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

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

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

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

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

what did you think of Eighth Grade & Blindspotting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xp wait, WHAT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was fun etc.

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

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

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

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


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

Would watch again to be sure.

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

last batch for a while

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

honestly happy death day was surprisingly enjoyable for what it was

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

the gospel of the bear film has reached the troposphere

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

lol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thoroughbreds (2018 cory finley) 4/10

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

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

lil too try hard idk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Re-watching Whit Stillman's Barcelona tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

in theaters July 26 - August 22

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

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

ok done, otherwise i would have watched that kaufman film but i wasn't very keen on the idea

plax (ico), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:31 (two weeks ago) link

don't worry about missing out on opinions, I have really bad opinions!

plax (ico), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

we all do, that's why we're here.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

I like my bad opinions like I like my bad onions, erm.. incarcerated in butter with garlic!

calzino, Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

multi-layered and likely to make me cry

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

they stay almost the same forever just getting gradually worse

plax (ico), Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

* Big Time (1988) 3/5
* The Who: The Kids Are Alright (1979) 4/5
* Body Double (1984) 3.5/5
Rancho Notorious (1952) 3/5
Bill & Ted Face the Music 3/5
* Europa (1991) 4/5
A Kid from Coney Island (2020; Stephon Marbury doc on Netflix) 3/5
Trances (1981) 3.5/5
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) 2.5/5
Bacurau (2019) 3.5/5
* Indiana and the Last Crusade (1989) 3.5/5

Chris L, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:45 (two weeks ago) link

I saw this great B war movie from the late 50s calkled Hell Squad last week .
THought it must be an early work by somebody it seemed to transcend its limited budget quite well.
A bunch of US soldiers lost in the desert running into various Germans etc.

Saw Waterloo with Rod Steiger last week too, may have been what was on before the above.
NOt sure if I've watched it through before thoroughly or certainly not while I've concentrated on it.
Quite good I guess.
Should have stayed up and watched A Fistful Of Dynamite a couple of days ago with Steiger again but couldn't do it.

Seed The Untold Story
a documentary on the iomportance of seed saving etc which I think is current and is going to be the subject of some talks online by ecological groups tomorrow. I thought it was pretty interesting.

Stevolende, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:51 (two weeks ago) link

I don't * movies here because sometimes I can't remember if I've seen a film before, or have seen it so long ago I have zero memory of it, or have only seen bits and pieces of it over the years on TV etc. So I admire the iron memory and confidence of all you *ers!

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

sometimes I forget what I had for my tea these days or my brain just blanks out on movies I've probably seen at least 3 times. I won't start worrying about it until I wake up getting arrested for having a number twosie in the B+Q bathroom suite section!

calzino, Thursday, 10 September 2020 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

what didn't you like about Bloody Nose?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 September 2020 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

Did not care for the staginess of it; thought it was going to be more of a verite thing when I first heard about it. Might have been more interesting to me if a Herzog-ian eccentric was behind it. Also, frankly, one of the barflies reminded me of some idiot I know and can't stand.

Chris L, Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

interesting. people either love it or hate it, seems like! I wanna see for myself.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:26 (two weeks ago) link

Ash Is Purest White. I think that has stuck with me more than most new movies i've seen in the last few years and it looks so good.

― calzino, Thursday, 10 September 2020 19:23 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

This was absolutely amazing, and completely new and revelatory for me as I have never seen any films by this director. Me and my boyfriend loved it, and particularly the performance by Zhao Tao, felt like seeing Isabelle Huppert for the first time, the sense that she had the film in her jaws. But yeah so many things to look at, the cities and the mountains, the ferry on the muddy rivers, ballroom dancers. It felt very close to the largeness of classic american cinema: family epics (giant, the magnificent ambersons) (the first film I've seen set entirely within the 21st that shows characters growing older and living out a generation), or frontier pictures about the goldrush. I felt very energised after watching it and fell asleep reading about the director on my phone in bed and had a really bad day today not doing any of the things i was supposed to do properly. This is why phones are banned in bed.

plax (ico), Friday, 11 September 2020 18:41 (two weeks ago) link

kindof terrified to watch another one too soon in case its not as good

plax (ico), Friday, 11 September 2020 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

i loved A Touch of Sin and Still Life so you're in good hands imo

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 September 2020 18:45 (two weeks ago) link

Platform (about a propaganda theatre troupe) and Mountains May Depart are classic as well. Your enthusiasm is making me want to rewatch them all again!

calzino, Friday, 11 September 2020 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

There is no way A Touch Of Sin will dissapoint, plax!

calzino, Friday, 11 September 2020 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

in case you didn't know, Zhangke's new documentary film, Swimming Out Until the Sea Turns Blue, is available in America for a $15 rental from October 1 to October 6.
https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2020/films/swimming-out-till-the-sea-turns-blue/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 September 2020 18:51 (two weeks ago) link

There are two other Jia films on the Criterion Channel that I really need to catch before they're gone.

I can hear the scampi beating as one (WmC), Friday, 11 September 2020 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

Will have to dive into those.
Saw most of Born To Kill on tcm and omg---tcm bio of El Tierney ditto: apparently he delighted and freaked out his colleagues for something like another 40 years, incl. on The Simpsons and Seinfeld, where in both (and other) cases he coulda been a regular, but rock on.

dow, Friday, 11 September 2020 19:03 (two weeks ago) link

Ash Is Purest White is my favorite of his, and one of my favorite films ever, but I also really loved A Touch of Sin.

Platform, Unknown Pleasures, Still Life were also amazing, Platform in particular, being the first film of his that was widely distributed. It was kind of inscrutable with its mid-distance shots and hermetic characters

Dan S, Saturday, 12 September 2020 01:40 (two weeks ago) link

*Vivre sa Vie (Godard, 1962) - 10/10
The Last Hurrah (Ford, 1958) - 8/10
The Left Hand of God (Dmytryk, 1955) - 7/10
The Wild Goose Lake (Yi’nan, 2019) - 9/10
American Buffalo (Corrente, 1996) - 5/10
*Life is Sweet (Leigh, 1990) - 10/10
Monos (Landes, 2019) - 9/10
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Mazursky, 1969) - 3/10
Play Dirty (De Toth, 1969) - 7/10
The Seduction of Mimi (Wertmüller, 1972) - 8/10
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Newell, 1994) - 2/10
The Naked City (Dassin, 1948) - 9/10
Teenage (Wolf, 2013) - 10/10
The Quiet Earth (Murphy, 1985) - 7/10
Rancho Notorious (Lang, 1952) - 8/10
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Kaufman, 2020) - 6/10
Angel (Lubitsch, 1937) - 8/10
*Lonesome (Fejos, 1928) - 10/10
*Wanda (Loden, 1970) - 10/10
Lawman (Winner, 1971) - 7/10
The Boston Strangler (Fleischer, 1968) - 9/10
Straight Shooting (Ford, 1917) - 8/10
*Morocco (von Sternberg, 1930) - 10/10
*Twentieth Century (Hawks, 1934) - 9/10
*News from Home (Akerman, 1977) - 10/10

and I saw a movie in a movie theater for the first time in nearly 6 months:

Tenet (Nolan, 2020) - 5/10

lol

flappy bird, Saturday, 12 September 2020 04:37 (two weeks ago) link

https://variety.com/2020/film/reviews/wife-of-a-spy-review-1234763317/

the latest Kiyoshi Kurosawa movie sounds compelling and is getting a few rave reviews.

calzino, Saturday, 12 September 2020 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

it just won Best Director award at Venice

Dan S, Saturday, 12 September 2020 20:42 (two weeks ago) link

i miss fred b tbh

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 12 September 2020 23:39 (two weeks ago) link

I just as much miss my bleeding haemorrhoids and early morning headaches.

calzino, Sunday, 13 September 2020 00:17 (two weeks ago) link

am looking forward to seeing Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland which was the Golden Lion winner, I really liked her film The Rider

Dan S, Sunday, 13 September 2020 00:34 (two weeks ago) link

that film wasn't trying to prove anything and it dealt with established film conventions, but it was somehow very powerful and memorable to me

Dan S, Sunday, 13 September 2020 00:45 (two weeks ago) link

nomadland is the film i've been most looking forward to in 2020 and i've been watching for it closely; premiered at TIFF yesterday. somewhat less enthusiastic about her marvel film but still VERY curious.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 September 2020 00:48 (two weeks ago) link

Mother and Son (McCarthy, 1931)
Exposure (Houston, 1932)
The Office Scandal (1930)
The Beauties (Davis, 1930)
Tarnished Lady (Cukor, 1931)
Night of the Lepus (Claxton, 1972)
Jus’ Passin’ Through (Chase, 1923
Innocent Husbands (McCarey, 1925)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 13 September 2020 21:11 (two weeks ago) link

just fortifying myself before watching the adaptation of The Painted Bird tonight, the mood I'm in there is a good chance I won't make it to the end.

calzino, Monday, 14 September 2020 20:47 (one week ago) link

I'm reading the cheerful, romping The Painted Bird for the first in anticipation of the film.

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:48 (eight months ago) bookmarkflaglink

I don't know what the book is like but all I'm saying is never watch this movie in its current form, folks...never. The shame is it could have been good without the gratuitous sexual violence and the other stuff, because there was some beguiling imagery and very good actors involved and it could have been much better than this. But as it is the movie needs either some serious cuts or just completely deleting.

calzino, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:34 (one week ago) link

lol, that bad huh? i suppose if i want to be brutalized, i can always finally try Come and See

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:36 (one week ago) link

say what you like about Come and See, at least there wasn't no bestiality in it!

calzino, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:44 (one week ago) link

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/sep/14/the-painted-birds-horror-haneke-von-trier-arthouse

"Marhoul has even given a small part in The Painted Bird to Aleksei Kravchenko, who as a teenager played the shell-shocked lead in Klimov’s picture. Back then, Kravchenko’s face grew more twisted and anguished with each scene, the carnage his character witnessed reflected in the deepening, tear-salted grooves of his rapidly ageing face."

Gilbey is right here that Come and See is rightfully regarded as a classic and this ugly shock-merchant trash should soon be forgotten.

calzino, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:40 (one week ago) link

Opera (Argento)
Tenebrae (Argento)
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Argento)
Deep Red (Argento)
Slumber Party Massacre (Jones)

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:18 (one week ago) link

saw all four of those Argento films recently, thought they were all among his better ones, and of them I most liked Deep Red. my favorite Argento film is still Suspiria, and I think Guadagnino's remake of it is a film unto itself and is maybe even better

Dan S, Friday, 18 September 2020 02:40 (one week ago) link

*The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock, 1934)
Circus of Books (Mason, 2019)
*Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)
The Half of It (Wu, 2020)
And Then We Danced (Akin, 2019)
Driveways (Ahn, 2019)
Millennium Actress (Kon, 2001)
Danger Signal (Florey, 1945)
Onward (Scanlon, 2020)
The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Saturday, 19 September 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link

Finally saw The Rain People last night on TCM< during a night of road trip movies. This was a true road trip movie, made via 18 states, three or more months (Caan quoted as saying five), incl improv and cool stuff they encountered, like maybe that parade. Yet the story developed pretty coherently, with dynamics and momentum, no overselling. Prob an orig plot point that seemed most questionable: would the college really turn/cut the football player loose like that, give him a plate in his head and an envelope of cash and let him or tell him to walk away, like step to the road and stick out his thumb---? Caan and Shirley Knight and Duvall and everybody else, incl. chickens, rabbits, the horse, do fine.

The following feature, Harry and Tonto, was more of the quirky, cute-to-poignant. anecdotal 70s-type road movie I expected, pretty watchable though, with several surprises, such as Larry Hagman effectively portraying this big stiff middle-age-crisis Donny Osmond in a Swingin' Singles apartment complex he can't afford, wanting Dad to split the rent. (This be Harry's chronologically isolated, adrift middle child, I'm guessing, since he looks-acts older, tho not more grown-up, than wryly durable-seeming, much-married Ellen Burstyn.)
Mazursky usually incl. at least one scene that makes me nauseous, but not here, although the one where Harry dances with Geraldine Fitzgerald ("She may not remember you") comes closest, could have been to less sappy movie music at least. But even that scene is good before the dance, and the whole sequence is the right length.
Like the rest of that cast, Carney's good, though I'm a little startled to find that he beat Al Pacino in Godfather II, Hoffman in Lenny, and Finney in Murder On The Orient Express, and especially Nicholson in Chinatown, but, though that one and II were better movies (Hoffman's impression of Lenny unwisely begged comparison w LB books and records, never saw Orient), whatever, who remembers these things for long. The cat was real good too (TCM says back-up cats weren't needed, and Carney said first good cat he'd come across).

dow, Saturday, 19 September 2020 22:06 (one week ago) link

Today I saw most (?) of Going Home (Herbert B. Leonard, 1971) with Robert Mitchum's tough, character-*trying*-to-be-offhanded-and-terse, nuanced performance the best of his 1970s work, far as I know (better check The Friends of Eddy Coyle again). Dad killed Mom, comes home after a sentence not so long for those days and his class status (circumstanced delved into very late in this story). Brenda Vaccaro, somehow set to marry him, also seems tough, charming, in over her head.
The notorious Jan-Michael Vincent is equally believable as traumatized, shadowy son (who was very small when it happened, and maybe asleep; I didn't see enough to make that clear, or maybe it wasn't). TCM sez it was hated by studio head, the notorious James T. Aubrey, ----dubbed "The Smiling Cobra" during, I think, his time at CBS---who ordered cuts and dumped it in four (?!) theaters. Hope this was the uncut (TCM usually shows such when they can), anyway it worked.

dow, Saturday, 19 September 2020 22:36 (one week ago) link

"circumstances," that is.

dow, Saturday, 19 September 2020 22:38 (one week ago) link

Oh, and re "mitigating factor" (also "status," but in this connection gender, not class): a dark irony can be inferred while imagining what will happen to these characters later, how they will handle incidents leading to the movie's end.

dow, Saturday, 19 September 2020 22:57 (one week ago) link

Bad Company (Garnett, 1931)
Four Parts (Chase & Dunn, 1934)
Apples to You! (Jason, 1934)
The Bargain of the Century (Chase, 1933)
His Silent Racket (Chase, 1933)
Fallen Arches (Meins, 1933)
*Too Many Women (McGowan & French, 1932)
Girl Shock (Horne, 1930)
Air-Tight (Stevens, 1931)
Call a Cop! (Stevens, 1931)
You're Telling Me (McGowan & French, 1932)
Paris Bound (Griffith, 1929)
Tenet (Nolan, 2020)
Dr. Cyclops (Schoedsack, 1940)
70,000 Witnesses (Murphy, 1932)
Yes, Yes, Nanette (Laurel & Hennecke, 1925)
Bunny's Dilemma (North, 1913)
The Boat (Keaton & Cline, 1921)

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 20 September 2020 21:23 (one week ago) link

Interstellar - dumb but watchable
Birds of Prey/Harley Quinn - dumb and unwatchable
Lying and Stealing - store-brand Paul Walker and Emily Ratajkowski do crimes

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Monday, 21 September 2020 03:39 (six days ago) link

*The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, 1962) - 10/10
Beyond Therapy (Altman, 1987) - 6/10
Lust in the Dust (Bartel, 1984) - 7/10
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Potter, 1948) - 6/10
Ruby Gentry (Vidor, 1952) - 8/10
Melvin and Howard (Demme, 1980) - 7/10
The War Game (Watkins, 1965) - 8/10
Boom! (Losey, 1968) - 8/10
Culloden (Watkins, 1964) - 9/10
*Eureka (Roeg, 1983) - 8/10
Head (Rafelson, 1968) - 9/10
*Ugetsu (Mizoguchi, 1953) - 9/10
The Comancheros (Curtiz, 1961) - 7/10
Life with Father (Curtiz, 1947) - 8/10
Velvet Smooth (Fink, 1976) - 5/10
*Blonde Venus (von Sternberg, 1932) - 9/10
*American Psycho (Harron, 2000) - 9/10
Fleshpot on 42nd St. (Milligan, 1973) - 6/10
Alphabet City (Poe, 1984) - 6/10
Alias the Doctor (Curtiz, 1932) - 8/10
*Grosse Point Blank (Armitage, 1997) - 6/10
The Ox-Bow Incident (Wellman, 1943) - 8/10
*Le Boucher (Chabrol, 1970) - 9/10
The Trial (Welles, 1962) - 10/10 <------ this is one of the best movies I've ever seen
*Stagecoach (Ford, 1939) - 9/10

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 07:28 (five days ago) link

I haven’t seen The Trial, will try

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:07 (five days ago) link

special spinal surgery edition

Lured (1947, Sirk) 6/10
The Violent Men (1955, Maté) 7/10
Closely Watched Trains (1966, Menzel) 7/10
*Duck Soup (1933, McCarey) 10/10
The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920, Wegener, Boese) 7/10
*The Squid and the Whale (2005, Baumbach) 8/10
Tennessee’s Partner (1955, Dwan) 7/10
*The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Wiene) 9/10
The Manxman (1929, Hitchcock) 7/10
Blood on the Moon (1948, Wise) 7/10

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 15:42 (five days ago) link

good lineup!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 16:58 (five days ago) link

I am currently going through Bondarchuk's "War And Peace" and I am in awe, people. In awe.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 19:20 (five days ago) link


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