Self-Explanatory. What films did you watch for the week of 4/26/09? Feel free to express all questions, comments, and reactions to what you saw. Let’s see what trends we’re picking up in our own viewing, and across the site as a whole. Myself:
Sunday 4/26: La Strada (1954)
Monday 4/27: …And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986)
Tuesday 4/28: The Lovers (1958)
Wednesday 4/29: Strangers on a Train (1951), The Fire Within (1963)
Thursday 4/30: Das Fidele Gefängnis (1917)
Friday 5/1: River of No Return (1954)
I’ve been watching a lot of Fellini, Preminger, and Malle lately. That’s about the only trend. I clicked on the Netflix view instantly for Strangers on a Train to see what the quality is like. It’s one of those movies that once you watch a little bit, you have to watch the rest. Interested in hearing what people have been watching.
Hmmm let me think.
Saturday 4/25: Scenes from a Marriage
Sunday 4/26: Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom
Monday 4/ 27: none
Tuesday 4/28: none
Wednesday 4/29: none
Thursday 4/30: Young Aphrodites
Friday 5/1: Saraband
I didn’t watch anything in the middle of the week due to a lot of schoolwork.
Jesus Christ, I’d hate to see your after-prom party.
Nothing. But I made a very short film, and I wrote a screenplay draft (which is like watching a film in your own mental projector). Oh no wait: I did watch Revanche
Sunday 4/26 — Wild Guitar/The Choppers (had a need for some Arch Hall Sr. and Arch Hall Jr. drive-in fare)
Monday 4/27 — The Show Off/The Plastic Age (had a need for the actor auteurs Louise Brooks and Clara Bow for an evening)
Tuesday 4/28 — Body of Lies (something serious in case my kids or grandkids dropped by)
Wednesday 4/28 — Skins (A British soap opera filled with nudity, sex, drugs, and college types; watching it I felt as thought my kids and grandkids did return!)
Thursday 4/29 — Life and Nothing But (serious character drama about identifying and burying about 350,000 missing soldiers from WWI)
Friday 4/30 — Germany Year Zero (post-war Germany through the eyes of a 12 year old boy)
Saturday 5/1 — The Night Buffalo (after his girlfriend two-times him with his best buddy, a 22-year-old schizophrenic decides to off himself — but before committing suicide, he devises an intricate scheme designed to drive the two lovers to the depths of insanity.) Really bad!
4/26 Five Easy Pieces (only the first 45 min, have to finish it)
4/28 Spirit of the Beehive
4/30 Syndromes and a Century
4/29 Satyajit Ray’s Jana Aranya (the middle man) and Mahanagar (the big city)
5/2 Scenes from a Marriage
5/3 Pather Panchali (yet another time)
Scenes from a Marriage is now one of my top favorites.
and please take time to watch Ray’s Calcutta Trilogy and Mahanagar, brilliant depicitions on travails of educated youth, struggles in a big city, working women, corporate riddles etc.
Thanks for the suggestion (that was directed at me right?). I have been meaning to see more Ray.
it was a very general suggestion Drew… if you take it on yourself, it still does only good to your cinematic dimension…
What are your thoughts on Scenes from a Marriage?
4/26 (as a birthday present to myself I watched a couple of favorites and a couple of new ones) – Beware of a Holy Whore , Weekend , Three Monkeys ,
and Innocence .
4/27 – Freeway II as well as two short Man Ray films.
4/28 – Wuthering Heights and Faraway, So Close!
4/29 – Cleo from 5 to 7
4/30 – Stalker, La Belle Noiseuse
5/1 – Climates
5/2 – Indiscretion of an American Wife
Quite the magnificent week of film watching for me, almost life changing! Hope to top it this week.
Finally figured out links!
I absolutely loved it. It reminded me of why I loved Children of Paradise. When you think about a 3-5 hour movie you usually think of an epic like Lawrence of Arabia or Seven Samurai or Gone with the Wind, but when a director takes this amount of time to tell a smaller story it creates magic. We get to know these characters and spend time with them over an extended period of time. It makes the audience care so much more about these characters by the end of the film.
What did you think of Saraband?
Yes, after the 5 hours which never demanded a pause, I was overwhelmed and could not get the characters out of my head and the rest of the day I was flying, the same feeling that I go through after a fantastic film experience.Saraband, yet to watch it, it was in the stand by list because I had to finish watching Scenes…
I saw Tokyo!
Well just a heads up the film is not really about Marianne and Johan but about Johan’s son and Johan’s granddaughter. The film is not as good as Scenes but it is very good, but thats obvious because the “A FIlm by Ingmar Bergman” guarantees that.
I watched this the past week from Saturday to Saturday:
Polyester – **** 1/2
Leather Weapon – * 1/2
Sweet Movie – ** 1/2
The Foot Fist Way – * 1/2
Observe and Report – ** 1/2 (2nd viewing)
WR: Mysteries of the Organism – * 1/2
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs – * 1/2
Mulholland Drive – **
Speed Racer – ** 1/2 (2nd viewing)
A Great Day in Harlem – **
The Mechanic – **
Opera – *
17 Again – * 1/2
Topper – **
Howl’s Moving Castle – * 1/2
My Night at Maude’s – ** 1/2
Rope – ****
Russian Ark – *
L’atalante – *
Sorum – 1/2*
Red – **** 1/2
The Piano Teacher – *
Scanners – *
approximately within the last week (i’m a zombie, i don’t remember dates);
Summer of Sam
Ichi The Killer (oh dear)
Dead Ringers (oh my)
Dial M For Murder
Aguirre The Wrath of God
Tears of the Black Tiger
His Girl Friday
Whoa there, when I cut and paste from my document, it comes up with a bunch of false ratings, I will give it another shot:
out of five stars
Polyester – four and a half
Lethal Weapon – three and a half
Sweet Movie – four and a half
The Foot Fist Way – two and a half
Observe and Report – four and a half
WR – two and a half
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs – two and a half
Mulholland Dr – four
Speed Racer – four and a half
A Great Day in Harlem – four
The Mechanic – four
Opera – one
17 Again – two
Topper – three
Howl’s Moving Castle – three and a half
My Night at Maude’s – four and a half
Rope – four
Russian Ark – three
L’atalante – three
Sorum – half a star
Red – four and a half
The Piano Teacher – five
Scanners – three
Saturday Night Fever
Murmur of the Heart
Chris, you scared me for a second…I saw 2 on Mulholland Drive, Maud’s and thought what wrong with the films…. now its clear…
Oh Filmy Andy you have to finish Five Easy Pieces. I got it in a double pack with Easy Rider and was pleasantly surprised how amazing it was.
Sunday: Invasion of the Bee Girls
Monday: Benny’s Video
Tuesday: Night of the Living Dead
Wednesday: Last House on the Left
Friday: Jeremiah Johnson
Saturday: L.A. Confidential
It’s been a good week.
At the cinema:
Razor Blades (Paul Sharits, 1969_)
Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol, 1966_)
La Maman et la Putain (Jean Eustache, 1973)
Chronos (Ron Fricke, 1985_)
Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992_)
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
Powaqqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1988)
Akira Kurosawa’s HIGH AND LOW
John Mackenzie’s THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY
Phyllida Lloyd’s MAMMA MIA
Jean-Luc Godard’s ALPHAVILLE
Richard Linklater’s FAST FOOD NATION
Sidney Lumet’s BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
Jason Reitman’s THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
Don Sharp’s BEAR ISLAND
Paul Morrissey’s FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN
William Friedkin’s TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.
“the earrings of madame de…”, “echoes of silence”, “summer with monika”, the student academy award regional finals, and an open screening of local filmmakers. it seems this is a good time of year for film, as the theaters here are brimming with lovely films throughout the next month, including “lola montes”, a bruce conner memorial, a slew of truffaut, “amarcord”, and “made in u.s.a.”.
Master & Commander
Army of Shadows
au Hasard Balthazar
The Fire Within
Rage In Heaven
3/4 of Monster In Law – oh brother what a disasterous film
a struggle to remember precisely, erm
A Time to Love and a Time to Die
Captains of April
Terra em Transe
Gardens in Autumn
all worthwhile, no outstanding masterpieces (Terra em Transe had the potential) and the winner is…Gardens in Autumn
oh and Dodgeball was on TV yesterday evening, which i saw enough of to switch off, as i’d expected.
any others have slipped my mind for now
Pierrot le Fou
Diary of a Chambermaid (Bunuel)
So Long at the Fair
The Limit of Control (Jarmusch)
The Crime of M. Lange (Renoir)
I’ll do my best to remember them:
Sunday: Slept in (the only day I had the oppurtunity, took full advantage), didn’t end up watching anything
Monday: Three Colours Trilogy
Tuesday: The Puppetmaster, Andrei Rublev
Wednesday: Revanche (then work)
Thursday: Busy, busy, busy… nothing
Friday: Young Aphrodites, Silence and Cry, Ivan’s Childhood
Saturday: Early Summer, To Live (I watched this with a friend. We were supposed to watch 3 Iron, but we ended up seeing this instead, then we got drunk, my head still kind of aches… I’ll need to see it again)
I think that’s all of them, but Three Monkeys may be in there (either last Saturday or Sunday, I think…).