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September, 2022 movies watched-

Naked Lunch (1991)
+ Fairly compelling but it started to feel too long.

I Came By (2022)
Netflix thriller that kept me on edge.

The Age of Innocence (1993)
It's a little subtle for me but I felt a lot of appreciation for it.

Nomadland (2020)
It really started to win me over about half way through.

The Servant (1963)
Classic psychological games from the British films list.

Plus One (2013)
Enough babes, booze, and blood to be worth it.

The Square (2017)
Great qualities but I also felt it got preachy.

Certified Copy (2010)
1st movie that worked for me out of the 4 I've seen from the director. A surprise delight.

Ernest & Celestine (2012)
As cute and sweet as a film can be.

Blue Jay (2016)
Excellent for what it is.

CODA (2021)
+ It really needed to win me over and it did.

Holy Motors (2012)
Positive feelings but some of it is a little out there for my taste.

Mustang (2015)
+ A tough look at what some girls/young women have to deal with in certain parts of the world.

The Body (2012)
A new favorite mystery/thriller.

Restrepo (2010)
#50 on our Documentary list.

The Yellow Sea (2010)
Possibly my new favorite South Korean film.

The Voices (2014)
Starts out good but gets silly fast.

Still Life (2013)
A very good watch but it probably won't stay with me.

Frankenweenie (2012)
Re-animating a dog is always a winning formula.

The Gentlemen (2019)
Just very entertaining.

Total-20
2022 total-85



September Watches (33 total)
*First time watch

The Favourite* (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)

What We Do In The Shadows* (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014)

Ethel & Ernest* (Roger Mainwood, 2016)

Lilting* (Hong Khaou, 2014)

Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd, 2016)

My Life As A Zucchini (Claude Barras, 2014)

Song of the Sea* (Tomm Moore, 2014)

The Way He Looks* (Daniel Ribeiro, 2014)

The Raven (James McTeigue, 2012)

A Ghost Story* (David Lowery, 2017)

Capernaum* (Nadine Labaki, 2018)

Happy Death Day* (Christopher Landon, 2017)

Acts of Vengeance* (Isaac Florentine, 2017)

The Nice Guys (Shane Black, 2016)

Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore, 2012)

Love is Strange* (Ira Sachs, 2014)

Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)

Moana (Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams, 2016)

Skin* (Guy Nattiv, 2018)

Still Life* (Uberto Pasolini, 2013)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow, 2012)

Arrival* (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)

Sausage Party (Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, 2016)

I Lost My Body* (Jérémy Clapin, 2019)

Aferim! (Radu Jude, 2015)

Clash* (Mohamed Diab, 2016)

Sing (Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet, 2016)

Quality Time* (Daan Bakker, 2017)

The Red Turtle* (Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016)

Wrinkles (Ignacia Ferraras, 2011)

God's Own Country* (Francis Lee, 2017)

Who Killed Captain Alex?* (Nabwana I.G.G., 2010)

Pawn Shop Chronicles* (Wayne Kramer, 2013)


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Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.
I Know Where I'm Going! (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1945)
+ 7.5/10


Beautiful film about headstrong Wendy Hiller who decides to marry a wealthy man on a Hebrides island because she'a always dreamed of doing such a thing. She doesn't count on the winds being so strong when she gets there making it nigh on impossible to reach the island of her fiance whom she's never met; she has to stop at the nearest one. She also doesn't count on meeting naval officer Roger Livesey whose simple thoughts on life attract her.

This is the set-up for several odd but totally relatable characters and their customs, legends, music, etc. I especially love the B&W photography, the castle with rhe curse in it, the falconer, the strangely-placed telephone, the Cèilidh for a diamond wedding anniversary with all the singing and dancing, the three pipers, the Corryvreckan whirlpool, and how romantic the whole thing is. My fave supporting actor has to be Finlay Currie although a very young Petula Clark ("Downtown") is also present.

Powell's direction is incredible from the unique opening credits to the train trip to the wedding ceremony to a corporation and his usual incredible sense of place. One of his best and one of my wife Brenda's two favorite films.

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October Watches (42 total)
*First time watch

Midsommar* (Ari Aster, 2019)

Belle* (Amma Asante, 2013)

Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015)

Enemy* (Denis Villeneuve, 2013)

Source Code (Duncan Jones, 2011)

Cold Fish* (Sion Sono, 2010)

How to Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, 2010)

Andhadhun* (Sriram Raghavan, 2018)

Xingu* (Cao Hamburger, 2011)

Knives Out* (Rian Johnson, 2019)

Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)

Searching* (Aneesh Chaganty, 2018)

The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet, 2010)

Ernest & Celestine (Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner, 2012)

Venom* (Ruben Fleischer, 2018)

Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, 2015)

Shame* (Steve McQueen, 2011)

Poetry* (Lee Chang-dong, 2010)

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix van Groeningen, 2012)

Locke (Steven Knight, 2013)

The Frozen Ground (Scott Walker, 2013)

Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)

Under the Skin* (Jonathon Glazer, 2013)

The Lobster* (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)

The Lure* (Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2015)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019)

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

Your Name. (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)

Big Hero 6 (Don Hall and Chris Williams, 2014)

Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019)

Legend (Brian Helgeland, 2015)

Irrational Man (Woody Allen, 2015)

Calvary* (John Michael McDonagh, 2014)

Coco (Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, 2017)

Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)

Dark Shadows (Tim Burton, 2012)

Weathering With You* (Makoto Shinkai, 2019)

The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, 2013)

The Man From Nowhere (Jeong-beom Lee, 2010)

Real Steel* (Shawn Levy, 2011)

Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, 2012)


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October, 2022 movies watched-

Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010)
A bad movie that has it's charms.

The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
+ Not exactly enjoyable but it does a lot right.

Inside Llewyn David (2013)
- Up there with my favorites from the Coens.

In a Better World (2010)
Best foreign language Oscar winner.

Andhadhun (2018)
+ It felt like a bit much to take in but it was worth it.

13th (2016)
A compelling watch, but too dishonest to give a positive rating.

Marshland (2014)
Superb Spanish thriller.

Searching (2018)
Not what I would call high quality but it's an excellent ride.

Poetry (2010)
+ Very thought provoking.

The Lure (2015)
- Pretty good if erotic fantasy appeals to you.

The Selfish Giant (2013)
Dreary slice of life from England.

El Infierno (2010)
- Awesome crime film with a humorous side from Mexico.

Lifting (2014)
A good movie but it will fade from my memory.

Calvary (2014)
Wicked and unpleasant, but very funny black comedy.

A Fantastic Woman (2017)
- Not quite great, but a very good look at the adversity a transgender woman faces during a time of grief.

Force Majeure (2014)
+ A pretty interesting premise and I think they get about as much out of it as they can.

Total-16
2022 total-101



Saint Maud - A young lady had an unfortunate accident that haunts her as she begins a new job as a caregiver. She finds religion, hard, and goes a little batty. Slow burn but pretty good


Sweet Smell of Success -Noir about a newspaper columnist who doesn't like anybody dating his sister so he hires a down on his luck publicist to frame her boyfriend. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis Star in this classic.

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons - So that's how it is in their family. Short film about the Johnsons and the strange relationships they have.


The Sadness - Splatter fest from Taiwan about a pandemic that makes people act strange. Imagine zombies with tourettes raping and eating people. Some pretty messed up stuff in this with great gore fx.



The Northman- Best movie of the month. A Viking looks to avenge his murdered King father and rescue his mother form the father's murderer. Pretty fresh take on the Viking genre


Grave Encounters 2 - A bunch of found footage crap but watching these keeps the relationship strong.A group heads to the haunted hospital to find out what happened to the last group that went to the haunted hospital.



Super Dark Times- Three kids accidentally kill one of their "buddies' and begin to freak out about the coverup. I liked it.



The Redeem Team - Doc about the USA Mens basketball team that tries to grab the gold medal after losing in the 2004 Olympics. Some good behind the scenes stuff.


Night and Fog- Oof! A tough to watch short, doc about Nazi atrocities. I have seen quite a bit about this subject but most of of this was new to me. I'll never get rid of that image of the mountain of hair.


Below - A who's haunting the submarine movie. The setting is nice, has it's moments but feels a little disjointed


Raw - A Vegan is forced to eat some raw rabbit livers for initiation into the worst Vet school ever and has some pretty severe reactions to it. Turns out she's a real meat eater. Kind of an arty, body horror film. Has some uncomfortable scenes, for sure. GF got up and left and she's only done that once before (Martyrs)


Deadstream - A you tube celeb is looking to rehab his image by spending a night in a haunted house.If you can gel with this "guy" it's pretty good. Horror comedy, heavy on the comedy but the horror elements are surprisingly okay. Funniest movie I've seen in years if laughing at somebody's misfortune is funny.



Solace - Not too good. Anthony Hopkins as a retired FBI psychic brought out of retirement to help solve a crime featuring another psychic. Lacks any kind of suspense.



Malevolent - Another not too good haunted house thing with Florence Pugh. Her and her brother are fake ghost hunters taking advantage of people until Florence realizes she DOES have a little ghostt hunting ability at just the right time. Kind of stupid, kind of boring.



Re-watches
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Omen

In Bruges



Werewolf by Night (2022) -

Has the skin of a classic horror homage, but everything beyond the set pieces and B&W is just big dumb kids' movie action with uninspired characters at best, really annoying at worst. I fell for the marketing.

Elysium (2013) -

Kinda bland, copy & paste characters with no chemistry, but there’s some entertainment to be had.

Resolution (2012)

WARNING: "R" spoilers below
The characters fall asleep in an uninhabited home in the woods, wake up in the middle of the night to a creepy smiling mental girl tapping on the window, then promptly disregard her and go back to sleep. wat


Searching (2018)

A good hour and ½ Apple ad that also has a story about a girl gone missing. Entirely told through computer screen captures, security footage, and facetime calls. I wasn’t fond of the non-cinematic concept, but the mystery held it together somewhat.

Botched (2007)

Fun characters (especially Spetznaz alpha male guy) and a fun mystery in the first half.

Barbarian (2022) -

Great first hour,
WARNING: "B" spoilers below
but got too ridiculous to keep me engaged once everything was revealed. Wish it was left a bit more open.


Severance (2022)

WARNING: "S" spoilers below
Painful cliffhanger. I need more.


Dark City (1998)

A nostalgic piece of my teens that played a large role in developing my taste. My only gripes: Kiefer, too tightly edited (I want so much more breathing room in this world), and the ending ‘fight’ is f*cking stupid.

The Irishman (2019) -


Under the Silver Lake (2018)


The Invitation (2015)


Bullet Train (2022)


Deadstream (2022)



Dark City (1998) – and the ending ‘fight’ is f*cking stupid.
I don't know why but that sentence made me laugh.

Boooooo to your Resolution rating. Was there really a girl in it? If so I completely erased her from any memory of the film.

With Barbarian, it did need work but it was pretty funny at times. That scene
WARNING: spoilers below
where she forces him to suckle on her breast
was hilarious. I laughed so hard.

I see Deadstream talked about a lot, but then I saw that still every article keeps posting where a hand is picking the guy's nose and lost interest. Looks too silly.


I'm watching The Irishman tonight! Will keep you posted.



November, 2022 movies watched-

Real Steel (2011)
A decent watch if not taken too seriously.

Toni Erdmann (2016)
+ Mature comedy drama that works on both levels.

The Handmaiden (2016)
I wasn't completely invested for it's entirety but there's a lot to love.

The Artist (2011)
Well done and enjoyable.

Better Days (2019)
+ One of the better movies I've seen that tackles bullying.

Senna (2010)
#44 on our documentary list.

The Silence (2010)
+ Excellent German drama/thriller available on Tubi.

Pariah (2011)
A teen struggles to come out as a lesbian in this very strong film.

Inside Out (2015)
No negatives but nothing more than amusing to me.

Good Manners (2017)
Beautifully done fantasy/horror.

Son of Saul (2015)
Best foreign language Oscar winner.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
Nothing wrong with this documentary, I just couldn't get interested.

The Burden (2017)
13 minutes well spent.

Total-13
2022 total-114



November Watches (50 total)
*First time watch

Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018)

Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)

Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014)

Prisoners* (Denis Villeneuve, 2013)

Gifted* (Marc Webb, 2017)

The Eagle (Kevin Macdonald, 2011)

Marshland* (Alberto Rodríguez, 2014)

Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012)

The Town (Ben Affleck, 2010)

Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2011)

I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013)

Sorry We Missed You* (Ken Loach, 2019)

Tikkun* (Avishai Sivan, 2015)

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017)

Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019)

Nightcrawler* (Dan Gilroy, 2014)

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)

Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019)

The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar, 2011)

Cameraperson* (Kirsten Johnson, 2016)

The Secret Life of Pets (Chris Renaud, 2016)

Far From the Madding Crowd* (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015)

Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, 2010)

The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012)

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017)

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey, 2017)

Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)

The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2015)

Klaus (Sergio Pablos and Carlos Martínez López, 2019)

Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013)

Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2014)

Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)

Parasite (Bong Joon Ho, 2019)

The Nightingale* (Jennifer Kent, 2018)

The Burden* (Min börda) (Niki Lindroth von Bahr, 2017)

The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011)

Rush (Ron Howard, 2013)

The Immigrant (James Gray, 2013)

The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (Ari Aster, 2011)

Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

Tyrannosaur* (Paddy Considine, 2011)


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I don't know why but that sentence made me laugh.

Boooooo to your Resolution rating. Was there really a girl in it? If so I completely erased her from any memory of the film.

With Barbarian, it did need work but it was pretty funny at times. That scene
WARNING: spoilers below
where she forces him to suckle on her breast
was hilarious. I laughed so hard.

I see Deadstream talked about a lot, but then I saw that still every article keeps posting where a hand is picking the guy's nose and lost interest. Looks too silly.


I'm watching The Irishman tonight! Will keep you posted.
WARNING: "Resolution" spoilers below

There indeed was a girl. I thought the odd cult-ish people were going to be the ‘villains’ at first, but that thread was left unexplored. All of the characters were different and alright, but I just found the movie to be a bit boring. And the ‘explanation’ for all that went on felt kind of tacky, like the writers didn’t really know what to attribute all the oddness to, so they threw in an ambiguous spirit. I’m sounding too harsh though. I didn’t think it was bad.


Deadstream is a handheld cam Evil Dead homage. More comedy than horror. Supposed to be schlocky fun, but eh, I thought it was just ok.



Departures - Watched for the PRHoF. An unemployed cellist gets a job preparing dead bodies for funerals. Loved it.



Barbarian - What a bunch of dumb crap. I can't believe the reviews this is getting. On the other hand we had a blast laughing at how ridiculous it was. Do people not check out the location of the Air BnB before booking? Makes me want to buy a place on 35th and Auer for 15 grand and rent it out. Is Detroit so washed up that a single convention takes up all available hotels rooms? They've hosted Super Bowls for crying out loud. Ann Arbor is only about 45 minutes away. So the entire set up and premise is pretty silly b-b-but wait it gets worse. The spooky thing in the house is a rip off of the Penthouse occupant from [rec] and not nearly as scary.


Five Easy Pieces - Watched for the PRHoF. Drifter goes home. Good performances all around.



Young Nurses in Love - Should have been called Gold Digging Nurses in Heat. Russia sends a hot spy to a hospital in the USA to steal Albert Einsteins frozen sperm. The hospital is filled with ditzy nurses all trying to snag the newest Dr. or land the most recently divorced Dr. Does it deliver the goods? Nah, not really. It's funny at times (the Mafia patient and the can't you make 'em bigger lady), the nurses look good with their ozone killing hairdo's and skimpy outfits but the outfits are not the peel away uniforms I was expecting. Kind of slapstick.


Autumn Sonata - Watched for the PRHoF. A mother visits her daughter after several years and shit goes down. Excellent performances from both leads



Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon - Decent documentary about the guitarist.



It (Part 1) - GF loved it. I didn't care for it.


Thirteen Lives - Based on a true event, a group of soccer playing kids and their coach get trapped in a cave system in Thailand (?) when the monsoon season arrives a little early. Not bad but it has that signature Ron Howard feel, which is something I can't describe but know it when I see it. Nothing spectacular but entertaining. Stars Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell as divers attempting the rescue.



All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) - I'm not usually a fan of remaking classics but since the original isn't one of them untouchables, imo, I went with this. Glad I did because this was really good. We follow a young German soldier into WW1 from recruitment (Rah Rah) to the reality (Oh **** me!). Doesn't skimp on the brutality of trench warfare and hits most of the notes of the original.



Amour - Watched for the PRHoF. A husband takes care of his wife, who has suffered a stroke. Not easy viewing but it's Michael Haneke so...yeah. Great performances all around and it's very good but not gonna be watching it again anytime soon.



The Wild Bunch - Watched for the PRHoF. Some aging outlaws are on the run from bounty hunters but a jealous colleague gets them into some trouble and they are are forced to do one last job for a Mexican General. Has everything I want in a classic western yet I didn't get it.


This is Gwar - Documentary about the classical composers. I've never been a fan but hot damn if this didn't make me want to see a show of theirs. When are they coming to town? October 27...****!



Rabid - Cronenberg body horror starring Marilyn Chambers. A+ for casting. Marilyn has an accident, has some surgery and ends up having a deadly, blood sucking, retractable mini horse penis living in a newly formed butthole in her armpit. So far so good. She is also infecting everybody she attacks, so a rabies type thing begins to spread. Was interesting to watch how they handled the outbreak after what we all went through. Wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. Would rather watch Shivers as it makes me a bit more uncomfortable.



Terrifier 2 - When I heard they were doing a sequel I had the same feeling I get when somebody shows up to work and unexpectedly brings a box of doughnuts - Ooooh...treats! Then ya hear people passing out, throwing up, etc...**** yeah! Sign me up. The I hear it's 140 minutes long - aw **** no! Does it live up to the hype? Sort of. There's one insane scene of Art doing his thing with glee and it goes on for awhile, it's really quite nasty but overall this movie is not all Mounds Bars and Almond Joys. There's a few Circus Peanuts, mainly the plot. It tries to introduce an entire Art the Clown mythos but never explains any of it. For that we have to either buy the blu ray, for the extra's, or wait until... TERRIFIER 3! Eff U Leone! The ending goes on for too long but the movie never bored me. I like the lead actress. She does a good job and Art is the best masked killer in quite a while meaning he's one of the sickest ****s to ever grace the silver screen. Also liked the addition of his little sidekick, she was cute, and once again practical fx prove superior to cgi for these types of movies.


Hud - Three generations of cattle ranchers deal with an unexpected out break of hoof and mouth disease on their ranch. Paul Newman gives one of his better performances as Hud, the drinky-drinky, fighty-fighty son who believes his father's time as the head of household has passed. Not sure I've ever seen Newman play a character like this. He is not a good dude. Great supporting performance from everybody but Patricia Neal, as the ranch's caretaker, steals the show for me.


Akira - Watched for the PRHoF . Sci-fi anime that didn't do much for me. It was alright.



Also binged Reacher, the series not the Tom Cruise movies. Big ass dude taking down a counterfeiting ring in Georgia. A lot of ass kicking but it's more investigating and brain work than anything else. Was much better than expected.



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'La Notte' (1961)
Director Michelangelo Antonioni


Antonioni's cinema is so ethereal and dreamy, which I love, but this film slightly went over my head. At the forefront is the relationship between Lidia and Giovanni as we spend a day and night with them. The framing and composition is brilliant - most of the time Lidia is at the front of the frame which gives off this vibe that she is deep in thought, ruminating on a decision.

Over the 2 hours we see that finally it's the relationship that she is fretting over. There's more to this than romance though, the film explores Italy of the time, with politics, liberalism and the social landscape all featuring. Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni and Monica Vitti are all superb as is the Jazz score (Miles Davis?) that flows in and out.

I just felt it didn't connect to me as fully as I thought it might, especially the middle 45 minutes or so. Although I can see why critics love it (it must have felt so refreshing at the time), I still feel The Passenger is Antonioni's best work. Next up for me from Antonioni will be 'Red Desert'.

7.5/10