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Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 14:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yesterday I saw The Good Girl, Zero Effect, and I Hired A Contract Killer.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 14:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Saw TTT for the second time on Friday

C J (C J), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I watched Catch Me If You Can last night. It's the best Spielberg movie since Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

Michael B, Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

= "even worse than Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade"

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Now that's cold. But likely accurate.

In my case -- oh, give a guess. I actually haven't seen any movie in the theater this month.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On video, Svankmajer's Faust and Godard' s Woman is a Woman and Band of Outsiders. In theaters I haven't seen anything since Spirited Away a while back.

Honda (Honda), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What did you think of Faust? I was watching that the other day, and I thought it was great, as is Little Otik.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lord of the Rings (twice)
Star Trek Nemesis

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What did you think of Faust? I was watching that the other day, and I thought it was great, as is Little Otik.

I liked it but not as much as Svankmajer's older animated work (Jabberwocky, Punch+Judy, etc). His work is so visceral and material-oriented that the narrative/dialogue (dubbed in English unfortunately) almost felt like a distraction at times, like he was peppering the film with his favorite visual motifs but they didn't all merge quite right. I liked how non-sequitor it was though. I haven't seen Little Otik yet it looks like Eraserhead.

Honda (Honda), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I plan to see: 8 mile, the Tuxedo and that new one with Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy.

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shanghai Knights? Surely a classic!

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeah i think faust is a bit disappointing too

city of god: good but not as good as it thinks it is (just had an argt w.sistrah becky abt this) (involving joe strummer)

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Joe's in I Hired A Contract Killer! (se above) In the East End pub of my dreams, Joe Strummer is forever looking good like he did in the 80s and singing silly but earnest songs about afrobeat.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw Bowling for Columbine last night. (, Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Have you had any conversations recently not involving Joe Strummer, Mark? (Actually that sounds nasty. I was just amused at you working him into a discussion of Czech animation, and we talked of him a bit last night.)

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't been to a film since the London Film Festival ended. I do have 'tickets' (it doesn't quite work that way) to see a couple of films at the Japanese Embassy soonish, though. And I might go with Andrew L to see Spider too.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

In theaters, The Two Towers and Harry Potter. On TV, Chasing Amy and Billy Elliot.

Maria (Maria), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw 7th Street last night. It was a documentary about, well, 7th Street (between Avenues C and D). It was good.

rosemary (rosemary), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What did you see at the LFF, Martin? I saw Far From Heaven (excellent), 8 Mile (meh), Lilya 4 Ever (GREAT), Bowling For Columbine (satisfying), and Shanghai Panic (atrocious). I also saw Michael Moore in interview. And I missed both Year Of The Devil and Man Without A Past. Not seeing the latter devastated me, but it's out next week.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The only one of those I saw was Lilya 4-Ever, which I found pretty miserable. I saw Punch-Drunk Love, which was very good, but of the ten I saw my favourites were Dead Or Alive: Final and A Chinese Odyssey (mental and funny). I mostly saw films from the Far East, as that's a special interest of mine and they mostly won't be available otherwise.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 17:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Martin, you should see a Korean film, Take Care of My Cat, if you get the chance. Was the film you saw A Chinese Odysey 2002 directed by Jeff Lau? That film really is brilliant.

In the last week or two....

In theaters: The Smiling Lieutenant, One Hour with You, Design for Living, The Love Parade, Trouble in Paradise (all of those at the Lubitch festival at the Film Center), Take Care of My Cat.

On video: Description d'un combat, Letter from Siberia, Le vent d'Est (Godard's "Marxist Western"), Scarlet Diva (awful, I could barely finish it), Come Drink with Me (seminal wuxia film), The Long Goodbye (can't believe I'd never seen this), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

I really need to see Far from Heaven again before it disappears from theaters here.

Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 17:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love the Long Goodbye. Especially for those weird yoga girls that live next door to him. Plus it's the best film to start with a man buying cat food ever.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 17:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Spider, The Dancer Upstairs, Gangs Of New York, The Player, Narrow Margin (for the 478th time), Rebecca.

naked as sin (naked as sin), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Rebecca the Hitchcock movie? God, Joan Fontaine is so cute in that.

Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

P. S. Does anyone else think Maggie Gyllenhaal (sp?) look like Claudette Colbert in her early days?

Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeh she is. it's funny how laurence olivier calls her an idiot in a exasperated affectionate sorta way.

naked as sin (naked as sin), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't remember who directed it, Amateurist. It was new, and it was a parody of Chinese mythic tales, with lots of kung fu and music and the princess disguising herself as a boy and running away from the palace and falling in love with an outlaw. Very camp, very funny.

Nordicskillz, was Far From Heaven really on at the LFF? I don't remember it, and the NFT are claiming to have the British premiere of it next month.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Re. Rebecca: That film was ruined I think by the Hays Code. Hitchcock made a good try though.

Martin: that's the one.

Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Martin-it was the surprise film. I love the surprise film! And Todd Haynes was there, too.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw most of 'Armageddon' on TV last night. Benjamin Affleck is the worst 'movie star' of all time ever. EVER.

DavidM (DavidM), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Watched Die Another Day again at the cinema this week.

Watched Excalibur, Suspiria & The Stepford Wives on DVD last night.

Ben Mott (Ben Mott), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lawrence of Arabia -- cockswinging filmmaking that gets lost as soon as David Lean is out of the desert.

jm (jtm), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Rented an awful gay film called Circuit, about the homo party circuit. Why do I punish myself? I was hoping it'd be something akin to Swingers, a really entertaining, insightful movie about a group of people I hate. No such luck. The worst dialogue.

In the theaters, I saw Chicago. It was OK, a bit too impressed with it's cynicism, in a way that seemed dated. Also, how can Catherine Zeta-Jones be so good when she's such a hideous celebrity and advertising spokesperson? She just can, I guess. She was the best thing about High Fidelity, too. Richard Gere is not convincing as a musical comedy performer.

Also--Gangs of New York Loved the outfits! Those striped pants-yeah! And the sets-it was Pirates of the Caribbean meets Satyricon on the rough-and-tumble streets of Boss Tweed-era NYC! DD Lewis was no big deal, I prefer him when he's soft-spoken. Nobody else made much of an impression.

The Hours-Solid, moving. Made me feel old and melancholy. I didn't think Nicole Kidman's performance was so mind-blowing. Also, what's with the Raging Bull nose? Virginia Woolf's nose always seemed rather elegant and large to me, not broken. I loved the supporting cast--good roles for Toni Collette and Claire Danes and Miranda Richardson-finally!

Catch Me If You Can-his most human film since Sugarland Express. I started out hating it, it's like Speilberg does retro-sixties lounge crap and it's so bad. But once he gets into the fucked up family dynamic, it's really good. For what's supposed to be, on a the surface, such a freewheeling go-go film, it's actually very sad. Christopher Walken was incredible.

Saw Possession on the plane back to LA. Not so hot. God, Gwyneth Paltrow is the most irritating actress alive. I've never seen any of the other Neil Labute movies, but the dialogue in this one was surprisingly bad. "I just want to find out if there's an 'us' in 'you and me' ". Also, he was really heavy-handed with the constant American-bashing. Did he have a bad year abroad or something?

Arthur (Arthur), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

argt re strummer was concerning city of god (which is all abt gangs and gangsters) not faust

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and the argt bit wz abt the film, strummer just kind of popped into it

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm watching Charade right now, with Grant and Hepburn. I've seen it twice before, so I probably won't watch it all the way through, but damn, what a great movie.

Before that, um...But I'm A Cheerleader. Which is now my kneejerk response to "xXx is the best movie ever."

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ah yes, Nordicskillz, I'd forgotten the surprise film. I was tempted but restrained myself because I was spending enough already. Actually, I'm not sure why I went to see the Anderson or Moodyson, given that they will get decent releases, and I have friends who I might have gone with. Then again, at the LFF both those directors and their female leads were present and answered questions afterwards, so there was a bonus there. I was within arm's reach of PTA, Emily Watson and Michael Moore during the festival.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw Ice-T sitting down in the front row of the showing of R'Xmas at the Chicago IFF, and he was chortling his ass off at this stupid before-film commercial where I guy falls asleep while pumping gas. It really humanized him for me.

Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I saw Ice-T sitting down in the front row of the showing of R'Xmas at the Chicago IFF, and he was chortling his ass off at this stupid before-film commercial where I guy falls asleep while pumping gas. It really humanized him for me.

I think his humanity, which isn't mine, is all over his music.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh I know, but when you see Coke spilling out of the nose of your average ex-jewel thief gangster rapper because he's laughing at some dumbass advert you've seen a dozen times, it allows a new perspective.

Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i saw crackerjack in the lorne theatre last week - we paid the extra $1 and sat upstairs. it was quite good although almost every song was a james reyne song and the main character was WAY too much like the crackman o'toole.

minna (minna), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

adaptation a couple of weeks ago.. and 24 hour party people before that. i think they're the only two times i've been to the cinema in the last six months

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

did you like 24hrpp jim?

minna (minna), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yes i did, but i would have preferred watching it at home (too many expat Brits sniggering all the way through it)

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Craft last night. Wz OK.
Coyote Ugly. Lovely, but took me to the end of the film to confirm the lead character wasn't being played by Leann Rimes.
Down to You. Completely not memorable, but very sweet.
She's All That. Lovely.

Graham (graham), Monday, 20 January 2003 14:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Last movies I saw... Hmmm... This weekend:
Arsenic and Old Lace - Perfect.
Amy's O - Hated it.
40 Days and 40 Nights - Entertaining and mindless.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Monday, 20 January 2003 14:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Slipper and The Rose
The Red Shoes
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
Penny Serenade
An Affair To Remember
Dead of Night
War of the Worlds
The Haunting (original)
The Man who Wasn't there
Dude, Where's My Car

Star Trek Nemesis

Conspiracy Theory
Terminal Error

Alan (Alan), Monday, 20 January 2003 15:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Last five or so:
The Transporter "I like it quiet, but this is too quiet:" BOOM! - Fun tat.
Gangs Of New York "I took der Faaader, now I'll tek the son" Mixed bag of tat.
The Good Girl "What's your name - Catcher?" Good, but dull
Take Care Of My Cat - Bit of dialogue in Korean. Excellent (if a touch melodramatic nr the end)
City Of God. Something in portuguese. Pretty impressive - though it innoculates itself from serious criticism by setting itself in the seventies.

I might bring back the City Of God thread so I can hear the Joe Strummer argument.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 20 January 2003 15:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the surprise film is never really a surprise, is it? same kinda type "big hollywood indie sleeper".. i remember when it was american beauty

now if they'd had dead or alive: final as the surprise then i'd tip my hat

zemko (bob), Monday, 20 January 2003 15:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Magnificent Obsession (Sirk, 1954) 6/10

the more i think about this the more i want to call it 10/10

devvvine, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 22:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol I was just gonna bump the Sirk thread to ask if any of his other movies even come close to All That Heaven Allows. because Magnificent Obsession is fine, but it's SO ridiculous and slapsticky and silly and lightweight. and Rock Hudson's character in that one is a total prick that the movie tries to redeem and fail iirc. the only other one I've seen is Written on the Wind, which was OK and I know a lot of people hold those three up, but idk, I was disappointed.

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I really enjoyed The Tarnished Angels and All I Desire but I wouldn't say they hit the same marks as All That Heaven Allows; isn't Imitation of Life the one that usually gets talked about in the same breath?

devvvine, Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Imitation of Life definitely top tier. See that one.

two cool rock chicks pounding la croix (circa1916), Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Now I’ll Tell (1934, Burke) 6/10
Isle of Dogs (2018, Anderson) 7/10
6 Hours to Live (1932, Dieterle) 6/10
Cymbeline (2014, Almereyda) 7/10
*Personal Shopper (2016, Assayas) 6/10
Let the Sunshine In (2017, Denis) 9/10
The Red Dance (1928, Walsh) 5/10
Rosita (1923, Lubitsch) 7/10
The Guardians (2017, Beauvois) 8/10
*Beautiful Thing (1996, MacDonald) 7/10
*Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988, Oz) 7/10

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

flappy, if you can find Lured, do so. Lucille Ball and George Sanders in London involved in murder.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I saw Lured on YouTube a few months ago, if you don't object to that format, And once you've seen Lured, try to find Pièges (Siodmak, 1939), the source for Lured.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Thursday, 31 May 2018 13:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Solo 5/10
*Cat People (Tourneur) 8/10
I Walked With A Zombie 8/10
The Seventh Victim 6/10
Marie-Jo et ses Deux Amants 8/10
Les Neiges De Kilimandjaro 6/10
Junun 7/10
Red Sparrow 4/10
Beach Of The War Gods 8/10
A Quiet Place 6/10
*Fellini Roma 9/10

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Last couple of months, more or less:

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (Miraglia)- 3/5, <3
Gerald's Game (Flanagan)- 3.5/5
*The Vampire Lovers (Baker)- 3.5/5, <3
King Cohen (Mitchell)- 3.5/5, <3
*Bay of Blood (Bava)- 3/5
Demonlover (Assayas)- 3/5
10 Things I Hate About You (Junger)- 2.5/5
Vampyres (Larraz)- 4/5, <3
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (Cattet & Forzani)- 3.5/5, <3
Cigarette Burns (Carpenter)- 2.5/5
Pick Me Up (Cohen)- 3/5
Dead of Night (Curtis)- 2.5/5
*Hellraiser (Barker)- 4/5, <3
Tourist Trap (Shmoeller)- 2.5/5, <3
*Hellbound: Hellraiser II (Randel)- 2.5/5

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Forgot The Fifth Cord (Bazzoni)- 4/5, <3. Some truly bullshit twists and your typical post-Psycho rushed overexplained conclusion, but it's gorgeous (Vittorio Storaro in rare form). One of my very modest if probably unlikely dreams is for Arrow to release a nice cleaned-up blu-ray of this paired with Bazzoni's only other giallo (also with Storaro), the fucking bonkers Footprints on the Moon

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Other stray observations I should've put in the original post:
-Gerald's Game was shot in my hometown and set in the nearby city where my parents now live, and had the setting changed from King's typical New England milieu to match, which was a weird experience
-Larry Cohen's story about Bernard Herrmann's funeral service (not enough Jewish men in attendance, so Cohen rounded up De Niro, Scorsese, De Palma and every other Italian-American film brat he could find to appease the presiding rabbi) is incredible
-Vampyres is another victim of the non-ending (I had totally forgotten about the stupid shaggy-dog wraparound story) and I'm not sure if it squanders or brilliantly subverts its "I have crossed oceans of time to have sloppy blood makeouts with you" stuff but I am super, *super* hype for Larraz's Symptoms now
-I still can't tell if I love or kind of hate Cattet & Forzani (pretty sure I hate the shorts) but I def have a strong reaction. Excited to see their spaghetti Western if/when it finally makes its way to a wider release in the States
-the Masters of Horror episodes are predictably meh (as with most things on this list, they're judged on a curve in the Ebert mold so I don't have to fuss about where they place in the overall rankings, which means a lot of stuff gets 2.5-3) but Michael Moriarty is a delight in Cohen's, spoiled only slightly by the documentary's revelation that he's some breed of hardcore libertarian who fled to Canada when Obama was elected (???)
-I go back and forth on Clive Barker in general- brilliant when I was a young teenager, embarrassing when I was slightly older, then an author of cool splatter stuff who fell off hard later, then a *mostly* brilliant writer/filmmaker (seeing the restored Nightbreed cut helped immensely, along with coming to Lord of Illusions much later) whose health issues might have adversely affected his output but I still love anyway- but one thing I've always thought was kind of cringey was his insistence on the word "fantastique." Which, if I hadn't been introduced to that as a twee affectation and just happened to think of again while watching Hellraiser after reading the problematic but mostly worthwhile Immoral Tales (it's a shame this is out of print since I'm not aware of any other broad overview of European sex/horror/art films), would have been a tremendously useful concept to have on hand. Like I know it's not his most hands-on production, and there's some stuff in it that gets worse with every viewing, but there is an incredibly blatant homage to Eyes Without a Face in Hellraiser 2, and that continental Jean Rollin feel bleeds through in so many places in his films. I'm mostly rewatching these (and about to subject myself to the objectively miserable Hellraiser 3) because I'm digging through Arrow's box set, which has a recut version of the massive Leviathan documentary on the Hellraiser franchise, Barker's early short student films, and the usual well-produced extras- like somehow I didn't know the Stephen Thrower who writes on cult film was the same Stephen Thrower from Coil!
-Tourist Trap is absolutely fucking berserk and you owe it to yourself to see it if you're not familiar. I was already planning a De Palma run sometime soon but I may have to start looking elsewhere for a Pino Donaggio fix.

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Great posts Telephone thing - even if i disagree a .5 either way on most of yr ratings. I love Giallo but for some reason find it exceptionally difficult to remember what I have and haven't seen - the similarity of the titles/plotlines/mise en scene etc, i think. Feels like the intricacies of dub reggae or microhouse, say, where you have to really immerse yourself in the genre to appreciate all the (sometimes minute) variations on a theme. Bava and Argento and Fulci I remember instantly - but their great films all stand slightly to one side of mainstream Giallo anyways.

Is Tourist Trap the Chuck Connors creepy waxworks movie? I remember Stephen King raving about it in Danse Macabre, and seeking it out as a UK video rental back in the nasty days, but I couldn't swear to its undying power to terrify 30 plus years on

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Zama (Lucretia Martel, 2017) - a very smart adaptation of a not v filmable book where Martel is bringing in her own eye to this skeleton of a story of an utterly ordinary man who cannot go back home. Shades of Apocalypse Now (without the hippie-dom) and Coup de Torchon but its very much its own thing.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm way off my usual pace -- this handful is a couple months' worth.

Avengers: Infinity War (Russo/Russo, 2018)
Love Meetings (Pasolini, 1964)
Bill Frisell, a Portrait (Franz, 2017)
Manifesto (Rosefeldt, 2017)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (Resnais, 1968)
Baal (Schlondorff, 1970)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos, 2017)

WilliamC, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Sympathy for the Devil?: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xpost Ward: yup, it’s the creepy mannequin movie. I’m not sure how it made its way onto my list as I haven’t read Danse Macabre, though that’s no doubt responsible for most of its continuing cachet.

I don’t know if I’d call it *scary* per se but it does some really, really interesting things both structurally as a slasher movie post-Chainsaw and with leaning hard into the uncanny in a very specific Freudian way.

Between it, the ending sequence of Hellraiser 2 and some other 70s/80s examples I can’t immediately bring to mind, I’m wondering where the very similar visual language for telekinesis in these movies (character looks away, cut to object being manipulated, repeat) originated. Carrie?

And Strange Color... is totally riffing on the interchangeability of most gialli! The plot dissolves into a total soup of story elements and signifiers (and even pulls in some non-giallo sources like Laura and/or Twin Peaks) and even the title is a cut-up (Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, All the Colors of the Dark, What Are Those Strange Drops of blood Doing on Jennifer’s Body, etc)

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Western (Grisebach, 2017) 9/10
Beast (Pearce, 2017) 6/10
Kill Baby, Kill (Bava, 1966) 8/10
The Battle of the Sexes (Crichton, 1960) 5/10
Le Diner de Cons (Veber, 1998) 5/10
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes, 1976 version) 8/10
Greaser's Palace (Downey, 1972) 9/10
The Golden Coach (Renoir, 1952) 8/10
Muriel, or the Time of Return (Resnais, 1963) 8/10
The Three Musketeers (Lester, 1973) 5/10
The Road to Hong Kong (Panama, 1962) 4/10
The Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) 8/10 - the very fine-looking new Criterion Blu-ray
The Wall (Polsler, 2012) 8/10
Zama (Martel, 2017) 9/10

Ward Fowler, Friday, 1 June 2018 07:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hey, this is the first time I've ever looked at this thread. Here's my May:

The Lady Vanishes (1938, Hitchcock)
The Green Fog (2017, Maddin)
Suspicion (1941, Hitchcock)
Salesman (1968, Maysles Brothers)
Suspiria (1977, Argento)
Galaxy Quest (1999, Parisot)
Stage Fright (1950, Hitchcock)
Bad Samaritan (2018, Devlin)
Serial Mom (1994, Waters)
Sweet Country (2017, Thornton)
Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit (2018, McNamara & Hancox)
Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate (2018, Kugelman)
Three Identical Strangers (2018, Wardle)
Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (2018, Nash)
Highlander, but with the soundtrack and 94% of the dialogue removed, and an all-Queen soundtrack DJed live over the top (1986, Mulcahy)
Breath (2018, Baker-Denny)
The Big Lebowski (1998, Coen Brothers)
Belle De Jour (1967, Bunuel)
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018, Sullivan)
Mutafukaz (2017, Nishimi & Renard)
The Long Dumb Road (2018, Fidell)

all DCP except the Hitchcocks, which were 35mm

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

quite a spree, sic!

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wow, lucky duck re: those Hitchcock movies in 35mm. only copy of Stage Fright I could find just looked awful.

flappy bird, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and yeah that is a great run of movies, i'm especially fond of Galaxy Quest, haven't seen it in too long

flappy bird, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

if I can manage it, this week alone might be almost that full: I have 11 tickets and eight days left for SIFF, two first-week SIFF films have gone to multiplexes already, the Hedwig/Gaiman is at an arthouse, and an indie is running the Black & Chrome cut of Fury Road.

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Friday, 1 June 2018 18:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they missed an opportunity by not calling it the Shiny & Chrome cut imo

mh, Friday, 1 June 2018 18:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was disturbed by that French cinema icon in the final scene, particularly the giant tropical fruit he has for a nose now.

You weren't exaggerating. The last nose like that I saw was on terminal-stage W.C. Fields.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Saturday, 2 June 2018 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Made on Broadway (Beaumont, 1933)
A Jazzed Honeymoon (Roach, 1919)
The Bees' Buzz (Sennett, 1929)
April Maze (Sullivan, 1930)
Don't Play Bridge With Your Wife (Pearce, 1933)
The Return of Bulldog Drummond (Summers, 1934)
Caro Nome (DuPar, 1926)
Max's Vacation (Linder, 1914)
A Sammy in Siberia (Roach, 1919)
Bet Your Life (Yates, 1948)
First Reformed (Schrader, 2017)
Let the Sunshine In (Denis, 2017)
Minnie the Moocher (Fleischer, 1932)
Beautiful Clothes (Berne, 1942)
Beggars in Ermine (Rosen, 1934)

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Sunday, 3 June 2018 21:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

May 5 - June 3 in theaters:

Tully - 6/10
El Topo (1970) - 7/10
Disobedience - 5/10
Life of the Party - 3/10
To Joy (1950) - 8/10
Ivan’s Childhood (1962) - 10/10
Deadpool 2 - 4/10
Let the Sunshine In - 9/10
Beast - 6/10
How to Talk to Girls at Parties - 8/10
First Reformed - 9/10

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

captain america: the first avenger (2011) 5/10
*the damned united (2009) 7/10
sex lies and videotape (1989) 8/10
*get carter (1971) 8/10
prevenge (2017) 7/10
the rum diary (2011) 6/10
the greasy strangler (2016) 6/10

Dark Mavis (Michael B), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 09:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Women in Love - 7/10
Rusty Knife - 6/10
Young Mr. Lincoln - 7/10
Starlet - 3/10
Take Aim at the Police Van - 6/10
Vertigo - 10/10
Antichrist - 7/10
Meantime - 8/10
Clouds of Sils Maria - 9/10
Torn Curtain - 6/10
La Vie de Bohéme - 9/10
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives - 9/10
Leningrad Cowboys Go America - 10/10
Fanny and Alexander - 10/10
The Steel Trap - 7/10
The Actress - 7/10
An Autumn Afternoon - 9/10
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses - 10/10
Le Havre - 9/10
Shadows - 10/10
Martha - 9/10
Cabaret - 8/10

flappy bird, Thursday, 7 June 2018 04:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A Few Good Men (7.0)
Borg vs. McEnroe (5.0)
Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits (6.5)
Casino (7.5)
The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angels: Inside the Crazy World of Apple (6.5)
Tully (4.0)
The Gospel According to Andre (7.0)
RBG (6.5)
Deep End (7.0)
L’eclisse (7.5)

Saw the last two on consecutive nights, and the ratings are for basically the same things: incredible cinematography, the audacious endings, and the lead actresses. L’eclisse seemed less impressive to me second time around. (The guy who prompts Monica Vitti to say "He's got a beautiful face" when he walks past her, I could have sworn it was Keir Dullea. Can't find anything online. Same year as David and Lisa...seems improbable.)

clemenza, Sunday, 10 June 2018 02:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Young Mr. Lincoln - 7/10
Clouds of Sils Maria - 9/10
Leningrad Cowboys Go America - 10/10
Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses - 10/10

i'm not sure you get John Ford, flapp

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 10 June 2018 04:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

only other Ford I've seen besides Stagecoach (which I love)

flappy bird, Sunday, 10 June 2018 05:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OK, here's my first nine days of June:

Hal (Scott, 2018)
Lemonade (Uricaru, 2018)
Being There (Ashby, 1979)
Sorry To Bother You (Fromthecoup, 2018)
Fury Road: Black & Chrome (Miller , 2015/2017)
The Crime Of Monsieur Lange (4K restoration) (Renoir, 1936)
How To Talk To Girls At Parties (Mitchell , 2018)
The Producers (4K restoration) (Brooks , 1967)
The Changeling (4K restoration) (Medak, 1980)
Tyrel (Silva , 2018)
Zombillenium (du Pins et Ducord, 2017)
Cinderella The Cat (Rak & Cappiello & Guarnieri & Sansone, 2017)
First Reformed (Schrader, 2017)
Beast (Pearce , 2018)
The Taste Of Betel Nut (Bing Lang Xue) (Hu, 2017)
This One's For The Ladies (Graham , 2018)
Upgrade (Whannell, 2018)

all DCP, Cinderella The Cat was the only one masked. First Reformed is in Academy ratio, and was not only not masked, but the house lights weren't dimmed all the way, so many square metres of the screen were glowing grey on both sides throughout.

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Sunday, 10 June 2018 06:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Powder and Smoke (Parrott, 1924)
Copy (Houston, 1929)
The River (Borzage, 1929)
A Night in a Dormitory (Delmar, 1930)
*Opening Night (Mack, 1931)
Action Point (Kirkby, 2018)
Sleepy-time Squirrel (Lundy, 1954)
More About Nostradamus (1941)
The Saddle Buster (Allen, 1932)
The Broken Wing (Corrigan, 1932)
The Unknown Soldier (Laine, 1955)

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Monday, 11 June 2018 00:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Le Cercle Rouge (Melville, 1956) 8/10
Bob le Flambeur (Melville, 1970) 8/10
Written on the Wind (Sirk, 1956) 7/10
Audition (Forman, 1963) 6/10
The Awful Truth (McCarey, 1937) 7/10
Zama (Martel, 2017) 8/10
There’s Always Tomorrow (Sirk, 1956) 6/10
The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, 1957) 8/10
Pandora’s Box (Pabst,1929) 9/10
Taipei Story (Yang, 1985) 9/10
The Other Side (Minervini, 2016) 8/10
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Sirk, 1958) 8/10

devvvine, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:51 (one week ago) Permalink

watched COUNT THE HOURS (1953) last night, i'm trying to watch as many of Teresa Wright's movies as I can. innocent man damned by gossipy town and sent to hang, his wife (Wright) and a benevolent lawyer (Macdonald Carey) determined to prove his innocence. besides SHADOW OF A DOUBT this is the best one - so strange, dreamlike in its weirdness and a frequent inability of the characters to complete/pass/move forward. fairly risque too - lots of innuendo and characters constantly on the verge of infidelity, tempted by characters that appear seemingly out of nowhere as if in a dream. a lot of the strangeness may come down to a so-so script, but it's shockingly well made, hints of German Expressionism and pretty sophisticated editing & tracking shots. anyway I realized it was one of Don Siegel's early movies. highly recommended if you're into the persecuted innocent man nightmare. also Teresa Wright is really great as always.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:22 (one week ago) Permalink

who, or what, comprises rex reed's readership? he's so stupid it's hard to believe he's not being satirical

i am updating my User Agreement and Privacy Policy (rip van wanko), Thursday, 14 June 2018 19:33 (one week ago) Permalink


the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 June 2018 19:38 (one week ago) Permalink


flappy bird, Thursday, 14 June 2018 22:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Imitation of Life - 9/10
Strange Wilderness - 8/10
Vivre Sa Vie - 10/10
Lights in the Dusk - 9/10
Hiroshima Mon Amour - 8/10
The Man Without a Past - 8/10
The Third Generation - 9/10
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976 cut) - 9/10
Count the Hours - 9/10
Identification of a Woman - 10/10
Total Balalaika Show - 8/10

flappy bird, Saturday, 16 June 2018 05:37 (one week ago) Permalink

First Reformed (Schrader, 2018)
Annihilation (Garland, 2018) 6/10
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard, 2018) 5/10
Let the Sunshine In(Denis, 2018) 7/10
You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay, 2018) 8/10
RBG (Cohen, West, 2018) 6/10
Baal (Schlöndorff, 1970)
* Women in Love (Russell, 1970) 6/10
Fellini Satyricon (Fellini, 1968) 5/10
* Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1968) 10/10
* Giant (Stevens, 1956) 6/10
The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (Ozu, 1952) 7/10
* Black Narcissus (Powell-Pressburger, 1944) 8/10

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:48 (one week ago) Permalink

still pondering 2 of those ratings, eh

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Sandra (1965, Visconti) 6/10
*Night of the Living Dead (1968, Romero) 9/10
*The Color of Pomegranates (1969, Parajanov) 8/10
Kung-Fu Master! (1988, Varda) 7/10
La Belle Noiseuse (1991, Rivette) 6/10
*The Virgin Suicides (1999, Coppola) 9/10
*A Foreign Affair (1948, Wilder) 9/10
*Multiple Maniacs (1970, Waters) 7/10
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017, Zahler) 6/10
*Tombstone (1993, Cosmatos) 7/10

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 16 June 2018 12:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Titicut Follies (1967) 4/5
Key Largo (1948 (4/5)
Zama (2017) 4/5
Evil Genius (2018) 2.5/5
Judex (1963; rewatch) 4/5
Alexander Nevsky (1938) 3/5
Ant-Man (2015) 3/5
First Reformed (2017) 3.5/5

Chris L, Sunday, 17 June 2018 12:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Taipei Story (Yang, 1985) - this is a masterpiece
L'avventura (Antonioni, 1960)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard, 2017)

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 17 June 2018 12:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Careful Please (Taurog, 1926)
*Sea Spiders (1932)
Manslaughter (DeMille, 1922)
At First Sight (Howe, 1924)
The Poor Fish (McCarey, 1924)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Young, 1934)
Beer and Pretzels (Cummings, 1933)
Señorita (Badger, 1927)
The Great BK Mystery (Sprocketts, 2017)
Midnight Lovers (Dillon, 1926)
Nertsery Rhymes (Cummings, 1933)
A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire (Miles, 1906)
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Méliès, 1903)
Detained (Pembroke & Rock, 1924)
*A Trip to the Moon (Méliès, 1902)
*The Battle of the Century (Bruckman, 1927)

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Sunday, 17 June 2018 23:56 (one week ago) Permalink

i think i am seeing that Melies/Detained program in NY this week

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 18 June 2018 00:11 (six days ago) Permalink

Serge Bromberg, Saved From the Flames? This time the National Gallery actually let him light up a scrap of nitrate film to show how quickly it burns.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Monday, 18 June 2018 00:19 (six days ago) Permalink

Game Night
Heard it was quite fun

Stevolende, Monday, 18 June 2018 09:18 (six days ago) Permalink

Nightmare City (Lenzi, 1980)- shit city

Head of the Family (Band, 1996)- gotta make that Full Moon trial membership earn the $0 it cost me; I am not at all on Band's wavelength but this was an agreeable enough waste of like 80 minutes. would watch if bored in a motel

The Pit and the Pendulum (Gordon, 1991)- this, on the other hand! Lance Henriksen is a treat, Jeffrey Combs is always welcome, Gordon manages to make Full Moon's Romanian (iirc) castle location look good, and it's just a nasty piece of work in the grand tradition of yr Witchfinders General and yr miscellaneous Vincents Price

*Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (Hickox, 1992)- shamefully, aggressively stupid, fully makes Pinhead into a witless slasher and Cenobites into a shitty punchline, all to chase those Freddy Krueger dollars that were already starting to dry up. Even the Image Animation fx guys turn in subpar work, between the, as I mentioned, stupid as a bucket of rocks Cenobites and some particularly cringey early CGI

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (McDonagh, 2015)- some regrettable stuff (framing archival interview footage in really hacky comic-panel frames, overlong "artsy" credits, etc) but- with the notable exception of Barker- the breadth and depth of the interviews over this four-hour monster is really something special. Bonus points for contrasting Doug Jones' starry-eyed nostalgia for all things Pinhead with Image Animation folks saying "It's shit. Stop making Hellraiser movies until you can fucking do it right."

Out of the Blue (Hopper, 1980)- Still processing this incredibly bleak film. I want to compare it with a certain set of other films (Welles, Godard, Cammell, a couple others I can't immediately recall right now) but will leave it at least a little cryptic if anyone cares about spoilers. The kind of self-indulgent mess where a scene plays dialogue-free with Dennis Hopper driving a trash compactor to THE ENTIRETY of Neil Young's "Thrasher" but somehow it works? Anyway, I have some hope that this one might be more widely available soon- there was no like Janus logo or anything, and the introduction at Philly's Lightbox/IHP didn't mention restoration, but this was an absolutely pristine 35mm print that looked brand new.

Times Square (Moyle, 1980)- moony-eyed and sentimental and romanticizing homelessness but I don't care because feelings, basically, and the unfuckingbelievable soundtrack- which I imagine is what's been keeping it off home video formats for ages; if this comes out with a fake soundtrack a la Return of the Living Dead I will scream- which carries the weight of the storytelling so much more than the script, to the point where there are multiple editors credited specifically with the musical sequences in the end credits. The nearly back to back sequences of "Down in the Park" and "Pissing in a River" might be one of my favorite film moments of my year so far. No such luck with the print this time; it was faded and pink, which added to the pre-Giuliani grime of it all, but it's a shame that this isn't easier to see.

It's a little plotty and exhausting but Yuasa is my shit and this is revolutionary. I didn't even fully understand what was going on until I read about the use of Flash (!) and hand-drawn keyframes to make this incredible, fluid Tex Avery-looking thing. It has all the detail and solid worldbuilding of, let's say Tekkonkinkreet, one of my go-to examples in feature animation, but feels like A Cartoon in the western sense as well.

I mean just look at it

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:59 (five days ago) Permalink

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