Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality (1923) – 9/10
Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924) – 8/10
I join the ranks of Buster Keaton fans. These two films have truly aged well. Our Hospitality had me glued to the screen – every few frames something funny was happening and if you looked away a few moments you’d miss it. Outstanding. And the innovations and creative turns are amazing and go above and beyond in Sherlock Jr.
Interesting how some of the actors have the air of belonging to the 1920s, while some looked like they’d be at home in 2010 – like the confectionery saleswoman in Sherlock Jr. Part of it is how they’re made up, but I think a lot of it is personality.
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc – 10/10
This guy could make a film – a couple by Powell:
Age of Consent1969
DIR Michael Powell
SCR Norman Lindsay
Who could imagine Helen Mirren was ever young?
A Matter of Life and Death 1946
DIR Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
SCR Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
“Who could imagine Helen Mirren was ever young?”
she’s equally hot today.
Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! 7/10
The Testament of Dr Mabuse 8/10
And Soon The Darkness
Just watched Super Troopers while writing a paper -
The Boss of It All (Lars Von Trier – 2006) 4/10
Too smart for its own good.
The Passion of Anna (Ingmar Bergman – 1969) 9/10
Terminator 2 (James Cameron – 1991) 7.5/10
Could have been great if they had done a couple of things: Toned down Sarah Connor’s militarism and instead given her some decent dialogue. Fired Edward Furlong and replaced him with someone less annoying, ie just about anyone else. Other than that I found it pretty enjoyable. (Nice picture on Bluray).
The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy – 1973) 7/10
Didn’t know there was so much new agey singing, prancing and gratuitous nudity involved in this film. Weird and kind of good.
Cries & Whispers (Ingmar Bergman – 1972) 8.9/10
Another chuckle-fest from the master of comedy. Very red.
Light Is Calling (Bill Morrison – 2004) 8/10
Not usually my kind of thing but thi is mesmerising, memorable and watch-againable.
Pulgasari (Shin Sang-ok – 1985) 3/10
Not my cup of tea at all, but at least I can cross North Korea off my list :o)
The World Is Big & Salvation Lurks Around The Corner (Stephan Komandarev – 2008) 7/10
Pretty good, but quite derivative and spoiled by an ending that’s overdone.
Reds (Warren Beatty – 1981) 7.5/10
A bit earnest but well acted and put together. An impressive directorial effort from Beatty.
The Boss of It All = 9
No no no – The Five Obstructions = 9/10The Boss of It All = 4/10
I watched two films from opposite ends of Michel Simon’s career: Boudu Saved From Drowning (8.5 of 10) and The Two of Us (8 of 10). Both very likeable films but quite different in sentiment. Simon kind of lets it all hang out on the screen.
Simon’s tramp persona in Boudu was an interesting and unique version of Charlie Chaplin’s persona—or at least that’s the way I thought of it.
I’m not sure what to think
Not sure I understand this one either, but I’m liking Bujalski.
Story of Qiu Jiu
“Not my cup of tea at all, but at least I can cross North Korea off my list :o)”
so it’s all about crossing countries off the list and NOT ABOUT CINEMATIC BEAUTY AND EXPLORATION? ARE YOU SERIOUS????
When did Rumplesink say that it was all about crossing countries off the list?
Then was The Auteurs World Cup all about crossing countries off the list too?
“about crossing countries off the list?”
it sure sounds like this to me here: “at least I can cross North Korea off my list”
please Law, don’t try to contradict on this issue.
“Then was The Auteurs World Cup all about crossing countries off the list too?”
for anyone who just wanted to see if a film he loved measured a film he / she didn’t know…yes…for others (and a lot) it was a cinematic exploration.
Well he has set a mission for himself which will allow him to participate in cinematic exploration. He desires to complete his mission, hence his relief at crossing a country off the list. He never said that was what it was all about. :P
Shutter Island 5/10
“The Bells” (1926) 5/10.
Good little murder melodrama/morality play with an appealing cast.
Lionel Barrymore’s innkeeper is generous to a fault, but owes money to local man who wants for the inn to fall into his hands.
When a traveller stops at the inn, Barrymore kills him for his money and starts going mad with guilt.
The inn-keepers daughter (cute, forgotten Lola Todd) marries the new local gendarme who is investigating the murder.
Hovering around all of this is Boris Karloff as “The Mesmerist” who can put spells on people.
At 1hr 10mins, this programmer snaps along nicely, with some good acting and nice double-exposure work along the way.
The negative is in fine shape. The score has some nice melodies, but the synthesizer voicings grate on the ears.
I’m rating this as a double feature: 8/10
Natural Born Killers 1994
DIR Oliver Stone
SCR Quentin Tarantino, David Veloz, Richard Rutowski, Oliver Stone
I can understand why the kids love this film – they know the media is bad, but they love the mayhem.
Bright Star 2009
DIR Jane Campion
SCR Jane Campion
Nice hats and she made them herself.
Revanche (2008, Götz Spielmann) – 9.2/10
Dead Alive a.k.a Braindead 8/10. I’m a huge fan of the Evil Dead Trilogy and watching this was like watching evil dead 2 for the first time. So funny and over the top and creative and lots and lots of gore. Lots of rewatchability for me as well.
One of the best horror films I would NEVER recommend to ANYONE! EVERRRRRR!! Only for the brave and stedfast heart. Von Trier, you mad genius bastard!
P.S.: Criterion! Pick “Antichrist” for your Co..
New York, I Love You (several directors) – 2/10
Hunger (Steve McQueen) – 10/10
Marathon Man (John Schlesinger) – 9/10
The Invention of Lying (Ricky Gervais & Mathew Robinson) – 6/10
Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese) – 6/10
Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders) – 10/10
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola) – 8/10
Day For Night (Francois Truffaut) – 9/10
Blade Runner blu-ray (Ridley Scott) – 11/10
The Beaches of Agnes 2008
Les Plages d’Agnès
DIR Agnès Varda
PROD Agnès Varda
SCR Agnès Varda
Kind of trite. The only insight was about Cleo.
Breathless made money and someone asked her to make a cheap black & white film so more money could be made.