“These lascivious Europeans eh!”
he he, these lascivious Europeans with thousands years of history behind them, he he. ;)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose: 5/10
500 Days of Summer: 6/10
30 Days of Night: 6/10
Roger & Me: 8/10
Let the Right One In: 9/10
The Limits of Control: 6/10
The Box: 6.5/10
Vicky Christina Barcelona: 7/10
A Serious Man: 7.5/10
Fantastic Mr. Fox: 9/10
The Host: 8/10
Kurosawa’s THE LOWER DEPTHS — 8/10
“You, the Living”. 10/10.
Roy Andersson’s follow-up to “Songs From the Second Floor” takes us right back to the same (or a similar) nameless, ash-grey city with more of the same beaten, quirky people in it. And, again, the result is magical.
With the precision of a Keaton, Andersson’s scenes play out with locked-down shots and meticulous action and details.
There is brutal truth, wistfulness, and great humor in the different encounters, which manage to be both absurd and somehow rooted in a reality we know. Carpet salesmen, tuba players, fat, drunk women…we’ve all met them somewhere, and we are them, somehow.
Here they live in Andersson’s exquisitely ugly apartments and bars. And in the end, despite their flaws, he loves them all.
Don’t miss the drummer at the funeral…
The Thin Red Line 1998
DIR Terrence Malick
SCR Terrence Malick, James Jones
Sweet Movie 9/10
Is this a weird film or what?
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) – 9/10
Inglourious Basterds (2009) – 6.5/10
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) – 9/10
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009) – 7.5/10
Sisters (1973) – 6.5/10
Really liked the dark, absurd humor which jumped out at times
Eyes Without a Face (1960) – 8/10
The Mirror (1975) – No arbitrary points for now. This is definitely one I will need to revisit in the future – I can see my view of this one in flux for a long while to come.
In the Loop – God almighty, that is a funny damned movie. Fully 30 minutes more of deleted scenes available on the DVD are no less funny & essential—I watched & savored every last bit.
Paranormal Activity – I’ll be damned if this hasn’t stuck with me for days. (An unexpected experience I also had after cold viewings of other small horror movies like The Intruders and Quarantine )
THE GRADUATE – 5/10 (can’t for the life of me figure out why this is considered a classic.)
NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950) – 10/10 (Now this is a fucking classic!)
“48 Hrs.” 8/10.
Going for a ride one more time……
Given how often the concept in this film has been ripped off since it came out, this one still hangs in there.
There is a fresh, devil-may-care quality to the writing that puts to shame all the PC junk versions that came later, and Murphy and Nolte are perfect together.
Nolte’s shambling-wreck cop and Murphy’s street king make for automatic fireworks and they take it all the way, including Nolte’s one-of-a-kind apology:
“All that…‘nigger’, ‘watermelon’….I didn’t really mean it. I was just doing my job, keeping you down.”
Add good music by the Busboys, and you have a gritty commercial film that, while a bit dated, still packs a punch at its core.
Grave of the Fireflies 8/10
Les vacances de M. Hulot, a wonderful and unique cinematic experience, practically perfect on its own terms – I’ll give it 9.5 out of 10
A Perfect Getaway – 0\10
Pontypool – 3\10
The Time Traveller’s Wife – 2/10
In A Lonely Place – 7/10
Adventureland – 7/10
Fish Tank – 8/10
Brighton Rock – 6/10
Hour of The Wolf – 8/10
Hiroshima Mon Amour – 6/10
Kanal – 7/10
Stranger than Paradise [9/10] – great one for Jim, gets me on a highway and off to homeland dreams.
Would watch this, in future, with whom gets to be my husband…has to see it
Paris, Texas 9/10
Buena Vista Social Club 7/10
Rumplesink: what am I doing wrong?
In A Lonely Place 10
Hiroshima Mon Amour 10
Director: Nick Broomfield
For two weeks, Nick Broomfield (Britain’s answer to Herzog) and a documentary crew visit Pandora’s Box, an up-scale house of bondage on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.
Kids: tell mom it’s educational
Parents: bad kids grow up to be bad adults
Well, what can I say Robert – I just wasn’t feeling it. I’d probably push Kanal up to an 8 if pressed. I was struggling with Bogey’s performance in In A Lonely Place. The jury’s out for me with Resnais right now, and I don’t think it’s as good as Last Year In Marienbad which I watched a couple of weeks ago. I would definitely push Hiroshima to a 7 though and I could conceive of it being an 8 with a nice quiet re-watch someday.
Bogey’s performance in In A Lonely Place – wow !
8 is good, but for a ground breaker like Hiroshima Mon Amour?
Catholic High School Girls In Trouble (Samuel L. Bronkowitz) – 5/10
Not as good as the trailer made it look
Rumplesink: Why, how do you rate the trailer? ;)
robert keep broomfield in mind. I am doing his work for the garage 21 project
The House of the Devil – 7/10
The Invention of Lying – 7/10
Thirst – 7/10
Tyson – 7/10
Overall, I’d have to give today’s movie watching marathon….. ohhh…..about a 7.
Disappointed. Bridges and Gyllenhaal had no chemistry and they’re acting wasn’t that great either. (Couldn’t they have gotten Kris Kristofferson, rather than have Bridges imitate him?) Very similar terrain as Tender Mercies, but not as good, by far.
I never got into Hiroshima Mon Amour. It just went over my head; I couldn’t relate to the characters; didn’t know what was going on. What made is groundbreaking? (Not that that would make me like it more.)
Moon – 9/10
Brilliant debut feature, stunning central performance. Tense, brooding and claustrophobic, absolutely loved this film, one of the best of 2009.
Pink Flamingos – ??/10
Pretty much impossible to give this film any kind of rating. Technically its abysmal, but regarding my reaction to it, its consideration in time and place, and its sheer dare, it deserves its place and then some. Had a blast watching it, I just don’t know how I could possibly rate it. Assholes singing…genius.
Whatever Works – 5.5/10
Big fan of Allen and David’s work, but this was a bit of a let down. Extremely interesting philosophy driven home by a despicable central character, and poorly written side characters. Everything just seemed to perfect and detached from reality. Really fucking irritated me.
“I never got into Hiroshima Mon Amour. It just went over my head; I couldn’t relate to the characters; didn’t know what was going on.”
two amazing actors couldn’t convince you about their characters? the acting is above the script here, so i’m not sure if you’ll change your mind unless you adore this.
besides, Resnais has made so many works Jazz, why should anyone just see Hiroshima or Marienband from Resnais and nothing more? is the canon too much to avoid?
“two amazing actors couldn’t convince you about their characters?”
I just didn’t get their relationship at all. I don’t know what else to say.
“besides, Resnais has made so many works Jazz, why should anyone just see Hiroshima or Marienband from Resnais and nothing more? is the canon too much to avoid?”
I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. I’ve seen other films by Resnais. I really liked Mon Oncle D’Amerique. Private Fears in Public Places ( really disappointing) and Night and Fog, on the other hand, I didn’t really care for.