Monthly Archives: December 2016

last week’s films…

A Taxing Woman (1987), Juzo Itami ★★★★★

La Poison (1951), Sacha Guitry ★★★★

Sound of the Mountain (1954), Mikio Naruse ★★★★★

Man of Aran (1934), Robert J Flaherty ★★★★★

Shozo, a Cat and Two Women (1956), Shiro Toyoda ★★★★★

Eating Raoul (1982), Paul Bartel ★★★★★

We are going to end up in the country, with our own nice little restaurant. None of this ever happened.

21 Days (1940), Basil Dean ★★★★★

A Fuller Life (2013), Samantha Fuller ★★★★★

What kept going through my brain, was that I had a hell of an opportunity to cover the biggest crime story of the century, and nothing was going to stop me from being an eyewitness.

Track 29 (1988), Nicolas Roeg   ★★★★★   movie of the week

Flight of the Red Balloon (2007), Hou Hsiao-Hsien ★★★★★

Park Row (1952), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

You remind me of the obiturary column. You’re always in black.

Vive le Tour (1962), Louis Malle   ★★★★   short

Sanshiro Sugata (1943), Akira Kurosawa ★★★★★

The moon is beautiful tonight. Enjoy the view.

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), Akira Kurosawa ★★★★★

The Naked Island (1960), Kaneto Shindo ★★★★★

Set in the Seto inland sea (between Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu), film (with very little dialog) follows farmers maintaining their crops and raising their two children.

Verboten! (1959), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

My Life So Far (1999), Hugh Hudson ★★★★★

Eraserhead Stories (2001), David Lynch ★★★★★

Because, a lot of things started in Philadelphia. And there is a certain mood to some of these interiors. And they carry way more than what you see. A thing is indicated from these interiors. Something about the light, and the molding, and their proportions, a thing is indicated. And the mood outside. And it sort of seemed like to me that there were factories, industrial buildings, and neighborhoods, dark and forlorn, tucked in somewhere, sort of like you can’t get there from here.

Run Of The Arrow (1957), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

Ginza Cosmetics (1951), Mikio Naruse ★★★★★

Born Yesterday (1950), George Cukor ★★★★★ rewatch

Did you have your breakfast yet?

And lunch.

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Oliver Parker ★★★★★

Master of the House (1925), Carl Theodor Dreyer ★★★★★

The Girl I Loved (1946), Keisuke Kinoshita ★★★★★

The Brood (1979), David Cronenberg ★★★★★

The Long Day Closes (1992), Terence Davies ★★★★★


last week’s films…

The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Ernst Lubitsch 
★★★★★ rewatch

Pepi had to have sent Matuschek the letter about his wife. And Kubrick’s nod to Lubitsch with room 237 is appropriate, what with the split personalities of Jack Torrance and Kralik.

Story From Chikamatsu (1954), Kenji Mizoguchi 

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987), Jack Clayton ★★★★★

The Eternal Return (1943), Jean Delannoy ★★★★

Army (1944), Keisuke Kinoshita ★★★★★

Place de la Republique (1974), Louis Malle ★★★★★

Princess From the Moon (1987), Kon Ichikawa ★★★

L’Argent (1983), Robert Bresson ★★★★★

The Piano (1993), Jane Campion ★★★★★  rewatch

Two keys.

Holy Smoke (1999), Jane Campion ★★★★★

Harvey Keitel in a Winston Wolfe type character, down to a similar coffee scene.

Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion   ★★★★★   movie of the week

I’ll go and get her…, Sweetie, telephone. It’s Bob Sweetie. Sweetheart ‘told you he’d ring didn’t I?

Bob? What’s he want?

Oh well he said something about an audition. He sounds excited. He’s waiting darling. He won’t wait forever.

The Strange Ones (2011), Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein ★★★★★     short

A Touch of Zen (1971), King Hu ★★★★★    rewatch

You take the fat one.

Cronos (1993), Guillermo Del Toro ★★★

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1988), Bruce Robinson ★★★★★

I might be a chancre, but my word is my bond.

last week’s films…

Manchester by the Sea (2016), Kenneth Lonergan ★★★★★

The Shooting (1966), Monte Hellman ★★★★★

You’ll be dependent on me… Whereas it wouldn’t have worked out the other way around.

Ride in the Whirlwind (1966), Monte Hellman ★★★★★

Nocturnal Animals (2016), Tom Ford ★★★★★

Hotel du Nord (1938), Marcel Carne ★★★★★

He fell like a ripe plum.

Blithe Spirit (1945), David Lean ★★★★★

They’ll have you in a straight jacket before you know where you are.

Identification of a Woman (1982), Michelangelo Antonioni ★★★★★

The Man in Grey (1943), Leslie Arliss ★★★★★

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974), Toshiya Fujita ★★★★★

The Four Feathers (1939), Zoltan Korda ★★★★★

Il Posto (1961), Ermanno Olmi ★★★★★

Shun Li and the Poet (2011), Andrea Segre ★★★★★

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995), Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson Part 1-3 ★★★★★

In High Sierra, you didn’t root for the police and the ordinary citizens. You rooted for the gangster. And you knew he was doomed, when he became separated from the only person who cared about him, his tarnished angel, Ida Lupino.

– Part 1

I’m Not Scared (2003), Gabriele Salvatores ★★★★★

Somers Town (2008), Shane Meadows ★★★★★

Alice (1988), Jan Svankmajer ★★★★★

Cutter’s Way (1981), Ivan Passer ★★★★★

Boring Afternoon (1968), Ivan Passer ★★★★★ short

Miss Julie (1951), Alf Sjöberg ★★★★★

last week’s films…

The Winslow Boy (1999), David Mamet ★★★★★

One of the best last lines in a film.

(1994), David Mamet

Routine Pleasures (1986), Jean-Pierre Gorin

Documentary: The Pacific Beach & Western crew and Manny Faber.

Sans Soleil (1983), Chris Marker

In that moment poetry will be made by everyone, and there will be emus in the zone.

The 47 Ronin Part 1 & 2 (1941), Kenji Mizoguchi ★ movie of the week

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Wes Anderson  rewatch

Ann Marie, do the interns get glocks?
No they all share one.

Cours du soir (1967), Nicolas Ribowski ★ short

The Petrified Forest (1973), Masahiro Shinoda

Everything Goes Wrong (1960), Seijun Suzuki

Wife (1953), Mikio Naruse

Flunky, Work Hard! (1931), Mikio Naruse short

The Slow Business of Going (2001), Athina Rachel Tsangari

Chevalier (2015), Athina Rachel Tsangari

Let go of my tie.

Take it back.

Meantime (1984), Mike Leigh

Tim Roth, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman.

Rupture (1962), Pierre Etaix short

Happy Anniversary (1962), Pierre Etaix short

Loving (2016), Jeff Nichols

Yoyo (1965), Pierre Etaix

Land of Milk and Honey (1971), Pierre Etaix

Feeling Good (2010), Pierre Etaix short

Emotion (1966), Nobuhiko Obayashi short

People cannot remain in dreams forever.

The Amputee, Version 1 & 2 (1974), David Lynch short

Attenberg (2010), Athina Rachel Tsangari

New #1 for 2010.

You’re a sea urchin. You don’t let anyone touch you.

Being Two Isn’t Easy (1962), Kon Ichikawa

Jellyfish Eyes (2013), Takashi Murakami