Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

23 Nov 2012, 8:03 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2012 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Leonard and I have been watching old movies.

Design For Living (1948): OK, I need to watch more pre-Code films. Realistic and empathetic about sex!

Unfaithfully Yours: I need to watch more Preston Sturges. Funny and banter-y and innovative.

Night Train to Munich: Originally decided to watch because I saw the director's name, "Carol Reed," and thought it would be really interesting to watch war intrigue directed by a woman in 1940. Carol Reed was a man, oops. Still: surprising, tense, funny.

Paper Moon (1973): Charming, spare, moving.

House of Cards trilogy, a total of 12 episodes from the BBC during the 1990s: OMG SO GOOD. Creepy, smart, suspenseful.

Also Leonard and I watched some silent movies at the Museum of the Moving Image. Funniest: "A Grocery Clerk's Romance", "Algie, the Miner".

In non-old-movie news, Robot & Frank is excellent science fiction, touching and hilarious and realistic.