I watched “Sunset Boulevard” for the sixth or seventh time. But this one was special. In Chicago’s Grant Park with about three thousand other people, under the stars.
@Fredo – “Forbidden Games” is one of my favorite movies of all time. The first time I saw it, I felt a little like you. But I saw it by accident before Criterion released it, and I was a little sideswiped. Since then I’ve come to see that it’s a very rich film that speaks to me on very personal levels.
Nathan – May I ask why it’s one of your favorites? I literally just finished watching it and liked it a lot. The kids were so good, especially the girl. But I’m not sure I feel too passionately about it and wonder why it speaks to you so much.
You know that time before you go to sleep, when your mind is caught up in that relationship, and you rework it, and remember it, but half-dream keeps slipping in, and you try to hold on to what you remember, and the other person in the relationship responds, but only as you to yourself, so you try to evade sentimental endings, pathos, romantic stories everyone’s familiar with but don’t stand to reality, but holding it all in your grasp, with your mind muddled at sleep’s edge, you have conversations with words semantically correct but nonsense, but they express all the meaning you wanted to express, except they depend on the exact right position, the exact right circumstance, and you fall into revisionism, and you fall into delusions of grandeur, and you fall into loneliness, and behind it all you are disturbed because of the maze you’ve made out of fixation, the myth you’ve made out of fixation, you are disturbed because you’re afraid of fixation, and the myth you’ve made is of romance, and the maze you’ve made is out of your feelings for the relationship, and you know, behind it all, that the only reason you feel this way is because you don’t actually have the relationship, and in your dream state you accidentally think of taking the relationship, of losing the relationship, of ending the relationship, and in your dream state you snap awake moments when you lose track of the consciousness, which doesn’t differ too far from the relationship, and you slowly fall asleep rewriting and rewriting the happy ending, until you settle on the most ambiguous one you can offer, because that is the status of the relationship, or non-relationship as it could be, because it is you remembering and dreaming?
That’s Last Year at Marienbad.
In A Lonely Place. Then all of the special features.
Rescue Dawn, Herzog did an effective job on the feeling of the film, but it could have benefited from a extra hour, or so.
Dead Man’s Shoes. I want more of Shane Meadows. I’m yet to see Somers Town, and I wish there was a way I could watch all his shorts from the past.
Woke up and watched Notorious…my third Hitchcock film. (I know, I know)
Then proceeded to watch Cleo from 5 to 7.
I watched Seeing Other People (2004) just to try something different. It wasn’t good, but tolerable. It didn’t seem like any acting was taking place, just a bunch of people who seemed to behave as they would on a regular basis. Except for the post-Harvard blond crackhead.
Last night, though, I watched Sex and Lucia (2001) which was great. And then One Missed Call 2 (2005) which sucked (to say the least) compared to the 1st one.
L’Histoire D’Adele H – Truffaut
Well, it was after midnight, I think, so I guess it’s “today” — but “Bergman Island,” which was by turns revelatory in how it humanized the Swede of myth, and uncomfortably disquieting in how it really, really humanized the Swede of myth.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Salo. Hmm…without going into any detail I’d give it 5/10
I watched Eric Rohmer’s The Bakery Girl of Monceau. Interesting film, to say the least. I liked it quite a bit (it’s always nice to see Paris), but I guess my only problem was that I considered the narrator’s choice at the end to be a bit amoral. Then again, the bakery girl was only eighteen, and he was only to be with her because he couldn’t find Sylvie, the ove of his life. I think the material could have been handled a little better, perhaps, but it was still enjoyable, and I liked the characterization of the protagonist; the guy was not really good or bad, although, at timnes, he was a bit of a bastard. Haha.
Songs from the Second Floor
That was unexpected.
le feu follet
It was like going over to a good friend’s house where you’ve spent many a holiday and have had dozens of celebrations but tonight just for a simple, home-cooked meal.
Drums Along the Mohawk.
I came across a John Ford box set at Costco for $20. Before purchasing it, I wanted to see “Drums” again, so I borrowed it from a friend. Satisfied, I’ve decided to buy the set.
Au Revoir les Enfants.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceKnowing
A few episodes of The X-Files: “Red Museum”, “Excelsis Dei” and “Aubrey”.
The Vanishing (Spoorloos)
The more I think about it the more I realise what a brilliant film it is, quite interested to see the American remake, even with it’s much criticized ‘happy ending’…
Off to watch the new Harry Potter with the family tonight! haha
The return of the living dead! Loved it! I just wish I could’ve seen it when a was a bit younger. Would’ve blown my mind.
Le grand bleu and I am Curious – Yellow.
The Dirty Dozen – fantastic ‘old-school’ WWII movie – difficult to go wrong with that cast (erm.. let’s not mention the sequel)
The People Vs. Larry Flint
Amarcord and The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Both for the first time.
Slacker – 5.5/10