last week’s films…

A Taxing Woman (1987), Juzo Itami ★★★★★

La Poison (1951), Sacha Guitry ★★★★

Sound of the Mountain (1954), Mikio Naruse ★★★★★

Man of Aran (1934), Robert J Flaherty ★★★★★

Shozo, a Cat and Two Women (1956), Shiro Toyoda ★★★★★

Eating Raoul (1982), Paul Bartel ★★★★★

We are going to end up in the country, with our own nice little restaurant. None of this ever happened.

21 Days (1940), Basil Dean ★★★★★

A Fuller Life (2013), Samantha Fuller ★★★★★

What kept going through my brain, was that I had a hell of an opportunity to cover the biggest crime story of the century, and nothing was going to stop me from being an eyewitness.

Track 29 (1988), Nicolas Roeg   ★★★★★   movie of the week

Flight of the Red Balloon (2007), Hou Hsiao-Hsien ★★★★★

Park Row (1952), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

You remind me of the obiturary column. You’re always in black.

Vive le Tour (1962), Louis Malle   ★★★★   short

Sanshiro Sugata (1943), Akira Kurosawa ★★★★★

The moon is beautiful tonight. Enjoy the view.

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), Akira Kurosawa ★★★★★

The Naked Island (1960), Kaneto Shindo ★★★★★

Set in the Seto inland sea (between Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu), film (with very little dialog) follows farmers maintaining their crops and raising their two children.

Verboten! (1959), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

My Life So Far (1999), Hugh Hudson ★★★★★

Eraserhead Stories (2001), David Lynch ★★★★★

Because, a lot of things started in Philadelphia. And there is a certain mood to some of these interiors. And they carry way more than what you see. A thing is indicated from these interiors. Something about the light, and the molding, and their proportions, a thing is indicated. And the mood outside. And it sort of seemed like to me that there were factories, industrial buildings, and neighborhoods, dark and forlorn, tucked in somewhere, sort of like you can’t get there from here.

Run Of The Arrow (1957), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

Ginza Cosmetics (1951), Mikio Naruse ★★★★★

Born Yesterday (1950), George Cukor ★★★★★ rewatch

Did you have your breakfast yet?

And lunch.

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Oliver Parker ★★★★★

Master of the House (1925), Carl Theodor Dreyer ★★★★★

The Girl I Loved (1946), Keisuke Kinoshita ★★★★★

The Brood (1979), David Cronenberg ★★★★★

The Long Day Closes (1992), Terence Davies ★★★★★

last week’s films…

The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Ernst Lubitsch 
★★★★★ rewatch

Pepi had to have sent Matuschek the letter about his wife. And Kubrick’s nod to Lubitsch with room 237 is appropriate, what with the split personalities of Jack Torrance and Kralik.

Story From Chikamatsu (1954), Kenji Mizoguchi 

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), Jack Clayton ★★★★★

The Eternal Return (1943), Jean Delannoy ★★★★

Army (1944), Keisuke Kinoshita ★★★★★

Place de la Republique (1974), Louis Malle ★★★★★

Princess From the Moon (1987), Kon Ichikawa ★★★

L’Argent (1983), Robert Bresson ★★★★★

The Piano (1993), Jane Campion ★★★★★  rewatch

Two keys.

Holy Smoke (1999), Jane Campion ★★★★★

Harvey Keitel in a Winston Wolfe type character, down to a similar coffee scene.

Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion   ★★★★★   movie of the week

I’ll go and get her…, Sweetie, telephone. It’s Bob Sweetie. Sweetheart ‘told you he’d ring didn’t I?

Bob? What’s he want?

Oh well he said something about an audition. He sounds excited. He’s waiting darling. He won’t wait forever.

The Strange Ones (2011), Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein ★★★★★     short

A Touch of Zen (1971), King Hu ★★★★★    rewatch

You take the fat one.

Cronos (1993), Guillermo Del Toro ★★★

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1988), Bruce Robinson ★★★★★

I might be a chancre, but my word is my bond.

last week’s films…

Manchester by the Sea (2016), Kenneth Lonergan ★★★★★

The Shooting (1966), Monte Hellman ★★★★★

You’ll be dependent on me… Whereas it wouldn’t have worked out the other way around.

Ride in the Whirlwind (1966), Monte Hellman ★★★★★

Nocturnal Animals (2016), Tom Ford ★★★★★

Hotel du Nord (1938), Marcel Carne ★★★★★

He fell like a ripe plum.

Blithe Spirit (1945), David Lean ★★★★★

They’ll have you in a straight jacket before you know where you are.

Identification of a Woman (1982), Michelangelo Antonioni ★★★★★

The Man in Grey (1943), Leslie Arliss ★★★★★

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974), Toshiya Fujita ★★★★★

The Four Feathers (1939), Zoltan Korda ★★★★★

Il Posto (1961), Ermanno Olmi ★★★★★

Shun Li and the Poet (2011), Andrea Segre ★★★★★

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995), Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson Part 1-3 ★★★★★

In High Sierra, you didn’t root for the police and the ordinary citizens. You rooted for the gangster. And you knew he was doomed, when he became separated from the only person who cared about him, his tarnished angel, Ida Lupino.

– Part 1

I’m Not Scared (2003), Gabriele Salvatores ★★★★★

Somers Town (2008), Shane Meadows ★★★★★

Alice (1988), Jan Svankmajer ★★★★★

Cutter’s Way (1981), Ivan Passer ★★★★★

Boring Afternoon (1968), Ivan Passer ★★★★★ short

Miss Julie (1951), Alf Sjöberg ★★★★★

last week’s films…

The Winslow Boy (1999), David Mamet ★★★★★

One of the best last lines in a film.

(1994), David Mamet

Routine Pleasures (1986), Jean-Pierre Gorin

Documentary: The Pacific Beach & Western crew and Manny Faber.

Sans Soleil (1983), Chris Marker

In that moment poetry will be made by everyone, and there will be emus in the zone.

The 47 Ronin Part 1 & 2 (1941), Kenji Mizoguchi ★ movie of the week

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Wes Anderson  rewatch

Ann Marie, do the interns get glocks?
No they all share one.

Cours du soir (1967), Nicolas Ribowski ★ short

The Petrified Forest (1973), Masahiro Shinoda

Everything Goes Wrong (1960), Seijun Suzuki

Wife (1953), Mikio Naruse

Flunky, Work Hard! (1931), Mikio Naruse short

The Slow Business of Going (2001), Athina Rachel Tsangari

Chevalier (2015), Athina Rachel Tsangari

Let go of my tie.

Take it back.

Meantime (1984), Mike Leigh

Tim Roth, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman.

Rupture (1962), Pierre Etaix short

Happy Anniversary (1962), Pierre Etaix short

Loving (2016), Jeff Nichols

Yoyo (1965), Pierre Etaix

Land of Milk and Honey (1971), Pierre Etaix

Feeling Good (2010), Pierre Etaix short

Emotion (1966), Nobuhiko Obayashi short

People cannot remain in dreams forever.

The Amputee, Version 1 & 2 (1974), David Lynch short

Attenberg (2010), Athina Rachel Tsangari

New #1 for 2010.

You’re a sea urchin. You don’t let anyone touch you.

Being Two Isn’t Easy (1962), Kon Ichikawa

Jellyfish Eyes (2013), Takashi Murakami

last week’s films…

Pathfinder (1987), Nils Gaup ★★★★★

Meet the Filmmakers: Athina Rachel Tsangari (September 2016), FilmStruck 51 ★★★★★

Austin, Texas. At the post office buying stamps and bumping into Richard Linklater, who asks: are you here for the audition (Slacker)?

Fit (1994), Athina Rachel Tsangari ★★★★★

The Capsule (2012), Athina Rachel Tsangari ★★★★★

24 Frames Per Century (2013), Athina Rachel Tsangari ★★★★★

I told you someone would come.

You’re just an optimist.

Someone has to be.

That Night’s Wife (1930), Yasujiro Ozu ★★★★★

The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Kelly Fremon Craig ★★

Dumbland (2002) episode 1-8, David Lynch ★★★★★

Needle (2013), Anahita Ghazvinizadeh ★★★★★

The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Peter Masterson ★★★★★

Enchanted April (1991), Mike Newell ★★★★★

Monterey Pop (1968), D.A. Pennebaker ★★★★★

Winter Light (1963), Ingmar Bergman ★★★★★

Daisies (1966), Vera Chytilova ★★★★★

The Children Are Watching Us (1944), Vittorio De Sica ★★★★★

Smoke Signals (1998), Chris Eyre ★★★★★

You want me to sign a paper or something?

No way. You know how Indians feel about signing papers.

Set Me Free (1999), Lea Pool ★★★★★

Carmen Comes Home (1951), Keisuke Kinoshita ★★★★★

Equinox (1970), Jack Woods 82 ★★★★★

Robinson Crusoe (1954), Luis Bunuel ★★★★★

Obsession (1949), Edward Dmytryk ★★★★★

Capricious Summer (1968), Jiri Menzel ★★★★★

Story of a Love Affair (1950), Michelangelo Antonioni ★★★★★

Jaws (1975), Steven Spielberg ★★★★★

He didn’t eat a car, did he?

A nos amours (1983), Maurice Pialat ★★★★★

Powwow Highway (1989), Jonathan Wacks ★★★★★

A Hen in the Wind (1948), Yasujiro Ozu ★★★★★

A Nous la Liberte (1931), Rene Clair ★★★★★

Blossoms & Blood (2003), Paul Thomas Anderson ★★★★★

Soundbreaking (2016), episodes 1-8, PBS ★★★★★

Woodstock was probably the biggest door I ever walked in to. I remember that I was, the influence level of the beat, damn, why did I take LSD before I went on? You know the, the guitar neck, it felt more like an electric snake that wouldn’t stand still, that’s why I’m making ugly faces trying to make the snake stand still so I can like play it you know. I remember saying over and over, God, I’ll never do this again. Ever. If you can just keep me in time and in tune. That’s all I ask. That was my first mantra.

– Carlos Santana, ep 5

last week’s films…

Last 8 (weekly lists always have the latest on top) were streamed on Filmstruck.

Safety Last! (1923), Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor ★★★★★

There were certain days she could be sure to get a letter from him. They were Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Lady Snowblood (1973), Toshiya Fujita ★★★★★  movie of the week

The morning has died, and the snow falls in mourning.

Daybreak Express (1953), D.A. Pennebaker ★★★★★

Music by Duke Ellington.

The Executioner (1963), Luis Garcia Berlanga ★★★★★

Father, what’s his neck size?

Black Something (2016), David Zellner, Nathan Zellner ★★★★★

“In late 2015, “Bright Ideas” magazine and its publisher, the innovative crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed & Spark, commissioned directing duo the Zellner Bros. (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER) to make a short piece in response to a Criterion Collection release that they considered inspiring. The brothers chose Louis Malle’s wild, hallucinogenic BLACK MOON (1975), itself a tripped-out reimagining of “Alice in Wonderland.” Shot in the woods near their Austin homes, BLACK SOMETHING captures Malle’s blending of idyllic pastoral imagery with nightmarish fantasy, distilling it into a skin-crawlingly unsettling three-minute short.”

– Filmstruck Criterion Channel

Incident at Oglala (1992), Michael Apted ★★★★★

Diva Dolorosa (1999), Peter Delpeut ★★★★★

Footnote (2011), Joseph Cedar ★★★★★

Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Mel Gibson ★★★★★

To Have and Have Not (1944), Howard Hawks ★★★★★ rewatch

Was you ever bit by a dead bee?

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (2015), Marianne Lambert ★★★★★

Then her own daughter makes this film Jeanne Deilman. And I show something I can feel within her and her aunts. And something that leaves no place for piano lessons. Or anything else for that matter. Only the repetition, the obsession, the confinement, the corridors, the kitchens.

No Home Movie (2015), Chantal Akerman ★★★★★

In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Robert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton ★★★★★ rewatch

First remake of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner (1940). Always nice to see Judy Garland’s 3 year old daughter Liza Minnelli in the last scene.

Once a Chicken (2015), Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin ★★★★★

Tatsumi (2013), Eric Khoo ★★★★★

Don’t push. You’ll break the door open.

Damn! We’re packed in here like sardines, while the cows are traveling like royalty.

Famous Nathan (2014), Lloyd Handwerker ★★★

Cafe Society (2016), Woody Allen ★★★★★

You have this deer in the headlights quality.

Arrival (2016), Denis Villeneuve ★★★★★

last week’s films…

High Hopes (1988), Mike Leigh

Two Mike Leigh films this week, High Hopes and All or Nothing.  Both with Ruth Sheen, who reminds me of a British Shelley Duvall. She stars with Timothy Spall in All or Nothing (2002), and are both in Mr. Turner (2014). All of the Mike Leigh movies I’ve seen are gems.

Train to Busan (2016), Yeon Sang-ho

Antonia’s Line (1996), Marleen Gorris

Isn’t it terrible that nothing exists?

That’s why there’s so much.

A.K. (1985), Chris Maker

Seventy four minute documentary with Akira Kurosawa on the slopes of Mt. Fuji making Ran (1985).

Christmas in the Clouds (2001), Kate Montgomery

He used to take pictures with the tourists. Let the little kids ride him. We called him…, Kevin.

Another Woman (1988), Woody Allen

All or Nothing (2002), Mike Leigh

Yeah it was nice. I had that and mash and like green cauliflower stuff.

Oh yeah broccoli.

The Last Waltz (1978), Martin Scorsese

The Handmaiden (2016), Park Chan-wook

TEKKONKINKREET (2007), Michael Arias

And I thought Satoshi Kon was the end all be all. Well, he is, but now there’s Michael Arias. I don’t think he’s an animator like SK, but you can’t have everything.

When the sky turns black why do I feel blue?

An Angel at My Table (1990), Jane Campion

Certain Women (2016), Kelly Reichardt ★ movie of the week

New #1 for the year.

I see her movies at the theater as soon as I hear about it. Two scenes: one with water flowing by, and another is a close up of two people in a car with the reflection of the clouds and trees passing by, and the conversation gets to the point of being heated and at the same time a mountain starts covering her profile from the neck to the chin to the nose and they’re about to argue and it peaks right around her eyebrows and then it moves down just as things cool off. Very cool camera work.

Three great trailers played before the feature; Julieta (2016), directed by Pedro Almodovar, Personal Shopper (2016), Olivier Assayas, and I, Daniel Blake (2016), Ken Loach. Three movies that I’ll see at the theater.

Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life (1996), Mary Engel