Long time, no post!
First off, I want to thank everyone for being a part of our first year of C.U.C.K. I’ve been exposed to a great deal of movies I may have never seen otherwise, gotten to revisit some films through a new lens, and most importantly spend some great time with friends.
Since the groups is spread out all over the Northeast, spreading to the Midwest, I think the prospect of a virtual movie discussion group still holds some importance and there are still plenty of movies to see in the world. As such, I’d love to keep this party rollin’ into 2022!
I’ll be reaching out via selective social media outreach (Instagram Close Friends stories) to see if more people want to join — if there are any film enthusiasts in your circles I may not be familiar with, I encourage you to invite them as well!
I’ve also switched up how we’re selecting movies next year. I’ve taken some feedback from the crew and I’ve elected to curate the year myself, for a few reasons. Primarily to keep a good pace of things, make sure we’re not overloaded with bummers and that there’s a healthy mix of fun and thought-provoking. Additionally, I wanted to use some of the themed months to celebrate perspectives that may otherwise elude us, such as films from notable Black, Queer, and Women filmmakers — as well as International films from countries that may not be as celebrated in the International Arthouse circuit.* We stumbled upon this pretty naturally in our first year, but I wanted to be more intentional about it this time around.
*That being said, there are 4 films here just from Japan alone, which reveals some personal bias of my interests, but they’re all bangers or have reputations as absolute bangers.
HERE IS A TENTATIVE LOOK AT WHAT I HAVE IN STORE FOR 2022:
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot
- January 6th – The Third Man (Carol Reed)
- January 20th – Police Story (Jackie Chan)
- February 3 – To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett)
- February 17 – Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (William Greaves)
Saoirse Ronan Voice “Women”
- March 3 – Just Another Girl On The I.R.T. (Leslie Harris)
- March 17 – Wanda (Barbara Loden)
- March 31 – Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham)
- April 14 – To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
- April 28 – Putney Swope (Robert Downey Sr.)
Mid-Century European Surrealism
- May 12 – The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel)
- May 26 – Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
Queer Cinema Classics
- June 9 – Je, tu, il, elle (Chantal Akerman)
- June 23 – Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Mashimoto)
- July 7 – Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu)
- July 21 – Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki)
- August 4 – Harlan County USA (Barbara Kopple)
- August 18 – Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnshon)
The Apu Trilogy
- September 1 – Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray)
- September 15 – Aparajito(Satyajit Ray)
- September 29 – Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray)
- October 13 – Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
- October 27 – Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
Guys Bein’ Dudes
- November 10 – Beau Travail (Claire Denis)
- November 24 – Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (Paul Schrader)
- December 8 – Cronos (Guillermo del Toro)
- December 22 – The Ruling Class (Peter Medak)