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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 (three years ago) link

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

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

xp wait, WHAT?

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

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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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

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

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

It was fun etc.

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

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

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

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

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

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

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

lol

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

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

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

lil too try hard idk

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

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

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

Xala 1975 Ousmane Sembene
Satire on corruption after Senegal gains independence. Centres on a corrupt politician spending the funds he has got from the French on losing power to help them become more covert n their political machinations so ministers have become henchmen. He is goiong to spend the money on marrying a 3rd wife, which goes disastrously since he becomes impotent. That is what the title refers to it translates as teh Curse and is treated like an actual one. But this politician has overextended his credit lines so a number of his cheques simply bounce apparently including teh one he has given to a witch doctor to help lift this curse.
INteresting film, starts with people in traditional African garb leaving a revolutionary crowd to move into the beauracratic offices of teh French and remove cultural artefacts and then the French beauracrats themselves. Next time you see these revolutioonaries they are dressed in Western garb in the samne office, the French beauracrats come in with attache cases filled with funds. Then this guy getting married invites his cronies to his wedding.
Time is spent at the guy's first wife's place where his feminist daughter attacks the idea of polygamy and is herself physically attacked.
So you get to see the idea of liberty from several perspectives and on several issues. Also the idea of corruption similarly.
& you get a soundtrack and short onscreen appearance by the Star Band of Dakar one of the earliest bands playing music in the style, their later offshoots include Orchestra baobab, Super Star band and Etoile De dakar . My first reacton on seeing teh name of teh band was to think they must be related to that last group , I should know more about the interrelation of bands from taht scene. Would have also thought that in Francophone Senegal the initial band name would have been the French one and Star is English. Maybe it made them look more international I don't know. Great stuff though.
ONe theme heavily explored throughout the film is about traditional belief being contrasted with what was taken to be modern.
I like the films i've seen By Ousmane Sembene and will be looking out for more. May try to get hold of some of his writing too.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 09:46 (one month ago) link

Pierrot Le Fou 1965 Jean Luc Goddard
experimental poetic meditation on something. A bit disconnected like.
Looks quite good but messes around with narrative, dialogue and fun things like that.
Finally got around to watching a different copy of the film I tried to watch a couple of months ago which had the subtitles working right from the start.
Well not exactly coherent, ends with a bang though.
May capture that zeitgeist thingy of the time like

Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 22:50 (one month ago) link

The Charlatan (Melford, 1929)
His Royal Highness (Thring, 1932)
Gigolettes (Arbuckle, 1932)
Curtain at Eight (Hopper, 1933)
Cheating Blondes (Levering, 1933)
Inside Information (Hill, 1934)
Sally of the Sawdust (Griffith, 1925)
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Lamont, 1953)
The Card Counter (Schrader, 2021)
Who You Think I Am (Nebbou, 2019)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 13 September 2021 00:19 (one month ago) link

Al Mummia 1969 Chadi Abdel Salam
Egyptian film about a member of a tribe that has traditionally sold the artefacts from the time of teh Pharaohs that they have graverobbed who does not like the practise. He wants to be more preservative.
An official from the Egyptian Museum service is sent with a group of soldiers to police the graverobbing in the area. Slow film with some real atmosphere. I watched it in 2 bits which probably wasn't the best idea. But may rewatch it right through at some point.
I seem to have a very blurry edition of this so may need to see if i can get the version that was restored.

Putney Swope 1969 Robert Downey Sr.
Very chaotic anarchic movie about a black executive taking over an advertising firm in the wake of the boss dying and the rest of teh executive board putting his name as the candidate because they think its so funny that they would be the only person to do so. backfires o them as he turns the advertising firm in to an outrageous gonzoid group who make shocking ads for $1,000,000 up front.
Has a number of well known faces at a very early point. Antonio Fargas as a black radical member of the entourage.
Not sure how black gaze this is,, if at all and how much projected white. I think it seemed controversial at the time. Some of it does seem to be very much of its time in a Laugh In type of way or something.
I guess this depicts the onset of corruption . Is it overly rose tinted to want the firm to have actually succeeded. or is the idea of commercial advertising already too hopelessly sunk that cut and run is probably the best policy.
oh well it was an interesting film with some laughs. But I'm left with something of an aftertaste of blacks can't succeed so why not depict them as wreckers of civilisation?

Africa Addio 1966 Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
Italian documentary from the mid 60s showing brutality on the African continent. I think it shows events from right across the continent, spends time looking at the Mau mau and genocide in Zanzibar as well as some heavy environmental stuff poaching of various wildlife.
I'm really not sure how completely white gazed this si , i think quite heavily.
Seems to have dubbed in posh idiot English voices to a few officials from BEA so not sure what original distribution was. That seems to be done for comic effect in an otherwise heavy hitting film. A lot of this seems to be showing things being done that one would hope were already seen to be negative so wondering where the filming came from. Occurring to me that the on hand filming is not necessarily being done by the film makers maybe they got hold of it in that way. A camera held by somebody in the jeep of a bunch of people scything through wildlife herds with a rope strung between 2 cars and presumably strimming the vegetation that is between the 2 cars at the same time. Hate to think this was an Italian film team complicit in the actions being done. That scything/tripping of wildlife, millionaires having elephants set up to shoot as part of expensive safaris. helicopters piloted to help someone shoot elephants from the air , thousands of Zanzibarean muslims being herded to execution based on a propagandistic lie from centuries old information, Afrikaans recreating the Vortrekkers covered wagon trip and not being massacred unfortunately.
I got through an hour of a 2 hour film , may go back and have another look but it is a bit overwhelming.

Turks Fruit 1973 Paul Verhoeven
Film showing the relationship between a very egocentric artist and his love object.
They meet after he has shown what an absolute jerk he is several times then decided that he needs to hitch out of town , she picks him up in an expensive car which they proceed to total. her parents try to keep them apart but apparently they are supposed to be in LOVE.
Hard hitting semi soft pornographic film. I thought might be worth a look since it turned up on a recommended list on IMDB. Apparently one of the highest grossing Dutch films ever still.
I guess its ok but does remind me rather heavily of the Confessions of films mixed with a driller killer thing which is how it starts.
He later has to deal with her having a debilitating illness and his own egocentricity. I guess its ok , does seem a bit over the top in places. Not sure how ethical I find him ho ho.

Rafiki 2018 Wanuri Kahiu
Quite moving film showing the then current Kenya's teen population centring on a tomboy type who is the daughter of a teacher and a local politician. She meets and falls in love with the daughter of one of his rivals. This shows the expectations and mores of contemporary youth in all its homophobia and aspirations etc. I know Uganda the neighbouring country was notoriously homophobic, haven't really known what to expect of my dad's home country.
Nicely acted, not sure what language the non-English bits were in but there are a lot of them so you would need to make sure you get subtitles with it. Hope the making of this indicates some steps forward with homophobia, not sure how unlikely taht is.
Want to see a lot more Kenyan films though. I keep seeing West African stuff I think.

then caught the start of Umut 1970 Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney
Depiction of a poor kurdish cart driver who has his cart broken and horse killed by a car driver . I think I was falling asleep so thought i'd get back to this. Wound up watching the end of Al Mummia instead

Stevolende, Monday, 13 September 2021 12:10 (one month ago) link

Faust (Murnau, 1926). The Kino Lorber Blu-Ray looks incredible, and the movie has a manic energy that in combination with the pretty astonishing special effects really make it into something. Emil Jannings as Mephistopheles is amazing; I had no idea he became a Nazi later.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 13 September 2021 12:49 (one month ago) link

is there a thread where people are talking about pig? tremendous film

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:20 (one month ago) link

oh wait probably the cage thread sorry

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:21 (one month ago) link

Europa '51 (Rossellini, 1952) 7/10 strong start then it turns into a christ metaphor
An Affair to Remember (McCarey, 1957) 7/10 one of those rare movies where the melodramatic violins work.
Super Fly (Parks Jr., 1972) 5/10 incompetent audio. movie gets better as the plot gets going.
Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975) 6/10 too many characters! had to watch the first half a second time.
Cutter's Way (Ivan Passer, 1981) 7/10
Mortdecai (Koepp, 2015) 4/10 i enjoyed depp's performance
Evangelion 3.0+1.0 (Hideaki Anno, 2021) 8/10 the best evangelion movie? even though the answer to every mystery is that seele did it

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 07:22 (one month ago) link

Phaedra 1963 Jules Dassin
Modern retelling of the Hypolytus story. A shipping tycoon marries a younger wife (Melina Mercouri as titular figure) who he gets to contact his son who is studying in London. THey meet and hit it off rather too well, have a passionate affair. I had to warn her not to doit cos he was a psycho(Anthony Perkins as Aleksis). The father has sent his new wife to try to get his estranged son to come to Greece for the summer. He eventually does and is given the gift of a new Aston martin which the supposedly artitstic son has fallen in love with while in london.
The atmosphere gets dark . Melina Mercouri smoulders for weeks as she refuses her husbands attentions, Aleksis meets the daughter of a competitor ship tycoon who his father is trying to set up a wedding with , Phaedra doesn't like it.
Well it smoulders and intrigues and stuff. It's in English and it has a Theodarakis score that is more Western than i've heard him elsewhere. Kimda cool I guess.

Umut 1970 Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney
Turkish film depicting a poor coach driver who is just scraping by when a car driver smacks into his parked coach and kills one of his horses. He tries to find a way to get out of his situation but it isn't forthcoming.
Film starts apparently pretty realistic , possibbly stays taht way but depicts a quixotic project he gets involved with thanks to a friend of his.
INteresting film. I saw it in a cut taht seemed on the verge of solarisation and sound was weird. But yeah good film .May look at others by the same director

Den Muso 1975 Souleymane Cissé
A mute girl gets seduced and impregnated by a young guy who has turned to a life of petty crime after feeling exploited by the girl's father who is his ex boss. She is kicked out of her home.
decent film with good soundtrack. It has teh members of the Salif Keita era Les Ambassedeurs suddenly appearing on screen playing though it doesn't really show a perfromnace which is a shame. Do love that band.

Still A Brother: Inside teh Negro Middle Class 1968 William Greaves
Documentary looking at the phenomenon of the black bourgeois. Kind of interesting to look back at and wonder if its been progressed from.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 09:30 (one month ago) link

Once in a Lifetime (Mack, 1932)
The Dude Ranger (Cline, 1934)
California Straight Ahead (Pollard, 1925)
He's in Again (Chase, 1918)
*His New Mamma (del Ruth, 1924)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 20 September 2021 00:30 (one month ago) link

La Ilusion Viaja En Tranvia 1954 Luis Bunuel
A couple o fmisfit garage workers in Mexico City go for a ride on a streetcar they've fixed not knowing it was going to be retired. Somewhaty gentle comedy with no real surrealist touches, possibly closest to that is an irreverent Morality Play staged for a neighborhood party. Quite funny in places if you like the kind of thing.
Once they have drunkenly taken the streetcar out for a ride they get stuck trying to get it back to the depot and things get worse when the ex-streetcar service busybody gets involved. But serious family feelgood tropes throughout.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 2014 Ana Lily Amirpour
Iranian Vampire Western filmed in Taft California. A young guy with a James dean vibe has his car taken as payment by his dad's dealer, he winds up involved with a strange young looking woman. B+W film made 7 years ago based on the Vampire myth, possibly with an Iranian twist.
Atmospheric and stuff. Quite enjoyed it,
Why do I know the name Taft is it a place that turns up in Kerouac or Steinbeck or something?

Stevolende, Monday, 20 September 2021 09:52 (one month ago) link

Celui Qui Doit Mourir 1957 Jules Dassin
1921 , A Greek village under Turkish occupation holds an annual Passion Play. The conservative orthodox priest names the main players that have been picked by the village council and these are all people who wouldn't have picked the roles themselves but find having done so to be really fitting over the course of the play. Lead character is probably the shepherd Manolios who has been picked to play Jesus, he is thought to be simple minded and speaks with a stammer he will gain confidence over the course. People are also picked for James, Peter, John , Judas and Mary Magdalene. I think all of these are supposed to have character traits that fit the role, I'm not sure about the character traits of teh apostles though. But the last 2 mentioned, Judas is a family man who had wanted the role of Jesus and winds up absolutely betraying the character playing Jesus. He is a frequent visitor to the widow who winds up playing Mary Magdalene and enjoys a lot of male company. She is played by Melina Mercouri who was pretty delectable in the mid 50s.
The film starts with the surviving members of a village that has been destroyed by the Turks for their support of the Greek army trying to find a new home. They appear at the village that is holding the Passion Play and are offered some food and the ability to recuperate while they prepare to hit the road again. They protest saying they could take over some unused land in the vicinity. Shortly afterwards one of the women from this refugee village dies and the priest from the Passion Play Village starts hollering cholera. The refugees move on but don't go very far. They actually set up on a nearby hillside and go to layout their new village but have no supplies so conti8nue to starve. Trying to correct this leads to further tragedy.
I found the film pretty moving but sometimes moving bit too far into melodrama. I think the setting of it being around the staging of a Passion Play may set the tone pretty heavily. Shows up the hypocrisy of people supposedly being fervent believers while allowing people who could be helped to suffer.
Film is mainly in French but I think made in Greece with some Greek actors. It certainly looks really good, but the copy i watched hasa lot of noise issues. It sounds like there is a wind blowing through the set even when they are inside. Not sure how popular the film is , might look for another copy but have seen it now so may not be rushing to rewatch it. It is oretty good though.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 08:40 (four weeks ago) link

I've seen 7 of Dassin's movies and all of them were good to great. I should seek out the rest of them.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 09:09 (four weeks ago) link

yeah he's done some good stuff.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:14 (four weeks ago) link

THe Green Knight 2021 David Lowery
Dream like multiracial reimagining of the medieval myth of Sir Gawain. It's pretty slow but I enjoyed it greatly.
Have been wanting to see this for a while, think I tried to get a d/ld a while back that wasn't perfect.
Gawain takes a mushroom at one point that had me wondering if they were citing psilocybin and that atmosphere seems to be running through the film.
Wonder how this will stand up over the years. I may have another look at the early 70s version of the story which I saw sometime during that decade i think but not very recently.
Worth a watch i would say but my copy came with very quiet dialogue which I had to turn up a lot.

Stroszeck 1977 Werner Herzog
An alcoholic musician leaves prison and gets involved with a prostitute he knew before going to jail. He has some nasty run ins with her pimp and his enforcer. Th eold man who has been looking after his flat and his mynah bird is going to relocate to the US thanks to his nephew. The other 2 go with him and stay in a mobile home on his nephew's land. They run into trouble with finances.
THis was apparently the last film that Ian Curtis watched before he killed himself, did he associate himself with a dancing chicken or was that already prewritten to happen.,
Anyway, weird film with an odd cast including a lot of Wisconsin public who otherwise hadn't acted. & Bruno S who had an interesting past of institutionisation and things. He is a real presence in the film .
I think I enjoyed this but it is a bit weird, wonder if it is likely to trigger people. NOt sure if I've seen this before.
Also wondering how Curtis got to see it. Was it on tv, seems a bit early for it to be around on vhs May 1980.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:32 (four weeks ago) link

It was on BBC 2 on Saturday May 17th. https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/service_bbc_two_england/1980-05-17

Used to show a terrific selection of foreign and art house films back in the day.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:36 (four weeks ago) link

yeah I remember that being a feature of my youth

Stevolende, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:37 (four weeks ago) link

i had a week off recently and spent it catching up on the dvds sat under the tv:

Twenty Four Eyes (Kinoshita, 1954)
Silence (Scorcese remake)
Madadayo (minor Kurosawa, his last apparently)
Woman Of Tokyo (1933, Ozu)
Early Spring, (1956, Ozu)
Tokyo Twilight (1957, Ozu, those last 3 are the bfi melodrama box)
Fitzcarraldo
Aguierre (finishing off the Herzog box i've had for years)
and two feature length episodes of Beck from bbc4

koogs, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 13:34 (four weeks ago) link

Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger 1958) 9/10 gorgeous
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes 1976) 8/10
Thief (Mann 1981) 8/10
*Oliver & Company (Disney co. 1988) 3/10
Dirty Work (Saget 1998) 4/10 coffin emoji
Pig (Sarnoski 2021) 8/10

a good week! now my goal is to finish the tsptd top 100. Criterion Channel has the mirror, late spring, viridiana, close-up. the only other ones I need to see are greed and the last two thirds of shoah, which might take a while.

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:49 (four weeks ago) link

I re-watched Thief this week myself. Amazing movie, but I wish I still had the Anchor Bay DVD instead of the Criterion Blu-Ray, which is much darker and bluer than the theatrical release.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 23 September 2021 00:24 (three weeks ago) link

Her Secret (Millais, 1933)
Waltzes From Vienna (Hitchcock, 1934)
The Defense Rests (Hillyer, 1934)
The Scotland Yard Mystery (Bentley, 1934)
Bedlam (Robson, 1946)
The Loudspeaker (Santley, 1934)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 27 September 2021 01:41 (three weeks ago) link

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) 4/5. Supposedly Mitchum's favorite role of his own and he's clearly invested in the character (and in Deborah Kerr).
Gregory's Girl (1980) 4.5/5
Jennifer's Body (2009) 2.5/5
Project A (1983) 4/5
To the Ends of the Earth (2019) 3.5/5
Drunken Master II (1994) 4.5/5
* Collateral (2004) 4/5
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) 2/5. I wonder how many of the people who like this one have seen it recently. The humor is aging poorly. Conversely, I liked The Nice Guys better on second viewing.

Shorts:
Gap-Toothed Women (1987) 2.5/5. At one point one of the interviewees says that straight-toothed women all skate easily through life. Ok.
Good Intentions (2018) 3/5
Glorious (2008). A ghost does something here I've never seen a ghost do in a movie before. Check it out on Criterion Channel to see what I mean.
Man Rots from the Head (2016) 2/5

Chris L, Monday, 27 September 2021 05:02 (three weeks ago) link

The Enigna Of Kaspar hauser 1974 Werner Herzog
Herzog's treatment of the true story of a young man being found who had apparently spent all of his life chained up in a cellar. He was therefore without reference for most of the everyday practises and objects of contemporary life.
Hauser is portrayed here by Bruno S who himself had a strange upbringing which is presumably why he was chosen.
Slow moving story as Hauser becomes acquainted with mid 19th century germany and winds up in a Freak show.
Florian Fricke has a cameo.
I know I saw this once in I think my late teens and possibly again when i was studying philosophy but not sure about that latter one. Have thought about Hauser and his lack of referents to the outside world definitely when epistemology has been discussed.
Took me several goes to fgind the correct subtitles taht actually played in sync but definitely benefits from having that. First tired watching this the day after Stroszeck since it has the same lead as well as a couple of more minor supports.

The Lord of The Rings The Battle fo teh Five Armies 2014 Peter Jackson
the last part of jackson's expansive Hobbit trtlogy. I'#m a bit confused about chronology within the story I thought Smaug was in this though maybe he gets dispatched towards the beginning. Could be that he is being set up for the same at the end of the previous film.
BUt this is where the Dwarfs have reached the end of their mission and then the forces of darkness arrive.
Enjoyed it but then realised that the Blondie OGWT live set from Glasgow in 79 was on the other side so caught that and then came back for the end.
Quite epic innit?

Windfall In Athens 1954 Michael Cacoyannis
I think this is probably typical of its time. NOw seems pretty conservative. Greek Roamntic comedy. I guess it has its moments but it may just show its age.
Starts off ok but really not sure about the underlying message. But I guess its just an entertainment.
Male lead is a cad and a bounder. Female lead should grow up.

The Dead Don't Die 2019 Jim Jarmusch
All Star b movie celebration. I guess Jarmsuch wanted to make a zombie film . He did so.
THought I ought to watch this and i guess it's ok. But would hope for more.

Weekend 1967 Jean-Luc Godard
A married couple drive across a near apocalyptic vision of France. They don't get off to a great start as there is action in the car park tehy start out from. & the end is even worse. Pretty surrealistic I guiess.
I know i saw this in my teens and possibly not since. But bits of it have stuck in my mind ever since. The endless gridlock for one.
Very deep I guess. Godard being pretty avant. Satirising contemporary French Society. Not sure how well it stands up now but it looks pretty good.

Paris Is Burning 1990 Jennie Livingston
Documentary on the gay balls that were being held within the trans community at the time. Shows the state of the art where voguing is concerned, hadn't realised quite how energetic, gymnastic etc that dance form was until I saw this.
Entertaining, the extents to which posing can be pushed etc.Interesting now that mainstream tv series have been set in the milieu.
I assume it was quite popular at the time and does have some popular names attached to it if the thanks lists are to go by.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNdgYBCnW-8

Stevolende, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 09:56 (three weeks ago) link

The Panic In Needle Park 1971 Jerry Schatzberg
A look into the underlife of a section of NYC where the junkies hang out. Nt sure to what extent the subject would have been looked at before this. Man With a Golden Arm is a decade plus earlier but I don't think it looks at the junk bit to anything like the same extent. THis has needlemarks, vein scars and people nodding out throughout.
Lead girl often looks a little bit too clean but she has bits where she semi convincingly nods out.
I thought this was Pacino's screen debut but it doesn't seem to be, maybe his first lead. Apparently it was this that lead to him playing Michael in the Godfather.
Quite good, quite dark. I enjoyed it and hadn't seen it before somehow.
Oddly as i type this the podcast I'm listening to brings up the name Pacino from another film out of the blue

Stevolende, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 09:53 (three weeks ago) link

Pacino's actual debut was in Me, Natalie (1969), a lightly comedic character study of a young Greenwich Village bohemian (Patty Duke). Very worth watching but difficult to find.

Josefa, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 14:24 (three weeks ago) link

Kino put out Me, Natalie on Blu-Ray last year: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film9/blu-ray_review_123/me_natalie_blu-ray.htm

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 14:38 (three weeks ago) link

AUG:

*Murder by Decree (Clark, 1979) BLU-RAY 7/10 - superb Holmes/Ripper mash-up let down by a clunky expository finale
Octopussy (Glen, 1983) DVD 4/10
Calling Dr Death (Le Borg, 1943) BLU-RAY 5/10 - part of Eureka's Inner Sanctum set w/ Lon Chaney
The Black Cat (Ulmer, 1934) BLU-RAY 8/10 the best Boris and Bela by far
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Newman, 1972) BLU-RAY 8/10 - amazing performance from Newman and Woodward's daughter as the youngest child in this
The Suicide Squad (Gunn, 2021) CINEMA!! 7/10
The Raven (Landers, 1935) BLU-RAY 7/10
Possessor (Cronenberg, 2020) DVD 7/10
Rising Damp (McGrath, 1980) DVD 4/10 - unofficial Hammer film
Never Say Never Again (Kershner, 1983) DVD 5/10
The Invisible Ray (Hillyer, 1936) BLU-RAY 6/10
Black Widow (Shortland, 2021) CINEMA 5/10
John Wick (Stahelski, 2014) DVD 6/10
*The Belles of St Trinian's (Launder, 1954) IPLAYER 8/10
Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (Lenzi, 1972) BLU-RAY 7/10 one of the great Giallo titles
Blue Murder at St Trinian's (Launder, 1957) IPLAYER 6/10

Black Friday (Lubin, 1940) BLU-RAY 6/10
The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (Launder, 1960) IPLAYER 5/10
The Legacy (Marquand, 1978) BLU-RAY 7/10 - w/ Rog Daltrey as a rock star who gets an emergency tracheotomy, in the film's best death scene; Jimmy Sangster credit
Silent Cry (Dwoskin, 1977) file sent to me by a friend 9/10
Murders in the Zoo (Sutherland, 1933) BLU-RAY 7/10 - includes horrific real big cat fight footage, as well as an especially chewy Lionel Atwill
Daimajin (Yasuda, 1966) BLU-RAY 8/10
*A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971) New 4K 'restoration' at the CINEMA 7/10
The Mad Ghoul (Hogan, 1943) BLU-RAY 7/10 - love me some George Zucco
Kansas City (Altman, 1996) BLU-RAY 8/10
*The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941) New 4k restoration at the CINEMA 9/10
*Iron Man (Favreau, 2008) BLU-RAY 7/10
The Big Fix (Kagan, 1978) YOUTUBE 6/10

Ward Fowler, Friday, 1 October 2021 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

and SEPT:

Ward Fowler, Friday, 1 October 2021 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

Late Spring (Ozu 1949) 6/10 i guess i don't get it
Viridiana (Bunuel 1961) 5/10 bunuel's return to europe is 0 out of 5 for me so far

i had to watch some silly movies to cheer me up:
The Gang's All Here (Berkeley 1943) 6/10 that ending though
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (WB execs/Dante, 2003) 4/10
Hellzapoppin' (H.C. Potter 1941) 8/10

Close-Up (Kiarostami 1990) 8/10
That Uncertain Feeling (Lubitsch 1941) 7/10
The Kid Detective (Evan Morgan 2020) 8/10

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 2 October 2021 02:09 (two weeks ago) link

Bienvenido, Mister Marshall! 1953 Luis García Berlanga
Machinations within a Spanish village when tehy think an American group with funding is going to visit.
Satirical stuff from early 50s small town Spain.
I think it may have some moments and looks ok but I also think I dozed off during it.

The Man Who Sold His Skin 2020 Kaouther Ben Hania
Story of a young couple in Syria falling afoul of the authorities for the way he frames a comment made in public when she says she loves him. I think her family had disliked him from an early point. In consequence of him being brought in by the police he flees the country , she takes off to Belgium and marries a man taht her family likes who works in the embassy there. he takes to ligging at art openings in Lebanon to see about food and stuff there. Doing this he meets a Belgian artist who tattoos his back with an art piece and makes him into the exhibit. Fun ensues.
Quit enjoyed it but it may be a bit romanticised. I thought the girl in the couple was incredibly tasty so may need to track down other performances by her. Ending may be a little too deus ex machina

Me. Natalie 1969 Fred Coe
story about a female misfit trying to find herself. Looks like it wasa bit allstar, or maybe everybody in it is more famous later.
i got told about thsi because it was the actual Al Pacino screen debut not Panic In Needle Park which I watched last week.
It is a little cloying but maybe that's the interim 52 years. THough it may be a bit soapy, probably does have some controversial bits and pieces in it. Reminds me of things like Barefoot In The Park, a bit too middle class white gazey like.
Like, would have preferred it if the ugly duckling wound up as a strong lesbian or something. & this girl being the ugly duckling reminded me of the trope about the way too goodlooking ugly best friend from sitcoms etc. I think this actress went onto being more widely recognised over the next couple of decades and seen as not being an ugly duckling type.
I found it a bit cloying/Hallmark. BUt it has some ok bits i guess

Stevolende, Sunday, 3 October 2021 12:12 (two weeks ago) link

"This actress" = Patty Duke, who'd already won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker (1962) and had a starring role in the blockbuster Valley of the Dolls so she was already famous before Me, Natalie, but you're right that she was unreasonably cast as an ugly duckling there and that wasn't the only time. She was short (5'0") but always nice looking I thought.

Josefa, Sunday, 3 October 2021 14:23 (two weeks ago) link

Incoherence (Bong 1994)
Streetwise (Bell 1984)
Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (Horvát 2020)
The Cremator (Herz 1969)
Comanche Station (Boetticher 1960)
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu 1973)
Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Bell 2016)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (Huston 1957)
The Ox-Bow Incident (Wellman 1942)
King of New York (Ferrara 1990)
Titus (Taymor 1999)
Twentieth Century (Hawks 1934)
Seven Men from Now (Boetticher 1956)
Days of Being Wild (Wong 1990)
After Hours (Scorsese 1985)
Crimson Gold (Panahi 2003)
A Cat in Paris (Gagnol, Felicioli, 2010)
Cutter's Way (Passer 1981)
A Touch of Sin (Jia 2013)
Ride Lonesome (Boetticher 1959)
Bumping Into Broadway (Roach 1919)
Nude on the Moon (Wishman, Phelan, 1961)
Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You (B. Cronenberg 2010)
E•pis•to•lar•y: letter to Jean Vigo (Sachs 2021)
Vacation from Marriage (Korda 1945)

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Sunday, 3 October 2021 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

The Oil Raider (Bennet, 1934)
Paradise Island (Glennon, 1930)
No More West (Grinde, 1934)
Makers of Melody (Kaufman, 1929)
The Loves of Carmen (Walsh, 1927)
One Year Later (Hopper, 1933)
Young and Beautiful (Santley, 1934)
The Avenging Conscience (Griffith, 1914)
Cartoon Carnival (Smith, 2021)
The Boxing Kangaroo (Fleischer, 1920)
The Reunion (Fleischer, 1922)
The Cartoon Factory (Fleischer, 1924)
Vacation (Fleischer, 1924)
Come Take a Trip in My Airship (Fleischer, 1924)
It's the Cats (Fleischer, 1926)
Hurry Doctor! (Fleischer, 1931)
Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions (Fleischer, 1933)
Let's Sing With Popeye (Fleischer, 1934)
Betty Boop and Grampy (Fleischer, 1935)
*Dancing on the Moon (Fleischer, 1935)
8The Fraidy Cat (Parrot, 1924)
*Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (Sennett, 1913)
*The Rough House (Arbuckle & Keaton, 1917)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 3 October 2021 20:57 (two weeks ago) link

Better Call Saul (S5: 7.5)
It’s My Turn (5.5)
The Ice Storm (9.0)
The Card Counter (5.0)
Carlito’s Way (6.0)
The Deuce (S3: 7.0)
Best Sellers (2.0)
Six Feet Under (S1-S5: 7.5)
The Guilty (--)
The Many Saints of Newark (6.0)

Really disliked The Guilty (the new remake--never saw the original), but I did fall asleep for 10-15 minutes, so I'll give it a ratings pass.

Third or fourth time through, Six Feet Under felt like more of a mess than ever...Not sending Claire to art school would have been a big improvement: no Olivier, no Russell, no Edie, less Billy. One thing still holds me, though, from start to finish, the most obvious thing in the world: it's a great show on the subject of death.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 October 2021 15:30 (one week ago) link

October so far. I'm using my free month of Shudder.

Geometry (del Toro 1987) short, updated version, 3/10
The Stone Tape (Peter Sasdy 1972) tv movie, 7/10
The Raven (Universal, Landers 1935) 6/10
Blood and Black Lace (Bava 1964) 6/10
Blacula (Crain 1972) 5/10 not bad enough to be fun bad
The Telephone Box (Mercero 1972) short, 8/10
Shakma (1990) 3/10 creatively bad
Night of the Comet (Eberhardt 1984) 7/10 the stand as chronicled by mallrats
Love at First Bite (1979) abandoned, racist and unfunny
One Cut of the Dead (Shin'ichirō Ueda 2017) 8/10
*Outer Space (Tscherkassky 1999) short, 7/10

also
Explorers (Dante 1985) 6/10
Columbo seasons 8, 9, 10

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 10 October 2021 16:06 (one week ago) link

A Scream in the Night (Newmeyer, 1935)
Madame Behave (Sidney, 1925)
Two Fresh Eggs (Carter, 1930)
The Merry Frolics of Satan (Melies, 1906)
Hollywood Mystery (Eason, 1934)
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Iwerks, 1934)
This Little Piggie Went to Market (Fleischer, 1934)
The Show Off (St. Clair, 1926)
The Haunted Castle (Murnau, 1921)
Titane (Ducornau, 2021)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 11 October 2021 00:15 (one week ago) link

* An Autumn Afternoon (1962) 5/5
Titane (2021) 4/5
The Invisible Man (1933) 4/5; such a funny movie
* After Hours (1985) 4/5
The Black Cat (1934) 3.5/5
* Ms. 45 (1981) 4/5
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) 3/5
The Many Saints of Newark (2021) 1.5/5
Remember My Name (1978) 4/5. Geraldine Chaplin is extremely unnerving in this.

Chris L, Monday, 11 October 2021 00:33 (one week ago) link

MALIGNANT is the best movie I've seen all year. If you don't like it, you should reevaluate whether or not you actually like horror movies.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 11 October 2021 00:45 (one week ago) link

just watched The Wailing (Na Hong-jin, 2016), a horror film which was too long, but it was bat-shit crazy and I liked it

Dan S, Monday, 11 October 2021 00:50 (one week ago) link

Marriage Italian Style (De Sica, 1964)
Les Diaboliques (Clouzot, 1955)
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Barreto, 1976)
Open Hearts (Bier, 2002)

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 17 October 2021 16:26 (three days ago) link

"Late Spring (Ozu 1949) 6/10 i guess i don't get it"

What didn't you get?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 17 October 2021 16:30 (three days ago) link

I've actually watched enough in the last few weeks to contribute to this thread:

Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais, 1961) 4/5
Prince of Darkness (Carpenter, 1987) 3/5
Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957) 4/5
Night Moves (Penn, 1975) 5/5
Man on Fire (Scott, 2004) 3/5
Us (Peele, 2018) 4/5
Breathless (Godard, 1960) 4/5
Black Narcissus (P&P, 1947) 5/5
The Burning (Maylam, 1981) 3/5
River's Edge (Hunter, 1986)

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 October 2021 17:06 (three days ago) link

River's Edge 3.5/5, I think. Still can't decide about Crispian Glover.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 October 2021 17:07 (three days ago) link

The thing that saves Glover's performance in that movie, I think, is that the rest of the cast acts like he's their weird friend who they put up with without being 100% sure why. Their collective "he's an asshole, but he's our friend and we haven't got that many of those" affect puts what he's doing into the proper light, because every group of high school friends has/had one of those guys.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 17 October 2021 17:19 (three days ago) link

I agree with that: their credulity and general acceptance guides (maps?) ours. His final howl in the park is pretty shattering.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 October 2021 17:36 (three days ago) link

What didn't you get?

The main thing is that the plot is so basic that it could have been a short -- I don't know what the feature length adds. I also don't know why the daughter dislikes the idea of remarriage, or why that's important enough to repeat several times.

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 17 October 2021 17:44 (three days ago) link

Thanks. Agree it isn't much of a plot though I think what it's trying to capture is the emotions bought by that set-up and Noriko's unknowability. I find her at attempt at withdrawal from the normal way of things fascinating. I'll keep some of this in mind for the next time I see it.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 17 October 2021 21:14 (three days ago) link

No Time to Die (Fukunaga, 2021)
The Ghost Train (surviving elements, Forde, 1931)
The Phantom Honeymoon (Dawley, 1919)
The Midnight Message (Hurst, 1926)
Rain (Ivens & Franken, 1929)
*Force of Evil (Polonsky, 1948)
I Walk Alone (Haskin, 1947)
Fly-By-Night (Siodmak, 1942)
Road House (Negulesco, 1948)
Somewhere in the Night (Mankiewicz, 1946)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Monday, 18 October 2021 02:05 (two days ago) link

In Search of Darkness (2019) 5/10
In Search of Darkness Part II (2020) 6/10

some hooptober movies, although i'm not reviewing them

haunted houses:
House (Miner, 1986) 6/10
Saturday the 14th (1981) 6/10

the worst part 2 I can find: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) 2/10
kaiju: The Giant Claw (Fred Sears, 1957) 2/10
POC director: Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (Ernest Dickerson, 1995) 4/10
hooper/1981: The Funhouse (Tobe Hooper, 1981) 7/10
00s: Jennifer's Body (2009) 4/10
spain: Pieces (Juan Piquer Simón, 1982) 5/10

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 18 October 2021 18:34 (two days ago) link

Watched In the Earth yesterday; first time I've been able to get through anything by Ben Wheatley.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 18 October 2021 18:36 (two days ago) link


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