favorite is this one:

    Cheers, Curnblog…looking forward to reading more.

    • Always happy to find a fellow movie-fascist!

      That clip is absolutely brilliant! Tragically, google tells me that the quickest route to this theatre from my place is 27500 kms (16000 miles).

      Love you blog by the way. I’ve just kicked off a PhD and am making my first steps into the universe of academia.

      Look forward to talking in the future!

  79. When I received the message you were following my blog, I though it said “Cumblog”, and I was instantly intrigued. Fear not, I’m still quite happy to discover that this is about film and not cum, and I love the banner image. La Jetée, right?

    Thanks.

  80. Nice blog, I like the idea behind it, as a cinema student.
    Funny to see this JL Godard’s quote considering that I had a dissertation on it a week ago. I’ve always liked the man and I’m just now starting to feel his movies.

  81. Love the site Jim.Some really good analysis.If you get the chance,check out our micro budget effort http://www.thelimelightmovie.com We need all the exposure we can get ! Boy it’s hard marketing a micro budget with no marketing budget to speak of,even if the reviews say it’s funny !
    We say again, great site and keep up the good work.

  82. Thank you for following Bookfinda blog! I’m so glad it led me to yours! I’m just starting mine so it’s got a long way to go. Any tips for a newbie?

  83. Thanks for following purelysubjective! I’m not the most well-versed in movie culture, but I love film for both art and entertainment. I saw Cocteau’s Orpheus for the first time yesterday and it made my day. I love foreign films and French language films especially as a way to (sort of lazily) practice my French. Have any Francophone favorites I should look into? The 400 Blows and Masculine/Feminine are my tops. 🙂

    • Hi Jourdie. Thanks for following.

      If you liked Orpheus then I definitely suggest you look at his version of Beauty and Beast – an absolutely incredible film!! I also saw Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘Les Diaboliques’ a month or two ago and it was absolutely fantastic.

      As fast as Truffaut goes, I’d definitely check out Farenheit 451 if you haven’t already (very pertinent with Ray Bradnry having died recently). And for me Godard peaks at ‘Contempt’ (Le mepris).

      I’m sure you’ve seen at least some of those, though 🙂

    • Not a problem. Looking forward to hearing about many obscure horror films. I actually saw “The Legend of Hell House” the other day. Love the vibe of that film.

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