last week’s films…

Poetry (2010), Lee Chang-dong ★★★★★

The closest contender for movie of the week between the three: The Lesson (Bulgarian), Poetry (Korean), and A Brighter Summer Day (Taiwanese) – winner. While Edward Yang’s masterpiece (Brighter Summer Day) follows a family through turmoil, Poetry follows a grandmother living with her grandson. I would say the last two films seen this week, this one and The Second Mother, would make a great double bill. In both, the viewer is flabbergasted by the behavior of the grandson / daughter.

The Second Mother (2015), Anna Muylaert ★★★★

Carnival of Souls (1962), Herk Harvey ★★★★

The Mill & the Cross (2011), Lech Majewski ★★★

A Brighter Summer Day (1991), Edward Yang ★★★★★

are you lonesome tonight?
do you miss me tonight?
are you sorry we drifted apart?
does your memory stray to…

Queen of Earth (2015), Alex Ross Perry ★★★★

Breathe (2014), Melanie Laurent ★★★★

Psycho (1998), Gus Van Sant ★★★★

Periwinkle blue.

Didn’t hesitate in seeing The Coen Brothers’ remake of True Grit, and was rewarded with something better. Have always been a fan of Gus Van Sant’s work, but it took me a while in seeing this, so when hoopla (library streaming) had it, I figured what the hell. An amazing cast: Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Anne Heche, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy, Robert Forster, and Philip Baker Hall. It’s great comparing the matched performances in your mind; Anthony Perkins / Vince Vaughn, Janet Leigh / Anne Heche, Martin Balsam / William H. Macy, etc. And then there’s the shower scene – which brings you a bit more, but I couldn’t help but miss the black blood. Or Anthony Perkins’ final hurt a fly speech.

Alps (2011), Yorgos Lanthimos ★★★★

Coherence (2013), James Ward Byrkit ★★★★

Computer Chess (2013), Andrew Bujalski  ★★★★ rewatch

The Lesson (2014), Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov ★★★★★

99 Homes (2014), Ramin Bahrani ★★★

Philomena (2013), Stephen Frears  ★★★ rewatch

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), Scott Frank  ★★★ rewatch


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