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¶ Which first time viewings last month intensified your existence for a brief moment in time? - March 2021

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¶ Which first time viewings last month intensified your existence for a brief moment in time? - March 2021

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1. Voyage au Congo: Scènes de la vie indigène en Afrique Équatoriale / Travels in the Congo (1927, Marc Allégret)
2. Paris est à nous / Paris Is Us (2019, Elisabeth Vogler)
3. Nawi (1970, David & Judith MacDougall)
4. Pain Is... (1997, Stephen Dwoskin)
5. The Flying Fish (2019, Murat Sayginer)
6. Music (2021, Sia)
7. American Reflexxx (2015, Alli Coates)
8. At the Horizon (2017, Takashi Makino & Manuel Knapp)
9. First Man (2018, Damien Chazelle)
10. Flight (1988, Guy Sherwin)
11. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980, series director: Adrian Malone, co-writer: Carl Sagan)
12. Where the Dead Go to Die (2012, Jimmy ScreamerClauz)
13. Untitled (2017, Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi)
14. Bad Boy Bubby (1993, Rolf de Heer)
15. The Vikings (1958, Richard Fleischer)


Honorable Mentions

Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 / A Married Woman (1964, JLG) ● Lorang's Way (1978, David & Judith MacDougall) ● The Hunters (1957, John Marshall in collaboration with Robert Gardner) ● Filter Beds (1990, Guy Sherwin) ● Jeanetta Cochrane (1967, Peter Whitehead) ● Lathe of Heaven (2002, Philip Haas) ● Maniac (2018, Cary Joji Fukunaga & Patrick Somerville) ● Matthias & Maxime (2019, Xavier Dolan) ● Bakit Dilaw ang Gitna Ng Bahaghari? / Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? (1994, Kidlat Tahimik) ● 絵を描く子どもたち / Children Who Draw / E o kaku kodomotachi: jidôga o rikai suru tame ni (1956, Susumu Hani) ● New Year, Old Roads (2021, Justin Kelly) ● Lifelines (1960, Ed Emshwiller) ● A Wife Among Wives (1981, David & Judith MacDougall) ● Traces (2018, Hugo Frassetto & Sophie Tavert) ● Protozoa (1993, Darren Aronofsky) ● 転々 / Adrift in Tokyo / Tenten (2007, Satoshi Miki) ● Lady Gaga: 911 (2020, Tarsem Singh)

special shoutouts / Online Media

World Science Festival YT channel ● The Onion YT channel ● Andre Antunes YT channel ● Signe Pierce

The Joe Rogan Experience [#1313 Duncan Trussell 2019 ● #1318 Hotep Jesus 2019 ● #793 Whitney Cummings 2016]

Honorable Mentions - most fruitful rewatches

Au pan coupé / Wall Engravings (1968, Guy Gilles) 8>9 ● Metropolis (2010 restoration) (1927, Fritz Lang) 9 ● Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick) 9 ● Interstellar (2014, Christopher Nolan) 9


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top 10-
Heartless (2009)
Sunrise (1927)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Deep End (1970)
Rocks (2019)
Pride (2014)
Saint Maud (2019)
The Courier (2020)
A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

best rewatch-
The Hit (1984)
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New favorites (>= 8/10):

Sound of Metal (2019, Darius Marder)
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Banditi a Orgosolo a.k.a. Bandits of Orgosolo (1961, Vittorio de Seta)
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A Prayer Before Dawn (2017, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)

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Honorable Mentions (>= 6.5/10):
Manbiki kazoku a.k.a. Shoplifters (2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Ne touchez pas la hache a.k.a. The Duchess of Langeais (2007, Jacques Rivette)
Bacurau (2019, Kleber Mendonça Filho)
The Rider (2017, Chloe Zhao)
Sag-haye velgard a.k.a. Stray Dogs (2004, Marzieh Makhmalbaf)
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020, Eliza Hittman)
Epilogue (2005, Jordan Belson) - short
Chakra (1972, Jordan Belson) - short
Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)
Light (1974, Jordan Belson) - short
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when I rank everything I've rated 8 or higher last month, it looks like this:

1 - Dreissig (2019) 8,5
2 - La ciudad oculta (2018) 8,5
3 - Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (2015) 8
4 - Obscuro Barroco (2018) 8
5 - Passagiers (1990) 8
6 - Lastpak (2001) 8
7 - Fourteen (2019) 8
8 - Jamais plus toujours (1976) 8
9 - Virndavani Vairagya (2018) 8
10 - Lúa vermella (2020) 8
11 - Mamá, mamá, mamá (2020) 8
12 - O Amor Natural (1996) 8
13 - Napló gyermekeimnek (1984) 8
14 - Nervous Translation (2017) 8
15 - Taking the horse to eat jalebis (2019) 8
16 - Canción sin nombre (2019) 8

I had "Passagiers" on loan on DVD from the director himself, so thanks for that is due! I discovered Ben van Lieshout is just as criminally ignored as Frans van de Staak when it comes to Dutch experimental/art-house cinema. From the latter I saw "Lastpak" this month. Most of the others I gave short write-ups in the female director challenge thread.
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peeptoad wrote: April 1st, 2021, 9:21 am Deep End (1970)
Yaaaaassss. :worship: Saw it on TCM late one Friday night when I was in high school. Total awesomeness.
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Quite a busy month!

Kong's March 2021 5-Star Canon Additions

FEATURES

American Graffiti (1973, George Lucas)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020, Burhan Qurbani)
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999, Jamie Babbit)
The China Syndrome (1979, James Bridges)
Chuck and Buck (2000, Mike White)
Dick Johnson is Dead (2020, Kirsten Johnson)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, John Cameron Mitchell)
Mommy (2014, Xavier Dolan)
Saint Frances (2019, Alex Thompson)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021, Zack Snyder)

SHORTS

Butterfly (1967, Shirley Clarke & Wendy Clarke) -- thanks, Ebby!
Cosmic Ray (1962, Bruce Conner)
Dyketactics (1974, Barbara Hammer)
Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (1929, E. Hardon) -- like the funniest shit ever
The Hat (1999, Michele Cournoyer)
Puce Moment (1949/70, Kenneth Anger)
Return to Reason (1923, Man Ray) -- rewatch
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No new favorites (9/10 or better), but four great new discoveries (8/10).

Fate of a Man (1959)
Rome 11:00 (1952)
Wings (1966)
Fail Safe (1964)
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kongs_speech wrote: April 1st, 2021, 1:33 pm
peeptoad wrote: April 1st, 2021, 9:21 am Deep End (1970)
Yaaaaassss. :worship: Saw it on TCM late one Friday night when I was in high school. Total awesomeness.
Yep. I'll definitely be seeing more Skolimowski in the future. Only other film of his I've seen is The Shout, which was very good, but not as good as Deep End imho.
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kongs_speech wrote: April 1st, 2021, 2:08 pm Quite a busy month!

Kong's March 2021 5-Star Canon Additions
Yep, indeed. So .. how did your fight against Godzilla go?


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Torgo wrote: April 1st, 2021, 4:45 pm
kongs_speech wrote: April 1st, 2021, 2:08 pm Quite a busy month!

Kong's March 2021 5-Star Canon Additions
Yep, indeed. So .. how did your fight against Godzilla go?


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Listed in order viewed -- these are the big highlights.

Favorited:
Skammen a.k.a. Shame -- Bergman, 1968
Take a Giant Step -- Leacock, 1959
American Animals -- Layton, 2018 (I'm extra biased toward this one, because I worked in special collections libraries.)
Le voleur a.k.a. The Thief of Paris -- Malle, 1967
Short Term 12 -- Cretton, 2013


Honorable Mention (still strongly recommended):
Después de Lucía a.k.a. After Lucia -- Franco, 2012
Édes Anna a.k.a. Sweet Anna -- Fabri, 1958
The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home -- Loach, 1966
Zu neuen Ufern a.k.a. To New Shores -- Sirk, 1937
La ragazza di Bube a.k.a. Bebo's Girl -- Comencini, 1964
Jodorowsky's Dune -- Pavich, 2013
Poesía sin fin a.k.a. Endless Poetry -- Jodorowsky, 2016
Diamond Men -- Cohen, 2000
Die Rote a.k.a. Redhead -- Kautner, 1962
Hot Coffee -- Saladoff, 2011
A Window in London a.k.a. Lady in Distress -- Mason, 1940
Blume in Love -- Mazursky, 1973
Les eaux troubles -- Calef, 1949
Családi tüzfészek a.k.a. Family Nest -- Tarr, 1977
Lean on Pete -- Haigh, 2017
Remous a.k.a. Whirlpool -- Greville, 1935
Sud a.k.a. South -- Akerman, 1999
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Sin / Il peccato (Andrey Konchalovskiy, 2019)

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Barely saw about 10 films last month, but some of them were quite great.

1. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon - 1997) 9
2. Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen - 2020) 9
3. Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2012) 9
4. Ice Cold in Alex (J. Lee Thompson - 1958) 9
5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan - 2011) 8.5
6. La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel - 2001) 8.5
7. The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien - 1985) 8
8. From a Whisper (Wanuri Kahiu - 2009) 8
9. Death in the Garden (Luis Buñuel - 1956) 7
10. Terror By Night (Roy William Neill - 1946) 7
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From a Whisper, 2009

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Death in the Garden, 1956

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Janet's Kay's 'Silly Games' from Lovers Rock

Honorable mention: Pumzi [sh.] (Wanuri Kahiu - 2009)

Wanuri Kahiu's From a Whisper and Pumzi appear to have been uploaded to vimeo by Kahiu herself: https://vimeo.com/user10078311

Yours: None from new watches, but from the re-watches, Metropolis, Barry Lyndon (used to be my favorite film!), and Interstellar are all of course great. Though I don't love the ending of Interstellar.

@peeptoad - Sunrise and The Red Shoes are both gorgeous films. Powell and Pressburger are hard to beat - A Canterbury Tale is my #3 of all time, and I Know Where I'm Going a little further down. The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, and Colonel Blimp are all sort of just outside my favorites, but that's mostly because I haven't seen them in so long. Still need to see some of theirs.

@pitchorneirda - Don't Touch the Axe is a film I'd call more interesting than affecting, but it was very interesting. Badlands is a classic, and Bacurau is an instant classic.

@beavis - Have neither seen nor heard of any of them, but just wanted to say hi and we're all excited for whatever you guys are programming for us later in the year. :cheers:

@kongs speech - Love American Graffiti, and love love love But I'm a Cheerleader. The China Syndrome kind of stands out on that list, on a '70s thriller kick?

@Traveller - Wings is a great film from a year so great it might not even crack the top 10, and Fail Safe deserves to be remembered than more than just the film Dr. Strangelove parodied.

@burneyfan - Shame is one of Bergman's best (and is overall maybe his most under-rated film?). After Lucia I do not like. It's one of a type of film I call misery porn; films that wallow in cruelty and seem to (for me, anyway) regard their character's suffering with fascination and maybe some "pity," but no empathy. Still, even though it doesn't really escape the label (or perhaps is even a more extreme example of it), Franco's latest film New Order really clicked for me. Maybe it just seemed to have more of a purpose, as a warning of sorts, as opposed to 'here's a bunch of horrible people and everything is miserable, have a nice day.' Just my 2 cents.

@hurlu - Given how much I like Siberiade and Uncle Vanya and champion them as a hidden classics, I should check out some of Konchalovsky's newer films.
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outdoorcats wrote: April 1st, 2021, 8:44 pm Barely saw about 10 films last month, but some of them were quite great.

1. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon - 1997) 9
2. Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen - 2020) 9
3. Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2012) 9
4. Ice Cold in Alex (J. Lee Thompson - 1958) 9
5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan - 2011) 8.5
6. La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel - 2001) 8.5
7. A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien - 1985) 8
8. From a Whisper (Wanuri Kahiu - 2009) 8
9. Death in the Garden (Luis Buñuel - 1956) 7
10. Terror By Night (Roy William Neill - 1946) 7

@pitchorneirda - Don't Touch the Axe is a film I'd call more interesting than affecting, but it was very interesting. Badlands is a classic, and Bacurau is an instant classic.
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I agree on your thoughts about Don't Touch the Axe, it was probably too intellectual but there's one scene in the middle (when Montriveau raptures the Duchess) that is really uplifting.

I watched Perfect Blue in February and it's on my list of favourites too.

The other two I've seen are Neighboring Sounds which is the weakest of Mendonça I've seen (Aquarius and Bacurau are much better imho).
And Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which is the first one of Ceylan I really enjoyed and got me interested in his filmography but not my favourite either (I put Winter Sleep, Distant and Wild Pear Tree above it)
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outdoorcats wrote: April 1st, 2021, 8:44 pm @kongs speech - Love American Graffiti, and love love love But I'm a Cheerleader. The China Syndrome kind of stands out on that list, on a '70s thriller kick?
I watched a bunch of Jane Fonda last month because she's one of my favorites and a ton of her films were expiring from Criterion Channel. As you can see, I liked that one the most.

From your list, I dig Lovers Rocks, A Time to Live and a Time to Die, and especially Perfect Blue. :cheers:
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Perfect Blue is one of those "how have I not seen it yet" films. Which I can apply to all of Satoshi Kon's films, actually. My first exposure to Kon was watching the mini-series Paranoia Agent last year, which absolutely floored me. Between that and this there's a recurring theme I'm noticing with obsessions, fears, and anxieties being given physical form as a way to critique elements of contemporary Japanese society. The psychological aspect is perfect, but I also want to take a moment just to appreciate what an amazing visual storyteller Kon is, particularly his skill to unsettle and disturb while keeping us enthralled.

@pitchorneirda - Relatively speaking, I guess Neighboring Sounds is the weakest of the three, but not by a lot. It lacks the epic sweep of Aquarius or the craziness of Bacurau, but there's a controlled chaos about it which I love. The sense of not knowing what's going to happen, or what even the arc of the film's story will be, from scene to scene, but still keeping the story compelling. Did it all come together in the end? ... I honestly don't know. I'm interested to read more on the film. But at least from scene to scene, it contained some of the most exciting filmmaking by any director in the past decade.

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1. Déjà Vu (Tony Scott, 2006)
2. 海上花 / Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1998)
3. トウキョウソナタ / Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2008)
4. 극장전 / Tale of Cinema (Hong Sang-Soo, 2005)
5. Goshogaoka | Podwórka | Rudzienko (Sharon Lockhart, 1998/2009/2016)
6. Bouquets 1-10 & 11-20 (Rose Lowder, 1995/2009)
7. La Canta delle Marane / The Marshes' Chant (Cecilia Mangini, 1961)
8. À l'abordage! / All Hands On Deck (Guillaume Brac, 2020)
9. 珈琲時光 / Café Lumiére (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2003)
10. The Fog (John Carpenter, 1981)
11. Месть / Revenge (Yermek Shinarbaev, 1989)
12. Хлебный день / Bread Day (Sergei Dvortsevoy, 1998)
13. সুবর্ণরেখা / Subarnarekha (Ritwik Ghatak, 1965)
14. La Nuit du carrefour / Night at the Crossroads (Jean Renoir, 1932)
15. دن صبح کرے گا / The Day Shall Dawn (A.J. Kandar, 1959)

Hm's: Stendali (Still They Toll) | Maria’s Days (Cecilia Mangini, 1960), Les mains negatives (Marguerite Duras, 1979), The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir, 1936), Artemis’ Knee (Jean-Marie Straub, 2008), A Voluntary Year (Henner Winckler & Ulrich Köhler, 2019), Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola, 1986)
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2 new favorites for me in March, both canadian:
Jésus de Montréal (1989)
The 20th Century (2019): A strange film about a young man who wants to become the mayor of a canadian town. The settings are extremely creative, just like the subplots. Fans of Guy Maddin's work should give it a go.

From what I've seen:
@peeptoad: seen Sunrise and The Red Shoes, loved them both. Red Shoes is visually stunning.
@pitchorneirda: added A Prayer Before Dawn to my watchlist for when I'm in the mood
@kongs_speech: seen American Graffiti, not my cup of tea sadly. However I recall the last scene featuring a little text with what happens in the future to the characters. The fact I remember what happens to one of them shows how effective that scene is.
@burneyfan: Seen Skammen, very Bergman-like depiction of the hardships of a couple. I liked it a lot obviously being the Bergman fan I am.
@hurluberlu: Gorgeous screenshot, watchlisted
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clemmetarey wrote: April 1st, 2021, 10:31 pm @pitchorneirda: added A Prayer Before Dawn to my watchlist for when I'm in the mood
Cool ! Yes you have to be in the mood, the work on sound and the "nervous" camera moves make it very intense. But once you're hooked it's stunning!
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01. 4.0* - And Then There Was Light [Hikari] by Tatsushi Ohmori (2017)
I'd say this is a film for more seasoned fans of Japanese drama, particularly ones who can appreciate a darker, less refined approach. In spirit, it's a film much closer to the work of Shinya Tsukamoto or Gakuryu Ishii, stylistically it's more in line with traditional drama. That creates a very interesting tension which Ohmori knows to exploit to its core. Disagreeable characters, dark drama, fitting cinematography and a completely mental soundtrack create an uncomfortable, unpredictable atmosphere that eats away at the audience. Whether you think that's worth your time is up to you, personally I was well impressed with And Then There Was Light.


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02. 4.0* - Shiver [Senritsu Seshimeyo] by Toshiaki Toyoda (2021)
On paper Shiver looks like a film for a very specific audience in mind, but I think Toyoda's direction elevates it beyond its intended niche. Sure enough, it helps if you're used to non-narrative cinema and an affinity for minimal/rhythmic music is definitely a plus, but Shiver isn't some super obscure niche project that will only appeal to taeko fans with a taste for the abstract. It's an extremely well-balanced album film, where the entrancing music and stylish visuals feed off each other, combining into an invigorating and encompassing experience. Toyoda, Hino and Kodo delivered a landmark in the genre, though I'm afraid this will once again be a film that won't get the praise it deserves.
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Cheers for the Mention! Boy were you right about Kaul too.

1. One Day Before the Rainy Season (Mani Kaul, 1971)
2. Duvidha (Mani Kaul, 1973)
3. Swimming Stone (Robert Fulton, 1969)
4. Nazar (Mani Kaul, 1990)
5. No No Sleep (Tsai Ming-liang, 2015)
6. Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, 1973)
7. Our Daily Bread (Mani Kaul, 1969)
8. Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang, 2014)
9. Walker (Tsai Ming-liang, 2012)
10. The Lord of the Rings (Ralph Bakshi, 1978)
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Huh, I actually share a film this month with PdA, and I've seen several of his others. Will wonders never cease? Oh, yesterday was April Fools, and he's a prankster as it is, so...who knows.

THIS IS PROBABLY A GREAT FILM
1. Paris est à nous / Paris is Us (Elisabeth Vogler, 2019)

THESE ARE MERELY EXCELLENT FILMS I THINK
2. Koibumi / Love Letter (Kinuyo Tanaka, 1953)
3. Le horla (Jean-Daniel Pollet, 1966) (short)
4. Baxter, Vera Baxter (Marguerite Duras, 1977)
5. The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer, 2015)
6. Cash on Demand (Quentin Lawrence, 1961)
7. American Reflexxx (Alli Coates, 2015) (short)
8. Tau ban no hoi / Boat People (Ann Hui, 1982)

THESE ARE PRETTY DARN GOOD FILMS IF NOT FAVORITES OR ANYTHING, LET'S GET REAL
9. Sapphire (Basil Dearden, 1959)
10. Otilia Rauda (Dana Rotberg, 2001)

THESE ARE JUST ABOUT AS GOOD AS 9 & 10 BUT DON'T MAKE THE CUT BECAUSE IT'S CRAZY TO ACTUALLY LIKE MORE THAN 10 MOVIES IN ONLY 31 DAYS ISN'T IT? I MUST BE WAY TOO SOFT AND NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW NEGATIVE LIFE IS, CALL ME POLLYANNA

Stendalì: Suonano ancora (Cecilia Mangini, 1960) (short)
Head Over Heels / Chilly Scenes of Winter (Joan Micklin Silver, 1979)
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Alanis Obomsawin, 1993)
Sambizanga (Sarah Maldoror, 1972)
A Voz e o Vazio - A Vez de Vassourinha (Carlos Adriano, 1998) (short)
The Cement Garden (Andrew Birkin, 1993)
The Small World of Sammy Lee (Ken Hughes, 1963)
Give Us This Day / Christ in Concrete (Edward Dmytryk, 1949)
Bellezze italiche: Lagune e paesaggi (Pietro Marelli, 1912) (short)
Tiger Bay (J. Lee Thompson, 1959)
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore, 2014)
Crash! (Harley Cokeliss, 1971) (short)
Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed, 1951)

THESE WERE THE MOST WORTHWHILE FILMS I SAW THAT I ALSO DONE SAW BEFORE A LONG TIME AGO BACK IN THE MISTY MISTS OF EARLY TIME

Ángel de fuego / Angel of Fire (Dana Rotberg, 1992)
Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992)
Pépé le Moko (Julien Duvivier, 1937)
Speed Racer (the Wachowskis, 2008)
Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)
Angela (Rebecca Miller, 1995)
The Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser, 1987)

THE SUCKIEST MOVIE I SAW THIS MONTH WAS A DTC NOMINATION WHICH SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT DOUBLER WHO DARED TO GAMBLE

DIRECTOR OF THE MONTH

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OldAle1 wrote: April 2nd, 2021, 12:33 pm THE SUCKIEST MOVIE I SAW THIS MONTH WAS A DTC NOMINATION WHICH SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT DOUBLER WHO DARED TO GAMBLE
But you already posted about it on the forum
and it was me
not sure if I'm either a gambler or innocent... but that is one amazing movie you're disliking there ;)
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Good to see Paris is Us is finally doing the rounds. Better late than never!
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beavis wrote: April 2nd, 2021, 12:48 pm
OldAle1 wrote: April 2nd, 2021, 12:33 pm THE SUCKIEST MOVIE I SAW THIS MONTH WAS A DTC NOMINATION WHICH SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT DOUBLER WHO DARED TO GAMBLE
But you already posted about it on the forum
and it was me
not sure if I'm either a gambler or innocent... but that is one amazing movie you're disliking there ;)
Well, we don't all read every thread...but since you outed yourself:

I really wanted to like it, had known about it for, oh, 5 years at least, it seemed like it would be right up my alley but... it just didn't work at all. I think I made the mistake of going in thinking it actually was going to be a narrative - a weird narrative to be sure but something I had read made me assume that it was more "mainstream" than it was, that or I was getting it confused with another film. I have no problem as a general rule with purely experimental work and have quite a few examples among my favorites but I have to say that for me anyway, not knowing that I'm getting into something SO challenging in this case probably helped to kill it. Just wasn't prepared, watching it too late after a couple of beers, etc. Perhaps unfair for me to rate or review it at all - but then again there certainly have been other films that have taken me by surprise like that where I've not had a negative reaction. So I'm not entirely sure that's it, or where my reaction stems from, this is all conjecture. Sometimes we let our moods or preconceptions or the conditions of the moment overrule our best intentions and sensibilities. I remember *hating* Nashville the first time I saw it, mostly because of particular emotional issues I was having at the time - but it was an instant favorite when I saw it a couple of years later under more normal circumstances.

But I will likely watch Jane Arden's other feature at some point - knowing what I'm getting into - and if I come out of that significantly more positive there's certainly a chance I'll give Anti-Clock another chance - when caffeinated and more aware.
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I liked this one a lot more than her other work! :)
Sure it is complex in a way, but a large part of it is also mood (also a British sense of surreal humor that might get lost if you're watching it "on a different wavelength")
I would certainly want to see a film like this when I am not tired, but I agree that even if you're tired usually one gets the picture if you'll like a movie or not
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Haven't gotten around to one of the monthly catch-ups yet this year, so I'll just lump everything I've seen so far into this one post, and do ten films per category:

First time watches, "older" non-current releases

Boat People (1982)
Body and Soul (1947)
Cover Girl (1944)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
Mortal Engines (2018)
Opening Night (1977)
Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou (1987)
Rosewood (1997)
Un Flic (1972)

First time watches, new releases

76 Days (2020)
La Llorona (2019)
Martin Eden (2019)
Nomadland (2020)
Red, White, Blue (2020)
Rocks (2019)
Saint Maud (2019)
The Empty Man (2020)
The Father (2020)
True Mothers (2020)

Most valuable re-watches

A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
A Night to Remember (1957)
Collateral (2004)
Daimajin (1966)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Heart of Glass (1976)
Shin Gojira (2016)
The Karate Kid (1984) **seen in conjunction with my watching the entirety of the series 'Cobra Kai'**
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) **re-watched the entire trilogy restored in 4K - loved movies 1 and 3 already, but this was the one which stood to improve the most for me and it did**
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I had quite the month, courtesy of a few nicely placed vacation days leaving me with a stunning 77 films, 23 shorts and 2 mini-series seen for the first time, as well as 9 rewatches, which may just be a personal best in a single month, to push them out first they were:

India Song (1975, Marguerite Duras) 7/10 --> 9/10
Sedmikrásky / Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilová) 8 --> 8.5
Western (2017, Valeska Grisebach) 9 --> 9
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Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962, Agnès Varda) 8.5 --> 8.5
Les créatures / The Creature (1966, Agnès Varda) 7 --> 8
Daguerreotypes (1975, Agnès Varda) 5 --> 6
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / Gleaners & I (2000, Agnès Varda) 9 --> 9
Les plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès (2008, Agnès Varda) 9 --> 9.5
Visages, Villages / Faces, Places (2017, Agnès Varda) 9.5 --> 9.5

The highlight was obviously the series of Agnès Varda rewatches, along with completing her available feature-length documentaries (1 remaining without subtitles) and a wonderful set of shorts - as well as Agnès Varda: From Here to There.

The second highlight, at least in long time coming, was that I finally watched Godard and Miéville's 6/12 part mini-series "Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication", which was quite the relation and anyone who is a fan of their work should seek it out. This also led me to explore Miéville's 4 solo films, which, along with her co-directed efforts with JLG shot her into my top 100 directors.

Anyhow, here's the top first-time viewings of the month:

9.5
Innocence (2004, Lucile Hadzihalilovic)

9s
Après la réconciliation / After the Reconciliation (2000, Anne-Marie Miéville)
Nippon Sengoshi - Madamu onboro no Seikatsu / History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970, Shohei Imamura)

8.5s
Pre istine / Before the Truth (1967, Vojislav 'Kokan' Rakonjac)
Zazidani / The Walled In (1969, Vojislav 'Kokan' Rakonjac)
Nous sommes tous encore ici / We're Still Here (1997, Anne-Marie Miéville)
Praznik / The Feast (1967, Djordje Kadijevic)

8s
Nemirni / The Naughty Ones (1968, Vojislav 'Kokan' Rakonjac)
La niña santa / The Holy Girl (2004,Lucrecia Martel)
Kad budem mrtav i beo / When I Am Dead and Gone (1967, Zivojin Pavlovic)
Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication / 6x2/Over and Under the Media (1976, Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard) -
Agnès de ci de là Varda / Agnes Varda: From Here to There (2011, Agnès Varda)
La bouche de Jean-Pierre / Mimi / Parental Guidance (1996, Lucile Hadzihalilovic)
Fish Tank (2009, Andrea Arnold)
Quo vadis, Aida? (2020, Jasmila Zbanic)
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005, Jean-Marc Vallée)
Naissance des pieuvres / Water Lilies (2007, Céline Sciamma)
Druk / Another Round (2020, Thomas Vinterberg)
A Room for Romeo Brass (1999, Shane Meadows)
Lou n'a pas dit non / Lou Didn't Say No (1994, Anne-Marie Miéville)
The Kid Detective (2020, Evan Morgan)
L'homme atlantique (1981, Marguerite Duras)
Bice skoro propast sveta / It Rains in My Village (1968, Aleksandar Petrović)

Great Shorts

Du côté de la côte / Along the Coast (1958, Agnès Varda) 9/10
7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir (1984, Agnès Varda) 8/10
Salut les Cubains (1964, Agnès Varda)
O saisons, ô châteaux / O Seasons, O Castles (1958, Agnès Varda)
L'opéra-mouffe / Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958, Agnès Varda)
Crni film / Black Film (1971,Zelimir Zilnik)
Les dites cariatides / The So-called Caryatids (1984, Agnès Varda)
Oncle Yanco (1967, Agnès Varda)
Black Panthers (1968, Agnès Varda)
I Miss Sonia Henie (1971, Karpo Acimovic-Godina, Tinto Brass, Mladomir 'Purisa' Djordjevic, Milos Forman, Buck Henry, Dusan Makavejev, Paul Morrissey, Frederick Wisemam)
Hommage à Zgougou (et salut à Sabine Mamou) / Homage to Zgougou the Cat (2002, Agnès Varda)
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1. Severnyy veter / The North Wind (2021, Renata Litvinova)
2. Mne dvadtsat let / I Am Twenty (1965, Marlen Khutsiyev)
3. Spring Night, Summer Night (1967, Joseph L. Anderson)
4. Chayka / The Seagull (1972, Yuli Karasik)
5. Deadlock (1970, Roland Klick)
6. Gza shinisaken / The Way Home (1981, Aleqsandre Rekhviashvili)
7. Mayhem (2017, Joe Lynch)
8. Free Fire (2016, Ben Wheatley)
9. abardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc / Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021, Radu Jude)
10. Ai no kizuna/ Bonds of Love (1969, Takashi Tsuboshima)
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