@Zee, I’ve seen all of those except for Dersu Uzala. Here’s how I’d rank them from favorite to least favorite:
2. The White Ribbon
3. 12:08 East of Bucharest
4. Dead Ringers
The White Ribbon is probably the greatest film in the history of moving pictures.
I almost forgot that I’m going to a screening of Brian DePalma’s The Fury tonight. It’s part of something called “Actionfest” here and one of the stuntmen from the movie will be there for Q&A. Should be fun!
@Pat and Santino
Thanks, I’ll definitely try to watch Head-On and White Ribbon tonight.
I feel like the only reason Cassavetes did The Fury (besides maybe needing the money) was because of that ending. lol
@santino: That very well may be, but he did give one of the best quotes a filmmaker could give:
“I hate entertainment.”
Yeah, the Fury is middling at best, but then the ending elevates it to a strong 3 stars in my book. Just the fact that it’s fucking John Cassavettes!!!
Seriously, though, why did Cassavettes do the Fury? And I wonder what his rapport with de Palma was like…
EDIT: AHHH – NATHAN!!!! ASK THE STUNTMAN WHAT THEIR RAPPORT WAS LIKE!!!!!!
I decided last minute to go see Cabin in the Woods and I’m glad I did. It was delightful.
@Drunken – Well, I didn’t get your question in time to ask the stunt man about the rapport between Cassavetes and DePalma, but he did say that DePalma was a really good guy to work with and that DePalma was not very flexible on creative decisions. He described his stunt work on the scene in which Carrie Snodgress gets run over by a car with some interest. Apparently DePalma wanted the scene shot so that Snodgress just kinda plopped on the top of the hood. Stunt guy told DePalma that it wouldn’t look good that way, but DePalma insisted. When the dailies showed a lackluster scene, the producer tried to blame it on the stunt guy, but DePalma actually took responsibility and reshot the scene as the stunt guy had suggested, with Snodgress falling through the windshield.
Interesting fact about that scene: it was shot on the corner of Astor and Schiller in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. I used to take frequent walks in that area during my college years.
Yeah, The Fury is pretty middling, but that ending is so amazing. I had a good time. Would much rather see Blow Out on a big screen, though.
In order of priority.
1. Mysteries of Lisbon
2. Paris Nous Appartient
6. Cabin in the Woods(maybe)
7. The Mill and the Cross
I’m feeling kinda tempted to see Cabin In The Woods tomorrow with friends and kinda tempted to stay home, eat too many chips and watch an old Woody Allen flick. We’ll see…
Other films on my list for the weekend:
Fellini’s 8 ½
Alfredson’s Let The Right One In
something by Kiarostami—I know they have a couple of his bigger films at the local library; I’ll probably swing by tomorrow morning to check.
To Live and Die in L.A.
The Rules of the Game (finally)
Eyes Without a Face
The Three Stooges(?)
The Cabin in the WoodsSans Soleil (again)
The Tree of Life (again)
The Ides of March
This weekend went to shit. Filming fell apart after the director’s daughter had a seizure in between takes on Saturday. She’s in the hospital and production is delayed. I managed to sneak in Fred Williamson’s Death Journey last night before news came of my great-aunt’s death. Today everyone was basically in a catatonic state, although I’ve finally rallied my dad into his first and my umpteenth viewing of Borat.
That’s sad, Joe.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is finally playing here.
Thanks, Dude. Matt, I’ve not seen it, but you can’t go wrong with John C. Reilly.
Well, I finally saw Blade Runner this weekend. It was overrated but still good.
Watched Road to Nowhere, The Cabin in the Woods and Mysteries of Lisbon this weekend. Completely inadvertent but all metafictions despite being very different from each other.
Hope we have another one of these forums this weekend. In that case, I’ll be watching:
The Rules of the Game
The Interrupters (again)
The Stunt Man
Cross of Iron (again)
Day of the Dead
A Charlie Chaplin double feature: The Kid and City Lights
Well didn’t get around to seeing Gone With the Wind like I planned. Instead I watched:
Cabin in the Woods
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Paris Belongs to Us
What I actually watched:
12:08 East of Bucharest
Into the Abyss
Alice in the Cities (currently watching)
I usually do better than this, but it’s been a busy weekend.
I can do this thread every weekend, Dude. It seems to be a hit.
As it turns out
O Brother Where Art Thou?
More than I thought I’d get in. The Fury and O Brother were repeat views.
^What did you think of Carnage, Nathan?
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below
One Hour with You
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
also Puhelinkoppi (1882-2007) here on Mubi, and several episodes of “Fraggle Rock” while doing other things.
I ended up seeing Cabin in the Words (which was ok) and the doc For the Love of Movies (which was also ok).
I’m seeing The Hunter tonight.
Return of the Jedi
Sword of Doom
Godzilla (Criterion BD)
War of the Worlds (Byron Haskins -1953)
Now that lineup was great entertainment (Though I still contend that Return of the Jedi, and not The Phantom Menace, as most seem to hold, was the worst of Lucas’ series).