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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 (four years ago) link

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

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

xp wait, WHAT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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

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

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

It was fun etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

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

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

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


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

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

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

lil too try hard idk

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

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

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

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

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

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

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

I didn't know who Jonathan Glazer was when he made Sexy Beast and I hardly remember it, but in retrospect after Birth and Under the Skin I'm interested in watching it again

Dan S, Sunday, 10 July 2022 23:42 (two months ago) link

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) 4/5
* Depeche Mode: 101 (1989) 4.5/5
The Worst Person in the World (2021) 4/5
Beyond The Visible - Hilma af Klint (2019) 3/5
Libeled Lady (1936) 3.5/5
The Shout (1978) 3.5/5
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (2022) 3/5
The Bridges of Madison County (1995) 4/5
* Goodfellas (1990) 5/5
A Cry in the Dark (1988) 3/5

Chris L, Thursday, 14 July 2022 05:36 (two months ago) link

Also, a short:
Thing from the Factory Behind the Field (2002) 2.5/5

Chris L, Thursday, 14 July 2022 05:37 (two months ago) link

Watched a bit of "The Fugitive" last night. Was that movie one of if not the first example of big-budget IP mining translating to both box office success and Oscar prestige? "Based on the bestseller" movies aside?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 14 July 2022 16:45 (two months ago) link

Night Birds (Eichberg, 1930)
Hold 'Em Yale (Griffith, 1928)
Lightning Bill (Adamson, 1934)
Hell-Fire Austin (Sheldon, 1932)
Prize Puppies (Goulding, 1930)
Oh Darling! (Roberts, 1930)
The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom (Zhelyabuzhsky, 1934)
Thor: Love and Thunder (Waititi, 2022)
Curse of the Swamp Creature (Buchanan, 1968)
Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (Fabian, 2022)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 18 July 2022 00:05 (two months ago) link

Don't Give Up (Watson, 1930)
The House Where I Was Born (Watson, 1934)
Soft Pedal (Grey, 1926)
*Matrimony's Speed Limit (Guy Blache, 1913)
The Campus Vamp (Edwards, 1928)
Britannia of Billingsgate (Hill, 1933)
Manhattan Madness (Dwan, 1916)
Wild and Woolly (Emerson, 1917)
Both Sides of the Blade (Denis, 2022)
*The Student of Prague (Rye, 1913)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 24 July 2022 21:26 (two months ago) link

*Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (Peckinpah, 1973) 8/10
A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, 2003) 5/10
Watership Down (Rosen, 1978) 8/10
Mountains May Depart (Zhangke, 2015) 6/10
The Many Saints of Newark (Taylor, 2021) 5/10
Modern Romance (Brooks, 1981) 8/10
Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, 1982) 8/10

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:58 (two months ago) link

Completely on a tangent, there's a new film out called The Emigrants, based on a book by a chap called Vilhelm Moberg. It seems to have been shot a while back and held back for release post-COVID. The film is about a bunch of people from Sweden who moved to the United States in the 1800s. However the book was filmed before, in the early 1970s, with Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann, whose name is two-two, like accommodate and millennium, but unlike Philippines which is one-two. And there was a sequel, The New Land.

Are they any good? The first film looks uncannily as if it was a 2010s indie film project shot on expired 35mm film stock:

One the one hand they get good reviews but on the other hand I have to admit I haven't heard of either of them, and yet they look wonderful and were nominated for awards etc.

Ashley Pomeroy, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 20:27 (two months ago) link

the new land is exceptional, i rewatched it recently

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:03 (two months ago) link

Thor, Love & Thunder
finally got to see this. It was a cam but a pretty good one. Thought it might even not be until I saw somebody's head a couple fo minutes in.
Then at the end you see fully in focus backs blocking the credits.
Sound was good for the most part but it did get Spanish subtitles for some of the books and things.
Anyway thought it was fun and should have copped on who teh director was before the end credits. Don't think I read much about it before seeing it.
Funny subtheme about jealousy between warhammers etc since Mjolnir got broken up in an earlier film and was a relic in this until Jane Foster turned up and reunited it which I assume is already known by most. Other subtheme is what she does after that. Not sure what access is to or from Valhalla , has been a very long time since I read the comic
Did thoroughly enjoy it so hope there's more.

Stevolende, Thursday, 28 July 2022 12:05 (two months ago) link

Passing Rebecca Hall 2021
Beautiful film about race at the time of teh Harlem Renaissance. Very atmospheric, nice b+w cinematography and some very good acting.
Took me a moment to realise i was watching Tess Thompson again in a very different role to last night. She seems pretty versatile on the strength of this
Think I had the file for this for a while before watching it. Think I may have the book somewhere too. So think I may need to read it too.
I was wondering to what extent Thompson would be passing in the light of this, but she looks like she might be seen to be Spanish or something from seeing her in a colour film. Not sure if that would work at the time it is set. But the film is beautiful.
Ruth Negga is pretty good too

Stevolende, Thursday, 28 July 2022 23:23 (two months ago) link

I just watched Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You! starring Matt Farley of A message to the Spotify musician The Passionate & Objective Jokerfan (aka Matt Farley) fame. It's deranged in a pretty delightful way, I might be a convert to his movie universe.

JoeStork, Friday, 29 July 2022 03:35 (two months ago) link

Get That Venus (Varney, 1933)
Fat Wives for Thin (Sennett, 1930)
Dance Hall Marge (Sennett & Lord, 1931)
The Sap From Syracuse (Sutherland, 1930)
Dangerous Curves (Mendes, 1929)
When the Clouds Roll By (Fleming, 1919)
Nope (Peele, 2022)
The Devil's Rain (Fuest, 1975)
*The White Shadow (Cutts, 1924)
The Dark Mirror (Siodmak, 1946)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 31 July 2022 22:04 (two months ago) link

The Breadcrumb Trail 2014 Lance Bangs
the Slint band history.
Couldn't get this to play on my tv through memory stick a few weeks back so thought I'd stick it on as I chopped dinner today.
Good doc, makes me want to pick up a new copy of the cd . Don't remember seeing my copy in a long time.
Cd as I recall had nothing written on it so it looked similar on both sides. Teeth fell out of jewel case so it would probably need to be replaced even if I did find it. Definitely had a copy when I was i Dublin anyway.
Do think the guy who I saw playing tambourine with Royal Trux in the late 90s did look a lot like Britt Walford with bleached hair.

Stevolende, Sunday, 31 July 2022 23:00 (two months ago) link

Elvis (6.0)
Caddyshack (5.0)
Thief (6.5)
Brian Eno: 1971-1977 - The Man Who Fell to Earth (6.5)
The Sopranos (S1-S7 – 9.0)
Smash His Camera (6.5)
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (7.5)
Year of the Dragon (5.5)
Dark Waters (6.5)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (5.5)

clemenza, Monday, 1 August 2022 05:42 (two months ago) link

Memories (1995) 3/5
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 4/5
Nope (2022) 4/5
Drunken Angel (1948) 4/5
RRR (2022) 4/5
* Robocop (1987) 5/5
Both Sides of the Blade (2022) 3.5/5

Bonus series:
Irma Vep (2022) 4/5. I was very skeptical about Assayas revisiting this material but it feels very contemporary and lively. A fun watch on summer evenings.

Chris L, Monday, 1 August 2022 06:08 (two months ago) link

The Shallows (Collet-Sera 2016) 2.5/5
Out of the Past (Tourneur 1947) 5/5
Palm Springs (Barbakow 2020) 3/5
Looking for Richard (Pacino 1996) 3/5
Notorious (Hitchcock 1946) 5/5
His Girl Friday (Hawks 1940) 4.5/5
Do the Right Thing (Lee 1989) 5/5
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Yates 1973) 4/5
Monsters (Edwards 2010) 4/5
Sweet Smell of Success (Mackendrick 1957) 5/5
Jackie Brown (Tarantino 1997) 4.5/5

Being largely film-illiterate leads to some crazy runs eh (only one of those is a rewatch).

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 1 August 2022 09:37 (two months ago) link


Nekromantik (Buttgereit, 1987) DVD 8/10 DVD - still an effective piece of outrage
Twentynine Palms (Dumont, 2003) DVD 7/10
Hell Drivers (Endfield, 1957) YOUTUBE 7/10 - a James Bond, a Doctor Who, the Prisoner, a Man From UNCLE and Sid Boggle
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, 2005) DVD 8/10
The Crime of Doctor Crespi (Auer, 1935) YOUTUBE 5/10
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Roth, Ramsey et al, 2018) BLU-RAY 6/10
The Stepford Wives (Forbes, 1975) DVD 8/10 - this has aged very well ...
*GoldenEye (Campbell, 1995) DVD 6/10 - this has aged very badly
Number Seventeen (Hitchcock, 1932) DVD 5/10 - Charles Barr has tried to make a case for this as Hitchcock's most experimentally reflexive British feature, but (as Hitchcock admitted to Truffaut) it's really just a right old mess, with an insufferable cockney character lead
Stolen Face (Fisher, 1952) DVD 6/10
The Changeling (Medal, 1980) DVD 7/10
Fire Sale (Arkin, 1977) BLU-RAY 4/10 - oh dear oh dear, what a drop-off from Little Murders
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Steinmann, 1985) BLU-RAY 5/10 - avoid the commentary track
*Lost Highway (Lynch, 1997) BLU-RAY 8/10 - docked a point for some terrible 90s music choices, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson esp
Footprints (Bazzoni, Fanelli, 1975) DVD 7/10 - I'm hoping that the forthcoming presentation from Severin does greater justice to Vittorio Storaro's colour imagery than the shoddy Shameless DVD I watched
This Island Earth (Newman, 1955) 8/10
*High Noon (Zinnemann, 1952) FILM FOUR 8/10 - some of the unmotivated panning shots across the empty town reminded me of Straub-Huillet! Floyd Crosby, what a cinematographer
Devil Doll (Shonteff, 1964) YOUTUBE 7/10
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (Mankiewicz, 1947) TALKING PICTURES TV 8/10
Homicidal (Castle, 1961) BLU-RAY 7/10 - again, superb crisp black and white cinematography (on a budget) from Burnett Duffey
Thor: Love and Thunder (Waititi, 2022) CINEWORLD 6/10
The Steel Bayonet (Carreras, 1958) TALKING PICTURES TV 5/10 - hard to see Hammer film, but really only of historic interest

Ward Fowler, Monday, 1 August 2022 11:14 (two months ago) link

The Phantom (James, 1931)
A Lady's Profession (McLeod, 1933)
The Strange Case of Clara Deane (Marcin & Gasnier, 1932)
She's My Lilly, I'm Her Willie (Watson, 1934)
Evangeline (Carewe, 1929)
Les Miserables (Bernard, 1934)
The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
Lost Highway (Lynch, 1997)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 8 August 2022 02:08 (one month ago) link


10 Things I Hate About You (not john hughes, not the 80s) 5/10
Targets (Corman/Bogdanovich, 1968) 6/10
Spider-Man 8 or so (Disney/Sony, 2021) 4/10

formerly abanana (dat), Monday, 8 August 2022 04:50 (one month ago) link

Nope (Peele, 2022) 8/10
My Name is Sara (Oritt, 2022) 8/10
* Internal Affairs (Figgis, 1990) 7/10
That's Life! (Edwards, 1986) 2/10
Manhattan Melodrama (Van Dyke, 1934) 7/10

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 August 2022 09:39 (one month ago) link

Chameleon Street (1989) 4.5/5. It's every bit as great and its neglect by the film industry is every bit as shameful as I'd heard. I wonder if Paul Beatty saw it? The tone really reminded me of The Sellout.
Compulsion (1959) 3/5
Arrebato (1979) 3.5/5
Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971) 2.5/5. Funny how all the mind expansion and experimentalism of this era didn't lead many artists to interrogate their own misogyny.
Prey (2022) 3.5/5
* Lost Highway (1997) 4/5. 2nd time seeing this in a theater. The 4k looks and sounds great; albeit not as revelatory as when I saw a 35mm print.
The Gunfighter (1950) 4.5/5

Chris L, Monday, 15 August 2022 02:55 (one month ago) link

Rolling Stone (Chase, 1919)
Picking Peaches (Kenton, 1924)
Birds of Prey (Dean, 1930)
Mother Machree (surviving material) (Ford, 1927)
*Footlight Parade (Bacon & Berkeley, 1933)

Capitolfest 19
KoKo's Earth Control (Fleischer, 1928)
Penrod and Sam (Beaudine, 1923)
Woman Trap (Young, 1936) (The programmers announced the 1929 film of the same title; the distributor sent this unrelated film.)
Ex-Bad Boy (Moore, 1931)
The College Coquette (Archainbaud, 1929)
The Cobweb Hotel (Fleischer, 1936)
Nobody's Fool (Greville Collins, 1936)
Till I Come Back to You (de Mille, 1918)
*King Kong (Cooper & Schoedsack, 1933)
Barnacle Bill (Fleischer, 1930)
Mysterious Mose (Fleischer, 1930)
Seed (Stahl, 1931)
Little Red Riding Hood (Disney, 1922)
Celebrity (Garnett, 1928)
Somewhere in Dreamland (Fleischer, 1936)
Glamour (Wyler, 1934)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Disney, 1922)
Goldie Locks and the Three Bears (Disney, 1922)
Kitty From Kansas City (Fleischer, 1931)
The First Year (Howard, 1932)
The Poor Nut (Wallace, 1927)
Radio Patrol (Cahn, 1932)
*Moonlight and Pretzels (Freund, 1933)
Puss in Boots (Disney, 1922)
Cinderella (Disney, 1922)
A Jazzed Honeymoon (Roach, 1919)
The Roaring Road (Cruze, 1919)
I Love That Man (Brown & Towne, 1933)
Above the Clouds (Neill, 1933)
The Fire Brigade (Nigh, 1926)

Infanta Terrible (, Tuesday, 16 August 2022 01:50 (one month ago) link

Re-watched Walter Hill's Trespass tonight. Bill Paxton and Bill Sadler are firemen who learn about a hidden treasure in an abandoned building but while they're there searching for it, they run afoul of Ices T and Cube, who are there perpetrating a gang murder. Hijinks ensue.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 20 August 2022 02:03 (one month ago) link

*High Noon (Zinnemann, 1952) FILM FOUR 8/10 - some of the unmotivated panning shots across the empty town reminded me of Straub-Huillet! Floyd Crosby, what a cinematographer
Runs in the family.

dow, Saturday, 20 August 2022 02:19 (one month ago) link

The Mighty Barnum (Lang, 1934)
East of Borneo (Melford, 1931)
Honeymoon Beach (Edwards, 1932)
The Big Meow (Christie, 1934)
The Tonic (Montagu, 1928)
The Thief (Rouse, 1952)
City Across the River (Shane, 1949)
The Prince of Arcadia (Hartl, 1932)
Arizona (Seitz, 1931)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 21 August 2022 23:24 (one month ago) link

Prey Dan Trachtenberg 2022
Authentic looking early 18th century set meeting between a young native would be hunter woman and one of the Predator race from the series Arnie started. IT was pretty effective, utilised a largely native cast though seemed to be few in teh crew in the credits.
I didn't watch many of the series of predator and predator meets alien movies which seemed to drag on for a while but the first 2 films from the 90s were pretty effective and this seems to be a return to form.
I think it went down ok with the bits of Native American media I listen to and is also empowering to women I guess.
Well really enjoyed it so hope others do.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 August 2022 21:42 (one month ago) link

The Drop Kick (Webb, 1927)
The Silver Streak (Atkins, 1934)
Mr. Klein (Losey, 1976)
The Silent Command (Edwards, 1923)
The Lost Record (Svenonius & Cabral, 2021)
The Killer Shrews (Kellogg, 1959)

Infanta Terrible (, Sunday, 28 August 2022 22:30 (one month ago) link

Red Nation roundtable review of Prey. So an Indian take on the film set in a pre colonial Comanche territory. Interesting.
Does point out that the film being written and directed by a white film maker does direct gaze even if there was a lot of input from people from various Indian Tribes

Stevolende, Monday, 29 August 2022 10:53 (one month ago) link

August viewing

*The Living Daylights (Glen, 1987)8/10
Real Life (Brooks, 1979)8/10
Resurrection (Semans, 2022) 6/10
Aloners (Hong Sung-eun, 2021) 8/10
*Room 237 (Ascher, 2012) 6/10
*Naked Lunch (Cronenberg, 1991) 8/10
Nope (Peele, 2022) 6/10
Police Story (Chan, 1985) 9/10
A Summer's Tale (Rohmer, 1996) 8/10
Brute Force (Dassin, 1947) 7/10
Between Two Dawns (Nacar, 2021) 8/10
Prayers For The Stolen (Huezo, 2021) 7/10
Shellshock Rock (Davis, 1979) 6/10
The Night Comes For Us(Tjahjanto, 2018) 6/10
The Palm Beach Story (Sturges, 1942) 6/10
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (Fiennes, 2012) 8/10
Bergman Island (Love, 2021) 6/10
Anantaram (Gopalakrishnan, 1987) 9/10
Prey (Trachtenberg, 2022) 5/10
Pather Panchali (Ray, 1955) 8/10

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 29 August 2022 17:42 (one month ago) link


*Clifford (1994) 7/10
The Addams Family 2 (2021) 4/10 can't hate a movie that references both pee-wee herman and elvira

formerly abanana (dat), Tuesday, 30 August 2022 16:09 (one month ago) link

*Room 237 (Ascher, 2012) 6/10

I found this pretty fascinating (and weirdly credible, even though common sense kept telling me otherwise) at the time.

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 August 2022 16:27 (one month ago) link

My patience is wearing thin about ridiculous theories these days. I definitely enjoyed it more the first time.

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Tuesday, 30 August 2022 21:19 (one month ago) link

I thought it was a hoot a decade (!) ago, but I don't really see myself wanting to watch it again.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 30 August 2022 22:05 (one month ago) link

Mr Malcolm's List
multi ethnic Regency RomCom. I was thinking that couldn't be Vod as the jealous protagonist cos she wouldn't be taht young but no it was her.
A little flat and cosy possibly but the clothing's pretty cool.

Stevolende, Thursday, 1 September 2022 13:42 (one month ago) link

Strong recommendation for the dark sociocomedy "The Good Boss". There's lots to like but first and foremost, Bardem is incredible in it. One of the best endings I've seen in a while.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 2 September 2022 05:49 (one month ago) link

Shadow of the Law (Gasnier, 1930)
Secret Service (Ruben, 1931)
She Loves Me Not (Nugent, 1934)
Many Happy Returns (McLeod, 1934)
Au Bonheur des Dames (Duvivier, 1930)
*Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
Wake Up and Dream (Neumann, 1934)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 5 September 2022 02:33 (three weeks ago) link

Elvis (2022) 3/5. Baz simply overwhelms you with Oliver Stone-style nuttiness about 20-25 minutes in... and then you still have about 2 hours and 10 minutes left to go.
Bergman Island (2021) 4/5. Starts off as a very subtly funny movie about cineastes and then turns into something that resembles The Worst Person in the World (with which it shares an actor).
The Heroic Trio (1993) 3/5
* Mifune: The Last Samurai 3/5
Fred Lyon: Living Through the Lens (2013) 3.5/5. San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon just passed a couple of weeks ago and it led me to discover this documentary. It's less than an hour long and worth your time if you want to see a guy being very creative and engaged with the world into his 90s.
Righting Wrongs (1986) 4/5
Samurai Assassin (1965) 3.5/5.
Filmworker (2017) 2.5/5 - I can't say this left me with a great feeling about Kubrick and his virtual slave/master relationship with Leon Vitali, and the doc is not nearly as critical of it as it could be.

Le 15 Mai (1969) 3/5. Claire Denis' thesis film from 1969 or thereabouts. Has a very similar premise to Groundhog Day -- intriguing enough that it could have been expanded into a feature under the right circumstances.

Chris L, Tuesday, 6 September 2022 11:30 (three weeks ago) link

Secrets of a Secretary (Abbott, 1931)
Children of Pleasure (Beaumont, 1930)
The Flaming Signal (Jeske & Roberts, 1933)
The Deadline (Hillyer, 1931)
Soup and Fish (Meins, 1934)
Trifles (Foy, 1930)
The College Hero (Lang, 1927)
Dead Ringers (Cronenberg, 1988)
Partners (Allen, 1932)
Defying Destiny (Chaudet, 1923)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 12 September 2022 00:16 (two weeks ago) link

Moonfall (Emmerich, 2022): fucking hilarious. Totally insane, dumb as shit, highest possible recommendation.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 12 September 2022 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

Tombstone Canyon (James, 1932)
Hooks and Jabs (Gillstrom, 1933)
The Audition (Mack, 1933)
Week-End (Godard, 1967)
La Chinoise (Godard, 1967)
*Dirigible (Capra, 1931)
Westworld (Crichton, 1973)
House of Dracula (Kenton, 1945)
Three Thousand Years of Longing (Miller, 2022)
See How They Run (George, 2022)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 19 September 2022 01:19 (one week ago) link

saw a few movies at TIFF

The Fabelmans - 4/5
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed - 4.5/5
Women Talking - 3.5/5
Knives Out 2: Knives In - 3/5
How to Blow Up a Pipeline - 4.5/5

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 15:44 (one week ago) link

How was TIFF attended this year? Between leaving the city and COVID, it feels a million miles away.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 17:17 (one week ago) link

this was the second TIFF i've attended, with the first being last year and it was one screening (the Soderbergh screening) so idk if i have any worthy standard of comparison

the screenings this yr were mostly full, decently attended without being overwhelming i guess? surprisingly, the least attended screening i went to was Knives Out 2, which was free (well you had to show your Presto card lol)

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 17:44 (one week ago) link

Summer 2022

Navalny (Daniel Roher, 2022)
Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr., 1989)
Limbo (Ben Sharrock, 2020)
Mad Dog Time (Larry Bishop, 1996)
A Life in Waves (Brett Whitcomb, 2017)
Propaganda (Slavko Martinov, 2021)
Domestic Violence (Frederick Wiseman, 2001)
No Time to Die (Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2021)
Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963)
Johnny O'Clock (Robert Rossen, 1947)
Last Night In Soho (Edgar Wright, 2021)
Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
Paula Rego, Secrets & Stories (Nick Willing, 2017)
Karen Dalton: In My Own Time (Richard Peete, Robert Yapkowitz, 2020)
Adrienne (Andy Ostroy, 2021)
Domestic Violence 2 (Frederick Wiseman, 2002)
Darkened Room (David Lynch, 2002)
Still Processing (Sophy Romvari, 2020)
Mountains May Depart (Zhangke Jia, 2015)
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014)
Exhibition (Joanna Hogg, 2013)
The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
Benedetta (Paul Verhoeven, 2021)
Evening in Byzantium (Jerry London, 1978)
Hail, Caesar! (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2016)
The Card Counter (Paul Schrader, 2021)
The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston, 1950)
Moonwalk One (Theo Kamecke, 1972)
The Matrix Resurrections (Lana Wachowski, 2021)
Belfast, Maine (Frederick Wiseman, 1999)
The Hard Ride (Burt Topper, 1971)
*Dirty Harry (Don Siegel, 1971)
Giants and Toys (Yasuzô Masumura, 1958)

What the heck took me to long to see Asphalt Jungle? Sheesh...

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 24 September 2022 23:21 (one week ago) link

Such a great film and one I always like to use to counter the Huston haters. Superior to « Rififi » imo.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 25 September 2022 11:05 (one week ago) link

*A Straight Crook (1921)
The Wrong Mr. Fox (Jackson, 1917)
Sweetie (Tuttle, 1929)
Gun Smoke (Sloman, 1931)
Young Man of Manhattan (Bell, 1930)
Maman Colbri (Duvivier, 1929)
Captain Fracasse (Cavalcanti, 1929)
The Shadow (Cooper, 1933)

Infanta Terrible (, Monday, 26 September 2022 01:36 (six days ago) link


That Batman (Matt Reeves, 2022) 6/10
Trainwreck: the netflix woodstock 99 one (2022) 7/10 -- gave up on the hbo one
X (Ti West, 2022) 7/10
Elvis (The Baz, 2022) 8/10
Good Burger (1997) 5/10

formerly abanana (dat), Saturday, 1 October 2022 03:37 (yesterday) link

Last Night at the Alamo (1983) 4/5
Deja Vu (2006) 4/5. Funny that Denzel's son later starred in his own time travel action movie (Tenet), but Tony Scott gets the edge over Nolan.
Diary of a Hitman (1991) 2/5. I put this on because it looked like it might be 90s comfort crap. Only film directed by acting teacher Roy London. Sherilyn Fenn and Sharon Stone play sisters.
Truck Turner (1974) 4/5. WILD movie. Nichelle Nichols is phenomenal as an evil madam.
* Contempt (1963) 4/5
Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall (2022) 3/5
The Wrong Guy - 4/5 (1997) Under-seen Dave Foley vehicle. Thought this started out shaky but it soon had the feel of one of his Kids in the Hall sketches, with a touch of one of John Swartzwelder's comic novels. A treat.
Every Man for Himself (1980) 3/5. Memorably perverted, I'll say that.
Top of the Heap (1972) 4/5
Undine (2020) 3.5/5

Chris L, Saturday, 1 October 2022 12:17 (yesterday) link

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