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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 (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) 9/10
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 (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) 4/10
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 (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

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

*Mississippi Grind

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.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:37 (one year 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 (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.


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 (one year 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 (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)
Blackkklansman
Won’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) 8/10
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 (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) 7.5/10
Iron Man (2008) 7/10
Tangerine (2015) 8/10

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 17 August 2018 19:26 (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) 10/10
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 (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

lol

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:23 (one year 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 (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

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) 6.5/10
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 (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 : 7/10
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 (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) - 6/10
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 (one year ago) link

Thoughts on Laundromat? Babadook? VVitch? Highlife?

my last four days was:
Framing John DeLorean
Mike Wallace is Here
Maiden (aborted, this felt very rah rah plus i realized i don't give a shit about yachting)
Be Natural: Alice Guy Blanche
Poetry (Chang-Dong)

Started Jacqueline Audry's The Great Deception last night and it seems great so far. Was going to go see Marriage Story last night and then realized i was almost guaranteed to hate it so i opted out.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 19:06 (three weeks ago) link


But I’m a Cheerleader (Babbit, 1999) - 8/10

*high fives flappy*

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 19:36 (three weeks ago) link

Thoughts on Laundromat? Babadook? VVitch? Highlife?

― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), 13. november 2019 20:06 (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

We discussed Laundromat a bit on the Soderbergh thread. I really didn't like it, and I've turned into a massive Soderbergh fan the last few years :( Watch High Flying Bird instead, if you haven't already. Babadook and VVitch just really isn't my thing. I liked how pure the emotions of Babadook felt, but I'm just a bit bored. And VVitch I just don't care for, it's fine, nothing wrong with it, I like that young directors are doing stuff like that all over the world, digging into weird local stories, I just can't get excited by it when it's not more aesthetically original, and it's weird how big A24 indie is even in Denmark. I watched it to prepare for a festival starting tomorrow (I watched so much of this to prepare for work, unpaid work in a lot of cases, for different reasons, sigh) and it's sold out and they don't want to send me a screener, so who cares. High Life... It has good things in it, Binoche in a box, all the flashbacks, but I wasn't that taken with it. I miss her usual cinematographer Agnes Godard, the whole thing was just that bit more conventional on a granular level? Also, I'd just read too much about it, and knew too much, and was let down. Pattinson is really good. But even Let the Sunshine In had more surprises for me, and a relationship drama should not be more mysterious than sci-fi?

And also, how is Poetry?

Frederik B, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:16 (three weeks ago) link

i was thinking high life couldn't be as good as let the sunshine in; been sort of dragging my heels on it.
i'm more of a babadook/vvitch guy myself; i like weird creepy miniatures.

Poetry was devastating, never sadistic but just spirit breaking in its relentless pressure on the wonderful lead actress and, by extension, the audience. It suckered me into thinking it was ultimately an optimistic view of life in which we can find poetry and beauty even in the harshest and saddest of moments and then got me at the end with the rather stinging rejoinder of "but so what?" Recommended watching but tough sledding.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:38 (three weeks ago) link

incidentally of those four white people documentaries, the standout was likely Mike Wallace... what a carefully constructed and provocative life he built! A rare opportunity to tell a story that absolutely required no narration or talking heads because he spent his entire life filming his documentary for you. Plus, love the choice of theme music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWD7k6TrJ-g

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

(the alice guy-blache story was fascinating and i very much want to see her work but it was so poorly executed that I almost walked away multiple times. stop showing me how you made the documentary! Show the documentary! And chill out with the graphics!)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

But I’m a Cheerleader (Babbit, 1999) - 8/10

*high fives flappy*

― american bradass (BradNelson)

no one involved in Boy Erased watched this movie and it shows
So good

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

In the last couple weeks:

Parasite
Paddington 2
Mr. Klein (Losey, 1975)
L’Assassin Habite au 21 (Clouzot, 1942)
Urusei Yatsura 2 - Beautiful Dreamer (Oshii, 1982)

They were all worth seeing in some way or another.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:32 (three weeks ago) link

yesss beautiful dreamer is so good

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:32 (three weeks ago) link

It was wild! I went in knowing nothing about the source material but it was a blast as long as I resigned myself to being baffled most of the time. The, uh, Third Reich Cafe thing was a bit o_O.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:53 (three weeks ago) link

thought The Witch had a compelling story, was innovative, and was extremely visually appealing. it is one of my favorite films of the last several years

Dan S, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:24 (three weeks ago) link

also think Poetry is an amazing film

Dan S, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:26 (three weeks ago) link

Secret Sunshine too

Dan S, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:28 (three weeks ago) link

The Witch had an ending that I still think about frequently

Dan S, Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:32 (three weeks ago) link

Bend of the River (1952) 6/10
The Lighthouse (2019) 6/10
Ed Wood (1994) 9/10
Living on Soul (2017) 8/10
The Train (1964) 8/10
Save the Tiger (1973) 7/10
The White Diamond (2004) 7/10
Giant (1956) 3/10
Parasite (2019) 8/10

Ed Wood rewatch was inspired by finally reading the Nightmare of Ecstasy bio, which was I hadnt realized was an oral history and really fun to read. I was worried Save the Tiger would be corny but aside from some really dated Important Issues talk I enjoyed it a lot, I always really like films with that Sweet Smell of Success '36 hours in 1 persons life' structure.

I cant believe how dumb and bad Giant was, what a complete waste of time.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Thursday, 14 November 2019 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

I'm gonna story including shorts in my round-ups, 'cause shorts are movies too.

*The Witches (Roeg, 1990) 7/10
The Little Shop of Horrors (Corman, 1960) 7/10
Pennies from Heaven (Ross, 1981) 7/10
*Best in Show (Guest, 2000) 6/10
Armored Car Robbery (Fleischer, 1950) 6/10
*The Bank Dick (Cline, 1940) 7/10
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Meyer, 1970) 5/10
Ghosks Is the Bunk (Fleischer, 1939) 7/10
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Barton, 1948) 7/10
Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers (Raim, 2019) 7/10

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 15 November 2019 00:29 (three weeks ago) link

*START including

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 15 November 2019 00:30 (three weeks ago) link

*Midnight Run (1988) 8/10
Cobra (1986) 4/10
*Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) 9/10
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) 6/10
Our Man In Havana (1959) 7/10
Daybreakers (2009) 3/10
Toy Story 4 (2019) 7/10
*W (2008) 5/10
*Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb (1964) 10/10
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) 6/10
Central Intelligence (2016) 6/10
Dolemite is My Name (2019) 6/10
The Laundromat (2019) 7/10
A Hidden Life (2019) 8/10

The World According To.... (Michael B), Friday, 15 November 2019 09:08 (three weeks ago) link

haven't seen Picnic at Hanging Rock since I was a kid. I don't remember that much about the story but do remember being entranced by it

Dan S, Sunday, 17 November 2019 01:14 (two weeks ago) link

Deerskin, the new one from Dupieux, is a funny fast and sleight comedy with a really really great jacket. probably best not to know any more than that going in as the purpose of watching the film is to tease out what it is.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 17 November 2019 12:48 (two weeks ago) link

Peaux de vaches aka Thick Skinned (1989, Mazuy) 7/10
The Midnight Man (1974, Lancaster, Kibbee) 6/10
Wheel of Ashes (1968, Goldman) 7/10
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976, Kopple) 10/10
That Touch of Mink (1962, D Mann) 6/10
Dark Waters (2019, Haynes) 7/10
Lost, Lost, Lost (1976, Mekas) 7/10
Mike’s Murder (1984, Bridges) 5/10
The Irishman (2019, Scorsese) 8/10
Marriage Story (2019, Baumbach) 8/10
*Casino (1995, Scorsese) 7/10

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 17 November 2019 14:34 (two weeks ago) link

Hoopla (Lloyd, 1933)
Show Kids (Staub, 1935)
Dumb Daddies (Yates, 1928)
The Crooked Circle (Humberstone, 1932)
The Benson Murder Case (Tuttle, 1930)
The Studio Murder Mystery (Tuttle, 1929)
*One Week (Keaton & Cline, 1920)
*Sherlock Jr. (Keaton, 1924)
*#Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
#The Gallery of Monsters (Catelain, 1924)
*#Variety (Dupont, 1925)

# Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Monday, 18 November 2019 00:04 (two weeks ago) link

Short little festival:

Uncle (Petersen)
Resin (Borgman)
Giraffe (Hartmann)
Psykosia (Grahtø)
Fever (Da-Rin)
Maternal (Delpero)
Monos (Landes)
Take Me Somewhere Nice (Sendijarević)
Disco (Syversen)
Twelve Thousand (Trebal)
Mosaic Portrait (Zhai)
The Verdict (Guttierez)
Son-Mother (Mohammadi)

Monos is fantastic, I'd reckon it will be on all the revised lists of best latin american cinema of the decade. Take Me Somewhere Nice crazy Jarmusch like view of Bosnia as this neon-pastel overdetermined lawless world. Those were the clear best in show.

Frederik B, Monday, 18 November 2019 16:57 (two weeks ago) link

Where'd You Go Bernadette is a well-filmed, highly mannered opportunity for tons of good acting (most of it Blanchett; she's awesome) to work through one of the dumber scripts I've sat through in recent years. Even taking into account this thing's screwball film context, it's still a dog of a film that i couldn't turn off because the lead was so goddam magnetic.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:12 (two weeks ago) link

Hacked Circuit (short - Stratmen, 2014)
Near Dark (Bigelow, 1987)
The Devil's Backbone (del Toro, 2001)
Les dames du Bois de Boulougne (Bresson, 1945)
*Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Weerasethakul, 2010)
I Like Killing Flies (Mahurin, 2004)
Elle (Verhoeven, 2016)
*Caché (Haneke, 2005)
Homework (Kiarostami, 1989)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (Honda, 1975)
The Laundromat (Soderbergh, 2019)
The Plague Dogs (Rosen, 1982)
Amazing Grace (Pollack, Buchanan, 1972/2018)
Dolemite Is My Name (Brewer, 2019)
I Walk Alone (Haskin, 1947)
Death in Venice (Visconti, 1971)
Kes (Loach, 1970)
Suzan Pitt shorts: Crocus (1971), Jefferson Circus Songs (1973), Visitation (2011), Pinball (2013)
The Old Dark House (Whale, 1932)
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Miller, 2005)
Perfect Understanding (Gardner, 1933)
Stories We Tell (Polley, 2013)

WmC, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:22 (one week ago) link

Doctors' Wives (Borzage, 1931)
Klondike (Rosen, 1932)
The Phantom Broadcast (Rosen, 1933)
*A Fool There Was (Powell, 1915)
The Old Man of the Mountain (Fleischer, 1933)
The Snowman (Eshbaugh, 1933)
The Wheels of Chance (Shaw, 1922)
Song of the Scarlet Flower (Stiller, 1919)
Sir Arne's Treasure (Stiller, 1919)
Goofy Movies Number Nine (1934)
Little Cheeser (Ising, 1936)
Male and Female (de Mille, 1919)
Don't Change Your Husband (de Mille, 1919)

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Monday, 25 November 2019 00:49 (one week ago) link

Dolemite (Martin, 1975) something like both 3/10 and 8/10 at the same time
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix, 2019) 7/10
Living in Oblivion (DiCillo, 1995) 6/10
Terminator: Dark Fate (Miller, 2019) 6/10
The Last Jedi (Disney; Johnson, 2017) abandoned
The Concorde... Airport '79 (Rich) 5/10

halloween leftovers:
Happy Death Day (Landon, 2017) 6/10
Happy Death Day 2U (Landon, 2019) 7/10
The Incredible Shrinking Man (Arnold, 1957) 6/10
The Devil-Doll (Browning, 1936) 5/10
White Zombie (Halperin, 1932) 4/10
When a Stranger Calls (Walton, 1979) 7/10
The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991) 7/10
The Cars That Ate Paris (Weir, 1974) 7/10
*Hocus Pocus (Disney; Ortega, 1993) 6/10

seasonal movies:
*The Grinch (Comcast, 2018) 7/10
29th Street (Gallo, 1991) 6/10
3 Godfathers (Ford, 1948) 6/10
Christmas in July (Sturges, 1940) 6/10 not a christmas movie lol
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (Del Ruth, 1947) 5/10

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 25 November 2019 01:21 (one week ago) link

Chronopolis (1982, Kamler) 8/10
Three Sisters (1970, Olivier) 7/10
Tales from the Golden Age (2009, Mungiu, Popescu, Hofer, Uricaru, Marculescu) 8/10
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947, Whorf) 6/10
Documenteur (1981, Varda) 7/10
Flight Command (1940, Borzage) 7/10
*The Image Book (2018, Godard) 8/10
Stuff and Dough (2001, Puiu) 6/10
Equation to an Unknown (1980, de Velsa) 4/10
The Makioka Sisters (1983, Ichikawa) 6/10

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 November 2019 03:33 (one week ago) link

La Rupture (Chabrol, 1970) - 9/10
For Ever Mozart (Godard, 1996) - 6/10
Punishment Park (Watkins, 1971) - 8/10
Numéro Deux (Godard, 1975) - 9/10
Ten Days’ Wonder (Chabrol, 1971) - 7/10
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, 1962) - 10/10
Pickup on South Street (Fuller, 1953) - 9/10
The Glass Key (Heisler, 1942) - 7/10
*I’m Still Here (Affleck, 2010) - 10/10
*Life is Sweet (Leigh, 1990) - 10/10
Forty Guns (Fuller, 1957) - 8/10
The Book of Mary (Miéville, 1985) - 7/10
Hail Mary (Godard, 1985) - 7/10
*La Chambre (Akerman, 1972) - 10/10
*Changer d’image (Godard, 1982) - 9/10
*Pierrot le Fou (Godard, 1965) - 9/10
Godard, l'amour, la poésie (Lagier, 2007) - 7/10
Sweet Movie (Makavejev, 1974) - 6/10
Clockers (Lee, 1995) - 7/10
The Late Show (Benton, 1977) - 8/10
The Company (Altman, 2003) - 8/10
The Unfaithful Wife (Chabrol, 1969) - 7/10

flappy bird, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:46 (one week ago) link

The Great Wall Matt Damon and the Mandalorian get involved in fighting off alien invasion in 11th Century China.
Quite visual, a lot of colour, a little cliched possibly.
Has the somewhat stilted style of some of the directors other Western made medieval martial arts films.
Kind of enjoyed it, helped pass the time. A Film4 evening action film this week.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 09:12 (one week ago) link

A Single Girl (Jacquot, 1995)
Beanpole (Balagov, 2019)

MUBI: 70 Fragments (Haneke, 1994)

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:30 (one week ago) link

Clio Barnard's The Arbor was notable for its novel execution but was so bleakly and painfully one-note it's hard to be enthusiastic about. Barnard's expert touch made this worth the watch but - between the thick accents, general fait accompli thrust and constant casual misery - it was not easy to comfortably engage with.

On the other hand, Hustlers surprised me. It's a cleverly constructed and scripted gangster movie that resolutely (and I'd argue properly) refrains from both male gaze and easy rah-rah girl power speechifying throughout. Most everyone is equal parts con artist and prey. Far better than I expected with several great performances and by far the best acting work Jennifer Lopez has done since Out of Sight... she's pure steel and sinew, totally convincing as a motherly piranha. I had disregarded Scafaria as a filmmmaker; are any of her other movies worth the trouble?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 29 November 2019 18:00 (one week ago) link

Also, how was Beanpole?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 29 November 2019 18:01 (one week ago) link

*Poisoned Ivory (Goulding, 1934)
Girls Will Be Boys (Watson, 1931)
A Holiday Pageant at Home (1901)
A Winter Straw Ride (McCutcheon & Porter, 1906)
A Trap for Santa Claus (Griffith, 1909)
A Christmas Accident (Shaw, 1912)
The Grasshopper and the Ant (Starewicz, 1913)
Shakespearian Spinach (Fleischer & Crandall, 1940)
Le Petit Cafe (Berger, 1931)
The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus (Seay, 1914)
Santa Claus Vs. Cupid (Louis, 1915)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Juran, 1958)
Santa Claus (Kleinschmidt, 1925)
Interference (Mendes & Pomeroy, 1928)

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Sunday, 1 December 2019 23:56 (five days ago) link

Tokyo Twilight (Ozu, 1957)

o. nate, Monday, 2 December 2019 00:47 (four days ago) link

last man to the party here but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was very masterfully done, loads of fun, a love letter to an era and quite sweet.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 2 December 2019 03:24 (four days ago) link

the opening credits are finally online. "Treat Her Right" coming up with LD & BP's title cards is my favorite music cue in years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRoGuopnFzw

flappy bird, Monday, 2 December 2019 04:27 (four days ago) link

owner my local deli/restaurant was talking about OUaTiH as I walked in today and was loudly opining about how glad he was that the film treated the Tate murders the way it did. I asked if he liked Sharon Tate and he yelled "WHO DOESN'T LOVE SHARON TATE?!?!?"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 2 December 2019 05:43 (four days ago) link

hahaha that is awesome

flappy bird, Monday, 2 December 2019 05:58 (four days ago) link

November:
Black Sunday/Mask of Satan (Bava, 1960) 8/10
Logan (Mangold, 2017) 6/10
Jeannette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc (Dumont, 2017) 5/10
Scarface (Hawks, 1932) 7/10
Sorry We Missed You (Loach, 2019) 8/10
Man About the House (Robins, 1974) 5/10
The Salamander (Tanner, 1971) 8/10
The Uncanny (Heroux, 1977) 6/10
The Face of Fu Manchu (Sharp, 1965) 6/10
Doctor Sleep (Flanagan, 2019) 5/10
Dracula (Badham, 1979) 6/10
The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark (Kendall & Kendall, 2013) 7/10
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jires, 1970) 8/10
I, Monster (Weeks, 1971) 6/10
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (Rohmer, 1963) 7/10
Knives Out (Johnson, 2019) 7/10
Suzanne's Career (Rohmer, 1963) 8/10
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story (Scorsese, 2019) 8/10

Ward Fowler, Monday, 2 December 2019 09:50 (four days ago) link

Also, how was Beanpole?

― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 29 November 2019 bookmarkflaglink

Very good. Shades of Fassbinder and maybe even something like 'Single White Female' (!!) in the way power ebbs and flows in the central relationship.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 December 2019 12:31 (four days ago) link

Hello How Am I (Fleischer, 1939) 6/10
The Petrified Forest (Mayo, 1936) 7/10
Satan Met a Lady (Dieterle, 1936) 6/10
Things to Come (Hansen-Løve, 2016) 6/10
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Weerasethakul, 2010) 7/10
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Stevenson, 1971) 6/10
*Metropolitan (Stillman, 1990) 8/10
It's the Natural Thing to Do (Fleischer, 1939) 7/10
*It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946) 9/10
Lady in the Lake (Montgomery, 1947) 5/10

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 17:34 (three days ago) link

The Irishman (Scorsese, 2019) 7/10
Sign of the Lion (Rohmer, 1962) 4/10
Zombi Child (Bonello, 2019) 4/10
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (Rohmer, 1963) 6/10
Suzanne’s Career (Rohmer, 1963) 7/10
Claire’s Knee (Rohmer, 1970) 8/10
The Marquis of O (Rohmer, 1976) 8/10
Perceval (Rohmer, 1978) 8/10
*The End of Evangelion (Anno, 1997) 9/10
Cuadecuc, Vampyr (Portabella, 1971) 6/10
Heimat is a Space in time (Heise, 2019) 7/10
Weekend (Godard, 1967) 6/10
La Chinoise (Godard, 1967) 9/10
On Dangerous Ground (Ray, 1951) 9/10
Kansas City Confidential (Karlson, 1952) 7/10
24 Frames (Kiarostami, 2017) 6/10
Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais, 1961) 10/10

devvvine, Thursday, 5 December 2019 23:03 (yesterday) link

The Lighthouse (Eggers major, Eggers minor 2019) [DCP]
Publish Or Perish (Butler, Fischer 1973) 📺
The Illumination Of Jim Woodring (Brandt 2019) [projected from laptop]
Swan Song (Colosanto, Ross, Rayfiel 1974) 📺
Escape From New York (Carpenter, Castle 1981) [DCP]
Jojo Rabbit (Waititi after Leunen 2019) [DCP]
The Raid (Evans 2011) [DCP]
Brittany Runs a Marathon (Colaizzo 2019) 📺

insecurity bear (sic), Thursday, 5 December 2019 23:28 (yesterday) link

x-post: Too low for Heimat :( Much too low

Frederik B, Friday, 6 December 2019 00:15 (twenty hours ago) link

i might agree but i tend to err on the side of underrating. it's remarkable, one of my faves of the year for sure

devvvine, Friday, 6 December 2019 08:17 (twelve hours ago) link

Might be my #1. But I really don't feel I have any idea about the year yet, the Danish film festival had a scaled down year, so I've missed almost everything.

Is it really obvious what I've been reviewing these weeks?

Kicking and Screaming (Baumbach)
The Squid and the Whale (Baumbach)
While We’re Young (Baumbach)
Mistress America (Baumbach)
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Baumbach)
Marriage Story (Baumbach)
The Aviator (Scorsese)
I Heard You Paint Houses (Scorsese)
Rank and File (Loach)
The Price of Coal (Loach)
Looks and Smiles (Loach)*
Raining Stones (Loach)
Bread and Roses (Loach)*
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Loach)*
I, Daniel Blake (Loach)*
Sorry We Missed You (Loach)
A White White Day (Palmason)
The Devil is a Woman (von Sternberg)*
Red River (Hawks)
The Baron of Arizona (Fuller)
High Noon (Zinnemann)
Wagon Master (Ford)
The Jungle Book (Favreau)
The Empress Dowager (Li)
King of the Children (Chen)
Shanghai Dreams (Wang)
Blind Shaft (Li)
Atlantics (09) (Diop)*
Snow Canon (Diop)
Big in Vietnam (Diop)
A Thousand Suns (Diop)*
Atlantics (19) (Diop)
Bombay (Ratnam)
We Have Many Names (Zetterling)
The Cannibals (Cavani)
The Pumpkin Eater (Clayton)
Saladin the Victorious (Chahine)
Cria Cuervos (Saura)
The Dark Night (Saura)

The new Loach is such an old man's film, it's pretty incredible. Late style, even more than The Irishman! But I found some of his early tv-work from the seventies, and it's so great! Basically straight up trotskyist agit-prop. Wish people still made films like that :)

Frederik B, Friday, 6 December 2019 10:59 (nine hours ago) link

Anyone see The Nightingale? The first 20 minutes were the most brutal I've seen in a long time. Not entirely sure if I liked the film as a whole or not. Definitely reminded me of The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith a bit

The World According To.... (Michael B), Friday, 6 December 2019 13:00 (seven hours ago) link

I watched it last night! Brutal throughout. I stuck with it. Despite a few missteps it's a weird, sad and beautiful film.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 6 December 2019 13:07 (seven hours ago) link

Friday Night Lights (5.5)
Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (7.5)
Ad Astra (7.0)
Joker (7.0)
The Descendants (6.5)
Sisters (the dumb comedy--5.5)
The Irishman (7.0)
Mildred Pierce (the remake--8.0)
Tootsie (8.5)
Marriage Story (7.0)
The Music of Chance (6.0)
And Then I Go (7.0)

clemenza, Friday, 6 December 2019 19:39 (fifty-two minutes ago) link


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