Film lovers like me, by definition, love film. They go nuts over the latest Criterion releases, go through the viewing guide on TCM and the other stations so they can set their DVR, and sometimes arrange their whole life around the experience of watching a movie.
It stands to reason that if film-lovers love films, then the hardcore film-lovers love films about films – especially documentaries about films. What follows is 10 films about films, in no particular order. The only way to get on the list: 1) I had to like the film. 2) It couldn’t be a retrospective of the work of just one filmmakers because if it were, it would be a film about a filmmaker, not a film about films. Continue reading
A week or so ago I was on the toilet reading an interview with Ti West in Filmmaker Magazine – the toilet is where I do all of my significant magazine reading, and I suspect I’m not alone in this – and was surprised to discover a filmmaker I’d never heard of on the cover of a magazine I had heard of. Feeling myself to be something of a movie connoisseur and like I’m generally plugged in to what’s happening in cinema, I was amazed how I’d overlooked this particular director, given his relative level of success, and also quite a bit shocked.
That I didn’t know who he was, though, is somewhat beside the point I want to make. My point revolves around some discussion in the interview of one of West’s earlier films, The House of the Devil, which intrigued me to the extent that I wanted to see it. Unfortunately, my local video store is basically a hollow shell of what it once was, and perusing the contents of the Redbox online, I could see there was no copy of this film for rent anywhere within the boxes within fifty miles of my house – not that I’d ever go that far to rent it – so I was basically sitting on a thirst for a film that my rental options could not quench. Continue reading