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) 9/10Diary 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 (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) 4/10Les 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 (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
Davies? this guy?
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 August 2018 18:03 (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
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.
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.
― 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) - 10/10Heat (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 (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)BlackkklansmanWon’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) 8/10the 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 (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) 7.5/10Iron Man (2008) 7/10Tangerine (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) 10/10paddington 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 (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
― princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:23 (two years 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 (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
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 August 2018 23:28 (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) 6.5/10mollys 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 (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 : 7/10Vampire'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 (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) - 6/10Summer 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 (two years ago) link
(just surprised, not personally outraged or anything)
― rob, Monday, 5 April 2021 17:20 (one month ago) link
she's not really a "movie person," and hasn't really seen any welles at all.
it's an interesting thought exercise to try to imagine watching Mank and having no frame of reference for what the fuck is going on; all you get is people telling Oldman what a fuckin' genius he is and tons of snappy dialogue
― G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 5 April 2021 17:34 (one month ago) link
My partner, who had not seen Kane
I find this kind of thing both sort of understandable (there are a lot of movies, and more and more old movies every day), but also fascinating, because this is most consistent "greatest movie of all time" movie and, being that there is just one of those, you'd think that alone would compel a viewing. Then again, I'm always mystified when I read the sales numbers of lots of great albums, like stuff from the VU, or Big Star, or even something like the Sex Pistols, who essentially have just one album, one of the most written and talked about albums of all time, and still, in 2021, have only sold something like 1.3 million copies of that album. Which is a lot, but I would have thought more people than that would have bought it out of curiosity, or even accidentally, over the course of 45 years.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:10 (one month ago) link
But (xpost) per that, I know my wife and one of her friends saw "The Disaster Artist," having never seen or even heard of "The Room." I know they enjoyed it, and it is enjoyable, but I still kind of wondered how it ended up on their radar and why that one was, like, the one movie they chose to see in a theatre that year.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:12 (one month ago) link
Finally saw The Sounds of Metal.. great film, and not what I was expecting at all. It's not really about metal.
― Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:26 (one month ago) link
this is most consistent "greatest movie of all time" movie
I thought it had been overtaken in this by Vertigo (which I have never seen). I saw Kane about 35 years ago and did not exactly have a Saul-of-Tarsus experience with it. "That was...fine, I guess" probably sums it up.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:36 (one month ago) link
Vertigo is definitely its closest competitor, but I bet Kane still ends up on top more frequently.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:40 (one month ago) link
I think that status probably makes it more forbidding and less interesting to many people, in the same way that Moby-Dick is generally recognized as one of the greatest English language novels & frequently cited yet hardly widely read. I don't think it's far off to say that cinema, and a totem like Kane, is in a similar place--I can't imagine anyone being compelled, unless otherwise inclined, by the Sight & Sound poll.
But you also can't overstate the lack of interest in black and white movies, "old" movies.
― flappy bird, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:40 (one month ago) link
I don't really think there's a 'greatest film of all time' anymore. It might have been CK at one time, but we're now into a hundred years of film, and it's all over the place and I don't know if we can reach a universal consensus like that anymore.
― Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:40 (one month ago) link
Remember: Indian films have an average of 9 musical number per film, and CK has none.
― Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:42 (one month ago) link
-- I thought it had been overtaken in this by Vertigo
-- Vertigo is definitely its closest competitor, but I bet Kane still ends up on top more frequently.
S&S aside, I'd say Kane is still the de facto collective #1, as reflected in the TSPDT rankings.
― avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:56 (one month ago) link
That being said, anyone with a pony in that race should submit a ballot here (ignore the title, the deadline is now TBD):
ILX All-Time Film and Morbsies Poll: Voting And Campaigning Thread (Ballots Due Like I Dunno Maybe March 1, 2021?)
― avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:57 (one month ago) link
Books, though, take effort. Movies take, more or less, two hours, and for most those those two hours can be spent largely sitting on your couch, eating snacks and playing with on your phone, with occasional pauses. It's never been easy to read "Moby Dick." It's never been easier to watch "Citizen Kane." Whether or not someone enjoys it is a different matter entirely, but it's not like it's a particularly big ask, beyond "black and white and old."
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 April 2021 20:07 (one month ago) link
* Midnight Run (Brest, Gallo 1988) ⚰️ 10/10 unimproveable, possible career-best Joey Pants perf* Beverly Hills Cop (Brest, Petrie Jr., Bach 1984) ACAB/10, plenty of fun but for a movie where class clash is the premise, it really has almost no idea of what to do with that beyond sneakers vs suits, whiteppldrivelikeTHIS.gifA New Leaf (Elaine May after Jack Ritchie 1971) 9/10 #releasethematthaumurderscut BUT Matthau is so wonderfully repellent, and such a shit directly to May through the middle, that idk if I could take an extra 90 minutes of him being worse, before his 1mm of character growth in the end parts. The Owl And The Pussycat (Ross, Henry, Manhoff 1970) ⚰️ 1/10, I continue to not understand the appeal of B. Streisand as an artist or personality in any form Mind Over Mayhem (Kjellin, Specht, Bochco, Hargrove, Kibbee 1974) ⚰️ 2/10, maybe dock one point for Robby The RobotSeven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (Caldinelli, Hewitson, Jones, Hewitson 2020) 6/10, maybe one extra point for Rhea Seehorn * Rushmore (Anderson, Wilson 1998) 9/10, have always held this in my top Wes-es but I think it might be getting better with time. rly appreciate how it has similar detail in costuming and set dressing to his later work but puts the camera at angles and moves it normally, instead of framing things like a diorama - one tiny transitional visual step between Bottle Rocket and the rest of his careerThe Puffy Chair (Duplasses 2005) 2/10 - then again all respect to the Dupbros for building an empire out of a home movie and creating thousands of jobs, but imagine how much better this would be if, like Anderson, it had been made with actors and more script and some lights and a tripod. arch setups, awkward interactions, the clash of uptight and entirely deceptive personalities - it's Rushmore in a van. * Shampoo (Ashby, Towne, Beatty 1975) 8/10. lots of Nixonfilm hits differently post-2016, but: the complete disengagement of most of the characters (nobody even mentions bothering to vote iirc?); the way the Republican party (lower-case) is only concerned with networking and talking money, not their imminent political agenda; and the sequence of Nixon's victory speech on TV contrasted w/ imminent wealth-based violence on the final morning, all rang a little sweeter than previous. really fantastic job of creating an extremely specific period piece of just 5-6 years earlier, too.Relic (Natalie Erika James, Christian White 2020) 7/10 what if a Babadook but dementia?* Mars Attacks (Burton, Gems &al. 1996) was idly brainstorming a list of films about the US response to 9/11, but made before 9/11. checked this to confirm it fits, 10/10 masterpieceJuliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz, Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, Evgenia Peretz after Nick Hornby 2018) 2/10 perfectly serviceable romcom that deliberately acts as a corrective to some earlier Hornby workThat's The Way Of The World (Shore, Lipsyte 1975) 3/10, some discussion here
Five Minutes, Mr Welles (D’Onofrio, Conroy 2005) 31 minThe Making Of Luxor (Scott Morris 1993) 27 minIn The Air Tonight (Andrew Norman Wilson 2020) 11 min
― bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 9 April 2021 20:40 (one month ago) link
Somehow convinced my daughter to watch Yi-Yi. She made no promises of commitment, so I was both surprised and proud that she was enraptured from the start.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 9 April 2021 21:26 (one month ago) link
What do the coffins mean?
The only thing I remember about The Owl and the Pussycat is gay icon Barbra Streisand calling George Segal a “faggot,” which surprised me a bit when I saw it.
― edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Friday, 9 April 2021 23:02 (one month ago) link
prompted to watch by a cast member dying (Kotto, Segal, Walter)
it also posits Segal as an uptight square who can scarcely countenance impish spirit of freedom Streisand asking him to share a tiny j in the bath
― bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 10 April 2021 01:19 (one month ago) link
Spring is a cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London or maybe The Fly (Cronenberg version). American dumbass travels to Italy, meets hot girl who's ...not like other girls. Complications ensue. It's on Hulu.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 10 April 2021 02:10 (one month ago) link
That’s Benson and Moorhead, all their films are worth seeing
― G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 10 April 2021 04:03 (one month ago) link
Exterminate All the Brutes on HBO looked like tough but necessary stuff, and indeed episode one was both of those things. Feels pretty major.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:35 (one month ago) link
Belly (1998) 2.5/5Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971) 4/5Winter Kills (1979) 2/5The 4th Man (1983) 3/5Party Girl (1995) 2.5/5Sons of the Desert (1933) 3/5The Last Boy Scout (1991) 3.5/5Godzilla vs. Kong 2.5/5* The Godfather Part II 5/5Bad Trip (2021) 3.5/5
― Chris L, Sunday, 11 April 2021 01:12 (one month ago) link
I assume I should read that as "Belly" got a double 5/5 rating, right?
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 April 2021 01:50 (one month ago) link
Me as well
― flappy bird, Sunday, 11 April 2021 06:22 (one month ago) link
You can read it as only the first 5 minutes gets 5 out of 5.
― Chris L, Sunday, 11 April 2021 08:48 (one month ago) link
I waited years to see Winter Kills--very hard to get a hold of for a time. Pretty over the top is all I remember; they clearly were trying for a '70s Dr. Strangelove.
― clemenza, Sunday, 11 April 2021 14:45 (one month ago) link
It’s an odd movie but I found it strangely dull. Like if a Pynchon novel had all the life and creativity sucked out of it.
― Chris L, Sunday, 11 April 2021 16:12 (one month ago) link
The director's cut of Winter Kills was posted to Vimeo by the director for free download a few years ago (he'll also sell you a DVD directly)
― bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 11 April 2021 19:36 (one month ago) link
Shiva Baby is great, very much of a sort with Tiny Furniture and Appropriate Behavior as a "the young women of nyc are not alright" film of the moment.
― G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 11 April 2021 19:56 (one month ago) link
The Adventures of Dr. Dolittle: The Trip to Africa (Reiniger, 1928)Harlequin (Reiniger, 1932)The Stolen Heart (Reiniger, 1934)Papageno (Reiniger, 1935)Love in High Gear (Strayer, 1932)Dégustation Maison (Tatischeff, 1978)The Love of Sunya (Parker, 1929)The Incredible Shrinking Man (Arnold, 1957)She Wrote a Play and Played It (Curtis, 1916)Madame Babylas Loves Animals (Machin, 1911)Saïda has Kidnapped Manneken Pis (Machin, 1913)*Clubs Are Trumps (Walker, 1917)
― Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 11 April 2021 21:09 (one month ago) link
Silver Lode, Dwan, 1954, 3/10 -- recommended by elliott kalanDoctor Strange, some disney hack, 2016, 4/10 -- the rare mcu movie where the third act is the best actSpider-Man: Homecoming, Watts, 2017, 5/10*The Dead Zone, Cronenberg, 1983, 8/10The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Roth, 2018, 4/10Q: Into the Storm, Hoback, 2021, 5/10 -- i find the people behind q far less interesting than the followersTwo Distant Strangers, Roe & Free, 2020, 4/10
A crappy two weeks. Think I'll resubscribe to Criterion Channel.
― wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 12 April 2021 04:09 (one month ago) link
Loved "Shiva Baby," which is up there with "Uncut Gems" and "A Serious Man" as Most Jewish Movie of the Last Ten or So Years.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 02:42 (one month ago) link
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" was really good, even if long stretches of it were perhaps predictably very filmed-play, packed with Acting and scenes calibrated for the stage. But Boseman, man, he's transcendent. Makes me want to finally watch "Da 5 Bloods," which I've avoided due to being burned by Spike something like 90% of the time.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 13:27 (one month ago) link
The Magic Horse (Reiniger, 1953)The Caliph Stork (Reiniger, 1954)Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Reiniger, 1954)The Vice Squad (Cromwell, 1931)Walking Back (Julian, 1928)Parisian Love (Gasnier, 1925)French Exit (Jacobs, 2020)The Crawling Eye (Lawrence, 1958)Hot Luck (Lamont, 1928)*My Wife's Relations (Keaton & Cline, 1922)
― Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 18 April 2021 21:00 (three weeks ago) link
The Man Called Back (Florey, 1932)The Leather Pushers: Round Two (Laemmle, 1922)The Leather Pushers: Round Three "Payment Through the Nose" (1922)Skinner's Dress Suit (Seiter, 1926)The Great Gabbo (Cruze & von Stroheim, 1929)The Rat's Knuckles (McCarey, 1925)Baseball Film (Kovacs, 1951)*Coney Island (Arbuckle, 1917)
― Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 25 April 2021 21:10 (two weeks ago) link
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sorkin, 2020, 4/10Sound of Metal, 2019, 5/10Mank, Fincher, 2020, abandoned less than an hour inNomadland, Zhao, 2020, 6/10Mangrove, McQueen, 2020, 6/10The Painter and the Thief, 2020, around 4/10 (abandoned after an hour then skipped to the ending)Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary, 2019, 6/10
Joan of Arc, Melies, 1900The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Melies, 1902 -- one of his weaker movies, focusing on the least interesting parts of the story. the drawn backgrounds that were interactive reminded me of adventure games like monkey island 2.The Kingdom of Fairies, Melies, 1903*Fun and Fancy Free, 1947, 5/10Melody Time, 1948, 5/10The Amputee, Lynch, 1974, both versionsFist of Fury, 1972, 5/10 - the one where bruce lee makes his noises while fighting. astonishingly xenophobic.
― wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 25 April 2021 21:38 (two weeks ago) link
April:Don't Go in the House (Ellison, 1979) 7/10 DVDThe Wrong Arm of the Law (Owen, 1963) 7/10 YOUTUBEKing of Kings (Ray, 1961) 7/10 BBC IPLAYEREden and After (Robbe-Grillet, 1970) 7/10 BLU-RAYDoctor in the House (Thomas, 1954) 6/10 YOUTUBEBloody Birthday (Hunt, 1981) 6/10 BLU-RAY*Scream (Craven, 1996) 7/10 DVDThe Suspicious Death of a Minor (Martino, 1975) 6/10 BLU-RAY*The Savage Innocents (Ray, 1960) DVD-R - a very hard film to 'score' - the sexual and racial and animal politics are beyond redemption, and obliterate any of the good things (mainly) on the visual sideThe Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Miraglia, 1972) 7/10 BLU-RAYMy Dear Killer (Valeri, 1972) 6/10 DVDThe True Story of Jesse James (Ray, 1957) 7/10 YOUTUBE - this film is undone by the central casting of Robert Wagner as Jesse - just as Jeffrey Hunter is a terrible Jesus in King of Kings (Hunter is also in this, and is fine)Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (Margheriti, 1973) 5/10 BLU-RAY - if you've ever wanted to see Serge Gainsbourg playing a (dubbed) Scottish police detective, then this is the gothic-giallo for youRun (Chaganty, 2020) 5/10 NETFLIX*Trouble in Store (Carstairs, 1953) 7/10 DVD - Norman Wisdom's first starring roleOne Good Turn (Carstairs, 1955) 5/10 DVD - Norman and a group of adorable orphansManhattan Baby (Fulci, 1982) 5/10 DVD
― Ward Fowler, Saturday, 1 May 2021 11:43 (two weeks ago) link
Rosemary’s Baby (remake, 3.0)The Handmaid’s Tale (S1-S3, 6.5)The Adjustment Bureau (6.5)Town Bloody Hall (7.5)Sound of Metal (6.5)Mad Men (S1-S7, 10.0)Puberty Blues (6.5)Old Boyfriends (7.0)The Last Blockbuster (5.5)The Boys from Brazil (6.5)
― clemenza, Sunday, 2 May 2021 03:20 (one week ago) link
I had never seen The French Connection all the way through, but it's streaming free on Amazon Prime now, so I finally checked it out. It's pretty amazing how sketchy it is in terms of character definition, compared with modern movies — there's no big long speech explaining Doyle's past and his issues, just a couple of lines of dialogue about how nobody trusts him because he got another cop killed once, and then everybody moves on. The big car chase is everything people say it is.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 2 May 2021 13:02 (one week ago) link
New York Nights (Milestone, 1929)My Pal, The King (Neumann, 1932)*Camille (Smallwood, 1921)Docks of San Francisco (Seitz, 1932)Don Redman & His Orchestra (Henabery, 1934)Death Takes a Holiday (Leisen, 1934)Buster's Mix-Up (Meins, 1926)The Floorwalker (Chaplin, 1916)
― Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 2 May 2021 20:47 (one week ago) link
Martha (Fassbinder 1974)The Twentieth Century (Rankin 2019)*Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Inagaki 1954)Funeral Parade of Roses (Matsumoto 1969)The Pawnshop (Chaplin 1916)Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (Inagaki 1955)Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Inagaki 1956)Brink of Life (Bergman 1958)Nobody (Naishuller 2021)The Big Gundown (Sollima 1966)Machine Gun McCain (Montaldo 1969)The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Argento 1970)Despair (Fassbinder 1978)Smooth Talk (Chopra 1985)*Meshes of the Afternoon (Deren 1943)Animal Crackers (Heerman 1930)Five Card Stud (Hathaway 1968)Samurai Rebellion (Kobayashi 1967)2046 (Wong 2004)The Lady Eve (Sturges 1941)The Last Wave (Weir 1977)Raining in the Mountain (Hu 1979)*Inland Empire (Lynch 2006)Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Wolf 2008)
― In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Monday, 3 May 2021 01:46 (one week ago) link
Y'all seen Cristi Puiu's Malmkrog? Holy shit. Three + hours of existentialist conversation in Transylvania.
― So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:39 (one week ago) link
WmC, that is a great (x) last movies
― wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:39 (one week ago) link
Hizzoner (McCarey, 1933)Whom the Gods Destroy (Lang, 1934)A Night on Bald Mountain (Parker & Alexeieff, 1933)Vanity Street (Grinde, 1932)Battling with Buffalo Bill (Taylor, 1931)The Triumph of the Rat (Cutts, 1926)The Return of the Rat (Cutts, 1929)From Hell It Came (Milner, 1957)Hello Baby! (McCarey, 1925)Alice's Orphan (Disney, 1926)Smith's Baby (Cline, 1926)
― Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Sunday, 9 May 2021 20:52 (six days ago) link
― wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:39 AM (four days ago)
Thank you! I have been up to my eyeballs in dayjob and barjob so I've tried to make my limited movie time count more -- less mindless zero-calorie junk. Although Machine Gun McCain was pretty zero-calorie. Big ups to Stevie D. for the rec and the access to Funeral Parade of Roses.
― In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Sunday, 9 May 2021 21:28 (six days ago) link
a bunch of slides from the 19th century (Muybridge, Le Prince, etc.)A Night on Bald Mountain (Alexeieff & Parker, 1933) an 8-minute animation that took 18 months to makeFerdinand the Bull (Disney co., 1938)Saludos Amigos (Disney co., 1942) 4/10The Wind in the Willows (Disney co., 1949) 3/10 i probably saw this as a kid and forgot itVincent (Tim Burton, 1982)Good Morning (Ozu, 1959) 6/10 my second ozu -- i need to watch moreIn a Grove of a Black Cat a.k.a. Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindô, 1968) 8/10 Top of the Heap (1972) 6/10
Minari (Chung, 2020) 8/10Disney-Sony's European Vacation (Watts, 2019) 6/10My Octopus Teacher (2020) 4/10Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) 6/10Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) 7/10I May Destroy You (2020, ltd. series) 9/10Frozen II (Disney co., Buck & Lee, 2019) 5/10
― wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 9 May 2021 21:29 (six days ago) link
Nomadlandpretty moving film using a lot of real people in the minor roles.NIce to see the geezer I wish they hadn't killed off in the Expanse outside of that series as one of the actual actors though.Sad to hear that this si a lifestyle that people are being condemned to , though maybe iit is also about freedom.I was heavily reminded of a scene from Fargo when the main protagonist gets up from peeing beside a fence in the middle of the open countryside with the remnants of snow still thawing on the ground. Then remembered that Frances McDormand played the police chief in that.
SherpaDocumentary about Sherpas helping people climb Everest. My brother was talking about it a few weeks ago so I grabbed a copy. But only just got around to watching it. Fell asleep a couple of times but taht's probably just me at this time of night.Quite moving. I think I must have read some weekend magazine articles on the subject possibly tied i with the film which was made or released in 2014. So had heard some of the story before.Massive queues of people waiting to climb the mountain look like those photos of people crossing into the Yukon during the goldrush. & I've heard it's used as an office team building exercise which is definitely not the way it should be looked at.
― Stevolende, Sunday, 9 May 2021 23:13 (six days ago) link
Peppermint (2019?) Jennifer Garner plays a suburban mom whose husband and daughter are murdered by face-tatted cartel goons who are released thanks to judicial corruption. Fast forward five years and she's a dead-eyed MMA fighter and super-assassin hunting them and their bosses and everyone else involved in the case down. It's a remarkably dark version of this story; Garner shoots first without hesitation, she shows absolutely no mercy (she nails the judge's hands to his chair before blowing his whole house up with him in it) and genuinely doesn't seem to give a fuck if she dies while executing her plan. It's dumb as shit, but while it's running it's got impact and momentum.
Kiss The Blood Off My Hands (1948). An amazingly bleak noir with Burt Lancaster as a PTSD-damaged WWII veteran who accidentally kills a man in a London bar. Things go downhill from there. Lancaster dives deep into the character's psychosis; he's genuinely frightening throughout, at least partly because he's so much bigger and taller than anyone else onscreen.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 01:54 (four days ago) link
The Ruling ClassSatire on the british aristocracy. Harry Andrews hangs himself in an autoerotic game and his insane son who thinks he's jesus is brought outof the asylum he's been in .Son is played by Peter O'Toole .Have been wanting to see this since I was an early teen I think. My brother told me about it after he'd seen it on tv and I never got a chjance to see it on tv that I was aware of. I think I may have missed a showing over the last couple of years. I downloaded it about 10 years ago or something and the sound was way out of sync. So I found it unwatchable after a while. Not sure what promp[ted me to get it again recently but this is in sync so that's lovely for you.Quite amusing, quite creepy. A bit white.NOt sure if I've seen Peter O'Toole with long hair elsewhere, couldn't think of one while watching it. Obviouslky a wig anyway but still thought it odd.Interesting to see Blackadder's Nursie in a support role here. Not sure where else she pops up at the time. time being 1972 . & it does have a large support cast of familiar faces.
― Stevolende, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 08:22 (four days ago) link
I haven't been on here much, besides trawling the archives. As more theaters open and new movies are screened and seen in them again, I'll return, til then it's too grim, especially with Bill W gone. Here all the movies I watched in April.
The Seed of Man (Ferreri, 1969) - 9/10Winchester ’73 (Mann, 1950) - 8/10*Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (Fassbinder, 1975) - 10/10The Big Chill (Kasdan, 1983) - 5/10Narrowsburg (Shane, 2019) - 7/10Dragon Inn (Hu, 1967) - 8/10*Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai, 2003) - 10/10The Swinging Cheerleaders (Hill, 1974) - 8/10Bye Bye Monkey (Ferreri, 1978) - 10/10Woman Times Seven (De Sica, 1967) - 8/10As Tears Go By (Wong, 1988) - 9/10Hill of Freedom (Hong, 2014) - 7/10Nightmare Beach (Lenzi, 1989) - 9/10Midnight Lace (Miller, 1960) - 8/10The Ballad of Narayama (Kinoshita, 1958) - 8/10Anatomy of a Murder (Preminger, 1959) - 8/10*Vivre Sa Vie (Godard, 1962) - 10/10The Mind Benders (Dearden, 1963) - 6/10Absence of Malice (Pollack, 1981) - 5/10Psychos in Love (Bechard, 1987) - 6/10The Tall Target (Mann, 1951) - 7/10Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957) - 5/10*Fallen Angels (Wong, 1995) - 9/10*Along the Polly (Hamburg, 2004) - 7/10The Candy Snatchers (Trueblood, 1973) - 7/10*Stray Dogs (Tsai, 2013) - 10/10Nightmare City (Lenzi, 1980) - 6/10The Pillow Book (Greenaway, 1996) - 8/10Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018) - 7/10Babette’s Feast (Axel, 1987) - 8/10The Pajama Game (Abbot, Donen; 1957) - 7/10VHYes (Robbins, 2019) - 7/10Six in Paris (various, 1965) - 7/10 *Chabrol's, the last, is by far the best segmentCandy (Marquand, 1968) - 9/10The Hot Touch (Vadim, 1981) - 6/10The Gun Runners (Siegel, 1958) - 7/10The Internecine Project (Hughes, 1974) - 8/10Coogan’s Bluff (Siegel, 1968) - 6/10Evils of the Night (Rustam, 1985) - 7/10The Telephone Book (Lyon, 1971) - 8/10*Made in U.S.A. (Godard, 1966) - 8/10*Airplane! (ZAZ, 1980) - 10/10Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (Lenzi, 1972) - 6/10Le Pont du Nord (Rivette, 1981) - 8/10Up the Down Staircase (Mulligan, 1967) - 9/10Coup de Torchon (Tavernier, 1981) - 8/10Yellow Sky (Wellman, 1948) - 8/10Mystery of the Wax Museum (Curtiz, 1933) - 9/10*This Man Must Die (Chabrol, 1969) - 8/10Boarding Gate (Assayas, 2007) - 6/10Le Doulos (Melville, 1962) - 8/10Almost Human (Lenzi, 1972) - 7/10Summertime (Lean, 1955) - 9/10Hiding Out (Giraldi, 1987) - 3/10Vanessa (Frank, 1977) - 5/10Sacrifice! (Lenzi, 1974) - 8/10History is Made at Night (Borzage, 1937) - 8/10The Jerk (Reiner, 1979) - 5/10*Modesty Blaise (Losey, 1966) - 8/10That Cold Day in the Park (Altman, 1969) - 7/10Slack Bay (Dumont, 2016) - 7/10The Last Blockbuster (Morden, 2020) - 6/10Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Greenbaum, 2021) - 6/10*Morocco (von Sternberg, 1930) - 10/10Django (Corbucci, 1966) - 9/10Queer Japan (Kolbeins, 2019) - 7/10Sensation Seekers (Weber, 1927) - 8/10Crossfire (Dmytryk, 1947) - 7/10Wonder Woman 1984 (Jenkins, 2020) - 3/10eXistenZ (Cronenberg, 1999) - 8/10
― flappy bird, Friday, 14 May 2021 07:08 (yesterday) link
Unhinged (Borte, Ellsworth 2020) 4/10 Forgotten Lady (Hart, Driskill, Fischer 1975) 5/10 Ishtar (Elaine May 1987) 4/10 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (Ross, Ross 2020) 7/10 28 Weeks Later (Fresnadillo, Joffé, López-Lavigne, Olmo 2007) 4/10 The Stunt Man (Rush, Marcus, Brodeur 1979) 7/10 ⚰️ Mission: Impossible - Fallout (score-only version) (McQuarrie, Balfe 2018) 7/10 Flight (Zemeckis, Gatins 2012) 3/10 Smiley Face (Araki, Haggerty 2007) 7/10 🌲🌳The Silencers (Karlson, Saul, Baker, Link, Levinson, after Hamilton 1966) 6/10 O.K. Connery / Operation Kid Brother (de Martino, Levi, Walker, Wright, Canzio 1967) 1/10 Another Round (Vinterberg, Lindholm 2020) 7/10 Extract (Judge 2009) 3/10 Guns Akimbo (Howden 2020) 3/10 The Wrong Arm of the Law (Owen, Antrobus, Galton, Simpson 1963) 7/10 Multiple Maniacs (Waters 1970) 6/10 2 Fast 2 Furious (Singleton, Thompson, Brandt, Haas 2003) 5/10 Nobody (Naishuller, Kolstad 2021) 8/10 Four Brothers (Singleton, Elliot, Lovett David 2005) 1/10 Cotton Comes To Harlem (Davis, Perl after Himes 1970) 8/10 Hustle & Flow (Craig Brewer 2005) 2/10 Wrath Of Man (Ritchie, Atkinson, Davies, after Boukhrief 2021) 6/10 Wipes (Miller, Wietmarschen 2020) 8 minGreen (Kylie Murphy 2021) 12 minGumdrop (Conran, Lawes 2012) 6 minThe Critic (Pintoff, Brooks 1963) 3minLa voz humana (Almodóvar 2020) 30 min, 8/10Wonder (Javier Molina, Furman 2020) 11 min, 9/10Shiny (Cloud Campos, Susser 2016) 4 min
― bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 14 May 2021 14:15 (yesterday) link