|11.09.07||DVR||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2007|
Well lookie what time it is! Another year of fanatical film "journal"ing (it's not a blog!) down, another self-indulgent junk food-fueled weekend of personal film festival is upon us! Well, upon me. And I'm already running late. If this was AFF I'd be pissed.
So last year DVRfest kind of exploded into a four-day bonanza of lonly excess but this year I'm scaling back to basics. 10 movies, 2 nights, I've only seen one of them before, wish me luck. I wont give much of the schedule away (I don't even know what one of the movies is) but I will say it's starting with John Ford and ending with Zombies fighting Hitler. I can't imagine that reading along is fun for anyone but apparently a few people do it anyway so feel free to check back here every two hours or so for ongoing coverage of the fest.
I saw Stagecoach in a film course years ago and I've been curious to revisit it again and see if my curiouisly mixed response to Ford's films have changed any, So I figure this is a good place to start. Be back in a few hours!
Well it's still quite like I remember. I hadn't realized that John Carradine was in it though (in a relatively early role for him... only 60 previous credits!). I remember my film prof telling us how many ways Ford tells us that the brothers John Wayne's up against are gonna lose before they actually start the fight and it's still funny to see. It's actually so blatant and Wayne is now such an Icon that it's completely unbelievable that he has any chance of losing at all, but still... it's a great shot when he drops to the ground shooting and it's a great introductory shot as well. I'm painfully aware of how far away I am from the first person to be saying this stuff... Everybody knows it's a classic film and all that. I like it to be sure. I'm not sure I love it on a visceral emotional watch-every-week level but I definitely see why it's talked about.
Since I'm running late I wont go on about it. Next up is another Ford picture... which one is it? Find out in a few hours!