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¶ Which first time viewings did you adore last month? - May 2020

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » June 1st, 2020, 9:57 am

Ѧine:

1. Wolkenschatten (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
2. Délicieuse catastrophe (Piotr Kamler, 1970)
3. Unfolding (Coni Beeson, 1970)
4. Schatten der Engel (Daniel Schmid, 1976)
5. Heliopolis Heliopolis (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2017)
6. River of Fundament (Matthew Barney, 2014)
7. La planète verte (Piotr Kamler, 1966)
8. Drei Eier im Glas (Antonin Svoboda, 2015)
9. Hiver / Winter (Piotr Kamler, 1964)
10. Gente Perra / Dog People (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
11. Comfort Stations (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2018)
12. Arcanum (Sanjay F. Sharma, 2009)
13. 牧野物語 養蚕編 映画のための映画 / Magino Story: Raising Silkworms (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1977)
14. Chanson de gestes (Guy Gilles, 1966)
15. Inside Alan Moore’s Head / Alan Moore: Beim Barte des Propheten (prod. Eric Karnbauer, 2017)
16. Une mission éphémère / One Ephemeral Mission (Piotr Kamler, 1993)
17. The Now (Coni Beeson, 1972)
18. Conforme par Johanna Vaude (Johanna Vaude, 2020)
19. 南方 / South / Nanfang (Bi Gan, 2010)
20. One Mind / One Mind: A Zen Pilgrimage (Edward A. Burger, 2019)
21. L'araignéléphant / Spiderelephant (Piotr Kamler, 1967)
22. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz & Moritz Winkler, 2005)
23. Tabula Smaragdina (Jürgen Reble, 2010)

Honorable Mentions

Sarraounia (Med Hondo, 1986) ● Freedom on the Inside (Coni Beeson, 1974) ● Self and Others (Makoto Sato, 2001) ● 魔 / The Boxer's Omen (Gwai Chi-Hung/Kuei Chih-Hung, 1983) ● Chronopolis (Piotr Kamler, 1982) ● The Gentlemen (Guy Ritchie, 2019) ● Another Occupation (Ken Jacobs, 2011) ● パコと魔法の絵本 / Paco and the Magical Book (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2008) ● Joe Rogan: Live (Michael Blieden, 2006) ● Потоп / The Spate / Potop (Ivan Maximov, 2004) ● The Song of Ceylon (Basil Wright, 1934) ● نون و گلدون / A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996) ● The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976) ● Hymen (Carole Arcega, 2002) ● The Abomination (Bret McCormick, 1986) ● Omen (Peter Rose, 2001) ● Moon Breath Beat (Lisze Bechtold, 1980) ● Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space (2009) ● Women (Coni Beeson, 1974) ● Call for Dreams (Ran Slavin, 2018) ● Joe Rogan: Triggered (2016) ● 🔥 (David Lynch)

special Online Media shoutouts

The Joe Rogan Experience (#1284: Graham Hancock; #1283: Russell Brand; #872: Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson; #852: John Anthony West; #1309: Naval Ravikant; #961: Graham Hancock, Randall Carlson & Michael Shermer; #906: Henry Rollins; and various clips) ● Alan Moore - (Keynote) Trans- States conference 2016 ● Alan Moore talks to John Higgs about the 20th Century ● Graham Hancock - The War on Consciousness BANNED TED TALK ● Overcoming Nihilism with Rick and Morty ● Russell Brand - Two Crazy, CRAZY Comedians - 3/3 Visits In Chronological Order ● Pyramids of Giza Walking Tour (4K/60fps) ● YT channel Brian Jordan Alvarez ● New Senses, New Reality? | Russell Brand & Neuroscientist David Eagleman ● What ancient civilizations teach us about reality | Greg Anderson | TEDxOhioStateUniversity ● Trussell and Russell Cosmic Tussle | Russell Brand & Duncan Trussell ● A Day in the Life of a Buddhist Monk - full of great self-isolation techniques ● Joe Rogan Meets Roe Jogan

Honorable Mentions - most fruitful rewatches

Pierrot le Fou (JLG, 1965) ∅ > 8 ● Alphaville (JLG, 1965) 7 > 9 ● Sátántangó / Satantango (Béla Tarr, 1994) 9 ● Cloud Atlas (the Wachowski Starship, 2012) 6 > 7 ● The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998) 9 ● Cœur de secours / The Heart (Piotr Kamler, 1973) 7

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Post by prodigalgodson » June 1st, 2020, 10:28 am

Hey pda! Seen none of your new objects of adoration. I liked The Gentlemen too and am looking forward to the new Lynch. I like Pierrot le fou about the same, and Alphaville, Satantángo, and The Truman Show a little less. Mine:

1. Out 1, noli me tangere (Rivette, 1971) 10/10
2. Landscape Suicide (Benning, 1987)
3. Rock Hudson's Home Movies (Rappaport, 1992)
4. Sambizanga (Maldoror, 1973) 9/10
5. The Scenic Route (Rappaport, 1978)
6. Short Cuts (Altman, 1993) 8/10
7. Taipei Story (Yang, 1985)
8. River of Grass (Reichardt, 1994)
9. India: Matri Bhumi (Rossellini, 1959)
10. Arabian Nights (Pasolini, 1974)
11. The Day Shall Dawn (Kardar, 1959) - got this rec from your 50s list, cheers
12. All That Jazz (Fosse, 1979)
13. A Tale of Winter (Rohmer, 1992)

HMs:

The Gentlemen (Ritchie, 2020), Exterior Night (Rappaport, 1993), Pyaasa (Dutt, 1957), Aves (Keene, 1998), Everyone Else (Ade, 2009), Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong, 2015), Closely Watched Trains (Menzel, 1966), Hinterland (Keene, 1981), Everyone Else (Ade, 2009), The Decameron (Pasolini, 1971), The Forest for the Trees (Ade, 2003), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Puiu, 2005)

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Post by Ivan0716 » June 1st, 2020, 10:48 am

Mostly rewatches this month: https://letterboxd.com/ivan0716/films/d ... r/2020/05/.

These are the standouts:
1. The Aviator’s Wife (1981, Éric Rohmer)
2. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, Shinya Tsukamoto)
3. Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
4. Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019, Ena Sendijarević)
5. Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987, Éric Rohmer)
6. La Chinoise (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)

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Post by peeptoad » June 1st, 2020, 11:06 am

Hi PdA, of your FTVs I have only seen The Boxer's Omen and The Witch Who Came from the Sea. Those are a 7/10 and 8.5/10 respectively...

May was pretty good. I watched mostly Iberian films and have 3 new favorites-
el techo de cristal (1971) The Glass Ceiling
O Sangue (1989) Blood
No Quarto da Vanda (2000) In Vanda's Room

other strong views for the month-
Ossos (1997)
Mar adentro (2004) The Sea Inside
À Flor do Mar (1986) Hovering Over the Water
Tristana (1970)

Pedro Costa was the director of the month, for sure, and Glass Ceiling makes Eloy de la Iglesia a perfect 2-2 for now (Cannibal Man was not as strong, but still a solidly good film), so I'll be seeking out more of his films as well...

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Post by hurluberlu » June 1st, 2020, 12:10 pm

Busy month but only four new favourites:

Destry Rides Again ( George Marshall , 1939 )
La fille du puisatier ( Marcel Pagnol , 1940 )
Happy End ( Oldrich Lipský , 1967 )
Anna ( Pierre Koralnik , 1967 )
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Post by matthewscott8 » June 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm

The only one of yours I have seen is Délicieuse catastrophe. Very jealous of the Dornieden and Monroy watches.

7 very strong watches and new favourites. Quite a lot of misadventures.

Ema (2019 - Pablo Larraín)
Chun feng chen zui de ye wan / Spring Fever (2009 - Ye Lou)
Taking Woodstock (2009 - Ang Lee)
Allegro non troppo (1976 - Bruno Bozzetto)
La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil / The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2015 - Joann Sfar)
Brouillard: Passage #14 (2014 - Alexandre Larose)
La commare secca / The Grim Reaper (1962 - Bernardo Bertolucci)

Edit: oops, forgot Allegro non troppo
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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » June 1st, 2020, 12:44 pm

prodigalgodson wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 10:28 am
Hey pda! Seen none of your new objects of adoration. I liked The Gentlemen too and am looking forward to the new Lynch. I like Pierrot le fou about the same, and Alphaville, Satantángo, and The Truman Show a little less. Mine:

1. Out 1, noli me tangere (Rivette, 1971) 10/10
[...]
7. Taipei Story (Yang, 1985)
8. River of Grass (Reichardt, 1994)
9. India: Matri Bhumi (Rossellini, 1959)
10. Arabian Nights (Pasolini, 1974)
11. The Day Shall Dawn (Kardar, 1959) - got this rec from your 50s list, cheers
[...], The Forest for the Trees (Ade, 2003), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Puiu, 2005)
Hiya prod. And like many of my now-faves over the years I got 'The Day Shall Dawn' from the DtC nominations (two years ago), so it stays in the family. Aside from that one 'Taipei Story' is my fave of your faves this month, not surprisingly as an Edward Yang film and as a film about alienation in modern times. The only as of yet unseen films on your list that I have any eagerness to delve into are 'The Death of Mr. Lazarescu', 'Sambizanga' (which I only know of through you) and I've been curious to see 'Pyaasa', mostly due to its canonical status and my increased interest in the Indian philosophies and cultures, but expect it probably won't be the brand of Indian film I usually go for which are on the other side of melodrama and in the majority of cases very "arthouse". Also in general my success-rate with pre-60's films has plunged in recent years apart from the more firmly experimental types. But we'll see one of these days.
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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » June 1st, 2020, 1:08 pm

matthewscott8 wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm
The only one of yours I have seen is Délicieuse catastrophe. Very jealous of the Dornieden and Monroy watches.

6 very strong watches and new favourites. Quite a lot of misadventures.

Ema (2019 - Pablo Larraín)
Chun feng chen zui de ye wan / Spring Fever (2009 - Ye Lou)
Taking Woodstock (2009 - Ang Lee)
La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil / The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2015 - Joann Sfar)
Brouillard: Passage #14 (2014 - Alexandre Larose)
La commare secca / The Grim Reaper (1962 - Bernardo Bertolucci)

And it's a good thing you mentioned them, too, because I realized 'Wolkenschatten' managed to completely slip through here, and that's actually my favourite viewing of the month! Now the top list also adds up to the magic number of 23, which seems appropriate for this occult- & alchemy-tinted viewing month.

La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil - Hey, I've seen this thing. Pretty nifty one.
Brouillard: Passage #14 - classic, of course
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Post by matthewscott8 » June 1st, 2020, 1:12 pm

Perception de Ambiguity wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 1:08 pm
matthewscott8 wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm
The only one of yours I have seen is Délicieuse catastrophe. Very jealous of the Dornieden and Monroy watches.

6 very strong watches and new favourites. Quite a lot of misadventures.

Ema (2019 - Pablo Larraín)
Chun feng chen zui de ye wan / Spring Fever (2009 - Ye Lou)
Taking Woodstock (2009 - Ang Lee)
La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil / The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2015 - Joann Sfar)
Brouillard: Passage #14 (2014 - Alexandre Larose)
La commare secca / The Grim Reaper (1962 - Bernardo Bertolucci)

And it's a good thing you mentioned them, too, because I realized 'Wolkenschatten' managed to completely slip through here, and that's actually my favourite viewing of the month! Now the top list also adds up to the magic number of 23, which seems appropriate for this occult- & alchemy-tinted viewing month.

La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil - Hey, I've seen this thing. Pretty nifty one.
Brouillard: Passage #14 - classic, of course
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Post by pitchorneirda » June 1st, 2020, 3:01 pm

7/10 or higher this month (8/10 or higher in bold), by chronological order of watching:

1. Leave No Trace (2018, Debra Granik)
2. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, Benh Zeitlin)
3. El botón de nácar (2015, Patricio Guzmán)
4. Nocturama (2016, Bertrand Bonello)
5. Bestiaire (2012, Denis Côté)
6. V tumane (2012, Sergey Loznitsa)
7. Regen (1929, Joris Ivens) - short
8. Ecce Homo (2014, Dimitar Kutmanov) - short
9. Territoire perdu (2011, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd)
10. Des hommes et des dieux (2010, Xavier Beauvois)
11. Le jeune Ahmed (2019, Dardenne Brothers)
12. Tuya de hun shi/Tuya's Marriage (2006, Quan'an Wang)
13. Grizzly Man (2005, Werner Herzog)

Honorable mentions (6+) : Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Werner Herzog)/Homo Sapiens (2016, Nikolaus Geyrhalter)/Mommy (2014, Xavier Dolan)/El sol del membrillo (1992, Victor Erice)/Lektionen in Finsternis (1992, Werner Herzog)/Nebraska (2013, Alexander Payne)/Nostos: Il Ritorno (1989, Franco Piavoli)/Continuer (2018, Joachim Lafosse)/Voskhozdenie (1977, Larisa Shepitko)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 1st, 2020, 3:03 pm

Out of 33 FTVs I only had two new favorites. Most favorites were rewatches tho, so it wasn't that bad a month.

1. Scener ur ett äktenskap (Ingmar Bergman, 1973) :: 8.8
2. The Far Country (Anthony Mann, 1954) :: 8.0

HMs: The Bravados (Henry King, 1958), Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood, 1985), The Professionals (Richard Brooks, 1966) :: 7.8

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Post by St. Gloede » June 1st, 2020, 3:50 pm

Saw 49 first-time viewings and 4 rewatches in May:

9s
Portrait of Jason (1967, Shirley Clarke)
8.5s
Cobra Verde (1987, Werner Herzog)
Transit (2018, Christian Petzold)
Solo Sunny (1980, Konrad Wolf)
Eine Liebe in Deutschland / A Love in Germany (1983, Andrzej Wajda)
8s
La lengua de las mariposas / Butterfly's Tongue (1999, José Luis Cuerda)
Sacco e Vanzetti (1971, Giuliano Montaldo)
El hoyo / The Platform (2019)
Sherman's March (1985, Ross McElwee)
Kummatty / The Boogeyman (1979, Govindan Aravindan)
The Pillow Book (1996, Peter Greenaway)
Embrasse-moi / Hug Me (1989, Michèle Rosier)
¡Ay, Carmela! (1990, Carlos Saura)
Medianeras (2011, Gustavo Taretto)
Tatie Danielle (1990, Étienne Chatiliez)
Ye che / Night Train (2007, Yi'nan Diao)
Kanakerbraut / White Trash (1983, Uwe Schrader)

Rewatches:

Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Alain Resnais) 10 --> 10
Stalker (1979, Andrey Tarkovsky) 10 --> 9.5
The Aviator's Wife (1981, Eric Rohmer) 9 --> 9.5
Nosferatu (1979, Wener Herzog) 5 --> 8

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Post by cinephage » June 1st, 2020, 4:15 pm

57 Watches this month, and 19 titles that really need to be mentionned... 5 of them are definitely must-see material (I have too many favorites, I can't use that term anymore)...

El Sur, by Victor Erice (1983) 9/10
The Wonderful Country, by Robert Parrish (1959) 9/10

La Residencia, by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (1969) 8,5/10
The last of the Mohicans, by Maurice Tourneur & Clarence Brown (1917) 8,5/10

The two popes, by Fernando Meireilles (2019) 8,5/10

Bad Company, by Robert Benton (1972) 8/10
L'opéra de quat'sous, by G.W.Pabst (1931) 8/10
Dr Jack, by Fred C. Newmeyer (1922) 8/10
La communidad, by Alex de la Iglesia (2000) 8/10
O Encantado / Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 8/10
Heathers, by Michael Lehman (1988) 8/10
Stranger on horseback, by Jacques Tourneur (1955) 8/10
Il ritorno di Ringo, by Duccio Tessari (1965) 8/10
Perdrix, by Erwan Le Duc (2019) 8/10
Poveri ma belli, by Dino Risi (1957) 8/10
The Hunting Party, by Don Medford (1971) 8/10
Yellow Submarine, by George Dunning (1968) 8/10
Signore & Signori, by Pietro Germi (1966) 8/10
Pinocchio, by Matteo Garrone (2019) 8/10

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Post by Onderhond » June 1st, 2020, 4:26 pm

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01. 4.0* - Nina Wu by Midi Z (2019)
A very stylish mystery/thriller, sporting some powerhouse performances, amazing cinematography and a neat little plot than kept me engaged from start to finish. Not the most original of films, but the execution was so terrific that it didn't bother me at all. Midi Z does Taiwanese cinema proud.


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02. 4.0* - A Sun [Yang Guang Pu Zhao] by Mong-Hong Chung (2019)
Another mighty fine film by Chung, though probably his most commercial outing since his debut. More focus on conventional drama and a tad long, but there are plenty of gripping moments and the visual splendor of his earlier films is still very much present. A perfect entry point for those not yet familiar with Chung's oeuvre.


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03. 4.0* - The Hunger by Tony Scott (1983)
A very nice surprise. Atmospheric, strange, a little experimental even. I've always wondered where Scott's crazy mid-00 period came from and now I know. Also props for the sound design, in combination with the editing it makes for a film that still feels quite modern and relevant, almost 30 years later.

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Post by Traveller » June 1st, 2020, 4:37 pm

No new favorites again (9/10 or better), but four films (8/10) out of the 137 I’ve seen this month stood out among the rest at least.

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
Two for the Road (1967)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
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Post by blocho » June 1st, 2020, 5:14 pm

Thirty-two movies, one miniseries, and eight TV episodes in May.

The Best
El Hoyo
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Sunshine State
Death of a Bureaucrat
Fear of a Black Hat

The Worst
Legends of the Fall
Nick
The Green Hornet
Big Jake
P'tit Quinquin

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Post by viktor-vaudevillain » June 1st, 2020, 8:09 pm

1. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
2. Yearning (Mikio Naruse, 1964)
3. Level Five (Chris Marker, 1997)
4. Wolkenschatten (Ojoboca aka Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
5. Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976)
6. This Transient Life (Akio Jissoji, 1970)
7. Sound of the Mountain (Mikio Naruse, 1954)
8. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse, 1960)
9. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008)
10. Something Between Us (Jodie Mack, 2015)
11. Nachmittag (Angela Schanelec, 2007)
12. Emerald (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2007)
13. Claire's Camera (Hong Sang-Soo, 2017)
14. On Top of the Whale (Raúl Ruiz, 1982)
15. Le chant du styrène (Alain Resnais, 1959)
16. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
17. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang, 1956)
18. Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
19. Workers Leaving the Factory (Harun Farocki, 1995)
20. Blue Gate Crossing (Yee Chin-Yen, 2002)

HM's: The Dante Quartet (Stan Brakhage, 1987), Moonfleet (Fritz Lang, 1955), Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018), L'amant d'un jour (Philippe Garrel, 2017)

Most fruitful rewatch: Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) ? → 7
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Post by kongs_speech » June 1st, 2020, 10:32 pm

New 5s:

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Ghost
The Lady from Shanghai
Nobody (2012, Eli Hayes)

New 4.5s:

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Post by OldAle1 » June 1st, 2020, 11:35 pm

Weak month up until the last few days. 1935 redeemed me.

GREAT
1. Tsuma yo bara no yô ni / Wife! Be Like a Rose! (Mikio Naruse, 1935)

EXCELLENT

2. The Fugitive (John Ford, 1947)
3. The Secret Garden (Philip S. Solomon, 1988) (short)
4. Tange Sazen yowa: Hyakuman ryô no tsubo / Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (Sadao Yamanaka, 1935)
5. La kermesse héroïque / Carnival in Flanders (Jacques Feyder, 1935)
6. Sylvia Scarlett (George Cukor, 1935)
7. Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (Daïchi Saïto, 2009) (short)
8. Laughing Gravy (James W. Horne, 1930) (short)

VERY GOOD

9. Tôkyô no eiyû / A Hero of Tokyo (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1935)
10. Tôkyô no yado / An Inn in Tokyo (Yasujirô Ozu, 1935)
11. Grey Gardens (Ellen Hovde/Albert & David Maysles/Muffie Meyer, 1975)
12. Kid Blue (James Frawley, 1973)
13. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Roger Corman, 1967)
14. I quattro dell'Ave Maria / Ace High (Giuseppe Colizzi, 1968)
15. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)

VERY WORTHWHILE REWATCHES

1. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992) (10th or so)
2. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974) (7th or 8th)
3. Top Secret! (ZAZ, 1984) (3rd)

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Post by TraverseTown » June 1st, 2020, 11:40 pm

May 2020 was the first month in 10+ years where I didn't watch a single new feature film.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 2nd, 2020, 4:00 pm

Hi PdA. My laptop's broken. Managed to grab my brother's for a little while while he's out. I'll keep it short.

These were the FTVs I loved/adored/was bowled over by in May (arranged chronologically):

'Pygmalion' / 1935, Erich Engel
'When the Daltons Rode' / 1940, George Marshall
'Great Day in the Morning' / 1956, Jacques Tourneur
'Star in the Dust' / 1956, Charles F. Haas
'Three Violent People' / 1956, Rudolph Maté
'Terror in a Texas Town' / 1958, Joseph H. Lewis
'Posledniyat ergen' / 1974, Vladimir Yanchev

:cheers:
That's all, folks!

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 2nd, 2020, 7:13 pm

TraverseTown wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 11:40 pm
May 2020 was the first month in 10+ years where I didn't watch a single new feature film.
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Post by prodigalgodson » June 2nd, 2020, 7:17 pm

Perception de Ambiguity wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 12:44 pm
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June 1st, 2020, 10:28 am
Hey pda! Seen none of your new objects of adoration. I liked The Gentlemen too and am looking forward to the new Lynch. I like Pierrot le fou about the same, and Alphaville, Satantángo, and The Truman Show a little less. Mine:

1. Out 1, noli me tangere (Rivette, 1971) 10/10
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7. Taipei Story (Yang, 1985)
8. River of Grass (Reichardt, 1994)
9. India: Matri Bhumi (Rossellini, 1959)
10. Arabian Nights (Pasolini, 1974)
11. The Day Shall Dawn (Kardar, 1959) - got this rec from your 50s list, cheers
[...], The Forest for the Trees (Ade, 2003), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Puiu, 2005)
Hiya prod. And like many of my now-faves over the years I got 'The Day Shall Dawn' from the DtC nominations (two years ago), so it stays in the family. Aside from that one 'Taipei Story' is my fave of your faves this month, not surprisingly as an Edward Yang film and as a film about alienation in modern times. The only as of yet unseen films on your list that I have any eagerness to delve into are 'The Death of Mr. Lazarescu', 'Sambizanga' (which I only know of through you) and I've been curious to see 'Pyaasa', mostly due to its canonical status and my increased interest in the Indian philosophies and cultures, but expect it probably won't be the brand of Indian film I usually go for which are on the other side of melodrama and in the majority of cases very "arthouse". Also in general my success-rate with pre-60's films has plunged in recent years apart from the more firmly experimental types. But we'll see one of these days.
Ah, thanks for that list! I've also had more trouble enjoying earlier studio films in recent years.

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Post by prodigalgodson » June 2nd, 2020, 7:21 pm

viktor-vaudevillain wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 8:09 pm
1. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
2. Yearning (Mikio Naruse, 1964)
3. Level Five (Chris Marker, 1997)
4. Wolkenschatten (Ojoboca aka Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
5. Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976)
6. This Transient Life (Akio Jissoji, 1970)
7. Sound of the Mountain (Mikio Naruse, 1954)
8. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse, 1960)
9. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008)
10. Something Between Us (Jodie Mack, 2015)
11. Nachmittag (Angela Schanelec, 2007)
12. Emerald (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2007)
13. Claire's Camera (Hong Sang-Soo, 2017)
14. On Top of the Whale (Raúl Ruiz, 1982)
15. Le chant du styrène (Alain Resnais, 1959)
16. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
17. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang, 1956)
18. Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
19. Workers Leaving the Factory (Harun Farocki, 1995)
20. Blue Gate Crossing (Yee Chin-Yen, 2002)

HM's: The Dante Quartet (Stan Brakhage, 1987), Moonfleet (Fritz Lang, 1955), Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018), L'amant d'un jour (Philippe Garrel, 2017)

Most fruitful rewatch: Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) ? → 7
Nice month!

Floating Clouds - groovy, my favorite
Yearning - not among my favorite from Naruse but I see how it could be someone else's
Level Five - want to see as a big Marker fan
Insiang - want to see, haven't watched any Brocka
This Transient Life - vaguely curious
Sound of the Mountain - one of my faves
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs - the first Naruse I saw and not a favorite, but wouldn't mind a rewatch
Liverpool - want to see, only seen Jauja from Alonso
Claire's Camera - great stuff
Le chant du styrene - more than solid short
The Age of Innocence - didn't like this at the time but wonder if I would now
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt - interesting flick but not one of Lang's best imo
Loulou - a priority on my watchlist
The Dante Quartet - loved it at the time but it's blended a bit with other hand-painted Brakhage in memory
Moonfleet - another interesting non-favorite from Lang, wouldn't mind seeing it again
Jurassic Park - solid

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Post by viktor-vaudevillain » June 3rd, 2020, 10:39 am

prodigalgodson wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 7:21 pm
viktor-vaudevillain wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 8:09 pm
1. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
2. Yearning (Mikio Naruse, 1964)
3. Level Five (Chris Marker, 1997)
4. Wolkenschatten (Ojoboca aka Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
5. Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976)
6. This Transient Life (Akio Jissoji, 1970)
7. Sound of the Mountain (Mikio Naruse, 1954)
8. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse, 1960)
9. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008)
10. Something Between Us (Jodie Mack, 2015)
11. Nachmittag (Angela Schanelec, 2007)
12. Emerald (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2007)
13. Claire's Camera (Hong Sang-Soo, 2017)
14. On Top of the Whale (Raúl Ruiz, 1982)
15. Le chant du styrène (Alain Resnais, 1959)
16. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
17. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang, 1956)
18. Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
19. Workers Leaving the Factory (Harun Farocki, 1995)
20. Blue Gate Crossing (Yee Chin-Yen, 2002)

HM's: The Dante Quartet (Stan Brakhage, 1987), Moonfleet (Fritz Lang, 1955), Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018), L'amant d'un jour (Philippe Garrel, 2017)

Most fruitful rewatch: Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) ? → 7
Nice month!

Floating Clouds - groovy, my favorite
Yearning - not among my favorite from Naruse but I see how it could be someone else's
Level Five - want to see as a big Marker fan
Insiang - want to see, haven't watched any Brocka
This Transient Life - vaguely curious
Sound of the Mountain - one of my faves
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs - the first Naruse I saw and not a favorite, but wouldn't mind a rewatch
Liverpool - want to see, only seen Jauja from Alonso
Claire's Camera - great stuff
Le chant du styrene - more than solid short
The Age of Innocence - didn't like this at the time but wonder if I would now
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt - interesting flick but not one of Lang's best imo
Loulou - a priority on my watchlist
The Dante Quartet - loved it at the time but it's blended a bit with other hand-painted Brakhage in memory
Moonfleet - another interesting non-favorite from Lang, wouldn't mind seeing it again
Jurassic Park - solid
Mikio Naruse - you seem like a big Naruse fan. I've seen these four by now, which ones would you recommend watching now? (mostly interested in his 50's-60's films). I've thought about Mother, A Wife's Heart, Lightning and Autumn Has Already Started (1960).
Level Five - I'm a big Marker fan as well, and watched most of his big ones years ago, but somehow I never got around to this one. It is definitely one of his greatest films, up there with Sans Soleil, La jetee and The Last Bolchevik. It may also be the most “Markersque" Chris Marker film, and a documentary style which I've seen copied a lot in the last decade, but no one can do it like Marker.
Lino Brocka - If you like Naruse, you'd like Brocka. Same catharsis by way of tragedy kinda filmmaking/storetelling.

Yours:
Not a big fan of either Out 1 or Landscape Suicide, but I admire both.
Sambizanga - really looking forward to this.
Short Cuts - Used to be my favorite Altman, but I think today it's a tie between 3 Women and Nashville.
Taipei Story - :wub:
River of Grass - what did you see in this? The only misstep Kelly Reichardt has ever made. Dislike this one...
Arabian Nights - juicy stuff. Love it.
All That Jazz - sure is a great piece of cinema.
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Post by prodigalgodson » June 3rd, 2020, 5:54 pm

viktor-vaudevillain wrote:
June 3rd, 2020, 10:39 am
Mikio Naruse - you seem like a big Naruse fan. I've seen these four by now, which ones would you recommend watching now? (mostly interested in his 50's-60's films). I've thought about Mother, A Wife's Heart, Lightning and Autumn Has Already Started (1960).
Level Five - I'm a big Marker fan as well, and watched most of his big ones years ago, but somehow I never got around to this one. It is definitely one of his greatest films, up there with Sans Soleil, La jetee and The Last Bolchevik. It may also be the most “Markersque" Chris Marker film, and a documentary style which I've seen copied a lot in the last decade, but no one can do it like Marker.
Lino Brocka - If you like Naruse, you'd like Brocka. Same catharsis by way of tragedy kinda filmmaking/storetelling.

Yours:
Not a big fan of either Out 1 or Landscape Suicide, but I admire both.
Sambizanga - really looking forward to this.
Short Cuts - Used to be my favorite Altman, but I think today it's a tie between 3 Women and Nashville.
Taipei Story - :wub:
River of Grass - what did you see in this? The only misstep Kelly Reichardt has ever made. Dislike this one...
Arabian Nights - juicy stuff. Love it.
All That Jazz - sure is a great piece of cinema.
I am a big Naruse fan! Though I still have a lot to see. In chronological order, my favorites from that period are Repast, Lightning, Late Chrysanthemums, A Wanderer's Notebook, and Scattered Clouds. I haven't seen three of the four you mentioned though haha, there's a lot to watch.

Wow, you've got me very excited for Level Five! And Lino Brocka lol.

My favorite Altman's a tie between McCabe and Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye. Nasvhille's way up there too though. Still have to get around to 3 Women.

I'm looking forward to seeing both Taipei Story and The Terrorizers again, feel like I have yet to fully put the puzzle together on those.

I can see why River of Grass would be unappealing, especially if you find the voiceover annoying. I don't know how much it'll answer your question, but this was my review:

"Pretty punk rock meditation on American decay centering around a deadpan "crime spree" whose targets include a laundromat dryer and a mother's record collection. Part of an indie Americana tradition with its roots in the late 60s/early 70s that saw a resurgence 20 years later with the popularity of Jarmusch and Korine. Reichardt didn't achieve their level of fame until more recently but this exhibits a more refined eye for composition and a more innate sense of casual poetry than almost any modern directorial debut I've seen. It's no less formally impressive but a little less interesting to me personally once it settles into a more traditional narrative, but its unspooling into sad absurdity ultimately pays off in spades."

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Post by viktor-vaudevillain » June 4th, 2020, 8:51 am

prodigalgodson wrote:
June 3rd, 2020, 5:54 pm
I am a big Naruse fan! Though I still have a lot to see. In chronological order, my favorites from that period are Repast, Lightning, Late Chrysanthemums, A Wanderer's Notebook, and Scattered Clouds. I haven't seen three of the four you mentioned though haha, there's a lot to watch.

Wow, you've got me very excited for Level Five! And Lino Brocka lol.

My favorite Altman's a tie between McCabe and Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye. Nasvhille's way up there too though. Still have to get around to 3 Women.

I'm looking forward to seeing both Taipei Story and The Terrorizers again, feel like I have yet to fully put the puzzle together on those.

I can see why River of Grass would be unappealing, especially if you find the voiceover annoying. I don't know how much it'll answer your question, but this was my review:

"Pretty punk rock meditation on American decay centering around a deadpan "crime spree" whose targets include a laundromat dryer and a mother's record collection. Part of an indie Americana tradition with its roots in the late 60s/early 70s that saw a resurgence 20 years later with the popularity of Jarmusch and Korine. Reichardt didn't achieve their level of fame until more recently but this exhibits a more refined eye for composition and a more innate sense of casual poetry than almost any modern directorial debut I've seen. It's no less formally impressive but a little less interesting to me personally once it settles into a more traditional narrative, but its unspooling into sad absurdity ultimately pays off in spades."
Also regarding When a Woman Ascends the Stairs. Of the four Naruse films I've seen by now it was also formatically the least Naruse-sque of the four. There's something about that films editing rythm and shot composition that's slightly different, and probably a bit more "fresh" (European?) than the other 3 I watched. Though on a thematical level (I hate to call it that...) I'd say it's probably the most political of the ones I've seen, and because of that it started to elevate for me, though I wasn't convinced about the film either for the first hour. Maybe it's a bit more detached?

I feel the same way with Taipei Story and Terrorizers haha. Though I still love both. Yang's rythm and shot compositions are to die for, so often I completely forget to even follow his narratives because I'm lulled into an awe inspiring visual fantasmagoria (same goes for someone like Ozu).

I see where you're coming from with River of Grass. Back when I watched it I had just seen all her other films, and fallen in love with her later brand of filmmaking, so maybe that also "colored" me a bit. Some day I'll try and give it a deserved rewatch. I'm also just not that interested in that whole American 60's youth culture-rehash thing that was quite popular in 90's films - except when done by someone like Jarmusch (Lynch also do it in his own special way...)

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Post by viktor-vaudevillain » June 4th, 2020, 8:57 am

Perception de Ambiguity wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 9:57 am
Ѧine:

1. Wolkenschatten (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
2. Délicieuse catastrophe (Piotr Kamler, 1970)
3. Unfolding (Coni Beeson, 1970)
4. Schatten der Engel (Daniel Schmid, 1976)
5. Heliopolis Heliopolis (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2017)
6. River of Fundament (Matthew Barney, 2014)
7. La planète verte (Piotr Kamler, 1966)
8. Drei Eier im Glas (Antonin Svoboda, 2015)
9. Hiver / Winter (Piotr Kamler, 1964)
10. Gente Perra / Dog People (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2014)
11. Comfort Stations (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy, 2018)
12. Arcanum (Sanjay F. Sharma, 2009)
13. 牧野物語 養蚕編 映画のための映画 / Magino Story: Raising Silkworms (Shinsuke Ogawa, 1977)
14. Chanson de gestes (Guy Gilles, 1966)
15. Inside Alan Moore’s Head / Alan Moore: Beim Barte des Propheten (prod. Eric Karnbauer, 2017)
16. Une mission éphémère / One Ephemeral Mission (Piotr Kamler, 1993)
17. The Now (Coni Beeson, 1972)
18. Conforme par Johanna Vaude (Johanna Vaude, 2020)
19. 南方 / South / Nanfang (Bi Gan, 2010)
20. One Mind / One Mind: A Zen Pilgrimage (Edward A. Burger, 2019)
21. L'araignéléphant / Spiderelephant (Piotr Kamler, 1967)
22. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz & Moritz Winkler, 2005)
23. Tabula Smaragdina (Jürgen Reble, 2010)

In a less great month I would have had Wolkenschatten at #1 as well.
Comfort Stations - just watched this. I liked each image for themselves, but it was a bit too didactic in its posthumanist agenda in my opinion, but that was thankfully weighed up for in its very hallucinogenic feel.
I gotta check out Piotr Kamler!
Self and Others - also watched this last month. It was a great slide show of photographs.
I don't know many of the other adorations this month except Ogawa, Bi Gan and Reble. Would you recommend anything to moi?
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Post by Chilton » June 4th, 2020, 10:21 am

Two favourites this month :wub: :
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (2019, Céline Sciamma)
カメラを止めるな! / One Cut of the Dead (2017, Shinichiro Ueda)

★★★★ stuff:
L'Eclisse (1964, Michelangelo Antonioni)
The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
新世紀エヴァンゲリオン / Neon Genesis Evangelion (the series)
新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 / Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki, 1997)
赤線地帯 / Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1956)

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Post by prodigalgodson » June 4th, 2020, 8:22 pm

viktor-vaudevillain wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 8:51 am
Also regarding When a Woman Ascends the Stairs. Of the four Naruse films I've seen by now it was also formatically the least Naruse-sque of the four. There's something about that films editing rythm and shot composition that's slightly different, and probably a bit more "fresh" (European?) than the other 3 I watched. Though on a thematical level (I hate to call it that...) I'd say it's probably the most political of the ones I've seen, and because of that it started to elevate for me, though I wasn't convinced about the film either for the first hour. Maybe it's a bit more detached?

I feel the same way with Taipei Story and Terrorizers haha. Though I still love both. Yang's rythm and shot compositions are to die for, so often I completely forget to even follow his narratives because I'm lulled into an awe inspiring visual fantasmagoria (same goes for someone like Ozu).

I see where you're coming from with River of Grass. Back when I watched it I had just seen all her other films, and fallen in love with her later brand of filmmaking, so maybe that also "colored" me a bit. Some day I'll try and give it a deserved rewatch. I'm also just not that interested in that whole American 60's youth culture-rehash thing that was quite popular in 90's films - except when done by someone like Jarmusch (Lynch also do it in his own special way...)

Do you have a letterboxd account by the way?
I remember feeling similarly, even without having seen any other Naruse. I love Rivette's definition of mise en scene as "what's lacking in the films of Joseph L. Mankiewizc," and this felt bland in a similar way to me (other than a circular dolly at the end that's lingered in my head). Having seen a lot of his other stuff, I might notice more nuance than I had before (I'd imagine it includes his affinity for insanely diligent compositional symmetry, for instance). I watched Manila in the Claws of Light last night btw, and loved it; I see where you're coming from with the thematic comparison to Naruse.

I feel like Yang's narratives are intentionally elusive, especially early on, and yeah it's hard not to just lose yourself in the sensual flow. Taipei Story's been a grower since I've watched it, as was The Terrorizers.

I really need to see more late Reichardt, the only other one I've seen is Meek's Cutoff, which I loved.

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » June 7th, 2020, 4:03 am

viktor-vaudevillain wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 8:57 am
I don't know many of the other adorations this month except Ogawa, Bi Gan and Reble. Would you recommend anything to moi?
Nothing that would stand out immediately as calling your name to me. With Guy Gilles you pretty much know what you can expect. His 'Chanson de gestes' is a plotless poetic short of captured everyday life moments focusing - as the title says - on gestures, albeit in perhaps not the strictest sense. As tenderly rendered and emotionally evocative as ever. And Coni Beeson...her films, well, let's say typically they epitomize the beauty of intimacy and the transcendence of love-making, that's my takeaway anyway. More or less in the psychedelic art mode, don't know if that's really your thing.
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