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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 (one year ago) link

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

flappy bird, Friday, 10 August 2018 17:22 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

xp wait, WHAT?

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:09 (one year ago) link

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

flappy bird, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:32 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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

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

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:37 (one year ago) link

It was fun etc.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:37 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 22:01 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

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

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

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

lol

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

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

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:27 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

lil too try hard idk

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:38 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 01:43 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Felt like re-watching Wolfen for some reason. Not as good as I remembered it being when I was 11.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 20 January 2020 03:21 (four weeks ago) link

Little Women (2019, Gerwig) 9/10
*International House (1933, Sutherland) 7/10
*Totally F***ed Up (1993, Araki) 7/10
The Squaw Man (1914, DeMille) 6/10
Don’t Change Your Husband (1919, DeMille) 8/10
The Cheat (1915, DeMille) 7/10
The Signal Tower (1924, Brown) 7/10
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932, Arzner) 7/10
Escale (1935, Valray) 6/10
So’s Your Old Man (1926, La Cava) 8/10
The Loves of Carmen (1927, Walsh) 5/10
The Queen of Spades (1949, Dickinson) 8/10
I Lost My Body (2019, Clapin) 7/10

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 January 2020 14:47 (four weeks ago) link

i also liked that 1949 queen of spades a lot... crazy direction!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 January 2020 20:48 (four weeks ago) link

MUBI:

Holy Motors (Carax, 2012)
The Wandering Soap Opera (Ruiz/Sarmiento, 2017)

Cinema:

Long Day's Journey into Night (Gan, 2019)
Waves (Shults, 2019)

xyzzzz__, Friday, 24 January 2020 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

well ulysses, it's a period Chekhov piece shot kinda like a noir

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 January 2020 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

The Last Black Man in San Francisco 4/5
I Am Cuba (1964) 4/5
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (2020) 2.5/5
Scarface (1932) 4/5
Atlantique (2019) 3.5/5
* Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) 4/5
* Memories of Murder (2003) 4.5/5
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992) 3/5
* The Last Detail (1974) 4.5/5
Knives Out 4/5

Shorts/Other:
John's Gone (Safdies, 2010) 3/5
What Did Jack Do? (Lynch, 2017) 3/5
John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) 3/5
Dottie Gets Spanked (Todd Haynes, 1993) 3.5/5

Chris L, Friday, 24 January 2020 20:54 (three weeks ago) link

morbs: yes! but with added moments of surrealism.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:02 (three weeks ago) link

pushkin, not chekhov

wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:39 (three weeks ago) link

mea culpa! need to read more Russians

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:54 (three weeks ago) link

Weak But Willing (Watson, 1929)
Melancholy Dame (Gillstrom, 1929)
Faro Nell (Watson, 1929)
The Iron Mule (Arbuckle & Jones, 1925)
She Done Him Wrong (Sherman, 1933)
The Song of Fame (Henabery, 1934)
Berserk! (O'Connolly, 1967)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Abrams, 2019)

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Sunday, 26 January 2020 23:12 (three weeks ago) link

SAG screeners + Independent Spirit Awards + winter + sick = long diary.

The House on the Square (Baker, 1951)
The Helen Morgan Story (Curtiz, 1957)
Farewell, My Lovely (Richards, 1975)
You Were Never Really Here (Ramsey, 2017)
D.O.A. (Maté, 1949)
The Vanishing (Sluizer,1988)
Good Time (Safdies, 2017)
King of New York (Ferrera, 1990)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (Rosenberg, 1984)
*Irma Vep (Assayas, 1996)
The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019)
A Night to Remember (Baker, 1958)
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Wolf, 2008)
Ramen Shop (Khoo, 2018)
Hot Summer Nights (Bynum, 2017)
Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (Menken, 1961)
Thunder Road (Cummings, 2018)
Good Boys (Stupnitsky, 2019)
The Irishman (Scorsese, 2019)
Judy (Goold, 2019)
Honeyland (Kotevska, Stefanov, 2019)
Apollo 11 (Miller, 2019)
Uncut Gems (Safdies, 2019)
Goldman v Silverman (Safdies, 2020)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Black, 2005)
Dans Paris (Honoré, 2006)
Marriage Story (Baumbach, 2019)
Unmade Beds (Dos Santos, 2009)
What Did Jack Do? (Lynch, 2017)
London (Keiller, 1994)

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:07 (three weeks ago) link

The Beach Bum (Korine 2019)
Too Funny To Fail (Greenbaum 2017)
Man Up (Ben Palmer, Tess Morris 2015)
* Mission: Impossible - Fallout (McQuarrie 2018)
Revenge (Hitchcock, Blas, Cockrell 1955)
Uncut Gems (Safdie, Safdie, Bronstein 2019) [DCP]
* Knives Out (Johnson 2019) [DCP]
Unstoppable (Scott, Bomback 2010)
Goldman v Silverman (Safdie, Safdie 2020)
1917 (Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns 2019) [DCP]
* Something Wild (Demme, Frye 1986)
Fast Colour (Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz 2019)
Lost In London (Harrelson 2017)
Most Likely To Murder (Gregor, Mand 2018)
Bad Boys For Lif3 (Adil and Bilall and Craig and Carnahan and Bremner 2020)
The Parallax View (Pakula, Giler, Semple Jr., Towne, Singer 1974)
* Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Kubrick, George, Southern 1964) [DCP]
Colour Out Of Space (Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, after H. P. Lovecraft 2020) [DCP]
* Alien (2003 alternate cut) (Scott, O'Bannon, Shusett, Giler, Hill 1979)
I Heard You Paint Houses (Scorsese, Zaillian, Brandt 2019) 🏋️
Cold Pursuit (Moland, Aakeson, Baldwin 2019)
Limbo (Liu, Spielman 2015)
Negative Reaction (Kjellin, Fischer 1974)
* Colossal (Vigalondo 2017)

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

really liked The Last Black Man in San Francisco, it was very dreamlike and its storyline kept going in directions I didn't expect

Dan S, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 04:55 (three weeks ago) link

Yes! I keep hard pitching that film at everyone I meet. It's on Amazon Prime btw!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 05:29 (three weeks ago) link

January:

House of Frankenstein (Kenton, 1944) 7/10
The Blood Spattered Bride (Arandi, 1972) 7/10
Taking Off (Forman, 1971) 8/10
Little Women (Cukor, 1933) 8/10
House of Dracula (Kenton, 1945) 6/10
Rio Conchos (Douglas, 1964) 8/10 (that's Gordon, not Kirk)
Little Women (Gerwig, 2019) 8/10
Short Night of Glass Dolls (Lado, 1971) 6/10
Heller in Pink Tights (Cukor, 1960) 7/10
The Missouri Breaks (Penn, 1976) 8/10
The Gore Gore Girls (Lewis, 1972) 6/10
The Big Racket (Castellari, 1976) 8/10
Ghost Story (Weeks, 1974) 6/10
Major Dundee (Peckinpah, 1965) 8/10
Woman is the Future of Man (Hong, 2004) 8/10
Isle of the Dead (Robson, 1945) 7/10
The Church (Soavi, 1989) 7/10
A Hidden Life (Malick, 2019) 8/10
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Iannucci, 2019) 6/10
On the Buses (Booth, 1971) 3/10
Mutiny on the Buses (Booth, 1972) 4/10
Holiday on the Buses (Izzard, 1973) 5/10

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 1 February 2020 07:59 (two weeks ago) link

Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970, Furie) 5/10
L.A. Plays Itself (1972, Halsted) (51m) 6/10
The Sex Garage (1972, Halsted) (35m) 5/10
The Lighthouse (2019, Eggers) 6/10
Guns of the Trees (1961, Mekas) 8/10
The Strange One (1957, Garfein) 7/10
Bless Their Little Hearts (1983, Woodberry) 8/10
The Old Fashioned Way (1934, Beaudine) 7/10
Nationtime—Gary (1972, Greaves) 6/10
You’re Telling Me! (1934, Kenton) 7/10
*The Masque of the Red Death (1964, Corman) 9/10
*It’s a Gift (1934, McLeod) 10/10

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

Harriet (Lemmons, 2019) 4/10
* Mistress America (Baumbach, 2015) 7/10
The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky, 1985) 5/10
* Under Fire (Spottiswoode, 1983) 8/10
* Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder, 1976) 7/10
Kes (Loach, 1969) 8/10
Westfront 1918 (Pabst, 1929) 9/10

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

For January:

Great:
Spirited Away (2001, Rewatch in theater)
The Wind Rises (2013, Rewatch in theater)
Honeyland (2018, Rewatch in theater)

Very Good to Very Very Good:
Jay Himself (2019)
Muxes (2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlzhXBjmaUw
Midnight Family (2019 in theater)
Porco Rosso (1992, in theater)
What Did Jack Do? (David Lynch 2020)

Okay to Very Good:
Color Out of Space (2020, in theater)
John Berger and the Art of Looking (2016)

Aborted:
Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs (2019)
Chained for Life (2019)

Immediately in Progress:
I Am Thor (2015)
Uncut Gems (2019)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 1 February 2020 22:32 (two weeks ago) link

Vertige (1969, Beaudin)
Logan Lucky (2017, Soderbergh)
The Wonderland Experience (2002, Hardyment)
Ford v Ferrari (2019, Mangold)
Anna (2019, Besson)
This Is Not A Test (1962, Gadette)
Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012, Bulger)
The 10th Victim (1965, Petri)
The Call of Cthulhu (2005, Leman)
Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles (2019, Prelinger)
Color Out of Space (2019, Stanley)
Black Tight Killers (1966, Hasebe)

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

The Ghost Walks (Strayer, 1934)
One Hour Late (Murphy, 1934)
Snow Birds (White, 1932)
Secret of the Chateau (Thorpe, 1934)
The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (Rafkin, 1966)
Daughter (Kashcheeva, 2019)
Hair Love (Smith et al, 2019)
Kitbull (Sullivan, 2019)
Memorable (Collet, 2019)
Sister (Song, 2019)
Brotherhood (Joobeur, 2018)
Nefta Football Club (Piat, 2018)
The Neighbors' Window (Curry, 2019)
Saria (Buckley, 2019)

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Sunday, 2 February 2020 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

Nights of Cabiria

I loved this. The final scenes are just devastating. Giulietta Masina is incredible in this. She has this mix of sassiness and naivety.

The Asphalt Jungle

I wanted to see this for years but it was disappointing. Its a bit stiff and I like my noirs to be a bit more feverish and crazed. The Killing is much better than this.

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 3 February 2020 00:07 (two weeks ago) link

The Killing is much better than this.

Orson Welles said so too.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 February 2020 00:24 (two weeks ago) link

The Return (Zvyagintsev)*
The Banishment (Zvyagintsev)*
Elena (Zvyagintsev)*
Leviathan (Zvyagintsev)*
Loveless (Zvyagintsev)
Crossing the Line (Marcello)
The Mouth of the Wolf (Marcello)
The Silence of Pelesjan (Marcello)
No Fear, No Die (Denis)
I Can’t Sleep (Denis)
US Go Home (Denis)
Nenette and Boni (Denis)
Atlantics (Diop)*
Les Miserables (Ly)
Bad Company (Eustache)
Santa Claus has Blue Eyes (Eustache)
Frozen II (Lee & Buck)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Abrams)
1917 (Mendes)
Knives Out (Johnson)
Blade Runner (Scott)
Matchstick Men (Scott)
Logan (Mangold)
Ford v Ferrari (Mangold)
Jojo Rabbit (Waititi)
The Tiniest Place (Huezo)
Tempestad (Huezo)
Anima Mundi (Reggio)
Rome Wants Another Caesar (Jancso)
A Toute Allure (Kramer)
Muukalainen (Valkeapäa)
My God, How Low I’ve Fallen (Comencini)
Kagi (Ichikawa)
Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (Hara)
Daddy Longlegs (Safdie & Safdie)
Heaven Knows What (Safdie & Safdie)
Good Time (Safdie & Safdie)*
Uncut Gems (Safdie & Safdie)

If you get a chance, check out those Huezo films. They were on the list of 25 best Latin American films of the last decade we discussed a while back, and they are pretty incredible documentaries.

Frederik B, Monday, 3 February 2020 12:59 (two weeks ago) link

tempestad is on my list.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 February 2020 13:06 (two weeks ago) link

2020 so far:

So Long, My Son (Wang, 2019) 6/10
*Terrorizers (Yang, 1986) 10/10
*Yi Yi (Yang, 2000) 10/10
Out-Takes From the Life of a Happy Man (Mekas, 2012) 8/10
Visions of an Island (Hopinka, 2016) 4/10
Malni – Towards the ocean, Towards the shore (Hopinka, 2020) 7/10
Une femme est une femme (Godard, 1961) 7/10
All the Corners of the World (Tsai, 1989) 6/10
Nothing Sacred (Wellman, 1937) 6/10
The Women (Cukor, 1939) 8/10
*Love and Friendship (Stillman, 2016) 8/10
Uncut Gems (Safdie, Safdie, 2019) 8/10
It Has to be lived Once and Dreamed Twice (Kohlberger, 2019) 7/10
Humming, Fast and Slow (Kohlberger, 2013) 6/10
Not Even Nothing can be Free of Ghosts (Kohlberger, 2016) 7/10
Keep that Dream Burning (Kohlberger, 2017) 8/10
To Sleep With Anger (Burnett, 1990) 8/10
Twentieth Century (Hawks, 1934) 8/10
Elena and Her Men (Renoir, 1956) 5/10
Five Year Diary (Reels 22, 23, 80,81) (Robinson) 9/10
As I was Moving Ahead… (Mekas, 2000) 9/10
Le Mepris (Godard, 1964) 8/10
Goldman v Silverman (Safdie, Safdie, 2020) 2/10
What did Jack Do? (Lynch, 2017) 5/10
Calypso (Tait, 1955) 6/10
The Drift Back (Tait, 1957)
Palindrome (Tait, 1964) 7/10
Walden (Mekas, 1969) 4/10
*Jeanne Dielman… (Akerman, 1975) 10/10
*Akira (Otomo, 1988) 6/10
Sebastian and Jonas Leaving the Party (Jacobs, 2019) 6/10
The Georgetown Loop (Jacobs, 1996) 7/10
Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks, 1939) 10/10
*Phantom Thread (Anderson, 2017) 10/10
Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959) 10/10
*Porco Rosso (Miyazaki, 1992) 9/10
Le Beau Mariage (Rohmer, 1982) 5/10
Alphaville (Godard, 1965) 6/10

devvvine, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:45 (two weeks ago) link

Good Intentions (short - Mantzaris, 2018)
God Told Me To (Cohen, 1976)
Le Corbeau (Clouzot, 1943)
Sorry, Wrong Number (Litvak, 1948)
Ash Is Purest White (Jia, 2018)
Separate Tables (Mann, 1958)
The Last Details (Ashby, 1973)
The Swimmer (Perry, 1968)
What Did Jack Do? (short - Lynch, 2017)
Begone, Dull Care (short - McLaren, Lambart, 1949)
Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder, 1976)
The Fugitive Kind (Lumet, 1960)
Dragged Across Concrete (Zahler, 2019)
L'assassin habite au 21 (Clouzot, 1942)
My Best Fiend (Herzog, 1999)
Fata Morgana (Herzog, 1971)
The Image Book (Godard, 2018)
The Naked Prey (Wilde, 1965)
Hot Biskits (short - Williams, 1931)
Big in Vietnam (short - Diop, 2012)
Liberian Boy (short - Diop, 2015)
A Married Woman (Godard, 1964)

Miami weisse (WmC), Thursday, 6 February 2020 04:10 (one week ago) link

Missile (Wiseman, 1988) - 10/10
*Tout Va Bien (Godard, Gorin; 1972) - 9/10
Letter to Jane (Godard, Gorin; 1972) - 6/10
Not Wanted (Lupino, 1949) - 9/10
*The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Fassbinder, 1972) - 10/10
Daisy Miller (Bogdanovich, 1974) - 7/10
*Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry, 2004) - 9/10
Targets (Bogdanovich, 1968) - 8/10
Le Petit Soldat (Godard, 1963) - 7/10
Perfect Love (Breillat, 1996) - 9/10
*The Terminator (Cameron, 1984) - 9/10
Kaili Blues (BI, 2015) - 8/10
The Swimmer (Perry, 1968) - 10/10
In Another Country (Hong, 2012) - 8/10
Innocents with Dirty Hands (Chabrol, 1975) - 7/10
The Green Ray (Rohmer, 1986) - 10/10

Domestic Violence (Wiseman, 2001) - 10/10
Hotel by the River (Hong, 2018) - 8/10
Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai, 1992) - 9/10
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Yates, 1973) - 9/10
Becky Sharp (Mamoulian, 1935) - 6/10
Madame Bovary (Chabrol, 1991) - 8/10
Point Blank (Boorman, 1967) - 7/10
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai, 2003) - 8/10
The Stationmaster’s Wife (Fassbinder, 1977) - 7/10
Isabelle Huppert, une vie pour jouer (Toubaina, 2001) - 8/10
The Naked and the Dead (Walsh, 1958) - 7/10
Fallen Angels (Wong, 1995) - 10/10
Ossessione (Visconti, 1943) - 8/10
Inspector Bellamy (Chabrol, 2009) - 6/10
Domestic Violence 2 (Wiseman, 2002) - 10/10

flappy bird, Thursday, 6 February 2020 07:48 (one week ago) link

Parasite (6.0)
El Camino (6.0)
Little Women (7.5)
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (7.0)
Uncut Gems (5.0)
Bombshell (6.0)
Richard Jewell (6.5)
Dark Waters (6.5)
Making Waves (7.0)
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (7.5)

I thought 10 movies in two months (I last posted here Dec. 6) was a snail's pace, but that works out to 60 a year, which is normal for me, so moving out of the city hasn't changed much at all in terms of numbers--the change is that Bombshell and Richard Jewell probably would have been replaced by a couple more documentaries.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 February 2020 14:29 (six days ago) link

Finally got around to Knives Out; had no idea it had so much in common with Parasite in its own (very mannered, solidly entertaining, well cast) way

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:48 (six days ago) link

Boy, "Honeyland" was some rough stuff, like watching a live action Biblical (Old Testament) parable.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 February 2020 03:16 (five days ago) link

she calls a fucking plague on them!

Egoyan's new one, "Guest of Honor," is not good. Well acted, loopy and silly script.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 14 February 2020 04:36 (five days ago) link

Every time someone disses Guest of Honor I'm going to mention that it premiered at Venice last year, where there were only two women in competition, and the festival director refused critique because he only chooses the best art.

Frederik B, Friday, 14 February 2020 09:15 (five days ago) link

my first egoyan! unless someone argues otherwise, likely my last egoyan.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 14 February 2020 14:51 (five days ago) link

No! See his first ... 7? 8?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 February 2020 15:05 (five days ago) link

All great, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 February 2020 15:05 (five days ago) link

Remember honestly wasn't bad either. Very late style film, but the camerawork was good, and the script was insane enough to work. But boy has Egoyan made a lot of crap over the last, what, fifteen years? I suspect Where the Truth Lies will be horrifying on a rewatch.

Frederik B, Friday, 14 February 2020 15:12 (five days ago) link

Atlantics (2019) 9/10
Daddy Longlegs (2010) 8/10
Pickup on South Street (1953) 7/10
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) 6/10
A Hidden Life (2020) 8/10
Mission Impossible 2 (2000) 2/10
Good Time (2017) 8/10
Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) 6/10
Zama (2017) 9/10
Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979) 7/10
Funeral in Berlin (1966) 7/10
The Third Man (1949) 10/10
On the Bowery (1957) 8/10
Bob le Flambeur (1959) 9/10
The Color Out of Space (2020) 2/10
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) 7/10
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) 9/10
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1975) 7/10
Mission Impossible 3 (2006) 6/10

its been a weird month

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 14 February 2020 15:29 (five days ago) link

what is the essential egoyan? Sweet Hereafter?
Guest of Honor was frankly bad; the twist in the middle literally had me shaking my head.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 14 February 2020 15:46 (five days ago) link

Sweet hereafter or Exotica which is a very odd but great film

or something, Friday, 14 February 2020 15:55 (five days ago) link

Either of those two for sure. His first several movies have a lot of thematic consistency, so if you like those two you will like his earlier films as well.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 February 2020 16:06 (five days ago) link

will try at some point.

Saw Barbara Kopple's new documentary for the History Channel, "Desert One," about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and the failed 1980 rescue attempt that ended with eight dead Delta Force members. I thought it was great; not sure how it could have been done any better without much discussing Reagan or the politics of that moment and our moment more closely... but that's honestly a different film. What she got out of the amazing lineup of interviewees (including Carter, who she said she had all of 20 minutes with) and the declassified phone calls between the white house and the military is stunning. Highly recommended when it comes to the teevee.

At the talkback, they had two of the helicopter pilots and one of the hostages onstage; it was real intense.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:11 (five days ago) link

Legendary Weapons of China (SB; Liu Chia-Liang, 1982) 5/10 couldn't follow the story but the magic boxing was rad
Little Women (2019) 6/10
What Did Jack Do? (Lynch, 2017)
Marriage Story (white people, 2019) 6/10
Parasite (Joon-ho, 2019) 9/10

wasdnuos (abanana), Saturday, 15 February 2020 00:53 (four days ago) link

calendar is my favorite egoyan. but sweet hereafter is a better starting point.

wasdnuos (abanana), Saturday, 15 February 2020 00:56 (four days ago) link

The Tree of Life (2011, Malick; expanded version) 8/10
Georgia, Georgia (1972, Bjorkman) 5/10
It Happened to Jane (1959, Quine) 6/10
*The Tree of Life (2011, Malick; theatrical version) 9/10
Lions Love (1969, Varda) 5/10
*Matewan (1987, Sayles) 7/10
Afternoon (2007, Schanelec) 7/10
*Girl Shy (1924, Newmeyer, Taylor) 8/10
Fast Trip, Long Drop (1994, Bordowitz) 6/10
*Holiday (1938, Cukor) 9/10
An Affair of the Skin (1963, Maddow) 4/10
The Tamarind Seed (1974, Edwards) 6/10
Sextool (1975, Halsted) 4/10
Uncut Gems (2019, Safdie, Safdie) 8/10

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 16 February 2020 15:05 (three days ago) link

The Panic Is On (Parrott, 1931)
The Hasty Marriage (Pratt, 1931)
The Phantom Fiend (Elvey, 1932)
A Honeymoon Adventure (Elvey, 1931)
The Mole People (Vogel, 1956)
Shirin (Kiarostami, 2008)
Ten (Kiarostami, 2002)

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Monday, 17 February 2020 00:29 (two days ago) link

The Gentlemen (Ritchie, Atchinson, Davies 2020) [DCP] 1/10
* Death To Smoochy (DeVito, Resnick 2002) 4/10
Le Mans '66 (Ford x Ferrari) (Mangold, Butterworth, Butterworth, Keller 2019) [DCP] 4/10
* Aliens (Cameron, Giler, Hill 1986) 7/10
* True Romance (Scott, Tarantino 1993) 7/10
The Audition (Scorsese, Winter 2015) 2/10
By Dawn's Early Light (Hart, Berk 1974) 8/10

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Monday, 17 February 2020 04:33 (two days ago) link

death to smoochy is a classic

flappy bird, Monday, 17 February 2020 07:24 (two days ago) link

I've probably said this elsewhere, but Le Mans 66, if done right, would have been a more effective anti-capitalist film than Parasite.

Frederik B, Monday, 17 February 2020 08:44 (two days ago) link

it really whiffed the opportunities that were there

attempts to gesture at some "maybe underdog narratives only exist because of the strictures of capitalism" themes but is terrified of actually having a point, let alone considering that glorifying motor vehicle production & wildly recreational burning of fossil fuels is plainly endorsing a death cult in 2019.

― Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Monday, February 10, 2020 7:50 AM (one week ago)

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Monday, 17 February 2020 09:35 (two days ago) link

MUBI:

Pierrot Le Fou (Godard, 1965)
Made in USA (Godard, 1966)
Suzaki Paradise: Red Light District (Kawashima, 1956)
The Devil's Eye (Bergman, 1960)
Clockers (Lee, 1995)

Cinema:

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Sciamma, 2019)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 22:31 (yesterday) link


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