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Shadows in the Cave Digest #06 – June 2010

My Top 40 Favorite Film Moments: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight

Director in Focus: Brian De Palma
Casualties of War
Bonfire of the Vanities
Carlito’s Way (Movie of the Month)
Snake Eyes


We Live in Public
Dogtown and the Z Boys
Art and Copy

Wild Card Tuesdays
Someone’s Knocking at the Door
Bad Lieutenant 2
Three Days of the Condor
True Stories

Newbie Wednesdays
Mystery Team
Get Him to the Greek
I Love You Phillip Morris
Toy Story 3

Jolly Good Thursdays
Five Minutes of Heaven

Criterion Fridays
Knife on the Water
The Loves of a Blonde

Next Month:
Jolly Good Thursdays alternates between Hypothetical Film Festivals and It Should Be A Movie!
Character Actor Month!
We come to the end of Brian DePalma’s films!
Vote for the next Director in Focus!

Shadows in the Cave Digest #05 – May 2010

Asian Cinema Month
Eat Drink Man Woman – China
In the Mood For Love – Hong Kong
Thirst – South Korea
Yi Yi – China
Ponyo – Japan
Hard Boiled – Hong Kong
My Neighbor Totoro – Japan

Summer Blockbusters
1975-1985 – Sharks and Droids
1986-1995 – Dinosaurs and Robots
1996-2009 – Superheroes and Sequels

Director in Focus – Brian De Palma
Blow Out
Body Double
The Untouchables

Hypothetical Film Festivals
Best Horror Remakes Evrrrrrrrrr!
Happy Birthday Ariana 2010!

Tales from the Script
The Weather Underground
Koko: A Talking Gorilla

Newbie Wednesday
Harry Brown
Iron Man 2

Jolly Good Thursdays
Nil By Mouth
I Capture the Castle

Next Month:
Hypothetical Film Festivals takes a vacation
My 40 Favorite Movie Scenes
Criterion Fridays

Shadows in the Cave Digest #04 – April 2010

Charlie Chaplin Month
Part I – The Life and Times of a Tramp
Part II – The Women
The Kid
A Woman in Paris
The Circus
The Great Dictator
Other Films

Director in Focus: Brian DePalma –
Dressed to Kill

Hypothetical Film Festivals
Ernest Saves The Film Festival
80s Comedies for Grown Ups
Working Class Heroes


Kurt and Courtney
The Nomi Song
Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth
Dirt! The Movie

Wild Card Tuesdays
Eve’s Bayou
Dead Silence
Last Days of Disco
Nightmare on Elm Street

Newbie Wednesday
How To Train Your Dragon
Clash of the Titans
Kick Ass
The Imaginarum of Doctor Parnassus

Import Fridays
Mother (Movie of the Month!)
Lilya 4-Ever
The Lives of Others

Next Month: 
Asian Cinema Month!
Orson Welles!
Movie Musings!
And a very special birthday surprise!

Shadows in the Cave Digest #03 – March 2010


The Cinematic Small Screen: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Burton/Depp Collaborations: 1990 – 1999, 2000-2007
Director in Focus: John Sayles – Silver City, Passion Fish
Double Features

Hypothetical Film Festivals

Wild Card Tuesdays
Newbie Wednesdays
Jolly Good Thursdays
Friday Imports
Un prophete (Film of the Month!)
Seventies Saturdays
Maybe Sundays
Blind Date
I’m Here

Next Month: 
– Charlie Chaplin Month!
– A Look at the films of John Waters!

Changes for Next Month: 
– Saturdays become Director in Focus Saturdays 
– Hypothetical Film Festivals become a regular feature on Sundays 
– Jolly Good Thursdays will shift to focus on British actor/director Charlie Chaplin

Shadows in the Cave Digest #02 – February 2010


Robert Altman: Chorus of Voices: 1970-74, 1975-1979, 1980s/1990-92, 1993-2006
The Alien Quadrilogy: The Evolution of Ellen Ripley Part One, Part Two
Director in Focus: John SaylesMatewan, Men With Guns

Hypothetical Film Festivals
Coming next month: Cinematic Television, The Burton/Depp Collaborations, and much more
Programming note: I’ll be assigning themes to days of the week starting in March for what sort of film I will watch. It will be as follows:
DocuMondays (documentaries)
Wild Card Tuesdays (whatever suits my tastes)
Newbie Wednesday (new films in theaters or on DVD)
Jolly Good Thursdays (British cinema)
Friday Imports (foreign language cinema)
Seventies Saturdays (1970s American cinema)
Maybe Sundays (I reserve the right to either take a day off from the blog or watch a random flick and post)

Shadows in the Cave Digest #01 – January 2010

I decided to end each month with a sort of “digest” or table of contents for the reviews and essays written over the previous weeks. Hope you like it and you find some things you might have missed the first time through.

My Top 10 Favorite Films of 2009/The Long List
– Sundance Film Festival: The History, 2010 Line Up
– A Decade in Love With Movies: Part One, Part Two, Part Three
– The James Dean Trilogy: East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause, Giant
– Director in Focus – John Sayles: Lone Star

A Serious Man (Movie of the Month)
Up in the Air
Sherlock Holmes
The Road
The Lovely Bones
Youth in Revolt

Broken Embraces

Hypothetical Film Festivals

No Capes Film Festival
Deconstructing Darko

Next Month
– Spotlight on Robert Altman
– The Alien Quadrilogy: The Evolution of Ellen Ripley
– The Spider-Man Reboot