Monthly Archives: July 2016

last week’s films…

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The Lady in the Van (2015), Nicholas Hytner

The Forbidden Room (2015), Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson

There are air pockets in the batter of these flapjacks.

Midnight Run (1988), Martin Brest

Entertainment (2015), Rick Alverson

Clinton Cash (2016), M.A. Taylor

Hillary’s America (2016), Dinesh D’Souza, Bruce Schooley

Cemetery of Splendor (2015), Apichatpong Weerasethakul

I’ll transfer you to a real hospital.

Isn’t this a real hospital?



One trip to the theater this week – the Hillary documentary. Not bad. Nothing else interests me. On the other hand I may go see the Star Trek or Jason Borurne – but with Jason Bourne, I believe this is the first movie that is not based on a Robert Ludlum novel, so that scares me – a hollywood creation. Maybe a 50 / 50 proposition? Star Trek? I may break down and see it on $4.00 Wednesday, or use one of my free passes.

I emailed Century / Cinemark and Regal corporate with a list of films asking if / when they will play then in Henderson or Las Vegas ( my list: Wiener-Dog (2016), Sunset Song (2016), Toni Erdmann (2016), Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (2014), My Golden Days (2016), The Witness (2016), Diary of a Chambermaid (2016), I, Daniel Blake (2016), De Palma (2016) ) and Cinemark was the only one to reply, saying they will not be playing these, that they are small movies and will play exclusively at art house theaters. Oh well.
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last week’s films…

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Joseph Sargent ★★★★ rewatch

The Right Stuff (1983), Philip Kaufman ★★★★★ rewatch

Three hours and twelve minutes just fly by. After 101 minutes I had to flip to side B of the dvd. Like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which Kaufman also directed, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright starred. Anyone who’s seen Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout (1971) may recognize David Gulpilil, who played the young Aboriginal boy, and is also in “Crocodile” Dundee.

Red Sun (1971), Terence Young ★★★★ rewatch

That’s Christina for you. You never know which gun she’s going to go for.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Philip Kaufman ★★★★★ rewatch

Love in the Afternoon (1972), Six Moral Tales VI, Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

Medium Cool (1969), Haskell Wexler ★★★★★

Claire’s Knee (1970), Six Moral Tales V, Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

La collectionneuse (1967) Six Moral Tales IV, Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

My Night at Maud’s (1969) Six Moral Tales III, Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

Nadja in Paris (1964), Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

Suzanne’s Career (1963) Six Moral Tales II, Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak (1951), Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

This short stars Jean-Luc Godard (without sunglasses), Stephane Audran, and Anna Karina! Ooh La La.

The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963) Six Moral Tales I, Eric Rohmer ★★★★★

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last week’s films…

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The Iceman (2012), Ariel Vromen

In Bloom (2013), Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß movie of the week

One of the top 3 dances in film; Radha’s dance to Krishna in Jean Renoir’s The River (1951), Rym’s dance in The Secret of the Grain (2007), and Eka’s wedding dance in In Bloom.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Ang Lee rewatch

The opening cooking scenes are worth the price of admission.

A Prophet (2009), Jacques Audiard rewatch

The Beaches of Agnes (2008), Agnes Varda

The Rover (2014), David Michod rewatch

Westworld (1973), Michael Crichton rewatch

Marie Antoinette (2006), Sofia Coppola

The Big Short (2015), Adam McKay

Animal Kingdom (2010), David Michod rewatch

Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver – who played the schoolhouse maid in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Ben Mendelsohn doesn’t even show until 17 minutes into the film. Opening scenes dumps you right in the middle of it.

The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), Anh Hung Tran rewatch


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last week’s films…

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

Excellent opening scene, great songs (Bill Withers, Queen), Louis C.K. What’s not to like? There’s even a Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Dotty character, who you’ll instantly recognize (not Elizabeth Daily this time).

Babette’s Feast (1987), Gabriel Axel rewatch

Ranked near the top (ok, at the top) of the all time great food movies; including Mostly Martha (2001), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Big Night (1996), Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011), and many more.

The Bounty Hunter (1954), Andre DeToth

TCM has westerns every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, and I caught this one with Randolph Scott.

The Devil’s Disciple (1959), Guy Hamilton

Tarr Bela: I Used to Be a Filmmaker (2013), Jean-Marc Lamoure
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last week’s films…

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The Birth of a Nation (1915), D. W. Griffith movie of the week

Superman II (1980), Richard Donner cut .

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) .

The Neon Demon (2016), Nicolas Winding Refn

Saw this the other day, and I’d been hemming and hawing on whether to even go see this. I did see the trailer and luckily it didn’t have any major spoilers. So $4.00 Wednesday I went. There were 2 other people at the 11:50am showing. Today it’s not playing at all. It played maybe 2 weeks or less in this town (and Las Vegas).

I’ve seen almost all of his films; The Pusher trilogy, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, and Only God Forgives. OGF was the most difficult for me, and many others – loved the rest. If all you know of Mads Mikkelsen’s work is Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, you’re missing out (not to mention The Hunt (2012)).

The Neon Demon has more in common with Only God Forgives, complete with an ending that you can swallow.

The Turin Horse (2011), Bela Tarr rewatch

We’ll try again tomorrow.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Nick Park, Steve Box

Stand back. There may be a large rabbit dropping.

Robin and Marian (1976), Richard Lester

I won’t know what to say to her.

Oh she’ll think of something.

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), Bela Tarr

Get comfortable, hit play, then sit back and watch a master at work. After reflecting on what I saw many of the greats come to mind. Two scenes keep going around and around in my mind. His films are so hard to find I had to get this region 2 DVD from Amazon UK. Definitely worth the effort.

The second film I’ve seen from Bela Tarr, both are in black and white and are masterpieces. The first being his last – The Turin Horse (2011), after which he announced that he will not be making any more films.
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