This is the time of year where great movies are few and far between. But I did get to catch up on a film that many regarded as one of the best of last year, This Is Not a Film.
I guess it’s not a film, but Breaking Bad is the only thing I watched recently that had me screaming at the screen, and just sitting there in awe after it finished. Through the course of the last 3 episodes of Season 4 I don’t think a minute went by when I didn’t think about it. I still cant stop thinking about it, I hope it comes back soon.
Both Enter the Void and Irreversible.
I don’t know how people could be blown away by Shame. It’s such a vague, thinly-drawn film that I’d hesitate to even call it a character study. It has almost no meat on it’s bones. It’s a half-baked idea made into a feature length film. It hardly explored sex addiction or it’s characters or their relationships in a deep or insightful way. In addition to this, it relentlessly insists on it’s own importance, but has nothing to back it up or justify the heavy-handed approach. Fassbender’s and Mulligan’s performances belonged in a much better film and honestly, they are the only two reasons to give this film a look in my opinion. /rant
The Priest’s Wife
Probably In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth when i picked up the Criterion boxset in 2010.
Ordet a few weeks ago
i’m gonna say it was history is made at night, completely crazy borzage film i watched on tcm yesterday. this thing covers every genre from screwball comedy to romantic melodrama to thriller to disaster film
Café de Flore.
Wow! What an amazing experience it was. True masterpiece for those you really love cinema.
No Country For Old Men, and before that The Lives of Others.
World on a Wire
I watched The Departed again about a month ago for the first time since its cinema run in 2006 and I was obsessed with it for weeks.
Hunger also blew me away when I saw it recently. It should be much more highly regarded than it is and Fassbender should’ve got more kudos for his performance.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I did not expect to be amazed by it as much as I was. Another one was Bloody Sunday by Paul Greengrass, holy hell that got me.
J’Accuse (1919) – Abel Gance
Melancholia, Drive, and Take Shelter
blue valentine (it’s the first time ive cried in the theater since i was like, ya know, 12)
For me, it’d still be The Tree of Life – my third viewing to be specific. It was late at night and I didn’t even plan on watching anything, I just put it on and got absorbed and I think it blew me away on this third viewing more than the first or second. I can’t understand people describing it as pretentious when it’s clearly so personal and from an honest place. Least that’s the impression I get.
El Sur. Film from the director of my favorite film of all-time, yet somehow I hadn’t ever seen it. Of course I went into it with high expectations, and I managed somehow not to be disappointed, and loved it even more than I thought I would. I can’t even imagine how I would have felt had I watched it with no expectations at all, it probably would have been too much to handle.
Newer: The Lives of Others
Older: The 400 Blows, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Castaway on the Moon
Melancholia. I had no idea what it was about so it was a very nice surprise.
A Man Escaped and The White Ribbon
Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons.Really wonderful film,maybe even my favorite by Welles.And it just left me wonder,how much greater this film could possibly be,if the studios had left Welles to work the movie on his own and make his own editing.It’s a crime against film history,that the studio actually destroyed all the extra material Welles had shoot.Hollywood morons…
Last film that blew me away – Punch Drunk Love
Latest released film which blew me away – Drive
I must say I don’t ever get the strong visceral reaction of being “blown away” from films. I read up on films way too much and anticipate them, so the best that can usually be said of a film is that it lives up to my expectations. But to use the expression loosely, the last film to truly impress me was The Leopard a couple months ago, when I was going through a serious Lancaster phase. That film is pretty much perfect, certainly one of the most aesthetically beautiful films ever.
Persona did have a great effect on me, but perhaps the closest I was to being blown away was Mulholland Drive – I was 17 or so at the time, and probably had never watched anything vaguely avante-garde, BW, foreign or anything non-Hollywood. It’s no stretch to say that film and its impact on me made me love cinema, and is still one of my absolute favourites.
Though as a few have said here, Boonmee was a revelation, something I watched out of curiosity not realising it was one of the best films in recent years.
Though I’ve been quite familiar with von Trier’s work before seeing Breaking the Waves, the experience in itself reminds me of why he’s an important director and that I’ve the privilege to come across his work. I still feel Antichrist, Europa and The Element of Crime are superior pieces in comparison to it, but Emily Watson really pulls the film in her debut performance as the oppressed Bess, torn between playing saint and sinner until she manages a true reconciliation of those opposites, proving herself to be indeed a real paradox of a being. It also proves that von Trier has a greater awareness of the Feminine than most would even bother to see.
Duvidha by Mani Kaul