Johnny come lately, here is I. I guess I couldn't find the time or energy all month long but...better late than never.
My goals were
(a) bronze on the CC list
(b) Olympics boxset
(c) Zatoichi boxset
I...failed all three. 19 short for a, made it Berlin in the Olympics boxset (another 66 years to go!) and only watched the first Zatoichi film... eggghhhh. Anyway. tally below.
La grande illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937) [rewatch]
«Qu'est-ce que c’est le cadastre ?»
Masterpiece that I enjoyed significantly more than I did on my first watch maybe 8 or 9 years ago. I think a good chunk of that improved enjoyment was that I can understand some
French now and damn, Renoir is good with dialogue.
Shichinin no samurai (Kurosawa Akira, 1954) [rewatch]
So influential it's detrimental to itself.
The Lady Vanishes (Alfie Hitchcock, 1938) [rewatch]
Really funny. This was Redgrave's first real acting role in a film and it's amusing that he's so good in it because he hated the experience of making movies...
The Lady Vanishes (Alfredo Hitchcock, 1938) [rewatch w/commentary]
...a fact I learned from the audio commentary! Solid commentary, plenty of facts. Read out from a script by the author but not uncomfortably dry.
Also, a near back-to-back rewatch made me realize that the opening credits theme music is the tune
A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker, 1958)
Dip huet seung hung (The Killer, John Woo, 1989) [rewatch]
I watched a crappy copy for the Chinese challenge and thought maybe I didn't enjoy it fully because of said quality, but no, I just didn't like it.
Lat sau san taam (Hard Boiled, John Woo, 1992)
This one would be the best Woo film if not for the extremely protracted ending. It's almost 1/2 the film. Chow is the most charismatic mf as per usual, but Tony Leung doesn't mess around either.
Tsubaki Sanjûrô (Kurosawa Akira, 1962)
I kinda liked this one better than Yojimbo.
My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)
Brilliant! Exceptionally directed, stellar performances and very funny. Also, when Powell is carrying Lombard up the stairs towards the end, it's not actually him but a stunt double! Because of the insurance!
Häxan (Benjamin Christensen, 1922)
Very real in high definition. Crazy masochistic actress who wanted to actually have the thumb torture thing used on her
I've Christensen's two earlier silent films to watch but are any of his later works worthwhile?
Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage, 1964) [rewatch]
Rewatched a couple off Volume 1 before diving into the 2nd volume.
Desistfilm (Stan Brakhage, 1954) [rewatch]
Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, 1963) [rewatch]
Commingled Containers (Stan Brakhage, 1997) [rewatch]
Overlord (Stuart Cooper, 1975)
La Ronde (Max Ophuls, 1950)
Le deuxième souffle (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1966) [rewatch but I forgot to check it earlier this year]
Brakage Volume 2
23rd Psalm Branch (Stan Brakhage, 1967-8) [rewatch]
The Docks of New York (Josef von Sternberg, 1928)
I finished the first von Sternberg boxset! and haven't touched the w/Dietrich boxset yet...
Zatôichi monogatari (Misumi Kenji, 1962)
I only managed the first film D; 24 to go.......
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009) [rewatch]
when Boggis, Bunce and Bean are being introduced by Badger, Bean is shown making his apple cider thru a crazy labyrinth of flasks and boilers and sciency looking stuff, and Wes Anderson uses the same science-bubbly-noise from The Man in the White Suit!
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009) [rewatch w/commentary!]
"We're not taking a boat!"
I wrote down a bunch of useless trivial facts. They're in this spoiler.
- Anderson isn't sure if his own film is 20th century fox or Fox Searchlight. And he seemed to take no pleasure from a film about a fox being a Fox film.
- he never met the people from Regency, despite their logo appearing before the film and probably having chipped in some heavy change into the production budget.
- the backgrounds were based on/inspired/an attempt to copy Rothko paintings!
- he wrote a significant portion of the film at Gipsy House (Dahl's house).
- the helicopter is from Magnum PI. they didn't ask permission. "no one said we couldn't use it".
- the waterfalls are made of cling film.
- Kristofferson is named after Kris Kristofferson "for some reason" and his legs are wrapped in a pretzel shape when he does yoga.
- the toy helicopter in Ash's room is the exact helicopter referenced above. the fake real helicopter and the fake toy helicopter, are the same instance of a prop helicopter.
- The banjo was decided to be central to the musical score. Desplat had not used a banjo in his film scores before. "The banjo isn't popular in France". Ironically, Jarvis Cocker's banjo player is french.
- The whackbat sequence and Owen Wilson's part came pretty late in the production process and Anderson wrote the part on the road, texted it to Owen Wilson that night, and recorded the next day at the same time that Anderson and Wilson were recording a commentary for another Criterion edition. Anderson couldn't remember which exactly, he thought Darjeeling, but I figure, time-wise, it was probably Bottle Rocket.
- Michael Gambon was originally Rat before becoming Farmer Bean.
- "You'd be surprised how small embroidery can be".
- The film's version of Bean was partially based on Gambon, Roald Dahl, and Richard Harris as he appeared on David Letterman once.
- Even Anderson gets confused as the exact order of his films. Referring to the editor who worked on this and went on to work on Moonrise Kingdom "and... was there another one in between...? I don't think so".
- Anderson says he and his older brother, as children, seemed to have really wanted to live underground, and that's what drew him to Fantastic Mr. Fox, because of all the underground material.
- They use some Georges Delereu music from Truffaut's Two English Girls.
- The cameraman for the news reporter during the rescue scene towards the end was visually based on Bruce Robinson of Withnail and I fame, but of course Anderson used his likeness because... he stars in a Truffaut film.
- Also, they didn't ask his permission and Anderson hopes Robinson doesn't sue.
- The ending for the film was the original manuscript ending of the book!
Primary (Drew and Associates, 1960)
Adventures on the New Frontier (Drew and Associates, 1961)
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew and Associates, 1963)
Faces of November (Drew and Associates, 1964)
wow. a very subtle hand for what was essentially a reel for an evening news piece.
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
Absolutely mesmerizing. I might try to write something longer and post it during the Russian challenge in January.
The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (2017)
The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (1925)
The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (1924)
Les jeux olympiques, Paris 1924 (1925)
Das weiße Stadion (1928)
Fanck can film snow, that's for sure.
La undicesima Olympiade di Amsterdam (Spedizione di Guelfo Civinini) (1928)
De olympische spelen (1928)
Jugend der Welt. Der Film von den IV. Olympischen Winterspielen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936)
I'm enjoying the Olympics films so far. They're not great as films, except maybe the Fanck, but as time capsules they're wonderful.
Sayat Nova (Sergei Parajanov, 1969) [rewatch w/subtitle commentary]
Technically, this is the Second Sight version of it, as it has the subtitle commentary by Steffen, but I've got the Criterion edition too but haven't got around to watching it with Tony Rayns commentary yet. And then I'll read Steffen's book!
The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (1925) 37m
The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (1924) 8m
The Domain of the Moment (1977) 15m (times for Brakhage short films taken from the booklet included in the set, rather than imdb/icm times which are almost all wrong)
Jugend der Welt. Der Film von den IV. Olympischen Winterspielen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) 38m
The Wonder Ring (1959) [rewatch] 6m
Murder Psalm (1980) 16m
Mothlight (1963) [rewatch] 3m
The Dead (1960) 11m
Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 3m
Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 (1967) 24m
The Machine of Eden (1970) 11m
The Process (1972) 8m
Star Garden (1974) 21m
Desert (1976) 10m
Burial Path (1978) 8m
Duplicity III (1980) 22m
Unconscious London Strata (1981) 22m
Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 16m
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992) 22m
The Mammals of Victoria (1994) 34m
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994) 3m
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997) 17m
Persian Series 1-3 (1999) 6m
Desistfilm (1954) 7m
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) 17m
I Take These Truths (1994) 18m
Commingled Containers (1997) 3m
...Reel Five (1999) 14m
Chinese Series (2003) 2m
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 16m
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 17m
Visions in Meditation #4: D.H. Lawrence (1990) 18m
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997) 14m