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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


Lola (Losey, 1962)
Army of Shadows (Melville, 1969)

BFI Player

Love Exposure (Sono, 2008) - A one of a kind film even if the guy can't really shoot it still manages to bring in almost moronically subversive and egdelord angles to teen love I just haven't seen before. As a japanese film its definitely engaging with it (the Sada Abe ref) and also trying to paradigm shift it by bringing in the Madonna Black Jeus stuff in a culture that isn't Catholic. The music is often good, reminds me of the ambient freneticism of The Genius.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 26 April 2020 14:21 (four weeks ago) link

An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu, 2018) - 8/10
*I Love You, Man (Hamburg, 2009) - 8/10
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy (Ferrara, 1976) - xxx/10 (this is just straight up hardcore pornography)
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Straub-Huillet, 1968) - 7/10
What About Bob? (Oz, 1991) - 6/10
The Front Page (Milestone, 1931) - 8/10
Commando (Lester, 1985) - 7/10
Black Book (Verhoeven, 2006) - 8/10
Ride the Pink Horse (Montgomery, 1947) - 8/10
Glorifying the American Girl (Webb, 1929) - 8/10
*Escape from New York (Carpenter, 1981) - 9/10
*Beware of a Holy Whore (Fassbinder, 1970) - 9/10
*3 Women (Altman, 1977) - 10/10
Moses and Aaron (Straub-Huillet, 1975) - 7/10
Bullitt (Yates, 1968) - 8/10
*Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 1943) - 10/10
Late Autumn (Ozu, 1960) - 9/10
*Sex Drive (Anders, 2008) - 8/10
Not Reconciled (Straub-Huillet, 1965) - 8/10
Stray Dogs (Tsai, 2013) - 9/10
Journey to the West (Tsai, 2014) - 9/10
Rififi (Dassin, 1955) - 8/10
Spun (Äkerlund, 2002) - 9/10
*Casque d’Or (Becker, 1952) - 9/10
The Kid Brother (Wilde, Howe; 1927) - 8/10
Bell, Book and Candle (Quine, 1958) - 7/10
Frantz (Ozon, 2016) - 8/10
The Lady Eve (Sturges, 1941) - 8/10
Girls Trip (Lee, 2017) - 8/10
Toy Soldiers (Petrie Jr., 1991) - 3/10
*Ici et Ailleurs (Godard, Gorin, Miéville; 1976) - 10/10
The Grifters (Frears, 1990) - 9/10
*The Merchant of Four Seasons (Fassbinder, 1971) - 10/10
A Safe Place (Jaglom, 1971) - 8/10

flappy bird, Monday, 27 April 2020 06:14 (four weeks ago) link

Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder, 1980) 8/10
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Lanfield, 1939) 7/10
Dracula's Daughter (Hillyer, 1936) 5/10
The Seventh Victim (Robson, 1943) 7/10
The Devil-Doll (Browning, 1936) 6/10
The Return of Doctor X (Sherman, 1939) 6/10
The Invisible Man Returns (May, 1940) 5/10
The House by the Cemetery (Fulci, 1981) 8/10
The Wolf Man (Waggner, 1941) 7/10
The Thing From Another World (Nyby, 1951) 7/10
The Leopard Man (Tourneur, 1943) 6/10
The Body Snatcher (Wise, 1945) 7/10
Vampyros Lesbos (Franco, 1971) 7/10
Daughters of Darkness (Kumel, 1971) 8/10
Bedlam (Robson, 1946) 7/10
The Masque of the Red Death (Corman, 1964) 8/10
The Oblong Box (Hessler, 1969) 7/10
Twin Peaks: The Return (Lynch, 2017) 9/10
Grip of the Strangler (Day, 1958) 5/10
Baron Blood (Bava, 1972) 6/10
Horrors of the Black Museum (Crabtree, 1959) 6/10
The Flesh and the Fiends (Gilling, 1960) 8/10
The Fly (Neumann, 1958) 7/10
Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Barton, 1948) 4/10
Flesh for Frankenstein (Morrissey, 1973) 7/10
Vampyres (Larraz, 1974) 7/10

Ward Fowler, Friday, 1 May 2020 08:07 (three weeks ago) link

*Odd Man Out (1947) 4.5/5
What About Bob? (1991) 3.5/5
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (bad director's cut with the screensavers) n/a
Beastie Boys Story (2020) 3.5/5
Bamboozled (2000) 3/5
Intimate Lighting (1965) 3/5
The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) 3/5
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) 2.5/5
Other Music (2019) 3/5
Experiment in Terror (1962) 3.5/5

Chris L, Friday, 1 May 2020 11:59 (three weeks ago) link

two more weeks

Bad Education (Finley, 2019)

Very Good to Very Very Good:
The Hottest August (Story, 2019)
The Mighty Atom (Greenstein, 2017)
Boy (Waititi, 2012)
Platform (Gaztellu-Urrutia, 2019)

Almost Okay to Occasionally Pretty Good:
Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (Bochniak, 2017)
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (Reid, 2018)
Dolemite is My Name (Brewer, 2019)
Bad Trip (Sakurai, 2020)
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Lowney, 2013)
Bit (Elmore, 2019)
Circus of Books (Mason, 2019)

Limelight (Corben, 2011)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:54 (three weeks ago) link

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Barton, 1948) 4/10

Double that 4!

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 May 2020 19:40 (three weeks ago) link

(almost all their other films are around 4/10)

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 May 2020 19:40 (three weeks ago) link

long time first time

Bacurau (2020) 8/10
Half-Cocked (1994) 7/10
Jezebel (2019) 7/10
Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon (2019) 6/10
Legally Blonde (2001) 7/10
Obvious Child (2014) 8/10
Onward (2020) 8/10
Legally Blonde 2 (2003) 3/10
Sorry We Missed You (2019) 8/10
The Full Monty (1997) 7/10
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) 6/10
Jupiter Ascending (2015) 4/10
Morvern Callar (2002) 8/10

My pace has slowed way down. Watching movies at home = 4/10.

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Saturday, 2 May 2020 04:30 (three weeks ago) link

legally blonde - totally fine rom-com
legally blonde 2 - abomination

haha yep

last updated a group of five done twelve times ago (geoffreyess), Saturday, 2 May 2020 04:31 (three weeks ago) link

Morbs, I used to like Abbot and Costello as a kid, but this was my first encounter with them for a long while, and found them pretty insufferable - a barking bully abusing a simpering man-child. And just not very funny. One good trivia fact I learned about Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is that this was the only other time that Lugosi played Count Dracula apart from in the 1931 Tod Browning original (of course he played lots of other vampires, some very like Dracula, but none named as such).

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 2 May 2020 05:05 (three weeks ago) link

did you not like, for one example, Lou's famous reply to Lon Chaney's "When the moon is full I turn into a wolf"?

as was the case for Jerry Seinfeld too, the A&C sitcom from the '50s was a formative comedic experience for me in childhood.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 May 2020 05:33 (three weeks ago) link

Liberté (2019, Costa) 4/10
*His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1940) 10/10
*The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982, Greenaway) 7/10
A Zed & Two Noughts (Greenaway, 1985) 5/10
The Wonders (2014, Rohrwacher) 5/10
*Vanya on 42nd Street (1994, Malle) 8/10
Vertical Features Remake (1978, Greenaway) (45m) 5/10
The Falls (1980, Greenaway) 6/10
*Monkey Business (1931, McLeod) 7/10
A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist (1979, Greenaway) (41m) 5/10

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 May 2020 16:38 (three weeks ago) link

legally blonde - totally fine rom-com
legally blonde 2 - abomination

have never seen #1 but #2 is the worst movie I have ever watched all the way through. meeting up with friends in the city on a visit to Brisbane during a 42° heatwave (107°F), it was the only thing starting at a time that we desperately needed to escape into airconditioning. on walking out, all three of us admitted that we had wanted to walk out, but hadn't wanted to break the stony silence in case the others were enjoying themselves.

Elon's musk (sic), Monday, 4 May 2020 03:18 (three weeks ago) link

No streaming service in our home. Pulling out our DVDs.

Viva Las Vegas - in which Elvis unexpectedly out sings, out dances and out acts Anne Margaret. Cesare Danova , as a sexy Italian race car driver, competes for Anne's hand, and dies in a fiery crash at the end, but two minutes later nobody notices or cares and the audience leaves the theater in an ecstatic conga line. Schlock was never schlockier, but, hey, what's an Elvis for if not schlock?

Pat & Mike - in which Katherine Hepburn appears to be surprisingly athletic and falls in love with Spencer Tracy for no discernible reason. Aldo Ray also appears, speaks words, moves about. A good time had by all.

North by Northwest - in which Cary Grant creates a deathless monument to the Cary Grantness of Cary Grant. Hitchcock plays with the audience as deftly as a cat plays with a mouse, plays with the camera and lighting like a maestro, and gets away with murdering plausibility with a truncheon. No one minds. Eve St. Marie is also excellent.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 4 May 2020 04:03 (three weeks ago) link

beg pardon, Eva Marie Saint.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 4 May 2020 04:10 (three weeks ago) link

full moon features odyssey pt 1:

trancers (1984, dir. charles band) - 8/10 -- blade runner/terminator/back to the future rip all at once, cool sets, cool story, ridiculous '80s action movie energy, helen hunt, the works
trancers ii: the return of jack deth (1991, dir. charles band) - 7/10 -- same director yet this shit looks like a soap opera. someone on letterboxd mentioned every shot/reverse shot conversation has each character looking directly into the camera. it's true. it's mesmerizingly inept. one of the funniest scripts ever imo, there's even an exploding ham
trancers iii: deth lives! (1992, dir. c. courtney joyner) - 7/10 -- you can tell it's good because there's an exclamation point in the title. the time fuckery gets weirder and stupider and the plot centers around this weird futuristic military compound connected to a strip club in the year 2005. more competent and visually interesting yet less funny and weird than trancers ii. still, hell yeah
subspecies (1991, dir. ted nicolaou) - 7/10 -- early '90s direct-to-video horror pretty much hit its peak here as far as i can tell, the perfect balance of hokey and creepy, and really boring in the best way. i wish i were watching this on a really dark and distorted pan-and-scan vhs, i think it would come off as intended
bloodstone: subspecies ii (1993, dir. ted nicolaou) - 10/10 -- were full moon suddenly flush with cash in '92-'93? i ask bc trancers iii and this feel like theatrical features, this especially, there's this incredible murnau-esque lighting in EVERY scene, the story is interesting, the characters matter... idk this is basically a '70s horror film to me, a creepy visual poem

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 4 May 2020 04:23 (three weeks ago) link

oh and the movie that started it all for me

dark angel: the ascent (1994, dir. linda hassani) - 10/10 -- very difficult for me to describe the vibe of this movie to anyone. it is a... vaguely christian... horror... romantic... comedy... morality play... from hell. it is lit and shot wonderfully and makes the most out of its absolutely nonexistent budget and is just so charming. it's about a demon angel ascending to earth from hell in order to cleanse the earth of sinners such as rapists, racist cops, and corrupt mayors whose housing policies drive people out of their homes! five stars

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 4 May 2020 04:30 (three weeks ago) link

i should say for fans of decker, i bet tim heidecker has seen and loves trancers ii, it is verrrry jack decker

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 4 May 2020 04:31 (three weeks ago) link

recent-ish (rewatches marked with asterisks):

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) -- 10/10
The Lighthouse (2019) -- 7/10
The Lure (2015) -- 8/10
Blow the Man Down (2020) -- 6/10
Escape From New York* (1981) -- 8/10
Peterloo (2018) -- 8/10
The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) -- 6/10
Gilda* (1946) -- 9/10
The Lady From Shanghai* (1947) -- 8/10

going back to two days ago, Rohrwacher’s The Wonders seemed inconsequential story-wise but I thought it was beautiful, I saw it a while ago now and still have an imprinted visual memory of it

and going back two weeks ago, I liked that Hamaguchi’s Heaven Is Still Far Away didn’t shy away from its inexpensive home video quality, it had a lightness and transparency that felt really new to me

Dan S, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 23:48 (two weeks ago) link

looking forward to seeing Happy Hour and Asako I & II

Dan S, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 00:32 (two weeks ago) link

77 Minutes (6.0)
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (8.0)
Breaking the Waves (8.0)
I Shot Andy Warhol (7.5)
Jesus’ Son (7.5)
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (7.0)
American Honey (9.0)
Melvin & Howard (8.5)
Single White Female (5.5)
Dazed and Confused (8.5)

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 05:22 (one week ago) link

*McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Altman, 1971) - 6/10
Wild 90 (Mailer, 1968) - 2/10
*Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959) - 9/10
*Ariel (Kaurismäki, 1988) - 9/10
*Katzelmacher (Fassbinder, 1969) - 9/10
La Religieuse (Rivette, 1966) - 9/10
Betty Blue (Beineix, 1986) - 6/10
*The Match Factory Girl (Kaurismäki, 1990) - 9/10
The Lincoln Lawyer (Furman, 2011) - 8/10
*A Mighty Wind (Guest, 2003) - 8/10
Rocco and His Brothers (Visconti, 1960)
Suddenly, Last Summer (Mankiewicz, 1959) - 9/10
Mr. Thank You (Shimizu, 1936) - 8/10
Come On Children (King, 1973) - 8/10
*Wagon Master (Ford, 1950) - 9/10
I Live in Fear (Kurosawa, 1955) - 7/10
*Love is Colder Than Death (Fassbinder, 1968) - 8/10
The Masseurs and a Woman (Shimizu, 1938) - 7/10
Lured (Sirk, 1947) - 8/10
The Rock (Bay, 1996) - 8/10
My Cousin Vinny (Lynn, 1992) - 5/10
Sorry We Missed You (Loach, 2019) - 9/10
Monkey Business (Hawks, 1952) - 8/10
*Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton, Faris; 2006) - 7/10
The Big Country (Wyler, 1958) - 6/10
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nichols, 1966) - 6/10

flappy bird, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 05:58 (one week ago) link

Lourdes (Hausner) 8/10
Teorema (Pasolini) 6/10
Ema (Larrain) 7/10
Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson) 10/10
The Old Dark House (Whale) 6/10
Panic (Bromell) 4/10
The Wonders (Rohrwacher) 8/10
The Nude Vampire (Rollin) 7/10
Ghost World (Zwigoff) 8/10
Showgirls (Verhoeven) 7/10
Mulholland Drive (Lynch) 9/10
Chloe (Egoyan) 7/10
Mr Klein (Losey) 8/10
Eva (Losey) 7/10

or something, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 08:58 (one week ago) link

Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes), 2017, Damián Szifron, 6/10, predictable, though consequent entertainment, +1 as episode-movie-bonuspoint
The Drop, 2014, Michaël R. Roskam, 7/10, Gandolfinis last film; surprise fact: Tom Hardy *is* a serious actor
The Library Music Film, 2018, Paul Elliot & Sean Lamberth, 7/10, a satisfying watch & listen
Now You See Me, 2013, Louis Leterrier, 3/10, tried to watch with good intentions, but has much to high production value for a trash movie
Wild Mouse (Wilde Maus), 2017, Josef Hader, 7/10, people of Vienna are escalating things in a charming way, always skewed never evil
The Gruffalo (Der Grüffelo), 2009, Max Lang & Jakob Schuh, 8/10, short & infantile fairy tale with some gloomy undertones

meisenfek, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 11:52 (one week ago) link

two more weeks; both South Mountain (Brougher, 2019) and América (Stoll and Whiteside, 2019) are IMMENSELY recommended, especially the latter.

Consistently Pretty Good to Very Very Good:
Sorry We Missed You (Loach, 2020)
Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand (Conti, 2013)
Driveways (2019, Ahn)
Nina Conti: Make Me Happy (2012, Eastall –

Almost Okay to Occasionally Pretty Good:
Spaceship Earth (Wolf, 2020)
How I Came to Hate Maths (Peyon, 2012)

Deeply Flawed to Barely Watchable:
Greed (Winterbottom, 2020)
The Land of Steady Habits (Holofcener, 2018)

Raising Buchanan (Dellis, 2019)
How to Build a Girl (Giedroyc, 2020) - I lasted six minutes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:23 (one week ago) link

Greed was the last movie I saw in theaters 😔

flappy bird, Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:42 (one week ago) link

It’s... not good

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 14 May 2020 18:46 (one week ago) link

Got tired of assigning arbitrary numbers to things (not that I don't enjoy it when other people do it). I definitely like some of these films (PlayTime) better than others (Bloody Mama), but the only thing here that flat out sucks is Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

*Dial M for Murder (Hitchcock, 1954)
Wicked Woman (Rouse, 1953)
*The Grifters (Frears, 1990)
Saint Jack (Bogdanovich, 1979)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (Linklater, 2019)
PlayTime (Tati, 1967)
Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945)
Stars in My Crown (Tourneur, 1950)
Bloody Mama (Corman, 1970)
The Decameron (Pasolini, 1971)

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Thursday, 14 May 2020 18:50 (one week ago) link

Neil Young Trunk Show (2009) 3.5/5
Shin Godzilla (2016) 3.5/5
* Clue (1985) 3/5
La Haine (1995) 3.5/5
Capone (2020) 2/5
Fearless Hyena (1979) 3.5/5
The Fog (1980) 2.5/5
* Throne of Blood (1954) 4/5
Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978) 4/5
Gloria (1980) 3.5/5
* Beyond the Mat (1999) 3/5
Ball of Fire (1941) 4/5
Bad Education (2019) 3.5/5

Chris L, Monday, 18 May 2020 02:21 (one week ago) link

Ghost in the Shell cos it was on tv a couple of days ago.
Hadn't seen it when it was in the cinemas. NOt sure waht was out at the same time but probably a lot of things i wasa lot more interested in.
Just about enjoyable but i think other things have used some of its elements a lot better.

Stevolende, Monday, 18 May 2020 11:21 (one week ago) link


Mr. Klein (Losey, 1976)
The Go-Between (Losey, 1971)
Woman in Chains (Clouzot, 1968)
Le Corbeau (Clouzot, 1943)
The Most Important Thing: Love (Zulawski, 1975)
Nona. If they Soak Me, I'll Burn them (Donoso, 2019)
From the Life of the Marionettes (Bergman, 1980)


Amazing Grace (Elliott/Pollack, 2019)

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:08 (four days ago) link

Go see 'The Painter and the Thief' immediately. It's unpredictable, clever and pretty much unique in its approach and structure. Highly recommended.

Also, Norwegian jail is much better than several studio apartments I have lived in. They take your liberty there; in America, they take your dignity too.

Current 2020 top ten:
Desert One (Kopple)
The Whistlers (Porumboiu)
The Truth (Kore-eda)
Bacurau (Filho, Dorneles)
Bad Education (Finley)
South Mountain (Brougher)
América (Stoll and Whiteside)
The Painter and The Thief (Ree)

and then pick one:
Fourteen (Sallitt)
Koko Di Koko Da (Nyholm)
Saint Francis (Thompson)
Bellbird (Bennett)
Driveways (Ahn)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:22 (two days ago) link

Go see 'The Painter and the Thief' immediately.


Bleeqwot (sic), Saturday, 23 May 2020 18:47 (two days ago) link

Was reading about that (The Painter and the Thief) the other day and it sounded v. interesting. Is it streaming anywhere?

brain (krakow), Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:44 (two days ago) link

thanks for the heads up, it's screening in some of my local theaters' virtual programs. ill check it out

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:44 (two days ago) link

it is super good
there is at least one moment fairly early in the film (you'll know it when you see it) that is so unvarnished and powerful, just absolutely floored me.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:50 (two days ago) link

Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, 2018)
The Juniper Tree (Nietzchka Keene, 1990)
The Net (Lutz Dammbeck, 2003)
The Uncanny (Denis Héroux, 1977)
Enthiran (S. Shankar, 2010)
L7: Pretend We're Dead (Sarah Price, 2016)
100 Rifles (Tom Gries, 1969)
Edge City (Alex Cox, 1980)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
Blackout (Douglas Hickox, 1985)
The Hospital (Arthur Hiller, 1971)
Sword Of Trust (Lynn Shelton, 2019)
Humpday (Lynn Shelton, 2009)
Strange Intruder (Irving Rapper, 1956)
Coming Apart (Milton Moses Ginsberg, 1969)
They Came to Cordura (Robert Rossen, 1959)

Leave No Trace didn't get much theater traffic? It's very good

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 23 May 2020 22:43 (two days ago) link

was #1 on my 2018 film poll ballot iirc

Bleeqwot (sic), Saturday, 23 May 2020 22:53 (two days ago) link

yea I saw it it was great

flappy bird, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:22 (two days ago) link

Finally got round to Full Metal Jacket, I'd seen bits before. It has an undeniable accumulative power in the first 3rd but that's almost entirely down to R Lee Ermey's incredible performance. After that it just seems like a bunch of (quotable/memorable) set-pieces in search of a film. Probably my least favourite Kubrick I've seen

or something, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:32 (two days ago) link

love Leave No Trace. Go see Winter's Bone if you haven't already.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 24 May 2020 03:26 (yesterday) link

Already saw (and really liked) Winter's Bone. I somehow missed LNT until word got out that Kendra Smith had a new song on the closing credits.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 24 May 2020 03:58 (yesterday) link

Frownland: Admirably, unflinchingly gruesome. 70s/80s low budget urban decay cinema aesthetic applied to a character study without much in the way of leavening agents. Was surprised and not surprised that this guy co-wrote the last two Safdie movies. It’s kinda brilliant. Also probably don’t want to ever watch it again.

Last Tango in Paris: It was on HBO. Utterly embarrassing. Even discounting ~problematic~ as much as you can, it’s such an insufferably pompous cartoon of the dick swinging macho “Artist”. Smart people rated it at the time, maybe had to be there, but fuck if it hasn’t aged terribly on nearly every level.

circa1916, Sunday, 24 May 2020 04:27 (yesterday) link

frownland was interesting as insight into where the safdie bros came from, bronstein had a lot to do with them getting their start iirc. a crude version of their trademark abrasive synth soundtrack was present in it

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 24 May 2020 06:43 (yesterday) link

I think it’s more than just a footnote. It’s crude but it all seemed very intentional. It was like a Troma movie shedding the thrills and leaving the rotten core. The lead actor was genuinely impressive. Made me feel some new things.

circa1916, Sunday, 24 May 2020 08:40 (yesterday) link

Leave No Trace is coming to Netflix UK on Thursday.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 24 May 2020 09:34 (yesterday) link

Many xp... thanks ulysses. I'll need to keep looking out for it here in the UK.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 24 May 2020 09:36 (yesterday) link

Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)
*The Straight Story (Lynch, 1999)
The Nun (Rivette, 1966)
The Whole Town's Talking (Ford, 1935)
Extraction (Hargrave, 2020)
Betty Tells Her Story (short - Brandon, 1972)
Guerillère Talks (short - Dick, 1978)
My Lucky Stars (Hung, 1985)
The Fits (Holmer, 2015)
Dis-moi (Akerman, 1980)
The Human Factor (Preminger, 1979)
Cowboy (Daves, 1958)

Quay Brothers shorts:
--- The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
--- This Unnameable Little Broom (1985)
--- Stille Nacht I: Dramolet (1988)
--- Stille Nacht III: Tales from Vienna Woods (1992)
--- Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You (1993)

The Pawnbroker (Lumet, 1964)
The Canterbury Tales (Pasolini, 1972)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Gilliam, 1988)
*The Limey (Soderbergh, 1999 -- with director + screenwriter commentary)
À nos amours (Pialat, 1983)
Kuroneko (Shindo, 1968)

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Monday, 25 May 2020 01:40 (fifteen hours ago) link

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