Friday, December 10, 2021

The Winners of the 1962 Retro Hollmann Awards

Wrapping things up with the winners of the 1962 Retro Hollmann Awards. Make sure you refer back to the nominations for full context, as well as the Top Ten for further insight.

Let us begin:

Best Ensemble
The End of Summer
2. Long Day's Journey Into Night; 3. The Connection; 4. Billy Budd; 5. Victim

Every character, no matter how brief their turn, is perfectly performed. Not just the sisters and their father, but the aunt who shows up in two scenes, the mistress's daughter and her American boyfriend, the potential suitor, the woman who runs the bar, the two farmers at the end: all of them have their own stories happening off-screen, and the glimpse we get makes them just as compelling as our leads.

The remaining 17 categories after the jump...

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Nominees for the 1962 Retro Hollmann Awards

I screened 69 movies for the 1962 retrospective:

Advise & Consent
Billy Budd
Billy Rose's Jumbo
Birdman of Alcatraz
Blast of Silence
Bon Voyage!
The Cabinet of Caligari
Cape Fear
The Case of Patty Smith
Carnival of Souls
The Connection
Confessions of an Opium Eater
Creature from the Haunted Sea
Damn the Defiant!
David and Lisa
Days of Wine and Roses
Divorce Italian Style
The End of Summer
Experiment in Terror
Eyes Without a Face
A Flame in the Streets
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Horror Hotel
In Search of the Castaways
The Interns
Jack the Giant Killer
Jules and Jim
Last Year at Marienbad
Lawrence of Arabia
Long Day's Journey Into Night
The Longest Day
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Manchurian Candidate
The Miracle Worker
Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Murder She Said
The Music Man
Mutiny on the Bounty
Peeping Tom
Period of Adjustment
The Phantom of the Opera
Premature Burial
The Road to Hong Kong
Satan Never Sleeps
State Fair
Sweet Bird of Youth
Tales of Terror
Taras Bulba
A Taste of Honey
Tender is the Night
That Touch of Mink
Through a Glass Darkly
To Kill a Mockingbird
Tower of London
Two for the Seesaw
A View from the Bridge
Walk on the Wild Side
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

From that batch of films comes this slate of nominees - 32 films in 18 categories, all after the jump:

Thursday, December 2, 2021

My Top Ten of 1962

A month late it may be, but I think that extra reflection gave me a more accurate read on which movies really knocked my socks off. Some faded a little after the initial excitement, while others that just wouldn't leave me be. Apologies to the nine that just missed out: Blast of Silence, The Connection, In Search of the Castaways, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Miracle Worker, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Mothra, Phaedra, and Taras Bulba.

Now, without further blah-blah: my top ten films of 1962, in alphabetical order: