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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 (, 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 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 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)
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


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 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 (, 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


Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov, 2019)
La-Bas (Akerman, 2006)
Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman (Akerman, 1997)


The Death of Empedocles (Straub-Huillet, 1987)
Woman on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown (Almodovar, 1988)
Rapado (Rejtman, 1992)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:58 (one week ago) link

what did you think about honeyland? I think it's probably gonna be in my best of and am urging people to see it in theaters as the visuals are such a vital part of the experience

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 22:05 (one week ago) link

Yeah it's top 10, the visuals are great. I saw while "Amazon on fire" was near the top of the news cycle which made it for an even more charged viewing.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 08:19 (one week ago) link

Honeyland was cool

flappy bird, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:44 (one week ago) link

The Heiress (Wyler, 1949) - 10/10
*The Merchant of Four Seasons (Fassbinder, 1971) - 10/10
Matador (Almodóvar, 1986) - 8/10
Lumière and Company (various, 1995) - 10/10
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Scorsese, 1974) - 8/10
*Band of Outsiders (Godard, 1964) - 8/10
Daddy Longlegs (Safdie Brothers, 2009) - 8/10
Sorcerer (Friedkin, 1977) - 7/10
Climax (Noé, 2018) - 3/10
Stalag 17 (Wilder, 1953) - 9/10
Ratcatcher (Ramsay, 1999) - 10/10
Heaven Knows What (Safdie Brothers, 2014) - 9/10
Satan’s Brew (Fassbinder, 1976) - 10/10
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Almodóvar, 1984) - 7/10
Senso (Visconti, 1954) - 8/10
The Brown Bunny (Gallo, 2003) - 9/10
High Heels (Almodóvar, 1991) - 6/10
The Human Surge (Williams, 2016) - 10/10

Chinese Roulette (Fassbinder, 1976) - 9/10
Morvern Callar (Ramsay, 2002) - 10/10
Fear of Fear (Fassbinder, 1975) - 8/10
The Cry of the Owl (Chabrol, 1987) - 9/10
River’s Edge (Hunter, 1986) - 5/10
Portrait of Jason (Clarke, 1967) - 10/10
Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (Fassbinder, 1975) - 9/10
Rio Das Mortes (Fassbinder, 1971) - 7/10
I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me (Pflaum, 1993) - 9/10
The Bigamist (Lupino, 1953) - 9/10
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder, 1980) - 10/10

+2 Image Books

flappy bird, Saturday, 12 October 2019 21:19 (one week ago) link

How many times have you watched Image Book by now? I'm jealous :)

Frederik B, Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:23 (one week ago) link

Ratcatcher (Ramsay, 1999) - 10/10
Hey everyone listen to flappybird for once, he is randomly correct! That film makes my chest hurt in the best possible way

Jonathan Hellion Mumble, Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:34 (one week ago) link

I mean, I haven't seen like this century or something, but I still wake up with images in my head like the curtain shot, or the field shot, or fuckit I don't need to rewatch, this film lives in my head...

Jonathan Hellion Mumble, Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:38 (one week ago) link

Throwing food at the drunken dad, that happened, right? (did in my house at least)

Jonathan Hellion Mumble, Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:40 (one week ago) link

September - October viewing

*Empire Records 4/10
Reality Bites 5/10
Rocketman 8/10
Jackie 6/10
Bohemian Rhapsody 4/10
Peterloo 7/10
Fahrenheit 11/9 7/10
Spiderman: Far from Home 4/10
The Golden Dream 7/10
Crips and Bloods: Made in America 5/10
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) 8/10
*Casino 8/10
*Back to The Future 8/10
Joker 6/10
Something In The Air 6/10
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie 6/10

The World According To.... (Michael B), Saturday, 12 October 2019 23:54 (one week ago) link

I've seen The Image Book 12 times

the Ratcatcher CC disc has four of Ramsay's short films, all excellent

flappy bird, Sunday, 13 October 2019 00:02 (one week ago) link

didn't realize until now that The Image Book is on Kanopy

Dan S, Sunday, 13 October 2019 00:05 (one week ago) link

A Moment in Love (Clarke, 1956)
A Scary Time (Clarke, 1960)
Bridges-Go-Round (Clarke, 1958)
*Pickup on South Street (Fuller, 1953)
*Laura (Preminger, 1944)
Murder, My Sweet (Dmytryk, 1944)
Unrelated (Hogg, 2007)
Exhibition (Hogg, 2013)
Hey, Pop! (Goulding, 1932)
The File on Thelma Jordon (Siodmak, 1950)
Trapped (Fleischer, 1949)
Pushover (Quine, 1954)

Anne Hedonia (, Monday, 14 October 2019 00:44 (one week ago) link

Hobsons Choice (Lean, 1954) 8/10
The Souvenir (Hogg, 2018) 6/10
Ad Astra (Gray, 2019) 4/10
Too Late to Die Young (Sotomayor, 2018) 7/10
Lupin the third: Castle of Cagliostro (Miyazaki, 1979) 7/10
Ada Kaleh (Wittman, 2018) 6/10
Drift (Wittman, 2017) 8/10


Atlantics (Diop, 2019) 7/10
To the Ends of the Earth (Kurosawa, 2019) 7/10
Fire Will Come (Laxe, 2019) 5/10
Martin Eden (Marcello, 2019) 6/10
Unheimlich II: Astarti (Klonaris, Thomadaki, 1980) 6/10
Krabi 2562 (Rivers, Suwichakornpong, 2019) 6/10
Vitalina Varela (Costa, 2019) 8/10

devvvine, Monday, 14 October 2019 22:45 (one week ago) link

hey flappy, do you recommend i try image book on a television screen? still worth it?

These were great:
Crawl (2019, better by far than you think!)
Selfish Giant (Barnard, 2013... gonna want to see her other movies shortly!)
The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015, really sticking with me)
Toy Story 4

These were very good to okay:
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)
Derren Brown: Svengali (2013)
Thief and the Cobbler, Recobbled Cut (1995)
Fleabag at National Theater Live
El Camino
Sound of Silence

These were okay i guess but not really worth recommending unless the subject matter is your jam:
Meeting Gorbachev
Genesis 2.0
Life and Times of Don Rosa

These were hot garbage:
Hits (David Cross, 2014)
Greener Grass (2019)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 06:43 (six days ago) link

Yeah Godard said that was how he wanted people to watch it:

During our second visit in March 2018, the film was almost finished. The room in which we talked (and where Zoé Bruneau watches a character from Fritz Lang's Metropolis in Goodbye to Language) has now been turned into a small screening room. This is where the first screenings of The Image Book take place, in conditions Godard judges to be the most appropriate. The room is designed in a particular manner: a big TV screen in the center, two big speakers set forward toward the viewers who sit against the opposite wall. These three elements structuring the space recall the ultimately abandoned idea of making a film-sculpture for three screens. But most important is to distance the sound from the image as Godard stresses during our short conversation with him and Fabrice Aragno just after the screening.

it was worth seeing 3 times in a theater because the sound design is awesome and there's some great, restrained use of surround sound later on.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 07:38 (six days ago) link

Life and Times of Don Rosa

I'll comment anyway because it's directed by a friend of mine :) His followups are more distinct, he makes slow cinema documentaries now.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:20 (six days ago) link

Will give image book a shot.
Don Rosa doc was well worth it for me, just a question of a very niche topic!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:06 (six days ago) link

The Souvenir (2019)
The Witch (2015)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Motor Psycho (1965)
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Vampyr (1932)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)
Eyes Without A Face (1960)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Bedlam (1948)
Mandy (2018)
Witchfinder General (1968)

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:25 (six days ago) link

x-post: One of the greatest artists of the nineties? What do you mean?!?!?!?

No, I do get what you mean. Just yesterday I saw this lifestyle program on Danish television where two experts go through the home of a celebrity and has to guess who lives there, and they both were really surprised that the guy in question had a signed drawing by Don Rosa hanging on his wall (I don't, but I did give my brother a signed copy of the first Don Rosa collection fifteen years ago. And the fact that me and a girl I met one summer couldn't stop writing about Don Rosa with each other probably added a couple of months to a relationship that really didn't have long-term potential). He just shouldn't be niche, you know? I'd say he should be considered as significant a comic book writer as Moore, Gaiman, Morrisson, etc.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:27 (six days ago) link

Preaching to the converted here as I have slipcover copies of his work. Have had a pair of meaningful conversations with him. He's lesser known in America than any of the guys you mentioned of course.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:34 (six days ago) link

Well, yeah, but he is huge in Finland. Sigh.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:36 (six days ago) link

didn't realize until now that The Image Book is on Kanopy

― Dan S, Sunday, 13 October 2019 bookmarkflaglink

Reminder I need to get on Kanopy

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:38 (six days ago) link

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (Snyder)
Wonder Woman (Jenkins)
Justice League (Snyder & Whedon / Whedon & Snyder)
Aquaman (Wan)
Joker (Philips)
Black Panther (Coogler)
Avengers: Infinity War (Russo & Russo)
Rapado (Rejtman)
Silvia Prieto (Rejtman)
The Magic Gloves (Rejtman)
Two Shots Fired (Rejtman)
La Ciénaga (Martel)
The Headless Woman (Martel)*
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (Heymann)
Wolfland (Chamby-Rus)
Hunting for Hedonia (Grønkjær)
The Idealist (Rosendahl)
Violently in Love (Rosendahl)
Reconstructing Utøya (Javér)
Rediscovery (Ambo)
Neon Heart (Flensted-Jensen)
Valhalla (Madsen)*
Valhalla (Ahmad)
Go With Peace, Jamil (Shargawi)
Western Arabs (Shargawi)
Where Do We Go Now? (Labaki)
Capernaum (Labaki)
Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Lakhdar-Hamina)
The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo)*
In Syria (Van Leeuw)
Clash (Diab)
Atlantiques (short) (Diop)
A Thousand Suns (Diop)
Badou Boy (Diop Mambety)
Down to the Bone (Granik)
Winter’s Bone (Granik)*
Leave No Trace (Granik)
Skin (Nattiv)
The Myth of the American Sleepover (Mitchell)
Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell)
Patti Cake$ (Jasper)

I'm not good with ratings, but Batman vs Superman and Justice League are pretty much 0/10

Frederik B, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:47 (five days ago) link

you had yourself a little superhero filmfest i see!

i would rep these from your pile:
The Headless Woman (Martel)*
Leave No Trace (Granik)
Winter’s Bone (Granik)*

not rep for Patti Cake$

and have these on the waiting list:)
La Ciénaga (Martel)
Where Do We Go Now? (Labaki)
Capernaum (Labaki)
Atlantiques (short) (Diop)
The Myth of the American Sleepover (Mitchell)
Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell)

i should know by now but how/why do you see so much film Frederik? Are you a critic?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:52 (five days ago) link

Yes :) Also, my girlfriend left me, so now I have much more time for film

(she just moved away, we're long distance, I'm joking)

Frederik B, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:03 (five days ago) link

I do NOT recommend Under the Silver Lake either, btw. Really kinda hated it.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:04 (five days ago) link

Go on... (I was going to rent it)

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:05 (four days ago) link

I kind of liked Under the Silver Lake

Dan S, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:10 (four days ago) link

it was definitely too long though and it fell apart at the end

Dan S, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:13 (four days ago) link

reminded me a little of Southland Tales

Dan S, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:16 (four days ago) link

Yeah I thought it was pretty fun.

circa1916, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:24 (four days ago) link

not sure if it was a great film but I really enjoyed Capernaum

Dan S, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:31 (four days ago) link

I just fought my way through Synonyms, which was beautifully shot and rivetingly acted but so completely outside of my own experience or understanding that I felt I needed an interpreter. Reading through the required postprandial reviews suggests my presumptions regarding the context clues were mostly accurate and that Lapid's tendencies are willfully obscurist and just as unwelcoming as they felt in the watching... but I still feel a bit stupid american trying to untangle this nest of prejudices and presumptions about Frenchness and Israeliness and the alienation and integration of those cultures that was central to the film's humor and insight. Mercier was, as noted, outrageous and captivating but it's a bravura performance within a framework that I'm afraid I was only barely following.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:04 (four days ago) link

(and I thought Mitchell's 'It Follows' was a brilliant and affecting work about the boogeyman of sexual violence in youth but man, the press for Silver Lake was so unanimous in it's "this guy doesn't get it"-ness that I've been a bit worried to try it)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:07 (four days ago) link

I was too but there's enough people that love it to make me curious

although the same thing happened with Bad Times at the El Royale and that movie suuuuuuuuuuuuucked

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:08 (four days ago) link

also, as long as I'm rambling here, can i just say how weird it is to me that Parasite has become this phenomenal event film? I love Bong Joon-Ho (though Snowpiercer was unbelievably bad) and Parasite is a very fun, enjoyable movie but I don't get how it somehow become this vortex of total critical assent and drawing massive (young!) crowds to theaters. Everything I'm reading ascribes a much more heightened and nuance sense of social critique when it seemed pretty obvious, if funny, in its EAT THE RICH thesis. I'm happy he's getting love for it but it's not nearly his third best film and i get the sense it's gonna get a best picture, best screenplay and best director nomination.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:16 (four days ago) link

seems like the same momentum Shoplifters had but BJH is more established in the west than Kore-eda. if its topical message is super obvious that's probably why it's an event film.

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:25 (four days ago) link

didn't really like Snowpiercer

if Parasite is even close to being as good as Shoplifters I will be happy

Silver Lake feels like it was a stretch for Mitchell, but I like films that are a leap forward for the director even if they fall flat

Dan S, Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:35 (four days ago) link

Under the Silver Lake probably benefitted significantly from me going in expecting a total dog based on some of those early reviews (I loved It Follows fwiw), but it put together a pretty goofy, paranoid, panoramic, late-millennial, surrealist noir melange that kinda nailed a certain element of LA. Like Pynchon, Lynch, and The Long Goodbye for dopey LA kids. I haven’t seen Southland Tales, but it didn’t seem far off from a Richard Kelly thing. I don’t think it amounts to much, very shaggy dog, but I thought it was really entertaining.

I don’t understand the hatred for it from some sides. Seemed really ambitious yet utterly silly (intentionally) in a way I found disarming.

circa1916, Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:41 (four days ago) link

that is a good description of it

Dan S, Thursday, 17 October 2019 04:53 (four days ago) link

xp its topical message is SUPER obvious and it's artfully delivered but i think people are treating it as if the whole upstairs/downstairs thing is some sort of supergenius move and freighting it with too much implied cleverness. Bong is a masterful filmmaker and has obvious style but subtle he is not.

i honestly liked Shoplifters a lot more than Parasite but both films suffer from fractured Psycho-esque "did you see what i was getting at there?" endings so ymmv.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 October 2019 05:26 (four days ago) link

The thing about Silver Lake is that I'm an obsessive Pynchon fan, so I thought I would like it, but it just bypasses every point of Pynchon in favor of having Andrew Garfield being goofy. There's no sense of history, of knowledge, of psychology really, it's just all jokes about pop culture. I also thought the aesthetic, while accomplished, was fatally impersonal, and I hated the soundtrack. So there. Plus, I'm writing about it for my blog on Cannes, and part of that blog is thinking about whether it should have been in competition or not, so I can't stop comparing it into Long Day's Journey Into Night as a pomo convoluted noir, and I seriously think choosing Silver Lake over Long Day should be a firing offence. And I don't even really like Long Day. But come on! That final shot! I did like It Follows and The Myth of the American Sleepover, so I'll just call it a misfire and hope Mitchell does something better next time.

Capernaum is quite good, though I also thought it was a bit simplemindedly miserablist. Where Do We Go Now? is really worth checking out, though it's a lot more uneven. Moving rumination on death and sorrow, but I also liked the musical number about hashish cookies.

I saw Synonyms at Berlin, and to me the main thing to get about it is that it's about a Jewish soldier who is really mad that the Jewish people have a country and a military and all that. The key dialogue to me was when his family pointed out he would never be good enough in French, and that it was a shame to shift languages, and he retorted that his grandfather had gone from Yiddish to Hebrew when he went to Israel. It's about wanting to not be strong anymore, to be a nomad, to be an underdog, the way I see it. It's funny, because I thought about it just yesterday while thinking about Peter Handke. It's kinda the same thing, Handke was Slovene, thought that was a romantic and underdoggy thing to be, and completely lost his mind when his fellow Slovenes wanted to be masters of Slovenia, instead of a powerless minority in Yugoslavia. If that makes sense?

Frederik B, Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:37 (four days ago) link

hm i have thoughts on that Frederik and will write later but for the moment since we're talking It Follows:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:36 (four days ago) link

El Camino 3/5
* Jackie Brown 4.5/5
* Halloween (1978) 4/5
* Witchfinder General (1968) 4/5
Mister America 3/5
Chopping Mall (1986) 1.5/5
The Exorcist III (1990) 3.5/5
La vie de Jesus (1997) 3.5/5
Joker 3/5
Viy (1967) 3.5/5
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) 4/5

Chris L, Thursday, 17 October 2019 16:28 (four days ago) link

Bi Gan's Kaili Blues is one of my favorite movies of the last several years, still curious about Long Day’s Journey Into Night. I chose not to watch it at the Embarcadero because they didn't have the capacity to show it in 3D, regret that now

Dan S, Friday, 18 October 2019 00:12 (three days ago) link

I'd be really interested in how Long Day plays without 3D, the final shot must seem really weird without it. I'm pretty sure Kaili Blues is the better film, but after I saw Long Day a second time I grasped it a bit more, and while it doesn't really make sense or is that smart or insightful about anything, it's kinda hilarious that it exists. There's a scene where a character plays a video game that makes me laugh just thinking about it, whereas the first time I just got annoyed because it was another weird thing that came out of nowhere.

Frederik B, Friday, 18 October 2019 10:46 (three days ago) link

there's a very endearing dumbness to long day's journey...

devvvine, Friday, 18 October 2019 11:41 (three days ago) link

Enjoyed your post about Silver Lake Frederik, but mostly fascinated by how radically different of a lens you saw it through. It seemed very arch and playfully aware of the games it was playing, so some of those criticisms don’t really land for me.

Also this is forever a movie I’m saying “It’s got problems, but it’s actually pretty cool in a way” about. I think it’s a really good LA movie.

circa1916, Saturday, 19 October 2019 06:39 (two days ago) link

Pain and Glory (Almodovar, 2019)
*Artistic Temper (Mack, 1932)
*Wild People (McCarey, 1932)
Men of the North (Roach, 1930)
Underworld U.S.A. (Fuller, 1961)
City That Never Sleeps (Auer, 1953)
The Crimson Kimono (Fuller, 1959)
Private Hell 36 (Siegel, 1954)
Murder by Contract (Lerner, 1958)
Deadline-U.S.A. (Brooks, 1952)
A Kiss Before Dying (Oswald, 1956)
The Burglar (Wendkos, 1957)
Woman on the Run (Foster, 1950)

Anne Hedonia (, Monday, 21 October 2019 00:33 (twenty-three hours ago) link

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