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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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Best Things I Watched in 2013

Cinema, Dance June 24, 2014

I seem to check up on my website/blog about once a month. This month I discovered a draft post listing all the best movies I watched in 2013. I guess it’s all right to post it now, six months after the fact.

I’m fairly certain these are all movies I watched for the first time last year—nothing I re-watched, which, as it turns out, I do a lot these days.

For a brief moment I attempted to categorize these by genre but that didn’t work out. Also, it occurs to me to mention: I watch enormous quantities of television not accounted for in this list, partly because I don’t keep track, partly because the list of truly excellent television is pretty limited.

OK, some random comments may be found below, if I feel like it.

Robert Altman. The Company. USA, 2003.

Robert Altman. The Long Goodbye. USA, 1973.

Robert Altman. Thieves Like Us. USA, 1974.

Altman = my favorite American director. But I always assumed he sort of lost it during the ’80s and after. So The Company quite surprised me—and the video above is stunningly realized. It’s very much in the Altman scheme of things: the way you see and hear everything as it were. It is also unlike most recordings of dance I’ve seen, given that we experience the external conditions of the dance itself—the dispersed energy of the audience, the weather, the anxieties off stage—in this horizontal, cinematic way.

Aleksey Balabanov. Me Too. 2012.

Aleksey Balabanov. Me Too. Russia, 2012.

Balabanov’s last film, eerily prophetic. Read More