Film Journal

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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:26 pm

I'd be happy if Facets showed it, they've been the home for Tarr here in the states.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:32 am

11/1
Machuca (2003) - 9/10
Camp de Thiaroye (1987) - 10/10

11/3
The Elusive Corporal (1959) - 6/10

11/5
Le Petit Theatre de Jean Renoir (1970) - 6/10
Variety Lights (1950) - 5/10

11/16
No Country for Old Men (2007) - 10/10

11/17
Love in the City (1953) - 4/10
Il Bidone (1955) - 5/10

11/21
The Clowns (1970) - 8/10
Orchestra Rehearsal (1979) - 8/10

11/22
Boccaccio 70 (1962) - 8/10*
Fellini: A Directors Notebook (1968) - 9/10

11/23
City of Women (1980) - 5/10

11/24
And the Ship Sails On (1983) - 6/10

11/25
Intervista (1987) - 6/10
The Great Madcap (1949) - 8/10

11/26
Gran Casino (1947) - 5/10
A Woman Without Love (1951) - 6/10
Mexican Bus Ride (1951) - 7/10

11/27
Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1952) - 6/10
Death in the Garden (1956) - 6/10
Fever Mounts in El Pao (1959) - 6/10

11/28
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) - 9/10
Death and the River (1958) n/a

11/29
The Young One (1960) - 8/10
Macbeth (1948) - 7/10

11/30
Around the World With Orson Welles (1955) - 6/10
The Saphead (1920) - 7/10
One Week (1921) - 6/10
The High Sign (1920) - 7/10
Enthusiasm (1931) - 6/10

Best Film of the Month - No Country for Old Men
Worst Film of the Month - Love in the City
*Fellini's episode of Boccaccio 70 would get a 10/10 but unfortunately the other three episodes don't measure up.
I also didn't rate The River and Death because my version had no subtitles and I feel it's inadequate to judge the film.

Luckily December is already looking good. I've seen 12 films in the first four days as opposed to 31 for the month of November.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby arsaib4 » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:55 am

You sure do love your NCFOM. Its content certainly gives one quite a few issues to ponder. Will continue in the film's thread after a second viewing.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:51 am

Well Sembene's film was the only other 10/10 for the month and although that film was incredibly impressive it would seem silly to have a tie for film of the month. I only watched 31 films last month.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:32 am

12/01
Major Barbara (1941) - 7/10
This Happy Breed (1944) - 6/10
Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972) 1/10
Groundhog Day (1993) - 10/10

12/02
The Passionate Friends (1947) - 7/10

12/03
Ryans Daughter (1970) - 5/10
Hobsons Choice (1953) - 8/10
The Amputee (1973) - 4/10
The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988) - 8/10
Lumiere (Lynch segment) (1995) - 9/10

12/04
Dumbland - 10/10
Hotel Room (1993) - 6/10
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) - 10/10

12/05
Industrial Symphony 1 (1991) - 5/10

12/08
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - 6/10
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - 6/10
Key to Reserva (2007) - 9/10

12/09
Lady Chatterley (2006) - 8/10
Melinda and Melinda (2004) - 6/10
The Pleasure Garden (1925) - 7/10

12/10
The Lodger (1926) - 8/10
Murder (1930) - 6/10
Easy Virtue (1927) - 4/10
Blackmail (1929) 6/10
Champagne (1928) - 5/10

12/11
The Farmers Wife (1928) - 4/10
Juno and the Paycock (1930) - 5/10
Rich and Strange (1932) - 5/10

12/12
The Skin Game (1931) - 5/10
Number 17 (1932) - 5/10
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) - 7/10

12/13
The Secret Agent (1936) - 7/10
Young and Innocent (1937) - 8/10
Jamaica Inn (1939) - 6/10
Bon Voyage (1944) - 5/10
Aventure Malachi (1944) - 5/10
The Paradine Case (1947) - 7/10
Under Capricorn (1949) - 6/10

12/14
RoGoPaG (1962) - 7/10
The Oldest Profession (1967) - 8/10
Le Gai Savoir (1968) - 7/10
Ict et Alleurs (1974) - 6/10

12/15
King Lear (1987) - 4/10
Keep Your Right Up! (1987) - 6/10

12/16
Six in Paris (1965) - 6/10
Hold Me While Im Naked (1966) - 9/10
Crossing the Thames (1970) - 8/10
Lotte in Italia (1971) - 8/10

12/17
Aria (1987) - 8/10
Erection (1971) - 5/10
Three Songs About Lenin (1934) - 7/10
De Lorigine du XXIe Siecle - no rating
The Old Place - no rating
Liberte Et Partie - no rating
Je Vous Salue, Sarajevo - no rating

12/18
Oh Woe is Me (1994) - 6/10
Crisis (1946) - 6/10
Port of Call (1948) - 8/10
Thirst (1949) - 5/10
The Devils Wanton (1949) - 10/10
To Joy (1950) - 9/10

12/19
Lesson in Love (1954) - 8/10
Brink of Life (1958) - 9/10
All These Women (1964) 8/10

12/20
The Serpents Egg (1977) - 4/10
The Rite/Riten/The Ritual (1969) - 8/10
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) - 9/10

12/21
After the Rehearsal (1983) - 6/10
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1964) - 8/10
It's Not Just You, Murray! (1965) - 8/10

12/22
Killer's Kiss (1955) - 8/10
Italian American (1974) - 8/10

12/23
Sweeney Todd (2007) - 6/10

12/24
Les Maitres Fous (1955) - 6/10
Dillinger (1973) - 6/10
Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (1970) - 10/10

12/25
My Brothers Wedding: 2007 directors cut (1983) - 10/10
A Few Friends (1969) - 9/10
The Horse (1973) - 5/10
When it Rains (1995) - 8/10
Dr. Strangelove (1964) - 10/10

12/26
Angel (1937) - 5/10
Riff-Raff (1991) - 10/10
Heavens Gate (1980) - 6/10
Show People (1928) - 10/10

12/27
War and Peace (1956) - 5/10
Music in Darkness (1947) - 6/10
An Actors Revenge (1962) - 8/10

12/28
Notorious (1946) - 9/10
The Organizer (1963) - 9/10
Pursued (1947) - 6/10

12/29
Pakeezah (1971) - 8/10

12/30
Tom Tom the Pipers Son (1969) - 6/10

12/31
Heaven and Earth Magic (1962) - 8/10

Best Film of the Month - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Worst Film of the Month - Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein

Count 'em up if you would, but I watched a lot of movies. Many of the films were shorts (and there's even a few I never wrote down). It was hard to rate some of the experimental films I saw, particularly some of the Godard films, hence why I didn't rate a few of his short films. Although Holy Grail was the film of the month, the best film I saw for the first time would be Ingmar Bergman's Devil's Wanton.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:57 am

A new year is upon us and the first month has come and gone. A little and a lot has changed in my life, but carrying on from my impressive movie watching in December, this first month proved to be very productive for cinema.

1/01
Orlando (1992) - 9/10
Innocence (2004) - 8/10

1/02
Hamlet (1996) - 7/10

1/03
Straight Shooting (1917) - 7/10
The Fortune (1974) - 6/10
Joan the Woman (1916) - 5/10

1/04
Major League (1989) - 10/10
Hellzapoppin (1941) - 10/10
Meeting WA (1987) - 6/10

1/5
Romance in the Redwoods (1917) - 6/10
The Little American (1917) - 8/10
Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - 8/10
Freaked (1993) - 5/10

1/6
Animal Crackers (1930) - 9/10
Fists of Fury (1971) - 8/10
The Chinese Connection (1972) - 6/10

1/7
The Last King of Scotland (2006) - 7/10
Street of Shame (1956) - 10/10
Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - 10/10

1/8
Carmen (1983) - 6/10
Christopher Strong (1933) - 6/10
Monkey Business (1931) - 8/10

1/9
The Devil's Backbone (2001) - 8/10
Hunger (1968) - 7/10

1/11
Carmen Jones (1954) - 8/10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - 5/10
Swingers (1996) - 8/10

1/15
I Claudius (1975) - 10/10

1/16
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) - 8/10
The Iron Horse (1924) - International Version - 8/10
Easy Rider (1969) - 10/10

1/18
Before Night Falls (2000) - 6/10
Tommy (1975) - 6/10
THX 1138 (1970) - 7/10

1/19
Two of Us (1967) - 6/10
Le Poulet (1962) - 7/10
Zombie Holocaust (1980) - 2/10
Flesh Eater (1988) - 3/10
Bad Santa (2003) - 9/10
Super Bad (2007) - 9/10

1/20
The Apostle (1997) - 8/10

1/21
I am Cuba (1964) - 9/10
White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) - 8/10
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) - 6/10

1/22
Sin City (2005) - 10/10
Ordinary People (1980) - 10/10
The Day of the Jackal (1973) - 7/10

1/23
The Unknown (1927) - 9/10
London After Midnight [Still recreation] (1927) - 5/10
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984) - 8/10
The Epic of Gilgamesh (1985) - 6/10

1/24
People on Sunday (1929) - 6/10
From Russia With Love (1963) - 6/10

1/25
There Will Be Blood (2007) - 8/10
Atonement (2007) - 9/10
Billy Elliot (2000) - 7/10

1/26
Clerks II (2006) - 6/10
One Too Many (1916)
The Wrong Mr. Fox (1917)
Mr. Flip (1909)
Alkali Ike's Auto (1911)
Mabel's Dramatic Debut (1913)
Fox-Trot Finesse (1915)
A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
Be My Wife (1921)
A Natural Born Gambler (1916)
Saturday Afternoon (1926)
Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925)

1/27
Wandering Willies (1926)
A Muddy Romance (1913)
A Movie Star (1916)
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)
Best of Youth (2003) - 10/10
Blow Out (1981) - 9/10
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002) - 6/10

1/28
The Italian Straw Hat (1927) - 7/10
Tobacco Road (1941) - 8/10
Gentleman Jim (1942) - 8/10
Sumurun/One Arabian Night (1921) - 7/10
Crash (2005) -10/10

1/29
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) - 10/10
Cluny Brown (1946) - 8/10
Histoire(s) du Cinema 1

1/30
Burial Ground (1981) - 4/10

1/31
Histoire(s) du Cinema 2
Like Water for Chocolate (1993) - 6/10
The Ladies Man (1961) - 4/10

Best film of the month - Ordinary People
Worst film of the month - Zombie Holocaust

I'm holding off rating Histoire(s) du Cinema until I watch the other two discs, and I find it nearly impossible to assign ratings to the Quay Brothers films as well as the early slapstick.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby A » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:54 pm

Hey, you fell in love with Easy Rider ? If I remember correctly you didn't use to like it.

And didn't know Bluebeard's Eight Wife was such a strong Lubitsch. That reminds me, I also need to rewatch Joan the Woman .

Why didn't you like Before Night Falls . To me it seems to get better with every viewing (I believe last year, when I watched it at the cinema, I rated it 86/100).
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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:54 am

Easy Rider really clicked this time (I attempted a review in the classic cinema section) but part of it is that I admired the way the film was structured. I also listened to Dennis Hopper's commentary which made me not hear most of the intolerable hippy nonsense dialogue that angered me the last time.

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is another example of my taste in Lubitsch being remarkably different from most. This film was sold primarily on the strength of its two leads and although it seemed completely familiar it worked on that ultra-fine assembly line production mode that makes you feel like there was a time in American cinema where masterpieces were just cranked out like model-T Fords.

Before Night Falls seemed to go on for too long and never really captivated me. There were things I liked but all too often I found myself predicting the next move and being let down when it happened. Perhaps I just don't like poets and I'm sick of movies about revolutions turning into witch hunts afterwards, even if it usually does happen.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby A » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:00 am

Well, I adore poets, and I found this one to be one of the best directed modern American films I have seen. The film itself often felt like a poem. I'm also a fan of Schnabel's Basquiat (1995). Btw, I think the hippie dialogue is just part of the film in Easy Rider, and not some personal revelation on the part of the director or the actors. As far as I know, most of it was also improvised on spot.
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Re: Film Journal

Postby wpqx » Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:40 pm

Considering when it was made that's easy to see. I haven't seen Basquiat but look forward to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
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