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.