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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 (, 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 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 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)
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


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 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 (, 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

That movie is so good. Best Shakespeare adaptation?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 June 2020 02:38 (three weeks ago) link

It's one of the very best. I think the only other good one I've seen is King Lear (Peter Brook)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 20 June 2020 14:04 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, and Ran, of course.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 June 2020 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

Arabian Nights (Pasolini, 1974)
Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau, 1946)
A Kiss Before Dying (Oswald, 1956)
American Gigolo (Schrader, 1980)
It Chapter 2 (Muschietti, 2019)
Animal Crackers (Heerman, 1930)
The Underworld Story (Enfield, 1950)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962)
Farewell, My Lovely (Richards, 1975)
The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 1953)

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Saturday, 20 June 2020 16:34 (three weeks ago) link

A Scandal in Paris (Sirk, 1946) - 7/10
Grass (Hong, 2018) - 8/10
*My Night at Maud’s (Rohmer, 1969) - 10/10
*Martha (Fassbinder, 1974) - 9/10
*La Collectionneuse (Rohmer, 1967) - 7/10
*Shanghai Express (Sternberg, 1932) - 10/10
On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (Hong, 2002) - 8/10
*Dishonored (Sternberg, 1931) - 10/10
Yourself and Yours (Hong, 2016) - 8/10
The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, 1957) - 8/10
Sword of Trust (Shelton, 2019) - 3/10
Charley Varrick (Siegel, 1973) - 8/10
*Black Girl (Sembène, 1966) - 9/10
*I Am Curious (Yellow) (Sjöman, 1967) - 8/10
*Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder, 1974) - 10/10
*Claire’s Knee (Rohmer, 1970) - 8/10
Moonrise (Borzage, 1948) - 10/10
*Je, tu, il, elle (Akerman, 1974) - 9/10
Chicken with Vinegar (Chabrol, 1985) - 6/10
Body Double (DePalma, 1984) - 7/10
Death by Hanging (Oshima, 1968) - 9/10
Casualties of War (DePalma, 1989) - 5/10
Minnie & Moskowitz (Cassavetes, 1971) - 7/10
Gone Baby Gone (Affleck, 2007) - 8/10
Inspector Lavardin (Chabrol, 1986) - 6/10
Reflections in a Golden Eye (Huston, 1967) - 6/10
*Alphaville (Godard, 1965) - 10/10
Tommaso (Ferrara, 2019) - 9/10
Riot in Cell Block 11 (Siegel, 1954) - 9/10
*The Devil, Probably (Bresson, 1977) - 10/10
À Nos Amours (Pialat, 1983) - 8/10
*Love in the Afternoon (Rohmer, 1972) - 7/10
Pasolini (Ferrara, 2014) - 8/10

flappy bird, Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:21 (three weeks ago) link

*Dreamchild (1985, Millar) 6/10
The Homecoming (1973, Hall) 8/10
Strike (1925, Eisenstein) 10/10
*The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Bunuel) 9/10
Hallelujah (1929, K. Vidor) 8/10
A Chump at Oxford (1940, Goulding) 7/10
The Killing Floor (1984, Duke)
The Wedding Night (1935, K. Vidor) 6/10
Original Cast Album: Company (1970, Pennebaker) 8/10
*Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963, Drew) 9/10

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:45 (three weeks ago) link

The Killing Floor 7/10

Polanski made a brutish, fine Macbeth too:

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:48 (three weeks ago) link

Roadblock (Harold Daniels, 1951)
Memory: The Origins of Alien (Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019)
The Last Of Sheila (Herbert Ross, 1973)
I Aim At The Stars (J. Lee Thompson, 1960)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Joe Talbot, 2019)
The Vast Of Night (Andrew Patterson, 2019)
Trouble In Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)
Cleopatra Wong (Bobby A. Suarez, 1978)
H. (Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, 2014)
7 uomini d'oro (Marco Vicario, 1965)
Korla (John Turner, 2015)

I probably would have liked Trouble In Mind had I seen it new and not 35 years later but I suspect I was wanting it to be a different movie. The two fan documentaries are fannish, but the Korla Pandit doc has a lot of terrific footage I'd never seen before. Roadblock is a gritty RKO noir that stuck in my head far longer than the rest - recommended!

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 June 2020 02:49 (three weeks ago) link

Saw Trouble In Mind during lockdown, having missed a Rudolph-hosted screening at the museum that plays Divine’s house the week before. It’s not good per se, and moderately boring, but would still play better in an audience who had no particular expectations. It was fun matching the locations to IRL and seeing the changes, for sure. (The cafe that most characters converge around is now a marijuana shop.)

Sitting at the drive-in rn, waiting for sunset, to see my first projected movie in months.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:35 (three weeks ago) link

thats awesome

flappy bird, Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:02 (three weeks ago) link

Fabulous Baker Boys, Trouble In Mind, and McQ would make for a ridiculously great old Old Seattle triple team

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 June 2020 05:47 (three weeks ago) link


Vivarium (2019) 7/10
Get On Up (2014) 7/10
*King of New York (1990) 8/10
*Scum (1979) 8/10
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 7/10
*Animal Farm (1954) 8/10
England is Mine (2017) 4/10
Ronin (1998) 7/10
Fedora (1978) 7/10
*Wayne's World (1992) 7/10
Last Night (1998) 8/10
Sully (2016) 5/10
*Supersonic (2016) 8/10
The Sacrifice (1986) 5/10
*Logan (2017) 7/10
Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among The Bees (1991) 7/10
The Mule (2018) 6/10
Every Day is Like Sunday (2016) 6/10
The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom (2007) 8/10
The Century of The Self (2002) 9/10
Woman at War (2018) 8/10

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Sunday, 21 June 2020 12:51 (three weeks ago) link

Fabulous Baker Boys, Trouble In Mind, and McQ would make for a ridiculously great old Old Seattle triple team

Fabulous Baker Boys is nearly all LA playing Seattle. Sub in Scorchy (1976 all-location flick that appears to have been written as a blaxploitation, then cast with a white lady), or Harry In Your Pocket (1973 pickpocket flick starring James Coburn, the only film directed by Mission Impossible creator Bruce Geller) for higher dosages.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 21 June 2020 13:10 (three weeks ago) link

Daughters of the Dust (1991, dir. Julie Dash)

this is very good. have you all seen it? the setting is 1902, a Gullah family living on the Sea Islands off the coast of GA/SC, making a move to the mainland

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:32 (three weeks ago) link

That film is great! Apparently she is doing a biopic on Angela Davis

covid coronenberg (wins), Sunday, 21 June 2020 19:39 (three weeks ago) link

Mention of “fan documentaries” above... this is a weird thing now, these kickstarted 9 hour dvd extras masquerading as actual films. Lots of them on shudder.

Anyway I just watched the first ep of a very stupid and exploitative shudder doc on “cursed films”. It’s very insubstantial and you could just spend 2 minutes reading a wiki subsection, the talking heads they get (a film critic, a podcaster, a couple of professional sceptics) are all actual idiots with zero insight. Nobody bothers to mention that Julian Beck had already been diagnosed with cancer when he was cast so his death was hardly surprising, or consider whether the child actor nearly being choked by a malfunctioning effect might be more indicative of a lax attitude to worker protection in a production by a filmmaker who would produce a film the very next year in which two children died. The only thing that made it worthwhile viewing was a 5-minute interview with the director of poltergeist 3, who seems genuinely haunted by the experience. Also right at the end the effects supervisor from the first film shuts down the whole myth so definitively that you’re like: well, yeah, so wtf have we been doing for the last half hour?

covid coronenberg (wins), Sunday, 21 June 2020 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

Also I have to say the behind the scenes footage of p3 where it’s clear heather o’rourke is very unwell was hard to watch

covid coronenberg (wins), Sunday, 21 June 2020 20:01 (three weeks ago) link

need to rewatch Daughters of the Dust W/ subtitles on

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 June 2020 20:09 (three weeks ago) link

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Haynes 1988)
Spiritual Kung Fu (Lo Wei, 1978)
$ (Brooks, 1975)
The Hatbox (short - Mottola, 1985)
Vera Drake (Leigh, 2004)
Street of Crocodiles (short - Quay Bros., 1986)
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, 2005)
Symphony in Black and Blue (short - Scotto, 1932)
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (short - Scorsese, 1963)
Michigan Avenue (short - Gordon, Benning, 1973)
I-94 (short - Gordon, Benning, 1974)
The Big Shave (short - Scorsese, 1967)
Cab Calloway's Hi-de-Ho (short - Waller, 1934)
Katzelmacher (Fassbinder, 1969) (best episode of "Friends" ever)
Down There (Akerman, 2006)
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (short - Quay Bros., 1987)
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Petri, 1970)
Coup de grace (Schlondorff, 1976)
In Absentia (short - Quay Bros., 2000)
The Phantom Museum (short - Quay Bros., 2003)
Golden Eighties (Akerman, 1986)
Italianamerican (Scorsese, 1974)
In a Year of 13 Moons (Fassbinder, 1978)
Toni (Renoir, 1935)
Original Cast Album: "Company" (Pennebaker, 1970)

Irritable Baal (WmC), Monday, 22 June 2020 01:59 (three weeks ago) link

Katzelmacher (Fassbinder, 1969) (best episode of "Friends" ever)


flappy bird, Monday, 22 June 2020 04:23 (three weeks ago) link

South (1999; Chantal Akerman's look at the James Byrd murder in TX) 4/5
* Melvin and Howard (1980) 4/5
Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) 3/5
Event Horizon (1997) 2.5/5
Candyman (1992) 3.5/5
Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) 3.5/5
You Don't Nomi (2019) 3/5
Married to the Mob (1988) 3.5/5

Chris L, Monday, 22 June 2020 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

Harry In Your Pocket (1973 pickpocket flick starring James Coburn, the only film directed by Mission Impossible creator Bruce Geller) for higher dosages.

Terrific movie and ashamed I forgot it (stand corrected of FBB)

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 22 June 2020 22:17 (three weeks ago) link

The depression/insomnia/existential dread has finally receded enough for me to start watching movies again, so in the last three days it's been:

Crimewave (the forgotten/discarded Coens/Raimi joint; shrill and dumb and way more fun than its reputation suggests) 3/5
Antiviral (Cronenberg fils' debut picture which has been sitting on my shelf in shrinkwrap for like 6 years; see above re: depression- was surprised by how much I loved this) 4/5
Seventh Curse (want to see a martial arts movie where Chow Yun-Fat does nothing but smoke a pipe and shoot a demon in the face with a rocket launcher? you should, it rules) 3.5/5

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 01:08 (three weeks ago) link

Just saw an excellent documentary called "An Uncomfortable Truth." The backstory is that my wife grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and one of her favorite teachers, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, was a famous civil rights activist ( My wife sort of knew that, but she was probably too young at the time to appreciate it. Anyway, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland has two sons, Loki and Geronimo (how cool is that?), that my wife knew, and Loki specifically has gone on to make a couple of great documentaries, the first about his mom and the second, this one, which is simultaneously about the racist foundations of America but also about how he and his mom, this famous civil rights activist, have personally benefitted from that same racist foundation, stretching all the way back to his slave owning family at Jonestown. Anyway, it's really a beautiful story, told simply and powerfully, that gets to the heart of a lot of truths about this country that people don't talk much about or, maybe more accurately, are starting to talk about more right now.

Anyway, it can be streamed lots of places.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 28 June 2020 20:42 (two weeks ago) link

Toni (Renoir, 1935)
Whirlpool (Neill, 1934)
Panique (Duvivier, 1946)
Foolish Wives (von Stroheim, 1922)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Juran & Harryhausen, 1958)
*It's a Gift (Fay, 1923)
*Won in a Closet (Normand, 1914)
A Waggin' Tale (de Haven, 1923)

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Sunday, 28 June 2020 22:28 (two weeks ago) link


Meshes of the Afternoon (Deren & Hammid, 1943) 9/10
The Cat and the Canary (Nugent, 1939) 8/10
GU04 (Strickland, 2019) 6/10
Die, Monster, Die (Haller, 1965) 5/10
A Study in Terror (Hill, 1965) 7/10
The Case of the Scorpion's Tale (Martino, 1971) 7/10
Exorcist II: The Heretic (Boorman, 1977) 4/10
Moon Zero Two (Baker, 1969) 7/10
Night of the Eagle (Hayers, 1962) 7/10
Vera Cruz (Aldrich, 1954) 7/10
Pieces (Simón, 1982) 7/10
Sudden Fear (Miller, 1952) 8/10
The Full Treatment (Guest, 1960) 4/10
Swamp (Holt & Smithson, 1969) 9/10
The Damned (Losey, 1963) 7/10
You Only Live Once (Lang, 1937) 8/10
Ten Seconds to Hell (Aldrich, 1959) 4/10
Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (Uchida, 1955) 8/10
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Martino, 1972) 7/10
Calling All Police Cars (Caiano, 1975) 7/10

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 05:52 (two weeks ago) link

two weeks, pretty light:

Be Water (2020, Nguyen)
The Jerk (1974, Reiner)

Consistently Pretty Good to Very Very Good:
Where’s My Roy Cohn? (2019, Tyrnauer)
El Campeón de Mundo (2020, Madiero and Borgia)
Who You Think I Am (2020, Sebbou)

Almost Okay to Occasionally Pretty Good:
Sometimes Always Never (2020, Hunter)
Ringside (2020, Hörmann)
Eating up Easter (2020, Mata’u Rapu)
Booksellers (2020, Young)

For "Who You Think I Am" I spent a week collaborating with a french speaker to write English fansubs, first time I ever tried that. Watched the movie probably nine times. Happy to share if anyone's interested!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:57 (two weeks ago) link

I'm also taking on a project of watching all the historical Looney Tunes shorts. The Bosko ones are repetitive, formulaic and racist but there are some truly hallucinogenic ideas and designs.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

Getting back up to speed.

13 Ghosts (Castle, 1960)- 2.5/5 'salright
*Miller's Crossing (Coen, 1990)- 4.5/5 damn near perfect film, not a fan of Burwell's score but that's just nitpicking
The Swimmer (Perry, 1968)- 3/5 unsure about the expansion from Cheever's story (haven't read it in ages but I feel like there was a more, for lack of a better term, magical realist dimension than "oh this dude crazy" as in the film) but the casting and seedy suburban-ness (that gross pool party with the big plastic dome!), and Marvin Hamlisch's overripe romantic-to-the-point-of-gothic score, are excellent
Succubus/Necronomicon (Franco, 1968)- 3/5 the first Franco film I've really vibed with; I'm not denying Franco's artistry but it's easier to come to grips with Succubus' art film pretensions than the usual Franco feel of "check out my partner's bush, it is fuckin righteous"

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 18:11 (two weeks ago) link

*Anatomy of a Murder (Preminger, 1959) 10/10
If You Could Only Cook (Seiter, 1935) 6/10
The Fountainhead (K. Vidor, 1949) 4/10
*Bunny Lake Is Missing (Preminger, 1965) 7/10
The Westerner (Wyler, 1940) 8/10
Drive a Crooked Road (Quine, 1954) 6/10
Phase IV (Bass, 1974) 8/10
*Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger, 1958) 10/10
That Certain Summer (Johnson, TV, 1972) 5/10
*The Lineup (Siegel, 1958) 9/10
*Big Night (Tucci, Scott, 1996) 8/10
Captains Courageous (Fleming, 1937) 7/10
*Death Race 2000 (Bartel, 1975) 6/10

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

That Certain Summer (Johnson, TV, 1972) 5/10

Got a significant segment in the new AppleTV+ five-part series on the history of LGBTQ representation on American TV. Hard to tell if it was good but I'll certainly shop Hal Holbrook and young Martin Sheen.

Get the point? Good, let's dance with nunchaku. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 20:23 (two weeks ago) link

It's to 1972 what Philadelphia was to 1993; a timid foot in the door, a plea for tolerance. Holbrook gives a solid performance despite the limitations. There are some very enlightening video interviews online with Holbrook, William Link (one of the two Columbo/Mannix guys who wrote it), and the director Lamont Johnson, who says Martin Sheen approached him one day hoping to work a cure for homosexuality into the plot...

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

what do you think of Daisy Kenyon? I don't think I've seen that much Preminger

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 July 2020 04:17 (one week ago) link

Dance, Girl, Dance (Arzner, 1940) - 8/10
*Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1967) - 9/10
*Get Him to the Greek (Stoller, 2010) - 8/10
L’enfance Nue (Pialat, 1968) - 9/10
Summer Hours (Assayas, 2008) - 7/10
*Vivre sa Vie (Godard, 1962) - 10/10
The Town (Affleck, 2010) - 4/10
*Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (Fassbinder, 1975) - 10/10
Strait-Jacket (Castle, 1964) - 9/10
White Heat (Walsh, 1949) - 9/10
The Most Dangerous Game (Schoedsack, Pichel; 1932) - 8/10
Secret Ceremony (Losey, 1968) - 6/10
*The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959) - 8/10
Da 5 Bloods (Lee, 2020) - 8/10
*Satan’s Brew (Fassbinder, 1976) - 9/10
Postcards from the Edge (Nichols, 1990) - 7/10
*A Married Woman (Godard, 1965) - 8/10
Wasp Network (Assayas, 2020) - 7/10
That’s My Boy (Anders, 2012) - 6/10
Rebel Without a Cause (Ray, 1955) - 9/10
Accident (Losey, 1967) - 6/10
The Sleeping Beauty (Breillat, 2010) - 7/10
Irresistible (Stewart, 2020) - 0/10
Irma Vep (Assayas, 1996) - 8/10
*Despair (Fassbinder, 1978) - 5/10
Dark Victory (Goulding, 1939) - 7/10
Police (Pialat, 1985) - 7/10
Supernatural (Halperin, 1933) - 7/10
*Les Biches (Chabrol, 1968) - 9/10
Riff-Raff (Loach, 1991) - 8/10
I Am Curious (Blue) (Sjöman, 1968) - 8/10

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 July 2020 06:04 (one week ago) link

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (Taurog, 1934)
It’s the Old Army Game (Sutherland, 1926)
America (Griffith, 1924)
Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (Beaudine, 1966)
Shine Em Up (Davis, 1922)
A Thrilling Romance (Robbins, 1926)
*The Scarecrow (Keaton & Cline, 1920)

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:50 (one week ago) link

Busy week and a half.

Jasper Mall (Thomason and Whitcomb, 2020)
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Iannucci, 2020)

Consistently Pretty Good to Very Very Good:
Red Dog (Pinkston and Dick, 2020)
Miss Juneteenth (Peoples, 2020)
Pahokie (Lucas and Bresnan, 2020)
Pipe Dreams (Tenenbaum, 2020)
Aya of Yop City (Abouet and Oubrerie, 2013)
Jump Shot (Hamiton, 2019)

Almost Okay to Occasionally Pretty Good:
Inmate 1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (Harvey, 2020)

First Cow, Lynn and Lucy, Radioactive, Ghost of Peter Sellers, Fanny Lye Deliver'd, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Radioactive, Relic, Scheme Birds

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 10 July 2020 05:00 (five days ago) link

I thought "Palm Springs" was better than I expected it to be, if not really as good as it could have been, but it was still enjoyable. Great soundtrack.

Watched "The Seventh Seal," "Spirit of the Beehive" and "Some Like it Hot" with my daughter this week. Appreciated but I don't think liked the first, liked the second, but (of course) really enjoyed the third.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 July 2020 02:51 (four days ago) link

where is Palm Springs? Netflix?

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:11 (four days ago) link


terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:20 (four days ago) link


flappy bird, Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:32 (four days ago) link

ilplex too!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:49 (four days ago) link

There should be a streaming service called Fomo.

I should say my *daughter* enjoyed those aforementioned movies to varying degrees (I'd already seen them of course). I'm always curious what a 2020 teen thinks of classic movies or "foreign" or art films. Will their iconic qualities transcend the language barrier, or the black and white, or the grainy image or the style of filmmaking? Or, as is frequently the case with her and classic American movies, the everyone-is-whiteness, or everyone-is-maleness. It's always satisfying to watch decades old classics still able do the thing they're classic for, but it's also interesting to rewatch classics that for whatever reason don't hold up or hold her attention. Everyone is different, but it's something we (or at least) generally can't recall, the moment when our brains shift when we're young from more or less mindless mainstream consumers to more discerning cineastes. Doesn't happen to everyone, obviously, and doesn't need to. There are plenty of movies to go around. Still, it's wonderful when you realize there's a whole section - or several floors - of the library you've never learned about before.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 July 2020 12:29 (four days ago) link

Encouraging and also makes sense that His Girl Friday was a hit, I think

flappy bird, Sunday, 12 July 2020 05:59 (three days ago) link

Raining Stones (Loach, 1993) - 7/10
—The Curve (Shaki, 1999) - 10/10 <------ INCREDIBLE short by Edwige Shaki
*The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder, 1979) - 9/10
*Bad Timing (Roeg, 1980) - 10/10
Hardcore (Schrader, 1979) - 9/10
Drums Along the Mohawk (Ford, 1939) - 8/10
*Metropolitan (Stillman, 1990) - 8/10
The Cinema and Its Double (Fischer, 2011) - 8/10
*In a Year with 13 Moons (Fassbinder, 1978) - 10/10
Blue Collar (Schrader, 1978) - 9/10
Berserk! (O'Connolly, 1967) - 7/10
Fixed Bayonets! (Fuller, 1951) - 7/10
We Won’t Grow Old Together (Pialat, 1972) - 10/10
Joe (Avildsen, 1970) - 7/10
Sing a Song of Sex (Oshima, 1967) - 7/10
Sleep, My Love (Sirk, 1948) - 6/10
Loulou (Pialat, 1980) - 9/10
Beggars of Life (Wellman, 1928) - 9/10
*Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, 1954) - 9/10
Ruthless People (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker; 1986) - 5/10
The Steel Helmet (Fuller, 1951) - 8/10
Billy Liar (Schlesinger, 1963) - 6/10
Three Resurrected Drunkards (Oshima, 1968) - 8/10

flappy bird, Sunday, 12 July 2020 06:09 (three days ago) link

Afraid to Talk (Cahn, 1932)
My Best Girl (Taylor, 1927)
Open All Night (Pearson, 1934)
Oranges and Lemons (Jeske, 1923)
A Bathtub Bandit (Santell, 1917)
*The Rink (Chaplin,, 1916)

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Sunday, 12 July 2020 21:04 (three days ago) link

xpost She loved His Girl Friday.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 July 2020 21:40 (three days ago) link

A Matter of Life and Death (Powell and Pressburger, 1946)
The Blues Brothers (Landis, 1980)
Hana-Bi (Kitano, 1997)
Ad Astra (Gray, 2019)
*I Confess (Hitchcock, 1953)
Dolemite is My Name (Brewer, 2019)
It's Alive (Cohen, 1974)
Pain and Glory (Almodóvar, 2019)
*Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)
Bodyguard (Fleischer, 1948)

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Monday, 13 July 2020 14:51 (two days ago) link

The bad thing about the Netflix-made comicbook action fantasy Old Guard is that it's not better: tonally all over the place, regularly show-stopping lines of tin-eared dialogue, astonishingly bad music queues, a few poorly/under-acted characters and jam-packed with clichés. Pontificating about making the world better while ruthlessly murdering balaclava-masked men by the dozens, check; midlevel miniboss dispatched with a pithy punchline, check; betrayals that you can smell coming a half hour away, check; one last job for shit that you're getting too old for, check; gratuitous sequel-set-up at the end, check.

BUT it's intelligently laid out, well directed, mostly engaging and Theron is a magnetic presence and an unbeatable special effect. If you're even thinking about watching it, it's likely worth about an hour and a half of your time and I'll bet you won't begrudge the extra half hour they jammed in there to juke the stats.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 01:40 (yesterday) link

fights are well-done, the attempts to show various historical warzones across thousands of years by having close-up two-shots of Charlize's face wearing different stock "period" headdresses while talking to someone in smoky eye make-up are unintentionally v funny

bat ain't Thad (sic), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 05:51 (yesterday) link

*The Idle Class (Chaplin, 1921) (33m) 8/10
Ernie Pyle’s Story of G.I. Joe (Wellman, 1945) 9/10
The Married Woman (Godard, 1964) 8/10
Riffraff (Ruben, 1936) 6/10
Secrets (Borzage, 1933) 6/10
Family Viewing (Egoyan, 1987) 7/10
Between the Lines (Silver, 1977) 7/10
*The Comic (C. Reiner, 1969) 6/10
The Symbol of the Unconquered (Micheaux, 1920) (incomplete) 6/10
Next of Kin (Egoyan, 1984) 7/10

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 19:06 (yesterday) link

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