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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 (two years ago) link

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

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

xp wait, WHAT?

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:09 (two 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 (two 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 (j.lu), Monday, 13 August 2018 12:19 (two 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 (two years ago) link

I don't log short films like j.lu 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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

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

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

It was fun etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

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

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

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

lol

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

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

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

lil too try hard idk

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:38 (two 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 is...wow...almost 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 (two 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 (two 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 (j.lu), Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:50 (two years ago) link

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

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

Gunda was very special. I have thoughts, feel like i need to organize them though and i don't know if anyone would care to hear them?

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 30 January 2021 05:28 (three weeks ago) link

xp I liked Ham on Rye. It made me think of the never-filmed original ending of Heathers, where the bombs blows up the school and everyone goes to prom in Hell.

flappy bird, Saturday, 30 January 2021 06:05 (three weeks ago) link

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz, Keighley; 1938) - 7/10
L’innocente (Visconti, 1976) - 7/10
Manhattan Baby (Fulci, 1982) - 7/10
Canal Zone (Wiseman, 1977) - 9/10
Barbarella (Vadim, 1968) - 8/10
The Bitch (O'Hara, 1979) - 7/10
*Shanghai Express (von Sternberg, 1932) - 10/10
*The Nice Guys (Black, 2016) - 9/10
Electra Glide in Blue (Guercio, 1973) - 7/10
Le Mariage de Chiffon (Autant-Lara, 1942) - 7/10
Fun with Dick and Jane (Kotcheff, 1977) - 7/10
The Black Cat (Fulci, 1981) - 8/10
*Popeye (Altman, 1980) - 9/10
Aenigma (Fulci, 1987) - 9/10
The River’s Edge (Dwan, 1957) - 8/10
State Legislature (Wiseman, 2006) - 10/10
*Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder, 1976) - 9/10
The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones, 1982) - 6/10
The Brute and the Beast (Fulci, 1966) - 7/10
The Thing from Another World (Nyby, 1951) - 7/10
Two Champions of Shaolin (Chang, 1980) - 7/10
The Hole (Tsai, 1998) - 10/10
Duel to the Death (Ching, 1983) - 9/10
*Alphaville (Godard, 1965) - 10/10
Soul Man (Miner, 1986) - 0/10
Chinese Portrait (Wang, 2018) - 9/10
*A Woman is a Woman (Godard, 1961) - 9/10
*Bamboozled (Lee, 2000) - 10/10
*The River (Tsai, 1997) - 10/10
Promising Young Woman (Fennell, 2020) - 2/10
*The Fugitive (Ford, 1947) - 8/10
Mr. Klein (Losey, 1976) - 9/10
*Dishonored (von Sternberg, 1931) - 10/10
Nancy Drew… Trouble Shooter (Clemens, 1939) - 6/10
*My Man Godfrey (La Cava, 1936) - 10/10
Get on the Bus (Lee, 1996) - 9/10
Voices from Beyond (Fulci, 1991) - 6/10
*On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong, 2017) - 8/10

flappy bird, Saturday, 30 January 2021 06:19 (three weeks ago) link

So that Ham on Rye isn't the Bukowski origin story which I think was filmed a while back?

Stevolende, Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:42 (three weeks ago) link

Ham on Rye is a promising first feature. Comparisons to Lynch seem off-base, not surprisingly. Maybe more of a Hal Hartley sensibility, with less dialogue.

Chris L, Saturday, 30 January 2021 14:35 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, no relation to Bukowski. And only related to Lynch superficially, separate wavelength imo.

I watched it twice in a row last night. Not because I loved it, but because I wasn’t done reckoning with it. Made me uniquely uncomfortable, despite familiar ingredients. It’s beautifully, confidently made. I felt some new things.

I expect this guy to have some interesting things ahead of him.

circa1916, Saturday, 30 January 2021 15:03 (three weeks ago) link

All is Forgiven (Hansen-Love, 2007)
The Basilisks (Wertmuller, 1963)
My Sister's Good Fortune (Schanelec, 1995)

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:41 (three weeks ago) link

Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (Stoloff, 1934)
The Hurricane Express (McGowan & Schaefer, 1932)
Stolen by Gypsies; or Beer and Bicycles (Ray, 1933)
A Dangerous Woman (Lee & Grove, 1929)
The Woman Racket (Ober & Kelley, 1930)
The Fickle Spaniard (Griffith & Henderson, 1912)
The Bride’s Bereavement; or, The Snake in the Grass (Hill, 1932)
Rosita (Lubitsch, 1923)
The Pagan Lady (Dillon, 1931)
Earth Vs. the Spider (Gordon, 1958)
Just Rambling Along (Roach, 1918)
Father's Hatband (Brooke, 1913)
*Lizzies of the Field (Lord, 1924)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 31 January 2021 22:02 (three weeks ago) link

January:

The Brides of Fu Manchu (Sharp, 1966) 6/10 BLU-RAY
Death Walks on High Heels (Ercoli, 1971) 7/10 BLU-RAY
The Designated Victim (Lucidi, 1971) 6/10 DVD
Forbidden Games (Clement, 1952) 8/10 DVD
La Pluie (Projet Pour un Texte) (Broodthaers, 1969) 8/10 YOUTUBE
" . . . " Reel Five (Brakhage, 1998 10/10 YOUTUBE (awesome James Tenney score)
Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Bava, 1970) 7/10 YOUTUBE
Méditerranée (Pollet, Schlöndorff, 1963) 9/10 YOUTUBE (superb abstract essay short film that includes some almost unwatchable bullfighting footage)
Watch Me When I Kill (Bido, 1977) 6/10 DVD
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (Summers,1967) 6/10 BLU-RAY
Angel Face (Preminger, 1953) 8/10 IPLAYER
Doctor Mordrid (Band, Band, 1992) 5/10 BLU-RAY
About Endlessness (Andersson, 2019) 9/10 MUBI
Threshold (Le Grice, 1972) 9/10 YOUTUBE
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (Neill, 1943) 6/10 DVD
Amuck! (Amadio, 1972) 6/10 YOUTUBE
The Blood of Fu Manchu (Franco, 1968) 6/10 BLU-RAY
The Spider Woman (Neill, 1943) 6/10 DVD
The Pearl of Death (Neill, 1944) 6/10 DVD
The Woman in Green (Neill, 1945) 6/10 DVD
Pursuit to Algiers (Neill, 1945) 6/10 DVD
The Incident (Peerce, 1967) 7/10 BLU-RAY
Mangrove (McQueen, 2020) 6/10 IPLAYER
Dragon Inn (King Hu, 1967) 9/10 BLU-RAY
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (Neill, 1943) 5/10 DVD
Dressed to Kill (Neill, 1946) 5/10 DVD
Mothra (Honda, 1961) 8/10 BLU-RAY
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (Clemens, 1974) 6/10 BLU-RAY
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (Neill, 1942) 5/10 DVD

Ward Fowler, Monday, 1 February 2021 09:30 (three weeks ago) link

East of Fifth Avenue (Rogell, 1933)
Lazybones (Powell, 1934)
Thirty-Day Princess (Gering, 1934)
His Private Secretary (Whitman, 1933)
A Cottage on Dartmoor (Asquith, 1929)
The Black Scorpion (Ludwig, 1957)
Vamping Babies (1926)
Easy Payments (Beaudine, 1919)
*The Count (Chaplin, 1916)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 7 February 2021 22:10 (two weeks ago) link

Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist (Losier, 2008)
The Golf Specialist (Brice, 1930)
This Happy Breed (Lean, 1944)
Sanshiro Sugata (Kurosawa, 1943)
Sanshiro Sugata, Part 2 (Kurosawa, 1945)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, 1978)
The Eloquent Peasant (Salam, 1970)
Images (Altman, 1972)
Wonder Woman 1984 (Jenkins, 2020)
The Tenant (Polanski, 1976)
The Chase (Ripley, 1946)
The Baker's Wife (Pagnol, 1938)
Kill List (Wheatley, 2011)
I'm Your Woman (Hart, 2020)
The Headless Woman (Martel, 2008)
Youth of the Beats (Suzuki, 1958)
Never Let Go (Guillerman, 1960)
The Morning After (Lumet, 1986)
Lines of the Hand (Maddin, 2015)
The Rabbit Hunters (Maddin, Johnson, Johnson, 2020)
The Silent Partner (Duke, 1978)
Sea Countrymen (De Seta, 1954)
Lola, 15 (Reeder, 2017)
Shuvit (Reeder, 2017)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (Siegel, 1954)

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 04:12 (two weeks ago) link

Night Stalker (6.0)
Flack (S1--5.0)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (7.5)
The Last Days of Disco (6.5)
The Killers (Don Siegel version--6.5)
Blackboard Jungle (6.0)
Prêt-à-Porter (3.0)
In the Cut (6.0)
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (7.5)
American Swing (6.0)

I'll continue to put the occasional TV series here--I only watch 10-15 shows a year.

clemenza, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 01:48 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry if all the rewatches are annoying.

The Adjuster (1991) 4/5.
The Cameraman (1928) 4/5
Nationtime (1972) 3/5
* Vendredi soir (Friday Night)(2002) 4/5
Starman (1984) 3/5
* Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) 4/5. This one feels like more of a gem as time has gone by.
* Bad Lieutenant (1992) 4/5
* The Big Sleep (1946) 4.5/5
* Fat City (1972) 4.5/5
Human Highway (1982) 3/5. Had mostly just seen the noisy and sublime Neil Young/Devo jam before.
* Wolf of Wall Street 4.5/5
Starstruck (1982) 3.5/5. Thought this was going to be annoying but it won me over. Very breezy and poppy viewing, if that's what you want.
Chinese Roulette (1976) 3.5/5

Chris L, Thursday, 11 February 2021 14:45 (two weeks ago) link

had the same thought about ghost dog after a rewatch last week. i didnt really rate it when it came out but it felt a lot stronger this time.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

Grizzly Man (2005) 4/5
Mad Love (1935) 4/5
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) 4/5
We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) 2/5
Wild Strawberries (1957) 5/5
Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai (1999) 3/5
A Serious Man (2009) 4/5
The Laughing Policeman(1973) 2/5
Dishonored(1931) 4/5
Con Air (1997) 8/5
Town Bloody Hall (1979) 3/5

Mad Love was a great surprise, hadnt heard of it before, terrific direction & atmosphere and a legit performance by Peter Lorre, v spooky

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:39 (two weeks ago) link

tenet (nolan, 2020) 5/10
titicut follies (wiseman, '67) 8/10
*enemy (villeneuve, 2013) 7/10
ismael's ghosts (desplechin, 2017) 5.5/10
olympic dreams (jeremy teicher, 2020) 9/10
the vanishing of sidney hall (shawn christensen, 2018) 4/10
not carol (eamon harrington & john watkin, 2019) 8/10
never rarely sometimes always (hittman, 2020) 9/10
north by northwest (hitchcock '59) 10/10
serenity (steven knight, 2019) 2/10
blood relatives (chabrol, '78) 3.5/10
bloody nose, empty pockets (ross bros, 2020) 10/10
zeroville (franco, 2019) 2/10
the last thing he wanted (rees, 2020) 1/10
i love you, beth cooper (columbus, '09) 7.5/10
samui song (ratanaruang, 2018) 5/10

johnny crunch, Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

Toy Story 4 (2019) 6/10
Heathers (1988) 5
*Clue (1985) 5

criterion channel
Holiday (Cukor, 1938) cary grant does a somersault, 8/10
Indiscreet (Kramer, 1958) 4/10 a snooze
The Black Cat (Ulmer, 1939) 6/10
Blind Alley (1939) 5/10
Make Way for Tomorrow (McCarey, 1937) 8/10
Primary (Drew, 1960) 5/10
Klute (Pakula, 1971) 7/10
Bamboozled (Lee, 2000) 3/10
Certified Copy (Kiarostami, 2010) 7/10
You Only Live Once (Lang, 1937) a high 7/10
The Mouse That Roared (Arnold, 1959) 6/10
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) 6/10 lost a point because of the ending speech

wasdnuos (abanana), Saturday, 13 February 2021 02:06 (one week ago) link

more of a cartwheel, actually

wasdnuos (abanana), Saturday, 13 February 2021 14:53 (one week ago) link

Dream Castle (von Bolvary, 1933)
Stage Struck (Dwan, 1925)
Ladies Should Listen (Tuttle, 1934)
Running Wild (La Cava, 1927)
The Three Musketeers (Schaefer & Clark, 1933)
Underground (Asquith, 1928)
The Black Balloon (Safdie & Safdie, 2012)
Recaptured Love (Adolfi, 1930)
Help Wanted, Female (Ceder, 1931)
Trader Mickey (Hand, 1932)
King Klunk (Lantz & Nolan, 1933)
*The Invisible Man (Whale, 1933)
*Cook, Papa, Cook (MacDonald, 1928)
*Fatty and Mabel Adrift (Arbuckle, 1916)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:46 (one week ago) link

Cop Car (Watts, 2015) - 3/10
The Baron of Arizona (Fuller, 1950) - 8/10
Chop Shop (Bahrani, 2007) - 6/10
*Le Boucher (Chabrol, 1970) - 9/10
*Postcards from the Edge (Nichols, 1990) - 6/10
Deep Red (Argento, 1975) - 6/10
Red Road (Arnold, 2007) - 8/10
*Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994) - 10/10
*The Last Picture Show (Bogdanovich, 1971) - 10/10
Zombi 3 (Fulci, 1988) - 6/10
Man Hunt (Lang, 1941) - 8/10
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Schlöndorff, von Trotta; 1975) - 9/10
*Forty Guns (Fuller, 1957) - 9/10
El Cochecito (Ferreri, 1960) - 9/10
SexWorld (Spinelli, 1977) - 7/10
*Fort Apache (Ford, 1948) - 10/10
The Lost Weekend (Wilder, 1945) - 9/10
*Bad Lieutenant (Ferrara, 1992) - 9/10
Portrait of Jennie (Dieterle, 1948) - 9/10
Who’s Who (Leigh, 1979) - 7/10
*Contempt (Godard, 1963) - 7/10
*Blue Collar (Schrader, 1978) - 9/10
*Beware of a Holy Whore (Fassbinder, 1971) - 9/10
Late August, Early September (Assayas, 1998) - 8/10
Bad Girl (Borzage, 1931) - 8/10
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Martino, 1972) - 8/10
*The Unfaithful Wife (Chabrol, 1969) - 8/10
Intermezzo (Molander, 1936) - 7/10
Angel Face (Preminger, 1953) - 7/10
Xala (Sembène, 1975) - 8/10
Summer Night, with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil (Wertmüller, 1986) - 8/10
*Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong, 2015) - 9/10
*Murder-Rock: Dancing Death (Fulci, 1984) - 9/10

flappy bird, Monday, 15 February 2021 06:23 (one week ago) link

January

Johnny Mnemonic (Longo, Gibson 2021)
Small Axe: Mangrove (McQueen, Siddons 2020)
* Ghost World (Zwigoff, Clowes 2001)
Small Axe: Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen, Courttia Newland 2020)
* It Follows (Mitchell 2014)
* Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Dante, Haas 1990)
Small Axe: Red, White And Blue (Steve McQueen, Courttia Newland 2020)
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (Ice-T, Baybutt 2012)
Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (McQueen, Siddons 2020)
Secret Honor (Altman, Freed, Stone 1984)
Blood Bath (Jack Hill, Stephanie Rothman 1966)
She Dies Tomorrow (Amy Seimetz 2020)
Slumber Party Massacre II (Deborah Brock 1987)
Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood 2000)
Storefront Hitchcock (Demme 1996)
Big Eyes (Burton, Alexander, Karaszewski 2014)
Baby Done (Curtis And Sophie 2021)

shivers me timber (sic), Monday, 15 February 2021 07:00 (one week ago) link

sorting movies by the year they are set in, nice

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 15 February 2021 17:48 (one week ago) link

i just saw booksmart and loved it

i was shocked it only cost $6M to make! that would have been low-budg in the 90s. according to IMDB it made its money back in the first weekend so i hope we see beanie feldstein (!!!!!) in more - she is just outstanding. everyone was good though

the stylized reality of it and underlying sweetness remind me a lot of Sex Education

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 01:02 (one week ago) link

seriously, one of the great high school movies imo

the airport scene at the end really got me. it is crazy how these intense, life-molding relationships just stop, if not completely then transformed beyond recognition, and it literally happens in like one second. you go away for the summer and then you're off to whatever else. it's all over. don't let college fuck you up.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 10:41 (one week ago) link

booksmart is elevated by the lead performances for sure; both those women are at the start of great careers.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 16:25 (one week ago) link

Artemnis Fowl
though dropped off in the middle of it last night. kenneth branagh has pretty much bowlderised the film of a book I quite enjoyed. Actually enjoyed it enough to read through several of teh series and read a couple of the author's more adult books.
So the film is no longer about an overachieving criminal mastermind and now about a precocious teen who is looking to rescue his father.
Though they do refer to the criminal mastermind at one point towards the end.
I'd been intrigued from having read the books but I don't think it lives up to expectations. So wonder if it will be a standalone. Released at a weird time which is likely to go against it too isn't it?

Stevolende, Thursday, 18 February 2021 10:13 (one week ago) link

I don't know what Branagh is doing with his current movies. I tried watching one of his Poirot movies and it was awful. and I like his Hamlet quite a lot.

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:48 (one week ago) link

Nomadland was ... OK. But I kept thinking back to "Wendy and Lucy" the whole time.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 February 2021 03:52 (five days ago) link

JUdas and the Black Messiah
Really enjoyed it.
Told from the perspective of the guy who's been blackmailed into spying on Fred Hampton and his branch of teh Black panthers. But showing the flaws in that a lot better than mario van peebles Panther which seemed to make way too much of an excuse for Cointelpro which destroyed teh movement.
Thought it really good though i did think that the actor playing Fred Hampton might be a bit short. or am I right in thinking he was really tall?
Has a lot of recognisable ypoung black faces from both sides of teh Atlantic in . I hope it stands for a while.

& this which is on film because of the pandemic but is pretty moving whatever
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPJYWmxHpK8
but would be a stage performance otherwise.
3 enslaved women who Dr Sims is practising gynaecology on tell their story. Alonside a white ndentured servant.

Stevolende, Sunday, 21 February 2021 14:48 (five days ago) link

(xpost) Meaning it felt like a lesser version? I've been anxious to see it for months, but it still hasn't opened here (and theatres are still closed--should reopen soon).

clemenza, Sunday, 21 February 2021 16:31 (five days ago) link

Gambling Ship (Marcin & Gasnier, 1933)
Singapore Sue (Robinson, 1932)
Blood and Sand (Niblo & Arzner, 1922)
A Connecticut Yankee (Butler, 1931)
One Heavenly Night (Fitzmaurice, 1930)
Don Q Son of Zorro (Crisp, 1925)
The Invisible Man Returns (May, 1940)
A Fraternity Mixup (Pembroke, 1926)
*The High Sign (Keaton & Cline, 1921)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:40 (five days ago) link

xpost Yeah, a lesser version. Weirdly, though I was the only one that had seen "Wendy and Lucy," all of us actually felt "Nomadland" fell short of its reputation.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 February 2021 22:09 (five days ago) link

It was on Hulu here, fwiw.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 21 February 2021 22:11 (five days ago) link

We Are Your Friends, Zac Efron is an EDM DJ. Four Tet briefly joked about it on a podcast and I had to see if it was as bad I expected - it was.

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:25 (two days ago) link

The Worst Idea Of All Time podcast watched it and reviewed it every week for a year. I have listened to at least 30 hours of two skinny Kiwis talking about how bad this movie is, without ever seeing it myself.

stilt in the wings (sic), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 05:03 (two days ago) link

*Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pasolini, 1975) - 10/10
*The Devil is a Woman (von Sternberg, 1935) - 8/10
The Last Boy Scout (Scott, 1991) - 5/10
The Boy with Green Hair (Losey, 1948) - 8/10
The Watermelon Woman (Dunye, 1996) - 8/10
The Mortal Storm (Borzage, 1940) - 7/10
Born Yesterday (Cukor, 1950) - 7/10
Woman on the Run (Foster, 1950) - 8/10
*What Time Is It There? (Tsai, 2001) - 10/10
Door into Silence (Fulci, 1991) - 4/10
Meat (Wiseman, 1976) - 10/10
*Dillinger is Dead (Ferreri, 1969) - 10/10
*I Was a Male War Bride (Hawks, 1949) - 9/10
*Shanghai Express (von Sternberg, 1932) - 10/10
A Cat in the Brain (Fulci, 1990) - 9/10
*The American Soldier (Fassbinder, 1970) - 9/10
Stage Struck (Dwan, 1925) - 8/10
The Driller Killer (Ferrara, 1979) - 8/10
Eva (Losey, 1962) - 9/10
Where the Boys Are (Levin, 1960) - 7/10
*Vendredi Soir (Denis, 2002) - 10/10
*Straight Time (Grosbard, 1978) - 9/10
Grave Robbers (Galindo Jr., 1989) - 6/10
Touki Bouki (Mambéty, 1973) - 8/10
The Rising of the Moon (Ford, 1957) - 7/10
Midnight Run (Brest, 1988) - 5/10
*The Trial (Welles, 1962) - 10/10
*2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (Godard, 1967) - 9/10
The Sweet House of Horrors (Fulci, 1989) - 7/10
Stage Door (La Cava, 1937) - 10/10
Douce (Lara, 1943) - 7/10

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 07:37 (two days ago) link

Midnight Run (Brest, 1988) - 5/10

Seriously? I love that film. What it does it does perfectly

or something, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:40 (two days ago) link

I'd say that about Beverly Hills Cop, his previous film. there's absolutely no reason Midnight Run needs to be 127 minutes. There's a lot of DEEP 1980s muck, particularly the awful, awful soundtrack, and rather than indulging in its stupidity like a good comedy, it hits all these "mature" beats (like visiting the wife & daughter) that are totally unnecessary. Just follow De Niro & Grodin annoying the shit out of each other. Joe Pantoliano is FANTASTIC tho

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:28 (two days ago) link

I guess I could do without the family stuff but I don't mind it. Agree about the music. Pantoliano, Yaphet Kotto, the two leads, even John Ashton, are all at the top of their game

or something, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:45 (two days ago) link

okay here's my last 20 odd basic af opinions

Great:
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (Charlie Kaufman, 2020) - well I LIKED Synecdoche New York so this is my jam
*Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012) - top-tier comic book-to-movie IMO
Trip to Greece (Michael Winterbottom, 2020) - I doubt I'll ever get bored of these two chucklefucks
Aladdin (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1992) - wall to wall bangers, charm from every frame. Shame that almost everything that happens is problematic
Possessor (Brandon Cronenberg, 2020) - creepy gory sci-fi. Not sure if it adds up to anything much but supremly fun while it lasted
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (George C. Wolfe, 2020) - sometimes two charismatic performances is enough

Pretty Good
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao, 2020) - liked despite the poverty tourism
David Byrne's American Utopia (Spike Lee, 2020) - good music. I'd have liked to have seen it live.
The Kid Detective (Evan Morgan, 2020) - I thought it was breezy and fun! y'all gonna hate it
Palm Springs (Berbakow, 2020) - good high-concept romcom with requisite improbable meetcute
Hercules (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1997) - looks great, good songs, barely bored. glad I didn't watch this as a kid otherwise Meg would have done something to my prepubescence
Another Round (Thomas Vinterberg, 2020) - down it down it down it
News of the World (Paul Greengrass, 2020) - looks nearly as good as RDR2. I'm a fucking sap so I was moved.
One Night in Miami... (Regina King, 2020) - terrific fun, if a little hollow imo
A Glitch in the Matrix (Rodney Ascher, 2021) - Room 237 was better but obviously disconnecting yourself from reality has greater consequences when its not just a movie

Good
The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1989) - The odd nice song, great floating hair animation.
The Great Mouse Detective (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1986) - charming but kinda dull. finale on Big Ben makes it worth it

Bad
Rose Island (Sydney Sibilia, 2020) - what if a movie was charming, but nothing else?
Archive (Gavin Rothery, 2020) - pretty design, otherwise bad in a innumerable ways
The Dig (Simon Stone, 2021) - Merchant Ivory + Time Team

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:54 (yesterday) link

blank it

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:22 (yesterday) link

damn straight thank it

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:30 (yesterday) link

charming but kinda dull. finale on Big Ben makes it worth it

wait, did you edit your post? I've never read this before

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:32 (yesterday) link

need to get around to "ending things"

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:39 (yesterday) link

xp Finale's got cool Cary-Grant-Mount-Rushmore vibes but otherwise I didn't really take to any of the characters (scottish mouse girl excepted), and since the animation looks kinda cheap there's nothing for me to gawk at, hence me finding it a touch dull in places.

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:46 (yesterday) link

forks did you like S,NY? It really is the last half hour of all that kaleidoscopic meta shit stretched to a whole movie.

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Thursday, 25 February 2021 23:51 (yesterday) link

(I was elegantly and deftly shoehorning the Big Ben bongs bit in)*

stilt in the wings (sic), Friday, 26 February 2021 00:23 (thirty-four minutes ago) link

tonight I will be captain obliviousness

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Friday, 26 February 2021 00:26 (thirty-one minutes ago) link

Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012) - top-tier comic book-to-movie IMO

ya it's good (though doesn't adapt much of what Dredd's about), saw it in 3D on release so fear that rewatching on a TV would be a disappointment.

icyc, Alex Garland is totally the "author" of the film: as well as writing and producing, he was on set throughout, and Urban openly said in promo that he ignored Travis and asked all his questions of Garland (then came out six years later and said "be clear, Garland directed that movie and it should 100% be the first thing on his filmography.") Travis was locked out of post and the edit, and Garland only agreed to not formally seek a co-director credit after press leaks & some negotiating that ended up with a teeth-gritted press release, eleven months before the film came out, saying that Travis had agreed to "an unorthodox collaboration" when taking the job and everybody was proud of their work.

I didn't know any of this until Urban went fuck it, mask helmet off in 2018, but! Garland and (Beach producer) Andrew Macdonald had done the press tour in Australia. A reporter or three asked why Travis wasn't there to answer their questions, like they were being shortchanged. MacDonald started saying (pp) "filmmaking is a delicate weft of many skills and collaborators, a tapestry crafted by many hands," and Garland cut in with "look, if you've got someone who wrote the thing and produced the thing and hired the designers and worked with them for a year before hiring someone to run the camera department for a few weeks, then carried on making the film for over a year afterward, why not accept that they might know something about it, and ask him?"

Which was such an otm decentering of the default conceit of director as author that it was almost a letdown to read Urban go "nah he directed it."



*((also I'm not watching any of the M&C movies - 100% cannot concentrate on an animated feature 51 weeks into lockdown - so genuinely was surprised by the reference here: would have been mostly tuned out & waiting for the box office game if they did the bit on the ep))

stilt in the wings (sic), Friday, 26 February 2021 00:45 (twelve minutes ago) link


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