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2018 in Movies

Cinema February 18, 2019

These are some good movies I saw last year:

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Claire Denis. White Material. France/Cameroon, 2009.

 

Image result for el sur ericeVíctor Erice. El sur. Spain, 1983.

 

Image result for l'inconnue du lacAlain Guiraudie. L’inconnu du lac. France, 2013.

 

Image result for huston the deadJohn Huston. The Dead. UK/Ireland, 1987.

 

Related imageFrancis Lee. God’s Own Country. UK, 2017.

 

Image result for souffle au coeur louis malleLouis Malle. Le souffle au cœur. France, 1971.

 

Image result for the square ostlundRuben Östlund. The Square. Sweden, 2017.

 

Image result for don't look nowNicolas Roeg. Don’t Look Now. UK/Italy, 1973.

 

Image result for serebrennikov studentKirill Serebrennikov. The Student. Russia, 2016.

 

Image result for rebels of the neon godTsai Ming-liang. Rebels of the Neon God. Taiwan, 1992.

 

Here’s some other interesting stuff I saw:

Paul Thomas Anderson. The Master. USA, 2012.
Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui. McQueen. UK, 2018.
Sofia Coppola. Marie Antoinette. USA, 2006.
Luca Guadagnino. Call Me by Your Name. Italy, 2017.
Marc Meyers. My Friend Dahmer. USA, 2017.
Paul Schrader. First Reformed. USA, 2017.

 

This stuff entertained me:

Greta Gerwig. Lady Bird. USA, 2017.
Rebecca Miller. Maggie’s Plan. USA, 2015.
Gillian Robespierre. Obvious Child. USA, 2014.

 

This was a grave disappointment:

Sally Potter. The Party. UK, 2017.

 

Other thoughts:

More movies, less television, I tell myself every year. But they keep making more television . . .

Ethan Hawke is a good deal.

Timothééééééééééééééééée . . .

It was difficult to watch McQueen on McQueen.

So much shitty dialogue in American cinema. I say this every year also to myself. Now to you.

Angela Fucking Huston.

The most beautiful thing I saw on film was baby sheep being born in God’s Own Country.

Also, maybe this?

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2015: Movies

Cinema January 6, 2016

I saw Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire for the first time and thought it was overrated. I watched a lot of movies I love again this year, most notably Sergei Paradjanov’s The Color of Pomegranates. Steven Shainberg’s Secretary is still a fun watch. I also saw Taxi Driver again, finding it much worse than when I first saw it as a college student. I accidentally watched the prequel to Ringu, all the while confused as to why it seemed nothing like the Ringu I’d seen some years before. I saw some terrible in-flight movies. I’d meant to see Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night when it was in theatres in 2014 but eventually saw it on Netflix last year: it was too American for me. Iris Apfel is an extraordinary human being and up there with Tilda Swinton in the fashion constellation–you must see Albert Maysles’s documentary about her, which is still up on Netflix. (Aside: all of last year Netflix kept recommending movies with first names of women as titles: Iris, Ida, Pina, Barbara . . . Barbara was good; I left Ida and Pina for another year, maybe this one.) But this is the stuff I really liked:

Mario Bava. Rabid Dogs/Kidnapped. 1974/1977.

Mario Bava. Rabid Dogs/Kidnapped. Italy, 1974/1977.

Peter Bogdanovich. The Last Picture Show. USA, 1971.

Robert Bresson. Les dames du Bois de Boulogne. France, 1945.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Le fils. Belgium, 2002.

Richard Fleischer. Mandingo. USA, 1975.

Aleksey German. Hard to Be a God. 2013.

Aleksey German. Hard to Be a God. Russia, 2013. Read More