Welcome to The Hidden Movie Palace.
Today more movies are available to more people than every before. Unfortunately, they are often dumped on one of various streaming sites with no curation and little fanfare.
Here I want to cut through the noise and prevent great movies from getting lost in the deluge.
This is not to say I will never write about more popular films or those securely in the canon, but my emphasis will be on helping all of us to make new discoveries.
While I do like lists as a conversational exercise, I have tried to stay away from here because they are boring (besides that, they’re fascist). Most people’s top films lists look pretty much like most others if they have any sort of film education at all (and aren’t trying to be contrarian, in which case,Continue reading “They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? 25 Favorite Films Poll”
As I mentioned in Challenge 3, until relevantly recent years, it was difficult for me to find any action films directed by a woman. There are a few in the 1970s (which I will mention below), and a few borderline cases. For example, you might call Lois Weber’s Suspense (1913) (which I discuss in theContinue reading “11. An action movie directed by a woman.”
Directed by: Giovanni Pastrone I watched this as Part 10 of my 2021 Film Challenge: Any big-budget blockbuster from the silent era. As I mentioned in my intro to this week’s challenge, silent film has an unearned reputation for being boring. Plenty films from the era were shockingly ambitious, decades ahead of their time, and feelContinue reading “Cabiria (1914)”