Ben Stark’s Shelf of Shame 2015
Thanks to a new baby and a film project, it’s already been a busy year for me. This post is several months late, but the shame of having not seen certain cinematic classics is too great not to attempt to quell. Here are the titles I vow to see in 2015.
January – The Jerk
February – Groundhog Day
March – The Passion of Joan of Arc
April – On the Waterfront
May – The Verdict
June - Malcolm X
July – Airplace
August – A Man Escaped
September – Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy
October – The Blair Witch Project
November – The Hustler / The Color of Money
December – The Red Shoes
So far, I nailed January and totally messed up February and March. The Jerk (8/10) is an excellent absurdist comedy and it’s no wonder it’s become the classic it has. Steve Martin is a genius and the movie is a clear influence on one of my favorite stretches of creative work ever, the first decade of The Simpsons.
I am about halfway through my February title, which I stupidly should not have tried to coordinate with a holiday on the second day of the month, as it was branded a failure within 48 hours.
I did get a chance to see The Passion of Joan of Arc (9/10), which absolutely blew me away and will most likely end up a 10 the more I think about it. Yes, Falconetti is incredible and Dreyer’s use of close-ups are somewhat revolutionary, but what has really shaken me up is the film’s ending, specifically the last shot of Joan. What a movie.