La Strada is definitely my favourite Fellini.
The only Kurosawa I’ve seen which I didn’t love was Rashomon.
La Strada is definitely my favourite Fellini.
Eight and a Half is one of the 5 best films I ever watched. In other words one of the 5 most entertaining. I generally like Fellini, and at least Amarcord is another one of the best ever.
Last couple of weeks:
Venom (Fleischer, 2018)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
Branded to Kill (Suzuki, 1967)
Trapped in Lust (Yamatoya, 1973)
Bros: After the Screaming Stops (Pearlman/Soutar, 2018)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Bahr/Hickenlooper/Coppola, 1991)
Suspiria (Guadagnino, 2018)
The Dragon Missile (Ho, 1976)
Halloween (Green, 2018)
Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018)
Dragon Fist (Lo, 1979)
Unbreakable (Shyamalan, 2000)
Split (Shyamalan, 2017)
Project A (Chan, 1983)
The Lobster (Lanthimos, 2015)
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Martino, 1972)
Pit Stop (Hill, 1969)
Lady Snowblood (Fujita, 1973)
Yes Elephant is among my favourite films, one of those films thats seems to flow in the screen while you’re watching it
The Mule (2019, Eastwood) - Great to see Clint still at it, but this was honestly a rather average affair.
IMHO, one of the better Westerns in recent years. I liked the ending, the wild boys’ return to their mama.
Better than most recent stuff, but I was a bit disappointed … perhaps my expectations were too high.
Sisters – I shut it off at the 35 minute mark, way too slow for me. Maybe i’ll pick it up where i left off some other time…maybe not.
- Noe: Climax (cinema) 6/10
- Thompson: Eye of the Devil 6/10
- Bertolucci: The Dreamers 9/10
- Bava: Macabre 5/10
- Machatý: Ekstase 6/10
- Kassila: Kaasua, komisario Palmu 10/10
- Caton-Jones:This Boy’s Life 7/10
- Nolan: Dark Knight Rises 4/10
- Dean: Bombshell:The Hedy Lamarr Story (Doc) 7/10
- Polanski: Fearless Vampire Killers 10/10
Awful crap this was,… just an overlong, pretentious and boring artsy-fartsy film that will put you to sleep. Tilda Swinton ( in a dual role ) is the best thing in this. Think i’ll watch the original this weekend. 3/10
Days Of Heaven (197something) - Richard Gere fires three times from a double barreled shotgun without reloading. Got you there, Mallick!
Just finished watching La Coda della Scorpione (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) (1971). An excellent Mystery Thriller with a fine storyline, cast, and cinematography. George Hilton is good as always. Loved it!
Last ten days or so:
The Wild Geese (McLaglen, 1978)
Final Destination (Wong, 2000)
The 5 Deadly Venoms (Chang, 1978)
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (Kaneko, 1995)
Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui, 1991)
Street Mobster (Fukasaku, 1972)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)
Two-Lane Blacktop (Hellman, 1971)
Vanishing Point (Sarafian, 1971)
Death Proof (Tarantino, 2007)
Gone in 60 Seconds (Halicki, 1974)
Smokey and the Bandit (Needham, 1977)
The Cannonball Run (Needham, 1981)
Cannonball Run II (Needham, 1984)
’The Beguiled’ 2017 Sofia Coppola
Perfectly watchable (I expected to be bored stiff) and beautifully photographed - with some good performances from the female cast - Colin Farrell is just Colin Farrell, playing himself in what could be his own sexual fantasy.
I was never a huge fan of the Clint Eastwood / Don Siegel version, but that film has now been elevated greatly by this vapid remake. 3 out of 10
I liked SC’s Lost In Translation. She captured a certain wistfullness better than I’ve seen in other movies.
Last few weeks I occasionally jumped into some postapo flicks and here are the results:
Café Flesh - basically, it’s a postapo arthouse porn, minus half of the art. Fastforwaded through it, not really worthy.
Lost River - postapo arthouse directed by Ryan Gosling. Probably not really a postapo since we don’t get enough info about the world, but the atmosphere is quite close. Weird movie, but I liked it. Great soundtrack. Visually stunning.
New Eden - one of the Baldwins is kicked off on the wasteland prison planet. Sounds cool, but execution is lame and baldwined already from the start anyway. Fastforwaded here and there.
Escape From Safehaven - almost whole movie happens in an interiors of a huge building, which serves as a refugee place for people. Not a bad idea and the movie has a promising start, but in the end it is just mostly boring running over corridors and shooting.
American Cyborg Steel Warrior - as cheesy as the title can sound, this wasn’t that bad. Action-packed, with some great looking postapo locations and fitting soundtrack I suddenly realized I didn’t even fastforward through it.
Terror Within I - George Kennedy and his colleagues fight for their lives in an underground center and their opponent, once showed, is a laughable rubber monster called gargoyle. Fastforwaded through second half.
Terror Within II - I wonder how is it possible that first bullshit got a sequel and secondly how is it possible to be even worse. I watched some ridiculous scenes, but otherwise fastforwaded it asap.
Urban Warriors - wow, it has a an introduction by Michael Duddikoff, who is telling us we are about to watch a actionpacked movie set in a world that changed beyond our wildest imagination. Or something like that. The truth is the movie is an italian trash with several scenes stolen from another italian trash The Final Executioner (which actually is not that trashy and quite watchable).
Circuitry Man - Vernon Wells in a cyberpunk PA. Quite entertaining, with interesting scene thrown here and there, honestly, I didn’t click through it.
Lipton Cockton In The Shadows Of Sodoma - I have no idea what it was all about. And it is kind of boring too.
Zebraman - I had really high hopes for this for it is Miike’s film. After the session I just sat in the couch and realized that only really good movie I’ve seen by Miike is Ichi The Killer, otherwise mediocre or worse. This was worse.
Agree about Elephant, Van Sant’s best and absolutely fascinating.
Yojimbo is actually the only Kurosawa I really like. Not that movies like Ran, Seven Samurai, Kagemusha or Rashomon are bad, but I just can’t embrace them.
Gozu is my favorite from Miike. And Happines of Katakuris is great fun. Main problem with Miike for me is that his films are usually overlong which tends to make them feel boring.
And he makes too many of them.
Quatermass And The Pit (1967)
Found it as a recommendation in one of those “101 sf movies you should see” books. Well, I’m not sure what’s all the fuzz about. It was okay, a bit boring, but apocalyptic finale is quite spectacular considering this is low-scale apocalypse happenning.