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FILMS SEEN IN 2012 PART 2

by Coheed 2.5
Link To First List – Films Seen In 2012 Part 1 [As with the 2011 lists] This year, I’m continuing to note down all the films and any other works I’ve watched like last year. This time however, I am not just including the ones I’ve seen for the first time, but those I’ve rewatched too. Also for this year I’m adding additional information, such as the country the film is from, and dividing what I’ve watched by month (this second part will cover August to December, or as close to it as possible). Note: I may try some new things with these lists this year. If it does happen, I will edit them in accordance. Films Seen In May 2012 The King of… Read more

Link To First List – Films Seen In 2012 Part 1

[As with the 2011 lists] This year, I’m continuing to note down all the films and any other works I’ve watched like last year. This time however, I am not just including the ones I’ve seen for the first time, but those I’ve rewatched too. Also for this year I’m adding additional information, such as the country the film is from, and dividing what I’ve watched by month (this second part will cover August to December, or as close to it as possible).

Note: I may try some new things with these lists this year. If it does happen, I will edit them in accordance.

Films Seen In May 2012

The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson, 1972/USA) – 3/10
A Monkey’s Raincoat (Mani Kaul, 2005/Netherlands) – 6/10
Demons 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986/Italy) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Double Dragon (James Yukich, 1994/USA) – 6/10
The Keep (Michael Mann, 1983/UK) – 10/10
Red Wolf (Woo-ping Yuen, 1995/Hong Kong) – 4/10
Endhiran (S. Shankar, 2010/India) – 7/10
Fit To Kill (Andy Sidaris, 1993/USA) – 4/10
Hell Ride (Larry Bishop, 2008/USA) – 3/10
Limite (Mario Peixoto, 1931/Brazil) – 4/10
Final Impact (Joseph Merhi and Stephen Smoke, 1992/USA) – 5/10
Southland Tales (Richard Kelly, 2007/France-Germany-USA) – 3/10 [Rewatch]

La Blue Girl Returns [British, English Language Butchered Release] (Hiroshi Ogawa and Yoshitaki Fujimoto, 2001/Japan)
– Demon Seed Eps. 1-2 – 3/10 [Rewatch]
– Shikima Lust Eps. 3-4 – Not Rated
– Altogether – 2/10

The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973/Mexico-USA) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011/USA) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
Batman & Robin (Joel Schumacher, 1997/UK-USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman, 2011/France-USA) – 5/10
Slow Joe (Steve Boot and Phil Gray, 2009/UK) – 6/10
Chesty Anderson, USN (Ed Forsyth, 1976/USA) – 6/10
Smile Orange (Trevor D. Rhone, 1976/Jamaica) – 8/10
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Ngai Kai Lam, 1991/Hong Kong-Japan) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
RoboCop 3 (Fred Dekker, 1993/USA) – 5/10
I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses (Murray Markowitz, 1978/Canada) – 4/10
Lake Placid 3 (G.E. Furst, 2010/USA) – 2/10
Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951/USA) – 6/10
Avalanche Express (Mark Robson [& Monte Hellman], 1979/Ireland-USA) – 8/10
Captain America (Albert Pyun, 1990/USA-Yugoslavia) – 4/10
Yuriko’s Aroma (Kôta Yoshida, 2010/Japan) – 6/10
The King of Fighters (Gordon Chan, 2010/Canada-Germany-Japan-Taiwan-USA-UK) – 2/10
Demons (Lamberto Bava, 1985/Italy) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979/Soviet Union) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Dead Snow (Tommy Wirkola, 2009/Norway) – 5/10
3000 Miles to Graceland (Demian Lichtenstein, 2001/USA) – 4/10 [Rewatch]
Princess from the Moon (Kon Ichikawa, 1987/Japan) – 8/10
Profound Desires of the Gods (Shôhei Imamura, 1968/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
The Raid: Redemption (Gareth Evans, 2011/Indonesia-USA) – 5/10
Ashik Kerib (Sergei Parajanov & Dodo Abashidze, 1988/Georgia-Soviet Union) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (Andrea Bianchi, 1981/Italy) – 2/10
Dajang Soembi, The Woman Who Was Married To A Dog (Edwin, 2004/Indonesia) – 5/10
Profound Desires of the Gods (Shôhei Imamura, 1968/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]

Panda Go Panda! (Dir. Isao Takahata, 1972-1973)
– Panda Family aka. Panda! Go Panda! (Isao Takahata, 1972/Japan) – 7/10
– The Circus In The Rain aka. Panda Kopanda Rainy Day Circus (Isao Takahata, 1973/Japan) – 7/10

Nico aka. Above the Law (Andrew Davis, 1988/Hong Kong-USA) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
Hobo with a Shotgun (Jason Eisener, 2011/Canada) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (Rodney Amateau, 1987/USA) – 2/10
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927/USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999/France) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
The Vengeance of the Mummy aka. La venganza de la momia (Carlos Aured, 1973/Spain) – 3/10
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009/USA) – 3/10
Man Hunt (Fritz Lang, 1941/USA) – 5/10
The New York Ripper (Lucio Fulci, 1982/Italy) – 4/10
Speed Racer (Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 2008/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Intrepidos Punks (Francisco Guerrero, 1980/Mexico) – 6/10
Naked Island (Kaneto Shindô, 1960/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]

Best Film of the Month – Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979/Soviet Union) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Biggest Surprise of the Month – The Keep (Michael Mann, 1983/UK) – 10/10
Discovery of the Month – Princess from the Moon (Kon Ichikawa, 1987/Japan) – 8/10/Smile Orange (Trevor D. Rhone, 1976/Jamaica) – 8/10
Biggest Change of Opinion – Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927/USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Biggest Disappointment of the Month – Man Hunt (Fritz Lang, 1941/USA) – 5/10
Guilty Pleasure of the Month – Batman & Robin (Joel Schumacher, 1997/UK-USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]

The Para-Bizarre Moment of the Month – Timothy Agoglia Carey in Chesty Anderson, USN (Ed Forsyth, 1976/USA) – 6/10/ The Whole of La Blue Girl Returns [British, English Language Butchered Release] (Hiroshi Ogawa and Yoshitaki Fujimoto, 2001/Japan)

Worst Film of the Month – The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (Rodney Amateau, 1987/USA) – 2/10
The Steven Seagal Award For Best Worst Scene of April 2012 – N/A

54 Works Watched In May
18 Rewatched Works
36 New Works Seen
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Films Seen In June 2012

A Chinese Ghost Story (Siu-Tung Ching, 1987/Hong Kong) – 8/10
Kaboom (Gregg Araki, 2010/France-USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
The H-Man (Ishiro Honda, 1958/Japan) – 4/10
A Screaming Man (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2010/Belgium-Chad-France) – 8/10
Rambo: First Blood Part II (George P. Cosmatos, 1985/USA) – 4/10 [Rewatch]
Battle in Outer Space (Ishirô Honda, 1959/Japan) – 5/10
House of Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou, 2004/China-Hong Kong) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922/Germany) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
JCVD (Mabrouk El Mechri, 2008/Belgium-France-Luxembourg) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán, 2010/Chile-France-Germany) – 4/10
Kim Newman’s Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (Jake West, 2010/UK) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter, 1982/USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Devil’s Den (Jeff Burr, 2006/USA) – 2/10
Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975/Japan-Soviet Union) – 9/10
Hercules (Luigi Cozzi, 1983/Italy-USA) – 6/10
Mothra (Ishirô Honda, 1961/Japan) – 7/10
The Adventures of Hercules (Luigi Cozzi, 1985/Italy-USA) – 6/10
Belly of the Beast (Siu-Tung Ching, 2003/Canada-Hong Kong-UK) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
Freedom (Sharunas Bartas, 2000/France-Lithuania-Portugal) – 3/10
Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green, 2001/USA) – 3/10
A Woman’s Case (Jacques Katmor, 1969/Israel) – 4/10
Titanic: The Legend Goes On… aka. Titanic: The Animated Movie [Cut Version] (Camillo Teti, 2001/Italy) – 3/10
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (Steve Roberts, 1980/UK) – 4/10
Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2002/France-Thailand) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-jun, 2011/Finland-Japan-South Korea) – 8/10
The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (Christy Garland, 2012/Canada-Denmark-Guyana-Sweden) – 5/10
Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore, 2002/Canada-Germany-USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Shiver of the Vampires (Jean Rollin, 1971/France) – 6/10
Futtocks End (Bob Kellett, 1970/UK) – 7/10
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (Jake West, 2010/UK) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé, 2010/Canada-France-Germany-Italy) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Father’s Day (Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski & Conor Sweeney, 2011/Canada-USA) – 4/10
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (Kevin Billington, 1970/UK) – 8/10
Executioners (Siu-Tung Ching and Johnnie To, 1993/Hong Kong) – 5/10
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Benjamin Christensen, 1922/Denmark-Sweden) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Naked Weapon (Ching Siu-Tung, 2002/Hong Kong) – 3/10
Your Highness (David Gordon Green, 2011/USA) – 4/10
Derek and Clive Get the Horn (Russell Mulcahy, 1979/UK) – 7/10
Diary of a Lost Girl (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929/Germany) – 8/10
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (Wych Kaosayananda aka. Kaos, 2002/Germany-USA) – 3/10
La Ve De Jesus aka. The Life of Jesus (Bruno Dumont, 1997/France) – 10/10
Crush (Alison Maclean, 1992/New Zealand) – 7/10
Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991/France-Italy-Japan-Netherlands-UK) – 10/10
Atomic Dog (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1998/USA) – 6/10
Fist of Fury (Wei Lo, 1972/Hong Kong) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
Ivul (Andrew Kotting, 2009/France-Switzerland) – 4/10
The Grey (Joe Carnahan, 2011/USA) – 10/10
The Milky Way (Luis Buñuel, 1969/France-Italy-West Germany) – To Rewatch
Gurren Lagann (Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2007/Japan) – 6/10 [Anime Series]
Frau im Mond aka. Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang, 1929/Germany) – 4/10
Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, 1995/UK-USA) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (George Barry, 1977/USA) – 8/10
Attack Girls’ Swim Team Versus the UnDead (Kôji Kawano, 2007/Japan) – 7/10

Best Film of the Month – Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2002/France-Thailand) – 10/10 [Rewatch]

Biggest Surprise of the Month – The Grey (Joe Carnahan, 2011/USA) – 10/10/Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991/France-Italy-Japan-Netherlands-UK) – 10/10/Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-jun, 2011/Finland-Japan-South Korea) – 8/10

Discovery of the Month – Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (George Barry, 1977/USA) – 8/10
Biggest Change of Opinion – Fist of Fury (Wei Lo, 1972/Hong Kong) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
Biggest Disappointment of the Month – Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán, 2010/Chile-France-Germany) – 4/10
(Non) Guilty Pleasure of the Month – Attack Girls’ Swim Team Versus the UnDead (Kôji Kawano, 2007/Japan) – 7/10
The Para-Bizarre Moment of the Month – Attack Girls’ Swim Team Versus the UnDead (Kôji Kawano, 2007/Japan) in its enterly
Worst Film of the Month – Devil’s Den (Jeff Burr, 2006/USA) – 2/10
The Steven Seagal Award For Best Worst Scene of June 2012 – English Speaking teacher scenes from Attack Girls’ Swim Team Versus the UnDead (Kôji Kawano, 2007/Japan)

53 Works Watched In June
15 Rewatched Works
38 New Works Seen
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Films Seen In July 2012

The Milky Way (Luis Buñuel, 1969France-Italy-West Germany) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Azumanga Daioh (Hiroshi Nishikiori, 2002/Japan) – 6/10 [Anime Series]
Azumanga Daioh: The Very Short Movie (Hiroshi Nishikiori, 2001/Japan) – 6/10
Zombie Self-Defense Force aka. Zonbi jieitai (Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2006/Japan) – 1/10
Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969/Japan) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel, 1974/France-Italy) – 9/10
The Mutations aka. The Freakmaker (Jack Cardiff, 1974/UK) – 6/10
Zombie Hunter Rika aka. Saikyô heiki joshikôsei: Rika – zonbi hantâ vs saikyô zonbi Gurorian (Ken’ichi Fujiwara, 2008/Japan) – 6/10
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Neveldine-Taylor, 2012/United Arab Emirates-USA) – 6/10
Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967/France-Italy) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967/France-Italy) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (John Hughes, 1987/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974/France) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (Albert Band, 1978/Italy-USA) – 5/10
City of Men (Paulo Morelli, 2007/Brazil) – 5/10
Toute la mémoire du monde (Alain Resnais, 1956/France) – 6/10
The Haunted Curiosity Shop (Walter R. Booth, 1901/UK) – 6/10
Nightbeast (Don Dohler, 1982/USA) – 5/10
Hard to Die (Jim Wynorski, 1990/USA) – 2/10
Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (Akio Jissoji, 1988/Japan) – 4/10
My Bloody Valentine 3-D (Patrick Lussier, 2009/USA) – 3/10
Redline (Takeshi Koike, 2009/Japan) – 10/10
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972/France-Italy-Spain) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
Riot in Cell Block 11 (Don Siegel, 1954/USA) – 6/10
Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006/Germany-Paraguay-Uruguay-USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Memories of Underdevelopment aka. Memorias del subdesarrollo (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968/Cuba) – 6/10
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978/USA) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
Psycho Beach Party (Robert Lee King, 2000/Australia-USA) – 6/10
Super Size Me (Morgan Spurlock, 2004/USA) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Applause (Rouben Mamoulian, 1929/USA) – 6/10
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1998/UK-USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Neon Maniacs (Joseph Mangine, 1986/USA) – 6/10
Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning (Tony Jaa & Panna Rittikrai, 2008/Thailand) – 5/10
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988/USA) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981/France-West Germany) – 9/10
Doom (Andrzej Bartkowiak, 2005/Czeck Republic-Germany-UK-USA) – 4/10 [Rewatch]
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971/Australia-USA) – 8/10
DOA: Dead or Alive (Corey Yuen, 2006/Germany-UK-USA) – 4/10
Two or Three Things I Know About Her… (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967/France) – 8/10
Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (Philippe Mora, 1985/UK-USA) – 4/10
The Man from Hong Kong (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1975/Australia-Hong Kong) – 6/10
Terror Firmer (Lloyd Kaufman, 1999/USA) – 4/10
Expect No Mercy (Zale Dalen, 1995/USA) – 6/10
Shogun Assassin (Robert Houston, 1980/Japan-USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Kung Fu Killers (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1974/Australia) – 6/10
Hospitals Don’t Burn Down (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1978/Australia) – 7/10
A Return to Salem’s Lot (Larry Cohen, 1987/USA) – 5/10
The Expert (Rick Avery, 1995/USA) – 6/10
Wichita (Jacques Tourneur, 1955/USA) – 5/10
The Blade (Tsui Hark, 1995/Hong Kong) – 4/10
Green Fish (Chang-dong Lee, 1997/South Korea) – 8/10
Eyeball (Umberto Lenzi, 1975/Italy-Spain) – 2/10

Scooby Doo Meets Batman (2010/DVD Compilation) [USA]
– The Caped Crusader Caper (Joseph Barbera & William Hana, 1972/TV Episode) – 3/10
– The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair (Joseph Barbera & William Hana, 1972/TV Episode) – 4/10
– Altogether – 4/10

The King (James Marsh, 2005/UK-USA) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
Münchhausen (Josef von Báky, 1943/Germany) – 6/10
F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1973/France-Iran-West Germany) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
The Dallas Connection (Christian Drew Sidaris, 1994/USA) – 5/10
The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976/USA) – 10/10
Lunacy (Jan Svankmajer, 2005/Czeck Republic-Japan-Slovakia) – 10/10
What Women Want (Nancy Meyers, 2000/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973/West Germany) – 9/10
Congo (Frank Marshall, 1995/USA) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
(Blooper) Bunny! (Greg Ford & Terry Lennon, 1991/USA) – 6/10
Blood Diner (Jackie Kong, 1987/USA) – 4/10
The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977/France) – 8/10
The 6th Day (Roger Spottiswoode, 2000/USA) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Van Gogh (Maurice Pialat, 1991/France) – 8/10
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (John Rawlins, 1947/USA) – 6/10
Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967/France-Italy) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Ultimate Warrior (Robert Clouse, 1975/USA) – 6/10

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (2003/Compilation) [Rewatch]
– Second Vilbel [By Autechre] (Chris Cunningham, 1995/Music Video) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
– Come To Daddy [By Aphex Twin] (Chris Cunningham, 1997/Music Video) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
– Only You [By Portishead] (Chris Cunningham, 1997/UK/Music Video) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
– Frozen [By Madonna] (Chris Cunningham, 1998/USA/Music Video) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
– Afrika Shox [By Leftfield feat. Afrika Bambaataa] (Chris Cunningham, 1998/Music Video) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
– Come On My Selector [By Squarepusher] (Chris Cunningham, 1998/UK/Music Video) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
– Windowlicker (Dir. Chris Cunningham, 1999/UK/Music Video) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
– All Is Full Of Love [By Bjork] (Chris Cunningham, 1998/Iceland-UK/Music Video) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
– Monkey Drummer (Chris Cunningham, 2000/UK) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
– Mental Wealth [Sony Playstation] (Chris Cunningham, 1999/Commercial) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
– Photocopier [Levis] (Chris Cunningham, --/Commercial) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
– Engine [Nissan] (Chris Cunningham, --/Short) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
– Windowlicker [Bleeped Version] (Chris Cunningham, 1999/UK/Music Video) – 8/10
– Altogether – 8/10

Best Film of the Month – Lunacy (Jan Svankmajer, 2005/Czeck Republic-Japan-Slovakia) – 10/10
Biggest Surprise of the Month – The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976/USA) – 10/10
Discovery of the Month – The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976/USA) – 10/10
Biggest Change of Opinion – Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Bunuel in General
Biggest Disappointment of the Month – Nightbeast (Don Dohler, 1982/USA) – 5/10
(Non) Guilty Pleasure of the Month – Congo (Frank Marshall, 1995/USA) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
The Para-Bizarre Moment of the Month – Windowlicker (Dir. Chris Cunningham, 1999/UK/Music Video) – 8/10
Worst Film of the Month – Zombie Self-Defense Force aka. Zonbi jieitai (Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2006/Japan) – 1/10
The Steven Seagal Award For Best Worst Scene of July 2012 – Evil Clown From Expect No Mercy (Zale Dalen, 1995/USA) – 6/10

84 Works Watched In July
32 Rewatched Works
52 New Works Seen
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Films Seen In August 2012

Things (Andrew Jordan, 1989/Canada) – 7/10
The Beast In Space (Alfonso Brescia, 1980/Italy) – 2/10
The Playbirds (Willy Roe, 1978/UK) – 2/10
The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, 2006/Canada-USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Woods (Lucky McKee, 2006/Germany-USA-UK) – 4/10
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963/USA) – 10/10
Private Fears in Public Places (Alain Resnais, 2006/France-Italy) – 5/10
Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994/USA) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog, 2009/Germany-USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
The Toxic Avenger (Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz, 1984/USA) – 6/10
The Party and the Guests (Jan Nemec, 1966/Czechoslovakia) – 8/10
Prison on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987/Hong Kong) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Ong-Bak 3: The Final Battle (Tony Jaa & Panna Ritthikrai, 2010/Thailand) – 3/10
Bill Bailey: Tinselworm (Nick Handford, 2008/UK) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Spione aka. Spies (Fritz Lang, 1928/Germany) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Super (James Gunn, 2010/USA) – 6/10
Highlander: The Source (Brett Leonard, 2007/Lithuania-UK-USA) – 6/10
Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995/UK-USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Crank (Neveldine/Taylor, 2006/USA) – 8/10
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin, 2011/USA) – 6/10
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Uli Edel, 2008/Czech Republic-France-Germany) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943/Denmark) – 10/10
Day of the Warrior (Andy Sidaris, 1996/USA) – 4/10
Konga (John Lemont, 1961/UK-USA) – 4/10
Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (Jan Svankmajer, 2010/Czech Republic-Japan-Slovakia) – 10/10
The Man With A Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929/Soviet Union) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Saraband (Ingmar Bergman, 2003/Austria-Denmark-Finland-Germany-Italy-Sweden) – 8/10
Angel on the Right aka. Fararishtay kifti rost (Jamshed Usmonov, 2002/France-Italy-Switzerland-Tajikistan) – 8/10
Ninja in the Dragon’s Den (Corey Yuen, 1982/Hong Kong) – 8/10
The Molly Maguires (Martin Ritt, 1970/USA) – 6/10
Jour de Fete (Jacques Tati, 1949/France) – 8/10
The Blue Light aka. Das Blaue Licht (Leni Riefenstahl & Béla Balázs, 1932/Germany) – 5/10
Batman (Leslie H. Martinson, 1966/USA) – 8/10
The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963/USA) – 7/10
Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (Jan Svankmajer, 2010/Czech Republic-Japan-Slovakia) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Robert Drew, 1963/USA) – 5/10
Faces of November (Robert Drew, 1964/USA) – 7/10
Fertile Green [By High On Fire] (Phil Mucci, 2012/Music Video) – 6/10
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai, 1995/Hong Kong) – 8/10
Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes, 2011/USA) – 4/10
Highlander II: The Quickening (Russell Mulcahy, 1991/Argentina-France-UK) – 7/10
Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica, 1998/Austria-Federal Republic of Yugoslavia-France-Germany-Greece-USA) – 10/10
without title (Viktor & Rolf, 2002/Installation Piece) – 6/10 [Loud & Clear DVD/2002]
without title (Viktor & Rolf, and David Droga, 2002/Installation Piece) – 6/10 [Loud & Clear DVD/2002)
The Searchers (John Ford, 1956/USA) – 6/10
Cemetary Man aka. Dellamorte Dellamore (Michele Soavi, 1994/France-Germany-Italy) – 6/10

The Erotic Films of Peter De Rome (1973/USA)
– Double Exposure (1969/USA) – 8/10
– Hot Pants (1971/USA) – 8/10
– The Second Coming (1972/USA) – 6/10
– Daydreams From A Crosstown Bus (1972/USA) – 7/10
– Mumbo Jumbo (1972/USA) – 8/10
– Green Thoughts (1972/USA) – 7/10
– Underground (1972/USA) – 7/10
– Prometheus (1972/USA) – 8/10
– Altogether – 8/10

Fragments: The Incomplete Films of Peter De Rome (Ethan Reid, 2012/UK) – 6/10
The Doom Generation (Gregg Araki, 1995/France-USA) – 7/10
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (Kuang-chi Tu & René Vienet, 1973/France) – 4/10
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki & Masayuki, 1997/Japan) – 5/10
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki, 1997/Japan) – 8/10
Scopo (Peter de Rome, 1966/USA) – 8/10
The Fire Island Kids (Peter de Rome, 1970/USA) – 7/10
Moulage (Peter de Rome, 1971/USA) – 8/10
Brown Study (Peter de Rome, 1979/USA) – 8/10
Abracadaver! (Nathan Schiff, 2008/UK) – 6/10
Picnic (Paul Vester, 1988/UK) – 6/10
Infernal Symphony aka. Scherzo infernal (Walerian Borowczyk, 1984/France) – 6/10
Alien: Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997/USA) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
The Silence (Ingmar Bergman, 1963/Sweden) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Hellzapoppin’ (H.C. Potter, 1941/USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Series 7: The Contenders (Daniel Minahan, 2001/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies: Return to Savage Beach (Andy Sidaris, 1998/USA) – 4/10
The Ancient Set (Steven Claydon, 2008/UK) – 7/10
Orpheus (Jean Cocteau, 1950/France) – 10/10
Combat Shock (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1984/USA) – 7/10
Tokyo Fist (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1995/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Pioneers In Art and Science: Metzger (Ken McMullen, 2004/UK/Short Documentary/University of the Arts London DVD Production) – 5/10
Highlander III: The Sorcerer aka. Highlander: The Final Dimension (Andrew Morahan, 1994/Canada-France-UK) – 6/10
Fellini’s Roma (Federico Fellini, 1972/France-Italy) – 10/10
No Man’s Land (Danis Tanovic, 2001/Belgium-Bosnia and Herzegovina-France-Italy-Slovenia-UK) – 8/10

Best Film of the Month – Tokyo Fist (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1995/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Biggest Surprise of the Month – Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica, 1998/Austria-Federal Republic of Yugoslavia-France-Germany-Greece-USA) – 10/10
Discovery of the Month – The Erotic Films of Peter De Rome (1973/USA) – 4/5
Biggest Change of Opinion – Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995/UK-USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Most Divisive Film of the Month – Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki, 1997/Japan) – 8/10
Biggest Disappointment of the Month – Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (Kuang-chi Tu & René Vienet, 1973/France) – 4/10
(Non) Guilty Pleasure of the Month – Highlander II: The Quickening (Russell Mulcahy, 1991/Argentina-France-UK) – 7/10
The Para-Bizarre Moment of the Month – Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion in its entirety (Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki, 1997/Japan) – 8/10
Worst Film of the Month – The Playbirds (Willy Roe, 1978/UK) – 2/10
The Steven Seagal Award For Best Worst Scene of July 2012 – Michael Ironside and the Underground train in Highlander II: The Quickening (Russell Mulcahy, 1991/Argentina-France-UK)

81 Works Watched In August
16 Rewatched Works
65 New Works Seen
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Films Seen In September 2012

The Day Today (Andrew Gillman, 1994/UK/TV Series) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
American Nightmares [Original Director’s Cut of Combat Shock] (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1984/USA) – 7/10
Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1986/USA) – 7/10
Jonathan of the Night (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1987 [?]/USA) – 6/10
Leave This World [By Circus 2000] (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1982//USA) – 6/10
Planet TT [By Circus 2000] (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1982//USA) – 6/10
Something In The Water [By Circus 2000] (Buddy Giovinazzo, 1982//USA) – 6/10
Subconscious Realities (Buddy Giovinazzo, /USA) – 6/10
The Lobotomy (Buddy Giovinazzo, /USA) – 6/10
The Stabilizer (Arizal, 1986/Indonesia) – 6/10
House On Haunted Hill (William Castle, 1959/USA) – 8/10
Christmas Album (Buddy Giovinazzo, /USA) – 6/10
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Jay Roach, 1997/Germany-USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Angel on the Right aka. Fararishtay kifti rost (Jamshed Usmonov, 2002/France-Italy-Switzerland-Tajikistan) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Almighty Thor (Christopher Ray, 2011/USA) – 2/10
A Snake of June (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2002/Japan) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
James Ellroy’s L.A.: City of Demons (2011/USA/TV Series) – 5/10
Queen Emeraldas (Yuji Asada, 1998/Japan) – 6/10 [2 Episodes Only?]
The Sky Crawlers (Mamoru Oshii, 2008/Japan) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, 2002/France-Germany-Morocco-Palestine) – 7/10
The Bat (Crane Wilbur, 1959/USA) – 7/10
Highlander: Endgame (Douglas Aarniokoski, 2000/USA) – 3/10
Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht aka. Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog, 1979/France-West Germany) – 10/10 [Rewatch]

Margeret Tait Selected Films 1952-1976
– A Portrait of Ga (1952/UK) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
– Aerial (1974/UK) – 7/10
– Hugh MacDiarmid, A Portrait (1964/UK) – 6/10
– Colour Poems (1974/UK) – 7/10
– Where I Am Is Here (1964/UK) – 8/10
– Place of Work (1976/UK) – 7/10
– Tailpiece (1976/UK) – 7/10
– John Macfadyen (The Stripes in the Tartan) (1970/UK) – 7/10

Battleship (Peter Berg, 2012/USA) – 7/10
Détective (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985/France-Switzerland) – 7/10
Armageddon (Hyunse Lee, 1996/South Korea) – 7/10
Piranha 3DD (John Gulager, 2012/USA) – 6/10
Les Fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) (Agnès Varda, 1961/France) – 6/10
Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962/France-Italy) – 10/10
The So-Called Caryatids aka. Les Dites Cariatides (Agnès Varda, 1984/France) – 6/10
China Girl (Abel Ferrara, 1987/USA) – 5/10
Ghostwatch (Lesley Manning, 1992/UK) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
The Odd Couple (Lau Kar Wing, 1979/Hong Kong) – 8/10
Out of Reach (Po-Chih Leong, 2004/Poland-USA) – 5/10 [Rewatch]
L’anticristo aka. The Antichrist (Alberto De Martino, 1974/Italy) – 3/10
Running Out of Time (Johnnie To, 1999/Hong Kong) – 7/10
The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011/France-Germany-Hungary-Switzerland-USA) – 10/10
Super Mario Bros. (Annabel Jankel & Rocky Morton, 1993/UK-USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Naked Youth aka. Seishun zankoku monogatari (Nagisa Oshima, 1960/Japan) – 6/10
Las Acacias (Pablo Giorgelli, 2011/Argentina-Spain) – 5/10
Hotel Magnezit (Béla Tarr, 1978/Hungary) – 7/10
Strange Circus (Sion Sono, 2005/Japan) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
The Young One (Luis Buñuel, 1960/Mexico-USA) – 7/10
Avalanche (Paul Shapiro, 1994/Canada-USA) – 5/10
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948/UK) – 10/10
Creepozoids (David DeCoteau, 1987/USA) – 3/10
Marvel Avengers Assemble aka. The Avengers (Joss Whedon, 2012/USA) – 6/10
Baby Blood (Alain Robak, 1990/France) – 8/10
I Want Your Love (Dotan Moreno, 2012/Canada-Israel) – 6/10
The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998/France-Iran) – 8/10
Wow, A Talking Fish aka. Ukh ty, govoryashchaya ryba! (Robert Sahakyants, 1983/Soviet Union) – 8/10
(Stephen King’s) The Stand (Mick Garris, 1994/USA) – 4/10 [Rewatch]
Sucker Punch (Zack Snyder, 2011/Canada-USA) – 4/10
Titus Andronicus (Jane Howell, 1985/UK) – 5/10
Running Out of Time 2 (Wing-cheong Law & Johnnie To, 2001/Hong Kong) – 5/10
Family Nest (Bela Tarr, 1979/Hungary) – 7/10
Don’t Go in the House (Joseph Ellison, 1980/USA) – 8/10
Executions (David Herman, Arun Kumar & David Monaghan, 1995/UK) – 6/10
Venus Wars (Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, 1989/Japan) – 6/10
Out-of-Time-Step [From ‘The Master’] (Ray Austin, 1984/USA/TV Episode) – 4/10
California Dreamin’ (Nesfarsit) (Cristian Nemescu, 2007/Romania) – 6/10
California Crisis: Gun Salvo (Mizuho Nishikubo, 1986/Japan) – 8/10 [Rewatch]

Best Film of the Month – The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948/UK) – 10/10 & Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962/France-Italy) – 10/10
Biggest Surprise of the Month – Baby Blood (Alain Robak, 1990/France) – 8/10
Discovery of the Month – Don’t Go in the House (Joseph Ellison, 1980/USA) – 8/10
Biggest Change of Opinion – A Snake of June (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2002/Japan) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Most Divisive Film of the Month – Family Nest (Bela Tarr, 1979/Hungary) – 7/10
Biggest Disappointment of the Month – Las Acacias (Pablo Giorgelli, 2011/Argentina-Spain) – 5/10
(Non) Guilty Pleasure of the Month – Armageddon (Hyunse Lee, 1996/South Korea) – 7/10 & Battleship (Peter Berg, 2012/USA) – 7/10
The Para-Bizarre Film/Scene/Work of the Month – The Day Today (Andrew Gillman, 1994/UK/TV Series) – 9/10 [Rewatch]
Worst Film of the Month – Almighty Thor (Christopher Ray, 2011/USA) – 2/10
The Steven Seagal Award For Best Worst Scene – Barrel to the Head from ‘The Stabilizer’ (Arizal, 1986/Indonesia) – 6/10

70 Works Watched In September
13 Rewatched Works
57 New Works Seen
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Films Seen In October 2012

Vampyres (José Ramón Larraz, 1974/UK) – 3/10
Footprints On The Moon aka. Primal Impulse (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975/Italy) – 8/10
Them (Gordon Douglas, 1954/USA) – 6/10
Child of Darkness, Child of Light (Marina Sargenti, 1991/USA) – 3/10
Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012/France-Germany]) – 8/10
The Guyver: Dark Hero aka. The Guyver 2 (Steve Wang, 1994/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Fall of the House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960/USA) – 7/10
The Beekeeper (Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1986/France-Greece-Italy) – 5/10
Bad Taste (Peter Jackson, 1987/New Zealand) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
The Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Buñuel, 1964/France-Italy) – 8/10
Igodo: The Land of the Living Dead (Andy Amenechi & Don Pedro Obaseki, 1999/Nigeria) – 6/10
Makdee (Vishal Bhardwaj, 2002/India) – 5/10
Kill List (Ben Wheatley, 2011/UK) – 4/10
La Belle et la Bete aka. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946/France) – 10/10
Detention (Joseph Kahn, 2011/USA) – 7/10
Magical Mystery Tour (George Harrison, Bernard Knowles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, 1967/UK) – 6/10
Dead of Night (Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer, Alberto Cavalcanti & Basil Dearden, 1945/UK) – 6/10
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982/USA) – 7/10
Tokyo Zombie (Sakichi Satô, 2005/Japan) – 4/10
The Gleaners & I (Agnès Varda, 2000/France) – 8/10
Homage To Zgougou (Agnès Varda, /Short) – 6/10
Night of the Bloody Apes (René Cardona, 1969/Mexico) – 3/10
The Gleaners and I: 2 Years Later (Agnès Varda, 2002/France) – 7/10
A Cat in the Brain (Lucio Fulci, 1990/Italy) – 3/10 [Rewatch]
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Russ Meyer, 1965/USA) – 8/10
Mature Women With Younger Girls Orgy #2 (Rob Spillone, ) – 6/10
Little Otik (Jan Svankmajer, 2000/Czech Republic-Japan-UK) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Popcorn (Mark Herrier, 1991/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Hands of Orlac (Robert Wiene, 1924/Austria-Germany) – 8/10
Tristana (Luis Buñuel, 1970/France-Italy-Spain) – 8/10
Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000/Canada) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Cyber City Oedo 808 (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1990/Japan) – 7/10
Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
The Other Side of the Underneath (Jane Arden, 1972/UK) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Invisible Man (James Whale , 1933/USA) – 4/10
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (Kenneth Anger, 1954/USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 1969/USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932/Germany) – 10/10
The Boxer’s Omen (Chih-Hung Kwei, 1983/Hong Kong) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
The Wicker Tree (Robin Hardy, 2010/UK) – 8/10
Body Melt (Philip Brophy, 1993/Australia) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Fist of the North Star (Tony Randel, 1995/USA) – 4/10
Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932/Germany) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
The Fall of the House of Usher (Jean Epstein, 1928/France-USA) – 7/10
Bubblegum Crash! (Hiroshi Ishiodori & Hiroyuki Fukushima, 1991/Japan) – 4/10
Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987/USA) – 4/10
Stage Fright (Michele Soavi, 1987/Italy) – 7/10 [Rewatch]
Corpse Bride (Tim Burton & Mike Johnson, 2005/UK-USA) – 6/10
Gunbuster 2 (Kazuya Tsurumaki, 2004-2005/Japan) – 4/10
Blood Feast (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1963/USA) – 6/10
Carving Magic! (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1961/USA) – 5/10
Flesh (Paul Morrissey, 1968/USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
The Living Dead Girl (Jean Rollin, 1982/France) – 8/10
Les pays loin (Jean Rollin, 1965/France) – 6/10
Godzilla vs. Megalon (Jun Fukuda, 1973/Japan) – 6/10
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971/Japan) – 7/10
Revenge of the Zombies (Steve Sekely, 1943/USA) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Central Bazaar (Stephen Dwoskin, 1976/UK) – 10/10
Dreams That Money Can Buy (Hans Richter, 1947/USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Diamonds Are Forever (Guy Hamilton, 1971/UK) – 7/10
Hellsing (Yasunori Urata, 2001-2002/Japan) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill (Peter Perry Jr., 1966/USA) – 6/10
Ravenous (Antonia Bird, 1999/Czeck Republic-UK-USA) – 8/10
Going To Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (Jeff McQueen, 2006/USA) – 5/10
Maniacal (Joe Castro, 2003/USA) – 3/10
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978/USA) – 10/10 [Rewatch]

Best Film of the Month – Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997/Japan) – 10/10 [Rewatch]
Biggest Surprise of the Month – Central Bazaar (Stephen Dwoskin, 1976/UK) – 10/10/Footprints On The Moon aka. Primal Impulse (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975/Italy) – 8/10
Discovery of the Month – Central Bazaar (Stephen Dwoskin, 1976/UK) – 10/10/Footprints On The Moon aka. Primal Impulse (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975/Italy) – 8/10
Biggest Change of Opinion – Flesh (Paul Morrissey, 1968/USA) – 8/10 [Rewatch]
Most Divisive Film of the Month – The Other Side of the Underneath (Jane Arden, 1972/UK) – 6/10 [Rewatch]
Biggest Disappointment of the Month – Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987/USA) – 4/10
(Non) Guilty Pleasure of the Month – Diamonds Are Forever (Guy Hamilton, 1971/UK) – 7/10
The Para-Bizarre Film/Scene/Work of the Month – Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012/France-Germany]) – 8/10
Worst Film of the Month – Vampyres (José Ramón Larraz, 1974/UK) – 3/10
The Steven Seagal Award For Best Worst Scene – Any scene of crying in Blood Feast (Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1963/USA) – 6/10

65 Works Watched In October
19 Rewatched Works
46 New Works Seen

Total Films Seen = 690
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May 2012

Southland Tales (Richard Kelly, 2007/France-Germany-USA) – It is not the disaster of titanic proportions it has been called or I remember it to be from the first viewing years ago, but just a tedious drudge to sit through. Except for one or two interesting or bizarre moments, it’s a director high off a cult hit (Donnie Darko) trying to grapple with the society of the United States at the time and being completely inept in his attempts even if the try was praiseworthy, the constant bombardment of narration and IMPORTANT topics within one work falling flat when you have floating ice cream trucks and cars humping each other. Only Dwayne Johnson tries to salvage the thing with a very different character to his persona. – 3/10

Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman, 2011/France-USA) – This excursion into a French institution detracts from Wiseman’s best virtue as a documentary director, how he manages to slip unnoticed into ordinary, complex life, by reducing it to a surface only view of a group which, will interesting, does come off as cheesy and middlebrow in attitude which goes against their belief in their performances as art. If it stepped away from one of the performances and followed someone else, say the cleaners or more of the performers outside the dressing rooms, rather than the stage and the creators this could have been closer to his best work. – 5/10

Chesty Anderson, USN (Ed Forsyth, 1976/USA) – Its already a bizarre viewing experience with its out-of-place tangents into perverted doctor sketches, erratic pacing and man eating plants, but then you factor in Timothy Agoglia Carey who creates a film of his own within a film where improvisation is taken to extreme and random lengths – it’s both weird for the sake of it and compelling at the same time. – 6/10

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Ngai Kai Lam, 1991/Hong Kong-Japan) – Having read the original manga – which qualifies as one of the few works of any kind to have both continually kept me on my toes in how far and off-quilter it goes, and is a zenith of bad taste and abrupt surrealist – this does lose its impact upon re-viewing it, and while it does has its charm in its splatter aesthetics it is diminished by films which combined similar perversities with unexpected moments of depth and imagination. That said, rather than merely violent trash, it’s blackly humorous Grand-Guignol that is entertaining and never becomes offensive. – 6/10

RoboCop 3 (Fred Dekker, 1993/USA) – Its toned down, but unlike the over exaggerated comments I’ve read by other viewers, this didn’t exactly turn into an episode of the Teletubbies and really become a real family film. It’s not that bad either, but more of a lackadaisical sequel which finishes the story arc but does so like many blockbusters with more empty space than interesting moments. Now if a fourth big budgeted film had been commissioned, the TV films notwithstanding, then we might have seen something truly bad. – 5/10

Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951/USA) – The heavy-handedness of the main issue did undermine the film for me, far too unsubtle when a more controlled, but still this cynical, tone would have made it still scathing and striking for me. How the media is now has affected this portrayal in places, but it’s more the how the ideas were put across on screen. When Kirk Douglas goes beyond being a soulless bastard this film gets far more interesting, awash with beautiful yet overbearing black and white cinematography, getting closer to the unsettling ideas it’s trying to reach and reaching a great ending. – 6/10

Avalanche Express (Mark Robson [& Monte Hellman], 1979/Ireland-USA) – Some may find this to be tedious, but to my delight I loved this film. Stripped of all the tedious plot strands that get added to films and cause them to be dragged down, this is a streamlined suspense movie which, if you peel off the Cold War politics, is spy drama mixed with a tale of human determination in extreme circumstances. Sadly the director and Robert Shaw passed away in post production, but the final film is still very well made. Also look out for David Hess in a small role. – 8/10

Captain America (Albert Pyun, 1990/USA-Yugoslavia) – I find it perversely great this does exist, if only to create an abrupt (and cheaply made) tangent in the history of comic book adaptations. I never want to see a film similar to this one again though…the film is just lifeless, passionless tat, but the world never needs a superhero film with songs as bad as those in it again. How Marvel films are made now sadly prevents such deviations from existing, but the world can live without something that shouldn’t have been attempted with such lack of interest in the material. – 4/10

Yuriko’s Aroma (Kôta Yoshida, 2010/Japan) – A very interesting piece of drama from Japan whose premise intrigues but goes on to something rewarding, a fresh take on erotic desire which – filmed in a digital camera hue only Japanese films seems to have, and is desperately needed for some Western made films – isn’t perfect but does well. With the exception of a pointless scene of softcore ‘lesbian’ titillation out of place in the plot, it shows the building blocks for a director who could go on to make some very good work in their career. – 6/10

The King of Fighters (Gordon Chan, 2010/Canada-Germany-Japan-Taiwan-USA-UK) – While even some of the worst videogame (and general) adaptations from the 1990s had charm or a sense of silly weirdness to them, nothing can be defended in most of the adaptations made after 2000, this one in particular being the most pointless waste of money possible, completely empty, boring and for one or two interesting ideas having many more generic and atrocious ones. It suffocates its viewer in pointless strands of plot, which mean little if it descends into poorly written gibberish, and then crushes one’s head with its tedium. Just avoid. – 2/10

Dead Snow (Tommy Wirkola, 2009/Norway) – After the inspired and hilarious pre-credit sequence using ‘In The Hall of The Mountain King’, it’s disappointing how safe and uninteresting the rest of the film is. Like a lot of post-Millennium horror cinema, regardless if it’s Norwegian or not, it’s a solid movie but merely a regurgitation of horror conventions and references – jump scare early on, rifts on Peter Jackson’s Braindead in the finale etc. – which never braves its own path of gore or kick the viewer in the genitals. Considering this is part of a first wave of Norwegian horror, its ordinariness misses the point of what a movement in the genre should be. – 5/10

Intrepidos Punks (Francisco Guerrero, 1980/Mexico) – Even without English subtitles, this is something to behold. Despite its repetitious, and scuzzy and offensive nature, it’s a gob of spit in the eye for English speaking viewers who think all Mexican cinema is respectable arthouse film. For a film with ‘punks’ in the title, it’s fittingly abrasive and against technical and story expectations. – 6/10

June 2012

Kaboom (Gregg Araki, 2010/France-USA) – It was exceptionally erratic on the first viewing, but on the second it’s wonderfully hedonistic sci-fi sex comedy which is intentionally unserious about anything in itself, managing to be deeply charming and sincere – with a sexual openness I wish existed in more films – all the while being amusing in how deadpan it is when the sci-fi and fantastical aspects appear unexpectedly. The apocalyptic plot could be argued to be an extension of the main character’s burgeoning maturity and sexuality taken to its extreme, and the better for it. – 8/10

A Screaming Man (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2010/Belgium-Chad-France) – A very good drama, thoughtful in its story while, portraying the Chad Civil War in the background with sounds of planes becoming more and more prominent in the soundtrack and the setting become sparser, almost touching on a doomsday scenario where a father has to find himself as his small world slowly disintegrates. It’s a quiet film, which some would say goes against the title, but the emotional core the director adds to his work strengthens it. – 8/10

Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán, 2010/Chile-France-Germany) – The sad beauty of the subject matter is undermined by the tedious and overused documentary structure of the film that is a bane of this type of cinema – cuts to talking head interviews in cramped rooms, static establishing shots with no sense of depth – completely inappropriate when the subject of the past needed a much more abstract essay structure to amplify the message and tone. That it’s about such tragic subject matter makes me guilty for finding it dull, but the poor technical production is unjustifiable. – 4/10

Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter, 1982/USA) – The production is raw to the point its charming, its 42nd Street location feels far more vivid than in more larger-scale stories, the actresses are unglamorous but more beautiful on screen, and Henenlotter’s mix of sympathetic characters and eccentrics with bizarre and downright ridiculous special effects and gross-out gore creates a film that, on a second viewing, is far more imaginative and interesting than more glossier horror films. – 8/10

Devil’s Den (Jeff Burr, 2006/USA) – Not even Ken Foree and a cameo by Zatoichi (??) can save this. A retread of From Dusk From Dawn, it ends up being irritating in its forced, unfunny humour and half-hearted attempts at pathos. Like the main character Quinn, it is obnoxious and painful to sit with, the script the largest part of the problem when the dialogue breaks to pieces when uttered. As a horror film it’s cheap in the macabre side of the genre, presuming women with demonic makeup and a few severed heads is enough for the genre when it needs either to chill the spine, or in this case, have actual good jokes. – 2/10

Freedom (Sharunas Bartas, 2000/France-Lithuania-Portugal) – It is one thing to be open to the viewer, but Freedom is vague to an extreme level, not in terms of a narrative, but vague for a mood film where the atmosphere is the centre piece. It seems juvenile to complain that a film is just wide eyed people standing around like statues rather than actually be people with a script and emotions driving them, but this is sadly one of those cases, a film beautiful to look at but populated by characters without any driving force for the viewer to care about. – 3/10

Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green, 2001/USA) – Its perversely disappointing that a film branded as a disgusting and unspeakably terrible work in cinema’s history is completely void of transgressive badness, the ramblings of an infantile man-child – that are annoying rather than stomp taboos – packed for a period where we had to endure mainstream ‘punk-pop’ and ‘alternative youth culture’ (and dear lord, how bad was the early 2000s at times watching this). The only thing separating this from the other poor comedies of the period is more elephant spunk. – 3/10

Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-jun, 2011/Finland-Japan-South Korea) – Being able to shake the director’s hand personally after the screening added to the joy of seeing this. Not only does it avoid the problems and constructions of documentary films, not to mention horrible sentimentality, but, probably without him realising it when I asked him about it, he also manages to push a visual based medium (film) into allow us as closely as possible to ‘feel’ the world as the deaf-blind Young-Chan does, adding so much to the beautiful relationship on screen. – 8/10

Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé, 2010/Canada-France-Germany-Italy) – It’s not perfect, and I have issues with the length, but I have to celebrate such a daring experiment. Noé is as a subtle as a sledgehammer, and dangerously veers into inserting his head up his own arse at times in his films, but this is an intense drama where he does everything he can to push the medium and with real emotional power. It deserves to be remembered, and frankly, how could you forget it? – 8/10

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (Kevin Billington, 1970/UK) – Areas are dated and some of the jokes are cheap, but this was still an incredible surprise, its themes and ideas still scathing in 2012 Britain and (sadly) still relevant. The technology and fashion may have changed, as well as the gender politics, but the idea of an almost Satanic Peter Cook suddenly appearing, in an almost Kafkaesque scenario, and progressing upwards with the power of advertising, statistics and political manipulation is still relevant and, both in its absurdist and satirical humour, blackly hilarious. – 8/10

July 2012

Hard To Kill (Jim Wynorski, 1990/USA) – A controversial statement this may sound, but titillation is not a bad thing – sexualising the female body (and the male one if a balance was allowed to happen) can be exhilarating. The problem with this, and with many works that I would accuse as justifiably sexist, is that there is such laziness and arbitrariness of the film and its plotting that it’s painful to sit through and where even the nudity and sex is dull minded. Even schlock can be imaginative and progressive…this is just crap. – 2/10

DOA: Dead or Alive (Corey Yuen, 2006/Germany-UK-USA) – I was hoping for a ridiculous piece of titillation and videogame action as I have heard from podcast reviews, and playing the second game in the series when I was younger, but I got a dull and poorly made combination of cheesecake images and plotting instead, cobbled together without the mad energy the 90s genre films of questionable origins had. It also gets rid of its best part, wrestler Kevin Nash and his charmingly dazed and naive performance, in the first quarter, which is even more unjustifiable. – 4/10

A Return to Salem’s Lot (Larry Cohen, 1987/USA) – Fragments of Cohen’s style pierces through the low, TV-like production values, particularly with the heavy handed attempts at satire with the vampires, but this plods along with its plot without any sense of creativity. What boosts it up a point however is director Samuel Fuller, pistol in hand, stealing the entire film with his complete disregard for everything else around him. – 5/10

The Expert (Rick Avery, 1995/USA) – A ‘bad’ film but it is compelling in its dubious and contradictory message – it’s a traditional ‘vengeance’ film where only capital punishment, by law or vigilantism, is suitable for criminals, but in an attempt to either make it a serious drama, or a hesitance to go fully into its frontier attitude, it turns into an unintentional dissection of the problems with both sides of the argument while trying to bolt a martial arts actor into a non-action drama. The results are fascinating. – 6/10

The Blade (Tsui Hark, 1995/Hong Kong) – An interesting failure, but an immense failure, Hark creative use of the camera and images undermined by an overcomplicated and portentous plot, over-heavy editing, oversaturated images and violence for the sake of violence without any effect to it. It’s loud and too overblown to work; Hark’s later work with Van Damme can be seen in this, but those films are (legitimately) better in their goofiness and being more cohesive despite their ridiculousness. – 4/10

August 2012

Highlander II: The Quickening (Russell Mulcahy, 1991/Argentina-France-UK) – This is an utter failure as a film, having seen the original ‘Immortals as Aliens’ cut, but continuing my growing love for these disastrous genre films from the 1990s, this was still great in the continuous and charming ill-advised combination of environment issues, sci-fi/neon coloured set designs and squashing together of any pop cultural objects at hand, hoverboards and all. The result is awful for anyone else, a candy treat for my whimsical and perverse sense of entertainment. – 7/10

September 2012

Las Acacias (Pablo Giorgelli, 2011/Argentina-Spain) – Interesting as a minimalist character drama but the problem is that it uncomfortably fits into the stereotype of ‘World Cinema’ from the 2000s onward, the same visual look from digital cameras, a minimalist composition interchangeable from other films that could be put in this category, and little sense of an individual or single group’s worldview being shown, which means that for a film that is about a growing relationship there is not that much sense of emotional connection within it.

Avalanche (Paul Shapiro, 1994/Canada-USA) – Like a stereotype of a made-for-TV movie, this does feel shaky in terms of quality. It is redeemed and is worth viewing for two aspects: the first the set design, perfectly claustrophobic for the story, and David Hasselhoff, whose charisma pulls the film together and makes the most of his well-worn character type.

October 2012

Fist of the North Star (Tony Randel, 1995/USA) – My knowledge of Fist of the North Star is very limited, but a British Kenshiro who looks like the muscular brother of Benedict Cumberbatch, who can still make your head explode, was not what I was expecting but utterly hilarious. Despite being part of the wave of pop culture films from the 1990s that I am obsessed over, visually part of the era and crammed with the obsessions (end of the world scenario, a cast with everyone from director Melvin Van Peebles to pro-wrestler Vader), it is pretty tedious however. Even if Chris Penn steals every scene he is in, the film’s narrative is incredibly generic and for a film that needs good fight scenes to work, the compromise to their presentation, and the gore from the original manga removed for the most part, undermines the whole project. I’ve never been a fan of Tony Randel, especially of his second Hellraiser film, and I wonder what this’ll been like if it was allowed to be good or as insane as a film like Street Fighter from the same era.

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