Faust (2011), Alexander Sokurov ★★★★★
One of my favorite directors – directed Alexandra (2007), #1 for 2008, and once made a movie in one take – Russian Ark (2002).
The Sea of Trees (2015), Gus Van Sant ★★★★★ movie of the week
I used actual bread crumbs.
You are handsome.
You used bread crumbs. Handsome and Gretel.
I’ve always been a fan of Gus Van Sant’s films, especially his death trilogy: Gerry (2002), Elephant (2003), and Last Days (2005). I really should have known better than to listen to critics, when I heard this was booed at a film festival, and that scared me off from seeing this at the theater. I literally blinked and it was gone. Showed maybe a few days at a theater across town. Snooze you loose. Streamed it on Amazon. #1 for the year.
The Witness (2015), James D. Solomon ★★★★★
I was sixteen when my sister Kitty was murdered in New York City.
Documentaries are unique in that in some cases you have no idea where the story will lead you. The script is written as the facts are uncovered. The Witness shows how many people blindly set in their minds what the media feeds them. Even when they get is so wrong.
Ranked in 2016 list due to it’s U.S. release this year. I’d been waiting to see it for months, and finally Amazon has it streaming.
Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Steven Soderbergh ★★★★★
Not a rewatch. I wasn’t sure, until I realized that (back when I used to watch t.v.) I never saw this all the way through.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001), David Wain ★★★★
Oh I’m sorry I’m late, I thought we said 9:30.
No we said 9 so we could be here by 9:30.
Wonder Boys (2000), Curtis Hanson ★★★★★
The Beaver (2011), Jodie Foster ★
The Childhood of a Leader (2015), Brady Corbet ★★★★★
Ranked #7. Directorial debut for Brady Corbet, who starred as one of the two home invaders in the 2007 U.S. version of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. Film has an auspicious start – reminded me of Led Zeppelin’s Black Country Woman, where the technician is talking to the band and Jimmy Page says – no leave it. Then the music starts, and you know you’re in for a ride. One of the best scores in recent memory. Streamed it on Amazon. 2016 U.S. release date.
Hannibal season 1 ★★★★★
The way I binge watched it it should have been a movie. It would flow much better, instead of the editing to commercial cuts throughout. Ingenious approach to Thomas Harris’ characters. Mads Mikkelsen was brilliantly cast. Many echos to The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, and Manhunter (the last two being versions of the first novel). Have not read Harris’ Hannibal Rising yet, but I just downloaded the kindle book so I may drop what I’m reading to catch up.