Well, it's Thursday, so it's time for another Thursday Movie Picks post. It's also the start of another month, so let's recap the the previous posts before moving forward:
And now we move into March.
I love this theme! I love black and white films. My wife hates them, so I often watch these alone, but I've spent many, many hours transfixed by the beauty of black and white cinema. I hate how some have balked at recent black and white films, accusing them of trying to cash in on a gimmick, because when used correctly, black and white films are just stunning. So, here are my picks for three of the best black and white films released since 1970.
Eraserhead opened my cinematic eyes. It was my first real 'auteur' film, the first film I'd seen that was, you know, artsy. In fact, it was for this movie that I got Netflix. Until this moment I was all about visiting Blockbuster and only really saw classic films that were widely adored for some reason or another...but I heard of this film and knew I needed to see it. It's one of the weirdest, most bizarre head-trips out there, but it's a fascinating film that is an unsettling look at man's struggle with responsibility.
|Broadway Danny Rose|
I couldn't NOT include a Woody Allen film on this list, mostly because he's used black and white cinematography many times in his films, and to such remarkable effect. While many love Manhattan, it's not a favorite of mine; but Broadway Danny Rose is. Not only that, but the use of the photography seems so essential to the storytelling, which is why this is so much fun to watch. It also sports Mia Farrow's greatest performance ever, so unhinged, loose and absolutely captivating.
While many will most likely think of The Artist, considering it just won the Oscar for Best Picture, I immediately thought of another black and white throwback to the silent films of yesteryear, the stunning Blancanieves. This reimagined take on Snow White is absolutely fascinating to watch, a stunning film both visually and emotionally. More people should see this film!