Monthly Archives: August 2016

last week’s films…

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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011), Martin Scorsese    movie of the week

The 208 minutes (3 hours 28 minutes) fly by – until you get toward the end, when his second wife Olivia tells a story about a night before the end of the millennium. While watching another great documentary, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man, there is a moment (if it hasn’t been spoiled for you before viewing) that’s like that – a gut shot. You’re mesmerized as the story unfolds. Her story is just like that. So much information that I didn’t know about George’s life; movies, friends, collaborators.

The Theory of Everything (2014), James Marsh    rewatch

My wife’s friend was out of work after falling. And later, recently, she was hospitalized for another fall and diagnosed with ALS. So she wanted to see this and I also rewatched it. She liked it. She also liked Hell or High Water, and Pete’s Dragon. Her and her friends went to see Suicide Squad and hated it.

Hell or High Water (2016), David Mackenzie

Good crowd for a first showing of the day (a Wednesday). You got your headliners; Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, but it was a couple other scenes by minor actors that will make this memorable for me. Came in at #6 for 2016 movies that I’ve seen to date.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Paul Thomas Anderson    rewatch

Spirits of the Dead (1968), Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini

Popeye (1980), Robert Altman   rewatch

Got an email from Criterion Collection that they will release a 4k restoration of Punch-Drunk Love. So then I saw a post over at criterionforum.org that has Shelley Duvall singing He Needs Me in a Punch-Drunk Love thread, and it’s a clip where she’s playing Olive Oyl in Altman’s Popeye, where Harry Nilson wrote all of the music, including that song – which of course is in Punch-Drunk Love. So I had to rewatch Popeye and Punch-Drunk Love.

My Golden Days (2016), Arnaud Desplechin

Simon of the Desert (1965), Luis Bunuel     rewatch

Midnight in Paris (2011), Woody Allen

This may be my new favorite Woody Allen film.
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last week’s films…

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Our Little Sister (2015), Hirokazu Koreeda  movie of the week

Definitely one of my favorite directors. And to see one of his films on the big screen was very exciting. I’ve now seen all of his feature films from 1995 to the present – 10 films – all of them are five stars. No hesitation.

The Steel Helmet (1951), Samuel Fuller    rewatch

Samuel Fuller once said: If a story doesn’t give you a hard-on in the first couple of scenes, throw it in the goddamn garbage. And you’ll take notice of his opening scenes – and The Steel Helmet opening does not disappoint.

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Todd Solondz     rewatch

Room (2015), Lenny Abrahamson     rewatch

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013), David Lowery 

You’ll notice Lowery directed another film I saw at the theater this week (something about a dragon).

Wiener-Dog (2016), Todd Solondz 

Wiener-Dog does not pick up where Welcome to the Dollhouse leaves off – but like many of Todd Solondz’ films, there are intersections that become apparent.

Pete’s Dragon (2016), David Lowery

The antithesis of a Disney film – the reason why I loved it. I can see kids getting bored – and something told me I should see this.

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009), Manoel de Oliveira 

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last week’s films…

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Like Someone in Love (2012), Abbas Kiarostami rewatch

His last film (22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016), and one of his best. Such a slow burn from opening scene to the climactic shot as the credits roll, which by then the water is boiling and the frog is stew.

Taxi (2015), Jafar Panahi

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), Abbas Kiarostami

There’s a scene where the protagonist is talking to a lady across the way from where he’s staying. In a way you’ll see, she’s noticeable as she hangs the clothes. The next day, he says I was talking to your sister yesterday, and she says No, you were talking to me, and at that moment you realize that he’s a stranger in a strange land.

Seagull’s Eggs (2007), Abbas Kiarostami

A short about three eggs and the sea.

Ten (2002), Abbas Kiarostami

I’ve been wanting to see this for ages. Well worth the wait.

Mountains May Depart (2016), Jia Zhangke movie of the week

One of my favorite modern day directors. I seek out anything and everything that I can get my hands on. So far I’ve seen Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Still Life (2006), 24 City (2008), A Touch of Sin (2013), and this one – his latest. Found it streaming on Amazon, of all places. I had hopes of seeing it on the big screen. Like many of his films, this one stars Zhao Tao, who gives a brilliant performance. To put a face to the name, here’s a short clip of her from A Touch of Sin (the longer you watch it the more SPOILERS you’ll encounter).

Red River (1948), Howard Hawks


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last week’s films…

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Knight of Cups (2015), Terrence Malick movie of the week

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016), Thorsten Schutte

Stranger Things (2010), Eleanor Burke, Ron Eyal

Logan’s Run (1976), Michael Anderson rewatch

The Conscientious Objector (2004), Terry Benedict
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