The interim between Christmas and New Year's is always, at least as far as my own creative/communicative impulses are concerned, a deliberately less-than-fecund time. I'm torn between trying to relax and fully enjoy my circumstances (which are extremely cozy this year) and doing some stock-taking and trying to figure out how to be something resembling a better and more productive person over the next year. Now that the period's almost over, I'm contemplating my big-splash return to the blog (my best DVDs of 2009 feature, I think it shall be)...but not too hard. In the meantime, my friends at The Auteurs' have put up part two of its year-end survey, in which contributors concoct fantasy double features using one film screened in 2009 and another screened at any old time in the history of cinema. Check it out. It's actually a really fun exercise, and the most surreal-yet-apt pairing I could think of was Assayas' great Summer Hours with John McTiernan's latter-day version of The Thomas Crown Affair. Think about it! I have a bunch more, and so do many of the always-estimable Auteurs' contributors. Meanwhile, in a complete coincidence, and in the midst of a debate on Elia Kazan, Kent Jones, commenting at Dave Kehr's site, suggests a double feature of Zodiac and Kurosawa's High and Low, a corker of an idea, I think.
Concocting, and then watching, such exemplary pairings seems to me an ideal way to spend the time leading up to a full-bore return to the workaday world. What 2009 films would you pair with particular pictures from the past?