Welcome to Pas de Joie Cinema where I will unapologetically comment on films that are without joy, challenge or kill your joy, or maybe just suck the joy right out of you.

Lemme tell you a little of what you might expect.

1. Film synopsis with spoiler alerts. And there will be spoilers, because it’s my commentary and I will spoil your already joyless experience if I want to. I NEED to talk about these films.

2. Une Échelle Pas de Joie or scale of joylessness from 0 – 10 for each film along with the corresponding comfort food one might consider to ameliorate the situation.

3. An opportunity for you to share your recipes for same. Omnivore, vegan, everyone!

4. An opportunity for you to share that punched-in-the-guts feeling you got from the film in question and to be met with sympathy from me and anyone else who might be reading.

I do thank you for reading and thank you in advance for your good-natured participation.

PS – Any images used here are not mine. I own nothing and credit when I know whom or what to credit. Most are photo stills available online as promos for the flicks and so, on a general level, let me credit all involved with the making of the individual films.


3 Responses to About

  1. Alex says:

    Is that Bette Davis getting smacked around by Miriam Hopkins in THE OLD MAID? How is it that the two movies they made together both had the word OLD in the title? And BD wasn’t even outta her ’30s! Jeez. (BTW, if you have not seen BD fling MH onto a divan in “Old Acquaintance,” you haven’t really lived.)

    As for the project, I say, who needs joie anywhee? That punched in the guts feeling deserves a thorough analysis. And I can contribute! I’d start with pretty much any Isabelle Adjani film, but particularly POSSESSION; Michael Haneke’s oeuvre, particularly FUNNY GAMES (the original, which I walked out of); and the Japanese masterpiece THE HUMAN CONDITION. The latter might be the best nine hours I’ve spent at a movie theater, although I didn’t exactly leave singing “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!”

    See also Phillip Lopate’s wonderful essay, “Against Joie de Vivre.” MWAH! Good luck! Bon voyage! Here’s breaking a metaphorical champagne bottle against the hull of your metaphorical blog launch.


  2. Scylla666 says:

    Oh, yes, that is they. I suppose someone in her 30s would’ve been an old maid, indeed for the period that film is depicting. Something about that image just works, here. But the image of MH getting thrown into a divan? That sounds like a wonderful “yet” for me.
    I’m not sure if I could get through any version of “Funny Games” but I would agree on the Isabelle Adjani. Where to begin?
    Anyway, thanks for the well-wishes and stay tuned. Your guest authorhood is welcome here!


  3. Tom Hagood says:

    Hopkins hated Davis in a big way. The feeling was mutual. “Rupert” (Stewie’s, Rupert?….couldn’t be) says that “Their’s was a deep (sic) seeded, long standing rivalry, which began even before either woman made a single movie” …the perfect chief ingredient for a joyless cinema….(see)

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