― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 14:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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― Michael B, Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― Honda (Honda), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― jel -- (jel), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― jel -- (jel), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 15:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― j.lu (j.lu), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Maria (Maria), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― rosemary (rosemary), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 16:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 17:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 17:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― naked as sin (naked as sin), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― naked as sin (naked as sin), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
Martin: that's the one.
― Amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― DavidM (DavidM), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
Watched Excalibur, Suspiria & The Stepford Wives on DVD last night.
― Ben Mott (Ben Mott), Sunday, 19 January 2003 18:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― jm (jtm), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― mark s (mark s), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― mark s (mark s), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 January 2003 19:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
― Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― minna (minna), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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― electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 20 January 2003 02:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Graham (graham), Monday, 20 January 2003 14:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Sarah McLusky (coco), Monday, 20 January 2003 14:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
Cinema:Star Trek Nemesis
Telly:Conspiracy TheoryFORTRESS!Terminal ErrorLogopolisGoldeneye
― Alan (Alan), Monday, 20 January 2003 15:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
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
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) 9/10The Red Dance (1928, Walsh) 5/10Rosita (1923, Lubitsch) 7/10The 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 (j.lu), Thursday, 31 May 2018 13:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink
Solo 5/10*Cat People (Tourneur) 8/10I Walked With A Zombie 8/10The Seventh Victim 6/10Marie-Jo et ses Deux Amants 8/10Les Neiges De Kilimandjaro 6/10Junun 7/10Red Sparrow 4/10Beach Of The War Gods 8/10A 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, <3Gerald's Game (Flanagan)- 3.5/5*The Vampire Lovers (Baker)- 3.5/5, <3King Cohen (Mitchell)- 3.5/5, <3*Bay of Blood (Bava)- 3/5Demonlover (Assayas)- 3/510 Things I Hate About You (Junger)- 2.5/5Vampyres (Larraz)- 4/5, <3The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (Cattet & Forzani)- 3.5/5, <3Cigarette Burns (Carpenter)- 2.5/5Pick Me Up (Cohen)- 3/5Dead of Night (Curtis)- 2.5/5*Hellraiser (Barker)- 4/5, <3Tourist 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 CoyleSympathy 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) 9/10Beast (Pearce, 2017) 6/10Kill Baby, Kill (Bava, 1966) 8/10The Battle of the Sexes (Crichton, 1960) 5/10Le Diner de Cons (Veber, 1998) 5/10The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Cassavetes, 1976 version) 8/10Greaser's Palace (Downey, 1972) 9/10The Golden Coach (Renoir, 1952) 8/10Muriel, or the Time of Return (Resnais, 1963) 8/10The Three Musketeers (Lester, 1973) 5/10The Road to Hong Kong (Panama, 1962) 4/10The Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) 8/10 - the very fine-looking new Criterion Blu-rayThe Wall (Polsler, 2012) 8/10Zama (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
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 (j.lu), 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 (j.lu), Sunday, 3 June 2018 21:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink
May 5 - June 3 in theaters:
Tully - 6/10El Topo (1970) - 7/10Disobedience - 5/10Life of the Party - 3/10To Joy (1950) - 8/10Ivan’s Childhood (1962) - 10/10Deadpool 2 - 4/10Let the Sunshine In - 9/10Beast - 6/10How to Talk to Girls at Parties - 8/10First 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) 7/10sex lies and videotape (1989) 8/10*get carter (1971) 8/10prevenge (2017) 7/10the rum diary (2011) 6/10the greasy strangler (2016) 6/10
― Dark Mavis (Michael B), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 09:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Women in Love - 7/10Rusty Knife - 6/10Young Mr. Lincoln - 7/10Starlet - 3/10Take Aim at the Police Van - 6/10Vertigo - 10/10 Antichrist - 7/10Meantime - 8/10Clouds of Sils Maria - 9/10Torn Curtain - 6/10La Vie de Bohéme - 9/10Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives - 9/10Leningrad Cowboys Go America - 10/10Fanny and Alexander - 10/10The Steel Trap - 7/10The Actress - 7/10An Autumn Afternoon - 9/10Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses - 10/10Le Havre - 9/10Shadows - 10/10Martha - 9/10Cabaret - 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 - 7/10Clouds of Sils Maria - 9/10Leningrad Cowboys Go America - 10/10Leningrad 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 (j.lu), Monday, 11 June 2018 00:23 (one week ago) Permalink
Le Cercle Rouge (Melville, 1956) 8/10Bob le Flambeur (Melville, 1970) 8/10Written on the Wind (Sirk, 1956) 7/10Audition (Forman, 1963) 6/10The Awful Truth (McCarey, 1937) 7/10Zama (Martel, 2017) 8/10There’s Always Tomorrow (Sirk, 1956) 6/10The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, 1957) 8/10Pandora’s Box (Pabst,1929) 9/10Taipei Story (Yang, 1985) 9/10The Other Side (Minervini, 2016) 8/10A 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
― 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 - 9/10Strange Wilderness - 8/10Vivre Sa Vie - 10/10Lights in the Dusk - 9/10Hiroshima Mon Amour - 8/10The Man Without a Past - 8/10The Third Generation - 9/10The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976 cut) - 9/10Count the Hours - 9/10Identification of a Woman - 10/10Total Balalaika Show - 8/10
― flappy bird, Saturday, 16 June 2018 05:37 (one week ago) Permalink
First Reformed (Schrader, 2018) Annihilation (Garland, 2018) 6/10Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard, 2018) 5/10Let the Sunshine In(Denis, 2018) 7/10You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay, 2018) 8/10RBG (Cohen, West, 2018) 6/10Baal (Schlöndorff, 1970)* Women in Love (Russell, 1970) 6/10Fellini Satyricon (Fellini, 1968) 5/10* Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1968) 10/10* Giant (Stevens, 1956) 6/10The 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
― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:40 (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) 4/5Key Largo (1948 (4/5)Zama (2017) 4/5Evil Genius (2018) 2.5/5Judex (1963; rewatch) 4/5Alexander Nevsky (1938) 3/5Ant-Man (2015) 3/5First Reformed (2017) 3.5/5
― Chris L, Sunday, 17 June 2018 12:07 (one week ago) Permalink
Taipei Story (Yang, 1985) - this is a masterpieceL'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 (j.lu), 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 (j.lu), 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.
Lu Over the Wall (Yuasa, 2017)- SEE THIS FUCKING MOVIE OH MY GOD OH MY GOD SEE IT ON THE BIGGEST SCREENIt'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 ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIJ8z34dvE0
― You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:59 (five days ago) Permalink