last week’s films…

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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