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Reservoir Dogs


I like the title.



Die Hard

I found this poster on Google Images hope you enjoy

Quite possibly the dumbest movie ever made. Massive Russian men. 12 zillion plot holes. Black guy that listens to Stevie Wonder. Every line of dialogue is unfiltered mental retardation.

Doesn't make it any less awesome though.



Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


Wasn't laugh out loud for me on first watch, but this is probably one of the best satires I've ever seen. It's main message is very clear, and it gets pretty obvious, but it manages to remain clever. Much like Die Hard, this movie really makes you think.



Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood

Tarantino threatens to murder Brad Pitt with a pistol

Tarantino's Wolf of Wallstreet. Long, great cast, funny, and stylish. Unlike Wolf of Wallstreet, this movie builds. Might turn some people away, it's a slow burner. I was wondering when the cool stuff would happen too. But when it does, it's worth it.

I showed it to my son and he starting crying. Idiot doesn't even know who Sergio Corbucci is. I breastfed him and threw him out the window.




Seen in April

The Adventures of Mark Twain
: One of those weird movies where stuff just happens and the overarching plot isn't developed much. Still a very interesting stop motion film.

Wake in Fright
: Despite what Wikipedia might tell you, I wouldn't call this a thriller: It feels more like an intense psychological drama with a thriller feel. The scenes where the characters drive in the pitch black desert illuminating the red eyes of the kangaroos with their headlights evoked a unique emotion from me that I don't know how to describe.

20 Million Miles to Earth
: Wonderful effects, I laughed when one character picked up the creature and you could tell it was just a doll.

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
: Most filmmakers that make a film with an interesting gimmick simply use that to engage their audiences and don't put much else into the film. Not Todd Haynes though: He has made an emotional experimental biopic with fantastic voice acting that's so good you almost forget all of the performers are Barbie dolls. Hopefully people won't be too mad if I pick this for a Hall of Fame.

Punishment Park
+: Why are nearly all mockumentaries comedies? There's so many different emotions and stories that could be explored by making it into a fake documentary. Peter Watkins is one of the few filmmakers to understand the genre's potential and i cannot wait to check out more of his work.

Dead Calm
: Intense and well-shot thriller. Would watch again.

The Stuff
: That poster that always fascinated me as a kid is somewhat misleading: Apart from a few shots of gross body horror, this is a straight up comedy! I liked all the bizarre moments and the absolute joke of a main character.

WarGames
: Solid teen romp with a great finale.

Hot Shots! Part Deux REWATCH: Will we ever get good parody movies again?

Crash (1996)
+: Half of this film is just sex scenes, but that kind of thing doesn't bother me. I often find the characters and pacing in Cronenberg films lacking, but I didn't experience any of those issues watching this. Great soundtrack too.

A League of their Own
: Enjoyable Hollywood film with really fun characters.





Wonder Woman 1984 2020 Patty Jenkins

Coming 2 America 2021 Craig Brewer

Senso 1954 Luchino Visconti
L’Argent 1983 Robert Bresson
The Story of Adele H. 1975 François Truffaut

Joint Security Area 2000 Park Chan-wook
The Front Line 2011 Jang Hoon
The Host 2006 Bong Joon-ho
Inside Men 2015 Woo Min-ho

+ Pépé le Moko 1937 Julien Duvivier
+ The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman
+ Suspiria 1977 Dario Argento
+ A Touch of Zen 1971 King Hu
+ The Professor 1986 Giuseppe Tornatore
+ Dazed and Confused 1993 Richard Linklater
+ Lone Star 1996 John Sayles
+ The Legend of 1900 1998 Giuseppe Tornatore
+ Incendies 2010 Denis Villeneuve
+ Kon-Tiki 2012 Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa
The Cranes Are Flying 1957 Mikhail Kalatozov
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity 1959 Masaki Kobayashi
Shoot the Piano Player 1960 François Truffaut
The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer 1961 Masaki Kobayashi
1963 Federico Fellini
Goyokin 1969 Hideo Gosha
One Deadly Summer 1983 Jean Becker
A Brighter Summer Day 1991 Edward Yang
Underground 1995 Emir Kusturica
Buffalo ’66 1998 Vincent Gallo
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring 2003 Kim Ki-duk
A Separation 2011 Asghar Farhadi
The Age of Shadows 2016 Kim Jee-woon

+ Grand Illusion 1937 Jean Renoir
+ Port of Shadows 1938 Marcel Carné
+ Umberto D. 1952 Vittorio De Sica
+ Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujirō Ozu
+ Diabolique 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot
+ The Hidden Fortress 1958 Akira Kurosawa
+ Red Beard 1965 Akira Kurosawa
+ Say Anything… 1989 Cameron Crowe
+ Malena 2000 Giuseppe Tornatore
+ Masquerade 2012 Choo Chang-min

The Wages of Fear 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot
The Postman 1994 Michael Radford



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May, 2021 movies watched-

The Green Years (1963)
+ A Portuguese gem that I hadn't previously heard of.

Show Me Love (1998)
Much better than expected.

Themroc (1973)
One of the more unique movies I've seen that wasn't terrible.

Chungking Express (1994)
+ My favorite of the 3 I've seen from the director.

Three Colors: White (1994)
- Loved it more than Blue, looking forward to Red.

The Truth (1960)
A courtroom drama with Brigitte Bardot facing murder charges. Release her dammit!

Talk to Her (2002)
I believe Almodovar will be one of my favorite directors once I see more.

Sundays and Cybele (1962) Repeat
So much to appreciate about this movie.

About Elly (2009)
The director has a gift for sucking the viewer in.

The Eel (1997)
+ A big step down from the other 2 I've seen from the director but still pretty good.

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954)
+ Great noir with Gene Gabin.

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Excellent animation.

Three Colors: Red (1994)
My favorite of the trilogy.

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
One of the best Italian movies I've seen.

The Official Story (1985)
Foreign language Oscar winner with an excellent story.

Volver (2006)
- Good, but my least favorite of the 4 I've seen so far from Almodovar.

May viewings-16
2021 viewings-75



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May, 2021 movies watched-

The Green Years (1963)
+ A Portuguese gem that I hadn't previously heard of.

Show Me Love (1998)
Much better than expected.

Themroc (1973)
One of the more unique movies I've seen that wasn't terrible.

Chungking Express (1994)
+ My favorite of the 3 I've seen from the director.

Three Colors: White (1994)
- Loved it more than Blue, looking forward to Red.

The Truth (1960)
A courtroom drama with Brigitte Bardot facing murder charges. Release her dammit!

Talk to Her (2002)
I believe Almodovar will be one of my favorite directors once I see more.

Sundays and Cybele (1962) Repeat
So much to appreciate about this movie.

About Elly (2009)
The director has a gift for sucking the viewer in.

The Eel (1997)
+ A big step down from the other 2 I've seen from the director but still pretty good.

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954)
+ Great noir with Gene Gabin.

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Excellent animation.

Three Colors: Red (1994)
My favorite of the trilogy.

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
One of the best Italian movies I've seen.

The Official Story (1985)
Foreign language Oscar winner with an excellent story.

Volver (2006)
- Good, but my least favorite of the 4 I've seen so far from Almodovar.

May viewings-16
2021 viewings-75
I too loved Talk to Her and Show me Love, and also was disappointed by the Eel. It won the Palm D'Or too.



Seen in May

Miami Connection
: Awful acting, a story that makes no sense, but it is good fun and the soundtrack is genuinely good.

The American Friend:
+: A brilliant and quiet European drama with tinges of American cinema. Wonderful colour and cinematography. Good acting too.

The Naked Gun
: If I saw this as a kid I would’ve adored it, but its power is lessened by the fact that I’ve now been so exposed to weird comedy. Still very funny though, I loved all the scenes where Neilsen was going haywire with his car.

Hellraiser
-: Existenial gory nightmare with great effects.

Panic Room
: Love a good survival movie (and Jodie Foster). Very intense.

Horror Noire
: Interesting doc about the portrayal of black people in horror. Watch it if you want any good horror recommendations.

Different from the Others
: Had to watch it for its historical significance (a pro-gay movie in the 1910’s sounds too good too be true), but it’s not exactly the greatest film. The story and structure are more like a PSA than an actual film; Imagine if Reefer Madness was about homophobia instead of weed. Still a very interesting film despite that.

Brain Damage
: A humorous if gory story about ones spiral into addiction with awesome special effects.

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini
: Documentary about the personal life of an interesting man. He seems incredibly friendly and dedicated to the craft.

Quiz Show
: Very well acted and shot historical film, even if it does have a sappy, Hollywood ending tacked on.

Pieces
: Was expecting to get bored by this, but the suspense scenes are actually fairly well done (The kills and the hilarious acting also help!).

Friday the 13th Part 2
: It kills me how long this film takes to get to the slashing. Very good chase scene and interesting protagonist though.

In Search of Darkness
: Man I’m having fun with my Shudder subscription. Essentially just 4 hours of horror celebs going ‘Hey, remember that movie? That was a good movie!’. The film is also intersected with short discussions on horror topics like movie posters and the final girl. I think this film would’ve been much better if it was an in depth look at those topics instead. The choice of interviewees was good too. One guy felt out of place though; The way he spoke made it sound like he was just reading a script/the films wikipedia page.

Four Flies on Grey Velvet
: A bit of a drag, but contains some great suspense scenes and scary moments.

The Stone Tape
+: A film that I simultaneously love and hate. I just kept on getting angrier and angrier in the second half: Our female protagonist is constantly making informed decisions and conclusions on the supernatural threat, but her boss keeps on dismissing her and threatening her with getting fired. YOU LITERALLY HIRED HER TO DO THIS! IT’S HER JOB!. WHY DID YOU HIRE HER IF YOU’RE JUST GOING TO CONSTANTLY IGNORE HER AND GET MAD WITH HER?! Even with that, it’s a great low-budget ghost story with an awesome atmosphere.

Anticipation of the Night
+: Experimental feature by Brakhage. I could take it or leave it. Nothing wrong with it, it's just not my thing.

The Celluloid Closet:
+ Like Horror noire, watch if you want any good film recommendations

Maniac:
Reminds me of The Evil Dead in some ways, it’s amateurish in places but also shows extreme talent. A serial killer movie with very good special effects. The scene in the subway was one of the best scary scenes I’ve seen in a horror film in a long time.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon:
No more uppity genre satires, society has progressed passed the need for uppity genre satires. The first 2/3rds of the film were quite good and I really enjoyed its take on the slasher. However, the last 30 minutes are so fcking bad that it badly hindered my viewing experience.

The Poseidon Adventure:
Solid disaster film with solid performances.

Basket Case:
Probably the thing that stuck out most about this film is how every secondary or background character is a total weirdo, making the villain seem like the normal one! Has great kills and some genuinely creepy moments.



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June, 2021 movies watched-

Island of Flowers (1989)
Amusing short from the Doc's list.

The Long Absense (1961)
+ Decent Cannes winner.

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
The 1st out of 6 movies from this director that I didn't care for.

The Long Goodbye (1973) Repeat
I don't even think it's all that good but I really enjoy it anyway.

Blackkklansman (2018) Repeat
I have a few issues with it but it's still entertaining and at times powerful.

Cut and Run (1985)
Trashy action film for fans of cheese and sleaze only.

Dream Home (2010)
Brutally violent but merely average overall.

American Movie (1999) Repeat
- One of my favorite documentaries.

Whiplash (2014) Repeat
I don't get the IMDb rating but it's a good flick.

Vertigo (1958) Repeat
- Still not sure how much I like it after seeing it a few times.

Chimes at Midnight (1965) Repeat
Nothing rougher for me than Shakespeare movies but this was much better than my first viewing.

Les Miserables (1935) Repeat
+ The only version I've seen and I love it.

Bicycle Thieves (1948) Repeat
Better than the first time.

Wrong Turn (2021)
Totally awesome for horror fans.

A Children's Story (2004)
Strong Italian coming of age crime film.

Portraits of Andrea Palmer (2018)
- Ok for a low budget sleaze fest.

Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (1995)
- Pretty damn disturbing.

June viewings-17
2021 viewings-92



Solaris and Solaris



A 3 hour movie that feels more like 20 hours. I don't think i've been this frustrated with a movie since I watched Throne of Blood, which is funny because Kurosawa actually visited the set of Solaris.

The concept is brilliant, the ending is insane, you have some incredible special effects and shots, but these elements can't quite gel together because of all the dumb stuff sandwiched between the film's magical moments.

The camera lingers on this foggy, dreamlike country house setting with swirling weeds and flowing water before immediately cutting to this bizarrely well shot government briefing film. The briefing paints Solaris as this fantastical and alien experience, far beyond anything we could imagine or understand. However when our main character arrives at the space station in it's orbit, he becomes so bored that he ends up sleeping for the rest of the movie.

The idea is man collapsing in on himself, unable to reach beyond his own hang ups. The repetitive plot makes sense thematically but is executed with such little flair that it drains all life out of the film.

As an art movie of course you have some of the most pathetic dialogue ever put to screen.

Kris and his dead wife clone talk in circles about nothing, forever. They're still figuring out the intricacies of being cloned from a memory hours after the audience has stopped giving a ****. The scientists babble on about philosophy in a less profound matter than The Matrix Reloaded, literally spelling out the themes of the film for the viewer.

Soderbergh's 2002 version with George Clooney is snappier with better dialogue, but is also far less memorable. Missing out on those special moments of Tarkovsky's film like the opening, finale, and zero gravity sequence.

To me Solaris is more fun to think about and dissect than it is to watch and experience. Tarkosvky infamously called 2001 "cold and sterile" which is ironically a far better descriptor of his own film. In that final, horrific, pan out shot, we see Kris entirely submerged in a world of his own, but the closest Solaris comes to illustrating what is lost here is a 5 minute scene of driving through traffic.
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Since January:
What Happened to Monday (Wirkola, 2017) -
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Promising Young Woman (Fennell, 2020)-
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Operation Varsity Blues (Smith, 2021)-
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Child's Play (Klevberg, 2019)-
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Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (Sollima, 2021)-
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Mortal Combar (McQuoid, 2021)-
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The Butterfly Effect (Bress/Grueber, 2004)-

Fear Street Part One: 1994 (Janiak, 2021)-

Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (Janiak, 2021)-

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (Janiak, 2021)-



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Yeah, there's no body mutilation in it



The Mirror



Compared to Solaris this is like an action movie. Lots of incredible images. I think he's trying to capture how parents and countries mold people into what they are, sometimes by literally putting a mirror in the scene.

Visceral, but also vague and formless.

Stalker



Now we're talking. Tarkovsky was clearly a fan of photographing nature at it's most surreal and here is the movie that lets him lean into that. The most simple and mysterious of these three.



Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.
Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990)




Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my favorite plays and one of my fave movies. There have been some good films based on it. The awesome José Ferrer won his only Oscar for the low-budget, yet high-entertainment, 1950 version. Steve Martin gave one of his best performances and did one of his best scripts for the wonderful Roxanne (1987).

But my favorite version is undoubtedly the French version where Gerard Depardieu gives one of film's most memorable performances. From the opening scene, the play starring the pompous idiot actor, you know you are witnessing something special. First off, even if the film fibs in its depiction of the way the gigantic candelabras are all lit by hand and then pulled up by rope to light the theatre (and I don't know if it does), that's the way I would want to see the scene staged. Depardieu is incredible spouting Rostand's poetry (subtitled in English by A Clockwork Orange's Anthony Burgess), full of so much wit, and then he immediately has to duel AND defeat AND escape from a group of overarmed fops who couldn't possibly recognize a real man.

For me, Depardieu is mindboggling, whether he's being witty, excelling at physical activity, or (especially) pouring his heart out to the love of his life Roxane (Anne Brochet), whether subtly expressing himself as a possible lover to her or heartbreakingly pitching the young soldier Christian (Vincent Perez) she dearly falls in love with at first sight. The balcony scene where Cyrano speaks his heart to Roxane, during a storm, while pretending to be Christian, ranks with the opening scene for virtuosic filmmaking and acting. The film continues with another jealous lover who tries to ruin both Cyrano and Christian, by sending them off to war, but it all culminates in a moving finale where everything becomes very tragic, yet still beautiful.
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July, 2021 movies watched-

Nobody (2021)
Just a lot of fun.

Bacurau (2019)
Awesome Brazilian genre flick.

The Last Circus (2010)
- Murder, mayhem, and clowns.

Unhinged (2020)
Good fun if you want to laugh during a stupid road rage movie.

Stranger than Paradise (1984)
Easily my favorite of the 4 Jarmusch films I've seen.

Red Road (2006)
+ What started off like a mystery became powerful and sad.

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
- A good doc that would have been very good if I were into punk rock.

Field of Dreams (1989)
+ Sappy, but in a very pleasant and enchanting way.

Caravaggio (1986)
Not a bad movie, but it has a bit going against it as far as my taste goes.

July viewings-9
2021 viewings-101



The Phantom of the Monastery (1934)

Three hikers with nowhere better to go stay the night in a gloomy old monastery inhabited by silent monks. A bit of silly melodrama in a great macabre old locale.

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Not much of note, but a funny enough romp. Somewhat darker material than most A&C horror crossovers, with the shoddiest makeup. I don’t know what to say about the odd suffragette stuff.


Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) -

I want this to be my favorite A&C movie because I love old Hollywood Arabian fantasy paraphernalia, but the jokes are mostly misses, the Mummy seems like a sub-plot, and even for an A&C movie, it tests my tolerance for stupid.


Clue (1985)

Very on the nose, hit you over the head with a [insert weapon] dialogue, but intentionally so. Not too funny, but has its charm. I like the mystery throwback vibe.

The Island (2005) -

Fascinating, odd sci-fi world to start with, but loses itself halfway and devolves into a CBS thriller.