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Picking up from under the long white beard of this thread. We should be able to get a few years out of this one before it gets unwieldy.

Kicking off, here's my July 15th to 31st:

* The Thomas Crown Affair (Jewison, 1968) 📽️
* Bullitt (first three or four reels until the second projector broke: one had already died during Thomas Crown) (Yates, 1968) 📽️
Blade II (del Toro, 2002)
Ibiza (Richanbach, 2018) 📺
Hands Across The Table (Leisen, 1935) 📽️
* Bullitt (went back to see the latter reels) (Yates, 1968) 📽️
Leave No Trace (Granik, 2018)
Adult Beginners (Katz, 2014) 📺
The Apple (Golan, 1980)
* My Man Godfrey (La Cava,1936) 📽️
Blindspotting (Lopez Estrada, 2018)
Eighth Grade (Burnham,2018)
* Ronin (Frankenheimer, 1998) 📽️
To Live & Die In LA (Friedkin, 1985) 📽️
Across The Universe (Taymor, 2007)

The film ones were all on 35mm. The TV (streaming) ones were both bad.

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Friday, 10 August 2018 17:20 (three years ago) link

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

flappy bird, Friday, 10 August 2018 17:22 (three years ago) link

Deadpool 2 (4/10)
Comanche Station (7/10)
L'Amore Molesto (8/10)

An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 10 August 2018 17:28 (three years ago) link

The Counselor (Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy, 2013). I saw this in a theater and didn't like it much, but recently learned that the Blu-Ray included a director's cut that was 20 minutes longer. I bought it on eBay for $5 and miraculously, the long version is a really good movie! Recommended.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 10 August 2018 18:04 (three years ago) link

Eighth Grade I've said a little about in EIGHTH GRADE (2018, written & directed by Bo Burnham, starring Elsie Fisher) , but its most remarkable achievement is the way the audience get situated right with Kayla, both through Elsie Fisher's heart-open performance and the script. Everything feels as traumatic and monumental as stresses and anxieties do at that age, there's absolutely no adult tone present framing it as "one day she'll realise how minor all this was" or "oof, remember how that used to feel"." We're totally present in the milieu, despite so many elements deliberately excluding adult perspectives.

Blindspotting has a little first-film-iness to the script, but is totally carried by the onscreen charisma and chemistry of the writers. If civilisation lasts another ten years, it'll be interesting to see how much the tech-bro-gentrification themes feel like a period piece vs a valuable snapshot of a tipping point. Right now I imagine it'd be largely baffling to non-city-dwelling audiences.

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Friday, 10 August 2018 18:04 (three years ago) link

xp wait, WHAT?

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:09 (three years ago) link

Yeah wow, I actually have that blu ray, maybe I’ll watch it tonight

flappy bird, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:32 (three years ago) link

Secret of the Blue Room (Neumann, 1933)
*Lost Horizon (Capra, 1937)
#A Kiss in the Dark (surviving reels) (Tuttle, 1925)
#Too Many Kisses (Sloane, 1925) (personal festival highlight)
#Your Technocracy and Mine (Benchley, 1933)
#The Mad Game (Cummings, 1933)
#We Faw Down (McCarey, 1928)
#The House That Shadows Built (unidentified Paramount drudges, 1931)
#On the Brink (Porter & Weber, 1911)
#Romola (King, 1924)
*#The Cocoanuts (Florey & Santley, 1929)
#Mamba (Rogell, 1930)
#The Circus of Life (Julian, 1917)
#The Stolen Ranch (Wyler, 1926)
#Princess Lady Bug (Barker, 1930)
#The Storm (Wyler, 1930)
*#Brats (Parrott, 1930)
#Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Del Ruth, 1934)
#A Daughter of the Law (Cunard, 1921)
#The Night of Love (Fitzmaurice, 1927)
#Television Highlights (Schwarzwald, 1936)
#School for Swing (Schwarzwald, 1937)
#It's Great To Be Alive (Werker, 1932)
*#The Coming of Sunbeam (Guy, 1913)
#Twenty Dollars a Week (Weight, 1924)
#Ed Sullivan's Headliners (Schwarzwald, 1934)
#Her First Mate (Wyler, 1933)
#Call of the Cumberlands (Lloyd, 1916)
#The Rescue (Brenon, 1929)

#Capitolfest 16, or J.Lu Yet Again Is Reminded that Not All Silent and Pre-Code Films Are Classics.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Monday, 13 August 2018 12:19 (three years ago) link

celebrating the new thread with some all timers (uk folks nuts in may is back on the iplayer!)

Late Autumn (Ozu, 1960) 9/10
Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson, 1951) 10/10
Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959) 9/10
* Nuts in May (Leigh, 1976) 8/10
* Love and Friendship (Stillman, 2016) 7/10
Hereditary (Aster, 2018) 5/10
Ordet (Dreyer, 1955) 10/10

devvvine, Monday, 13 August 2018 12:23 (three years ago) link

I don't log short films like does, but I saw about 8 Sadie Benning videos (made in Pixelvision) that I last watched about 25 years ago; most of those would be 8-10/10.

Three Faces West (1940, Vorhaus) 6/10
*My Beautiful Laundrette (1985, Frears) 8/10
Flat Is Beautiful (1998, S Benning) (50min) 5/10
Swallow (1995, Subrin) (28min) 7/10
The Lovers of Montparnasse (1958, Becker) 9/10
The Young Savages (1961, Frankenheimer) 5/10
Another Girl, Another Planet (1992, Almereyda) (56min) 6/10
Wake of the Red Witch (1948, Ludwig) 7/10
A Girl’s Folly (1917, M Tourneur) 7/10
Gavagai (2016, Tregenza) 4/10
Les Amis (1971, Blain) 5/10

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 17:10 (three years ago) link

I'd suggest you watch more Davies as prep than Frears, but don't want to prescribe any other TV while yr still not moving forward on Twin Peaks

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 17:56 (three years ago) link

Russell T. Davies, the writer of A Very British Scandal. Roughly every second of his works deals with different facets of men-attracted-to-men negotiating a homosociality within heteronormative culture - Very British Scandal is the first that is a period piece, rather than directly contemporary.

Cucumber, his previous main project (eight episodes, twinned with another series called Banana, and a docoseries called Tofu, all named for the hardness of erections), was the best thing he's done ime.

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 18:54 (three years ago) link

Laundrette's focus on gay stuff is at most 33%.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 19:05 (three years ago) link

I just figured Frears was on yr slate because you'd said you were planning to watch Brit Scandal; to me he's a director who is efficient in service of a script's tone and agenda, rather than having an authorial throughline or preoccupations that can be tracked through his work.

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 19:30 (three years ago) link

if you watch the Laundrette Criterion supplements, he denies being an auteur while his producer insists that he is. Frears does say he considers his string from The Hit thru The Grifters to be a reaction to Thatcherism.

I'm not actually likely to watch that scandal show anytime soon... always drowning in things to watch.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 19:47 (three years ago) link

Frears otm! The Grifters as the end of Thatcher reactions, vs the good first step into a bad period of Americana, is interesting, would be curious to rewatch with that in mind.

("gay stuff" is only 7% of AVBS at most, except for how the closet is the driver for every bad action across the fifteen years or so it covers. fascinatingly handled, re. it being a period piece, is how no "character" in it identifies as gay, it's not even an option to consider: those who come out to each other instead compare to what point their bedroom preference is for which gender, how much marriage is a thing they genuinely value vs are having to take on for optics, etc.)

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 20:35 (three years ago) link

Mississippi (2015), streaming on Netflix - 36/42

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 13 August 2018 20:48 (three years ago) link

*Mississippi Grind

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 13 August 2018 20:48 (three years ago) link

xp I’m not sure what I think of A Very English Scandal. It had a breezy quality, but it was in a very different key than I was expecting.

I loved how lizard-like Hugh Grant was, though. Was he wearing contacts? because there was something very creepy about his black irises

Dan S, Monday, 13 August 2018 20:58 (three years ago) link

OK, I had no idea Frears directed A Very English Scandal (u have to spell things out, sic) -- because why would I? I haven't seen anything of his since Dirty Pretty Things in 2002. Then he started doing all that Peter Morgan royal shite.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 21:09 (three years ago) link

Dream Tower (7.0)
Our Nixon (7.5)
20th Century Women (9.0)
Eighth Grade (6.5)
Demon Seed (5.5)
Quadrophenia (7.5)
McQueen (6.0)
Ocean’s Eight (4.0)
BlacKkKlansman (7.0)
A Stranger Among Us (6.5)

The last one is a late Lumet I saw at the time and completely forgot about. Relatively low key for him. Explicitly quotes from Hud when Melanie Griffith says "I already put in time with one cold-hearted bastard, I'm not looking to find another one." Good one for that last-line-should-have-been-the-title thread: Ask Your Rabbi.

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:46 (three years ago) link

Mission Impossible (Christopher McQuarrie, 2018) - yup, that's how badly my year is going.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:37 (three years ago) link

It was fun etc.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:37 (three years ago) link

I forgot to note earlier how amused I was that it was who pitched for an Electric Boogaloo subtitle on the new thread.

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:02 (three years ago) link

/The Counselor/ (Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy, 2013). I saw this in a theater and didn't like it much, but recently learned that the Blu-Ray included a director's cut that was 20 minutes longer. I bought it on eBay for $5 and miraculously, the long version is a really good movie! Recommended.

I think I’ve only seen the director’s cut and I don’t think I’d ever quite call it “really good” but it’s certainly one of the darkest, weirdest movies I’ve seen involving ppl of that high profile.

Would watch again to be sure.

circa1916, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:09 (three years ago) link

last batch for a while

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch, 1992) - 10/10
Heat (Michael Mann, 1995) - 9/10
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953) - 8/10
This Happy Breed (David Lean, 1944) - 8/10
Ordinary People (Robert Redford, 1980) - 7/10
Fantastic Planet (René Laloux, 1973) - 3/10

flappy bird, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:53 (three years ago) link

China Gate (Fuller)
The Search (Zinnemann)
From Here to Eternity (Zinnemann)
A Man for All Seasons (Zinnemann)
The Longest Day (Annakin, Marton & Wicki)
The Army of Crime (Guédiguian)
La Vie en Rose (Dahan)
Grace of Monaco (Dahan)
Cop (A. Refn)
Once a Cop... (A. Refn)
R (Noer & Lindholm)
Key House Mirror (Noer)*
A Hijacking (Lindholm)*
A War (Lindholm)*
A Second Chance (Bier)
Summer With Monika (Bergman)
Sawdust and Tinsel (Bergman)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman)
The Virgin Spring (Bergman)
Morvern Callar (Ramsay)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Ramsay)
Katalin Varga (Strickland)
For Those in Peril (Wright)*
Hyena (Johnson)
Ex Machina (Garland)
Beast (Pearce)
Under the Skin (Glazer)
Her (Jonze)
Lucy (Besson)
Ghost in the Shell (Sanders)

Frederik B, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:19 (three years ago) link

All 3.5/5:
True Stories (1986)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The Lost City of Z

Chris L, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:33 (three years ago) link

Mission Impossible Fallout (McQuarrie, 2018) 8/10
the Happy Prince (Everett, 2018) 7/10
Yellow Submarine ( Dunning, 1968) 8/10
Unseeworld U.S.A (Fuller, 1960) 7/10
The Last Emperor (Bertolucci, 1987) 6/10
Paddington 2 (King, 2017) 9/10
Hostiles (Cooper, 2017) 7/10

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 22:00 (three years ago) link

Um, Underworld U.S.A. that should be.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 22:01 (three years ago) link

Gone With the Wind (1939) 7.5/10
Iron Man (2008) 7/10
Tangerine (2015) 8/10

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:26 (three years ago) link

bunch of airplane streaming on the way to and from berlin, the only one i'd seen before is philadelphia story:

all about eve (mankiewicz, 1951) 10/10
paddington 2 (king, 2017) 8/10
rocky (avildsen, 1976) 8/10
the philadelphia story (cukor, 1940) 9/10
happy death day (landon, 2017) 6/10
inside out (docter, 2015) 8/10

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:47 (three years ago) link

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:48 (three years ago) link

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Friday, 17 August 2018 20:25 (three years ago) link


princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:23 (three years ago) link

The Raid: Redemption (Evans, 2011) 6
Mission: Impossible Fallout (McQuarrie, 2018) 7
Disney Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 4
Marwencol (Jeff Malmberg, 2010) 8
Icarus (Bryan Fogel, 2017) 8

adam the (abanana), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:58 (three years ago) link

read that marwencol has been adapted & now will have steve carell in it

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:27 (three years ago) link

yeah I watched it because i saw the trailer for the zemeckis movie. The trailer makes it out to be an "inspirational" true story but it's not really, not exactly.

adam the (abanana), Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:50 (three years ago) link

baby driver (2017 edgar wright) 6.5/10
mollys game (2017 sorkin) 2/10
suburbicon (2017 clooney) 2/10
the killing of a sacred deer (2017 lanthimos) 6/10
angelo my love (1983 duvall) 3/10
eighth grade (2018 burnham) 8/10
thoroughbreds (2018 cory finley) 4/10

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:30 (three years ago) link

thoroughbreds (2018 cory finley) 4/10

I don't do the out of 10 thing but I'd give this at least a 6. It made me laugh a lot.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:34 (three years ago) link

lil too try hard idk

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:38 (three years ago) link

*The Naked Spur : 7/10
Vampire's Kiss : 6/10
Dying Of the Light (Paul Schrader Edit): 7/10 -- only 7/10 because Nic Cage is in full on weirdo mode and Schrader's noodling around on Final Cut. The doctor accent as great as the accent in "Vampire's Kiss"
*The Young One: 7/10 - minor Buñuel for me but still great

An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 18 August 2018 13:19 (three years ago) link

Crazy Rich Asians – kind of a riff on Philadelphia Story, but with better-looking people. Lots of film history embedded in it.

remy bean, Saturday, 18 August 2018 20:10 (three years ago) link

What Price Jazz (Baerwitz, 1934)
Felix Gets Broadcasted (Messmer, 1923)
High Flyers (Cline, 1937)
Inflation (Myers, 1933)
Felix in Fairyland (Messmer, 1923)
*Roast-Beef and Movies (Baerwitz, 1934)
*Big City Fantasy (Henabery, 1934)
The Magician (Bergman, 1958)
BlacKkKlansman (Lee, 2018)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman, 1955)

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:50 (three years ago) link

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 01:43 (three years ago) link

I was hoping for good things from Crazy Rich Asians, but found it fairly bland. I may have had the wrong expectations for a mainstream PG rom-com, but I felt like it needed sharper jokes.

jmm, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:02 (three years ago) link

kind of a riff on Philadelphia Story, but with better-looking people

!!! I'm sure this cast looks fine, but you are aware that Cary Grant and Kate Hepburn were considered pretty attractive, right?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:27 (three years ago) link

in theaters July 26 - August 22

Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955) - 6/10
Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman, 1951) - 9/10
Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018) - 8/10
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle, 2018) - 6/10
Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada, 2018) - 7/10
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Peter Rida Michail, Aaron Horvath, 2018) - 3/10
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) - 9/10

flappy bird, Thursday, 23 August 2018 04:39 (three years ago) link

i recommended it on the hoops board but the (now Oscar Nominated) short "Queen of Basketball" is a very good watch

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:49 (two months ago) link

Mothers Cry (Henley, 1930)
*Tide of Empire (Dwan, 1929)
Girl o' My Dreams (R. McCarey, 1934)
The Mystery Train (Whitman, 1931)
The Lady Lies (Henley, 1929)
The Unknown Singer (Tourjansky, 1931)
When the Cat's Away (Ireland, 1920)
Cinderella Cinders (Ireland, 1920)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 20 February 2022 22:25 (two months ago) link

The Keep (1983) 3/5
Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Creole and Cajun Cooking (1990) 4/5
* Fallen Angels (1995; original cut) 4.5/5
Aspen (1991) 4/5
Kimi (2022) 3/5
Faya Dayi (2020) 3/5
Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) 3.5/5
Johnny Corncob (1973) 3/5
A Woman is a Woman (1961) 3/5

And the run that will ensure letterboxd shows Jeff Tremaine as one of my most-watched directors of 2022:
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) 3.5/5
* Jackass Forever (2022) 3.5/5
* Jackass 3D (2010) 3.5/5
* Jackass Number Two (2006) 4/5
* Jackass: The Movie (2002) 3.5/5

Chris L, Sunday, 27 February 2022 02:09 (two months ago) link

The Lincoln Cycle (Eps. 5-7, 10) (Stahl & Chapin, 1917)
*Ten Nights in a Barroom (Calnek, 1926)
Night Beat (Seitz, 1931)
Going Straight (Franklin & Franklin, 1916)
Playthings of Desire (Melford, 1933)
A Private Scandal (Hutchison, 1931)
Call it Murder (Erskine, 1934)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 28 February 2022 03:00 (two months ago) link


*The House on Telegraph Hill (Wise, 1951) 8/10
The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) 3/10
The Unsinkable Schecky Moskowitz aka Going Overboard (1989) 1/10
Dollman (1991) 4/10 german subtitle: der space cop
The Dead Don't Die (Jarmusch, 2019) 5/10
Onward (Pixar, 2020) 6/10 bizarrely complicated premise
Escape Room: Twonament of Champions (Sony, 2021) theatrical cut 4/10, extended cut 5/10
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) 6/10 indie af
Drive My Car (Hamaguchi, 2021) 7/10
Belfast (Branagh, 2021) 2/10
West Side Story (Spielberg, 2021) 6/10 great camera work; why tho
Nightmare Alley (del Toro, 2021) 6/10

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 28 February 2022 06:15 (two months ago) link

Copshop: a police station siege movie directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Frank Grillo and Gerard Butler, but the real star is Valerie Young, who should become a major star based on this. It's dumb, but smarter and funnier than it needed to be. Between this and Boss Level, Carnahan's on a streak.

― but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, December 25, 2021 3:30 AM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Definitely agree with this -- and Alexis Young is that standout actor (Valerie Young is the character). She's fantastic. And the whole movie really has its tone down between character and colorful acting. Toby Huss is wild as well.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Thursday, 3 March 2022 18:14 (two months ago) link

Whoops, that's Alexis Louder. One day we'll laugh at getting her name wrong when she's become the next Bruce Willis.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Thursday, 3 March 2022 18:14 (two months ago) link

Meanwhile, in contrast to Copshop, couldn't stand Nobody.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Saturday, 5 March 2022 05:09 (two months ago) link

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Watts 2021)
*The Long Goodbye (Altman 1973)
Nightmare Alley (Goulding 1947)
Bath House (von Bahr 2014)
Something to Remember (von Bahr 2019)
Sprout Wings and Fly (Blank 1983)
*Eno (Sinniger 1973)
My Life as a Dog (Hallström 1985)
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Coen 2021)
The Lost Daughter (Gyllenhaal 2021)
Passing (Hall 2021)
Urgh! A Music War (Burbidge 1982)
Rio Bravo (Hawks 1959)
*L'avventura (Antonioni 1960)
Riders of Justice (Jensen 2020)
The Asphalt Jungle (Huston 1950)
Writton on the Wind (Sirk 1956)
Spencer (Larraín 2021)
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry (Higbee, Lough, 2008)
Bergman Island (Hansen-Løve 2021)
The French Dispatch (Anderson 2021)
Murders in the Zoo (Sutherland 1933)
La Ricotta (Pasolini 1962)
Jazz on a Summer's Day (Stern, Avakian, 1959)

Everybody Loves Ramen (WmC), Sunday, 6 March 2022 03:37 (two months ago) link

Big Town (Hoerl, 1932)
Ladies' Man (Mendes, 1931)
The Virtuous Sin (Cukor & Gasnier, 1930)
Trapped (Mitchell, 1931)
Ten Nights in a Barroom (O'Connor, 1931)
The Notorious Lady (Baggot, 1927)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Watts, 2021)
No Lady (Lane, 1931)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 7 March 2022 01:39 (two months ago) link

Who's Afraid? (1927)
An Unseen Enemy (Griffith, 1912)
The Joke's On You (Ceder, 1925)
This Day and Age (DeMille, 1933)
Before Morning (Hoerl, 1933)
A Bedtime Story (Taurog, 1933)
Dune (Villeneuve, 2021)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 14 March 2022 02:45 (two months ago) link

The Batman (2022) 3/5. I liked the car chase. Should have let Colin Ferrell have his cigar.
Center Stage (1991) 4.5/5
* The Master (2012) 4.5/5
On the Beach at Night Alone (2017) 4/5
West Side Story (2021) 4/5
The Gospel According to Matthew (1964) 4.5/5
5 Fingers (1952) 4/5

Chris L, Monday, 14 March 2022 12:56 (two months ago) link

I'm No Angel was a delight. Cary Grant's role consists of forgetting not to let his smile compete with the brilliantine in his hair, but I love the reaction shots in which he breaks character to admire Mae West's chutzpah.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 March 2022 12:59 (two months ago) link

Center Stage is a must-see for Maggie Cheung fans. A biopic that takes an unconventional and increasingly poignant approach as we worry about the future preservation of all kinds of Hong Kong films.

Chris L, Monday, 14 March 2022 12:59 (two months ago) link

I thought every last frame, every shot, every camera move, every costume, choreographed dance, every edit of "West Side Story" was downright perfect, Spielberg at his most virtuoso, packed with visual allusions to everything from "Black Narcissus" to (possibly) "Nights of Cabiria." A film lover's film made by a film lover at his most film-loving. And yet, maybe because I have no real affinity for the story or the first movie, my ultimate takeaway was kind of ... eh. Can't quite put my finger on why.

Similarly head scratcher for me, I really liked and appreciated "King Richard" and in particular Will Smith in what is in essence a pretty boilerplate Oscar bait movie that (imo) against all odds rises above the constraints and cliches imposed by such status. The kids they got to play Venus and Serena look pretty uncanny at times.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 20 March 2022 02:44 (one month ago) link

Most of Mad Max II though I missed teh start and Max was already inside the compound so not sure quite how far into the film it was. Still got to see a few pretty good vehicle bits. ITV4 or something so they seemed to pick the peaks to insert ad breaks into.
BUt can see why i loved this film so much in my late teens. JUst not sure how much i can sympathise with Max if played by Mel Gibson. Need to have some sympathy doncha, I did read recently that Tom Hardy wasn't the most ideal cast memeber on the Fury Road filming. Was continually late etc.

Oh well, do love me some Road Warrior. Not sure what one would group with that film sci fi or not. Adventures of young pigs or something

Stevolende, Sunday, 20 March 2022 09:46 (one month ago) link

Josh In Chicago otm re: the excellent filmmaking in West Side Story. I loved it. I think it's one of Spielberg's best in a very long time.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 20 March 2022 13:57 (one month ago) link

Watched the Divine documentary I Am Divine last night and laughed my ass off. The dude really was an incredible performer, and while John Waters and he were a perfect team and neither of them would have made it as far as they did without the other, Divine did a lot of great work without Waters. (I had no idea about his stage career in SF and NYC, for example, and the footage from the plays and musicals he did was great.) Also, I wish people would stop obsessing over Pink Flamingos when Female Trouble is so much funnier and more insane, and a much better showcase for Divine's talent and persona.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 20 March 2022 14:48 (one month ago) link

*Raise the Rent (Newmeyer, 1920)
*She Loved Him Plenty (Del Ruth & Jones, 1918)
*The Speedy Marriage (Ludwig, 1925)
Earth (Dovzhenko, 1930)
What Price Glory (Ford, 1952)
Quality Street (Franklin, 1927)
The Moth (Newmeyer, 1934)
The Outfit (Moore, 2022)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 20 March 2022 21:55 (one month ago) link

Joyless Street (Pabst, 1925)
The Terror of the Batignolles (Clouzot, 1931)
Dragnet Night (Gallone, 1931)
Poppin' the Cork (White, 1933)
Secrets of Chinatown (Newmeyer, 1934)
The Love of Jeanne Ney (Pabst, 1927)
Grief Street (Thorpe, 1931)
The Batman (Reeves, 2022)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 27 March 2022 21:52 (one month ago) link

Don't Look Up.
Finally got to see this. Had run out of hard drive space a couple of months back so not had the chance til now.
Quite dark really.
Had some really funny bits.
Wonder if it will hold up for years or even just become more topical.
Anyway enjoyed it.
It has a post credits scene if you haven’t caught that.
Also liked the philosophical idea hinted at if you say something called a specific unknown term will perform a task. It is probably what the previously unknown thing will be known as thenceforth. Innit

Stevolende, Monday, 28 March 2022 00:32 (one month ago) link

Watched Deep Water last night. A decent semi-mystery set in a world of rich people who just wanna act like middle-class suburbanites. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, apparently. Ben Affleck is surprisingly good in it. Ana De Armas is just OK.

Watched Red Rocket tonight. Very funny portrait of a guy who's a complete amoral, soulless piece of shit, and yet still fun enough that you want to spend two hours watching him try to seduce a 17-year-old into working as a porn performer, with him as her "manager."

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 March 2022 01:16 (one month ago) link

Deep Water is worth watching just because it looks fantastic, btw. Adrian Lyne still knows how to make a movie look good, no matter how bad the script might be (and again, the script is pretty good here). Lots of it looks like a perfume commercial, but the lighting both indoors and outdoors is phenomenal. DP is Eigil Bryld, who also shot In Bruges and a bunch of other things.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 March 2022 01:19 (one month ago) link


Strongroom (1962) 7/10
Long Weekend (1978) 6/10
Beyond Terror (1980) 7/10
the Killing of Sister George (1968) 9/10
Culloden (1964) 8/10
Double Team (1997) 6/10
Femme Fatale (2002) 7/10
Emperor of The North (1973) 7/10
The Batman (2022) 7/10
Simon of the Desert (1965) 8/10
Husbands (1970) 8/10
F for Fake (1973) 8/10
Knight of Cups (2015) 7/10
Pornostar (1998) 8/10
*The Punisher (1989) 7/10
Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) 6/10
Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes (2020) 8/10
Zero for Conduct (1933) 7/10
Turning Red (2022) 6/10
*Inherent Vice (2014) 9/10

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 1 April 2022 10:16 (one month ago) link

Deep Water (2022) 4/10 - laughably bad

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 1 April 2022 10:17 (one month ago) link


And Soon the Darkness (Fuest, 1970) 7/10 BLU-RAY
Vortex (Noe, 2021) 8/10 GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL
Father Dear Father (Stewart, 1973) 4/10 DVD
A Propos de Nice (Vigo, 1930) 8/10 DVD
Taris (Vigo, 1931) 9/10 DVD
The Mad Doctor of Market Street (Lewis, 1942) 5/10 BLU-RAY
The Batman (Reeves, 2022) 6.10 CINEWORLD
Infinite Football (Porumboiu, 2018) 7/10 BLU-RAY
Natural Born Killers (Stone, 1994) 4/10 DVD
The Black Cat (Rogell, 1941) 5/10 BLU-RAY
Tower of London (Lee, 1939) 7/10 BLU-RAY
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (Nigh, 1942) 4/10 BLU-RAY
The Phantom of the Opera (Lubin, 1943) 5/10 DVD
The Worst Person in the World (Trier, 2021) 7/10 CINEWORLD
The Mummy's Curse (Goodwins, 1944) 5/10 DVD

Ward Fowler, Friday, 1 April 2022 10:29 (one month ago) link

The Reckoning (Fraser, 1932)
Shock (Pomeroy, 1934)
The Black Hand Gang (Banks, 1930)
Kentucky Pride (Ford, 1925)
Men Without Women (Ford, 1930)
Little Man, What Now? (Borzage, 1934)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 4 April 2022 00:38 (one month ago) link


King Richard (2021) 5/10
CODA (2021) 5/10
Don't Look Up (2021) 4/10
Licorice Pizza (2021) 9/10
*The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015) 5/10 i needed some more jon peters
Truck Turner (1974) 7/10
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) 6/10
Arcade (Pyun, 1993) 5/10
Prisoners (Villaneuve, 2013) 9/10
Snowpiercer (Bong, 2013) 8/10
The Card Counter (Schrader, 2021) 7/10
Turning Red (2022) 8/10

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 4 April 2022 01:46 (one month ago) link

I agree that Elvira is superior to the awards-season glurge of CODA and KR.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Monday, 4 April 2022 02:48 (one month ago) link

Arcade (Pyun, 1993) 5/10


flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 4 April 2022 02:52 (one month ago) link

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 4/5
Human Lanterns (1982) 2.5/5. I can see why people enjoy this horror-tinged wuxia, and there are some good fights, but the villain was too much of an annoying goofball.
Terror in a Texas Town (1958) 3.5/5. Probably still the only western where a Swede uses a harpoon as a weapon.
Beat Girl (1960) 3/5
* Miami Vice (2006) 4/5
India Song (1975) 4/5
* Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) 4/5

Chris L, Monday, 4 April 2022 03:02 (one month ago) link

Definitely got Pee-wee's Big Adventure vibes from the Elvira movie -- both stars were in The Groundlings together. My favorite joke in Elvira is how she takes off her costume after her show and comes out wearing the exact same outfit.

Arcade has great early CG cheese a la The Langoliers.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 4 April 2022 11:28 (one month ago) link

I Hate Women (Scotto, 1934)
Riot Squad (Webb, 1933)
Skyway (Collins, 1933)
Rebellious Daughters (Yarbrough, 1932)
Fraulein Else (Czinner, 1929)
An Inn in Tokyo (Ozu, 1935)
Memoria (Weerasethakul, 2021)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 11 April 2022 01:32 (one month ago) link

Cleaner (Renny Harlin, 2007) stars Samuel L. Jackson as an ex-cop turned crime scene cleaner, Ed Harris as his former partner who was in on some shady shit with him years earlier, Eva Mendes as the Woman of Mystery, and Luis Guzman as the cop you're supposed to think is corrupt. It's a small-scale urban noir set in Trenton, NJ that does what it's supposed to do. The twist is just surprising enough to be worth waiting for, and it's all over in only 90 minutes. Robert Forster's in it, too; he only has one scene, but watching him play off Jackson again is fun.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 11 April 2022 01:56 (one month ago) link

Wojnarowicz (7.0)
Erin Brockovich (6.5)
Succession (S1 – 6.0)
The Worst Person in the World (7.5)
Succession (S2 – 7.0)
To Sir with Love (9.0)
Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy (7.0)
Succession (S3 – 7.0)
The Morning Show (S1 – 6.0)
The Crossing Guard (6.0)
Mindhunter (S1/2 – 8.5)
The Morning Show (S2 – 5.0)

clemenza, Friday, 15 April 2022 06:17 (one month ago) link

*Easy Rider (1969) 9/10
Nightmare Alley (2021) 6/10
The Souvenir Part II (2021) 6/10
Macario (1960) 7/10
*Manhunter (1986) 7/10
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (2021) 6/10
Lets Be Cops (2014) 5/10
Medium Cool (1969) 8/10
Antonio Das Mortes (1969) 8/10
Entranced Earth (1967) 5/10
Ambulance (2022) 8/10
L'atalante (1934) 7/10

Short films

Still Life (2022) 9/10
The Dangerous Type (2022) 4/10

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 15 April 2022 17:15 (one month ago) link

*Married to Order (Chase, 1920)
Hubby's Quiet Little Game (Lord, 1926)
Le Metro (Franju & Langlois, 1934)
A Parisian Romance (Franklin, 1932)
Air Eagles (Whitman, 1931)
The Italian Straw Hat (Clair, 1928)
Long Pants (Capra, 1927)
The Wandering Jew (Elvey, 1933)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 17 April 2022 22:49 (one month ago) link

The Power of the Dog (Campion 2021) 3.5/5
Upgrade (Whannell 2018) 3/5
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Douglas 2003) 3.5/5
Lady Bird (Gerwig 2017) 4/5
Double Indemnity (Wilder 1944) 5/5
The Silence of the Lambs (Demme 1991) 5/5
Dog Day Afternoon (Lumet 1975) 5/5
Censor (Bailey-Bond 2021) 2.5/5
The Souvenir (Hogg 2019) 4.5/5

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 18 April 2022 18:29 (one month ago) link

The Batman Matt Reeves 2022
I assume this is the start of a series. Nice take on the old franchise. A bit long though, & i think I did doze off for a few minutes.
But overall does seem like a good way to go except I'd try to make the next one shorter.
Assume this was current day attempting to look dark and noirish or Gothic or something.
Nice and dark anyway, like yeah kinda dark in a like dark way like.
some back stories i wasn't aware of , has the Wayne/Arkham family link been canon before? & is the Riddler Bruce's bastard brother?
Also god, thought Colin Farrell had bulked out for Northwater and he's even more so here. How much of that is makeup?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 09:59 (four weeks ago) link

I really enjoyed tge “Dark Detective” aspect of this new Batman but still really miss some of the goofiness that went out the window when Nolan took over. A blend of Burton’s cartoonishness with the grit and grime would be wonderful. Loved Farrell’s ‘80s DeNiro-wannabe Penguin. Rest of the cast very good. The emotional connection between Serkis and Pattinson didn’t register for me at all. Zoe Kravitz can rob me blind.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 10:48 (four weeks ago) link

just seen who Zoe Kravitz's parents are and gosh doesn't time fly.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 12:12 (four weeks ago) link

Hal Roach Presents Harry Langdon (1929)
Counsel on De Fence (Ripley, 1934)
The Gang Buster (Sutherland, 1931)
The Northman (Eggers, 2022)
The Roadhouse Murder (Ruben, 1932)
The Chaser (Langdon, 1928)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 25 April 2022 00:07 (three weeks ago) link

april. didn't watch much.

Magnificent Obsession (Sirk, 1954) 7/10
The Dirt Bike Kid (1985) 5/10 E.T. with a magic motorcycle
The Exorcist III (Blatty, 1990) 6/10
Big Fan (Robert D. Siegel, 2009) 6/10
The French Dispatch (Anderson, 2021) 7/10
The Northman (Eggers, 2022) 8/10

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 1 May 2022 13:35 (two weeks ago) link

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) 4.5/5. Don't recall the last time I saw a triptych film like this that actually felt like it had the craft and power of observance of a short story collection. Ever?
Double Team (1997) - 3.5/5
The Northman (2022) 3.5/5
The Executioner (1963) 4.5/5. Great idea for a black comedy from Franco's Spain: guy who ends up responsible for executions does everything he can to get out of doing them.
Memoria (2021) 4.5/5. Needs to be seen in a theater, at home, on a laptop, smart fridge, wherever they'll let you see it.
El Planeta (2021) 2/5. Good example of it being a bad sign when someone with performance art and video installations on their resume decides it's time to start making feature films.
Daughters of Darkness (1971) 2/5. Boring.

Chris L, Sunday, 1 May 2022 14:08 (two weeks ago) link

Possession (Zulawski, 1981): the new 4k restoration is out on a region free Australian Blu-Ray, so I bought one on eBay. It looks fantastic, and of course it's completely fucking bonkers and one of the most emotionally raw movies I've ever seen. Adjani is incredible, but so is Sam Neill - he looks like a drowned corpse.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 1 May 2022 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

Old Spanish Customers (Lane, 1932)
Rainbow Over Broadway (Thorpe, 1933)
The Song of Ceylon (Wright, 1934)
The Meanest Gal in Town (Mack, 1934)
Jubilee (Jarman, 1978)
The Suitor (Semon & Taurog, 1920)
Flies (Fleischer, 1922)
Stupid, But Brave (Arbuckle, 1924)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 1 May 2022 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

Dr Who and the Daleks (Flemyng, 1965) 6/10 DVD
*Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980) 7/10 BLU-RAY
The Garment Jungle (Sherman/Aldrich, 1957) 7/10 BLU-RAY
Where There's a Will (Beaudine, 1936) 6/10 DVD
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (Flemyng, 1966) 5/10 DVD
Muddy Track (Shakey, 2015) 7/10 DVD
Up in the World (Carstairs, 1956) 5/10 DVD
The Brotherhood of Satan (McEveety, 1971) 7/10 BLU-RAY
No Time to Die (Fukunaga, 2021) 4/10 PRIME
Modern Romance (Brooks, 1981) 7/10 BLU-RAY
City of God (Meirelles and Lund, 2002) 8/10 DVD

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 07:19 (two weeks ago) link

Fabian: Going to the Dogs (Graf, 2021)
Dancers in the Dark (Burton, 1932)
Grand Canary (Cummings, 1934)
The Big Shot (Sedgwick & Murphy, 1931)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 9 May 2022 01:38 (one week ago) link

Salinger (6.0)
The Batman (5.5)
Backpack Full of Cash (6.0)
Cow (6.0)
Kingpin (7.5)
All My Puny Sorrows (5.5)
Peppermint Soda (7.0)
Petite Maman (6.0)
Inland Empire (5.0)
Affliction (9.0)

clemenza, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 16:17 (one week ago) link

Carnival Lady (Higgin, 1933)
Inland Empire (Lynch, 2006)
The Night Club (Iribe & Urson, 1925)
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Yates, 2022)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 15 May 2022 23:17 (three days ago) link

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