A Fistful of Dynamite (Leone, 1971)
Gentlemen Broncos-so so but a few laughs
Eyes Without a Face-wow
Faust (Jan Svankmajer, 1994)
Timecrimes (Nacho Vigalondo, 2007)
The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg, 1983)
Faust creeped me out, with all of the stop-motion/claymation and marionettes. Great movie though. Timecrimes was enjoyable as well, but seemed similar in some aspects to Primer (2004). The only redeeming quality of The Dead Zone, IMO, was Christopher Walken. When he smashes the table and yells “The ice is gonna break!” I almost crapped myself from laughing so hard.
Revanche, Gotz Spielmann. Pretty damn good. Felt like an early Wim Wenders or Volker Schlorndorff.
Good day for movies. I got to watch three.
Dead Snow (Nazi zombies! More entertaining than I expected.)
The Other Side (religious based indie horror – not too bad)
I finally got arond to watching this early Kubrick. Better than most crime dramas from the period.
just The Reader…it was alright
I took my son to see Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Hunger on Blu Ray
New York, New York
World Trade Center
the sixth sense. still one of my favorite films.
The family and I (Emily and our two kids) watched the Criterion blu-ray of For all Mankind. Later in the evening Emily and I watched Monsoon Wedding, also Criterion blu-ray. This was the first time we had seen either film.
We both really like Monsoon Wedding for a whole host of reasons that likely deserve a review.
For all Mankind on the other hand was good, but not great. Confession though, I think we blew it a little by watching it with the Pilot/Mission subtitles on … seemed to really break up the flow the director wanted to accomplish. The kids really dug the footage though, especially the blas off and the bits about eating and pooping.
Just got done watching Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!
(500) Days of Summer
the WCF restored print of A Brighter Summer Day, which was glorious
I am in the process of finishing Antichrist (2009).
The Killers (1946)
“Eyes Without a Face” (1959)
The Criterion treatment brings this film to life. I couldn’t bring myself to watch the supplemental documentary on French slaughterhouses, though.
henry and june
The Fly (1986)
Andre Arnold’s Cinema 16 short WASP
up next: Black metal documentary UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US…Had to go for a 3 gb download because it’s not on DVD yet and I’m dying to see it.
Just rec’d the Eclipse boxset of Louis Malle’s docs. Watched the first two (“Vive Le Tour” and “Humain, Trop Humain”) last night. The latter, especially, mesmerized me.
Who’d have thought watching cars being built for nearly an hour without dialogue or music could be such a gaze into the soul. All sorts of notions presented themselves, e.g. worker safety, “be happy in your work” (River Kwai), individualism on the assembly line, etc.
In contrast to the work at the car factory, 12 minutes is shown of these same cars being criticized, applauded and purchased quite passionately by the public at an auto show. Then, it’s back to the dispassion of their creation. Where car owners find an expression of their identities in selecting a vehicle, the Citreon workers seem to have lost theirs at the factory.
Watched To Catch a Thief, quite entertaining. Makes me want to go to Southern France and spend the rest of my life there. And Cary Grant, what an impeccably dressed man.
Also watched Vinyan afterwards, not sure what I think of the film. I appreciate the imagery and the ideas, but it was hard for me to connect with Emmanuelle Béart’s character.
Louis Malle’s “Phantom India”.
His camera as an intruder. His perplexity as a guide. His subjects as teachers. Fascinating beyond belief.
I watched Eyes Wide Shut and Fantastic Mr. Fox today… technically. It was after midnight last night lol.
Jardun: What did you think of EWS?
I’ve watched this three times in the last few days, fascinates me like no other Kubrick film.
I absolute loved it, but I feel it needs at least one more viewing just to solidify it in my head. I felt that the lighting, the shots, and the over all design of the film are 100% spot on, and as with Kubrick the writing and direction were fantastic. I was enthralled in the movie really, I couldn’t look away lol. I was surprised that I could actually tolerate Tom Cruise… and Nicole Kidman was dead sexy. I really loved it, but I have yet to see a Kubrick film I didn’t love or I wasn’t fascinated with instantly.
Jardun: I agree, I love his use of color in all of his films but there was an added richness to them that I don’t think is exactly the same as his other films [ even Barry Lyndon ].
I loved it both on the first and second viewings but I think it really ‘clicked’ together for me when I watched it again tonight, after having discussed it briefly on here. I’ve not seen much of either of their work, but I did like Cruise and even more so Kidman in this film.
I haven’t seen a film in a week.
I feel weak and useless.