The lockdown continues and with all the time in the world, I just couldn’t write; as of tomorrow we’re going into what is called “Emergency Brake”. Whatever.
Two days ago it was announced that we will continue in lockdown mode until, at the very least, the second week of March. This morning a friend wrote me to say that today will be the “official” announcement. Does that mean that there’s a possibility that I could be heading back to work after the weekend?! Somehow I doubt it. I know I’m not the only one in this marooned boat; I just hope you are finding some interesting things to do to keep yourself busy and somewhat sane at home.
Supposedly, there are another eight days of lockdown before I and many of my friends and colleagues can go back to work. We shall see. In the meantime, watching and writing about film keeps me busy.
Near the beginning of this Pandemic, I recall hearing that people were tuning in to watch the 2011 Film Contagion. I had seen it when it came out in the theatres and wasn’t interested enough to see it again.
Back in the early days of the Pandemic, I was inspired to watch a couple of films due to others’ comments on social media sites. It also appears that the majority of the rest of what I watched, I was joined by my son, a nice but rare accompaniment.
How’s it going? Today is the first day of what is supposed to be an ever deeper lockdown for at least another 28 days. Yay! Like you, I’m so happy to continue isolating at home. So many more films I can watch with nothing to interrupt the steady flow of visuals except for this seething feeling of ineptitude. But pooh-pooh to that. If you’re here and reading this, I might as well let you know what I’ve been watching:
The sources I use to watch film are those on my shelf, Kanopy, occasionally Netflix or Prime, and if I’m really keen on seeing something I can view nowhere else but on YouTube, I’ll watch it there. The problem is that so many of the films found on YouTube are of really poor quality.
I kept track of most of the films that I watched for the majority of this past year, especially while in lockdown for five months–and still counting. Without including any that I wrote an entire post on, here they are:
I saw this film a decade or more years ago at a Toronto Film Society festival weekend. A goal had been to see all of Miss Dietrich’s films and so, before DVDs, I was excited that we were able to find and borrow this film in 16mm. Before watching it the other night, I could still remember the gist of the story, how I felt about the characters, but believed it had been long enough that I could revisit.
Something I have been doing for a number of years is adding past notes to the Toronto Film Society’s website. As recently as yesterday, I added the November 27, 1989 film buff notes for a George Formby film, It’s in the Air (1938) and the obscure Everything is Rhythm (1936). Both these films are British, and wishing I could view the latter, I remembered that friends had given me their extra copy of a disc set of “British Musicals of the 1930s, Volume 1”. Although Everything is Rhythm wasn’t included on this 2 disc set, there were four other films ranging from 1930 to 1937 to choose from. I settled on The Song You Gave me (1933), choosing it because it falls in the pre-Code range and it ironically starred American actress Bebe Daniels.