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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

The Devil Is Driving (Stoloff, 1932)
Henry the Ache (McCarey, 1934)
The Reformers (Griffith, 1913)
On the Front Page (1926)
Heads We Go (Banks, 1933)
The Way of Lost Souls (Czinner, 1929)
How to Make a Monster (Strock, 1958)
Alibi (West, 1929)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 14 June 2021 01:32 (one month ago) link

Flight (Robert Zemeckis, 2012)
Predators (Nimród Antal, 2010)
The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999)

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 14 June 2021 01:50 (one month ago) link

Murder at the Vanities (Leisen 1934)
The Fall (Glazer 2019)
A Story Well Spun (Guy 1906)
Mabel's Strange Predicament (Normand 1914)
Miss Dundee and Her Performing Dogs (Guy 1902)
Cowards Bend the Knee (Maddin 2003)
Day of Freedom (Riefenstahl 1935)
Teorema (Pasolini 1968)
Christmas in July (Sturges 1940)
A Loft (Jacobs 2010)
Dementia (Parker 1953)
Ballet Mécanique (Léger 1923-1924)
The Palm Beach Story (Sturges 1942)
Unfaithfully Yours (Sturges 1948)
Hail the Conquering Hero (Sturges 1944)
The Beguiled (Coppola 2017)
Duel at Diablo (Nelson 1966)
*Hellraiser (Barker 1987)
Blood of a Poet (Cocteau 1930)
Fall of the House of Usher (Harrington 1942)
Sworn to the Drum (Blank 1995)
The Men (Zinnemann 1950)
Virtue (Buzzell 1932)

In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 02:17 (one month ago) link

The Master Mystery (King & Grossman, 1918)
All Night Long (Edwards, 1924)
The Marines Are Coming (Howard, 1934)
La Piscine (Deray, 1969)
Curse of the Undead (Dein, 1959)
Third Time Lucky (Forde, 1931)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 20 June 2021 20:57 (one month ago) link

Halston (7.0)
Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (7.0)
The Handmaid’s Tale (S4 – 6.0)
The Love Machine (5.5)
Pose (S4 – 6.0)
Flack (S2 – 4.5)
American Boy (6.0)
Straight, No Chaser (7.0)
Valley of the Dolls (5.0)
Bliss (4.0)

clemenza, Sunday, 27 June 2021 01:45 (four weeks ago) link

the Carey adap?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 27 June 2021 01:48 (four weeks ago) link

I'm not sure which of the above that refers to, so I'm guessing the answer is no.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 June 2021 01:55 (four weeks ago) link

The 1985 Bliss, adapted by director Ray Lawrence and Peter Carey from Carey's 1981 novel. (bcz it's better than Valley Of The Dolls imo)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 27 June 2021 02:41 (four weeks ago) link

No--new thing on Prime with Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson. Tense opening scene, waste of time after that.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 June 2021 03:57 (four weeks ago) link

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (Florey 1928) expressionist short
Black Sabbath (Bava 1963) 5/10
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Meyer 1970) no rating
*Tales of Beatrix Potter (Mills 1971) 9/10
Escape Room (Sony co., 2019) 3/10
Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney co., 2020) 5/10
Luca (Pixar, Disney co., 2021) 6/10

Laurel & Hardy:
Way Out West (1937) 6/10
The Bullfighters (1945) 5/10

Marx Brothers:
The Cocoanuts (Florey 1929) 5/10 incompetent filmmaking, but the bros. are good
Animal Crackers (1930) 7/10
Monkey Business (McLeod 1931) 5/10
Horse Feathers (McLeod 1932) 6/10
*Duck Soup (McCarey 1933) 7/10 probably their best, but their treatment of the lemonade stand guy is really mean
*A Night at the Opera (Wood 1935) 7/10
*A Day at the Races (Wood 1937) 7/10
Room Service (McCarey 1938) 4/10 not a terrible script, but only groucho comes off as himself
At the Circus (1939) 7/10 with some gags by buster keaton

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 27 June 2021 08:22 (four weeks ago) link

incompetent filmmaking

there was no such thing as competent sound filmmaking at the time tbf! I love that the newspapers are sopping wet bcz 1929 microphones couldn't handle sounds as harsh as "paper."

Duck Soup definitely their best - nearly all of Thalberg's influences in making the filmmaking more competent are good ones, except the romantic / emotional throughlines never work because it's some utterly wet rando, and Duck Soup had JUST proven that lols, more lols, and snook-cocking was all a Bros film needed to work. (Duck Soup cocks its snooks at something important, which also helps - Horse Feathers has almost got the formula down, but college football is so pointless and incomprehensible a target.)

no rating for BTVOTD on a first view because you're still processing, or you don't think it deserves to be rated as a film, or...?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 27 June 2021 09:45 (four weeks ago) link

The Driller Killer (1979) 3.5/5
Born in Flames (1983) 2/5
Summer of Soul (2021) 3.5/5 - very entertaining talking head music doc with some great reminiscences by the performers and attendees. I'll never look at the Fifth Dimension the same way again.
* Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003) 4/5
The Gambler (1974) 3/5
* Wise Blood (1979) 3.5/5

short:
Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris (1971) 3/5. A weird one; Baldwin is captivating as usual here but he has to spend most of the short runtime arguing with the obtuse documentarian.

Chris L, Sunday, 27 June 2021 16:13 (four weeks ago) link

I'll never look at the Fifth Dimension the same way again.

That was one of my big takeaways, too. I reviewed the movie for Stereogum.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 27 June 2021 16:36 (four weeks ago) link

The Gambler definitely a little self-serious (James Toback...), but I do like it for Caan; that scene where he listens to the Lakers lose is great. Stay clear of the terrible remake.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 June 2021 17:43 (four weeks ago) link

The incompetent filmmaking that I remember most is the choreographed number where girls sat down and waved their hands around, and the worst door gag bit ever.

BVD is memorable and also has a lot of offensive stuff. Beyond ratings, like an Ed Wood film.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 27 June 2021 19:20 (four weeks ago) link

There's good stuff in every one of those Marx bros. movies and I don't regret watching any of them except maybe Room Service. I don't think they ever made a movie where everything worked.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 27 June 2021 19:26 (four weeks ago) link

Duck Soup is pretty close to a perfect comedy. The only Marx that I’ve seen (which is most of them) that i thought was completely useless is Go West.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Sunday, 27 June 2021 19:37 (four weeks ago) link

30 years ago, a local station ran Laurel & Hardy movies late at night for a time; loved Way Out West and Sons of the Desert, not sure how I'd feel today.

clemenza, Sunday, 27 June 2021 19:49 (four weeks ago) link

Chico plays the piano with an orange in Go West

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 27 June 2021 21:16 (four weeks ago) link

Shopping with Wifie (Stafford, 1932)
The Danger Girl (Badger, 1916)
The Face on the Barroom Floor (Chaplin, 1914)
Autumn Mists (Kirsanoff, 1929)
The Girl From Calgary (Whitman, 1932)
The Sultan's Wife (Badger, 1917)
The Lost Shoe (Berger, 1923)
Hotel Imperial (Stiller, 1927)
Time Walker (Kennedy, 1982)
Boobley's Baby (Drew, 1915)
Behind the Screen (unidentified Universal crew, 1915)
*West of Hot Dog (Rock & Pembroke, 1924)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 28 June 2021 00:44 (three weeks ago) link

Sons of the Desert has some hilarious moments. Stan Laurel has some amazing reaction shots. then it ends with spousal abuse.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 28 June 2021 02:09 (three weeks ago) link

The one thing I remember, clear as day decades later, is when the wives go to the movies and L&H show up in the newsreel report on the convention they're attending--and how they get into the shot two or three times!

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 22:10 (three weeks ago) link

In June I mostly watched the Euros, but also:

The Man With Nine Lives (Grinde, 1940) 6/10 BLU-RAY
Before I Hang (Grinde, 1940) 6/10 BLU-RAY
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band (Roher, 2019) 6/10 BBC4
The Devil Commands (Dmytryk, 1941) 7/10 BLU-RAY
Hellgate (Levey, 1989) 6/10 DVD
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Makavejev, 1971) 7/10 YOUTUBE (uncensored version)
The Boogie Man Will Get You (Landers, 1942) 5/10 BLU-RAY
Body Puzzle (L. Bava, 1992) 5/10 BLU-RAY
*The Black Belly of the Tarantula (Cavara, 1971) 7/10 DVD
Saint Maud (Glass, 2019) 7/10 AMAZON PRIME

Ward Fowler, Friday, 2 July 2021 07:40 (three weeks ago) link

Slide, Babe, Slide (Stoloff, 1932)
Just Pals (Stoloff, 1932)
Midnight Warning (Bennet, 1932)
Sinners in the Sun (Hall, 1932)
The Devil Horse (Brower, 1932)
Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
She-Wolf of London (Yarbrough, 1946)
Fragment of Seeking (Harrington, 1947)
Picnic (Harrington, 1949)
On the Edge (Harrington, 1949)
The Assignation (Harrington, 1953)
The Wormwood Star (Harrington, 1956)
Usher (Harrington, 2000)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 5 July 2021 00:49 (two weeks ago) link

JUst got through half of Panique before the film froze. I was quiite getting into it but can't have transfered it fully.
Do like the tone of cynicism running throug the french films I've watched this week.
& did France not adopt some version of the Hayes code. Possibly not if the language is not going to be one that a US mainstream audience is goingto be watching and therefore not likely o effect sales etc. Or is the idea that that might be one reason other film making countries would self censor unlikely.
Will get back to it later.

Le Chiene Jean Renoir 1931
wonder if this would be more understated if made elsewhere.
Think I need to watch more Renoir.
Think I recognised a couple of the faces not sure though

Le Corbeau
shows the population of a small town in a decidedly unfavourable light. Brilliant film . Is the comncluding sentiment supposed to be life goes on. France was under Nazi occupation at the time surely so wonder how that effected things.

Chulas Froneteras Les Blank
1976 film on Mexican population in Texas and Tejano music. I see that the s/trk was released on cd combined with another releated film, need to see if i can get it.
Also think I will be picking up some Flaco Jimenez

Eyes Without A Face
Interesting idea seems to have been made o a pretty much B level and bts of it seem a little unfinished.
Has some pretty memorable bits though.
Dr looks like a human owl though so wonder if that was intentional.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 09:39 (two weeks ago) link

I thought the guy playing Hire and the mark in Le Chiene looked oddly similar but there's 16 years between the 2 and he looks younger as Hire. I guess actors and makeup or something. It's the same guy I think he's supposed to look more beat down by life in Le Chiene though.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 05:45 (two weeks ago) link

La Chienne and Michel Simon.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 05:55 (two weeks ago) link

A Man escaped
Minimalist story about a Resistance lieutenant trying to get out of a detention centre

Stevolende, Thursday, 8 July 2021 11:40 (two weeks ago) link

both A Man Escaped and Le Corbeau are great movies. There is always something a bit haunted about movies made in occupied Europe but the latter has some real hard boiled dialogue and is quite darkly amusing in places.

MoMsnet (calzino), Thursday, 8 July 2021 11:45 (two weeks ago) link

His New Job (Chaplin, 1915)
Nana (Renoir, 1926)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Harrington, 1942)
The Four Elements (Harrington, 1966)
You Never Know Women (Wellman, 1926)
Buster's Big Chance (Corby & Meins, 1928)
*Back Stage (Arbuckle, 1919)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 11 July 2021 20:37 (two weeks ago) link

Buster Keaton:
The Rough House (1917)
The Scarecrow (1920) great first half
College (1927) 7/10
The Cameraman (1928) 7/10
Film (written by Beckett, 1965)
Notfilm (2015) 4/10 as a film

Harold Lloyd:
Over the Fence (1917) poor
Take a Chance (1918)
That's Him (1918)
Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919)

Marx Bros:
Go West (1940) 4/10
The Big Store (1941) 4/10 hays code was fine with racism huh
Brain Donors (1992) 5/10 a remake of a night at the opera with john turturro in the groucho role

Laurel & Hardy:
*The Music Box (1932) great

The Lodger (Hitchcock, 1927) 5/10
*Brute Force (1947) 7/10
Daisies (Chytilová, 1966) 7/10
Putney Swope (Downey Sr., 1969) 6/10
*The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) 8/10 shame about that train climax (also used in Go West)
Asparagus (Suzan Pitt, 1979)
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) 2/10
Cans Without Labels (the Ren & Stimpy guy, 2019)

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 12 July 2021 00:33 (one week ago) link

La Belle et le Bete Jean cocteau.
pretty otherworldly in places plus some near slapstick humour in the mundane world.
Great imagery, I kept wondering if certain shots had been used for other things.
Also wonder how aesthetically influential it is.
Enjoyed deeply.

Black Widow
Great action film tying in with other stories in the MCU.
Do wonder what is likely to spin off this film. Could see a couple of things.
Enjoyed the post credits scene but slightly miss the 2 that used to pepper the credits sequence what appeared to be traditionally..
I had just seen Midsommar a couple of weeks ago so interesting to see Florence Pugh turn up as costar.

saw a few minutes of the Tomorrow War but wasn't in the mood.

Stevolende, Monday, 12 July 2021 10:21 (one week ago) link

if you like credits scenes watch the simpsons marvel travesty, the credit scenes last longer than the short.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:46 (one week ago) link

Slim and Queen
Cos it got mentioned in a talk about Thelma and Louise this afternoon.
I missed it at the time, glad I finally got to see it.
Both leads are black Brits which I'm not sure shows.
A tinder date goes awry and the people involved are about to go home when they're stopped by a racist cop and things gain momentum from there. Enjoyed t anyway.

Stevolende, Monday, 12 July 2021 23:20 (one week ago) link

yeah trying to type this while drinking Valerian tea. Name is other way round
Queen & Slim.
Ladies first

Stevolende, Monday, 12 July 2021 23:21 (one week ago) link

I liked that movie a lot. Currently watching a mildly crappy one-season crime drama on HBO Max called Jett and the female lead from Q&S, Jodie Turner-Smith, plays a detective in it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:04 (one week ago) link

watched body brokers & surprised by how much i liked it ~ reminded me sortof of the big short cuz its like an "explainer" movie but also creates characters that behave stereotypically maybe but also feel p real; has a scuzzy larry clark vibe which is def my jam, 9/10

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 01:02 (one week ago) link

Kajillionaire was pretty enjoyable!

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 18:12 (one week ago) link

Celine
odd little film that shows Celine the title character recovering from a suicide attempt after her adopted father died. She is saved by a female doctor with a heart disease who is hired to watch over her by Celkine's adopted mother. Celine becomes the dr's nurse and secretary and picks up the practise of yoga as part of her healing regime.
Somewhere along the way there is a sudden supernatural subtheme introduced though it seems to come like a bit ofa deus ex machina.
Film was released in the early 90s and looks really nice. I wondered if i had seen it before somewhere. Still not sure.

Mama Weed
Isabelle Huppert stars as a woman used by the police to listen through recordings and live scenes to interpret language used.
She has a mother who is being looked after in a nursing home by a nurse who comes from North Africa. THis set up leads to adventures in the drugs trade.
Quite enjoyed it.

Stevolende, Thursday, 15 July 2021 16:20 (one week ago) link

Nomadland (7.5)
Eyes Wide Shut (7.0)
Manhunter (7.0)
A Taste of Honey (7.5)
Barry Lyndon (10.0)
Warning Shot (7.0)
The Woman in the Window (2021 - 5.5)
The Killing (8.5)
Twin Peaks (pilot/S1 – 8.5)
Twin Peaks (S2 – 7.0)
Once Is Not Enough (5.5)
Full Metal Jacket (7.0)
A Clockwork Orange (5.0)

clemenza, Saturday, 17 July 2021 16:54 (one week ago) link

last couple of months

CINEMA IS BACK, BABY:
Fast & Fourious (Lin, Morgan 2009)
Fast Five (Lin, Morgan 2011)
Fast & Furious 6 (Lin, Morgan 2013)
Furious 7 (Wan, Morgan 2015)
The Feight Of The Furious (Gray, Morgan 2017)
F9 (Lin, Casey 2021)

AIR-CONDITIONING IS BACK, BABY:
* Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Spiels B, Kas D, Ratliff, The Right Kauf 1981) 7.5.10
The Enfield Case (Wan, Hayes, Johnson 2016) 2/10
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (Kidron, Beane 1995) 1/10
The Sparks Brothers (Wright 2021) 8/10, would be ten at six hours long
* The Sparks Brothers (Wright 2021)
A Quiet Place Part II (Halpert 2021) 3/10
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (Hughes, O'Connor, Murphy, Murphy 2021) 1/10
* Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Lord & Miller 2009) 8/10
The House Next Door (Taylor, Harrell 2021) 2/10, one point just for Katt Williams as a vampire pimp, even if he shot out in three days
@Zola (Janicza Bravo, A'ziah "Zola" King, Jeremy O. Harris, David Kushner 2021) 6.5/10
* The Lego Batman Movie (McKay, Grahame-Smith, McKenna, Sommer, Stern, Whittington 2017) 7/10
on a TV:
The Tomorrow War (McKay, Dean 2021) 0.5 tines /10
Tenet (naloNolan 2020) 2/10, would pay up to $1 to watch in theatre just for the backwardsy action scenes
* The Great Muppet Caper (Henson, Patchett, Tarses, Juhl, Rose 1981) 9/10 ⚰️
Collateral (Mann, Beattie 2004) 8/10
* Notting Hill (Curtis, Mitchell 1999) 7/10 and I'm mad about it, did not expect this to work so well: liked it better than on release
The Personal History of David Copperfield (Ianucci, Blackwell, Finnemore, Schneider, Smith, Dickens 2020) 8/10 also surprised here but pleasantly so. Armando & crew managed to make a Dickens that crunches down the sprawl to a chewable multiplex size, but remains funny in exactly the say that Dickens is funny.
* Tomorrow Never Dies (Spottiswoode, Feirstein 1997) 2/10 surprised again: without remembering anything about this one bar The Melting Candle being the villain, discovered that it does absolutely nothing with the scope of his irl villainy, and is very dull besides.
Plan B (Natalie Morales, Prathi Srinivasan, Joshua Levy 2021) 8/10 a delight
Unpregnant (Rachel Lee Goldenberg, Ted Caplan, Jenni Hendriks, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, William Parker 2020) 5/10 having so enjoyed the 2021 teen sex comedy about states that restrict access to the morning after pill, I went back to catch up on the 2020 one: this was the wrong order, and I would have enjoyed this one more in a stand-alone context
The To Do List (Maggie Carey 2013) 7/10 a restorative vote for low-stakes teen sex comedies by female filmmakers
The Go-Go's (Alison Ellwood 2020) 6/10 a basic rise / fall band narrative but a great visual sense
Shaft 2000 (Singleton, Salerno 2000) 2/10 feels like it should be ACABaganda but the movie is firmly on the side of the guy beating the shit out of random teenagers in the street in the hope they will give him information that they don't have
Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, Jessica Pressler 2019) 6.5/10 less edifying than the print article but would pay up to $2 to watch a 90-minute supercut of just the music-based scenes in a theatre
Hulk (Lee, Schamus 2003) 4/10 the wipes are good
Identity Crisis (McGoohan, Driskill 1975) 6/10
The House Bunny (Fred Wolf, Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz 2008) 6/10 totally being carried by the lead performance, but that lead is probably worth 7 points by itself
No Sudden Move (Soderbergh, Solomon 2021) 7/10
Summer Of Soul (?uestlove 2021) 7/10
The Nice Guys (Black, Bagarozzi 2016) 7.5/10 wish I'd seen this with an audience, probably plays like a 9
* Lethal Weapon (Black & Donner 1987) 4/10 ⚰️
The Monster Squad (Black & Dekker 1987) 5/10
SHORTS:

Dead On Time (Hobbs, Curtis, Atkinson 1983) 31 min (nb that we are further from Notting Hill than Notting Hill was from this. Is The Girl In The Cafe and 1/3 of a Dr Who episode the only decent thing Curtis has done this century?)
C'était un rendez-vous (Claude LeLouche 1976) 8 min
Gershwin's Trunk (Paul Bartel, John Meyer 1987) 25min

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 17 July 2021 21:44 (one week ago) link

4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) 2.5/5
What Happened Was... (1994) 4.5/5. Gotta admit I thought this was going to be an awkward indie comedy and was blown away by its build-up and emotional depth. Essential.
* Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) 4/5
Barb and Star Go to Visa Del Mar (2021) 3.5/5
* Bad Day at Black Rock 4/5
* Tombstone (1993) 4/5
Heaven's Gate (1980) 3.5/5
Son of the White Mare (1981) 3.5/5
Swimmer (2012) Lynne Ramsey short. I was really tired and I didn't get it.
* Force of Evil (1948) 4/5

Chris L, Sunday, 18 July 2021 14:31 (one week ago) link

The Empty Man, which is now streaming via HBO Max, is pretty good. It starts off one thing (hikers encounter a Malevolent Force while trekking through the Himalayas-I-think), becomes a different thing (James Badge Dale, one of my favorite low-key actors, plays a Retired Cop With A Dark Past investigating the disappearance of some local teens, which seems to be related to the titular urban legend) and then becomes a The Conspiracy Is Deeper Than You Think story. Stephen Root fans, take note: He’s only in one scene, but it’s great. It doesn’t totally make sense, and it’s too long (two and a quarter hours), but there’s enough creepy shit to make it worth your while.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 18 July 2021 22:19 (one week ago) link

Gojira (Honda, 1954)
The Law of the Wild (Eason & Schaefer, 1934)
Soup to Nuts (Stoloff, 1930)
I Was a Spy (Saville, 1933)
Crimson Romance (Howard, 1934)
Whirlpool of Fate (Renoir, 1925)
The Mummy (Fisher, 1959)
Pig (Sarnoski, 2021)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 18 July 2021 23:12 (one week ago) link

does pig have anything to recommend it?
just saw Truffle Hunters which was a lovely sort of tone poem

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 18 July 2021 23:31 (one week ago) link

Cage gives possibly his most controlled, solid performance of the last decade. I didn't see Truffle Hunters because I normally find documentaries less entertaining than the same amount of footage of paint drying. Is it worth watching?

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 18 July 2021 23:39 (one week ago) link

I forgot one and it was good:
The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974) 4/5

Chris L, Monday, 19 July 2021 00:51 (six days ago) link

xp probably not if that's the way you approach docs tbh. it's really not much of a documentary, more a series of vignettes of strange men, their dogs and their phenomenally expensive fungus. I found it deeply charming but you're not gonna learn much.

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Monday, 19 July 2021 02:10 (six days ago) link

I lost my body . French cartoon about an immigrant boy from the middle east becoming smitten by a girl he was supposed to be delivering pizza to. & the effect on his life things are in consequence. Quite nice, touchiing in places.

Stevolende, Monday, 19 July 2021 22:39 (six days ago) link

Actually I Lost My Body is a fantastic little fillm showing a disembodied hand working its way across some part of France interspersed with some flashbacks to an immigrant youth. I thought it quite touching but it is a film where I'd like to know the end consequences not to give any more spoilers.

Raya & The LOast Dragon
Disney princess film where in some not fully specified imaginary Asian country that once had a plethora of dragons living in harmony with humans there has been some weird negative force unleashed that is turning things to stone.
The main Princess of the story has her dad turned to stone when he tries to make a peacekeeping effort to unite the various peoples living around him and she goes to find a cure. She accumulates a motley crew of misfits whose relatives have been turned to stone including a rather too gymnastic baby among others.
Looks quite good, I'm sure teh kids loved it.
One thing that stuck in my mind was the note halfway through the credits saying something about this film was made in 400 homes. i.e. the film was made while people were working at home during the pandemic. Interesting to see how professional a product one can get out of those circumstances.

Werewolves Within
Horror comedy which has its moments,
Hadn't realised it was based on a computer game until i saw the credits.
Just looked up a few titles of supposedly good films from Rottentoamtoes and got this. Enjoyed it but could have been better i guess.

Le San D'Un p[oet
Not sure if I've seen bits of thsi before it's like Cocteau's equivalent of L'Age D'or or something. A consciously surrealistic film very consciously arty . HHas its moments and some interesting images.

Mesfi or Repast
Very nice film about relationship between a young couple in 1950s Osaka. Yeah left with the feel goods though really not sure about the emancipation of the sexes involved and the depiction of gender etc. But It is 70 years old and showing a different culture trying to update. I don't know being more progressive might not have been realistic to the times.
very very nice film though.

Plein Soleil
French take on the first Ripley story . I saw the same source made as The talented Mr Ripley with Matt Damon , Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is much more stylish I think.
Very tasty film though I think the French in the 60s may have a different moral standard tahn the Americans in the 90s. Probably inevitable.
Worth seeing, very much so.

a few Les Blank films. I think Channel 4 in the UK used to show a lot of these things on a Friday afternoon soon after they started cos I remember seeing very similar films from that time. I was looking for Tex Mex music a few weeks back and wound up finding the film Chulas Fronteras which is really really good. I think I need the s/trk.

Stevolende, Friday, 23 July 2021 09:55 (two days ago) link


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