- Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman)
- The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
- The Boy With Green Hair (Joseph Losey)
- Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher)
- Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
- Late Night (Nisha Garatra)
- Yesterday (Danny Boyle)
- When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse)
- Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
- The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
1- What an odd movie The Boy With Green Hair is. Is it a plea for compassion for people who are different? I’m not sure.
2- I’ve been watching a lot of much-seen favorites and I enjoy each of them as if it were only the 100th time I was watching it as opposed to the zillionth. The Shop Around the Corner, Rashomon, When a Woman Ascends The Stairs, Citizen Kane and The Birds. I’ll be back, old friends.
3- It was interesting to see Yesterday and Rocketman within a week of each other. Both are in keeping with the ‘jukebox’ style of musical that is so prevalent: A slim story is built around a song catalog of a group or singer. What is good and different about Rocketman is that the story is Elton John’s biography and the songs, instead of being depictions of concert performances, grow out of the action, as in classic Broadway musicals. It’s fun to see his mom or neighbors burst into one of his hits, but the lyrics of the song always pertain to what is happening at that point of the biography.
The two things in Yesterday‘s favor are a) The Beatles’ catalog is greater than just about anyone else’s and b) the story is sweet and clever with enough fun twists to keep you engaged. I know that this movie has had a lot of harsh criticism, but I spent a lovely afternoon with it. And what is so bad about being regaled with Beatles’ tunes from She Loves You to The Long and Winding Road?