Secret Movie Club has weekly blog posts about film, actors, directors, writers and more.
MOVIE BLOG: Three Colors (1993/94, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, France & Poland) by Kymm Zuckert
"Bleu begins with Julie (Juliette Binoche), being the only survivor of a tragic car wreck that kills her husband and five-year-old daughter. She is injured, but survives, in body, at least. In her soul, she closes down entirely, deciding to live her life with no connections, she doesn’t want to own anything, or make new memories. The only person she still sees is her mother, in a care home, whose dementia means that she rarely knows who Julie is anyway..."
MOVIE BLOG: Irene Dunne & Cary Grant: My Favorite Wife (1940, dir. Garson Kanin, US) by Matt Olsen
"Three years after the success of The Awful Truth, Irene Dunne & Cary Grant were paired again in another screwball comedy produced and co-written by that first film’s director, Leo McCarey. This reunion leans heavily – and I do mean heavily – on the foundation laid by its predecessor. Though the names are different, the lead characters are essentially the same..."
MOVIE BLOG: CLAYDREAM (2021, dir. Marq Evans, US) by Patrick McElroy
"I recently went to see Marq Evans’ documentary Claydream not knowing much about it, it was a whim based on my love of stop-motion. It tells the story of Will Vinton, one of the pioneers of claymation. I had heard Vinton’s name mentioned before, but knew nothing of him. While watching the film I was fascinated by his story, his techniques, and the persistence of his spirit."
MOVIE BLOG: The Aristocats (1970, dir. Wolfgang Reitherman, US) by Kymm Zuckert
"We all have the Disney movies that belong to us, that are our own Disney movies that were new when we were kids. Of course, before video and streaming there were re-releases, but the ones that truly belonged to us were the brand new ones. Not to mention the fact that there usually were record albums that contained the story as well as the songs. Disney always knew how to catch us young."
MOVIE BLOG: Irene Dunne & Cary Grant: The Awful Truth (1937, dir. Leo McCarey, US) by Matt Olsen
"In the four-year span from 1937 to '41, Irene Dunne & Cary Grant co-starred in three different films, from two different studios, and three different directors. Two comedies and one difficult to classify melodrama/tragedy/romance. Though they’d already had, and would continue to have, widely-acclaimed and popular success on their own – Dunne with Love Affair and I Remember Mama, Cary Grant with, well, being Cary Grant – there is a particular kind of crackle between them in these three films..."
MOVIE BLOG: Emily the Criminal (2022, dir. John Patton Ford, US) by Kymm Zuckert
"Emily the Criminal is the story of Emily, no surprise there, played by Aubrey Plaza. She doesn’t start out the movie as a criminal, she is just an underemployed young woman with a massive amount of student loan debt, unable to get a better job due to a felony conviction in her past."
MOVIE BLOG: Next Stop Wonderland (1998, dir. Brad Anderson, US) by Matt Olsen
"It's remarkable then that 1998’s Next Stop Wonderland somehow manages to be both genuinely romantic and comedic with multi-dimensional lead characters in an original story that surprises while remaining firmly ensconced within a traditional Romantic Comedy architecture. Incredible? Impossible? Unrealistic? Indubitably! But as is true in any film of the genre those obstacles disintegrate in the face of true love and, I have to admit, I truly love this movie…"
MOVIE BLOG: MY DONKEY MY LOVER & I and MY OLD SCHOOL by Patrick McElroy
"While the summer season is coming to an end, it’s often known as a time of big loud blockbusters, but it’s also a time of sleepers that surprise you, and you share with friends. Since I normally write about one movie, I’ve decided to write about two that I recently saw, and would love to turn people on to."
MOVIE BLOG: Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022, dir. Halina Reijn, US) by Kymm Zuckert
"Bodies Bodies Bodies is a reasonably fun little horror film with a good amount of laughs. It’s not bad at all, but neither is it entirely great. It’s a base hit…" #cinema #movies #film #movienight #cinephile #secretmovieclub #moviecommunity #blog #filmwriting #filmblog #essay #review #bodiesbodiesbodies #horror
MOVIE BLOG: Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, dir. François Girard, Canada)
"Because a person’s history can’t be contained in their high highs and low lows, an accurate life story has to include countless digressions into the ordinary, off-topic, and non-narratively dependent. Happily, all of these are included among the eponymous thirty-two short films."
MOVIE BLOG: The 10 Year Rule Case Study: ZODIAC (David Fincher, 2007)
"Francis Ford Coppola once said (echoing someone else who very well may have been parroting an even earlier source) that you don’t really know if a movie is good or not for about 10 years. If people are still talking, watching, debating, enjoying the movie 10 years on, it’s a pretty good bet there’s something interesting going on…"
MOVIE BLOG: Vengeance (2022, dir. B. J. Novak, US) by Kymm Zuckert
"Unlike some of these movies, where you see the trailers one million times until you get sick of them, I saw the trailer for Vengeance one single solitary time, but that was all I needed, because it definitely looked like my kind of movie. It looked great, but ended up being way better than I expected! The best of all possible outcomes…"
MOVIE BLOG: Margin Rockers: We Are the Best! (2013, dir. Lukas Moodysson, Sweden)
"Yes, this is a story about a (punk) rock band, based on an autobiographical graphic novel by the writer/director’s wife, Coco Moodysson, but by all accounts, it is a loose adaption and probably more fiction than not. We Are the Best! covers about a year in the lives of three early-1980s Stockholm thirteen-year-old girls who form a band despite only one of them knowing how to play an instrument. This is my favorite movie."
MOVIE BLOG: Thoughts as We Program our October-December 2022 Season by Craig Hammill
"One of the things we’re focusing on is actually returning to our three month seasons. So we’re in the process of confirming most of the titles we’ll show from October to December. I always liked programming a season. There’s a different feeling when you can see a lineup for three months. Like the ebb and flow of the ocean tide. You can see series come and go and how they comment, interact, dialogue with each other."
MOVIE BLOG: Neptune Frost (2022, dir. Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, US & Rwanda) by Kymm Zucker
"I was listening to a movie review podcast and they were mentioning some recent independent films that they hadn’t had time to see yet, one being Neptune Frost, described as a sci-fi musical. I was immediately intrigued. Later that day I was looking to see if anything interesting was playing at the American Cinematheque, and there it was, Neptune Frost, that very night at 10p! Clearly, it was kismet."