Picking up from under the long white beard of this thread. We should be able to get a few years out of this one before it gets unwieldy.
Kicking off, here's my July 15th to 31st:
* The Thomas Crown Affair (Jewison, 1968) 📽️* Bullitt (first three or four reels until the second projector broke: one had already died during Thomas Crown) (Yates, 1968) 📽️Blade II (del Toro, 2002) Ibiza (Richanbach, 2018) 📺Hands Across The Table (Leisen, 1935) 📽️* Bullitt (went back to see the latter reels) (Yates, 1968) 📽️Leave No Trace (Granik, 2018) Adult Beginners (Katz, 2014) 📺The Apple (Golan, 1980) * My Man Godfrey (La Cava,1936) 📽️Blindspotting (Lopez Estrada, 2018) Eighth Grade (Burnham,2018) * Ronin (Frankenheimer, 1998) 📽️To Live & Die In LA (Friedkin, 1985) 📽️Across The Universe (Taymor, 2007)
The film ones were all on 35mm. The TV (streaming) ones were both bad.
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Friday, 10 August 2018 17:20 (one year ago) link
what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?
― flappy bird, Friday, 10 August 2018 17:22 (one year ago) link
Deadpool 2 (4/10)Comanche Station (7/10)L'Amore Molesto (8/10)
― An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 10 August 2018 17:28 (one year ago) link
The Counselor (Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy, 2013). I saw this in a theater and didn't like it much, but recently learned that the Blu-Ray included a director's cut that was 20 minutes longer. I bought it on eBay for $5 and miraculously, the long version is a really good movie! Recommended.
― grawlix (unperson), Friday, 10 August 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link
Eighth Grade I've said a little about in EIGHTH GRADE (2018, written & directed by Bo Burnham, starring Elsie Fisher) , but its most remarkable achievement is the way the audience get situated right with Kayla, both through Elsie Fisher's heart-open performance and the script. Everything feels as traumatic and monumental as stresses and anxieties do at that age, there's absolutely no adult tone present framing it as "one day she'll realise how minor all this was" or "oof, remember how that used to feel"." We're totally present in the milieu, despite so many elements deliberately excluding adult perspectives.
Blindspotting has a little first-film-iness to the script, but is totally carried by the onscreen charisma and chemistry of the writers. If civilisation lasts another ten years, it'll be interesting to see how much the tech-bro-gentrification themes feel like a period piece vs a valuable snapshot of a tipping point. Right now I imagine it'd be largely baffling to non-city-dwelling audiences.
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Friday, 10 August 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link
xp wait, WHAT?
― mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:09 (one year ago) link
Yeah wow, I actually have that blu ray, maybe I’ll watch it tonight
― flappy bird, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:32 (one year ago) link
Secret of the Blue Room (Neumann, 1933)*Lost Horizon (Capra, 1937)#A Kiss in the Dark (surviving reels) (Tuttle, 1925)#Too Many Kisses (Sloane, 1925) (personal festival highlight)#Your Technocracy and Mine (Benchley, 1933)#The Mad Game (Cummings, 1933)#We Faw Down (McCarey, 1928)#The House That Shadows Built (unidentified Paramount drudges, 1931)#On the Brink (Porter & Weber, 1911)#Romola (King, 1924)*#The Cocoanuts (Florey & Santley, 1929)#Mamba (Rogell, 1930)#The Circus of Life (Julian, 1917)#The Stolen Ranch (Wyler, 1926)#Princess Lady Bug (Barker, 1930)#The Storm (Wyler, 1930)*#Brats (Parrott, 1930)#Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Del Ruth, 1934)#A Daughter of the Law (Cunard, 1921)#The Night of Love (Fitzmaurice, 1927)#Television Highlights (Schwarzwald, 1936)#School for Swing (Schwarzwald, 1937)#It's Great To Be Alive (Werker, 1932)*#The Coming of Sunbeam (Guy, 1913)#Twenty Dollars a Week (Weight, 1924)#Ed Sullivan's Headliners (Schwarzwald, 1934)#Her First Mate (Wyler, 1933)#Call of the Cumberlands (Lloyd, 1916)#The Rescue (Brenon, 1929)
#Capitolfest 16, or J.Lu Yet Again Is Reminded that Not All Silent and Pre-Code Films Are Classics.
― Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Monday, 13 August 2018 12:19 (one year ago) link
celebrating the new thread with some all timers (uk folks nuts in may is back on the iplayer!)
Late Autumn (Ozu, 1960) 9/10Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson, 1951) 10/10Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959) 9/10* Nuts in May (Leigh, 1976) 8/10* Love and Friendship (Stillman, 2016) 7/10Hereditary (Aster, 2018) 5/10Ordet (Dreyer, 1955) 10/10
― devvvine, Monday, 13 August 2018 12:23 (one year 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) 4/10Les Amis (1971, Blain) 5/10
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 17:10 (one year ago) link
I'd suggest you watch more Davies as prep than Frears, but don't want to prescribe any other TV while yr still not moving forward on Twin Peaks
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 17:56 (one year ago) link
Davies? this guy?
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 18:03 (one year ago) link
Russell T. Davies, the writer of A Very British Scandal. Roughly every second of his works deals with different facets of men-attracted-to-men negotiating a homosociality within heteronormative culture - Very British Scandal is the first that is a period piece, rather than directly contemporary.
Cucumber, his previous main project (eight episodes, twinned with another series called Banana, and a docoseries called Tofu, all named for the hardness of erections), was the best thing he's done ime.
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 18:54 (one year ago) link
Laundrette's focus on gay stuff is at most 33%.
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 19:05 (one year ago) link
I just figured Frears was on yr slate because you'd said you were planning to watch Brit Scandal; to me he's a director who is efficient in service of a script's tone and agenda, rather than having an authorial throughline or preoccupations that can be tracked through his work.
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 19:30 (one year ago) link
if you watch the Laundrette Criterion supplements, he denies being an auteur while his producer insists that he is. Frears does say he considers his string from The Hit thru The Grifters to be a reaction to Thatcherism.
I'm not actually likely to watch that scandal show anytime soon... always drowning in things to watch.
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 19:47 (one year ago) link
Frears otm! The Grifters as the end of Thatcher reactions, vs the good first step into a bad period of Americana, is interesting, would be curious to rewatch with that in mind.
("gay stuff" is only 7% of AVBS at most, except for how the closet is the driver for every bad action across the fifteen years or so it covers. fascinatingly handled, re. it being a period piece, is how no "character" in it identifies as gay, it's not even an option to consider: those who come out to each other instead compare to what point their bedroom preference is for which gender, how much marriage is a thing they genuinely value vs are having to take on for optics, etc.)
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Monday, 13 August 2018 20:35 (one year ago) link
Mississippi (2015), streaming on Netflix - 36/42
― braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 13 August 2018 20:48 (one year ago) link
xp I’m not sure what I think of A Very English Scandal. It had a breezy quality, but it was in a very different key than I was expecting.
I loved how lizard-like Hugh Grant was, though. Was he wearing contacts? because there was something very creepy about his black irises
― Dan S, Monday, 13 August 2018 20:58 (one year ago) link
OK, I had no idea Frears directed A Very English Scandal (u have to spell things out, sic) -- because why would I? I haven't seen anything of his since Dirty Pretty Things in 2002. Then he started doing all that Peter Morgan royal shite.
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link
Dream Tower (7.0)Our Nixon (7.5)20th Century Women (9.0)Eighth Grade (6.5)Demon Seed (5.5)Quadrophenia (7.5)McQueen (6.0)Ocean’s Eight (4.0)BlacKkKlansman (7.0)A Stranger Among Us (6.5)
The last one is a late Lumet I saw at the time and completely forgot about. Relatively low key for him. Explicitly quotes from Hud when Melanie Griffith says "I already put in time with one cold-hearted bastard, I'm not looking to find another one." Good one for that last-line-should-have-been-the-title thread: Ask Your Rabbi.
― clemenza, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link
Mission Impossible (Christopher McQuarrie, 2018) - yup, that's how badly my year is going.
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:37 (one year ago) link
It was fun etc.
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 (one year ago) link
/The Counselor/ (Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy, 2013). I saw this in a theater and didn't like it much, but recently learned that the Blu-Ray included a director's cut that was 20 minutes longer. I bought it on eBay for $5 and miraculously, the long version is a really good movie! Recommended.
― circa1916, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:09 (one year ago) link
last batch for a while
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch, 1992) - 10/10Heat (Michael Mann, 1995) - 9/10Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953) - 8/10This Happy Breed (David Lean, 1944) - 8/10Ordinary People (Robert Redford, 1980) - 7/10Fantastic Planet (René Laloux, 1973) - 3/10
― flappy bird, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:53 (one year ago) link
China Gate (Fuller)The Search (Zinnemann)From Here to Eternity (Zinnemann)A Man for All Seasons (Zinnemann)The Longest Day (Annakin, Marton & Wicki)The Army of Crime (Guédiguian)La Vie en Rose (Dahan)Grace of Monaco (Dahan)Cop (A. Refn)Once a Cop... (A. Refn)R (Noer & Lindholm)Key House Mirror (Noer)*A Hijacking (Lindholm)*A War (Lindholm)*A Second Chance (Bier)Summer With Monika (Bergman)Sawdust and Tinsel (Bergman)Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman)The Virgin Spring (Bergman)Morvern Callar (Ramsay)We Need to Talk About Kevin (Ramsay)Katalin Varga (Strickland)For Those in Peril (Wright)*Hyena (Johnson)Ex Machina (Garland)Beast (Pearce)Under the Skin (Glazer)Her (Jonze)Lucy (Besson)Ghost in the Shell (Sanders)
― Frederik B, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:19 (one year ago) link
All 3.5/5:True Stories (1986)BlackkklansmanWon’t You Be My Neighbor?The Lost City of Z
― Chris L, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:33 (one year ago) link
Mission Impossible Fallout (McQuarrie, 2018) 8/10the Happy Prince (Everett, 2018) 7/10Yellow Submarine ( Dunning, 1968) 8/10Unseeworld U.S.A (Fuller, 1960) 7/10The Last Emperor (Bertolucci, 1987) 6/10Paddington 2 (King, 2017) 9/10Hostiles (Cooper, 2017) 7/10
― Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 22:00 (one year ago) link
Um, Underworld U.S.A. that should be.
― Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 22:01 (one year ago) link
Gone With the Wind (1939) 7.5/10Iron Man (2008) 7/10Tangerine (2015) 8/10
― Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link
bunch of airplane streaming on the way to and from berlin, the only one i'd seen before is philadelphia story:
all about eve (mankiewicz, 1951) 10/10paddington 2 (king, 2017) 8/10rocky (avildsen, 1976) 8/10the philadelphia story (cukor, 1940) 9/10happy death day (landon, 2017) 6/10inside out (docter, 2015) 8/10
― princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:47 (one year ago) link
honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was
― princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:48 (one year ago) link
the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere
― 16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Friday, 17 August 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link
― princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:23 (one year ago) link
The Raid: Redemption (Evans, 2011) 6Mission: Impossible Fallout (McQuarrie, 2018) 7Disney Christopher Robin (Marc Forster, 2018) 4Marwencol (Jeff Malmberg, 2010) 8Icarus (Bryan Fogel, 2017) 8
― adam the (abanana), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:58 (one year ago) link
read that marwencol has been adapted & now will have steve carell in it
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:27 (one year ago) link
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:28 (one year ago) link
yeah I watched it because i saw the trailer for the zemeckis movie. The trailer makes it out to be an "inspirational" true story but it's not really, not exactly.
― adam the (abanana), Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:50 (one year ago) link
baby driver (2017 edgar wright) 6.5/10mollys game (2017 sorkin) 2/10suburbicon (2017 clooney) 2/10the killing of a sacred deer (2017 lanthimos) 6/10angelo my love (1983 duvall) 3/10eighth grade (2018 burnham) 8/10thoroughbreds (2018 cory finley) 4/10
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:30 (one year ago) link
thoroughbreds (2018 cory finley) 4/10
I don't do the out of 10 thing but I'd give this at least a 6. It made me laugh a lot.
― grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:34 (one year ago) link
lil too try hard idk
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:38 (one year ago) link
*The Naked Spur : 7/10Vampire's Kiss : 6/10Dying 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 (one year ago) link
Crazy Rich Asians – kind of a riff on Philadelphia Story, but with better-looking people. Lots of film history embedded in it.
― remy bean, Saturday, 18 August 2018 20:10 (one year ago) link
What Price Jazz (Baerwitz, 1934)Felix Gets Broadcasted (Messmer, 1923)High Flyers (Cline, 1937)Inflation (Myers, 1933)Felix in Fairyland (Messmer, 1923)*Roast-Beef and Movies (Baerwitz, 1934)*Big City Fantasy (Henabery, 1934)The Magician (Bergman, 1958)BlacKkKlansman (Lee, 2018)Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman, 1955)
― Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:50 (one year ago) link
Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.
― grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 01:43 (one year ago) link
I was hoping for good things from Crazy Rich Asians, but found it fairly bland. I may have had the wrong expectations for a mainstream PG rom-com, but I felt like it needed sharper jokes.
― jmm, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:02 (one year ago) link
kind of a riff on Philadelphia Story, but with better-looking people
!!! I'm sure this cast looks fine, but you are aware that Cary Grant and Kate Hepburn were considered pretty attractive, right?
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:27 (one year ago) link
in theaters July 26 - August 22
Killer’s Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955) - 6/10Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman, 1951) - 9/10Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018) - 8/10Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle, 2018) - 6/10Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada, 2018) - 7/10Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Peter Rida Michail, Aaron Horvath, 2018) - 3/10BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018) - 9/10
― flappy bird, Thursday, 23 August 2018 04:39 (one year ago) link
That movie is so good. Best Shakespeare adaptation?
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 June 2020 02:38 (three weeks ago) link
It's one of the very best. I think the only other good one I've seen is King Lear (Peter Brook)
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 20 June 2020 14:04 (three weeks ago) link
Oh, and Ran, of course.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 20 June 2020 14:30 (three weeks ago) link
Arabian Nights (Pasolini, 1974)Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau, 1946)A Kiss Before Dying (Oswald, 1956)American Gigolo (Schrader, 1980)It Chapter 2 (Muschietti, 2019)Animal Crackers (Heerman, 1930)The Underworld Story (Enfield, 1950)Cléo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962)Farewell, My Lovely (Richards, 1975)The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 1953)
― A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Saturday, 20 June 2020 16:34 (three weeks ago) link
A Scandal in Paris (Sirk, 1946) - 7/10Grass (Hong, 2018) - 8/10*My Night at Maud’s (Rohmer, 1969) - 10/10*Martha (Fassbinder, 1974) - 9/10*La Collectionneuse (Rohmer, 1967) - 7/10*Shanghai Express (Sternberg, 1932) - 10/10On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (Hong, 2002) - 8/10*Dishonored (Sternberg, 1931) - 10/10Yourself and Yours (Hong, 2016) - 8/10The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, 1957) - 8/10Sword of Trust (Shelton, 2019) - 3/10Charley Varrick (Siegel, 1973) - 8/10*Black Girl (Sembène, 1966) - 9/10*I Am Curious (Yellow) (Sjöman, 1967) - 8/10*Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder, 1974) - 10/10*Claire’s Knee (Rohmer, 1970) - 8/10Moonrise (Borzage, 1948) - 10/10*Je, tu, il, elle (Akerman, 1974) - 9/10Chicken with Vinegar (Chabrol, 1985) - 6/10Body Double (DePalma, 1984) - 7/10Death by Hanging (Oshima, 1968) - 9/10Casualties of War (DePalma, 1989) - 5/10Minnie & Moskowitz (Cassavetes, 1971) - 7/10Gone Baby Gone (Affleck, 2007) - 8/10Inspector Lavardin (Chabrol, 1986) - 6/10Reflections in a Golden Eye (Huston, 1967) - 6/10*Alphaville (Godard, 1965) - 10/10Tommaso (Ferrara, 2019) - 9/10Riot in Cell Block 11 (Siegel, 1954) - 9/10*The Devil, Probably (Bresson, 1977) - 10/10À Nos Amours (Pialat, 1983) - 8/10*Love in the Afternoon (Rohmer, 1972) - 7/10Pasolini (Ferrara, 2014) - 8/10
― flappy bird, Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:21 (three weeks ago) link
*Dreamchild (1985, Millar) 6/10The Homecoming (1973, Hall) 8/10Strike (1925, Eisenstein) 10/10*The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Bunuel) 9/10Hallelujah (1929, K. Vidor) 8/10A Chump at Oxford (1940, Goulding) 7/10The Killing Floor (1984, Duke)The Wedding Night (1935, K. Vidor) 6/10Original Cast Album: Company (1970, Pennebaker) 8/10*Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963, Drew) 9/10
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:45 (three weeks ago) link
The Killing Floor 7/10
Polanski made a brutish, fine Macbeth too:
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 June 2020 17:48 (three weeks ago) link
Roadblock (Harold Daniels, 1951)Memory: The Origins of Alien (Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019)The Last Of Sheila (Herbert Ross, 1973)I Aim At The Stars (J. Lee Thompson, 1960)The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Joe Talbot, 2019)The Vast Of Night (Andrew Patterson, 2019)Trouble In Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)Cleopatra Wong (Bobby A. Suarez, 1978)H. (Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, 2014)7 uomini d'oro (Marco Vicario, 1965)Korla (John Turner, 2015)
I probably would have liked Trouble In Mind had I seen it new and not 35 years later but I suspect I was wanting it to be a different movie. The two fan documentaries are fannish, but the Korla Pandit doc has a lot of terrific footage I'd never seen before. Roadblock is a gritty RKO noir that stuck in my head far longer than the rest - recommended!
― Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 June 2020 02:49 (three weeks ago) link
Saw Trouble In Mind during lockdown, having missed a Rudolph-hosted screening at the museum that plays Divine’s house the week before. It’s not good per se, and moderately boring, but would still play better in an audience who had no particular expectations. It was fun matching the locations to IRL and seeing the changes, for sure. (The cafe that most characters converge around is now a marijuana shop.)Sitting at the drive-in rn, waiting for sunset, to see my first projected movie in months.
― an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:35 (three weeks ago) link
― flappy bird, Sunday, 21 June 2020 04:02 (three weeks ago) link
Fabulous Baker Boys, Trouble In Mind, and McQ would make for a ridiculously great old Old Seattle triple team
― Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 June 2020 05:47 (three weeks ago) link
Vivarium (2019) 7/10Get On Up (2014) 7/10*King of New York (1990) 8/10*Scum (1979) 8/10The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 7/10*Animal Farm (1954) 8/10England is Mine (2017) 4/10Ronin (1998) 7/10Fedora (1978) 7/10*Wayne's World (1992) 7/10Last Night (1998) 8/10Sully (2016) 5/10*Supersonic (2016) 8/10The Sacrifice (1986) 5/10*Logan (2017) 7/10Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among The Bees (1991) 7/10The Mule (2018) 6/10Every Day is Like Sunday (2016) 6/10The Trap: What Happened to our Dream of Freedom (2007) 8/10The Century of The Self (2002) 9/10Woman at War (2018) 8/10
― Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Sunday, 21 June 2020 12:51 (three weeks ago) link
Fabulous Baker Boys, Trouble In Mind, and McQ would make for a ridiculously great old Old Seattle triple teamFabulous Baker Boys is nearly all LA playing Seattle. Sub in Scorchy (1976 all-location flick that appears to have been written as a blaxploitation, then cast with a white lady), or Harry In Your Pocket (1973 pickpocket flick starring James Coburn, the only film directed by Mission Impossible creator Bruce Geller) for higher dosages.
― an, uh, razor of love (sic), Sunday, 21 June 2020 13:10 (three weeks ago) link
Daughters of the Dust (1991, dir. Julie Dash)
this is very good. have you all seen it? the setting is 1902, a Gullah family living on the Sea Islands off the coast of GA/SC, making a move to the mainland
― time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:32 (three weeks ago) link
That film is great! Apparently she is doing a biopic on Angela Davis
― covid coronenberg (wins), Sunday, 21 June 2020 19:39 (three weeks ago) link
Mention of “fan documentaries” above... this is a weird thing now, these kickstarted 9 hour dvd extras masquerading as actual films. Lots of them on shudder.Anyway I just watched the first ep of a very stupid and exploitative shudder doc on “cursed films”. It’s very insubstantial and you could just spend 2 minutes reading a wiki subsection, the talking heads they get (a film critic, a podcaster, a couple of professional sceptics) are all actual idiots with zero insight. Nobody bothers to mention that Julian Beck had already been diagnosed with cancer when he was cast so his death was hardly surprising, or consider whether the child actor nearly being choked by a malfunctioning effect might be more indicative of a lax attitude to worker protection in a production by a filmmaker who would produce a film the very next year in which two children died. The only thing that made it worthwhile viewing was a 5-minute interview with the director of poltergeist 3, who seems genuinely haunted by the experience. Also right at the end the effects supervisor from the first film shuts down the whole myth so definitively that you’re like: well, yeah, so wtf have we been doing for the last half hour?
― covid coronenberg (wins), Sunday, 21 June 2020 19:59 (three weeks ago) link
Also I have to say the behind the scenes footage of p3 where it’s clear heather o’rourke is very unwell was hard to watch
― covid coronenberg (wins), Sunday, 21 June 2020 20:01 (three weeks ago) link
need to rewatch Daughters of the Dust W/ subtitles on
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 June 2020 20:09 (three weeks ago) link
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Haynes 1988)Spiritual Kung Fu (Lo Wei, 1978)$ (Brooks, 1975)The Hatbox (short - Mottola, 1985)Vera Drake (Leigh, 2004)Street of Crocodiles (short - Quay Bros., 1986)The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, 2005)Symphony in Black and Blue (short - Scotto, 1932)What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (short - Scorsese, 1963)Michigan Avenue (short - Gordon, Benning, 1973)I-94 (short - Gordon, Benning, 1974)The Big Shave (short - Scorsese, 1967)Cab Calloway's Hi-de-Ho (short - Waller, 1934)Katzelmacher (Fassbinder, 1969) (best episode of "Friends" ever)Down There (Akerman, 2006)Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (short - Quay Bros., 1987)Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Petri, 1970)Coup de grace (Schlondorff, 1976)In Absentia (short - Quay Bros., 2000)The Phantom Museum (short - Quay Bros., 2003)Golden Eighties (Akerman, 1986)Italianamerican (Scorsese, 1974)In a Year of 13 Moons (Fassbinder, 1978)Toni (Renoir, 1935)Original Cast Album: "Company" (Pennebaker, 1970)
― Irritable Baal (WmC), Monday, 22 June 2020 01:59 (three weeks ago) link
Katzelmacher (Fassbinder, 1969) (best episode of "Friends" ever)
― flappy bird, Monday, 22 June 2020 04:23 (three weeks ago) link
South (1999; Chantal Akerman's look at the James Byrd murder in TX) 4/5* Melvin and Howard (1980) 4/5Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) 3/5Event Horizon (1997) 2.5/5Candyman (1992) 3.5/5Beware of a Holy Whore (1971) 3.5/5You Don't Nomi (2019) 3/5Married to the Mob (1988) 3.5/5
― Chris L, Monday, 22 June 2020 15:09 (three weeks ago) link
Harry In Your Pocket (1973 pickpocket flick starring James Coburn, the only film directed by Mission Impossible creator Bruce Geller) for higher dosages.
Terrific movie and ashamed I forgot it (stand corrected of FBB)
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 22 June 2020 22:17 (three weeks ago) link
The depression/insomnia/existential dread has finally receded enough for me to start watching movies again, so in the last three days it's been:
Crimewave (the forgotten/discarded Coens/Raimi joint; shrill and dumb and way more fun than its reputation suggests) 3/5Antiviral (Cronenberg fils' debut picture which has been sitting on my shelf in shrinkwrap for like 6 years; see above re: depression- was surprised by how much I loved this) 4/5Seventh Curse (want to see a martial arts movie where Chow Yun-Fat does nothing but smoke a pipe and shoot a demon in the face with a rocket launcher? you should, it rules) 3.5/5
― You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 01:08 (three weeks ago) link
Just saw an excellent documentary called "An Uncomfortable Truth." The backstory is that my wife grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and one of her favorite teachers, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, was a famous civil rights activist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Trumpauer_Mulholland). My wife sort of knew that, but she was probably too young at the time to appreciate it. Anyway, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland has two sons, Loki and Geronimo (how cool is that?), that my wife knew, and Loki specifically has gone on to make a couple of great documentaries, the first about his mom and the second, this one, which is simultaneously about the racist foundations of America but also about how he and his mom, this famous civil rights activist, have personally benefitted from that same racist foundation, stretching all the way back to his slave owning family at Jonestown. Anyway, it's really a beautiful story, told simply and powerfully, that gets to the heart of a lot of truths about this country that people don't talk much about or, maybe more accurately, are starting to talk about more right now.
Anyway, it can be streamed lots of places.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 28 June 2020 20:42 (two weeks ago) link
Toni (Renoir, 1935)Whirlpool (Neill, 1934)Panique (Duvivier, 1946)Foolish Wives (von Stroheim, 1922)The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Juran & Harryhausen, 1958)*It's a Gift (Fay, 1923)*Won in a Closet (Normand, 1914)A Waggin' Tale (de Haven, 1923)
― Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Sunday, 28 June 2020 22:28 (two weeks ago) link
Meshes of the Afternoon (Deren & Hammid, 1943) 9/10The Cat and the Canary (Nugent, 1939) 8/10GU04 (Strickland, 2019) 6/10Die, Monster, Die (Haller, 1965) 5/10A Study in Terror (Hill, 1965) 7/10The Case of the Scorpion's Tale (Martino, 1971) 7/10Exorcist II: The Heretic (Boorman, 1977) 4/10Moon Zero Two (Baker, 1969) 7/10Night of the Eagle (Hayers, 1962) 7/10Vera Cruz (Aldrich, 1954) 7/10Pieces (Simón, 1982) 7/10Sudden Fear (Miller, 1952) 8/10The Full Treatment (Guest, 1960) 4/10Swamp (Holt & Smithson, 1969) 9/10The Damned (Losey, 1963) 7/10You Only Live Once (Lang, 1937) 8/10Ten Seconds to Hell (Aldrich, 1959) 4/10Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (Uchida, 1955) 8/10Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Martino, 1972) 7/10Calling All Police Cars (Caiano, 1975) 7/10
― Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 05:52 (two weeks ago) link
two weeks, pretty light:
Great:Be Water (2020, Nguyen)The Jerk (1974, Reiner)
Consistently Pretty Good to Very Very Good:Where’s My Roy Cohn? (2019, Tyrnauer)El Campeón de Mundo (2020, Madiero and Borgia)Who You Think I Am (2020, Sebbou)
Almost Okay to Occasionally Pretty Good:Sometimes Always Never (2020, Hunter)Ringside (2020, Hörmann)Eating up Easter (2020, Mata’u Rapu)Booksellers (2020, Young)
For "Who You Think I Am" I spent a week collaborating with a french speaker to write English fansubs, first time I ever tried that. Watched the movie probably nine times. Happy to share if anyone's interested!
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:57 (two weeks ago) link
I'm also taking on a project of watching all the historical Looney Tunes shorts. The Bosko ones are repetitive, formulaic and racist but there are some truly hallucinogenic ideas and designs.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 15:00 (two weeks ago) link
Getting back up to speed.
13 Ghosts (Castle, 1960)- 2.5/5 'salright*Miller's Crossing (Coen, 1990)- 4.5/5 damn near perfect film, not a fan of Burwell's score but that's just nitpickingThe Swimmer (Perry, 1968)- 3/5 unsure about the expansion from Cheever's story (haven't read it in ages but I feel like there was a more, for lack of a better term, magical realist dimension than "oh this dude crazy" as in the film) but the casting and seedy suburban-ness (that gross pool party with the big plastic dome!), and Marvin Hamlisch's overripe romantic-to-the-point-of-gothic score, are excellentSuccubus/Necronomicon (Franco, 1968)- 3/5 the first Franco film I've really vibed with; I'm not denying Franco's artistry but it's easier to come to grips with Succubus' art film pretensions than the usual Franco feel of "check out my partner's bush, it is fuckin righteous"
― You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 18:11 (two weeks ago) link
*Anatomy of a Murder (Preminger, 1959) 10/10 If You Could Only Cook (Seiter, 1935) 6/10 The Fountainhead (K. Vidor, 1949) 4/10 *Bunny Lake Is Missing (Preminger, 1965) 7/10 The Westerner (Wyler, 1940) 8/10 Drive a Crooked Road (Quine, 1954) 6/10 Phase IV (Bass, 1974) 8/10 *Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger, 1958) 10/10 That Certain Summer (Johnson, TV, 1972) 5/10 *The Lineup (Siegel, 1958) 9/10*Big Night (Tucci, Scott, 1996) 8/10 Captains Courageous (Fleming, 1937) 7/10 *Death Race 2000 (Bartel, 1975) 6/10
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link
That Certain Summer (Johnson, TV, 1972) 5/10
Got a significant segment in the new AppleTV+ five-part series on the history of LGBTQ representation on American TV. Hard to tell if it was good but I'll certainly shop Hal Holbrook and young Martin Sheen.
― Get the point? Good, let's dance with nunchaku. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 20:23 (two weeks ago) link
It's to 1972 what Philadelphia was to 1993; a timid foot in the door, a plea for tolerance. Holbrook gives a solid performance despite the limitations. There are some very enlightening video interviews online with Holbrook, William Link (one of the two Columbo/Mannix guys who wrote it), and the director Lamont Johnson, who says Martin Sheen approached him one day hoping to work a cure for homosexuality into the plot...
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 20:52 (two weeks ago) link
what do you think of Daisy Kenyon? I don't think I've seen that much Preminger
― flappy bird, Thursday, 2 July 2020 04:17 (one week ago) link
Dance, Girl, Dance (Arzner, 1940) - 8/10*Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1967) - 9/10*Get Him to the Greek (Stoller, 2010) - 8/10L’enfance Nue (Pialat, 1968) - 9/10Summer Hours (Assayas, 2008) - 7/10*Vivre sa Vie (Godard, 1962) - 10/10The Town (Affleck, 2010) - 4/10*Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (Fassbinder, 1975) - 10/10Strait-Jacket (Castle, 1964) - 9/10White Heat (Walsh, 1949) - 9/10The Most Dangerous Game (Schoedsack, Pichel; 1932) - 8/10Secret Ceremony (Losey, 1968) - 6/10*The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959) - 8/10Da 5 Bloods (Lee, 2020) - 8/10*Satan’s Brew (Fassbinder, 1976) - 9/10Postcards from the Edge (Nichols, 1990) - 7/10*A Married Woman (Godard, 1965) - 8/10Wasp Network (Assayas, 2020) - 7/10That’s My Boy (Anders, 2012) - 6/10Rebel Without a Cause (Ray, 1955) - 9/10Accident (Losey, 1967) - 6/10The Sleeping Beauty (Breillat, 2010) - 7/10Irresistible (Stewart, 2020) - 0/10Irma Vep (Assayas, 1996) - 8/10*Despair (Fassbinder, 1978) - 5/10Dark Victory (Goulding, 1939) - 7/10Police (Pialat, 1985) - 7/10Supernatural (Halperin, 1933) - 7/10*Les Biches (Chabrol, 1968) - 9/10Riff-Raff (Loach, 1991) - 8/10I Am Curious (Blue) (Sjöman, 1968) - 8/10
― flappy bird, Thursday, 2 July 2020 06:04 (one week ago) link
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (Taurog, 1934)It’s the Old Army Game (Sutherland, 1926)America (Griffith, 1924)Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (Beaudine, 1966)Shine Em Up (Davis, 1922)A Thrilling Romance (Robbins, 1926)*The Scarecrow (Keaton & Cline, 1920)
― Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:50 (one week ago) link
Busy week and a half.
Great:Jasper Mall (Thomason and Whitcomb, 2020)The Personal History of David Copperfield (Iannucci, 2020)
Consistently Pretty Good to Very Very Good:Red Dog (Pinkston and Dick, 2020)Miss Juneteenth (Peoples, 2020)Pahokie (Lucas and Bresnan, 2020)Pipe Dreams (Tenenbaum, 2020)Aya of Yop City (Abouet and Oubrerie, 2013)Jump Shot (Hamiton, 2019)
Almost Okay to Occasionally Pretty Good:Inmate 1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (Harvey, 2020)
On-Deck:First Cow, Lynn and Lucy, Radioactive, Ghost of Peter Sellers, Fanny Lye Deliver'd, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Radioactive, Relic, Scheme Birds
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 10 July 2020 05:00 (five days ago) link
I thought "Palm Springs" was better than I expected it to be, if not really as good as it could have been, but it was still enjoyable. Great soundtrack.
Watched "The Seventh Seal," "Spirit of the Beehive" and "Some Like it Hot" with my daughter this week. Appreciated but I don't think liked the first, liked the second, but (of course) really enjoyed the third.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 July 2020 02:51 (four days ago) link
where is Palm Springs? Netflix?
― flappy bird, Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:11 (four days ago) link
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:20 (four days ago) link
― flappy bird, Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:32 (four days ago) link
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 July 2020 05:49 (four days ago) link
There should be a streaming service called Fomo.
I should say my *daughter* enjoyed those aforementioned movies to varying degrees (I'd already seen them of course). I'm always curious what a 2020 teen thinks of classic movies or "foreign" or art films. Will their iconic qualities transcend the language barrier, or the black and white, or the grainy image or the style of filmmaking? Or, as is frequently the case with her and classic American movies, the everyone-is-whiteness, or everyone-is-maleness. It's always satisfying to watch decades old classics still able do the thing they're classic for, but it's also interesting to rewatch classics that for whatever reason don't hold up or hold her attention. Everyone is different, but it's something we (or at least) generally can't recall, the moment when our brains shift when we're young from more or less mindless mainstream consumers to more discerning cineastes. Doesn't happen to everyone, obviously, and doesn't need to. There are plenty of movies to go around. Still, it's wonderful when you realize there's a whole section - or several floors - of the library you've never learned about before.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 July 2020 12:29 (four days ago) link
Encouraging and also makes sense that His Girl Friday was a hit, I think
― flappy bird, Sunday, 12 July 2020 05:59 (three days ago) link
Raining Stones (Loach, 1993) - 7/10—The Curve (Shaki, 1999) - 10/10 <------ INCREDIBLE short by Edwige Shaki*The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder, 1979) - 9/10*Bad Timing (Roeg, 1980) - 10/10Hardcore (Schrader, 1979) - 9/10Drums Along the Mohawk (Ford, 1939) - 8/10*Metropolitan (Stillman, 1990) - 8/10The Cinema and Its Double (Fischer, 2011) - 8/10*In a Year with 13 Moons (Fassbinder, 1978) - 10/10Blue Collar (Schrader, 1978) - 9/10Berserk! (O'Connolly, 1967) - 7/10Fixed Bayonets! (Fuller, 1951) - 7/10We Won’t Grow Old Together (Pialat, 1972) - 10/10Joe (Avildsen, 1970) - 7/10Sing a Song of Sex (Oshima, 1967) - 7/10Sleep, My Love (Sirk, 1948) - 6/10Loulou (Pialat, 1980) - 9/10Beggars of Life (Wellman, 1928) - 9/10*Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, 1954) - 9/10Ruthless People (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker; 1986) - 5/10The Steel Helmet (Fuller, 1951) - 8/10Billy Liar (Schlesinger, 1963) - 6/10Three Resurrected Drunkards (Oshima, 1968) - 8/10
― flappy bird, Sunday, 12 July 2020 06:09 (three days ago) link
Afraid to Talk (Cahn, 1932)My Best Girl (Taylor, 1927)Open All Night (Pearson, 1934)Oranges and Lemons (Jeske, 1923)A Bathtub Bandit (Santell, 1917)*The Rink (Chaplin,, 1916)
― Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Sunday, 12 July 2020 21:04 (three days ago) link
xpost She loved His Girl Friday.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 July 2020 21:40 (three days ago) link
A Matter of Life and Death (Powell and Pressburger, 1946)The Blues Brothers (Landis, 1980)Hana-Bi (Kitano, 1997) Ad Astra (Gray, 2019)*I Confess (Hitchcock, 1953)Dolemite is My Name (Brewer, 2019)It's Alive (Cohen, 1974)Pain and Glory (Almodóvar, 2019)*Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)Bodyguard (Fleischer, 1948)
― A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Monday, 13 July 2020 14:51 (two days ago) link
The bad thing about the Netflix-made comicbook action fantasy Old Guard is that it's not better: tonally all over the place, regularly show-stopping lines of tin-eared dialogue, astonishingly bad music queues, a few poorly/under-acted characters and jam-packed with clichés. Pontificating about making the world better while ruthlessly murdering balaclava-masked men by the dozens, check; midlevel miniboss dispatched with a pithy punchline, check; betrayals that you can smell coming a half hour away, check; one last job for shit that you're getting too old for, check; gratuitous sequel-set-up at the end, check.
BUT it's intelligently laid out, well directed, mostly engaging and Theron is a magnetic presence and an unbeatable special effect. If you're even thinking about watching it, it's likely worth about an hour and a half of your time and I'll bet you won't begrudge the extra half hour they jammed in there to juke the stats.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 01:40 (yesterday) link
fights are well-done, the attempts to show various historical warzones across thousands of years by having close-up two-shots of Charlize's face wearing different stock "period" headdresses while talking to someone in smoky eye make-up are unintentionally v funny
― bat ain't Thad (sic), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 05:51 (yesterday) link
*The Idle Class (Chaplin, 1921) (33m) 8/10 Ernie Pyle’s Story of G.I. Joe (Wellman, 1945) 9/10 The Married Woman (Godard, 1964) 8/10 Riffraff (Ruben, 1936) 6/10 Secrets (Borzage, 1933) 6/10 Family Viewing (Egoyan, 1987) 7/10Between the Lines (Silver, 1977) 7/10 *The Comic (C. Reiner, 1969) 6/10 The Symbol of the Unconquered (Micheaux, 1920) (incomplete) 6/10 Next of Kin (Egoyan, 1984) 7/10
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 19:06 (yesterday) link