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Time to go through my IMDb watchlist: 101 films

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Time to go through my IMDb watchlist: 101 films

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I'm using this film log to push myself to finally stop procrastinating and start watching all the films on my IMDb watchlist that I've been putting off for later...some for 10 years. Feel free to rate/review any that you've seen, or push which ones you think I should see first.

The list: [will bold titles and move to the top with ratings once seen]
Our Children (Joachim Lafosse - 2012) - 5/10
Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche - 2010)
Carlos (Olivier Assayas - 2010)
My Joy (Hong Sang-soo - 2010)
Poetry (Lee Chang-dong - 2010)
Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo - 2010)
The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr - 2011)
Fill the Void (Rama Burshtein - 2012)
Here and There (Antonio Méndez Esparza - 2012)
Kinshasa Kids (Marc-Henri Wajnberg - 2012)
The Last Time I Saw Macau (João Pedro Rodrigues - 2012)
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel - 2012)
Festen (Thomas Vinterberg - 1998)
Central Station (Walter Salles - 1998)
A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi - 1998)
Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh - 1998)
The Traveling Players (Theodoros Angeloupos - 1975)
Run (Philippe Lacôte - 2014)
Time Out of Mind (Oren Moverman - 2014)
Men Against... (Francisco Rosi - 1970)
In Transit (Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Ben Wu - 2015)
Victoria (Sebastian Schipper - 2015)
Demon (Marcin Wrona - 2015)
The High Sun (Dalibor Matanic - 2015)
Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone - 2015)
45 Years (Andrew Haigh - 2015)
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamente - 2015)
Cypher (Vincenzo Natali - 2002)
Son of Saul (László Nemes - 2015)
Beautiful Thing (Hettie Macdonald - 1996)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix - 1981)
Priest (Antonia Bird - 1994)
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel - 2008)
White Sun of the Desert (Vladimir Motyl - 1970)
Fermat's Room (Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña - 2007)
Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau - 1930)
Professor Hannibal (Zoltán Fábri - 1956)
Les visiteurs du soir (Marcel Carne - 1942)
The Oak (Lucian Pintilie - 1992)
The Great White Hope (Martin Ritt - 1970)
The Incident (Larry Peerce - 1967)
Devil's Doorway (Anthony Mann - 1950)
Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray - 1954)
The Living End (Gregg Araki - 1992)
Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood - 1986)
An Early Frost (John Erman - 1985)
Star 80 (Bob Fosse - 1983)
The Inkwell (Matty Rich - 1994)
Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse - 1955)
Survive Style 5+ (Gen Sekiguchi - 2005)
The Oath (Baltasar Kormákur - 2016)
Graduation (Cristian Mungiu - 2016)
Do Not Resist (Craig Atkinson - 2016)
After the Storm (Hirokazu Koreeda - 2016)
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman - 2016)
Boundaries (Chloé Robichaud - 2016)
The Emperor and the Assassin (Chen Kaige - 1998)
The Gift (Sam Raimi - 2000)
Who's Singin' Over There? (Slobodan Sijan - 1980)
The Learning Tree (Gordon Parks - 1969)
The Marathon Family (Slobodan Sijan - 1982)
Talvisota (Pekka Parikka - 1989)
A Prayer Before Dawn (Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire - 2017)
120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo - 2017)
Loveless (Andrei Zvyagintsev - 2017)
Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev - 2014)
Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes - 2017)
Closeness (Kantemir Balagov - 2017)
A Man of Integrity (Mohammad Rasoulof - 2017)
Unbowed (Nanci Rossov - 1999)
Happy End (Michael Haneke - 2017)
One False Move (Carl Franklin - 1992)
The Wood (Rick Famuyiwa - 1999)
Blue Car (Karen Moncrieff - 2002)
A Family Tour (Ling Yiang - 2018)
La flor (Mariano Llinás - 2016)
Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher - 2018)
In My Room (Ulrich Köhler - 2018)
Ray & Liz (Richard Billingham - 2018)
Transit (Christian Petzold - 2018)
Guardian of the Sacred Spirit [TV Series] (2007)
So Long, My Son (Wang Xiaoshuai - 2019)
Temblores (Jayro Bustamente - 2019)
Divine Love (Gabriel Mascaro - 2019)
I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin - 2019)
First Cow (Kelly Reichardt - 2019)
Fire Will Come (Oliver Laxe - 2019)
Saturday Fiction (Lou Ye - 2019)
Such a Pretty Little Beach (Yves Allégret - 1949)
Asuran (Vetrimaraan - 2019)
I Carry You With Me (Heidi Ewing - 2020)
The Disciple (Chaitanya Tamhane - 2020)
Malmkrog (Cristi Puiu - 2020)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Ivan Dixon - 1973)
The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani - 1976)
I Was at Home, But... (Angela Schanelec - 2019)
Young Ahmed (The Dardennes - 2019)
Red Moon Tide (Lois Patiño - 2020)
The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit - 2016)
The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller - 1980)
Each time I watch a film it will get a brief write-up and a screenshot. :cheers:
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Not sure how compatible our tastes are but "Poetry" by Lee Chang-dong is a great movie and I have never heard anyone say something bad about it.

The Blood of a Poet and Happy as Lazzaro are in my all-time top 10 but they're not for everyone I suppose.

Both "Leviathan" are definitely worth a watch.
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Festen is some heavy stuff. Amazing.
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pitchorneirda wrote: February 16th, 2021, 1:01 am The Blood of a Poet and Happy as Lazzaro are in my all-time top 10 but they're not for everyone I suppose.
I've seen Alice Rohrwacher's first two films - Corpo celeste and The Wonders - and thought they were amazing. On those two features alone, she rockets up to my list of favorite directors. I'm not sure how I haven't seen Happy as Lazzaro yet. Similarly, I've seen two amazing films by Cocteau - Orpheus, one of my all-time favorites, and Beauty and the Beast, a little further down the list.
Torgo wrote: February 16th, 2021, 4:44 am Festen is some heavy stuff. Amazing.
Thanks. :cheers:

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Here are the ones I've seen:


5 Poetry (Lee Chang-dong - 2010)
Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo - 2010)
Festen (Thomas Vinterberg - 1998)
Central Station (Walter Salles - 1998)
A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi - 1998)
2 The Traveling Players (Theodoros Angeloupos - 1975)
Victoria (Sebastian Schipper - 2015)
7 Son of Saul (László Nemes - 2015)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix - 1981)
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel - 2008)
3 Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau - 1930)
Les visiteurs du soir (Marcel Carne - 1942)
The Incident (Larry Peerce - 1967)
1 Devil's Doorway (Anthony Mann - 1950)
6 Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray - 1954)
Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse - 1955)
The Gift (Sam Raimi - 2000)
8 Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev - 2014)
4 Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes - 2017)
One False Move (Carl Franklin - 1992)
Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher - 2018)
Transit (Christian Petzold - 2018)
I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin - 2019)
First Cow (Kelly Reichardt - 2019)
Such a Pretty Little Beach (Yves Allégret - 1949)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Ivan Dixon - 1973)
The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani - 1976)
The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller - 1980)

I've bolded and ranked the films that I think are "great" though as always there are caveats - haven't seen the Angelopoulos in 25 years for example. I don't really dislike any of these - good choices man! - but I wasn't very enthusiastic about Victoria which struck me as pretty uninteresting outside of the single-shot experiment. And a few others are certainly not top-tier but have some appeal to me for more personal reasons, nostalgia, etc - I think Diva for example represents something particular about that period in French film history, and I have a positive memory of seeing it new in the cinema, surely one of the first new foreign films I got to see on initial release, but I'm not sure it holds up to scrutiny outside of it's style. Overall though I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them all, even the lesser ones still have some merits. And there are about an equal number of unseen films from your list that are also on my overall to-see list - so I'll be looking for your reviews on those. If I can get back into reading, writing, watching, etc, that is, beyond just turning my brain off to vapid shit like I've mostly been doing of late.
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OldAle1 wrote: February 16th, 2021, 3:52 pm Here are the ones I've seen:


5 Poetry (Lee Chang-dong - 2010)
Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo - 2010)
Festen (Thomas Vinterberg - 1998)
Central Station (Walter Salles - 1998)
A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi - 1998)
2 The Traveling Players (Theodoros Angeloupos - 1975)
Victoria (Sebastian Schipper - 2015)
7 Son of Saul (László Nemes - 2015)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix - 1981)
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel - 2008)
3 Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau - 1930)
Les visiteurs du soir (Marcel Carne - 1942)
The Incident (Larry Peerce - 1967)
1 Devil's Doorway (Anthony Mann - 1950)
6 Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray - 1954)
Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse - 1955)
The Gift (Sam Raimi - 2000)
8 Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev - 2014)
4 Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes - 2017)
One False Move (Carl Franklin - 1992)
Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher - 2018)
Transit (Christian Petzold - 2018)
I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin - 2019)
First Cow (Kelly Reichardt - 2019)
Such a Pretty Little Beach (Yves Allégret - 1949)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Ivan Dixon - 1973)
The Chess Game of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani - 1976)
The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller - 1980)

I've bolded and ranked the films that I think are "great" though as always there are caveats - haven't seen the Angelopoulos in 25 years for example. I don't really dislike any of these - good choices man! - but I wasn't very enthusiastic about Victoria which struck me as pretty uninteresting outside of the single-shot experiment. And a few others are certainly not top-tier but have some appeal to me for more personal reasons, nostalgia, etc - I think Diva for example represents something particular about that period in French film history, and I have a positive memory of seeing it new in the cinema, surely one of the first new foreign films I got to see on initial release, but I'm not sure it holds up to scrutiny outside of it's style. Overall though I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them all, even the lesser ones still have some merits. And there are about an equal number of unseen films from your list that are also on my overall to-see list - so I'll be looking for your reviews on those. If I can get back into reading, writing, watching, etc, that is, beyond just turning my brain off to vapid shit like I've mostly been doing of late.
Thanks! I was worried those numbers were ratings for a second.

I'm not sure how long this will take me - over a year, for sure - but I should get started tonight.

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Only seen these:

Victoria (Sebastian Schipper - 2015): 10/10 currently all-time 12th
Son of Saul (László Nemes - 2015): 7/10
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamente - 2015): 6/10
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Oeh, I wish I could watch Survive Style 5+ for the first time again.
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Our Children (Joachim Lafosse - 2012)
[original title: Loss of Reason]

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With my ratings, I go wholly with a subjective approach, with pretty much no pretense of objectivity. In other words, I am simply rating how much I enjoyed the film. Of course, I typically like films that I think are better-made anyway--but not always.

In the sense that it is terrifically acted by its lead actress Emilie Dequenne, and does exactly what it sets out to do, Our Children is a successful film. Setting aside my low rating below, I'm sure it's a film many users here would find great. A grim, cold tragedy about a dysfunctional and toxic family unit in a downward spiral, Our Children effectively disturbed me more than any film I've seen in a long while. I just struggle to find the value in it - the "why" factor (as in, "Why watch this?"). For me, there's no catharsis in this, not a whole lot of value to be gained in it. If it were less detached, maybe I could get behind it more as an exercise in empathy. As it is, it's at least adjacent to something I'd describe as "misery porn."

The story concerns an initially happy young couple, Belgian schoolteacher Murielle and Moroccan immigrant Mounir (Tahar Rahim from A Prophet), recently engaged, who move in with Mounir's adoptive father, Doctor Pinget (Niels Arestup, who always plays sinister old men). From the start, Pinget immediately raises red flags--for instance, he insists on being Murielle's family doctor. A master of gaslighting with a perversely codependent relationship with Mounir, he passive-aggressively manipulates them over the years against each other with expectedly awful results.

Throughout, the film is ugly and claustrophobic, taking place mostly in cold apartment and office interiors, and with some sparse, deadly serious classical strings as the only soundtrack. The bleak tone remains wholly unbroken throughout. These are not qualities I look for in a film. But I admit it's certainly effective in making me uncomfortable and unhappy throughout, and was likely a conscious choice. But again: why? What's the point? :shrug:

5/10

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@Laki - I'm looking forward to watching Victoria when I'm in the mood for a good crime thriller.
@Onderhond - The good news here is that I'll be going into it pretty blind, as I don't remember what interested me about it to put it on the list in the first place.

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outdoorcats wrote: February 17th, 2021, 4:10 am@Laki - I'm looking forward to watching Victoria when I'm in the mood for a good crime thriller.
This is not a good way to summarize Victoria or viewing it with the right expectations, I'd say. Think of it more as a live-streamed 2,5-hour urban thirty-something nightlife romance drama crime adventure .. or something.
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