2014 In Films - January Summary
2014 went off to a great start with a whopping 56 films in total, 45 of those being new-to-me films (that is, films I haven’t seen before). See the full list of films I watched in January HERE. My theme for the month was ‘Carry On Joking January’ where I aimed to watch as many Carry On films and comedy films as possible. Unfortunately I watched nowhere near the amount I had planned. Nevertheless, I did watch a great deal of them I hadn’t already seen, along with an Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949) and another classic British comedy The Big Job (Gerald Thomas, 1965)….
TCM’s 31 Days of Oscars
Easily the most anticipated film event of the year, the 86th annual Academy Awards will be held on 2nd March 2014 7e/4p on ABC, and broadcast live in 225 countries and territories worldwide. In preparation for this epic event, the American TCM channel will be holding a 31 Days of Oscars event marathon starting 1st February featuring Oscar films from years gone by all day, everyday. From the likes of Gone with the Wind (1939) to North by Northwest (1959), through to contemporary Oscar nominees including Tess(1980) through to Philadelphia (1993), TCM will be the place for any cinephile to be to enjoy some of the best films ever made…..
2014 In Film - Themed Film Months
Throughout my 2013 in films challenge, it occurred to me, that as I was taking part in Noirvember (a worldwide participation in watching film noir films throughout November, daily if possible), perhaps I could theme each month. I could then end the month with some form of academic essay or introduction to the subject based on what I had learnt through my research. I have come up with ideas for the majority of the months, but am yet to theme them all. These are my monthly themes thus far:
Carry On Joking January…..
Afterthoughts on the Golden Globes 2014
The Golden Globe Awards have finally arrived!!
Awards season has finally arrived for cinema, and began last night with the 71st Annual Golden Globes Ceremony. It’s an exciting time of year for film fans everywhere as cinephiles eagerly make their predictions on who will pick up the award for best film or best actor, and the media splash out their promotional material of all the competing films as they battle in healthy competition for the top spot……
Redemptive Time Travel in Harold Ramis’s Groundhog Day (1993)
The concept of time travel is a complicated one, invoking both fantasies of visiting past and future events that we were not or will not be alive to see, and raising scientific debates about the plausibility of time travel. Time travel is the focus subject of many major science fiction and fantasy works including Doctor Who, (Doctor Who, 2005, pictured above) The Time Machine (Wells, 2012), and stretching back to pre-H.G. Wells literature such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Dickens, 2012). Science scholar and author Paul Nahin states that ‘time travel is the ultimate fantasy, the scientific addition to the human quest for immortality’ (Nahin, 1999: 3). Nahin expresses the desirable nature of time travel; not only would it allow us to save loved ones from death, but we would be able to visit any moment in time. The theme of time travel in fantasy fiction however may leave the possibility of time travel as just that – a fantasy, and not address the scientific possibilities of it. Time travel is evident in genres other than fantasy and science fiction, but it may instead be illustrated through human memory……
The BAFTA nominations are here!!
Awards season is finally approaching starting with the Golden Globes this Sunday. The BAFTAs however is the monumental British awards show that recognises films throughout the year for particular achievements. This morning, the nominations were announced, Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron) receiving an outstanding 11 nominations!!
Here are the nominations with my predictions highlighted in bold (note: a lot of the films I’m still to see so have made a complete guess so far and I will update once I have seen them all):
New Year, new season at the No. 6 Cinema!!
With the birth of a new year, we also see the emergence of a fantastic new season of films at the No 6 Cinema, Portsmouth!
And what a wonderful season it is! The full programme for the January/February season can be found here, with information on each film available via the link.
2013 was an extremely successful year for the art-house cinema, with sold-out screenings on several occasions. The cinema, run by film-loving volunteers, is complete with the biggest screen in and around Portsmouth. With a delightfully atmospheric bar, you can get a glass of wine, beer, soft or hot drink and snacks whilst discussing the film with other cinephiles and film-lovers. The entrance to the cinema is fully decorated with stunning film poster paper chains, origami flowers made from old film posters, posters….
Happy 1st birthday to my Enchanted By Film website!!
Today, New Year’s Day, marks the 1st anniversary of my website, Enchanted By Film. And what a remarkable year it has been!!! I achieved 6116 views in my first year, despite lagging in posting the past few months (I have the more recent posts finished and just need to update the site over the next few days ;-)). I have also networked with a lot of people through our wordpress blogs,Twitter, and my Facebook page, and through speaking with them, I have been inspired to watch so many new films I would otherwise never have seen, and likewise, through speaking with American cinephiles, I have joined a few film #TCMParties (a definition of which can be seen here).
So the reason I created this website a year ago, was….