Monday, January 01, 2018

2017: A Personal Round-Up

At the end of a monstrous year, here is a personal inventory of some things that were in fact good and life-affirming and precious in 2017 ...

3 Favorite New Films:

Western (Valeska Grisebach, Germany)
Strong Island (Yance Ford, USA)
The Future Perfect (Nele Wohlatz, Argentina)

3 Favorite Older Films Seen for the First Time:

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, UK, 2009)
Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, USA, 1982)
Falbalas (Jacques Becker, 1946, France)

Publication of the Year:

Sophie Mayer's PDF collection From Rape to Resistance: Taking Back the Screen (it can be ordered at the link for £5).

If You Read Only One Film Studies Essay This Year, Make it This One:

Erika Balsom's "The Reality-Based Community" at e-flux.

So Glad I Discovered These 3 Online Film Critics:

Angelica Jade Bastién
Sally Jane Black
Abbey Bender

3 New Film Books:

Rashna Wadia Richards and David T. Johnson (editors), For the Love of Cinema: Teaching Our Passion In and Outside the Classroom
Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg (editors), Documentary Across Disciplines
Annette Michelson, On the Eve of the Future: Selected Writings on Film

3 Older Film Books I Returned To Often:

B. Ruby Rich, New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut
Sophie Mayer, Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema
Antonia Lant (editor), Red Velvet Seat: Women's Writings on the First Fifty Years of Cinema

If You Randomly Opened My Bag, Chances Are You Would Find a Book By:

Adrienne Rich

3 Online Film Journals I Love:

The Cine-Files
Another Gaze

Shout-out to Friends with Websites that are Treasures:

Cristina Álvarez López
Adrian Martin
Jonathan Rosenbaum

These Writers are Wonderful and More People Should Read Them:

Veronica Fitzpatrick
Genevieve Yue
Michael Sicinski
Leo Goldsmith (also: here and here)

3 Heavy End-of-Year Lists:

Roger Koza has gathered nominations of best films of the year from 135 programmers and critics from 36 countries; Sight & Sound has rounded up the best video essays of 2017; and David Davidson has collected top 10 lists from a wide range of cinephiles, critics and filmmakers.

3 New Non-Film Books:

Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life
McKenzie Wark, General Intellects
Simon Reynolds, Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century

3 Memorable Trips:

Washington DC (for the Women's March)
Bologna (for Il Ritrovato)
Chicago (for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference)

3 Memorable Concerts:

The xx (with Kelela opening)
Earth, Wind & Fire (with Chic opening)

Finally, because I'm terrible at keeping track of things I do, I want to plunk down here a record of a few things I wrote: James Gray A-Z lexicon for LOLA; on 100 years of immigration cinema for Film Comment; on teen films and Olivier Assayas for TIFF; on doggies in Aki Kaurismäki films for TIFF; on Marlon Riggs' Black Is ... Black Ain't for Film Comment (not online); and on Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake for Criterion.

Any favorites of yours in these categories? Please feel free to share in the comments.


Blogger msic said...

Wonderful roundup, Girish! And I'm taking particular note of those book recommendations. Thanks for all you do.

January 04, 2018 11:44 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, Michael: I loved your year-end roundup too!

January 05, 2018 3:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this information with us. I noticed one thing that you organized everything into three. like 3 Memorable Trips, 3 New Non-Film Books, and other things. I am fan of movies and love to watch online movies. thanks for suggesting movies. I will watch that later.

January 31, 2018 8:45 AM  

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