March 2016 Favourites

fav-mar2016March has ended and April is now here! I hope you all didn’t get pranked too badly on April Fool’s Day. March was another quiet month over here, but I do assure you that I got a lot of good reading done of some most excellent posts. Please find below a selection of my favourite posts from the month of March!

Let’s begin with a post on some great music (which you can listen to whilst you browse all the links below!). Over at The Telltale Mind, please find this post highlighting the awesomeness of the soundtrack to Whiplash (2014). There is genuinely nothing better than listening to a bit of jazz and fun drumming whilst reading about great films.

Do you love hats? Do you love films? Then please check out this post over at Cinema Parrot Disco post haste, which details Table9Mutant’s top ten hats in movies. My personal favourite hat in films is probably Indiana Jones’ hat, but there are many more excellent hats to choose from. Please see also this amazing post on top ten period dramas.

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I love Japanese films so much. This post by Genkinahito details quite a few Japanese musicals that are well worth a watch. I can definitely vouch for the excellence of a little film called The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), one of the weirder films I’ve seen in my time. The post also details what sounds like a pretty cool event held at the Japan Society of New York from April 8th to April 23rd. So if anyone is in the area, definitely have a look!

I really loved this post over at Ming Movie Reviews which details some pretty strange artefacts from cinematic history; some very, very old slides from movie theatres that nowadays would warn cinema patrons to turn their mobile phones off, but back in the day told ladies to take their huge feathered hats off lest the view be obstructed for cinema-goers sitting behind them. A very interesting and quirky piece of film history.

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Back in the day I reviewed a most beautiful film called The Great Beauty (2013), or La Grande Bellezza, and I was so pleased to read this review of the film over at Popcorn Nights. It really reminded me just how beautiful the film was and how much I really enjoyed it, so now it’s on my rewatch list.

Meanwhile, I also really enjoyed this write-up of Knight of Cups (2015) over at Film and Nuance, because it is just as snarky as I was about the film and it really made me laugh! It seems like Knight of Cups is a really love-it-or-hate-it film (spoiler alert, I kind of hated it a bit). Some people say its apparent meaning can be seen after more than one viewing but I’m not willing to do that, at all.

3313Everyone knows that one of my favourite aspects of film-watching is sussing out the cinematography and colouring work done on films. I absolutely loved this post at Film Eel which shares some amazing snaps of forty shades of the colour green in cinema. Seeing the different ways that the colour green is implemented in each shot, whether it’s through costume design, lighting, or set design, is really thrilling to me. And now, based on the beauty I’ve seen in this post, I’ve added many films to my watch-list.

Recently I have found myself reminiscing to my London trip from last year and thinking about all the fun times I had. This post from Fragments details one aspect of the city that is so typically London that it causes me to become very nostalgic indeed. The brutalist architecture of the flats around London, and there were many in the area where I was staying, is so beautiful in its own aggressive and bleak way. The post details a lot of beautiful photographs of something that not a lot of people see as beautiful, in a city that is surrounded with many and varied buildings that suit a traditional, more widely accepted standard of architectural beauty.

The new trailer for season six of Game of Thrones released this month! And holy shitttt am I super excited for this new season. Even though, as a reader of the novels, the story is going to be completely new ground for me, which makes me feel anxious. I really loved Sati of Cinematic Corner‘s response to the trailer, and also this post over at Jaccendo which details the trailer’s most intriguing moments. I can’t wait.

So those are my favourite posts from the magnificent month of March! Did you have any favourite posts, events or films this month? Please feel free to share below!

16 comments

  1. Cheers for the shout-out!

    1. You’re welcome, loved your post! Such an amazing soundtrack.

  2. Thanks so much for the links, Anna! I went all out on my Top Tens in March – I’m going to be a bit more lazy this month. 😉 But I always have fun putting them together & am glad I didn’t scare too many people away with my “period dramas”. 🙂 I always look forward to these posts of yours – you link to some excellent stuff! As soon as I’m back home on wi-fi, I think the first one I’m reading is the color green one. That’s awesome! I love the use of color in films & green is my absolute favorite. I hope Natural Born Killers is mentioned. And The Happiness of the Katakuris is indeed bizarre. I know it must be weird if even you say so. Lol. You watch such a great variety of films. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, I love a good top ten list! And thank you, I do love watching a varied range of strange and wonderful films! The Happiness of the Katakuris is so great though. I remember watching it and just loving how weird it was. Definitely one for a re-watch.

  3. I really enjoyed watching 10 Cloverfield Lane this month, it was a nice little thriller.

    1. That’s one I haven’t really rushed out to see, but I’ve been hearing interesting things here and there! Might have to give it a go!

  4. Great round-up! Thanks so much for the nod Anna, glad you liked the post!

    1. Loved it! The colour green is very underrated indeed!

  5. Thanks for the link! It’s great helping out Japan Society of New York in introducing people to new films and these musicals look like a lot of fun.

    My favourite films from March are Sway (2006) – a great Japanese drama, Vibrator (2002), The Witch (2015), and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).

    1. I just wish I could actually go to the event, it sounds awesome! 😀

  6. I haven’t seen KNight of Cups yet. Is it terrible that I can’t psych myself up for it? Because it feels a bit like homework at this point. LUckily Matt saw it for us so the pressure’s off.

    1. Yeah, it’s probably not even worth psyching yourself up for! Although the cinematography is truly beautiful. Perhaps just let Matt deal with it! 😉

  7. Thanks for the links, always great to check out new sites. Funny you talk about the colour green, apparently it is the colour the human eye can see the most shades of. Random useless fact, right there ;P

    1. Really! I’ll have to save that random fact for the next trivia night just in case! 😀

  8. I love the idea of a “please remove your monstrous hat” notice.

    1. Me too. Old cinema-goers were so quirky with their monstrous hats!

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