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May, 2023 movies watched-

The Painted Bird (2019)
As well done a film that I've seen that has this much cruelty.

White Material (2009)
With Isabelle Huppert, it's usually good.

Westfront 1918 (1930)
+ Superb companion piece to All Quiet on the Western Front.

Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)
Very well done.

The Verdict (1982) Repeat
+ Better than it should be thanks to those involved.

Sahara (1943)
Fun war flick with Bogart.

Days of Heaven (1978)Repeat
Everyone knows it looks great. I like the rest of it too.

No Time for Sergeants (1958)
+ Entertaining military comedy with Andy Griffith.

Three Came Home (1950)
Emotional and powerful World War II drama.

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
Excellent battlefield scenes.

Sons of the Desert (1933) Repeat
Consistently amusing.

Total-11
2023 total-62



June, 2023 movies watched-

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Love Flynn and De Havilland but the war aspect was mediocre.

Terrifier 2 (2022)
- Better than the 1st, and a nice throwback to 80's horror.

Gone Baby Gone (2007 Repeat
I knew I would love it this time.

Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Entertaining submarine film with a great cast.

Air (2023)
A half a popcorn too much for my personal feelings.

The 12th Man (2017)
Great story.

The Fog of War (2003)
From our documentary list.

Anthropoid (2016)
Solid wartime action/thriller.

Men Without Wings (1946)
- Czech World War II film from the Cannes list.

A Hero (2021)
My 4th film from the director, and another winner.

Soldier of Orange (1977)
+ A war film with a cool factor.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
A bit of a mixed bag until an ending that makes a big impression.

Fury (2014)
2/3 awesomeness, 1/3 corny cliches.

Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
Masterpiece

War Witch (2012)
A good lead performance carries this story revolving around rebel fighters in Africa.

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)
I'd rate it higher if I was less lost, just an incredible documentary.

Total-16
2023 total-78





Recent Watches
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The Whale (Arnofsky, 2022)-

Triangle of Sadness (Ostlund, 2022)-
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Everything Everywhere All at Once (Kwan, 2022) -
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September, 2023 movies watched-

Bandit Queen (1994)
Based on a true story, controversial, good flick.

H-8 (1958) Repeat
Widely regarded as the greatest Yugoslavian film.

Blow-Up (1966) Repeat
Not a movie I can love, but there's plenty I appreciate.

Missing (1982)
+ High quality political drama.

Dial M for Murder (1954) Repeat
My 2nd favorite Hitchcock film.

September total-5
2023 total-83



October, 2023 movies watched-

Cocaine Bear (2023)
- Silly but amusing.

Light in the Piazza (1962)
Good drama with a fantastic performance from Olivia de Havilland.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Repeat
Some great qualities but it leaves me unsatisfied.

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) Repeat
Great cast and consistently amusing.

Violent Night (2022)
+ Solid simple minded entertainment.

The Name of the Rose (1986)
I can't call it a poor film but I didn't like anything about it besides the sets/setting.

Secrets in the Desert (2023))
+ My wife made me watch this lifetime movie, but at least it's my kind of story.

October total-7
2023 total-90



Missing - Based on true events of an activist who goes missing during a South American coup. Very worthwhile political drama with great performances from Sissy Spacek as the wife and Jack Lemmon as the father of the missing person.



The Little Girl Who Conquered Time - Still need to write something about this for the HoF but not my kind of movie. Kind of a Groundhog Day thing going on. From the director of Hausu but not nearly as whacked out or fun as that picture.


Sisu - Imagine you strike gold and in the process of transporting it to the nearest bank a bunch of Nazi's stop you, take your gold and try to kill you and your dog? You probably wouldn't be too happy. Neither is Sisu. He's gonna get his gold back and, in the process, he's gonna get his scalps - or what's left of them. It's a really good looking film, vibrant blood splatters, comically over the top violence, not much of a thinker, but boy is it fun. Hit's its peak a little early but it's never dull.



Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood - Well, I finally watched a guinea pig movie. No idea why I needed to do that because it's ****ing awful. Good fx.



The Killer - I liked it. Very polished revenge flick. Doesn't bring anything new to the table but I love me a good revenge flick and this did the trick.



Inheritance - Good premise, starts off good, but it falls apart in the end. Lily Collins is a Assistant DA who discovers, after her fathers passing, that her father kept Simon Pegg locked up in a room, buried in the woods, for thirty years. Why would he do that? Well, that's what this movie attempts to answer. Collins is fine, Pegg hams it up a little as the film progresses and it's one of those films that gets you wondering how you would deal with the situation. I often felt, especially towards the end, that I would NOT do what Lily is doing. Kind of frustrating.



Bye, Bye Barry - Documentary about Barry Sanders, the most entertaining RB in NFL history, and why he left the game when he did. I can watch you tube vids of this guy making some of the best athletes in the world look like fools for hours. Didn't bring anything to the table that wasn't already out there but watching Barry run is always fun.



BlackBerry - Kind of like Air, the Nike story, but with the BlackBerry and there's a downfall. Movie flies by but it's missing something that would make it REALLY click. Can't quite put my finger on it....



JFK: What the Doctors Saw - Alright, finally! We can put this conspiracy to an end. Not really. We still don't know who did what but we now know who didn't do that. Maybe. Rehashes a lot of what's been said before. Puts an emphasis on what the Dr.'s at Parkland actually witnessed when JFK was first brought in after the assassination and how they vehemently disagree with the official account of what injuries JFK had and how he got them. Put them Dr.'s in the camp of grassy knoll/overpass shooter where most reasonable people reside.



re-watches:
Lost Highway - I think I got it this time.

Dial M for Murder - Second time watching this. I like it more than the first time I watched it.

Departures - Loved it again

Banshees of the Inisherin - Loved it again



The Holdovers - Caught this on my quest to check out a few of the BP nominees. This was pretty good.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph was the star of the show. That was a really good performance.


Suitable Flesh - Little disappointing. It's not bad but I had heard how it was something Stuart Gordon would have been proud of. Maybe he would have been but where was all the gore? Stars Heather Graham and Barbara Crampton as Dr.'s fighting a body jumping demon.



Poor Things - Outstanding! Loved it. Looks great. Great sets and costumes. Loved the cinematography. I haven't seen any of the other BA nominations but I'd be hard pressed to find a better performance this year or any other than what Emma did in this. I thought she was that good. And Ruffalo...not a fan of his but he's also fabulous. A lot of really uncomfortable laughs in this one and Ruffalo earns a lot of them as things start going south for him.
probably going to be a five popcorn box movie after watching it again.


Paid in Full - This was better than I expected. The rise of a Harlem drug kingpin set in the 80's. Stars Wood Harris who you may remember playing Avon Barksdale in The Wire.



Infinity Pool - This didn't do much for me. It's a little weird. Reminded me a little of The Prestige, not in any plot kind of way but in a body swapping kind of way. A couple have an accident and another couple fixes it. Or do they make it worse?



When Evil Lurks - This was a lot of fun and I'd recommend it as one of the better horror films of the last couple years, even if the third act is a bit eh. Everything up to then was really good. A couple scenes are bound to hit you hard and stay with you for a bit.



Bad Match - Barely remember this one. A guy just living his life gets a rude awakening when his latest triumph doesn't just go away quietly. Think Fatal Attraction type stuff for the '20's but not nearly as good.



Saltburn - Not my cup of tea. Well acted, looks good but it was a slow mover for me. I didn't care about any of these douchebags so I didn't care if they lived or died or went broke or whatever. I did appreciate the grave humping scene. Who doesn't do that when your high rolling buddy bites the dust - just hump the pile of dirt he's buried under for a bit. Was probably hoping to find a snake in there.



Small Town Wisconsin - This was alright. An alcoholic is going to lose his son and decides to give him a going away trip to the big city, Milwaukee, to watch his favorite baseball team. I had heard about this a couple years ago when my cousin mentioned that they were filming a movie at his uncles bowling alley in my hometown, but completely forgot about it. So I start watching it and HOLY SHIT there's Katie! and Nobby and Danno and my Aunt. So my cousins are in this for a frame or two and a lot of the places they filmed are instantly recognizable and not just the Milwaukee scenes but the small town scenes. It has a kind of Red Rocket vibe going but not quite that good



Even Lambs Have Teeth - Some girls are captured and abused then turn the tables on the captors. It's a pretty original story, one I haven't seen in weeks, but it doesn't bring anything new to the formula so.



Rewatch


Prizzis Honor - I've been wanting to see this again for awhile and finally came across a copy. I think I like it more now than I did back when I first saw it. Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner star as hitmen who fall in love and marry but complications arise while trying to keep Prizzi's Honor intact. Kind of funny, takes a while to get used to Jack's look but it all ends up working pretty good. Anjelica Houston plays Jacks ex and gives a really good performance as the family's black sheep daughter who will do anything to get her man back. [rating4[/rating]



Sorry if I'm rude but I'm right
The Little Girl Who Conquered Time - Still need to write something about this for the HoF but not my kind of movie. Kind of a Groundhog Day thing going on. From the director of Hausu but not nearly as whacked out or fun as that picture.


Yeah, it's far from Obayashi's best (I have to rewatch it, though), but it's still great. Not as good as Hausu, sure, and Obayashi has 15+ films better than Hausu, but since he's a genius, The Little Girl Who Conquered Time is still great.

Please don't be one of those people who expect Obayashi to make "crazy" movies. He's not the kind of filmmaker for silly English-speaking watchers to find "crazy" and "out there" like the overrated Miike. (Though my guess is Miike is much more diverse than that, too. Can't tell, cause I can't stand the guy for the most part. I've only seen like 6 out of 100+.)

Incidentally, I wish Hausu was lesser known compared to other Obayashi films. People watch it, don't understand it beyond "it's CRAZY!" and then, if they decide to watch another Obayashi (which is rare), they end up disappointed because "umm, not crazy". This reminds me of Oshima whose two most popular films in the West (In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) are the least Oshimian. (And also among his weakest.)
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January, 2024 movies watched-

The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983)
- A tough sell for this viewer but it's sweetness won me over.

Departures (2008)
Lovely and worthy Oscar winner for best foreign language.

The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)
One of the more mediocre films on the noirs list.

Saltburn (2023)
It didn't blow me away but I need more movies like this.

Story of a Love Affair (1950)
- From the noirs list, it's not a noir IMO but it's worth a watch.

Barbarian (2022)
Well done, especially before it really turned into a horror film.

Der Verlorene (1951)
Another from the noirs list, written, directed, and starring Peter Lorre.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)
- Much better than expected, it's entertaining at the very least.

Total-8





Yeah, it's far from Obayashi's best (I have to rewatch it, though), but it's still great. Not as good as Hausu, sure, and Obayashi has 15+ films better than Hausu, but since he's a genius, The Little Girl Who Conquered Time is still great.

Please don't be one of those people who expect Obayashi to make "crazy" movies. He's not the kind of filmmaker for silly English-speaking watchers to find "crazy" and "out there" like the overrated Miike. (Though my guess is Miike is much more diverse than that, too. Can't tell, cause I can't stand the guy for the most part. I've only seen like 6 out of 100+.)

Incidentally, I wish Hausu was lesser known compared to other Obayashi films. People watch it, don't understand it beyond "it's CRAZY!" and then, if they decide to watch another Obayashi (which is rare), they end up disappointed because "umm, not crazy". This reminds me of Oshima whose two most popular films in the West (In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) are the least Oshimian. (And also among his weakest.)

I don't have any expectations for Obayashi because I don't know who the hell that is. I was not aware that it was the same director as Hausu until after I watched it.