Poor Man’s Art House Film

I was scrolling through HBOMax’s offerings last night after I realized I didn’t have enough time to watch Doctor Sleep like I had originally planned (actually, the plan was to catch up on Black Spot, but there was no catching up to do). Yes, I am an early-riser, even on weekends, and I have a bedtime I have set for myself to maintain the semblance of being interested in avoiding by regular bouts with insomnia and restlessness — something I am currently being plagued with every night. It doesn’t help, but I go through the motions all the same.

Anyway, as I was scrolling through the A-Z filter of movies, I came across a few that I wasn’t aware were available to watch that fit into that “art house” category. Foreign films I have watched in the past (or never got around to watching) and a few American films that are also artsy (for better or worse). I had considered purchasing a few B-type films when I am alone with the cats next week, but I found a plethora of films that I thought might be nice to watch again, so I’ll probably avoid paying money and just make do with what I have available.

A few films I recall enjoying “back in the day”:

  • My Life as a Dog
  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Dead Man
  • The 39 Steps
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Seven Samurai
  • 8 1/2
  • M

Not to mention a slew of Godzilla movies in case I don’t want to think…

The short version — Next week I can watch my arty films without someone moaning that what’s on the television is BORING. At least I don’t think the cats will say that. Guess I’ll find out…

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©2021 Michael Raven

left with
lilies and remains
stone wrought tears
and time's frozen
stoic shame
with the world's weight
borne like atlas
here is where those
young men have been
here, in hell's
outer chambers


©2021 Michael Raven

press a thorn
a thorn a dagger
a dagger to my throat


tie me up &
tie me down
mock the sad-faced
gothic clown

the release
for me

net capture
the killing jar & cyanide
pin & needle
pin & needle

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your shelf
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