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Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



CriminyCraffft posted:

1. Harakiri (1962) I need to expand my period Japanese viewing beyond Kurosawa and Mifune.

"The suspicious mind conjures its own demons."




Frankenstein Conquers the World - The year is 1945 and German scientists are doing experiments on the heart of Frankestein's monster. They're basically trying to create immortal soldiers but are interrupted by Allied Forces. So the heart ends up in Japan just before the big bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

We then go fifteen years into the future and a waif/transient is causing trouble by eating animals etc. And he keeps growing in size. He comes across like a more evolved King Kong at times. Anyway he gets loose and the scientists spend time looking for him and investigating another mysterious monster. There's good use of non-diegetic music throughout.

As per usual the ending fights are the main attraction. The two monsters cross paths and square off. The monster known as Baragon has a glowing horn and can breathe fire like Godzilla. But those abilities are no match for Frankenstein's monster as he has the dexterity to uproot and throw trees. And he can also do some jujutsu. It's a struggle but the title of the film is a spoiler.

The ending is humorous as a giant octopus appears out of nowhere to fight the victor as well. The outcome is ambiguous and seems like a reference to the ending of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).



Also watched:

Dogville - A woman (Nicole Kidman) is on the run and is sucked into a strange town. At first Dogville comes across like a parochial, quaint town but it slowly transforms into a perverse place full of selfish and sadistic people. She's kind of a fly in the ointment but then becomes someone who's used and abused. It is a lingering mystery as to why she puts up with all of the garbage.

Dogville is a sociological mess. A microcosm of society, community and civics: the punitive junk, the coy crap, the deceptions, the dumb lecturing and specious rationalizations. It covers so much. How much confusion and miscommunication exists. The whole thing is very dense and leaves a lot to ruminate on. Much like Breaking the Waves (1996) did.

The entire first half of the three hour film could be rated G. But the second half includes rape, smashing of Hummels, prostitution, strange corporal punishment and in a grand finale: the execution of the entire town! A flourish of retributive and perverse justice. Kind of an inappropriate catharsis to the whole affair. The insidious townsfolk get their comeuppance but turn the former victim into the new monster.

PS I should mention that it's like the viewer is a ghost watching a stageplay. Many unique vantage points and the lack of walls is another novelty. It has rich narration that feels like one is listening to an audiobook. An impressive cast with earnest dialogue at times. Tom Edison (Paul Bettany) as the passive white knight is just one of many.

Much more could be said...




James Bond versus Godzilla (42/64 completed):

Hesitation (49 completed):

#44 Europe '51 - There are still many Roberto Rossellini films I haven't seen. 11/28/20

#48 Heroes of the East - Japanese martial arts vs. Chinese martial arts. 1/12/21

#52 The Turin Horse - A highly ranked recent film. 2/15/21

#53 The Limey - Been on my watch list for far too long. 3/2/21

#54 I Confess - This is a Hitchcock film with critical praise but I never hear it mentioned much these days. 3/9/21

new #55 Mosquito - I saw some of this on TV many years ago and it caught my attention but I need to see it uncut. 3/16/21

new #56 The Hudsucker Proxy - Never got around to seeing this one. 3/16/21

BBC Culture: The 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films (96/100 completed):

DVD Beaver's Top 100 Desert Island Films (95/100 completed):

Mouchette - I've heard this is similar to Rosetta. 3/2/21

Too Late for Tears - An interesting title. 5/27/20

Woman on the Run - Apparently an underwatched film noir. 6/16/20

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twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Zogo posted:

Mouchette - I've heard this is similar to Rosetta. 3/2/21

I added this to my list after seeing you post it here.

Harakiri

For a movie with such a seemlngly slow pace, Harakari is remarkably tense. Itís like being on a train that you are sure is going to crash, but you donít know when, how disastrous it will be, or what will come after.

Tying it all together is Tatsuya Nakadaiís fantastic performance as Hanshiro Tsugomo, an aging ronin trying to stave off poverty and starvation while maintaining his honor and dignity.

The thing that impressed me the most is how much Nakadai does with just his eyes.

My list of shame:
1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) This is at the top of the Letterboxd Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films by Women Directors. There are many others on this list that I need to see but this is probably where I should start.
2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe.
3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) I've seen this in bits and pieces, but never from start to finish.
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer.
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year.
6. Safety Last! (1923) Thatís Lobstertainment!
7. M (1931) This is supposed be noir, but before noir was noir.
8. City of God (2002) The favela segment in Baraka reminded me that I've never seen this.
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't.
10. 8 1/2 (1963) I've never seen anything by Fellini and this is his most popular one.

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5

Spatulater bro!
Aug 19, 2003

Punch! Punch! Punch!



CriminyCraffft enjoy Dr. Strangelove.

Dekalog
Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1989



Dekalog (aka The Decalogue) is a ten-part series of films that aired on Polish TV in 1989. Each episode corresponds to one of the Ten Commandments. I've reviewed each entry separately:

Dekalog I - It's interesting how becoming a parent has drastically altered my emotional response to movies like this. Six years ago I would have merely deemed this a technically masterful work with great philosophical themes. Now that I have two young boys, I still say those things, but it also loving wrecked me. If the next nine episodes are even half this good, this'll be one of the greatest series I've ever watched. 5/5

Dekalog II - It lacks the emotional punch of part 1, but it's nonetheless an impressive effort to demonstrate the minutia of a complex moral decision in such a short runtime. 3.5/5

Dekalog III - It's an intriguing story with great acting some unpredictable moments (car chase, playing chicken with a train, etc.), but it's not as impactful as the previous entries. 3/5

Dekalog IV - This is the most complex episode so far, emotionally and thematically. There's a LOT to unpack here, especially after the events of the final five minutes. Really gripping, intriguing stuff. 4/5

Dekalog V - We're getting deep into the morality woods here. This is excellent stuff. The moral complexities of the death penalty make for not only great philosophical quandaries, but also great cinema. Decades before Herzog asked the same questions with Into the Abyss, Kieslowski gave us this incredible work. 4.5/5

Dekalog VI - My favorite episode so far. This one borders on luridness more than any of the others. It's amazing this aired on television in the '80s. The sexuality and voyeurism would have never flown in the US. Tomek and Magdna are both deep, interesting characters, and their interactions are some of the most gripping scenes this show has offered so far. 5/5

Dekalog VII - Deals with the complexities of teen motherhood when flawed, selfish people are involved. It conjures feelings of hopelessness and frustration, and the end punches hard. It's a great demonstration of how poor decisions can set us up for no-win situations. 4/5

Dekalog VIII - Gripping despite being the least "dramatic" episode so far. As always Kieslowski doesn't offer resolutions for his characters' search for purpose and finality. Nor does he offer us "satisfying" narrative closure in the traditional sense. What he offers instead is a deep dive into the way our demons form the undercurrent of our lives. 3.5/5

Dekalog IX - Another gripping episode. Roman is probably the most sympathetic character so far. I felt REALLY bad for that guy. 4/5

Dekalog X - Here in the finale we receive some much needed levity. But while it lacks the austerity of the previous entries, it's just as enveloping and provides just as much insight into humanity. This is a great way to go out. 4/5

Overall - Watching these ten episodes over the course of a few weeks will probably end up being one of my most memorable viewing experiences. The entries range from very good to brilliant. Each one glued me in and, in most cases, left me in a state of shaken contemplation. Kieslowski has an uncanny ability to accurately demonstrate our flaws, desires, regrets and personal demons, all with a minimal amount of exposition and stylization. The fact that something this nuanced and mature aired on TV over 30 years ago astounds me. It's without a doubt one of the greatest things to ever be shown on television.

5/5


----- They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? Progress: 508/1000 -----

118. Yi Yi (2000) - Always on many best of the 21st century lists - 10/27/20
131. Rome, Open City (1945) - Rossellini's Journey to Italy was good - 10/27/20
144. The Gospel According to Matthew (1964) - The only over Pasolini I've seen is Salo - 11/6/20
153. Histoire(s) du cinťma (1988) - A 4.5 hour documentary from Godard? I'm not super excited... 12/26/20
157. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) - I've seen The Young Girls of Rochefort and enjoyed it - 1/1/21
162. The Red Shoes (1948) - Another Powell/Pressburger film that gets loads of praise - 12/26/20
168. Rocco and His Brothers (1960) - Ah, the director who made The Leopard. Cool. - 1/8/21
178. Mouchette (1967) - A Robert Bresson film I haven't seen. Hell yeah. - 1/15/21
182. Imitation of Life (1959) - My first Douglas Sirk movie - 1/21/21
189. Death in Venice (1971) - Another Visconti I need to see - 3/19/21

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Spatulater bro! posted:

118. Yi Yi (2000) - Always on many best of the 21st century lists - 10/27/20

I've also seen this on many lists and it's a complete mystery to me.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

I did really enjoy this!

"I think the auto destruct mechanism got hit and blew itself up."

Dr. Strangelove is a great dark comedy, maybe the best dark comedy of all time. You can feel its influence in more recent movies, like A Serious Man or The Death of Stalin, or even TV shows like The Office.

It's also very ahead of its time, with elements that resonate with contemporary audiences:

* Ordinary people are at the mercy of the automation and algorithms that reduce us to 0s and 1s.
* Conspiracy theories related to precious bodily fluids can make insecure men act irrationally.
* Despite being in positions of power or influence, Nazis rarely have our best interests in mind.

Having seen bits and pieces of this film, along with the endless times it's been referenced, there were also some surprises:

* I always thought that Major Kong ride was the very last scene and was 100% on purpose.
* I expected Dr. Strangelove himself to appear more than he did.
* It was shorter than I expected and moved along briskly.

Anyway, I've never really thought of myself as a "Kubrick fan" but maybe I am?

My list of shame:

1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) This is at the top of the Letterboxd Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films by Women Directors. There are many others on this list that I need to see but this is probably where I should start.
2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe.
3. Get Out (2017) I like Key and Peele. I like scary movies. Why haven't I seen this?
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer.
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year.
6. Safety Last! (1923) Thatís Lobstertainment!
7. M (1931) This is supposed be noir, but before noir was noir.
8. City of God (2002) The favela segment in Baraka reminded me that I've never seen this.
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't.
10. 8 1/2 (1963) I've never seen anything by Fellini and this is his most popular one.

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5

twernt fucked around with this message at 01:14 on Mar 21, 2021

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



CriminyCraffft posted:

3. Get Out (2017) I like Key and Peele. I like scary movies. Why haven't I seen this?

"Now you're in the sunken place."




Mouchette - It's a proto-Rosetta (1999) with some of the story modified slightly. This time the protagonist is younger. Another downtrodden outcast who's badmouthed and mistreated by both her peers and the adults she encounters. The adults all behave strangely for mostly unclear reasons. I was reminded of The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) in this respect.


Also watched:

Mosquito - Aliens crash and when the mosquitoes start feasting they turn into giant bugs. A ragtag group must try to survive this mosquito massacre. Employing a variety of guns, axes and even a chainsaw the mosquitoes start exploding and splattering everywhere with regularity. This group then commandeers an RV to escape the infestation and hunkers down in what's thought to be a safe house. The twist is that the basement is filled with mosquito eggs so they end up blowing the house to smithereens.

It's a great B movie that stars some semi-famous people and at its best could be compared to both Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Tremors (1990).

Free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7YSkRv3U_c





James Bond versus Godzilla (42/64 completed):

Hesitation (50 completed):

#44 Europe '51 - There are still many Roberto Rossellini films I haven't seen. 11/28/20

#48 Heroes of the East - Japanese martial arts vs. Chinese martial arts. 1/12/21

#52 The Turin Horse - A highly ranked recent film. 2/15/21

#53 The Limey - Been on my watch list for far too long. 3/2/21

#54 I Confess - This is a Hitchcock film with critical praise but I never hear it mentioned much these days. 3/9/21

#56 The Hudsucker Proxy - Never got around to seeing this one. 3/16/21

new #57 Millenium Mambo - Sounds enticing. 3/21/21

BBC Culture: The 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films (96/100 completed):

new #95 Floating Clouds - Not to be confused with Floating Weeds. 3/21/21

DVD Beaver's Top 100 Desert Island Films (96/100 completed):

Too Late for Tears - An interesting title. 5/27/20

Woman on the Run - Apparently an underwatched film noir. 6/16/20

Zogo fucked around with this message at 05:00 on Mar 22, 2021

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



Spatulater bro! posted:

Overall - Watching these ten episodes over the course of a few weeks will probably end up being one of my most memorable viewing experiences. The entries range from very good to brilliant. Each one glued me in and, in most cases, left me in a state of shaken contemplation. Kieslowski has an uncanny ability to accurately demonstrate our flaws, desires, regrets and personal demons, all with a minimal amount of exposition and stylization. The fact that something this nuanced and mature aired on TV over 30 years ago astounds me. It's without a doubt one of the greatest things to ever be shown on television.

Yes, the stories are straightforward but leave the viewer with so much to think about. The entire thing was supposedly made on a budget of $100,000.

Looking back I think 4, 8 and 10 are the ones I find most memorable.

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Zogo posted:

Too Late for Tears - An interesting title. 5/27/20

If this one has been on your list the longest, I think it's time to give it a watch.

Get Out

I loved this!

It was hard to avoid reading or hearing anything about this movie, so I sort of knew the premise. Even so, there were details that totally caught me by surprise and I felt genuinely anxious for most of the last 40 minutes.

Otherwise, everything just felt right. The humor was pointed, but restrained. The way tension built up was slow, but relentless. To me it felt like a movie created with so much care and attention that all of the pieces just clicked.

I wish I had a best friend like Rod. I was waiting for the Night of the Living Dead ending, and the fakeout was amazing!

I also watched 8 1/2

At first I didn't think I was going to be into this one at all. The sequence at the spa at the beginning felt so disorienting, like a series of seemingly unrelated images that my brain kept struggling to form into a pattern because thatís what brains do.

Eventually I honestly stopped trying to analyze it so much and just let myself enjoy the story. Marcello Mastroianni is Guido, a director who is also Fellini. He's caught in a crisis of creativity and passion. He fears he has nothing left to say and he is surrounded by people who want him to do the one thing he definitely does not want to do -- finish a movie.

Rather than confront this reality, he repeatedly attempts to look inward and escape to his own memories and dreams. Unfortunately, his dreams and reality begin to bleed into each other. I thought that ending when Guido appears to finally regain control of his own life was fantastic.

My list of shame:

1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) This is at the top of the Letterboxd Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films by Women Directors. There are many others on this list that I need to see but this is probably where I should start.
2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe.
3. The Evil Dead (1981) I've seen the sequel and Army of Darkness multiple times, but never the original.
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer.
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year.
6. Safety Last! (1923) Thatís Lobstertainment!
7. M (1931) This is supposed be noir, but before noir was noir.
8. City of God (2002) The favela segment in Baraka reminded me that I've never seen this.
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't.
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) I think this is the best documentary that I haven't seen *and* is available to rent or stream online.

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5, 8 1/2 4.5, Get Out 4.5

Dmitri Russkie
Feb 13, 2008



CriminyCraffft, see M.

Just saw Arsenic and Old Lace. Fun movie with Cary Grant. Reminded me of Rope and Rear Window, in that it was pretty much shot in a single room, but with much more comedy. Grant was great as the befuddled nephew, and his two aunts were precious. I loved there deadpan comments on their bizarre behavior, as if it was perfectly normal. Peter Lorre was also really good in this.


My List:
Fort Apache - This will be my John Wayne spot for now.
The Departed - Don't know much about this movie.
Jabberwocky - Following up one Terry Gilliam movie with another.
The Cocoanuts - Working my way through the Marx Brothers movies. This is their first movie.
Sunrise - A friend of mine who likes silent movies recommended this one. Looking forward to seeing it.
Pelle the Conquerer - Big fan of Max Von Sydow. Need to see more of his work.
Transformers: The Movie - Taking a break from Studio Ghibli. Not the Michael Bay movies. The animated movie from the 80's.
Holiday Inn -
Die Nibelungen - Interested in seeing another Fritz Lang picture. OLDEST
Mulholland Drive - Just recently saw Twin Peaks: The Return and that got me in the mood for more David Lynch. NEWEST
Ocean's 11 - A slot here for Elvis, Sinatra, Beatles movies. This is the original with Frank Sinatra.

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Dmitri Russkie posted:

Die Nibelungen - Interested in seeing another Fritz Lang picture. OLDEST

I just watched a Fritz Lang and this is the oldest one on your list, so I think it's time.

M

In M, Berlin is terrorized by Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children. Peter Lorre is fantastic as Beckert, who is probably probably based on the Vampire of Hanover, Fritz Haarman.

It's definitely ahead of its time and itís easy to see how M influenced every crime procedural or thriller that came after it.

The story moves slowly in parts and the big trial at the end seems overly long, but it does give Peter Lorre a chance to deliver a wonderfully manic monologue. Otherwise, the fact that we know what kind of person Hans Beckert is and whatís at stake if he isnít caught fills every scene with a sense of dread.

My list of shame:
1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) This is at the top of the Letterboxd Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films by Women Directors. There are many others on this list that I need to see but this is probably where I should start.
2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe.
3. The Evil Dead (1981) I've seen the sequel and Army of Darkness multiple times, but never the original.
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer.
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year.
6. Safety Last! (1923) Thatís Lobstertainment!
7. Ran (1985) This is probably the best Kurosawa movie that I haven't seen.
8. City of God (2002) The favela segment in Baraka reminded me that I've never seen this.
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't.
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) I think this is the best documentary that I haven't seen *and* is available to rent or stream online.

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5, 8 1/2 4.5, Get Out 4.5, M 4.5

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



CriminyCraffft posted:

3. The Evil Dead (1981) I've seen the sequel and Army of Darkness multiple times, but never the original.

"I believe I have made a significant find in the Kandarian ruins, a volume of ancient Sumerian burial practices and funerary incantations."




Too Late for Tears - A couple is driving along when a bag filled with $60,000 falls into their laps. Jane (Lizabeth Scott) sees this as hitting the jackpot while Alan (Arthur Kennedy) sees danger ahead. Jane becomes obsessed with the money and chooses it over her husband. She chooses greed over peace of mind at all turns. Her performance is ruthless and cunning. Think of Gene Tierney's performance in Leave Her to Heaven (1945) or Rosamund Pike's in Gone Girl (2014).

There's also some mystery as a few characters are not actually who they say they are.

Free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGppNeZkpa0


Also watched:

The Limey - I won't detail the story (of revenge) too much but it's told with unique flashbacks, sporadic editing and conversations that carry across multiple scenes. Film conventions are being tampered with here. Imagine if Godard directed the Kill Bill series. Kill Bill without the frills with a touch of Memento (2000).

Peter Fonda plays the villainous playboy who's exasperated throughout. He exudes anxiety and unease as a vengeful father (Terence Stamp) is on his trail. In short, things take a circuitous path.

There's a decent car chase and an atypical gunfight full of cross fire. The ending was humorous as there was a lot of collateral damage especially considering everything could've been dealt with a long distance phone call.






James Bond versus Godzilla (42/64 completed):

Hesitation (51 completed):

#44 Europe '51 - There are still many Roberto Rossellini films I haven't seen. 11/28/20

#48 Heroes of the East - Japanese martial arts vs. Chinese martial arts. 1/12/21

#52 The Turin Horse - A highly ranked recent film. 2/15/21

#54 I Confess - This is a Hitchcock film with critical praise but I never hear it mentioned much these days. 3/9/21

#56 The Hudsucker Proxy - Never got around to seeing this one. 3/16/21

#57 Millenium Mambo - Sounds enticing. 3/21/21

new #58 Toni Erdmann - It's gotten some high praise recently. 3/27/21

new #59 Southern Comfort - Sounds like an interesting military film. 3/27/21

BBC Culture: The 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films (96/100 completed):

#95 Floating Clouds - Not to be confused with Floating Weeds. 3/21/21

DVD Beaver's Top 100 Desert Island Films (97/100 completed):

Woman on the Run - Apparently an underwatched film noir. 6/16/20

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Zogo posted:

#48 Heroes of the East - Japanese martial arts vs. Chinese martial arts. 1/12/21

I just recently watched The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter and Heroes of the East is on my list so I'd love to hear what you think about it.

The Evil Dead

The edges are incredibly rough but, considering it was made 40 years ago for approximately a nickel, it's surprisingly entertaining and inventive.

Aside from the obviously problematic part with the trees that even Sam Raimi apparently regrets, there's a lot of good stuff here. The camerawork really stands out. I enjoyed that the camera spent so much time either showing us a single character's point of view, or acting as a character itself. Bruce Campbell is great of course. He really seems to loosen up as the movie progresses, which doesn't really make sense because I'm sure they didn't shoot the scenes in order.

I think I would rate it higher if I didn't see it as an initial draft of Evil Dead 2.

I also watched Safety Last!

A few really unfortunate stereotypes detract from the brilliant sight gags that fill Safety Last! You probably know this movie from the famous scene where Harold Lloyd hangs from a clock on an office building. Seeing the whole climbing sequence is pretty amazing. There is some Hollywood trickery involved, but Harold Lloyd was known for doing his own stunts. So, it's not really a question of whether heís actually in danger or not. It's more of question of how much danger heís in.

My list of shame:
1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) This is at the top of the Letterboxd Official Top 100 Narrative Feature Films by Women Directors. There are many others on this list that I need to see but this is probably where I should start. 03-17-2021
2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe. 02-23-2021
3. Wild Strawberries (1957) Bergman is another director I still haven't seen yet. 03-29-2021
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer. 03-03-2021
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year. 02-21-2021
6. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) The saddest anime. 03-29-2021
7. Ran (1985) This is probably the best Kurosawa movie that I haven't seen. 03-25-2021
8. City of God (2002) The favela segment in Baraka reminded me that I've never seen this. 02-23-2021
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't. 03-10-2021
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) I think this is the best documentary that I haven't seen *and* is available to rent or stream online. 03-22-2021

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5, 8 1/2 4.5, Get Out 4.5, M 4.5, The Evil Dead 3.5, Safety Last! 4

Chili
Jan 23, 2004

College kids ain't shit


Fun Shoe

Crimini, go watch City of God.





Been a bit. Knocked out a few:

Rififi - It doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. On the one hand you have all of the trappings of a fun heist movie, and on the other it goes for dramatic haymakers. I didn't find much of a reason to care about any of the characters and never felt invested in seeing them succeed in the caper.

The heist scene, obviously, is the standout here. It was entirely ingenious in its execution and if the whole move was just more of that, I would be much happier. Everything around it, though, left much to be desired.

6.5


Murder on the Orient Express, 1974

Suffers quite a bit from pacing problems. Essentially, the whole movie feels like a parlor scene where everything is being revealed, over time. The setting and shooting around such rigid environment did present with some clear unique challenges and the film itself does look good, through and through. Hercule is certainly an interesting choice fora protag and when I realized that, oh, this is the guy we're going to be following around for a whole movie, and not just some one-note throwaway caricature I did find myself chuckling.

7

The Nice Guys

Watched this some time ago so it'll be a little tricky to specifically cite much. I loved this movie. I was laughing the whole way through and, as an amateur (very amateur) actor, Crowe's character in this film is 100% my dream role. The story was compelling, the dialogue tight, and the physicality of the gags was fresh in the way Shane Black films uniquely are.

9



My new ten:

1. The Florida Project - Go ahead, break my heart.

2. You Were Never Really Here - Kevin was a loving knock out that has stuck with me. Very interested in this.

3. *NEW* Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind *NEW* - Know nothing about it apart from Miyazaki, so I'll probably like it.

4. Starship Troopers - One of those that just never found its way to me. Looks fun.

5. Mother Bong joon ho's that is. I've seen everything else of his (apart from barking dogs, and that's just never gonna happen) , and have enjoyed everything.

6. Moonlight Missed it in theaters, but I hear it's worth watching.

7. *NEW* The Taking of Pelham One Two Three *NEW* - Love Matthau, and I understand this is a bit of a change of pace for him.

8. Anatomy of a Murder Another classic that I've missed.

9. *NEW* Paprika *NEW* - New to Kon.

10. Uncut Gems - OK, I'm just really curious about this.

148 Total De-Shamed!

Yojimbo 7.5/10, Aliens 6.5/10, Brazil 8/10, Cool Hand Luke 9.5/10, 28 Days Later 6/10, Predator 8.5/10, Blade Runner 7.5/10,Crimes and Misdemeanors 9/10, Vertigo 7/10, Being There 7.5/10, Psycho 10/10, Apocalypse Now 7.5/10, Citizen Kane 8.5/10, Dr. Strangelove 7/10, Close Encounters of the Third Kind 8.5/10, The Bicycle Thief 7/10, Raging Bull 8/10, Ikiru 10/10, Terminator 2: Judgement Day 7/10, The Night of the Hunter 8.5/10 How to Train Your Dragon 6.5/10, There Will Be Blood 8/10, Manhattan 7/10, Rashomon 8.5/10, Unforgiven 8.5/10 The Third Man 9.5/10, Requiem For A Dream 4/10, Charade 5.5/10, Sunset Blvd. 8/10 , Badlands 6.5/10, Dead Man 8.5/10, On The Waterfront 9/10, Mad Max 6/10, Singin' In The Rain 9.5/10, Sleeper 7.5/10, Enter The Dragon 6.5/10, The Hustler 8/10 , The Town 9/10, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 5.5/10, Boogie Nights 7.5/10, Hanna 8.5/10, The Conversation 7.5/10, Serpico 8/10, Hoop Dreams 9/10, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 8/10, Blood Simple 7.5/10, Roman Holiday 8.5/10, Miller's Crossing 8/10, M 7.5/10, Moonrise Kingdom 6.5/10, Rope 7/10, Tiny Furniture 1/10, On The Town 5.5/10, Gosford Park 5.5/10, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, 8.5/10, City Lights 8.5/10, The Exorcist 6.5/10, California Split 7/10, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God 8/10, Following 8/10, The General 10/10, Barton Fink 8.5/10, Tombstone 8/10, The Hudsucker Proxy 9/10, Love Actually 6.5, La Dolce Vita 7/10, Chop Shop 9.5/10, Duck Soup 6/10, When Harry Met Sally 8/10, Tokyo Story 7/10, Kelly's Heroes 8/10, The Thing 8.5/10, Lost In Translation 9.5/10, Anchorman 6.5/10, Mulholland Dr. 8.5/10, Rebecca9/10, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans 7/10, Steamboat Bill Jr. 9/10, Double Indemnity 9/10, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum 6.5/10, The Man Who Wasn't There 8.10, Synecdoche, NY 10/10 , Leaving Las Vegas 9/10, The Hidden Fortress 8.5/10, Magnificent Seven 8/10, Dear Zachary -/10, The Fly 9/10, Time Bandits 6/10, Before Sunrise 6.5, The Buddy Holly Story 7/10, Pleasantville 7/10, The Rules of the Game 6/10, Senna 7.5/10, Kiki's Delivery Service 8/10, Gojira 9/10, The Blues Brothers 5/10, Notorious 7/10, Little Shop of Horrors 9/10 , The Last Starfighter 7/10, Rebel Without A Cause 8.5/10, Sherlock Jr. 7.5/10, Intolerable Cruelty, 9/10, The Ladykillers 9/10, Spring Breakers 7.5/10, Touch of Evil 8/10, The Purple Rose of Cairo, 9/10, My Cousin Vinny 7/10, Galaxy Quest 8/10, First Blood, 9/10, Arsenic and Old Lace, 7/10, Mad Max 2, 9/10, The Raid: Redemption, 8/10, Kramer vs. Kramer 9.5/10, Nightcrawler 10/10, Frank 9/10, Strangers On A Train 8/10 , Wild Strawberries 7.5/10, They Came Together 5.5/10, The Squid and the Whale, 10/10, Poolhall Junkies 1/10, Citizenfour 10/10, The 400 Blows 9.5/10, Event Horizon 2/10, Ashes and Diamonds, 8/10 Defending Your Life 9/10, The Informant! 8.5/10 The Lady and the Tramp 8.5/10, Memories of Murder 8.5/10, Ordinary People 8.5/10, Blue Ruin 7/10, F For Fake 9/10, The Best Years of Our Lives 6.5/10, Saturday Night Fever 7/10, We Need to Talk About Kevin, 10/10, Beasts of the Southern Wild, 10/10, 2011: A Space Odyssey ???/10, The Master, 9/10 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 7/10 Certified Copy, 8/10, Ace in the Hole, 9/10, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy 6.5/10, The Grand Budapest Hotel 7/10, Train to Busan 4/10, Her 10/10, In the Mood for Love 6.5/10, Rififi 6.5/10, Murder on the Orient Express 7/10, The Nice Guys 9/10

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Chili posted:

4. Starship Troopers - One of those that just never found its way to me. Looks fun.

I'm really excited to hear from someone who has never seen this.

City of God

This was not the movie I was expecting. It was better than I expected on every level. The way City of God rewinds to lead you back to where you started, with vignettes that flow into one another, is probably the best way this story could have been told. This is because it's a story about a place as much as it is about the people who live there.

I also watched Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is just over an hour of slowly building tension, glances, and longing. Then KABOOM it's all beauty and sadness that made me think I'm just not emotionally intelligent enough to process everything that is happening.

I also also watched Wild Strawberries

This is such a sweet and melancholy movie. The whole thing feels like a dream, making the actual dream sequences feel even stranger and more disorienting. Also, it was surprising to Max von Sydow in a bit part.

My list of shame:
1. The Searchers (1956) I will either love this or hate this but I have been assured it is a very important Western. 03-30-2021
2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe. 02-23-2021
3. Metropolis (1927) This is another great one I've only seen bits and pieces of. 04-01-2021
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer. 03-03-2021
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year. 02-21-2021
6. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) The saddest anime. 03-29-2021
7. Ran (1985) This is probably the best Kurosawa movie that I haven't seen. 03-25-2021
8. Barry Lyndon (1975) This is probably the best Kubrick movie that I haven't seen. 03-30-2021
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't. 03-10-2021
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) I think this is the best documentary that I haven't seen and is available to rent or stream online. 03-22-2021

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5, 8 1/2 4.5, Get Out 4.5, M 4.5, The Evil Dead 3.5, Safety Last! 4, City of God 5, Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.5, Wild Strawberries 4

twernt fucked around with this message at 00:51 on Apr 2, 2021

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



twernt posted:

2. Some Like It Hot (1959) I've never actually seen anything with Marilyn Monroe. 02-23-2021

"Well, nobody's perfect."






Heroes of the East - A Chinese man and a Japanese woman find themselves thrust into an arranged marriage. It's a clash of cultures to say the least. They get into numerous kung fu vs. karate arguments with kung fu always prevailing. It's a funny romantic comedy at first but halfway in it takes a serious turn when she flees to Japan. Followed by a misunderstood challenge letter.

When seven Japanese masters of various styles arrive to answer the challenge things get serious. It's kind of make-believe since it's implausible one kung fu artist could defeat all of them. No doubt this will rankle some practitioners of Japanese martial arts.

It's couched in a lot of ethnocentricity. China being the source of martial arts and everything else being inferior. But it's a veritable martial arts lexicon for those curious about different styles.





James Bond versus Godzilla (42/64 completed):

Hesitation (52 completed):

#44 Europe '51 - There are still many Roberto Rossellini films I haven't seen. 11/28/20

#52 The Turin Horse - A highly ranked recent film. 2/15/21

#54 I Confess - This is a Hitchcock film with critical praise but I never hear it mentioned much these days. 3/9/21

#56 The Hudsucker Proxy - Never got around to seeing this one. 3/16/21

#57 Millenium Mambo - Sounds enticing. 3/21/21

#58 Toni Erdmann - It's gotten some high praise recently. 3/27/21

#59 Southern Comfort - Sounds like an interesting military film. 3/27/21

new #60 Autumn Sonata - Two Bergman's for the price of one. 4/6/21

BBC Culture: The 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films (96/100 completed):

#95 Floating Clouds - Not to be confused with Floating Weeds. 3/21/21

DVD Beaver's Top 100 Desert Island Films (97/100 completed):

Woman on the Run - Apparently an underwatched film noir. 6/16/20

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Zogo posted:

Woman on the Run - Apparently an underwatched film noir. 6/16/20

Last time I picked something from your list it was a tossup between this and Heroes of the East, so I think you should watch this one now.


Some Like It Hot

This was funnier and sweeter than I expected. It was also much less socially backward that I expected. Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe are great. Jack Lemmon is even better. I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but I'm starting to think this Billy Wilder may be the real deal.


My list of shame:
1. The Searchers (1956) I will either love this or hate this but I have been assured it is a very important Western. 03-30-2021
2. Amadeus (1984) This was just a little bit before my time, but not old enough for me to go back and watch it because I consider it to be a classic I missed. 04-09-2021
3. Metropolis (1927) This is another great one I've only seen bits and pieces of. 04-01-2021
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer. 03-03-2021
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year. 02-21-2021
6. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) The saddest anime. 03-29-2021
7. Ran (1985) This is probably the best Kurosawa movie that I haven't seen. 03-25-2021
8. Barry Lyndon (1975) This is probably the best Kubrick movie that I haven't seen. 03-30-2021
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't. 03-10-2021
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) I think this is the best documentary that I haven't seen and is available to rent or stream online. 03-22-2021

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5, 8 1/2 4.5, Get Out 4.5, M 4.5, The Evil Dead 3.5, Safety Last! 4, City of God 5, Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.5, Wild Strawberries 4, Some Like It Hot 4.5

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



twernt posted:

2. Amadeus (1984) This was just a little bit before my time, but not old enough for me to go back and watch it because I consider it to be a classic I missed. 04-09-2021

"There, on the stage, stood the figure of a dead commander. And I knew, only I understood that the horrifying apparition was Leopold, raised from the dead. Wolfgang had actually summoned up his own father to accuse his son before all the world. It was terrifying and wonderful to watch."





Woman on the Run - Stolen money, guns blasting and unethical detectives etc. Familiar hallmarks and pretty standard fare for this genre. For most of the film a wife, police and reporters are searching for a man who witnessed a murder.

Not all of the questions are answered. But sometimes the amateurs are better sleuths than the professionals. In many respects it's a gender reversed Inherent Vice (2014).


Also watched:

Southern Comfort - Some National Guard troops are sent on a weekend trip to get some practice in. Armed with only blanks it's more like a relaxing bayou excursion at first. But then two bad decisions are made (stealing canoes and shooting blank rounds at the locals). The Cajuns do not take kindly to these intrusions.

These troops make a series of blunders and employ many, many layers of illogic. It's a Choose Your Own Adventure book where every wrong choice is made. They're way too numerous to list off.

It's a memorable amalgamation of films like Deliverance (1972), Predator (1987) and Eden Lake (2008).

PS The film has lots of familiar faces and Sonny Landham (Billy from Predator) has a small role.




James Bond versus Godzilla (42/64 completed):

Hesitation (53 completed):

#44 Europe '51 - There are still many Roberto Rossellini films I haven't seen. 11/28/20

#52 The Turin Horse - A highly ranked recent film. 2/15/21

#54 I Confess - This is a Hitchcock film with critical praise but I never hear it mentioned much these days. 3/9/21

#56 The Hudsucker Proxy - Never got around to seeing this one. 3/16/21

#57 Millenium Mambo - Sounds enticing. 3/21/21

#58 Toni Erdmann - It's gotten some high praise recently. 3/27/21

#60 Autumn Sonata - Two Bergman's for the price of one. 4/6/21

new #61 The Phantom Carriage - Released just over 100 years ago. 4/10/21

new #62 Queen of Blood - Supposedly underrated 1960s science fiction. 4/10/21

BBC Culture: The 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films (96/100 completed):

#95 Floating Clouds - Not to be confused with Floating Weeds. 3/21/21

DVD Beaver's Top 100 Desert Island Films (98/100 completed):

twernt
Mar 11, 2003

Whoa whoa wait, time out.


Zogo posted:

#44 Europe '51 - There are still many Roberto Rossellini films I haven't seen. 11/28/20

I think you should watch this one, if only because it's your final straggler from 2020.

Amadeus

The fact that Salieri's confession frames the story should be your first and most important clue that Amadeus is as much about him as it is about Mozart. In Amadeus, Antonio Salieri is a bitter and jealous man who believes that his ambition, determination, and willingness not to rock the boat should be rewarded. He is continually surprised and dismayed by Mozart's talent, believing that he did not earn the gifts he has. Eventually, Salieri and Mozart become entangled in a mutually self destructive relationship that neither recognizes for what it is. Each of them meets their end in a tragically appropriate way -- Mozart dying young without the respect of most of his peers and Salieri living long enough to see himself fade into irrelevance.


My list of shame:
1. The Searchers (1956) I will either love this or hate this but I have been assured it is a very important Western. 03-30-2021
2. Platoon (1986) This is another important 80s movie I should have seen at some point, but never did. 04-12-2021
3. Metropolis (1927) This is another great one I've only seen bits and pieces of. 04-01-2021
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) I haven't see any Carl Theodor Dreyer. 03-03-2021
5. Tokyo Story (1953) I don't think I had even heard of this movie before this year. 02-21-2021
6. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) The saddest anime. 03-29-2021
7. Ran (1985) This is probably the best Kurosawa movie that I haven't seen. 03-25-2021
8. Barry Lyndon (1975) This is probably the best Kubrick movie that I haven't seen. 03-30-2021
9. Friday the 13th (1980) Another 80s slasher that I should have seen by now, but haven't. 03-10-2021
10. Stop Making Sense (1984) I think this is the best documentary that I haven't seen and is available to rent or stream online. 03-22-2021

Watched:
The Godfather 5, The Godfather: Part II 4.5, Alien 4.5, The Hills Have Eyes 3, The Rules of the Game 4, Battleship Potemkin 4, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4.5, Schindlerís List 5, Halloween 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Woman Under the Influence 4.5, Harakiri 4.5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 4.5, 8 1/2 4.5, Get Out 4.5, M 4.5, The Evil Dead 3.5, Safety Last! 4, City of God 5, Portrait of a Lady on Fire 4.5, Wild Strawberries 4, Some Like It Hot 4.5, Amadeus 5

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Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



twernt posted:

2. Platoon (1986) This is another important 80s movie I should have seen at some point, but never did. 04-12-2021

"I am reality. There's the way it ought to be. And there's the way it is."



Europe '51 - Aloof and wealthy parents prioritize dinner parties and their socialite friends rather than their son who's become depressed and forlorn. After the suicide of her son, the mother, Irene (Ingrid Bergman) is motivated to do charity work and other acts of altruism to atone in a way. Trying to fix things and make the wrongs into rights. Kind of like Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day (1993).

A lot of films from this era that try to be hard-hitting end up being melodramatic. But not this one. It's like staring into an abyss. Showing the many ways people can exhibit signs of grief. It isn't always appealing subject matter.

Another interesting aspect is when some of the characters have debates over war and economics and later on religion. People are anticipating more wars breaking out. Postwar US vs. postwar Europe is a contrast to say the least. It feels like the logical aftermath of Rome, Open City (1945). The war is over but the memories are not going to fade away. It brings out some psychological aspects found in I Live in Fear (1955) as well.

In another dark turn Irene is institutionalized by her family because she'd rather help the poor than go back to her old lifestyle. At one point she lectures a more traditionally-minded priest with her own brand of religious humanism. They can't decide if she's gone insane or has aspirations to become a missionary.

Despite all the misery it's still a very human film.




James Bond versus Godzilla (42/64 completed):

Hesitation (54 completed):

#52 The Turin Horse - A highly ranked recent film. 2/15/21

#54 I Confess - This is a Hitchcock film with critical praise but I never hear it mentioned much these days. 3/9/21

#56 The Hudsucker Proxy - Never got around to seeing this one. 3/16/21

#57 Millenium Mambo - Sounds enticing. 3/21/21

#58 Toni Erdmann - It's gotten some high praise recently. 3/27/21

#60 Autumn Sonata - Two Bergman's for the price of one. 4/6/21

#61 The Phantom Carriage - Released just over 100 years ago. 4/10/21

#62 Queen of Blood - Supposedly underrated 1960s science fiction. 4/10/21

BBC Culture: The 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films (96/100 completed):

#95 Floating Clouds - Not to be confused with Floating Weeds. 3/21/21

DVD Beaver's Top 100 Desert Island Films (98/100 completed):

new Fail Safe - We're on the brink of World War III. 4/16/21

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