For the last few years, I've been writing these 24 Hours of Movies every week during the month of March. This is because my birthday is in March and the way I like to celebrate is by programming movie marathons. Well, it's March now, so here's our first marathon for the month! And it's about first love! It was an easy one to write because my first love is THE CINEMA and also Nancy McKeon from Facts of Life. This theme was suggested by our own Stephanie Crawford, an unassailably cool person with unassailably cool taste. Thank you, Stephanie!
10 am - Lucas (1986, dir. David Seltzer)
Noon - Summer With Monika (1953, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
1:45 pm - Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985, dir. Linda Feferman)
Permanent Record) plays Connelly's love interest and Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys) plays a baseball player on whom Corman develops a major crush. This is pretty disposable even as teen comedies go, but it's sweet and innocent and will have us humming Josie Aiello's "Dear You" for the rest of the afternoon.
3:15 pm - Her First Romance (1940, dir. Edward Dmytryk)
4:30 pm - First Girl I Loved (2016, dir. Kerem Sanga)
6 pm - Grosse Point Blank (1997, dir. George Armitage)
Jonathan Demme (which shouldn't be a total surprise, as director George Armitage was a contemporary of Demme's back in their Corman days and Demme produced Armitage's great Miami Blues). Like our next movie, Grosse Point Blank is a movie about people (Cusack and Minnie Driver) still trapped in their first loves, unable to really move on and dealing with the fallout even in adulthood. This is the kind of film that comes by being cool honestly: the soundtrack is amazing, the characters are all smart, the tone expertly balances the comedy and the genuinely dangerous violence without tipping too far one way or the other. It's a crowd pleaser, assuming you're hanging with the right crowd.
8 pm - There's Something About Mary (1998, dir. Peter & Bobby Farrelly)
10:15 pm - Heavenly Creatures (1994, dir. Peter Jackson)
Midnight - Let the Right One In (2008, dir. Thomas Alfredson)
2 am - Beyond the Darkness (1979, dir. Joe D'Amato)
3:45 am - The Loved Ones (2009, dir. Sean Byrne)
5:15 am - First Love (1977, dir. Joan Darling)
Love Story's success but more more willing to be frank about sex and about the ways that young lovers can hurt one another. John Heard and Beverly D'Angelo are very good in supporting roles. It might be a little bit of a downer first thing in the morning, but this is a good movie that doesn't get talked about enough. It's another title that I don't think ever made it to DVD, which is a real shame.
7 am - Badlands (1973, dir. Terrence Malick)
8:45 am - Super 8 (2011, dir. J.J. Abrams)
If you have a suggestion for a 24-hour marathon theme, please hit me up in the comments below!