Double Features

So, when this all started I was going to write an hour a day. Clearly, this has not happened. But I have not spent all my time binging on Tiger King, which seems to be all the rage. The large number of my friends who are watching it aside, it sounds like a perfectly dreadful show.

No, I have spent hours trawling through Google Arts & Culture Collections, gaining JPEGs for my “Art of the Day” project. At first I simply selected works I was familiar with (the week before my birthday was a “greatest hits” list), but I have decided to show works that neither I nor my FB friends know. (There are quite a number that I know that they do not — my obsession with art museums is coming in handy.) I really would like doing this as long as at least a few people like it.

I have about 250 artworks selected. I have them separated into figurative drawings, landscapes, portraits, still life, etc. I have a few statues and buildings. Some of the art I associate with specific times of years (Van Eyck’s Annunciation will be the picture for the first Sunday of Advent), but beyond that I want to have a mix of different types of art (not have only landscapes during June, e.g.). I want to have modern and Renaissance, Italian and French and Dutch, and so on. I have to confess that I am less than enthralled by Abstract Expressionism or mythological or historical scenes, but I am working on it.

It has been a blast. I probably should stop for a while, or I will end up with more than I need. I can resume later.

In the meantime, I can binge on something… I have a lot of movies DVRd. Let’s see…

A Lerner and Loewe double feature: Gigi and My Fair Lady. (I really wish I could have a Kander and Ebb double feature: Cabaret and Chicago)

An Akira Kurosawa double feature: Rashomon and Throne of Blood

An Alfred Hitchock mini-festival: Rope, Rear Window, The Birds, and Vertigo

I have a bunch of silents by Alice Guy-Blache, as well as a documentary about her.

A Humphrey Bogart double feature: The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca

A “revised version” of a much-loved movie: The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail

The “scare your socks off” double feature: Nosferatu (the 1922 silent version) and The Haunting

The actress I love to hate (Meg Ryan): You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally

Show business: The Producers, Hail Caesar!, and Shakespeare in Love (no, really)

For that matter, Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Love and Much Ado About Nothing

Rock: A Hard Day’s Night and Woodstock

And that covers about half my movies. Citizen Kane, Some Like It Hot, The Princess Bride, Singin’ In the Rain, The Wizard of Oz….

Time to start watching.

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