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Seen in March

Howl's Moving Castle:
: Watched the dubbed version (You’re gonna question your sexuality when you hear Christian Bale’s voice). It’s a very typical Miyazaki film. It has lovely animation, great characters and humour, and lots of quiet moments (Also a very rushed ending).

Three Identical Strangers:
: It’s a very interesting tale told by some very interesting characters (David was my favourite). The story’s the only thing that makes this film worthwhile, the filmmaking is just kinda ‘there’. It feels like a diet version of ‘The Imposter'

The Hole in the Ground:
+ : Normally I wouldn’t watch something like this, but I wanted to support Irish filmmakers. Not particularly scary, but I found the whole ‘Is he or isn’t he’ aspect entertaining.


????
Had to watch this for school. I was so confused. What was the point of it? What message did the director want to get across? Why the hell did Brendan Gleeson agree to this?

Eighth Grade:
- : Incredibly touching. As a teen I can confirm that Bo Burnham got everything very accurate about teenagers today.

True Lies:
: Not nearly on par with James Cameron’s other action stuff, but I simply can’t resist Arnold and cheesy lines.

First Man:
- : At face value this seems like a standard biopic, but there’s a few elements I feel separate it from that: The soundtrack is amazing. The effects are great. The scenes in space feel so intense.

ANVIL:
: Very simple documentary, but I think it’s pretty cool, mainly for the characters. I loved seeing a couple of old guys who are still super cool still making music, not deterred by the fact they’re not famous anymore.

Three Colours blue::
: Not my thing, sorry.

Sorry To Bother You:
- : This feels like this film was made with a blaring passion; Like the director really badly wanted to say ‘F*ck capitalism, f*ck big corporations, f*ck viral trends, f*ck racism, f*ck modern rap etc.’ I thought this movie was so creative and weird, I love when I see people using filmmaking to its full potential and doing crazy stuff with it.

MANDY:
- : The whole atmosphere of pure 80’s neon was pleasing. Nic Cage was great as always, and the action and gore was incredibly satisfying. Only thing is though the first half is SUPER slow.

Sir Crazy:
- : Yup, I found it funny. Didn’t even know Sidney Poitier made a film!

Manchester by the sea:
: Love these down-to-earth character dramas. Casey Affleck really annoys me but I really liked him as the apathetic uncle.

Upgrade:
+ : Holy crap, this was fun! The fact that the budget was only 1 million shows how effectively you can use a budget.

To catch a thief:
- : Eh, a very middle-of-the-road Hitchcock.

The Perfect Storm:
+ : Even though it’s quite cheesy and very early 2000’s, it effectively takes over the senses during its chaotic action scenes.

The Hustler:
: Couldn’t get behind it, sorry, the main character was a total butthole.

Us:
: Despite having a bunch of stupid plot contrivances, it’s a fun comedy horror with brilliant performances and great use of music.

Red Eye:
- : You wouldn’t expect this to be made by Wes Craven. An effective thriller.

Ringu:
: This whole film strikes me as professionally produced creepypasta. Someone picks up a spooky VHS, watches it, then dies. The tape itself is brilliant, something that you wouldn’t watch with the lights off. What I liked the most about the film however was the two exes reuniting platonically to carry out a task; Something about that is just a cool dynamic to me.
WARNING: spoilers below
I didn’t like the ending. It made me feel that the characters actions through the whole thing were worth nothing and that I just wasted my time


Good morning Vietnam:
- : I mean, c’mon guys, it’s Robin Williams being Robin Williams, how is that not great?

Widows:
- : My least favourite Steve Mcqueen movie unfortunately (He sure likes his Irish actors doesn’t he?). All I can really say is that Voila Davis’ performance was great. Also I watched this after the ‘Liam Neeson interview controversy’ so whenever he was getting intimate with Davis I was jokingly shouting ‘VIOLA DAVIS LOOK OUT!'

Prevenge:
+ : Who knew the therapist from Bandersnatch made a no budget slasher film while eight months preggers? I guess it was fine, a few funny moments but that’s about it.

Pool of London:
: I fell asleep during the last 20 minutes so that’s quite awkward, but the fact that it was the first British film to show an interracial romance was pretty cool.

The Ritual:
- : I’ve heard a lot about this David Bruckner guy so I check this out and holy crap, it was brilliant. Gorgeous scenery, interesting character dynamics, effective scares, great acting, I feel this is a very underrated film.
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^Is there a system to the different colours in that post? Either way, I'd suggest posting films in set groups to keep up in future - I made a post for every ten films I watched - using that as a concrete goal to work towards proved a reasonably effective system.
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^Is there a system to the different colours in that post? Either way, I'd suggest posting films in set groups to keep up in future - I made a post for every ten films I watched - using that as a concrete goal to work towards proved a reasonably effective system.
Yeah I did that for a while, I just got burned out a few months back. I'm just catching up now is all. I guess the colours correspond to the posters, and I just leave it colourless if It's just black or a certain colour is getting repetitive.

Thanks for the help anyway.



Seen in April

One Hour Photo:
: A really unsettling thriller with a brilliant performance from Robin Williams. Thinking about it in hindsight, it’s pretty funny how the kid says that the White Eva’s from End of Evangelion ‘kill bad guys’.

Shazam!:
: A superhero film that doesn’t have that New Age superhero film vibe? Count me in! It’s a funny and heartwarming tale that’s fun for all ages.

Terminator: [RE-WATCH]:
: Don’t murder me, but I think I like this a little less than I did as a kid. Don’t get me wrong it’s still pretty good though, but I just think it absolutely PALES in comparison to Judgement Day.

Doctor Who: The curse of the Fatal Death:
: A funny Red Nose Day short film.

Won’t You Be My Neighbour?:
: Now all we need is a documentary of Bob Ross and we can achieve world peace.

The Simpsons Movie: [RE-WATCH]:
- : Nostalgia bias, I know. Didn’t realise until now how brilliant Julie Kavner’s performance is.

Desperado:
+ : Quite a dumb, but fun, action film.

Under the Skin:
: I think I admired the craft a lot more than the entertainment value: maybe it’s ‘2smart4me’ or something, . It’s got a real beautiful but haunting look to it, and the way it normalizes people with facial deformities instead of making a mockery of them is heartwarming. Also I don’t know the name of the music that was played during the sex scenes, but whatever it was, was absolutely terrifying.

Childs Play 2:
: This film is a total bore until the last twenty minutes, then it gets incredibly fun.

Koyaanisqatsi:
- ; Most of the film was pretty good, but that whole 15 minute scene of the city with the music track ‘The Grid’ was 11/10 material.

Faces Places:
: Wholesome/10. I watched this after Varda’s death to celebrate her life. She seems like one of the only celebrities I’d like to meet because of their personality and not because of their fame. The whole philosophy of meeting new people to improve your life really stuck with me. Also this film confirmed my suspicion that Godard was a pretentious arsehole haha. That scene where Agnes talks about her inevitable death is quite significant now.

Spider-Man 2:
- : Sam Raimi is king. Doesn’t have that ‘so bad it’s good’ acting of the first one, but it makes up for that with some genuinely great action scenes.

Also I have to thank the internet for generating tons of hilarious memes and YouTube Poop’s from this film. Pizza time.

Rififi:
- : A stylish noir with a cool heist scene.

Hamlet (1996);
+ : Holy crap, this is the most wordy film I’ve EVER seen! Usually in 4 hour epics there’s normal movie level dialogue with lots of scenes of scenery. But this film, it’s just 4 hours of non-stop talking! I needed a breather at the intermission.

Endgame:
: Not as well made or written as Infinity War (And the fact that they do a whole 'Bill and Ted time travel is dumb but OUR time travel makes sense' shtick despite the fact that Bill and Ted had WAY less inconsistencies than this films time-travel really peeved me), but I can forgive that as this is a movie about giving a sense of conclusion to lifetime fans. Fun action, great characters and some absolutely AMAZING scenes, this is probably this generation’s equivalent to watching the OG Star Wars or Psycho or 2001 etc.

Also the amount of memes this film has spawned are amazing.



Seen in May

Labyrinth:
: DANCE MAGIC, DANCE MAGIC! JUMP MAGIC, JUMP MAGIC!

Fyre:
: While this is an extremely interesting ‘stranger than fiction’ tale, I gotta deduct some points because after doing a bit of research I found out they left out information. Despite them saying the tickets were 250K, they didn’t mention how some people payed only as little as 1.5K. I hate when documentaries lie/misinterpret information.

The Fugitive:
: Even with a slightly dry third act, it’s a fun 90’s adventure film.

The Adventures of Robin Hood:
-; I have a soft spot for these swashbuckling films where all of the characters are laughing their heads off the whole time.

Aliens: [RE-WATCH]:
: The original Alien left some big shoes to fill, but changing the genre was a clever move that made this movie feel fresh. Seeing all of the soldiers screwing about with each other was so much fun, you can really feel the comradery.

The Butterfly Effect:
: Incredibly cheesy and uses the most cartoonish stock sound effects ever, but that’s what makes it so fun!

Cops (1922):
: A fun short with some cool stunts and one or two good laughs.

The Crying Game:
: Oh boy, this film hasn’t aged well! Despite that it’s a fairly solid ‘Troubles’ film. Really hoped the whole film would be about the main character interacting with Forest Whitaker. Probably going to watch the director’s newest film ‘Greta’ at some point.

Adaptation:
: Charlie Kaufman is this generation’s Shakespeare I swear. I mean I don’t think many people thought of this concept of a film, and the ones who did thought it was too stupid to work. Not Charlie though. Nic Cage’s dual performance of the twins was so good. The ideas it presents about the struggles of being a writer are super interesting.

Metropolis:
: Despite being quite slow, it is a film I can certainly appreciate the craft of.

Stagecoach:
-: Can we get George Miller to do a remake of this before he dies? Please?



The Last Warning (1928)

Stage professionals find themselves threatened by a possible ghost in a ramshackle old theatre. There are a few creepy timeworn images, heightened by the great setting. Strong histrionics play towards a largely comic tone as well, with a plot that mirrors Phantom of the Opera a little too much in the 2nd half.

The Great White Silence (1924)

A doc of Englishmen venturing to find the South Pole in 1910. There’s also emphasis on wildlife, gorgeous landscape shots, and one brief but difficult to overlook racist bit. Not knowing the history behind this, I wasn’t ready for such a tough ending. A fascinating & powerful document.

Asphalt (1929)

A young traffic guard gets involved with a seductive jewel thief. It has a beautiful harshly lit glow, and a simple character driven plot. A slow pace for the most part, with the overtly melodramatic instances spread apart by underlying tensions.

Battling Butler (1926)

Buster Keaton accidentally gets inserted into high level boxing. Keaton is always charming and easy to like, but this relies more on story than… Keaton-isms, and the story is mostly uninteresting (despite such a fun premise) with one of the biggest anticlimaxes I’ve seen.
WARNING: "BB" spoilers below
He never even has the hyped-up final showdown in the end! He instead gets into a relatively non-comical fight backstage.


One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Half gritty, silly, OTT zombie splatter flick, half deconstruction of said zombie flick. I didn’t quite grasp the plot description going in, which was for the better. The way the 2nd half unfolds is very impressive, original, and consistently funny with a lot of character.





First time viewings June 2019:

The Mustang 2019

+ Match Point 2005
+ The Mule 2019
+ Birds of Passage ‘Pájaros de verano’ 2019
+ Shadow ‘影’ 2019

The Wolf’s Call ‘Le chant du loup’ 2019

- Kagemusha ‘影武者’ 1980
- Deadwood The Movie 2019

+ Suburra 2015
+ King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017

+ The Beach Bum 2019

Stockholm 2019

+ Shazam! 2019

Re-watch June 2019:

+ Tombstone 1993

Blue Velvet 1986
Full Contact ‘俠盜高飛’ 1992
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan 2007



Total June viewings: 17
Total 2019 viewings: 133
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June, 2019 movies watched-

Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
Blaxploitation to the extreme.

The Perfection (2018)
Ok Netflix horror/thriller.

Souls for Sale (1923)
- From the Ebert list and well worth watching.

Destroyer (2018)
+ Enjoyed the slow paced crime story.

Marianne (1929)
+ Early talkie is a nice musical comedy with just the right touch of seriousness.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Deserving of it's Cannes award.

Faust (1926) Repeat viewing
+ Love Emil Jennings as the devil.

A Dog's Way Home (2019)
For dog lovers only.

The Kid (1921)
+ Not as funny as expected but the drama made up for it.

Dragged Across Concrete (2018)
+ Not as good as Heat but it's that kind of crime thriller.

Lucky Star (1929)
Loses a half a popcorn for the score.

The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Definitely a good movie to watch for the next countdown.

Cold Pursuit (2019)
- Dumb but entertaining.

Sadie Thompson (1928)
Hated the score and not a Gloria Swanson fan.

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018)
+ A very good watch but nothing that'll stay with me.

The Unknown (1927)
At only 50 minutes it's a must watch for anyone looking to fill out their pre-30's ballot with something on the sinister side.

Sherlock Jr. (1924) Repeat Viewing
Certainly enjoyable even if it doesn't leave a big mark on me.

Pandora's Box (1929)
Very risqué and dark for it's time.

Angel Face (1953)
+ A noir that's worth watching.

Total June viewings-19
Total 2019 viewings-83



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Boundaries (2016) Feste
A daughter takes three days off work to deliver her colorful father (he has gotten kicked out of his retirement home) to a second daughter in Los Angeles. This film didn’t quite jell. When you think Vera Farmiga … no great knee slappers come to mind (comedy is not her forte) but clearly more of the fault lies with the director. Drama can happen, for comedy to work: all the gags need to be set up. For instance, the film opens during a therapy session where our heroine thinks she is doing so well she suggests cutting back on the therapy sessions. Her therapist then begins a serious run down all her emotional tangles. A much better opening would have been her heading to the therapy session and her stumbling across an adorable stray dog and after a great internal struggle; she finally wrenches herself away from it and walks into the building proud of herself. Then when the therapist asks: how many stray dogs and cats (all you have to do is feed them and they will give you unconditional love) have you adopted this week? When the little dog pops its head out from her hand bag this would have gotten a big laugh plus oodles of insight into her character.

½

Blade Runner * (1982) Scott
After a while, all the artsy fartsy design got tiring; a probing search light outside of every window; Venetian blind shafts cut across every room; the fog, mist, and shadow machines going full blast. Deckard is basically a repellant, cold blooded killer; the film hides this by having him shuffle around some papers and do some minor detective work. The focus is wrong in this film; this is actually a story about a hidden slave revolt. Our sympathies should be with the synthetic immigrants; amazingly life-like, sub-humans (wow, what a dead giveaway!) Two of the synthetic workers are military grade drones, so if you gave them an elastic band or a pea shooter they would have had no trouble dispatching Deckard. It’s kind of laughable they let Deckard do them in.

Annie Oakley
(1932) Stevens
There is a kind of rudimentary romance between two snipers in a traveling Wild West show. This was dated: it was clearly racist in certain areas, although Chief Sitting Bull is given some nice gags. On the other hand, it’s nicely dated in other areas; when a peroxide blonde strolls into a saloon the men all keel over from shock, they never thought they would live to see the day.

L. 627
(1992) Tavernier
This French police story has the distinctive anti-Hollywood feel. These are not heroic superman battling evil, but normal guys fighting a losing battle and losing their humanity in the process. The narcotics section is a trailer parked in the vacant lot outside the run-down police station. Our hero is outraged when the big boss simply pulls the plug on a stake-out detail because it’s late (he uses the surveillance van as his personal vehicle) and he wants to go home. Our hero is less outraged when he exploits his snitches or when he borrows a surveillance camera from work to make some extra money on the week-ends shooting marriage videos. The L627 is a form in the paperwork referring to the letter of the law in the war against drugs.

★★★

After the Wedding *
(2009) Blier
There is a great set-up where humanitarian worker travels from India back to his home country in order to secure funding for his orphanage and accidently (?) gets invited to a wedding where his own sketchy past returns with a vengeance. I loved the intimate, gestural close-ups of the character's eyes. The English remake of this will be showing up a few months from now … Julianne Moore impregnates someone? I’m officially intrigued as to how they are going to re-tell this story.

Me and Earl and the dying Girl *
(2015) Gomez-Rejon
I liked how the title matches our zero’s non-confrontational way of hiding in plain sight. Before the girl outed him, he was successfully Zeligging his way through high school. He refers to her in the past tense at least once and she drops the stage-four bomb, so the whole unreliable narrator becomes moot this time around, it’s more of a question of the inattentive movie watcher.

Black Butterfly
(2017) Goodman
The writer’s block film usually has the writer meeting a stranger, having an adventure then writing about it. The blocked-up writer in a remote cabin also suggested Misery. The writer angrily flips off a trucker during a road rage moment then speeds away from him. With nowhere to go in the middle of the forest (and this being a movie) the trucker is simply going to pull into the parking lot down the road of the village’s one gas station/restaurant and continue the conversation. The writer becomes so weak and pathetic during the confrontation, I couldn’t stop watching because of this weird emotional hook to the story.

Tin Man
(2007) Stevens
This wasn’t a remake of The Wizard of Oz or re-imagining of it since they took only took certain pieces of it to make a new story. There is not a lot of budget here but they really wrench every single penny out of the CGI and costuming; putting the henchmen into long black leather coats always works in a film. This is wonderfully cheesy. The flying monkeys are embedded in the wicked witch’s tramp stamp. Zooey “Blue Sky” ’Deschanel is costumed in a pair of flair pants and she runs like a girl during the numerous chase scenes. Alan Cummings plays the Tin Man with a just the tiniest suggestion of Michael Jackson.

* = rewatch






Licence To Kill (1989)

Wildly underrated, over time that seems to be what I go for. Phenomenal villain played by Robert Davi, a fitting Timothy Dalton 007, and dazzling Bond girls makes this possibly my favorite film of them over GoldenEye (1995).

Rating:
8.0 / 10

Licence To Kill



The Three Musketeers (1993)

They're Scoundrels, Playboys, Outlaws. Charlie Sheen plays a priest, Aramis, spectacular casting choice, joined by Kiefer Sutherland as Athos, Oliver Platt as Porthos The Pirate, as well as Chris O'Donnell. The movie wins my summer. It's better than everything.

Rating:
+ 9.5 / 10

The Three Musketeers


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First-Viewings Over The Last Two Years

1. The Three Musketeers (1993)
+ 9.5 / 10
2. Nightmare Sisters (1988)
9.0 / 10
3. The Breakfast Club (1985)
9.0 / 10
4. Urban Legend (1998)
9.0 / 10
5. Lionheart (1990)
9.0 / 10
6. The Three Musketeers (1973)
8.0 / 10
7. Carny (1980)
8.0 / 10
8. Licence To Kill (1989)
8.0 / 10
9. Halloween (2007)
8.0 / 10
10. Christine (1983)
8.0 / 10



Tri Eta Pi House party with sorority sisters Marci, Mickey, and Melody in Nightmare Sisters (1988).

11. Grease 2 (1982)
8.0 / 10
12. Kickboxer (1989)
8.0 / 10
13. Soldier Of Orange (1977)
8.0 / 10
14. Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988)
+ 7.5 / 10
15. Bloodsport (1988)
+ 7.5 / 10
16. Final Destination (2000)
+ 7.5 / 10
17. Cocktail (1988)
+ 7.5 / 10
18. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
+ 7.5 / 10
19. Deep Red (1975)
+ 7.5 / 10
20. Twins Of Evil (1971)
+ 7.5 / 10



Elisabeth Shue and Tom Cruise meet at a Jamaican beach in Cocktail (1988).

21. Graduation Day (1981)
7.0 / 10
22. Night Of The Demons (1988)
7.0 / 10
23. The Initiation (1984)
7.0 / 10
24. Intruder (1989)
7.0 / 10
25. House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
7.0 / 10
26. You're Next (2011)
7.0 / 10
27. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
7.0 / 10
28. Battle Of Britain (1969)
7.0 / 10
29. The Vampire Lovers (1970)
7.0 / 10
30. Sunset Strip (2012)
7.0 / 10



Daphne Zuniga gets ready for prank night in The Initiation (1984).

31. Student Bodies (1981)
+ 6.5 / 10
32. Night Of The Demons 2 (1994)
+ 6.5 / 10
33. The Prowler (1981)
+ 6.5 / 10
34. Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
+ 6.5 / 10
35. Candyman (1992)
+ 6.5 / 10
36. Psycho (1998)
+ 6.5 / 10
37. Terrifier (2017)
+ 6.5 / 10
38. Tourist Trap (1979)
+ 6.5 / 10
39. Halloween... The Happy Haunting Of America (1997)
+ 6.5 / 10
40. The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974)
+ 6.5 / 10



Porthos carries Raquel Welch (Constance) in The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).

41. Halloween H2O (1998)
6.0 / 10
42. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
6.0 / 10
43. Hellraiser (1987)
+ 5.5 / 10
44. Tenebrae (1982)
+ 5.5 / 10

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Chasing Sleep (2000)

When a man’s wife goes missing, he’s kept awake by incessant anxiety and ‘possible’ hallucinations. A very psychological thriller/horror confined to the protagonist’s sporadically filthy house. It’s not full of clichés, and it’s unpredictable enough to stay engrossing for someone who has seen more psych thrillers than you can shake a stick at. Highly recommended if you like modern psych thrillers.

El Patrullero / Highway Patrolman (1991)

Tumultuous events in the early months/years of a young patrolman’s ethically tested career in Mexico. A more measured & mature crime movie from Alex Cox, though it still highlights the locale’s seediness and has a couple of odd flourishes. Not as offbeat engaging as Walker or Repo Man, but still such a well put together movie.

The Nose (1963)

Surreal animated short about a man and his missing nose, based on Nikolai Gogol’s short story. Dialogue-free, odd plucky soundtrack, and charmingly imperfect and unique artwork.

I saw a short video detailing the animation too. It was done using a pinboard wherein the animators would meticulously push out tiny pins at certain distances until the shadows formed a desired image. A lot of work for little yield, but respect nonetheless. Both videos are on youtube.

Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Tragic events in the life of a young lady that’s taken advantage of by the scummiest of people. F*cking brutal and painful to watch, with very little attempt to lift the mood at all. The acting is much less histrionic than its contemporaries, and the plot is harsher than most of today’s dark dramas. It’s hard to enjoy per se, but it’s riveting and heartbreaking.

The Student of Prague (1913)

A poor student unwittingly sells his likeness to a sorcerer. Not too remarkable, but still a pretty eerie plot with a simple morale in the vein of Faust.

Underworld (1927)

Early gangster movie involving a love triangle and a hot-headed rival mobster. George Bancroft’s proto-new wave hair is about 50 years ahead of its time.

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

A scientist resorts to getting a job as circus clown after being deceived and embarrassed. The plot details seem simple enough to have been devised in less than an hour, but tragic emotion is at the movie’s core, and that lends itself nicely to the era. Lon Chaney is an especially sympathetic underdog, even while the movie carries a dark undertone in waiting for his gasket to blow.




The Docks of New York (1928)

Some of the coolest cinematography I’ve seen from the time, aided by cracked walls with crooked windows, pervasive haze, and cramped docks. Unfortunately, it also carries a very chauvinistic tone, with a forced romance that just makes both leads more unlikable. The over the top 20s slang intertitles are amusing though.





Revolution #9 (2001)

An indie film that makes a serious attempt at portraying a man’s descent into paranoia, as well as the consequences it has on those close to him. It seems that it was made with a lot of care and attention to detail, and it’s another (like DOALG) that aims to discomfort more than entertain.



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July, 2019 movies watched-

Us (2019)
+ Decent but too slow.

The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Ugly but great.

Go West (1925)
Briskly entertaining and funny.

Cabiria (1914)
Impressive and influential epic.

Nosferatu (1922) Repeat viewing
I strongly prefer Herzog's version.

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Recommended for anyone looking for a surreal short.

The Last Laugh (1924)
A different ending would've made a huge difference.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
A great movie for people who love movies.

Megan Leavey (2017)
+ A little better than the average dog movie.

The Battle at Elderbush Gulch (1913)
- Entertaining Western short.

The Iron Horse (1924)
Early John Ford classic.

Incident in a Ghostland (2018)
- Too many horror elements squeezed into one movie makes this a mess.

The Circus (1928)
Loved the first half, liked the second half.

Serenity (2019)
It has to be down there with the worst of the year.

Pet Sematary (2019)
+ Above average horror remake.

Lonesome (1928)
Meh.

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
- Not a personal favorite but extremely impressive.

Total July viewings-17
Total 2019 viewings-100



I've seen three movies since April, coincidentally all very good horror films




Hereditary (Aster, 2018)-
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Us (Peele, 2019)-
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Fright Night (Gillespie, 2011)- -
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½

Adult Life Skills
— (2016) —Tunnard
The director has a strange idea that every scene becomes more dramatic if everyone starts yelling; but once the volume is cranked up to eleven, everyone immediately storms off leaving everything unfinished until the next shouting match. The director seems to understand she has a thoroughbred at her disposal because there are a lot of scenes where Jodie Whittaker simply inks smiley faces on her fingertips disappears beneath a cardboard stage and waggles her fingers. So it’s a bit of head scratcher why did they make her twin, a male in the story? With an identical twin sister you would have dialled up the conflict and doubled the face time of your lead actress. This is quirky drama about a grieving woman on the eve of her thirtieth birthday; unfortunately, all the twists and turns in the story are painfully telegraphed.

½

Café — (2011) — Erbaum
Everything seems to be allegorical here; the devil may be the drug dealer who sits in the back of the café, and God is not only a woman but 11-years old to boot. With a heavenly skype she informs a guy that he is merely an avatar in the simulation she has created and she can prove it. The film is hampered by the product placement, everyone one is either buying caffeine or drinking it and this is more of an office for the regulars. There are several writers tearing their hair out at the tables, and one woman conducts all her job interviews here, not to mention the evil dude dealing in plain sight of the cops who stop by for free coffee.

★★½

Late Night — (2019) — Ganatra
This is kind of a wonky re-make of The Devil Wears Prada with Mindy Kaling bravely battling the isms (sexism, nepotism, racism) and showing how super talented and adorable she is, all the while doing it in high heels and a dress. There is a difficult moment of disbelief when an Executive producer for a major late night talk show hires a factory worker (with absolutely no writing credits) for a coveted, six-figure staff job.

The Book of Love — (2016) — Purple
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea popped up as an alternate title when I looked this thing up. A rebranded film is always a warning sign. This is the rare movie that scores a bullseye with two tiny opposing demographics. This is overloaded with cuteness and if it’s been a while between tear-jerkers the Kleenex crowd should get a decent blubber out of this. This is also a perfect candidate for the Friday night drubbing; i.e., where you gather a group of your friends together to mercilessly mock a hopelessly inept attempt at film making (the strange case of disappearing and wandering accents and the non sequiturs in the film are guaranteed to keep the laughter rolling.) I noticed also for the first time that Mary Steenburgen uses her hairdo (tightly framing her face at the eyes and cheeks) like other women use Botox. During a jogging scene where the lady obviously hasn’t been for a trot in years, I finally made a mental note to look up her age … she is four years shy of 70.

Galveston — (2018) — Laurent
This oddball couple are like metaphorical vampires who only live at night (she’s a hard luck woman with a limited shelf life, although she is still a little girl at heart; her body begins to innocently sway when she hears music. The film opens with the low rent killer for the local crime boss getting a cancer diagnosis for his persistent cough, and unable to process this revelation, he simply storms out of the doctor’s office and refuses all treatment, perhaps deciding in that instant to go out in a blaze of glory. The two main characters are both kind of damaged and desperate, and it takes the whole movie to warm up to them.

Lagerfeld Confidential — (2007) — Marconi
Early on, Karl is caught reading without his trademark sunglasses and he makes a mental note there is a camera stalking his every move and he needs to be now “on” at all times. The actual tidbits are few and far-between in this tell-all documentary. The ponytail is a stylish fix for his bad hair. He tips the staff not when he exits but as he enters a private jet. He needs a security pillow (his grandmother made it for him when he was a boy) on his tummy when he travels; otherwise he would be sick as a dog. He was sexually abused as a small child and when he told his mother she replied, “Well what do you expectgoing to the beach dressed like that.” He shoots from the lip and can tell you what he loves and hates at any given moment day or night, but is that a personal revelation? He admits if he popped a button on a 1,000 dollar shirt, he’d have to throw it away because he doesn’t know how to sew. He is an armchair general who relies on the small, talented army gathered round him to make the magic happen. This is a man with a death-grip on his media brand and the mask never slips.

Cimarron — (1931) — Ruggles
A portrait of an unrepentant rolling stone who puts down stakes then heads off for another adventure every five years or so, abandoning whatever he has achieved there, however great. Yancey Cravat is a jack of all trades who collects job skills like some people collect baseball cards. This film works a little better as a series of vignettes about the founding of Osage, Oklahoma; which sprung up after the Oklahoma land lottery of 1889. The townspeople reflect its changing demographic where specific skill sets are needed during specific times in order to thrive. The first newspaper in the boom town folded at the first editorial where the editorialist mentioned the cowboy scum roaming the streets, he was simply shot in the back before the ink was dry. The second stab at a town newspaper comes from Yancey and when outlaws come clamoring for the author, he sends the lot of them (the quick draw being only one of his many skills) to boot hill. As a newspaper editor (and a man) he defends the weak and defenseless against the moral thugs and bullies. He writes a scandalous editorial urging that the Indians should be granted American citizenship; which is a staggering admission that they were simply seen as sub-humans during that period without the right to even exist. In this story, the government simply gave two million acres of their national heritage free of charge to any immigrant who wanted it.

Bunny Lake is missing — (1965) — Preminger
I liked the gorgeous black and white photography and the opening credit sequence where a hand is tearing back strips of black paper to reveal the various names. Some of the locations were nice; the doll hospital with all the broken dolls; the basement lab room with the caged lab rats and animals, and the lecherous landlord’s apartment decorated in early Marquis de Sade. Unfortunately, there is an editing mistake in the third act. The mother of the missing child knows only two places in London. So when the cops check the apartment she moved into earlier that morning then race to where she stayed the previous week; the film times out during the extended final sequence once the audience realizes the cops are not going to show up and save the day, but they are merely going to announce the end of the movie.

★★★

Cake eaters * — (2007) — Masterson
This is a quiet, small town drama with characters, outwardly calm but the emotional turmoil brews just below the surface. It’s like each of the characters stands outside a bakery with their nose pressed to the window, seeing the heaven of their dreams, yet unable to go inside grab it. This is particularly noticeable in the prodigal son who left to become a rock star and returns with nothing but heartache to show for it three years later and the life he left behind has irrevocably vanished. His mother has passed away and his childhood sweetheart has moved on and married (there is a suggestion her blond haired daughter may be his.) The clock ticks loudest for the teen-aged girl who is slowly dying. Watts, when are you going to direct a second film?

King of Hearts * — (1966) — De Boca
As a welcoming gift for the other side in World War 1, a retreating army rigs a strategic hamlet for demolition. The résistance gets wind of it and empties the village of everyone and also warns the advancing army of the death trap. The commanding Officer mistakenly sends the company’s ornithologist (in charge of the homing pigeons) to demine the village instead of an actual munitions expert. When our hero accidently releases the residents of an insane asylum into in the real world (there is a nice metaphor of songbirds leaving and returning to their cages in the film.) They all immediately choose to do astonishing: they all choose a job and an identity that will make them the happiest. 53 years after its original release, this is less an anti-war fable than a sweet story about mindless conformity and following your heart even when the world around you is going completely insane.

The Driftless Area — (2015) — Sluser
Early on Zooey Deschanel walks past some firemen heading to a house fire who don’t even bat an eye, even though she walks past them completely naked. The biggest hurdle in this tale about a ghost that needs to talk someone into avenging her murder is decoding when and where the magic realism actually kicks in. At times she is invisible and at other times people interact with her as if she was flesh and blood. One could advance the theory that there are multiple ghosts in the story; our hero may have also died already.

Executive Action — (1973) — Miller
One of the first of the JFK assassination films; they hammer out the inconsistencies in the cover story with dry workmanlike craftsmanship. It’s slightly funny during the hairpin turn onto Elm Street; all conspirators are glued to their television sets, as if it a routine motorcade was happening live on national TV. This was originally set up by Donald Sutherland, but he couldn’t get the financing and had to abandon it.

The witches — (1967) — Anthology
The title is misleading because there is not a bat wing or broomstick in sight; all the female characters in these short films (all featuring Silvana Mangano) depict a distinctive lack of any agency in their lives. In the first story, a frail super model turned actress (now trapped by her screen image) becomes the sacrificial witch the adoring public symbolically burns at the stake when she shows up an exclusive ski resort. In the candy colored third story, a clownish widower (an Italian comedy legend at the time) tells his son he will only remarry if he approves of his choice and they go on a relentless search together to find wife number two. There is a wicked punchline after the second wife also dies, her ghost shows up at the house ready to cook and clean again, and they simply go on as before because there is no notable difference (Ha Ha) from when she was alive. In the fifth story, a frustrated housewife has increasingly elaborate, revenge fantasies when her bank executive husband comes home and falls asleep every night in front of the TV. One funny scene: Clint Eastwood (he seems to enjoy skewering his macho image) runs across the room in flesh colored trunks (in her fantasies their bedroom is about the size of car dealership) and does a perfect swan dive into their bed to illustrate the passion at the start of their marriage. The attraction here is the set design and the different approaches by directors. There’s a nice comic book opening credit sequence

The Last Black Man in San Francisco — (2019) — Talbot
Although he spent most of his childhood in secret reading room hidden behind a bookcase because of the bickering between his parents; this is a young man is still in love with the house he grew up in and is obsessed with reclaiming the family heritage. He still drops by the house regularly to do upkeep on the exterior of the house and yard work even though the current owners are clearly antsy about this: but they haven’t got the heart to get the police involved. The understated theme of the film is the actual housing crisis going on in the city. Gentrification (a code word for “financial euthanasia”) is driving everyone except the super-rich out of the city; San Francisco has the highest concentration of resident billionaires in any city anywhere on the planet. This is interesting because of the depiction of the despair of the precariat is never shown in American films. Hollywood films are filled with part-time baristas who live in million dollar condos.

Wild Rose — (2018) — Harper
A honky-tonk woman from in Glasgow Scotland dreams of becoming a star at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Her motto in life is tattooed brazenly on her forearm and the audience is waiting for the moment is when she applies this not to her fantasy but to her real life; she has two adorable young children she doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with. Long story short, she makes it to the rhinestone capital of the world only to discover you can throw a rock and hit someone with a demo CD plus her exact same dream. There is nice moment where she makes it on stage and belts out a show stopper to an empty auditorium, one of the security guards tells her after they’ve escorted her out of the building that this is a recurring event he has seen a hundred times. 30 years ago, Julie Waters would have starred in this feisty role, now she plays her dour, disapproving mother.

A Perfect Day —(2015) — Aranoa
A team of humanitarian workers are given tasks each day that would take 15 minutes in any other part of world. They have to navigate the various mine fields of politics (the group of sullen civilians standing before you could be local militia hiding in plain sight) add in personal agendas, revenge fever, booby traps, and bureaucratic red tape and these simple tasks become Sisyphean ordeals. I liked the unnoticed moments of triumph when disaster is averted and that their gallows humour becomes an essential coping mechanism against the madness of war.

Raw — (2016) — Ducournau
There is a nice institutionally grey teaching hospital set beneath perennially bleak and overcast skies. This first year student at the national Belgian veterinary school is going through a difficult period. The forced partying and the constant hazing are beginning to take its toll on her. For instance, she wakes up the first night with a strange man in her dorm room, she had requested a female roommate. He says that he’s gay so in the eyes of the administration that’s about the same thing. After a while, in close proximity, she begins to get ideas about him. This is a slightly grisly coming of age story with a nice mix of black humour and horror—one should abstain from eating snacks during this film.

Maiden —(2018) — Holmes
This is a documentary about the 1989
Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Immediately falling in love with this great adventure and wanting to participate; a scrappy young woman has to butt her head against the wall of sexism surrounding the race. She has to fight tooth and nail merely to get onboard a yacht in the only position she was deemed to be remotely qualified for … the below deck cook. As the only woman during the race, she becomes a funny, human interest story for the press. Since every position is forbidden and rather than knocking down the prejudices one by one over decades, she simply assembles an all-female crew for the next race. The film gains from the present day interviews, everyone’s hair has turned white. One journalist (a classic male chauvinist pig) during his race column at the time; unapologetically referred to them as a tub full of tarts; 30 years later the other sports journalists still giggle about it like schoolboys. This is a classic underdog story.

The Letter — (1940) — Wyler
The film begins with a slow pan from rubber trees bleeding into buckets to the orchestra of planation workers providing the diegetic score for the scene. The camera moves past the open air barracks of the workers sleeping in hammocks to the veranda of the big house where a man staggers out and a dame follows on his heels, and empties her gun in his back. She turns around and strolls back inside. Thus ends the film noir portion of the story and this becomes a delightfully over the top, court room melodrama where the outcome is never in doubt. Informed at work that there has been some sort of gun play back home, the killer’s husband has the presence of mind to have his criminal lawyer meet him at the house at the same time. He has a nice sub-plot where being loyal to his friends and doing the right thing, he discovers he is slowly going to hell in a hand basket because of it. This film was really well lit; a few exterior scenes happen during cloudy nights where the characters are obscured by darkness then are bathed in crystal clear moonlight.

* = rewatch



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A Warning to the Curious (1972)

A ghost story about an archaeologist in search of a possibly cursed artifact. A good example of less being more. A few actors, a nice setting, a minimal score, and a cheap prop. It’s almost forced to stay subtle till the end. No flying chairs or violent indoor gusts of wind; just eerie anticipation.



The Unholy Three (1925)

A sillier than intended crime movie about a gang of circus criminals trying to pull off a con involving grown men disguising themselves as an old woman & cigar-smoking baby. There’s also a laughably gratuitous giant chimp. The plot is actually engaging though, and it’s fun seeing Lon Chaney mean mug his fellow goons while in old lady garb.




Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

A WWII soldier gets stranded on a Pacific island inhabited solely by a nun. Beautiful island, some action, some jungle crafting, some tension between dissimilar leads; like a more polite precursor to Hell in the Pacific.

Canned Laughter (1979)

Young Rowan Atkinson in a proto-Mr. Bean with clever dialogue and even more bizarre mannerisms. Only 30 mins, and on Youtube.

Brimstone (2016)

A long, non-linear story about a mute woman threatened by a mysterious preacher. Exploitation levels of brutality. The plot is presented out of order to carry some big surprises, but I liked that.

Death on the Nile (1978)

Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Appointment with Death (1988)

Entertaining though perfunctory Agatha Christie murder mysteries with Peter Ustinov in the lead. Death on the Nile gets bonus points for a beautiful escapist setting and much stronger characters. EUTS feels like more of the same, but with a less appealing ‘getaway’ setting and a less intriguing mystery. AWD has a horrid forced romance, rough acting, and some ill-fitting campy 80s music, but I still liked it for the first hour.



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August, 2019 movies watched-

7th Heaven (1927)
+ Loved it until the ending.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Typical Buster fun.

Beast (2017)
Nice British thriller.

3 Bad Men (1926)
It seems like there's a never ending supply of good movies from John Ford.

The Phantom Carriage (1921)
One of the most haunting movies I've ever seen.

Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
I liked the story but it left no impact.

It (1927)
A rare romantic comedy that I loved, especially as an older one.

Grandma's Boy (2006)
For fans of juvenile comedy.

The Freshman (1925)
I enjoyed it but didn't think it was very funny.

The Killer (1989)
- Probably a top 10 action film for me.

The Doll (1919)
Would like to see an exploitation remake.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Powerful film, but just to an extent for this viewer.

The Fighter (2010)
+ Great job capturing the time and the characters.

The Sheik (1921)
- A good watch but nothing I'd watch again.

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
A certainty to make my list for the Pre-30's countdown.

Total August viewings-15
Total 2019 viewings-115



Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Typical Buster fun.
3 Bad Men (1926)
It seems like there's a never ending supply of good movies from John Ford.
Two of my favourite films. Nice to see some more love for 3 Bad Men, even though its a silent film, because of the way Ford uses imagery, cinematography and editing it plays out just like a normal Western we have come to expect of him. I've seen the bulk of his work but there are still a few more I want to explore, especially early ones.
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Seen in June

You Were Never Really Here:
: Still love Lynne Ramsay. Shot incredibly well with great scenes of not much happening that focus on the characters. The use of violence was very creative. The only thing I didn’t like was the character Nina. She felt like a silent, creepy girl you’d see in an average horror film.

The Guilty:
-: Another addition to the ‘People talking on a phone for 90 minutes’ genre. It’s an engaging police thriller with a great main lead. I just don’t understand why this was a movie though. It could of just been a play, hell, a radio play. A blind person would get the same experience out of this film as a seeing person. Maybe I’m not seeing the bigger picture and filmmaking was very necessary.

Marnie:
-: A good Hitckcock. The writing for Connery’s character was pretty weird though. Despite wanting to help the main character he acts incredibly villainous.

400 Blows:
: Kes for French people. A typical but effective coming of age film. The improv interview scene was definitely the best just for how human it felt.

Striking Vipers:
: I didn’t know about you guys, but the romantic episodes of Black Mirror are my least favourite. Also this is the third time they’ve made an episode about being sucked into a video game. Ugg.

Smithereens:
: A solid thriller with a brilliant performance by Andrew Scott.The ‘PHONES BAD’ message is pretty lame though and kinda brings it down.

Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too:
: Probably the worst episode of Black Mirror. I was expecting it to be a dark tale of a girl having her mind broken by being emotionally invested by an emotionless ‘Yes man’ doll, but it turns into a goofy Nickelodeon movie at the end. Goofy movies are fun, just not for Black Mirror.

I hope they take a hiatus so they can REALLY quality control the next three scripts. If we get another ‘Shut Up and Dance’ or ‘Entire History of You’ I’ll be satisfied.

The Longest Day:
: A epic scale retelling of D-Day. One of those movies you can have on in the background.

Midori:
: Watched this purely for it’s controversy. Alot of the shocking scenes seemed to be there just to get a rise out of the audience rather than having a meaning (Like cmon dude, I didn’t need to see a dog getting brutalized today). The voice acting is hammy and the animation is so lazy; So many scenes have the characters not moving at all. The ending was very abrupt and out of place also. If there’s good things to say about it is that there is some cool scenes that I liked (Like the scene where the magician punishes the audience)

Climax:
+: One of the best films I’ve seen 2019. The colours are wonderful. The long takes are shockingly impressive. The improv is fantastic. The second half of the film is genuinely disturbing, scary and messes with your head.

Also that opening dance scene might be one of the best opening to a film I’ve ever seen.

A Silent Voice:
-: Quite long, but it’s a very emotional tale of two people with a horrible past trying to make things work. Good story, wonderful characters, cute romance, hilarious comedic relief, the Greek playwrights would give this a thumbs up.

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons:
: There’s a character decision at the end that doesn’t make sense at all, but apart from that it’s an incredibly disgusting and interesting tale that kicked off the career of one of my favourite horror directors.

1408:
: An enjoyable supernatural thriller that takes full advantage with the limited location.

Boogie Nights:
+: Once again I find it very difficult to get invested in films told over decades, I still went into this film with an open mind. The story was good, the performances were great, the last act is intense and the direction is astounding considering Paul Thomas was in his mid-20’s.

Toy Story 4:
-: It was fine, but it added nothing of value to the series in my opinion. Only four characters get any serious fleshing out and everyone else (Yup, even Buzz) is just a comedic relief. I did love that scene of Woody walking with Forky through the woods at night, very human and atmospheric.
WARNING: spoilers below
Woody’s choice at the end of the film makes sense I guess? But it feels like a slap in the face to the themes discussed in Toy Story 2


Last Year at Marienbad:
: Not exactly my thing, but I can appreciate it for what it tries to be. That one shot of the garden area in the dead of night was so beautiful and still stays with me today.

The End of Evangelion:
: I always find one masterpiece during each year of watching film. I was afraid I wouldn’t find one this year, but here we are! I mean where do I start? The animation is f*cking amazing; pure museum stuff. The performances were above and beyond; The scenes crying and screaming actually hurt me like nothing I’ve ever seen. The English song used feels iconic. The story, the script, the fight scenes, characters, use of classical music, all perfect. Minor note but anyone who’s watched Bojack Horseman knows they have a rule of one f-Word a season for dramatic effect. Well they kinda do it here and it’s brilliant. The film genuinely frightened me from a philosophical and psychological view, and it’s not even a horror film! The placement of end credits in the middle as an intermission is a really good idea.

Also that final scene, I can’t describe it.

A Man Escaped:
-: My first Bresson, and I liked it. The presentation of a prison break presented in a matter of fact and non-glorified way is a cool approach to storytelling and makes the suspenseful scenes that more effective. I didn’t like the emotionless acting though. I know that was Bresson’s style, doesn’t make it good. ;/

If you want to watch a French prison escape film, I’d suggest Le Trou.

The Devils:
: Had this lying around for a while and watched it to get it out of the way. I can see why Mark Kermode loves it so much; The acting is good, the dissection of religion is interesting, and not to mention the wonderful sets. The sets look very surreal and draw in your eye.

The Shape of Water:
: A love letter to a bygone era (and possibly an allegory for interracial couples in the 60’s?!). It’s a weird but plausible beautiful love story elevated by the clothes, music and exaggerated visuals that give a nostalgic, sentimental feel to it. Might be my favourite Del Toro.

The Hidden Fortress:
: I liked it, the comedy and action were entertaining. I guess we can thank this film for inspiring C-3P0 and R2, even though they’re very different films.

Commando: [RE-WATCH]
: Yup, still awesome.

One Week:
: A very creative short that got a few laughs outta me.

The Most Dangerous Game:
: It may have taken 30 minutes to get to the plot, but I still found it a very entertaining ‘Survival of the Fittest’ tale.

Matilda: [RE-WATCH]:
: Childhood favourite. One of the best Roald Dahl adaptions. Very dark but with enough whimsy to leave you with a warm feeling at the end.

Moon:
-: A great, slightly philosophical sci-fi that makes incredible use of it’s small budget; The lackluster cgi is kept to a minimum and there’s only about two actors in the film. I absolutely loved the sets.

Bad Taste:
: Another low-budget film, except more like no budget! It’s incredibly silly and certainly feels like Jackson made it fjust for fun with his pals. If it weren’t for this we may not have gotten the adaption of Lord of the Rings that lots of people love.