Screening Log: 24 May 2012
1. The first two episodes of Flash Gordon (1936), the first of the F.G. serials. This will be how I spend my lunches and odd pockets of free time for the next whatever. Mildly distracted by Buster Crabbe’s slight resemblance to John McCain. [Netflix Instant]
2. The River (1928, Frank Borzage) Or what’s left of it: on the flip side of the disc for Borzage’s Seventh Heaven is a transfer of the only known copy of this melodrama, missing the beginning, bits in the middle and, most sadly, the apparently thrilling conclusion, which involved our hero diving into a fucking whirlpool to rescue his beloved. [DVD]
3. High School (2010, John Stalberg) Get it? High School. I actually have to formulate multiple words on this thing today. [advance screening]
4. Rewatched the second episode of Veep. I think this show is finding its voice. Moreover, repeat viewings have proved rich, which is no surprise given how dense this show is. It’s a lot funnier than I remembered, which can only be a good thing. And its portrait of insignificance, of being in power by name only, is really starting to come to the surface. This is more than “everyone in politics is venal and sweary.” No one on this show, save Dan (who’s at least witty), is downright evil or even worth scorn.
5. The sixth episode of Girls, watched without watching episodes 2-5. Sorry, guys, this show is very good. Lost it at the casual way Dunahm tosses a towel over her sickly father’s exposed junk.