Movies of March

March comes to an end and with it another month of watching movies. It started with a personal pledge to watch a film a day in February, but it has grown to two months and, grander still, a full year. The one movie per day rule is dead, but the target average remains. 365 movies in a year. And since I didn’t start keeping track until February, I have some catching up to do.

The following are the films I have seen in full during March. There were other movies I caught parts of, but I don’t list them (consequently, a wiki is very useful for keeping track of such useless bits of data… wait, does this make me autistic? The test says 26. Almost.)

  • Falling Down (A&E) [Mar.2]
  • Once Upon A Time In America (DVD) [Mar.3]
  • Gandhi (Hist) [Mar.4]
  • Layer Cake (TMNOD) [Mar.4]
  • The French Connection (Bravo) [Mar.5]
  • Strangers on a Train (MPIX) [Mar.5]
  • Advertising Rules! (DVD) [Mar.7]
  • Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (DVD) [Mar.7]
  • Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (DVD) [Mar.10]
  • High Plains Drifter (DVD) [Mar.12]
  • The Decalogue 1, 2, 3 (DVD) [Mar.13]
  • Red Eye (DVD) [Mar.15]
  • My Architect (DVD) [Mar.15]
  • The Decalogue 4 (DVD) [Mar.17]
  • Good Night and Good Luck (DVD) [Mar.17]
  • Pale Rider (DVD) [Mar.17]
  • The Decalogue 5, 6 (DVD) [Mar.18]
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (TVO) [Mar.18]
  • The Decalogue 7 (DVD) [Mar.19]
  • A History of Violence (DVD) [Mar.20]
  • The Conversation (DVD) [Mar.21]
  • How To Get Ahead in Advertising (DVD) [Mar.22]
  • The Decalogue 8, 9 (DVD) [Mar.23]
  • The Decalogue 10 (DVD) [Mar.24]
  • Shane (DVD) [Mar.24]
  • Capote (DVD) [Mar.24]
  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue (DVD) [Mar.25]
  • High Noon (DVD) [Mar.26]
  • Chungking Express (DVD) [Mar.27]
  • My Name Is Nobody (DVD) [Mar.31]

If anything, the western theme remained strong. High Noon was outstanding, I don’t know why it took so long for me to see it. Shane was disappointing and a good reminder as to why I had an aversion to the Western genre in the first place. It wasn’t a bad movie, but this often labeled “greatest Western” was too classically romanticized for my tastes. I preferred Eastwood’s Pale Rider, which was so similar in theme that it might be considered a Shane remake, since it was more ambivalent and less “apple pie”. It was very post-Leone, which, as should be obvious by now, appeals to me.

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