Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawks)
Cast : Katharine Hepburn, Gary Grant, May Robson
The Ides of March 4/5…much better than Clooney’s other 2011 release. Politics is a dirty game but rarely has a political film been this yummy thanks to the all star cast.
Peabody loves Police, Adjective? In other news, I went to the bathroom this morning.
That Police Adjective is on my list
Roberte 1979. Pierre Zucca directs this transcendent piece of loopiness adapted together with Pierre Klossowski from his novel of the same name ( and its companion the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes) that includes the philosopher himself as Octave and his wife the formidable Denise Morin-Sinclaire, one of the few survivors of the infamous SS women’s prison at Ravensbrück, as Roberte playing in the title role, which, one assumes. is integral to K.‘s Sadeian instructed philosophy, but without English subs, I had to rely on my knowledge of the English translation of the novels to follow the films action, which usefully featured the most engaging scenes. The score is intermittent and brief but equally inspired. This is a wrongly neglected masterpiece,that with subs would become a cult favorite, shown at midnight on, say, the Feast of the Assumption.
Worth 2 screen shots
One of Roberte’s students in her extracurricular school of love instructs 2 co-conspirators in their roles in ambushing her to steal a glove at the request of Vittorio, the former Swiss Guard cashiered for impairing the morals of a minor.
Two of Roberte’s students. One might suppose K. had a role in the selection of supporting players.
There is no listing for this film on MUBI. Who do I see to correct that?
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion 5/5
Great Catherine 4/5
Midnight in Paris 4/5
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol 4/5
that extended preview to the new Batman movie 5/5 (spectacular in IMAX)
Rewatch: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 9/10
I like Police, Adjective. Bringing Up Baby is kind of like Full House with better acting.
The Red Circle 6/10
A dreary film which boasts the irritating cops and robbers pseudo-philosophy of a Godard film but without the stylistic benefits.
“Bringing Up Baby is kind of like Full House with better acting.”
i always preferred What’s Up Doc personally.
a woman is a woman (1961) d. jean-luc godard
i know i’m woefully behind but this has to be the most charming godard film i have yet seen 8.5/10
Cast : Jessica Harper, Alida Valli, Joan Benett
Considered by many to be Argento’s best and one of the “scariest movies ever made”.
The stylistic touches are almost deliriously intoxicating, and they go a long ways towards making up for the fact that the story doesn’t hold up to close inspection.
There are a few moments here that reminded me of other witch movies; Suzy’s special diet as prescribed to her by a doctor brought back memories of the diet prescribed to Rosemary by her doctor in ROSEMARY’S BABY, and there are moments surrounding the death of the blind man that made me recall BURN, WITCH, BURN.
El Topo (1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky)
Cast : Jodorowsky, Jose Legarreta
Repeat viewing via DVD. The film doesn’t quite hold up for me. What once seemed audacious and mind expanding when I was in my teens (the last time I saw this. Probably on something mind expanding) now seems pretentious and sadly, boring. Its spiritual themes have been picked at by so many other filmmakers so often ( Circle of Iron , The Fountain…) that, through no fault of its own, it feels like a parody of itself. Still some of the imagery is astounding and the musical score seems to both revere and parody Morricone.
Krasnaya palatka / The Red Tent (1969, Mikhail Kalatozov)
Cast : Peter Finch, Hardy Kruger, Claudia Cardinale
When an expedition to the North Pole via dirigible ends in disaster and leaves a handful of men lost in the arctic regions, the commander does what he can to keep his men safe and to facilitate the rescue efforts underway to save them.
This was a joint Russian/Italian production that originally ran three and a quarter hours…the version I saw runs for two hours.
>>Bringing Up Baby is kind of like Full House <<
I wouldn’t know.
A Separation – 4 stars
I have no problem with people calling this film the best of the year.
Crazy, Stupid, Love-3.5/5——-love is crazy and stupid and this movie does a good job of reminding us of that….the ending scene at the school was a misstep though…..a little too conventional and silly……almost derails the film….but not quite…..
SABRINA: Hepburn’s so charming in this film that there ought to be a law against it!!! Her performance elevates it far and beyond the rather humdrum script and somewhat average turns by Bogart and Holden. When she isn’t on screen, it’s just nowhere near as engaging, despite Wilder’s involvement. 7-7.5/10(with Hepburn). 5.5-6/10(without)
Win Win (2011) 4/5
Aurora (2010) dir. Cristi Puiu 5/4
3 hours of perfection.
Mommie Dearest (1981) — 4/5
Parents (1989) — 4/5
The Wizard of Oz (1939) — 5/5
Wings of Desire- 3/5
Aguirre: The Wrath of God – 5/5
Alien – 3.5/5
White Dog (1982) — 3.5/5
Miss Julie(1951): quite good, although i couldn’t help but think what it would have been like if Bergman directed it in the late 50’s with ice queen Ingrid Thulin in the role of Miss Julie. ;-) i enjoyed the use of flashbacks and the symbolism was interesting too. i’ll have to watch the 1999 version again just to compare. 7/10
Trois Couleurs: Film Bleu – 7.5/10
Trois Couleurs: Film Blanc – 6/10
Trois Couleurs: Film Rouge – 8/10
Antichrist – 5/10
Cries And Whispers – 9/10
Panaghoy sa suba / The Call of the River (Philippines, 2004, Cesar Montano)
GMA DVD (with English subs)
Cast : Cesar Montano, Juliana Palermo, Jacky Woo
Pinoy film in the Visayan language – set (and shot) in the island of Bohol. The film deals with issues of American colonial arrogance and the Japanese occupation.
Flawed but interesting film with some great moments.
Pickpocket (Sri Lanka, 2002, Linton Semage)
Cast : Linton Semage, Dilhani Ekanayake, Gayani Gisanthika
A pickpocket (Linton Semage) is blamed by his wife for bringing misery to other families and as well as to their own home. Although, he has promised to reform himself, he cannot find another line of work which would bring him a living wage.
Linton Semage uses the story of a pickpocket as a framework for a political message about poverty in his country, and the film impeccably captures the utter destitution of his main characters.
there are some misses tho and the makers act as tho they came up with a porn concept that has been around thru the ages
still Bucky is a sweet character and is given a good support system of actors
anyone not at least modestly entertained has penis issues
^^Should be watching that in the next few days Den.
I like those Happy Madison productions with Sandler’s friends. especially Grandma’s Boy, which Swardson doesn’t think much of, surprisingly. He can’t understand its appeal.
I couldn’t get into it either, tho both are better than Just Go With It
like the best Lucas, corny but heartful and at times wonderful
Rewatch: Mouchette 8/10
Bresson has his usual beautifully fleshed out characters and bleak outlook. On a rewatch the obvious fatalism softens the blow.
Rewatch: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 10/10
If anyone can make a movie succeed solely on personality, even though the plot doesn’t make any sense, it’s Leone.
Tales From A Golden Age 9/10
I love the sort of picture of Communism formed by all these unrelated but similarly themed stories. Everybody is acting absurdly in order to impress the system.
Week end – 10/10 (jlg)