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

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

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

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

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

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xp wait, WHAT?

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

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

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

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

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

Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Monday, 13 August 2018 12:19 (two years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was fun etc.

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

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

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

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


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

Would watch again to be sure.

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

last batch for a while

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

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

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

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

lol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thoroughbreds (2018 cory finley) 4/10

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

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

lil too try hard idk

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:50 (two years ago) link

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

in theaters July 26 - August 22

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

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

Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (Rock & Pembroke, 1925)
Fascination (Mander, 1931)
The Telltale Heart (Shamroy & Klein, 1928)
Mabel's Strange Predicament (Normand, 1914)
The Flame Song (Henabery, 1934)
*The Infernal Cauldron (Melies, 1903)
The Infernal Cakewalk (Melies, 1903)
*Frankenstein (Dawley, 1910)
Satan in Prison (Melies, 1907)
The Moonstone (Barker, 1934)
Burn ’Em Up Barnes (Schaefer, 1934)
*Menu (Grinde, 1933)
Les Patineurs (Melies, 1908)
The Sorrows of Satan (Griffith, 1926)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Neill, 1943)
Dos Monjes (Bustillo Oro, 1934)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 2 November 2020 02:32 (three weeks ago) link

Home (Meier, 2008)
Amateur (Hartley, 1994)
Salon Kitty (Brass, 1976)
Cure (Kurosawa, 1997)
Le Navine Night (Duras, 1979)
Still the Water (Kawase, 2014)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 23:26 (three weeks ago) link

An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978) - 5/10
Mister Roberts (Ford, LeRoy; 1955) - 6/10
Missing (Gavras, 1982) - 8/10
*The Searchers (Ford, 1956) - 10/10
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016) - 3/10
The French Connection (Friedkin, 1971) - 7/10
*Just Before Nightfall (Chabrol, 1971) - 9/10
*She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (Ford, 1949) - 9/10
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Woliner, 2020) - 7/10
House of Bamboo (Fuller, 1955) - 8/10
The Gambler (Reisz, 1974) - 8/10
Hi, Mom! (De Palma, 1970) - 6/10
*Le Bonheur (Varda, 1965) - 10/10
The Big Heat (Lang, 1953) - 8/10
Out of the Blue (Hopper, 1980) - 8/10
The Fury (De Palma, 1978) - 7/10
The Eroticist (Fulci, 1972) - 8/10
Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) - 10/10
The Contender (Lurie, 2000) - 2/10
Phenomena (Argento, 1985) - 9/10
Malibu High (Berwick, 1979) - 6/10
Appassionata (Calderone, 1974) - 9/10
*Brewster McCloud (Altman, 1970) - 6/10
*Nashville (Altman, 1975) - 10/10
*Les Bonnes Femmes (Chabrol, 1960) - 9/10
*Fear of Fear (Fassbinder, 1975) - 9/10
*Night and Fog (Resnais, 1956) - 10/10
The Shop Around the Corner (Lubitsch, 1940) - 10/10
Girlfriends (Weill, 1978) - 10/10 <--------------------------Extraordinary film
*Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder, 1976) - 9/10
Murder by Contract (Lerner, 1958) - 8/10
*It Happened One Night (Capra, 1934) - 10/10
The Kennel Murder Case (Curtiz, 1933) - 7/10
The Immortal Story (Welles, 1968) - 8/10
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Curtiz, 1939) - 8/10
On the Rocks (Coppola, 2020) - 9/10

flappy bird, Saturday, 7 November 2020 08:03 (three weeks ago) link

(Waititi, 2016) - 3/10

have you seen / liked Boy or What We Do In The Shadows?

@oneposter (✔️) (sic), Saturday, 7 November 2020 08:24 (three weeks ago) link

No, just Hunt & Jojo. Probably my least favorite active filmmaker

flappy bird, Saturday, 7 November 2020 20:51 (three weeks ago) link

That’s too mild—I think he’s atrocious

flappy bird, Saturday, 7 November 2020 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

Fwiw he did the only Marvel movie I didn’t outright loathe.

On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Saturday, 7 November 2020 21:45 (three weeks ago) link

I'm honestly fine with anyone giving Hunt and Jojo 3/10, but Thor and Shadows are great fun.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 7 November 2020 21:46 (three weeks ago) link

idk if you'd like either of Boy or Shadows, especially if you'd bring a distaste for the whimsy elements of his work along, but they're far better than Hunt and Jojo.

@oneposter (✔️) (sic), Saturday, 7 November 2020 21:48 (three weeks ago) link

there may come a time... Strong dislike always demands reevaluation

flappy bird, Sunday, 8 November 2020 06:48 (three weeks ago) link

Claudia Weill's Girlfriends is amazing though, look out for that when Criterion puts it out / puts it on the channel. It's like a Chabrol movie, way more dark (atmospherically) than most NYC 1970s movies, despite the relatively light setup. Felt really European, besides being in 1:66.

flappy bird, Sunday, 8 November 2020 06:49 (three weeks ago) link

Girlfriends is great. Watched for the first time a year or two ago and left a lasting impression.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 8 November 2020 07:43 (three weeks ago) link

Girlfriends is an excellent movie.

What We Do and Shadows (okay though i'm much preferring the series), Boy (pretty solid throughout) and Thor (absolute top notch fun comic book stuff) are the Waititi I've seen.

Just scored a copy of the FOURTEEN HOUR Women Make Film documentary series so that may guide my watching for awhile.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 8 November 2020 08:06 (three weeks ago) link

Show Me The Picture
Biography of Jim Marshall which was on Sky Arts last night.
Great picture fo a photographer I was already aware of and have several books by mainly on 60s and early 70s rock people.
He documented Monterey, Haight Ashbury and the Stones.
Good film worth catching if you get the chance.

Before that I tried watching a boot of Tenet a week or so ago but couldn't hear the dialogue so gave up.

Stevolende, Sunday, 8 November 2020 10:15 (three weeks ago) link

Isn’t muffled dialogue standard for a Christopher Nolan movie.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 8 November 2020 10:29 (three weeks ago) link

I wish it were more muffled

Gab B. Nebsit (wins), Sunday, 8 November 2020 10:33 (three weeks ago) link

Lol

flappy bird, Sunday, 8 November 2020 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

The Tempest (Siodmak, 1932)
*The Village Chestnut (Wright & Griffith, 1918)
Only Me (Lane, 1929)
The Broken Butterfly (Tourneur, 1919)
Eleven P.M. (Maurice, 1928)
Womanhandled (La Cava, 1925)
Them! (Douglas, 1954)
Loose Change (Beaudine, 1928)
*Versus Sledge Hammers (Clements, 1915)
*The Immigrant (Chaplin, 1917)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 9 November 2020 01:12 (two weeks ago) link

I'm only 3/4 through 'On the Rocks' but had to say something because I'm loving it

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 November 2020 04:59 (two weeks ago) link

On the Rocks (Coppola, 2020) - 9/10

― flappy bird, Saturday, November 7, 2020 3:03 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

my man. I sort of unconsciously started it and thought to myself "wtf am I doing?" What a delight.

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 November 2020 05:01 (two weeks ago) link

Soooo good. Like a classic screwball comedy. Carole Lombard could've played the Rashida part. Loved it

flappy bird, Monday, 9 November 2020 06:27 (two weeks ago) link

pretty great NYC movie as well

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 November 2020 08:59 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't posted on this thread since June but here's the best movies I've seen since then

The Passenger (Antonioni, 1975)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Lee, 2016)
World On A Wire (Fassbinder, 1973)
Country (Eyre, 1981)
Pauline at the Beach (Rohmer, 1983)
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Ross Brothers, 2020)
Bacurau (Filho, 2019)

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:20 (two weeks ago) link

Up for Murder (Bell, 1931)
The Vanishing Shadow (Landers, 1934)
The Girl in 419 (Hall, 1933)
Journey’s End (Whale, 1930)
Kiss and Make-Up (Thompson, 1934)
Illegal (McGann, 1932)
Tumultes (Siodmak, 1932)
*Teddy at the Throttle (Badger, 1917)
*Papa's Boy (Taurog, 1927)
Corruption (Roberts, 1933)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 15 November 2020 23:35 (two weeks ago) link

absolutely baffled how anyone could do anything but laugh at how terrible On The Rocks was. a good new york movie? if you're into the tightly circumscribed habits of rich tribeca fuckheads, i guess. my wife and i put it on last night because of the novelty of having a PS4 app for our (free) AppleTV subscription, and hey, rashida jones. bill murray! but... oh my god. we kept with it because the movie kept promising a payoff. when it came we were like, no. we turned to each other. no! are they really doing this?? this is...... it?? there isn't a B-plot. there's nothing. i will give coppola credit that the photography is outstanding. but everything else... my god. absolutely zero chemistry between the wife and husband (who is written as a monumental douchebag, regardless of his fidelity or not, so any happy reconciliation between them feels totally slimy). jones seemingly existing to tee up murray to deliver totally snoozeful theories about biology as destiny. and to fret in her zillion dollar tribeca apartment about whether she'll ever make progress on her 'book' - what's it about, who knows, who cares. they're all just so hateful, the stakes are so low, murray totally phones it in. just pitiful. sub-beginner level filmmaking.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 16 November 2020 12:06 (one week ago) link

i can only guess that the reason it got made is that after lost in translation murray told coppola he'd do anything else she asked. this was it, and murray's involvement guaranteed investors. otherwise it's just.. it's gobsmacking

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 16 November 2020 12:15 (one week ago) link

Journey's End
which was quite moving.
interplay between men in the trenches in WWI.
Probably because i t was Remembrance Day weekend, I think this was Saturday night.

Red Sparrow
which I was thinking of watching since I hadn't seen it before.
Russian intrigue with an ex ballerina.
Caught most of it in a +1 channel.
Nowhere near as good. so glad i watched Journey's End through

Stevolende, Monday, 16 November 2020 12:16 (one week ago) link

Legend of the Mountain (1979) 4/5
* The Servant (1963) 4.5/5
* Girlfriends (1978) 3.5/5
The Color of Money (1986) 3/5
Demons (1985) 3.5/5
The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) 3/5
In Fabric (2018) 3.5/5
* The Parallax View (1974) 4/5
Haxan (1922) 3/5
Black Christmas (1974) 3.5/5
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) 3/5
The Velvet Vampire (1971) 3/5

Shorts:
The Barbershop (1933) 3.5/5
The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) 3/5
The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy (1980) 3.5/5
Street of Crocodiles (1986) 4/5
575 Castro Street (2009) 3.5/5
Blue Diary (1997) 3.5/5

Chris L, Monday, 16 November 2020 15:27 (one week ago) link

I grew up in tribeca so yes xxp

flappy bird, Monday, 16 November 2020 17:29 (one week ago) link

i'm kinda with Tracer, but i only lasted 15 minutes so i don't feel like i have much room to jump in and complain.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Monday, 16 November 2020 17:36 (one week ago) link

I'm a big Coppola defender - I like almost all of her movies, including The Beguiled - but this new one just looks like complete garbage.

Watched two space horror movies this weekend: Sputnik (Russia, 2020) and The Last Days on Mars (US, 2013). Both very good. Sputnik is on Hulu, The Last Days on Mars is free on Amazon Prime.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 16 November 2020 17:46 (one week ago) link

*Three Days of the Condor (Pollack, 1975) - 8/10
Obsession (De Palma, 1976) - 9/10
Tenebrae (Argento, 1982) - 9/10
Bodyguard (Fleischer, 1948) - 7/10
Parenthood (Howard, 1989) - 0/10
Two Rode Together (Ford, 1961) - 6/10
*Cléo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962) - 8/10
This is the Army (Curtiz, 1943) - 8/10
The Servant (Losey, 1963) - 7/10
Brute Force (Dassin, 1947) - 9/10
La Grande Bouffe (Ferreri, 1973) - 10/10
Rooster Cogburn (Millar, 1975) - 6/10
10 Rillington Place (Fleischer, 1971) - 7/10
*Pioneers in Ingolstadt (Fassbinder, 1971) - 9/10
Time Bandits (Gilliam, 1981) - 7/10
Dodge City (Curtiz, 1939) - 7/10
*Beau Travail (Denis, 1999) - 8/10
Blind Date (Losey, 1959) - 5/10
The Shootist (Siegel, 1976) - 8/10
*Sisters (De Palma, 1973) - 9/10
*Election (Payne, 1999) - 10/10
Greetings (De Palma, 1968) - 8/10
The Psychic (Fulci, 1977) - 8/10
Vampyros Lesbos (Franco, 1971) - 6/10

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:23 (one week ago) link

Parenthood (Howard, 1989) - 0/10

Here's where I have my Ebert hat on about "is it as good as a movie of its type could be?" to which in this case I unequivocally say hell yes.

the movie kept promising a payoff

I posted about the Coppola film a few weeks ago. I didn't think it was inept, but yeah, it just didn't go anywhere at all. (The big father-daughter confrontation almost felt like Coppola was aware of that too and tried to gin up something--though I did wonder if Jones was airing specific grievances Sofia harbored towards her own father.) Bill Murray used to surprise regularly, now he plays Bill Murray; Jones was very good in her small Social Network role--capturing her character's arm's-length sympathy for Zuckerberg--but to me didn't have anywhere near enough presence to carry the movie.

clemenza, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:45 (one week ago) link

Parenthood (Howard, 1989) - 0/10

Here's where I have my Ebert hat on about "is it as good as a movie of its type could be?" to which in this case I unequivocally say hell yes.

― On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:22 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

You're right, but this specific type of family film is something I find not only bad but objectionable and malicious at every level. Poison.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:30 (one week ago) link

Haven't seen it since 1989, but on memory I'd at least give it 1/10 for Keanu in goofy teen mode.

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:35 (one week ago) link

In practice I found Parenthood the vulgar American equivalent of an Ozu comedy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Obviously not remotely the hill I’m willing to die on, tho.

The cultural & language barrier cannot be understated but I could see that. My problems with Parenthood are with the kind of film it is, and how it promotes and reinforces malignant American family dynamics, even as it lightly criticizes some of them (the Rick Moranis character, for example). As you said, it's the A1 version of this type of movie, great cast and competently made as almost everything Howard has done is competently made (I don't mean that as an insult, I think he gets ragged on too often). I just find the specific relationships, dynamics, and values it presents and promotes as hideous and damaging and disgusting.

Agree on Keanu tho

flappy bird, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 01:55 (one week ago) link

Phantasm (Coscarelli, 1979) - 4/5
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1973) 5/5
Rabid (Cronenberg, 1978) 4/5
Shivers (Cronenberg, 1975) 3/5
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (Hancock, 1971) 4/5
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, 1978) 3.5/5

Ash is Purest White (Zhangke, 2018) 4.5/5
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977) 4/5
Beau Travail (Denis, 1999) 4.5/5

Rabid, Close Encounters and Texas Chainsaw were rewatches, though it'd been decades. TCM actually surprised me at how scary it still was. Visceral, sticky, sweaty...from what I read the conditions were rough during filming; it comes across. Also mobiles out of human bones. Rabid seemed like a more refined version of Shivers, fewer straggly threads and tighter editing. Body Snatchers was missing something. Maybe it was a plot? Or that they kept hiding under stairs? I felt like the tension could have been ramped up far better and Nimoy was wasted. Awesome effects, though. Also Donald Sutherland's creamy voice sometimes bugs me.

Phantasm was a pleasant surprise...excellent atmosphere, the tall man was chilling and great fx.

p.j.b. (pj), Saturday, 21 November 2020 01:52 (one week ago) link

oh, I thought you gave Phantasm a negative 4 out of 5 lol

cerebral halsey (rip van wanko), Saturday, 21 November 2020 04:19 (one week ago) link

Memories of Murder (6.0)
Halloween (8.0)
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (7.0)
The Social Dilemma (6.5)
The Untouchables (7.0)
Lovelace (6.5)
The New Corporation (7.0)
Gas Food Lodging (7.5)
Casualties of War (10.0)
Picture My Face: The Story of Teenage Head (6.0)

clemenza, Saturday, 21 November 2020 04:22 (one week ago) link

*Say it With Songs (Bacon, 1929)
Zaza (Dwan, 1923)
The Spieler (Garnett, 1928)
It Pays to Advertise (Tuttle, 1931)
So's Your Old Man (La Cava, 1926)
After Dark (Parker, 1933)
*Abbott and Costelle Meet Frankenstein (Barton, 1948)
A Ten-Minute Egg (McCarey, 1924)
The Misfit (Austin & Cook, 1924)
*Bumping Into Broadway (Roach, 1919)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 22 November 2020 22:11 (one week ago) link

The Falcon and the Snowman (Schlesinger, 1985) - 8/10
Dollar (Mollander, 1938) - 7/10
*The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Fassbinder, 1972) - 10/10
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Ross Brothers, 2020) - 9/10
*Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks, 1939) - 10/10
Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945) - 9/10
*California Split (Altman, 1974) - 10/10
The Moment of Truth (Rosi, 1965) - 8/10
*Young Mr. Lincoln (Ford, 1939) - 10/10
The Beast (Borowczyk, 1975) - 8/10
*Lola (Fassbinder, 1981) - 10/10
I Used to Go Here (Rey, 2020) - 4/10
*Veronika Voss (Fassbinder, 1982) - 10/10
*The Social Network (Fincher, 2010) - 8/10
Dillinger is Dead (Ferreri, 1969) - 10/10
Les Creatures (Varda, 1966) - 7/10
Tootsie (Pollack, 1982) - 8/10
Variety (Gordon, 1983) - 8/10
*L’avventura (Antonioni, 1960) - 9/10
Ham on Rye (Taormina, 2020) - 8/10
*The King of Comedy (Scorsese, 1983) - 10/10
Vitalina Varela (Costa, 2020) - 7/10
The Silent Partner (Duke, 1978) - 8/10

flappy bird, Friday, 27 November 2020 05:58 (two days ago) link

1/2 Japanese The Band That Would Be King
Biography of the band . Came out in 92 and I just found it on Demonoid which I only discovered was running again last week.
Quite interesting I guess. Makes me want to listen to some of their stuff.
Hadn't realised Penn Jilette was one of the people behind 50 Squidillion Watts.
The Fairs seem resolutely geeky.
& Don Fleming seemed surprisingly young as anew interviewee.
Also not sure if I've seen Byron Coley on screen before or if he was playing a part here instead of being more directly himself. Same with Gérard Cosloy.

Stevolende, Friday, 27 November 2020 07:54 (two days ago) link

That was supposed to be an interviewee not sure where anew came from.

Stevolende, Friday, 27 November 2020 07:55 (two days ago) link

didn't realise demonoid was still going in a meaningful sense - as in the unique torrents that weren't anywhere else, where are they these days?

calzino, Friday, 27 November 2020 08:36 (two days ago) link

That 1/2 Japanese doc is really good. Same guy who did the Daniel Johnston one. The DVD had a big pull quote on the front from a critic that was like “The funniest rock movie since Spinal Tap!” which always irritated the fuck out of me and really misrepresented the band and doc. It is funny. And they’re goofy. But I’ve met the Fair brothers a few times, know people who have worked with David for years, and that childlike sense of play and joy in creativity they exude is very real and fucking dope.

circa1916, Friday, 27 November 2020 09:55 (two days ago) link

first man (2018 chazelle) 9/10
the nest (2020 durkin) 5.5/10
possessor (2020 b cronenberg) 5/10
on the rocks (2020 s. coppola) 6/10
the human stain (2003 benton) 6/10
*rebecca (1940 hitchcock) 8/10
rebecca (2020 wheatley) 5/10
*the 39 steps (1935 hitchcock) 9/10
*the tenant (1976 polanski) 8.5/10
brief encounter (1945 lean) 9/10

johnny crunch, Friday, 27 November 2020 18:32 (two days ago) link

the nest really didn't do much for me

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 27 November 2020 18:38 (two days ago) link


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