by Patrick Bromley
For my final 24 Hours of Movies piece this month, I'm watching movies about the movies. It's meta! I think. I'm fuzzy on what's meta. Also on what's metal, which is why I've blown up three microwaves. And been kicked out of three Headbanger's Balls.
Thank you to everyone for suggesting such clever and fun themes this month! You are all the best.
10 a.m. - Sherlock Jr. (1924, dir. Buster Keaton)
Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo and the 1993 Schwarzenegger blockbuster Last Action Hero to varying effect. This movie is so funny and so delightful.
11 a.m. - The Big Picture (1989, dir. Christopher Guest)
12:45 p.m. - Singin' in the Rain (1952, dir. Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen)
2:30 p.m. - The Hard Way (1991, dir. John Badham)
4:30 p.m. - American Movie (1999, dir. Chris Smith)
6:30 p.m. - Sunset Boulevard (1950, dir. Billy Wilder)
8:30 p.m. - Blow Out (1981, dir. Brian De Palma)
10:30 p.m. - Hooper (1978, dir. Hal Needham)
12:15 p.m. - Fade to Black (1980, dir. Vernon Zimmerman)
2 a.m. - Demons (1985, dir. Lamberto Bava)
3:30 a.m. - Messiah of Evil (1973, dir. Willard Huyck/Gloria Katz)
my beloved Killer POV. Apparently it has existed in the public domain and, as such, has been subject to many a shitty release, which may have damaged its legacy. I checked it out on Code Red's Blu-ray and really enjoyed the weirdness of it -- particularly a mid-movie set piece inside a movie theater that's truly an all-timer as far as creepiness and dread are concerned. The movie is worth seeing just for that scene. Its placement in this time slot is going to make a lot of it feel like a dream, which is exactly how it should be seen. The filmmakers would famously go on to write American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom before going on to write/direct Howard the Duck. Don't hold that against them.
5 a.m. - Living in Oblivion (1995, dir. Tom DiCillo)
Netflix column last week, but I'm happy to sing its praises once again. Tom DiCillo's sophomore film, in which Steve Buscemi plays a put-upon director trying to complete his next feature, is a semi-autobiographical effort about DiCillo's own efforts to make his first movie Johnny Suede (Oblivon's James Le Gros is said to be a proxy for Brad Pitt in Johnny Suede). The film is funny and absurd with a great cast giving great performances. The final scene is also the best and should be easily relatable to anyone who has ever attempted any kind of creative endeavor.
6:30 a.m. - Ed Wood (1994, dir. Tim Burton)
Plan 9 from Outer Space warms my heart in such a big way that this will be the perfect movie to bring me back after a long dark night of the soul. If I was making a list of favorite movies of the '90s, this would be high up on it.
8:30 a.m. - State and Main (2000, dir. David Mamet)
10:15 a.m. - Boogie Nights (1997, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Movies I wanted to include but couldn't: Day for Night, Contempt, Terror Firmer, Bowfinger, The Player, Barton Fink
And that's going to do it for the weekly installments of 24 Hours of Movies! I'll still return to it throughout the year because it's really fun to write and people seem to enjoy reading it, but only on a once-in-while basis. Thanks for watching all these movies with me! I need a nap.