Thursday, January 2, 2014

December movie list

1) The Mortal Storm
2) 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience
3) Cleopatra (1934)
4) It's a Wonderful World
5) On the Road
6) The Killing
7) Sightseers
8) Le proces de Jeanne d'Arc
9) Paradise: Love
10) Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

No doubt, the best movie I watched all month was Kubrick's The Killing, which I've seen many times before. The big surprise of the month though was that Walter Salles movie version of On the Road wasn't completely awful. Paradise: Love was interesting, parts of it even made me feel uncomfortable, so that's something too. The Big Star doc, which I'd been wanting to see since I first heard about (but not quite enough to make it to the theater when it screened out here) was okay. The rest of these films, I'm glad to leave them behind in 2013.

This is THE END (of my monthly movie lists).

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

November movie list

1) Libeled Lady
2) It Happened One Night
3) His Girl Friday
4) Nothing Sacred
5) The Awful Truth
6) Beware, My Lovely
7) Frances Ha
8) Nostalghia
9) Theodora Goes Wild
10) This Must be the Place
11) Lisbon Story
12) Now, Voyager
13) The Tall Target
14) Under Capricorn
15) La Signora di Tutti
16) Easy Living
17) Christmas in July

TCM had a bunch of screwball comedies scheduled every Friday night and that was definitely my focus for the month. I still have a bunch on the DVR that I've yet to watch though. The highlight for me was Frank Capra's It Happened One Night. I'd only seen it once before, about twenty years ago, but this time around it really impressed me - it's pretty much one of those rare perfect movies. Theodora Goes Wild, which I'd never seen before also stood out of from the rest. Lisbon Story remains one of the rarely talked about / secret Wim Wenders films that I really think is one of his best. Frances Ha was enjoyable in my book (though it seems to bug a lot of people?). I also dug This Must be the Place, especially the first half. Such a weird movie and fun to see Sean Penn playing essentially Robert Smith. The early Max Ophuls, La Signora di Tutti, was another highlight, as was Now, Voyager. A strong month!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

October movie list

1) Le plaiser
2) Le grand amour
3) Sex and the Single Girl
4) Dial M for Murder
5) Who's Who
6) Salinger
7) Dead of Night
8) Flirting with Disaster
9) Los Olvidados
10) Green Grow the Rushes
11) The Lady Vanishes
12) Grown-Ups
13) The Last Days of Disco
14) And the Pursuit of Happiness
15) Mayor of Sunset Strip
16) Macao
17) Rififi
18) Scattered Clouds
19) Ginza Cosmetics
20) Strangers of a Train
21) The Harder They Fall

Not an especially strong month for me. The highlight, by pretty far, was Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados, which I'd never seen before. Next Rififi, which I'd also never seen before. Naruse's Scattered Clouds (which I'd also never seen before!). Max Ophüls' anthology film, Le plaisir, is also of note, but probably the film of his I've seen that I've been the least into (of the four or five of his films I've been able to see now). The Last Days of Disco was also better than I remembered, or I just got a lot more out of it now than when it first was released.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

September movie list

1) Rope
2) Little Caesar
3) Blank City
4) The Wrong Man
5) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
6) Blackmail
7) Dumbo
8) Hard Labour
9) Blue Valentine
10) 7 Up
11) To Catch a Thief
12) Middle of the Night
13) Psycho
14) Side Effects
15) Room 237
16) My Favorite Wife
17) Spellbound
18) The Shining

As you can see, this month was dominated by Alfred Hitchcock films. TCM showed 42(!) and I recorded as many as I could fit on my DVR. Of those I watched, I'd only seen Psycho before & that was still the best of the ones I watched this month. It's surprising to me(!) how many Hitchcock films I've yet to see. I still have a bunch more recorded to watch over the next month or two, with any luck. I was also pretty into The Wrong Man, because it feels different & Henry Fonda. But the two best movies I saw in September were The Shining (only the second time I'd seen it) and My Favorite Wife (a screwball comedy from 1940 I'd never seen, or even heard of, with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant).

Thursday, October 3, 2013

August movie list

1) Tokyo Joe
2) Hotel Paradiso
3) Le vent de la nuit
4) There's Always Tomorrow
5) As Long as You've Got Your Health
6) Scapegoat
7) Key Largo
8) Le Mans
9) Johnny Eager
10) The Magnificent Seven
11) Tall Man Riding
12) George Washington Slept Here
13) Letter from an Unknown Woman
14) The Bad and the Beautiful
15) Le pont du nord
16) Made for Each Other
17) Laughing Sinners
18) Tristana
19) Fail Safe

Looking at this list you can tell I've re-subscribed to Turner Classic Movies. It's sort of the problem with TCM - too much stuff I want to watch. Sometimes I think I could just watch it 24/7, or just watch whatever random movie they're showing and get something out of it. The stuff from August that still really stands out for me are... Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman. I'd seen it before, but I'm trying to see and re-see as many of his movies I can. At the moment he's probably the movie-maker I'm most interested in. Jacques Rivette's Le pont du nord, which I'd never seen before (out now on DVD/Blu from MoC) - totally worth the import. And Luis Buñuel's Tristana, which somehow I'd also never seen before.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

July movie list

It was a slow movie month for me, as I found myself spending more time catching up on some reading, playing more video games than I have in a while, probably listening to more music than I have in years, and most importantly, trying to get rolling on finishing up the third issue of my comic, Extra Time (still got a ways to go though). Less drawing than I would have liked, but lots of writing and working in my sketchbook, trying to get better. Towards the end of the month I also made some changes, dropping out of Netflix and Hulu, and re-subscribing to cable, so I can once again start enjoying the endless Turner Classic Movies film festival and a new season of European football. Anyhow here's my July list...

1) Until the End of the World (director's cut)
2) Taste of Cherry
3) Haywire
4) History is Made at Night
5) Nuts in May
6) The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
7) Miracle Mile
8) Annie Hall

Half of these I'd seen before. The nearly five hour long director's cut of Until the End of the World is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and one of my favorite movie memories is when I first got to see it at the Egyptian Theater presented by Wenders probably a decade ago (this month's viewing was just the German DVD however, across my day off on the 4th of July). Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry is another movie that had a big impact on me when I first saw it, and watching it again this month for the first time in probably a decade too, I felt like I got it even more. Nuts in May, the Mike Leigh film from the mid-70s was also one I thought I'd seen before, but perhaps I hadn't. In any case, I really enjoyed it - super funny. Miracle Mile, from 1989 is another guilty pleasure, I guess, and the only movie I saw in a theater all month. In August I hope to do better at that. There's definitely some stuff out there I want to see, especially the new Woody Allen and Refn's Only God Forgives.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

June movie list

1) Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
2) Thus Another Day
3) My Uncle / Mon Oncle
4) Where Now are the Dreams of Youth
5) An Inn in Tokyo
6) Dark Horse
7) Before Midnight
8) The Turin Horse
9) La Ronde
10) Special When Lit
11) Tabu (2012)
12) Abigail's Party
13) A Fistful of Dollars
14) Moonrise
15) Dear Diary
16) True Grit
17) Zero Focus
18) Alice in the Cities
19) White Mane

 The ones that stood out for me this month were the English language version of Tati's My Uncle (a free matinee at the Billy Wilder Theater), Before Midnight, La Ronde (I'd never seen it before!), Abigail's Party (an old favorite), Dear Diary (it seems like this movie by Nanni Moretti has been forgotten, seeing it again for the first time in over a decade was great), and Alice in the Cities, an early Wim Wenders film that has a very unique feel.