Monday, February 21, 2011

The Week in Retreat

The For the Love of Film Noir winds down today but please, keep giving if you can.

This past week represented a slight retreat from the blog for me as I let the blogathon, run by Marilyn and Farran, take center stage here. I was going to write more, much more, but then pulled back at the last moment.

My wife and I saw Scarlet Street at the AFI a couple of months back as a part of a noir retrospective touring the country and I was going to write that up but then noticed several Scarlet Street posts and realized I'd add nothing new except how awesome the movie-going experience was at the AFI, which isn't exactly news to anyone coming here as I regularly sing its praises on these pages.

And I saw more Oscar nominees and decided that, once again, I feel out of step with the passion guided towards some movies and the apathy towards others. I found myself upset at the state of writing in print and online and decided I was going to write about that, and the nominees, all together in one big mess of a post. And I will, though perhaps not all at once. I found myself bitching to friends about all of it, from Bill to Arbogast, and making jokes on Facebook about this week being "Anger Week" at Cinema Styles as I vent all my frustrations.

Of course, as expected, given time, much of the anger dissipates. Still, I've got a few things I'd like to say, and will, this week. But more importantly, give whatever you can to the Film Noir Blogathon. I know times are tough (my wife and I still haven't recovered from me being out of work for a year and trying to get a kid through college) so any amount is okay, and welcome. Thanks.


Vanwall said...

I decided early on to write about noir Westerns - In Zelazny's "Lord of Light", Sam goads Yama after a windy, excusing speech, "So they play that on their fascist banjos, eh?" Yama posits it's the wrong adjective, and Sam replies, "You've used up all the others." I felt this about noir in general, I didn't know if I could add anything to most of the usual movies, hell, even the obscure ones I thought about.

Just now I'm watching one of my favorite Spanish films, the noir "Muerte de un ciclista" (Death of a Cyclist), directed by Juan Antonio Bardem, Javier's uncle, in 1955, and it strikes me there wasn't enough analysis of foreign noirs this time. Have to do something about that someday.

Thanks for all your work on the Blogathon, and now I have my nifty permutation of one of your banners to remind me how much fun I had writing and reading all of it. Look forward to more of your posts!

Marilyn said...

Honestly, I didn't have a firm idea of what to write until today. I saw a Paul Verhoeven film yesterday with a black widow theme, and thought I'd write about that. Then I remembered Black Widow. It's not one of my longer posts, but I would have been humiliated if I hadn't written on. Thanks for all your support, Greg.

Greg said...

Vanwall and Marilyn, I'm glad to have been a part of it, as I was last year, and honored to have been asked by Marilyn and Farran to help out.

Vanwall, I wish I had thought of some different angle to come at Noir but, like Marilyn, was just kind of stumped on what to write so I stuck with my Scrader analysis and let that ride it out.