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Post by plasma_birds » November 6th, 2013, 12:33 am

2013

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FILMS
Lettre d’un cinéaste à sa fille (2000) Eric Pauwels - 7.5/10
Park Row (1952) Samuel Fuller - 9/10
Kyôfu joshikôkô: bôkô rinchi kyôshitsu (1973) Suzuki Norifumi - 8.5/10
Madame DuBarry (1919) Ernst Lubitsch - 7.5/10
Kôkaku kidôtai (1995) Oshii Mamoru - 5.5/10
Nightmare Alley (1947) Edmund Goulding - 6/10
Freddy Got Fingered (2001) Tom Green - 6/10
La resa dei conti (1966) Sergio Sollima - 8/10
Lumière d’été (1943) Jean Grémillon - 6.5/10
Lemon (1969) Hollis Frampton - 5.5/10
Le ciel est à vous (1944) Jean Grémillon - 7.5/10
Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (1971) Sergio Martino - 9/10
Les Deux Orphelines vampires (1997) Jean Rollin - 8/10
Se sei vivo spara (1967) Giulio Questi - 9/10
The Strawberry Blonde (1941) Raoul Walsh - 8.5/10
Tretya meshchanskaya (1927) Abram Room - 6.5/10
Shen bu you ji (1980) Sammo Hung - 6/10
Tetsuo (1989) Tsukamoto Shinya - 8/10 [REWATCH]
Boss Nigger (1975) Jack Arnold - 7/10
La conquista (1983) Lucio Fulci - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Safety Last! (1923) Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor - 7/10
Nachmittag (2007) Angela Schanelec - 7/10
The Dawn Patrol (1930) Howard Hawks - 8/10
Ansatsu (1964) Shinoda Masahiro - 7.5/10
Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938) Ernst Lubitsch - 6.5/10
Night Nurse (1931) William A. Wellman - 8.5/10

BOOKS
Rakovyy Korpus (1967) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - 7.5/10
La Belle Captive (1975) Alain Robbe-Grillet - 8/10
Ultra Gash Inferno (1993) Suehiro Maruo - 9.5/10
Film as a Subversive Art (1974) Amos Vogel - 10/10

STATS
FEATURES: 23
SHORTS: 1
REWATCHES: 2
BOOKS: 4

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FILMS
Sortie d’usine (1895) Louis Lumière - 4.5/10
Repas de bébé (1895) Louis Lumière - 5/10
Demolition d’un mur (1895) Louis Lumière - 4.5/10
Le jardiner et le petit espiège (1895) Louis Lumière - 5/10
Arrivée des Congressistes à Neuville-sur-Saône (1895) Louis Lumière - 4/10
Partie d’écarté (1895) Louis Lumière - 5/10
Barque sortant du port (1895) Louis Lumière - 4.5/10
Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer (1896) Louis Lumière - 4/10
Bataille de boules de neige (1896) Louis Lumière - 6/10
Pompiers à Lyon (1896) Louis Lumière - 5/10
Niagara (1897) Louis Lumière - 4.5/10
Spanish Bullfight (1900) Louis Lumière - 5/10
Rough Sea at Dover (1895) Bamforth & Co. Ltd. - 5/10
Come Along, Do! (1898) Robert W. Paul - 6/10
The Derby (1896) Robert W. Paul - 6/10
The Countryman and the Cinematograph (1901) Robert W. Paul - 6.5/10
A Chess Dispute (1903) Robert W. Paul - 7/10
An Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903) Robert W. Paul - 6.5/10
Buy Your Own Cherries (1904) Robert W. Paul - 6/10
The (?) Motorist (1906) Walter R. Booth - 7.5/10
The Miller and the Sweep (1898) George Albert Smith - 5.5/10
The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) George Albert Smith - 5/10
Let Me Dream Again (1900) George Albert Smith - 6/10
Grandma’s Reading Glass (1900) George Albert Smith - 7/10
As Seen Through a Telescope (1900) George Albert Smith - 6.5/10
Sick Kitten (1903) George Albert Smith - 6.5/10
Mary Jane’s Mishap (1903) George Albert Smith - 5.5/10
Daring Daylight Burglary (1903) Frank S. Mottershaw - 5/10
Desperate Poaching Affray (1903) William Haggar - 5/10
Ladies’ Skirts Nailed to a Fence (1900) Bamforth & Co. Ltd. - 6/10
The Bitter Bit (1900) Bamforth & Co. Ltd. - 6.5/10
Attack on a China Mission (1900) James Williamson - 5/10
The Big Swallow (1901) James Williamson - 7/10
Stop Thief! (1901) James Williamson - 6/10
Fire! (1901) James Williamson - 5.5/10
An Interesting Story (1905) James Wililamson - 6/10
How It Feels to Be Run Over (1900) Cecil M. Hepworth - 6/10
Explosion of a Motor Car (1900) Cecil M. Hepworth - 5.5/10
Rescued by Rover (1905) Cecil M. Hepworth & Lewin Fitzhamon - 6/10
The Other Side of the Hedge (1903) Lewin Fitzhamon - 5.5/10
That Fatal Sneeze (1907) Lewin FItzhamon - 5.5/10
A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.’s Biscuit Works (1906) Hepworth Manufacturing Co. - 6.5/10
A Day in the Life of a Coal Miner (1910) Hepworth Manufacturing Co. - 7.5/10
Par le trou de la serrure (1905) Ferdinand Zecca - 6.5/10
Histoire d’un crime (1901) Ferdinand Zecca - 6/10
Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs (1907) Segundo de Chomón - 8/10
Rêve et realité (1901) Ferdinand Zecca - 5.5/10
La Révolution en Russie (1905) Lucien Nonguet - 6/10
Aladin ou la lampe merveilleuse (1906) Albert Capellani - 7.5/10
Le cheval emballé (1908) Louis J. Gasnier - 6/10
Magic Bricks (1908) Gaston Velle - 5.5/10
Dewar’s - It’s Scotch (1897) International Film Mfg. Co. - 5/10
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903) Edwin S. Porter - 5.5/10

Napoléon (1927) Abel Gance - 10/10
Le Samouraï (1967) Jean-Pierre Melville - 7/10
Le Boucher (1970) Claude Chabrol - 7/10
Bang Bang (1971) Andrea Tonacci - 8.5/10
Foolish Wives (1922) Erich von Stroheim - 6/10
Ngor yiu sing ming (2006) Lawrence Ah Mon - 4.5/10
I Am a Sex Addict (2005) Caveh Zahedi - 5.5/10
They Live (1988) John Carpenter - 8.5/10
Winifred Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried von 1914-1975 (1975) Hans-Jürgen Syberberg - 7.5/10
Joshû 701-gô: Sasori (1972) Itô Shunya - 8/10
Joshû sasori: Dai-41 zakkyo-bô (1972) Itô Shunya - 9/10
Joshû sasori: Kemono-beya (1973) Itô Shunya - 8.5/10
Joshû sasori: 701-gô urami-bushi (1973) Hasebe Yasuharu - 8.5/10
Aspen (1991) Frederick Wiseman - 7.5/10
Zoo (1993) Frederick Wiseman - 8.5/10
Noord-Korea: Een dag uit het leven (2004) Pieter Fleury - 6/10
The Brig (1964) Jonas Mekas - 4.5/10
Lost Lost Lost (1976) Jonas Mekas - 8/10
High School II (1994) Frederick Wiseman - 8.5/10
Public Housing (1997) Frederick Wiseman - 9/10
Domestic Violence (2001) Frederick Wiseman - 9/10
Domestic Violence 2 (2002) Frederick Wiseman - 7.5/10

STATS
FEATURES: 22
SHORTS: 53
REWATCHES: 0
BOOKS: 0

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FILMS
Deutschland im Herbst (1978) Various Artists - 6/10
Die Patriotin (1979) Alexander Kluge - 9/10
Krieg und Frieden (1982) Various Artists - 6/10
Die Macht der Gefühle (1983) Alexander Kluge - 9.5/10
Ikimono no kiroku (1955) Kurosawa Akira - 6/10
…E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà (1981) Lucio Fulci - 8.5/10 [REWATCH]
Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die übrige Zeit (1985) Alexander Kluge - 8/10
Herakles (1962) Werner Herzog - 4/10
Die beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz (1966) Werner Herzog - 5.5/10
Letzte Worte (1967) Werner Herzog - 6/10

Die fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika (1969) Werner Herzog - 7.5/10
Maßnahmen gegen Fanatiker (1969) Werner Herzog - 5/10
Cruel Jaws (1995) Bruno Mattei - 8/10 [REWATCH]
If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? (1971) Ron Ormond - 7.5/10 [REWATCH]
Behinderte Zukunft (1971) Werner Herzog - 6/10
Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1974) Werner Herzog - 8.5/10
Satansbraten (1976) Rainer Werner Fassbinder - 9/10
L’Eclisse (1962) Michelangelo Antonioni - 9/10
Viva la muerte (1971) Fernando Arrabal - 9/10
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck… Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976) Werner Herzog - 5/10
Bad Ronald (1974) Buzz Kulik - 7/10 [REWATCH]
Mit mir will keiner spielen (1976) Werner Herzog - 6/10
La Soufrière: Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977) Werner Herzog - 8.5/10

Lik Wong (1991) Lam Ngai Kai - 9.5/10 [REWATCH]
Le Grand Amour (1969) Pierre Étaix - 8/10 [REWATCH]
Huie’s Predigt (1981) Werner Herzog - 5.5/10
Glaube und Währung - Dr. Gene Scott, Fernsehprediger (1981) Werner Herzog - 6/10
Gasherbrum: Der leuchtende Berg (1985) Werner Herzog - 7.5/10
Strike Commando (1987) Bruno Mattei - 8/10
Sie tötete in Ekstase (1971) Jesús Franco - 8.5/10
Balladen vom kleinen Soldaten (1984) Werner Herzog - 8/10
Tai fong siu sau (1982) Sammo Hung - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Fei Lung gwoh gong (1978) Sammo Hung - 6.5/10
Jag Mandir: Das exzentrische Privattheater des Maharadscha von Udaipur (1991) Werner Herzog - 6.5/10
Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik (1994) Werner Herzog - 5.5/10
Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel (2000) Werner Herzog - 6.5/10
Pilgrimage (2001) Werner Herzog - 6/10
Wheel of Time (2003) Werner Herzog - 6.5/10
The White Diamond (2004) Werner Herzog - 5/10

BOOKS
Les 120 journées de Sodome (1785) Marquis de Sade - 9/10
A Crackup at the Race Riots (1998) Harmony Korine - 9/10
On an Obscure Text (2008) Rich McFarlan - 7.5/10
Dictee (1982) Theresa Hak Kyung Cha - 9/10

STATS
FEATURES: 25
SHORTS: 6
REWATCHES: 7
BOOKS: 4

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FILMS
Spring Breakers (2012) Harmony Korine - 9.5/10
Blood for Dracula (1974) Paul Morrissey - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Fury (1936) Fritz Lang - 6/10
Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (1964) Glauber Rocha - 7.5/10
La pretora (1976) Lucio Fulci - 4/10
Husbands (1970) John Cassavetes - 8.5/10
Megyaku: NAKED BLOOD (1996) Satô Hisayasu - 9/10
The Last Days of Disco (1998) Whit Stillman - 8/10
Strait-Jacket (1964) William Castle - 6.5/10
Agarrando pueblo (1978) Carlos Mayolo & Luis Ospina - 8/10
Shen nu (1934) Wu Yonggang - 9/10
Jao nok krajok (2009) Anocha Suwichakornpong - 8.5/10
Lisa e il diavolo (1974) Mario Bava - 6.5/10
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) Douglas Sirk - 8.5/10
La Gueule ouverte (1974) Maurice Pialat - 9/10
Eye of God (1997) Tim Blake Nelson - 6.5/10
Le Trou (1960) Jacques Becker - 8.5/10
Possession (1981) Andrzej Żuławski - 9.5/10 [REWATCH]
Good Burger (1997) Brian Robbins - 7.5/10 [REWATCH]
The Wicker Man (2006) Neil LaBute - 6.5/10 [REWATCH]
Reazione a catena (1971) Mario Bava - 7/10
Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga (1972) Mario Bava - 8/10
Cani arrabbiati (1974) Mario Bava - 6.5/10
Roy Colt e Winchester Jack (1970) Mario Bava - 7.5/10
5 bambole per la luna d’agosto (1970) Mario Bava - 6.5/10
Quante volte… quella notte (1972) Mario Bava - 5/10
Tant qu’on a la santé (1966) Pierre Étaix - 6.5/10
Pays de cocagne (1971) Pierre Étaix - 5/10

BOOKS
Dracula (1897) Bram Stoker - 6/10

STATS
FEATURES: 24
SHORTS: 0
REWATCHES: 4
BOOKS: 1

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FILMS
Ciudad-Mujer-Ciudad (1978) Pola Weiss - 7/10
Ganga Bruta (1933) Humberto Mauro - 7.5/10
Tenshi no tamago (1985) Oshii Mamoru - 8/10
Die Straße (1923) Karl Grune - 8/10
Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (1974) Ozawa Shigehiro - 8/10
Shikijitsu (2000) Anno Hideaki - 8.5/10
Akai kami no onna (1979) Kumashiro Tatsumi - 7.5/10
Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni (1997) Anno Hideaki & Tsurumaki Kazuya - 9/10
Crime Wave (1954) André De Toth - 6.5/10
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle (1967) Jean-Luc Godard - 8/10
Octavia (1984) Daivd Beaird - 8.5/10
Fuk sing go jiu (1985) Sammo Hung - 5/10
Häidenvietto Karjalan runomailla (1921) A.O. Väisänen - 9/10
Drancy Avenir (1997) Arnaud des Pallières - 9/10
Native New Yorker (2005) Steve Bilich - 9/10
Le Locataire (1976) Roman Polanski - 8/10
The Citadel (1938) King Vidor - 6/10
Foxfire (1996) Annette Haywood-Carter - 7/10
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) John Ford - 9/10
Trouble in Paradise (1932) Ernst Lubitsch - 8/10
Anti-Clock (1979) Jane Arden and Jack Bond - 9/10
The Other Side of the Underneath (1972) Jane Arden - 9.5/10
I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (1973) Sergio Martino - 8.5/10
Bakumatsu taiyôden (1957) Kawashima Yûzô - 8/10
Elippathayam (1982) Adoor Gopalakrishnan - 9/10
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) John Cassavetes - 9/10
Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Adrian Lyne - 4/10
Gaea Girls (2000) Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams - 5.5/10
Shinjuku Boys (1995) Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams - 6/10
In the Mouth of Madness (1995) John Carpenter - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Escape from New York (1981) John Carpenter - 8/10
Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (1983) Sammo Hung - 7.5/10
Polissons et galipettes (2002) Michel Reilhac - 8.5/10
Johnny Guitar (1954) Nicholas Ray - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Anaparastasi (1970) Theodoros Angelopoulos - 8.5/10
Meres tou '36 (1972) Theodoros Angelopoulos - 7.5/10
Oi Kynigoi (1977) Theodoros Angelopoulos - 8/10
O Thiasos (1975) Theodoros Angelopoulos - 9/10
Trappola diabolica (1988) Bruno Mattei - 8/10

BOOKS
Folie et déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (1961) Michel Foucault - 7.5/10
Little Birds (1979) Anaïs Nin - 8.5/10
The Selected Poems of Li Po (762) Li Po - 7/10

STATS
FEATURES: 35
SHORTS: 2
REWATCHES: 2
BOOKS: 3

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FILMS
Momojiri musume: Pinku hippu gaaru (1978) Ohara Kôyû - 7.5/10
The Smell of Burning Ants (1994) Jay Rosenblatt - 6.5/10
Die Parallelstraße (1962) Ferdinand Khittl - 8/10
Eika Katappa (1969) Werner Schroeter - 7.5/10
Sous le soleil de Satan (1987) Maurice Pialat - 8.5/10
Der Bomberpilot (1970) Werner Schroeter - 7.5/10
Neapolitanische Geschichten (1978) Werner Schroeter - 6.5/10
Himmel und Erde (1983) Michael Pilz - 9.5/10
La Sortie (1998) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 5.5/10
Höhenrausch (1999) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 5/10
Blow-Up (2000) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 6.5/10
Exposed (2001) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 6/10
Realtime (2002) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 4/10
Structural Filmwaste. Dissolution 1 (2003) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 7/10
Ground Control (2008) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 7.5/10
Palmes d’Or (2009) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 6/10
Night Sweat (2008) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 5.5/10
Tranquility (2010) Siegfried A. Fruhauf - 6/10

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) Harold P. Warren - 6.5/10 [REWATCH]
The Abomination (1986) Bret McCormick - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Ingen nulims (2003) Byambasuren Davaa - 7.5/10
Parallel Space: Inter-View (1992) Peter Tscherkassky - 7.5/10
Erotique (1982) Peter Tscherkassky - 7/10
Schuss / Gegenschuss (1987) Peter Tscherkassky - 5/10
Nachtstück (2006) Peter Tscherkassky - 8/10
Coming Attractions (2010) Peter Tscherkassky - 5/10

Park Row (1952) Samuel Fuller - 9/10 [REWATCH]
NS Trilogie - Teil II. Gefühl Kazet (1997) Linda Christanell - 8/10
Mouvement in the Inside of My Left Hand (1978) Linda Christanell - 5.5/10
Fingerfächer (1975-1982) Linda Christanell - 6/10
For You (1984) Linda Christanell - 7.5/10
All Can Become a Rose (1992) Linda Christanell - 7.5/10
Picture Again (2003) Linda Christanell - 5/10
Moving Picture (1995) Linda Christanell - 6.5/10

Venus Flytrap (1987) T. Michael - 6/10
Der Student von Prag (1913) Stellan Rye & Paul Wegener - 7/10
Passagen (1996) Lisl Ponger - 6.5/10
Déjà vu (1999) Lisl Ponger - 7.5/10
Phantom fremdes Wien (2004) Lisl Ponger - 7/10
Tibetische Erinnerungen (1988-1995) Manfred Neuwirth - 8/10
Manga Train (1999) Manfred Neuwirth - 8.5/10
Magic Hour (1999) Manfred Neuwirth - 8/10

Rote Ohren fetzen durch Asche (1992) Ursula Pürrer & Hans Scheirl - 9/10
House of Bamboo (1955) Samuel Fuller - 8/10
Witchfinder General (1968) Michael Reeves - 9/10
Children of the Corn (1984) Fritz Kiersch - 5.5/10 [REWATCH]
The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin - 5.5/10
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) David F. Price - 4/10

BOOKS
Marcovaldo ovvero Le stagioni in città (1963) Italo Calvino - 7.5/10
Kagi (1956) Tanizaki Jun'ichirô - 9/10

STATS
FEATURES: 15
SHORTS: 29
REWATCHES: 4
BOOKS: 2

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FILMS
Banshun (1949) Ozu Yasujirô - 9.5/10 [REWATCH]
Side Effects (2013) Steven Soderbergh - 3.5/10
Jackson County Jail (1976) Michael Miller - 6.5/10
Kanashimi no beradona (1973) Yamamoto Eiichi - 9/10
Gummo (1997) Harmony Korine - 10/10 [REWATCH]
Anders als die Andern (1919) Richard Oswald - 7.5/10
Friedrich Schiller - Eine Dichterjugend (1923) Curt Goetz - 7.5/10
Nathan der Weise (1922) Manfred Noa - 6.5/10
Vom Reiche der sechs Punkte (1927) Hugo Rütters - 8.5/10
Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975) Pier Paolo Pasolini - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Nerven (1919) Robert Reinert - 6.5/10
Die elf Teufel (1927) Zoltán Korda - 5.5/10
König der Mittelstürmer (1927) Fritz Freisler - 5.5/10
Wo wohnen alte Leute (1931) Ella Bergmann-Michel - 6/10
Erwerbslose kochen für Erwerbslose (1932) Ella Bergmann-Michel - 6/10
Fliegende Händler in Frankfurt am Main (1932) Ella Bergmann-Michel - 6.5/10
Fischfang in der Rhön (an der Sinn) (1932) Ella Bergmann-Michel - 7/10
Wahlkampf 1932 (Letzte Wahl) (1932-1933) Ella Bergmann-Michel - 6.5/10
Hour Glass (1971) Haile Gerima - 6.5/10

The Tall Target (1951) Anthony Mann - 9/10
Post Tenebras Lux (2012) Carlos Reygadas - 9/10
Tampon Tango (1984) Yamamoto Masashi - 9/10
They Won’t Believe Me (1947) Irving Pichel - 6.5/10
Now! (1965) Santiago Álvarez - 7/10
Il deserto rosso (1964) Michelangelo Antonioni - 9/10
The Angelic Conversation (1985) Derek Jarman - 7/10
La vittima designata (1971) Maurizio Lucidi - 8/10
Il cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco, ovvero: Dracula in Brianza (1975) Lucio Fulci - 6/10

BOOKS
Japanese Nô Dramas (1443) Various Artists - 7.5/10
Fragments (-475) Heraclitus - 6.5/10
City of the Broken Dolls (1997) Romain Slocombe - 9.5/10
Le Bleu du ciel (1935) Georges Bataille - 8.5/10
Die Vernunft in der Geschichte (1837) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - 7.5/10
Staring Back (2007) Chris Marker - 9/10
Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-E: Sex, Blood and the Supernatural (2010) Jack Hunter - 9.5/10

STATS
FEATURES: 18
SHORTS: 7
REWATCHES: 3
BOOKS: 7

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FILMS
Ling yi ban (2006) Ying Liang - 6/10
Gangsta’s Paradise (2004) Trenton W. Gumbs - 3/10
Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend (1992) Ronnie Cramer - 9/10
Ijô seiai kiroku: Harenchi (1969) Ishii Teruo - 6/10
Lost Highway (1992) David Lynch - 6/10
Bai ga jai (1981) Sammo Hung - 8.5/10
In the Family (2011) Patrick Wang - 6/10
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) John Carpenter - 8.5/10
La cabina (1972) Antonio Mercero - 6/10
Hot Blood (1956) Nicholas Ray - 6/10
The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez (2000) Sami Saif - 8.5/10
The Slams (1973) Jonathan Kaplan - 8/10
Good Burger (1997) Brian Robbins - 7.5/10 [REWATCH]
Breaking Point (1975) Bo Arne Vibenius - 9/10
Deadly Prey (1987) David A. Prior - 9.5/10 [REWATCH]
Lunch Meat (1987) Kirk Alex - 3.5/10
Entuziazm (1931) Dziga Vertov - 9/10
Super (2011) James Gunn - 3.5/10
The Holy Mountain (1973) Alejandro Jodorowsky - 6/10 [REWATCH]
Chronicle (2012) Josh Trank - 3/10
La noche del terror ciego (1972) Amando de Ossorio - 6.5/10
La notte (1961) Michelangelo Antonioni - 6.5/10
Ikiru (1952) Kurosawa Akira - 7/10
Home from the Hill (1960) Vincente Minnelli - 8.5/10
La morte ha fatto l’uovo (1968) Giulio Questi - 8/10

BOOKS
Là-bas (1891) Joris-Kurl Huysmans - 9.5/10
The Poems of Nakahara Chûya (1937) Nakahara Chûya - 8/10

STATS
FEATURES: 21
SHORTS: 1
REWATCHES: 3
BOOKS: 2

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FILMS
Le Feu follet (1963) Louis Malle - 8/10
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Stanley Kubrick - 5/10 [REWATCH]
Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea (2004) Carlos Casas & Saodat Ismailova - 8.5/10
Cenere (1916) Febo Mari - 7.5/10
Hui nin yin fa dak bit doh (1998) Fruit Chan - 6/10
Kaettekita yopparai (1968) Ôshima Nagia - 8.5/10 [REWATCH]
The Moonshine War (1970) Richard Quine - 5.5/10
Colorado Territory (1949) Raoul Walsh - 8/10
Kaze no uta wo kike (1981) Ômori Kazuki - 7.5/10
Faits divers (1983) Raymond Depardon - 7/10
Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero - 6/10
La coda dello scorpione (1971) Sergio Martino - 8/10
Irène (2009) Alain Cavalier - 8/10
Bonnard (2005) Alain Cavalier - 6/10
Super Mario Movie (2005) Cory Arcangel - 5.5/10

Small White House (1990) Richard Newton - 9.5/10
The Image (1975) Radley Metzger - 7.5/10
Images of Asian Music (A Diary from Life 1973-1974) (1974) Peter Hutton - 6/10
Kynodontas (2009) Giorgios Lanthimos - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Ladri di biciclette (1948) Vittorio De Sica - 8.5/10
Densha otoko (2005) Murakami Shôsuke - 3/10
The Being (1983) Jackie Kong - 6/10
Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma - 5/10 [REWATCH]
Night of Fear (1972) Terry Bourke - 9/10
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) Alberto Cavalcanti - 7.5/10
Virgin Witch (1972) Ray Austin - 7.5/10
Total Recall (1990) Paul Verhoeven - 8/10

BOOKS
Bacchae (-450) Euripides - 8/10
Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (-360) Plato - 5.5/10
Aeneis (-19) Virgil - 5.5/10

STATS
FEATURES: 19
SHORTS: 4
REWATCHES: 4
BOOKS: 3

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FILMS
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) Charles E. Sellier, Jr. - 4.5/10
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) Lee Harry - 4/10
Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989) Monte Hellman - 8.5/10
Christmas in July (1940) Preston Sturges - 7.5/10
Perdues dans New York (1989) Jean Rollin - 9/10
Il rosso segno della follia (1970) Mario Bava - 6.5/10
Viy (1967) Konstantin Ershov & Georgiy Kropachyov - 6.5/10
Alice in Wonderland (1903) Percy Stow - 5/10
Le scomunicate di San Valentino (1974) Sergio Grieco - 7.5/10
Oldboy (2003) Park Chan-wook - 5/10
Tetsuo (1989) Tsukamoto Shinya - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Spring Breakers (2012) Harmony Korine - 10/10 [REWATCH]
Lik Wong (1991) Lam Ngai Kai - 10/10 [REWATCH]
Possession (1981) Andrzej Żuławski - 9.5/10 [REWATCH]
Carabosse (1980) Lawrence Jordan - 6/10
Around and About (1980) Gary Hill - 6.5/10

Shojo no harawata (1986) Komizu Kazuo - 6/10
Dellamorte Dellamore (1994) Michele Souavi - 9/10
Kyôfu joshikôkô: Onna bôryoku kyôshitsu (1972) Suzuki Norifumi - 6.5/10
Do the Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee - 7/10
The Brood (1979) David Cronenberg - 8/10
L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo (1970) Dario Argento - 8/10
Citizens Band (1977) Jonathan Demme - 7/10
Tristana (1970) Luis Buñuel - 8/10
The Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick - 7.5/10 [REWATCH]
Zirneklis (1991) Vasili Mass - 7.5/10

BOOKS
Metamorphoseon (8) Ovid - 8.5/10
A Room of One’s Own (1928) Virginia Woolf - 6.5/10

STATS
FEATURES: 18
SHORTS: 3
REWATCHES: 5
BOOKS: 2

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FILMS
Score (1973) Radley Metzger - 8/10
Carne (1991) Gaspar Noé - 5.5/10
Yin yang xie di zi (1977) Raymond Lui Shing-gung - 7.5/10
Double Target (1987) Bruno Mattei - 8.5/10
The Devil's Rain (1975) Robert Fuest - 7.5/10
555 (1988) Wally Koz - 7/10
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Frank De Felitta - 6/10
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton - 8/10
Computer Chess (2013) Andrew Bujalski - 5.5/10
Kagemusha (1980) Kurosawa Akira - 6/10
Ūkų ūkai (2006) Audrius Stonys - 7.5/10
O nosso Homem (2010) Pedro Costa - 9.5/10

Moromeții (1988) Stere Gulea - 9/10
Small Roads (2011) James Benning - 9/10
Mikey and Nicky (1976) Elaine May - 8.5/10
The Kiss of Death (1977) Mike Leigh - 8.5/10
C'era una volta il West (1968) Sergio Leone - 6/10
Vortex (1982) Beth B. - 7.5/10
Riso amaro (1949) Giuseppe De Santis - 6.5/10
Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution - Masao Adachi (2011) Philippe Grandrieux - 8/10
Miami Vice (2006) Michael Mann - 7/10
Seul contre tous (1998) Gaspar Noé - 7.5/10
Satan's Slave (1976) Norman J. Warren - 5.5/10
Surviving Edged Weapons (1988) Dennis Anderson - 8.5/10
Sleeping on Dark Waters (2008) Tsai Ming-liang - 9/10
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) Bruno Dumont - 8.5/10
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton - 7.5/10
Aab, baad, khaak (1989) Amir Naderi - 9/10
Diabeł (1972) Andrzej Żuławski - 9/10
Strictly Ballroom (1992) Baz Luhrmann - 1.5/10
Speed Racer (2008) Lana Wachowski & Andy Wachowski - 8/10
Trash (1970) Paul Morrissey - 9/10
Les Fruits de la passion (1981) Terayama Shûji - 9/10

BOOKS
Le Destin des images (2003) Jacques Rancière - 8/10
Das Unbehagen in der Kultur (1930) Sigmund Freud - 5.5/10
Se questo è un uomo (1947) Primo Levi - 6/10
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of The Structure of DNA (1968) James D. Watson - 2/10
Never Let Me Go (2005) Kazuo Ishiguro - 7.5/10

STATS
FEATURES: 30
SHORTS: 3
REWATCHES: 0
BOOKS: 5

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Singin' in the Rain (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly - 7.5/10
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Sam Peckinpah - 8.5/10
OL boko: Yogosu! (1986) Satô Hisayasu - 8/10
Hanra honban: Joshidaisei boko-hen (1990) Satô Hisayasu - 8/10
Uma to onna to inu (1990) Satô Hisayasu - 9/10
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) Tim Burton - 7/10 [REWATCH]
Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (2009) Daïchi Saïto - 9.5/10
Stolen Heaven (1931) George Abbott - 9/10
Metropolitan (1990) White Stillman - 7/10
Asylum of Satan (1972) William Girdler - 6/10
Freddy Got Fingered (2001) Tom Green - 8.5/10 [REWATCH]
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) Sam Firstenberg - 3/10
Surviving Edged Weapons (1988) Dennis Anderson - 8/10 [REWATCH]
Madame de… (1953) Max Ophüls - 7.5/10
Roller Blade (1986) Donald G. Jackson - 9/10
Tras el cristal (1987) Agustí Villaronga - 9/10
Ggotip (1996) Jang Sun-woo - 5.5/10
Computer Dreams (1988) Geoffrey de Valois - 8/10
Des gens sans importance (1956) Henri Verneuil - 8.5/10
Film ist. a Girl & a Gun (2009) Gustav Deutsch - 9.5/10
La tumba de los muertos vivientes (1982) Jesús Franco - 6/10
Mac and Me (1988) Stewart Raffill - 6/10
Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life (2005) Tom McLoughlin - 4.5/10
Tales from the Hood (1995) Rusty Cundieff - 7.5/10
Be Somebody… Or Be Somebody's Fool! (1984) Jeff Margolis - 8/10
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999) Matthew Bright - 9/10 [REWATCH]
Rapsodia satanica (1915) Nino Oxilia - 8/10
Measures of Distance (1988) Mona Hatoum - 9/10

BOOKS
In the Shadow of No Towers (2004) Art Spiegelman - 5.5/10
Ice Trilogy (2006) Vladimir Sorokin - 9/10

STATS
FEATURES: 20
SHORTS: 1
REWATCHES: 4
BOOKS: 2
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Score (1973) Radley Metzger - Audubon Films, USA - 8/10
As far as the whole "porn chic" thing goes this is a pretty great example of the genre even if the narration can get pretty annoying once in a while. About the only huge flaw in this film is that the theme music sucks ass. Less awesome smooth soul shit, more awful country pop/rock shit. Otherwise though, it's a great film that exists deeply within that world of daydreamy 70s porno. One of the main girls looks like a sleazier version of Sissy Spacek (so, hot as fukkks). They fuck a lot and sometimes there's "scary"/"suspenseful" music. The nun outfit in the above picture is ludicrously hot. The Lickerish Quartet soon.

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Carne (1991) Gaspar Noé - Les Cinémas de la Zone, France - 5.5/10
Just as brutal and bleak as Irreversible but in a very different way. Irreversible's camera work and style has a way of not quite romanticizing violence, but distancing us from it, but also paradoxically making it all the more difficult to deal with due to the film's seeming love for it and the way it turns violence into something beautiful, if in an extremely lurid way. Carne has none of this. It's an ugly, ugly, UGLY film. One of the ugliest I've ever seen. And the way it creates such a disgusting and horrible atmosphere of depravity and desperation is pretty interesting. It's not perfect by any means, but there's a lot that's great in it and it leaves me very curious to see I Stand Alone

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Yin yang xie di zi (1977) Raymond Lui Shing-gung - Success Film Production Company, Taiwan/Hong Kong - Fatal Flying Guillotine - 7.5/10
Very underrated so-bad-it's-amazing kung fu silliness. Check it if you like clumsily choreographed fights with the stupidest sound effects ever!

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Double Target (1987) Bruno Mattei - Flora Film, Italy - 8.5/10
Omg. More completely and utterly ridiculous shit from the master of it. Now I know the name of this film is not nearly as silly sounding as Cruel Jaws, Hell of the Living Dead, Robowar, or most of Mattei's other films, but don't let that mislead you because this is as glorious a slice of action cheese as any of the Dawnster's other films. I also love how this for all intents and purposes has the same plot as Strike Commando and Strike Commando 2. And it's just as glorious.

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The Devil’s Rain (1975) Robert Fuest - Sandy Howard Productions, USA - 7.5/10
Great opening credits where names fade over details from the underworld segment of Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights. Otherwise this film has interesting if rather strange personnel with Ida Lupino, William Shatner, a demonic Ernest Borgnine, and, perhaps most incredibly of all, High Priest of Satan Anton Szandor LaVey himself in a small cameo! Not only does he have an appearance, he's also a technical advisor, making this a profoundly unholy film in all dimensions. Crazy Satanists out in a ghost town in the desert fuck everyone's shit up. It's a good film on its own, but I will admit that my own weakness for the subject matter here makes this one especially enticing. While it's pretty hilarious seeing Ernest play the devil, I'm also not so big on the representation of the devil in this film, he looks way too goofy. I guess I prefer Satan to be realized in these movies as an ambiguous force, an odd fog, a laugh in shadows, or something less entirely human. It sort of keeps the Satanic power from being reduced to something less relatable and therefore scarier. But yes, very good film which justifies its quality even outside of curiosity.
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Post by clemmetarey » November 6th, 2013, 1:17 am

Welcome :) We could have been born on the very same day you know !

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 6th, 2013, 2:18 am

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Post by St. Gloede » November 6th, 2013, 2:40 am

Welcome! Will be interesting to follow this film log. :thumbsup:

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 6th, 2013, 2:43 am

St. Gloede on Nov 5 2013, 07:40:17 PM wrote:Welcome! Will be interesting to follow this film log. :thumbsup:
A Jean Rollin fan though :P
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Post by St. Gloede » November 6th, 2013, 2:48 am

Makes no sense to like Rollin, but to each his/her own.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 6th, 2013, 2:48 am

St. Gloede on Nov 5 2013, 07:48:31 PM wrote:Makes no sense to like Rollin, but to each his/her own.
Come to think of it, I'm fairly sure he's the one that got me into him.
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Post by Rich » November 6th, 2013, 2:51 am

I am a Metzger fan. Haven't seen that one yet but The Lickerish Quartet is good...the one scene with the alphabet is cool.

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Post by kingink » November 6th, 2013, 12:23 pm

Welcome!
Where's that March pic from? It reminds me of something but I can't seem to be able to figure that out and it bugs me... Google image search didn't help unfortunately.

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Post by St. Gloede » November 6th, 2013, 12:35 pm

Rich on Nov 5 2013, 07:51:37 PM wrote:I am a Metzger fan. Haven't seen that one yet but The Lickerish Quartet is good...the one scene with the alphabet is cool.
The Lickerish Quartet is great! It's kinda like Last Year at Marienbad meets Teorema - only with less politics and minimalism and more explicit nudity and sex. Despite fitting nearly all of the criteria for sleaze, this is quite high class - both direction and concept wise. Granted it might just be great ideas to get nudity on the screen, the structural maze and surrealistic touches was what really made this work. Not that the drop dead gorgous lead was any kind of a minus. The Image on the other hand is just trash IMO. Looked through his filmography after I had seen Quartet, and I was shocked to see he made the latter.

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Post by plasma_birds » November 6th, 2013, 5:37 pm

kingink on Nov 6 2013, 05:23:40 AM wrote:Welcome!
Where's that March pic from? It reminds me of something but I can't seem to be able to figure that out and it bugs me... Google image search didn't help unfortunately.
Thanks! The March picture is from Fassbinder's Satan's Brew.

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Post by kingink » November 6th, 2013, 5:51 pm

plasma_birds on Nov 6 2013, 10:37:54 AM wrote:
kingink on Nov 6 2013, 05:23:40 AM wrote:Welcome!
Where's that March pic from? It reminds me of something but I can't seem to be able to figure that out and it bugs me... Google image search didn't help unfortunately.
Thanks! The March picture is from Fassbinder's Satan's Brew.
Thanks :thumbsup:

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Post by Kowry » November 6th, 2013, 6:54 pm

Welcome! As we're asking about pictures, where's your avatar from? I know it's from some TV series from my (pre-)teenage years, but I can't think of its name.

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Post by mightysparks » November 6th, 2013, 6:55 pm

Kowry on Nov 6 2013, 11:54:08 AM wrote:Welcome! As we're asking about pictures, where's your avatar from? I know it's from some TV series from my (pre-)teenage years, but I can't think of its name.
Angela Anaconda. That show used to really annoy me :P
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Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton - Buster Keaton Productions, USA - 8/10
RIDICULOUSLY embarrassing confession time: This is the first full Buster Keaton feature I've ever seen. =(
But it's swaggr2damax so more on the way for sure. Keaton is synonymous with the comedy of the physical for all the right reasons, but don't think it's just pratfalls. This film does volumes with the humor in people's various glares and glances. His little flapper girlfriend was immense hotness as well.

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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Frank De Felitta - Wizan Productions, USA - 6/10
Truly a title which inspires interest alone. And it is warranted for this film is interesting. So yeah, made-for-TV cheap horror from that strangest period of the late 70s/early 80s where obscure TV horrspense like this has an odd air of the forgotten and dreamlike solely by dint of its time and place. I do think scarecrows are totally frightening and great horror fodder though, especially the one in this film which is just bone-chilling. Scarecrow, Scarecrow, cops should best beware ho, when I see a cop I'm gonna shoot him in his fucking throat.

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555 (1988) Wally Koz - King Video Productions, USA - 7/10
Every time I think I've found the best example of bottom of the barrel sleazy shot-on-video 80s horror SHIT, I find something even better. This is some archetypical stuff, and I adore it.
A killer dressed like a hippie kills couples every five years, and we see the effects through tons of awesome/awful sex scenes in shitty blue lighting. Meanwhile the cops are these sleazewads from whom every other sentence is laden with unnecessary profanity ("It seems too easy…" "Most of 'em ARE easy! Criminals are stupid fucks.") and are trying to pin the case on "Colonel Wayne," some sad bastard who reported the thing in the first place. The lack of acting talent in this film is truly astounding, even for shot-on-video horror garbage from the 80s. Full of classic quotes, including the very best exchange between two professionals of the police force: "You know what? You're a prick!" "Well, you're a cunt!"
The definition of trash in cinema, it is the chewed gum on the shoe soles of Death Nurse, and it is a scuzzterpiece the world has never seen the likes of. There isn't a ton of gore but what is in it is wonderful, the famous decapitation scene obviously being the apex. The opening credits are black on this obnoxiously bright and pink background which is wonderful. The movie may not be as much of a work of art as its famous VHS cover, but it's close.
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Post by CMT » November 8th, 2013, 7:23 am

mightysparks on Nov 6 2013, 11:55:19 AM wrote:
Kowry on Nov 6 2013, 11:54:08 AM wrote:Welcome! As we're asking about pictures, where's your avatar from? I know it's from some TV series from my (pre-)teenage years, but I can't think of its name.
Angela Anaconda. That show used to really annoy me :P
I liked it, I liked how the overweight kid was the smartest and one of the protagonists.

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Computer Chess (2013) Andrew Bujalski - Computer Chess, USA - 5.5/10
I kind of find the early period of computers fascinating and a great setting for films. The pre-internet era of big square monitors, moogs, drab white walls, and blocky text floating in a void. Some of the dialogues get annoying and some of the acting isn't that great, so I honestly could use even more endless scenes of people trying chess games with computers, even if the dialogue is pretty much the only break from that. It would have been improved by being even more narrow and minimal I think, instead of trying to conquer the whole "man or machine" philosophical thing, even if it's not delved into that deeply. But the feeling of this film is potent enough to be enjoyable, even with all the flaws.

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Kagemusha (1980) Kurosawa Akira - Kurosawa Film Co., Japan - 6/10
Very pretty but a bit dull. It's fine overall though. The dream sequence is an obvious standout but I thought the scene with the urn was also a definite high point.
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Ūkų ūkai (2006) Audrius Stonys - Studija 2, Lithuania - 7.5/10
Well, first of all it's great to have a Lithuanian film to like outside of Bartas. But even looking past this, this is a very good film on its own. It's a half-hour sort of look into a community for senior citizens and their exercise, therapy, and well-being, but Stonys has a really fascinating method of documentary. His images have this pristine and angelic quality that makes them feel more narrative, but narrative in a very meditative and contemplative way. It's kind of like Costa but much more romanticized and mobile in terms of camera. The imagery of the film is very similar to the modern sort of Baltic contemplation of scenes like Berliner Schule, using very cool colors with a lot of natural greens and blues, a style that I'm a sucker for.

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O nosso Homem (2010) Pedro Costa - Portugal - Our Man - 9.5/10
Sort of a comprehensive working of Tarrafal and The Rabbit Hunters as it's basically made of footage from those two films combined. As it serves as something of a "best of," it's probably his strongest short yet and a perfect concise representation of his style at its apex. Knowing Costa's filming style, I bet there's a ton of extra footage from this area he's shot and hasn't used yet. What I really hope is that he makes a full, Colossal Youth-length film out of this footage because it's amongst the best he's shot and really just by virtue of Costa being Costa he can't go wrong making another film about Ventura and Cape Verde/Fontainhas. Ne change rien was kind of disheartening but hopefully this is a good sign that Costa is still interested in the kind of film that he's best at making, even if there isn't really any new footage in it.

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Moromeții (1988) Stere Gulea - Romania - The Moromete Family - 9/10
Very good sort of hidden gem from Romania. The cinematography is a sort of steely black and white that recalls many Czech New Wave films like If I Had a Gun or Diamonds of the Night, coupled with a roaming camera somewhat reminiscent of early Angelopoulos or Tarr. The comparisons with these directors do not end there, as Gulea is very skilled at realizing that sort of rainy miserabilism that only rural farming communities in Eastern Europe can fully have. But I think there's more intimacy in this film than most of Tarr's, which is where my Czech New Wave comparison comes in. It has a wonderful sort of provincial romanticism mixed with its largely gritty, bleak, somewhat downtrodden mood. I love it and it's super underrated. Watch it, doucher!

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Small Roads (2011) James Benning - James Benning, USA - 9/10
More Benning. From the title you already know what it's going to be all about. Youhavetoskipthreeminutestoseeachangeintheframecore, as I call it. I think this is a very good introduction to his more hyperstillcore material because it allows people to see how beautiful his compositions are and how relaxing it can be to be hypnotized by his work, and how miraculous it suddenly becomes when a cloud moves over the sun or you spot a car on the horizon, but the shots themselves are also very short for Benning, only about two minutes or so. It's also one of his strongest works. Just pure Benning in its most distilled and perfect form.

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Mikey and Nicky (1976) Elaine May - Paramount Pictures, USA - 8.5/10
Calling Elaine May "the female Cassavetes" seems a bit disrespectful as it delegitimizes her status as a unique director, which she does indeed have, but at the same time it's hard to resist because of how similar to the Cass her style is (him acting in this film certainly helps this mood as well). And he is beautiful here. Seeing Cassavetes and Falk bounce off each other and improvise is absolutely wonderful. The movie could be two hours of them pissing at the urinal and it'd be great. But don't think that its greatness is entirely limited to resembling Cassavetes. While there's a lot of improvised scenes that can be extended, overall I feel like May's editing style is a bit more constructed than the Cass's. The shots tend to be a bit shorter and terser instead of the lingering ones of Cassavetes, although the color palette combined with the tendency toward shifting rack focuses is similar and just as stunning. So yes, this is fascinating and I would like to see more of May's work.

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The Kiss of Death (1977) Mike Leigh - BBC Birmingham, UK - 8.5/10
One of Leigh's most unassuming and "small" films, even more than the so perfectly titled Bleak Moments, and at the same time probably his best film I've seen so far (though closely titled with that latter). A young undertaker's assistant is shy and awkward to INSANE degrees and gets roped into a relationship with another social misfit, Linda. She's not quite as painfully awkward as him, but it's close enough for it to make their relationship a pile of uncomfortable mutters and silences. And nobody can bring about this perfectly British since of loveshy melancholy and dispassionate introversion. The music can seem a little ill-fitting but otherwise this film is just about perfect. Check it out.

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C'era una volta il West (1968) Sergio Leone - Finanzio San Marco, Italy/USA - Once Upon a Time in the West - 6/10
Leone's medium and distant shots are fine, actually very good at times, but I actually find his iconic closeups pretty distracting and they kind of take me out of the rest of the mood he creates. Not gonna lie, his use of establishing time and place via editing is actually pretty cool, I just feel like it gets a bit flatter once the area is actually established. I feel like he also kind of falls into a problem that some western directors do where he's wonderful at outdoor shots but his indoor work leaves much to be desired in comparison. I dunno. I enjoyed it fine for what it is, I just have some stuff about it that keeps me from enjoying it as much as I feel like I could.
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Post by Dolwphin » November 14th, 2013, 7:18 pm

Small Roads is indeed an excellent film. It is quite intriguing to observe the developments in his compositions. One of the most overwhelming occured in Ruhr, when
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Post by plasma_birds » November 15th, 2013, 12:20 am

Dolwphin on Nov 14 2013, 12:18:18 PM wrote:Small Roads is indeed an excellent film. It is quite intriguing to observe the developments in his compositions. One of the most overwhelming occured in Ruhr, when
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The first time a car appeared on the horizon in Small Roads it was revelatory, but I had been so focused on looking for cars on the horizon that the first time one appeared from behind the camera was what took me even more by surprise.

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Post by plasma_birds » November 17th, 2013, 1:33 pm

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Vortex (1982) - Beth B. - USA - 7.5/10
Lydia <3 So yeah I need more No Wave Cinema in my life because this rips. Sleaze embraced as artistry with some really incredible set pieces and colors as well, existing somewhere between Zoo Zero, Liquid Sky, Nowhere, and the films of Bruno Mattei.

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Riso amaro (1949) - Giuseppe De Santis - Lux Film, Italy - 6.5/10
Wonderful cinematography and roaming camerawork, a wonderfully defined setting, and a nice sort of European take on noir with neorealist influences. But more importantly ASS.

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Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution - Masao Adachi (2011) Philippe Grandrieux - Epileptic See, France - 8/10
OMG more Grandrieux <3 It feels so good to see something by him again. It's not a great Grandrieux film (but still a "great film" as a friend of mine used to say), though it's still a Grandrieux film and he's still using cinema in ways that no other modern filmmaker is. This is a regression, but it's also a documentary/recreation film that feels very different from his fiction pieces, so a change in style is to be expected. There are caveats: being shot as a documentary doesn't quite allow for Grandrieux to transform the camera into as much of a reflection of some kind of dark underworld, and some of the dialogue/interview scenes sort of effect the flow. But it's still one of his films so there's much more to love. With it being a documentary there's a beautiful effect of contorting the everyday into something with the rhythms of a Grandrieux film, still making perfect use of his penchant for roving cameras with rack focuses. His documentary work reminds me a bit of Alain Cavalier's.

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Miami Vice (2006) - Michael Mann - Universal Film, USA - 7/10
I am not sold on Michael Mann because Public Enemies was pretty lame but this is a surprisingly good film. More than anything I just love his camera here, there's always something great going on with contrasts, be they bright and "popping" colors with dark and muted ones, things that are in focus with things out of focus, or closeups with far away shots. Comparing his camera style to Claire Denis isn't even that far-fetched. The only real difference is that Mann's editing is much faster. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how I feel but right now this movie feels pretty right to me. So yes, even if there are some flaws (maybe flaws isn't even the right word, let's use "less interesting parts") in this movie, it is probably the surprise of the month for me.

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Seul contre tous (1998) Gaspar Noé - Canal+, France - 7.5/10
More ugliness and hopelessness from Noé. I find this to be around the height of his career, where he's able to realize the intense nihilistic hatred that characterizes his films in a unique, streamlined, and fully realized way but also where his ambition is presented perfectly. Noé is not one of my absolute favorite directors but the world of hatred and misery he's created to work in is very striking. Shame he kind of got over his head with Enter the Void.
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 17th, 2013, 4:58 pm

I don't think that Miami Vice is a masterpiece like some do, but it is a very misunderstood film. An arthouse film in disguise as an action blockbuster.
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Post by plasma_birds » November 18th, 2013, 2:23 am

ArthurYanthar on Nov 17 2013, 09:58:11 AM wrote:I don't think that Miami Vice is a masterpiece like some do, but it is a very misunderstood film. An arthouse film in disguise as an action blockbuster.
Oh absolutely. I couldn't stop thinking of this during the scene in the strip club with Linkin Park playing though:

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 18th, 2013, 2:47 am

Yay Hannibal Buress. SHAKE DAT ASS WHILE I THROW MONEY THAT I MADE SELLIN CRACK
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Satan's Slave (1976) Norman J. Warren - Monumental Pictures, UK - 6/10
I'm a sucker for this kind of Satanic horror stuff and this film does it fine. Creepy rituals and blood and tits, though not as much as the best of the genre. Exactly what you expect, exactly what I hoped for.

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Surviving Edged Weapons (1988) Unknown Artist - USA - 8.5/10
Some kind of absolutely ridiculous instructional guide on, well, surviving edged weapons… But so overdone and insane that a lot of moments make you forget what you're watching. It's 84 minutes for fuck's sake! One of the most unintentionally hilarious and batshit insane things I've seen in a while, and one of those other perfect examples of inexplicable VHS scuzz that I love so much. In addition to the police training stuff that would make it an ordinary educational film, there's lots of bad gore, a scene with cavemen, lots of dramatic music cues, awkward and hilarious reenactments full of dumb sound effects, offenders with ridiculous Canadian accents, etc.

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Sleeping on Dark Waters (2008) Tsai Ming-liang - Taiwan - 9/10
One of the best interim pieces of Tsai's filmography, and a powerful little poem that transcends the boundaries of a "making of."

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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) Bruno Dumont - 3B Productions, France - 8.5/10
Dumont continues to annihilate everything in his path and be one of the greatest working directors. Like Hadewijch, Dumont here makes great use of nuns and austere, somewhat religious settings. More of his widescreen and cold, muted blues. It's ranked somewhere along with Hors Satan I'd say, not quite reaching the perfection that L'Humanité and Flandres do in terms of that bleak, oppressively consistent Dumontism, but still capturing most of his great talents and existing firmly within his universe.
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 19th, 2013, 4:26 am

plasma_birds on Nov 18 2013, 05:44:15 AM wrote:Image
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) Bruno Dumont - 3B Productions, France - 8.5/10
Dumont continues to annihilate everything in his path and be one of the greatest working directors. Like Hadewijch, Dumont here makes great use of nuns and austere, somewhat religious settings. More of his widescreen and cold, muted blues. It's ranked somewhere along with Hors Satan I'd say, not quite reaching the perfection that L'Humanité and Flandres do in terms of that bleak, oppressively consistent Dumontism, but still capturing most of his great talents and existing firmly within his universe.
Easily the best female performance this year. I would have just said performance but then I remembered Franco in Spring Breakers.
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Post by plasma_birds » November 19th, 2013, 11:52 am

ArthurYanthar on Nov 18 2013, 09:26:09 PM wrote:
plasma_birds on Nov 18 2013, 05:44:15 AM wrote:Image
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) Bruno Dumont - 3B Productions, France - 8.5/10
Dumont continues to annihilate everything in his path and be one of the greatest working directors. Like Hadewijch, Dumont here makes great use of nuns and austere, somewhat religious settings. More of his widescreen and cold, muted blues. It's ranked somewhere along with Hors Satan I'd say, not quite reaching the perfection that L'Humanité and Flandres do in terms of that bleak, oppressively consistent Dumontism, but still capturing most of his great talents and existing firmly within his universe.
Easily the best female performance this year. I would have just said performance but then I remembered Franco in Spring Breakers.
Fosho.

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Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton - Buster Keaton Productions, USA - 8/10
The slapstick is charming, the romance is sweet, blah blah blah. The cinema scene is especially SELF-REFLEXIVE and SUBVERSIVE and all those buzzwords. No really, it's iconic for a reason. One of the pinnacle scenes of American silent comedy, and one of the ones that absolutely deserves it.

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Aab, baad, khaak (1989) - Amir Naderi - Channel One, Iran - Water, Wind, Dust - 9/10
Just when I thought Still Life was an underrated piece of Iranian new cinema, there's this which makes Still Life look as famous and well-regarded as Taste of Cherry. There are no subtitles on this but please don't let that keep you because there's barely any dialogue here. Strangely enough, the imagery here sometimes reminds me of someone like Garrel in Le lit de la Vierge, and also seems to predate a lot of the imagery used by Depardon in La captive du désert with the long shots of people standing in the midst of the deserts. However, Naderi deserves recognition on his own terms. One thing he does quite well is not simply long still shots of the desert, but pans that are absolutely cream worthy and some great editing of various closeups/medium shots which seems perfectly in the rhythm of modern contemplative cinema. This is a beautiful film, see it… BITCH.

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Diabeł (1972) - Andrzej Żuławski - Zespól Filmowy “X”, Poland - The Devil - 9/10
Żuławski's Polish period is always coated with this sickly, bizarre shade of blue. They also tend to have even more insane, frantic camerawork but perhaps work that sacrifices a bit of its technical skill and gracefully eerie pans. However, there's a frightening intensity and intimacy to his camera in these films. It LUNGES and LEAPS. And this film is perfect for it, it illumines an older era with startling intensity and energy. Piles of filth and luxury, sex and death, gyrating cameras.
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Speed Racer (2008) Lana Wachowski & Andy Wachowski - Warner Bros., USA - 8/10
Destined to be one of the most misunderstood movies ever. Eons beyond anything the Wachowskis have ever made in the past. This is one of the most stylistically bizarre and insane things I've ever seen, really. The style completely baffles me but can't help but draw me closer at the same time. How does this exist? It's a thing of beauty.


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Trash (1970) Paul Morrissey - Filmfactory, USA - 9/10
Before this I'd only seen Blood for Dracula, and needless to say this is a much different experience. But nearly the same in quality. As the direct and blunt title may suggest, this film is far more raw. It's obvious that most of the girls here are cute even if most of them are annoying as fuck, but even I must say that Joe Dallesandro reigns over all… Let's not deny that he's a fucking studmuffin of the highest calibre and his booty don't quit. But aside from the cast attractiveness, this is just a generally incredible film. Lots of long, awkward scenes that seem to have a lot of improvisation (or at least have acting in a style that lends me to that belief). His camera style is very low-key and its fashion takes after documentary. I love being caught in this hedonistic and monotonous world of sleaze and ennui in soft focus. It's sleazy and desperate and wonderful.

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Post by allisoncm » November 29th, 2013, 11:07 pm

plasma_birds on Nov 22 2013, 02:50:44 AM wrote:Image

Aab, baad, khaak (1989) - Amir Naderi - Channel One, Iran - Water, Wind, Dust - 9/10
...This is a beautiful film, see it… BITCH.
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Post by Rich » November 29th, 2013, 11:53 pm

I guess I'm one of the people that misunderstands Speed Racer.

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Post by plasma_birds » November 30th, 2013, 2:24 am

Rich on Nov 29 2013, 04:53:40 PM wrote:I guess I'm one of the people that misunderstands Speed Racer.
I totally understand not being into its style but I'd think it's hard to deny there's something original and bizarre going on in the film's visuals, look at this shit:

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The way I see it is if everything characteristic about Michael Bay (insane whiplash editing, utter hedonism, a bizarre view of how people are supposed to act to each other) was used for psychedelic, disorientating phantasmagoria instead of just bad shots of big blocks of grey, orange, and teal beating the shit out of each other.

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Post by plasma_birds » December 16th, 2013, 9:48 am

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Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly - 7.5/10

It's easy to dismiss this as cheesy or something, but it's also far too easy. To allow something this exuberant and happy to wash over you and lift you up into its world is the higher road. It's not as though these are its only positives either. There's a lot of underrated self-referential and postmodern humor that's on a different level than a lot of the other famed films about filmmaking. So yep, very good. I bet Žižek has some interesting thoughts on this movie haha.

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) - Sam Peckinpah - 8.5/10

Warren Oates hunts a motherfucker… So there's really no way this could go wrong. But it doesn't stop there, this film has a beautiful gruffness to it that bites and then caresses. The imagery in this film is great and it has a tone of sickly, whiskey-drenched hopelessness that adds tenfold to the proceedings. But as much as Peckinpah is brilliant, no one can watch this film without being in awe of Oates and his performance here. The man oozes manliness and awesomeness. But besides that, there's some really interesting subtext in this film about what exactly it means to be a man, how a man can be changed, what it means to kill someone, etc. Gr88!!

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OL boko: Yogosu! (1986) - Satô Hisayasu - Office Lady Rape: Disgrace! - 8/10

One of his least plotted films, but it's Satô so it brings da alienation in x-cessss.

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Hanra honban: Joshidaisei boko-hen (1990) - Satô Hisayasu - Naked Action: College Girl Rape Edition - 8/10

I'd really like to watch this with subs because it seemed like there was a lot of cool stuff about psychics and weird computer stuff going on, it still ruled though.

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Uma to onna to inu (1990) - Satô Hisayasu - Horse and Woman and Dog - 9/10

The first of his films not to have an urban setting, but proof that Satô can delve even deeper into the dark psychological hatred of humankind without buildings around. This is definitely the most disturbing of his I've seen so far. Parts of it really got under my skin. I don't know, something about weirdly using animals in a sexual way makes it way harder for me to watch than all the gore in Splatter: Naked Blood (don't worry, there isn't footage of the animals having intercourse with humans, but there's stuff like dogs licking food off of girls' bodies and them getting pleasure from it… not terrible but very unnerving) That said, it really is an excellent film.

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Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (2009) - Daïchi Saïto - 9.5/10

I love Goldstein which was only icing on the cake for this exceptional little short. To give you an idea exactly what it's like, it's a bunch of very short clips, probably an average of a half second or so, of trees, leaves, and plants with sun shining over them before fading through exposure to black (or fading in from black). Since they're so short, they all just barely capture the little moment where colors flash and glow before disappearing in a camera. It's hard to explain in words but you'll know exactly what I mean if you watch the film. Then he does some overlaying and stuff of that nature. Utterly hypnotic. The best I can describe it is like Carl E. Brown experimenting with Brakhage's The Wold Shadow, which is fairly impressive because there's no chemical element here, it's just such a very special, "luminescent" style of editing. It's fantastic, do watch it.

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Stolen Heaven (1931) - George Abbott - 9/10

I've rarely seen a film that better defines precode. A hooker meets a robber with a fortune he's recently stolen. He's going to buy everything he possibly can and then kill himself before the pigs catch him. DAMN, that's cold. The girl decides to tag along. There's not necessarily a lot of sex and violence here (although obviously having a hooker character is already scandalous as hell), but there's a serious level of desperation I've rarely seen equalled in a Hollywood film, or a film in general really. Don't think that a happy ending deprives the film of this!

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Metropolitan (1990) - Whit Stillman - 7.5/10

Well, just like The Last Days of Disco, every character is a pretentious insufferable spoiled little twit, but Stillman uses this to his advantage. He makes it really funny. He's also spectacularly talented at realizing a certain place and time excellently. I've heard people disliking this film because the people in it are really annoying and you'd never want to know them in real life, but that's Stillman's talent. Sure I was rolling my eyes and groaning at these little nitwits, but there's something to them which keeps me engaged. He makes us laugh at, be annoyed with, and care for people all at the same time. It's a really strange but strong strength of his.
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Madame de… (1953) Max Ophüls - 8/10

My first experience with DA OPH and I am into it!!! Very elegant, but it's impressive the way Ophüls puts some human details into his high society characters to keep everything from becoming nothing but pretty home decorating. Even if there weren't those little details though, Ophüls truly so talented in a visual sense that this would still be a great film. His composition is rich and immense is like that of classicist painting and his camera movement is as advanced as he is praised for.

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City Lights (1931) Charles Chaplin - 6.5/10

Chaplin's films are, in general, not particularly special for me. They are quaint and cute, but I've always felt the pathos of his films was a bit overbearing and that the technical film elements were unimpressive in comparison to figures like Linder and Keaton. However, this is a very good film. Not as good as Keaton's or Linder's best, but to be honest Chaplin is a very different filmmaker and comparing him in this way is somewhat unfair, even if he is inferior. So let's not mention them. This is a film where his empathy works fine, as extreme and even schmaltzy as it is. Essentially this is the Chaplin we should look to. It's not perfect but it's perfect in his filmography, meaning it's everything he's ever needed to say expressed in the most succinct and wonderful way.

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Roller Blade (1986) Donald G. Jackson - 9/10

Absolutely one of the most ridiculous films ever made. It's set in "the second dark age" in an abandoned post-apocalyptic city filled with Mad Max-style crazies, all of whom roller blade! …and are apparently part of an odd religion led by an old woman named Mother Speed in the garb of Orthodox churches with a thick accent that falls somewhere between French and Russian… whose rivals are another group of skaters led by a goblin (?) and are possibly in league with the devil… I don't want to any more away but rest assured it only becomes more and more strange and stupid. This is the apex of cheesy, stupid, and utterly insane 80s sleaze. It's a thing of unparalleled beauty, and I still can't really believe it exists. Watch!

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Tras el cristal (1987) Agustí Villaronga - In a Glass Cage - 9/10

This is not the kind of sleazy, exploitative film that it may appear on the surface. Believe it or not, this film, which primarily concerns the life of a doctor who raped and tortured children in WWII, is very restrained, poetic, and emotionally crushing. Especially the last part, because this is among the darkest films I've ever seen. There's nihilism and cruelty in almost every frame of this film, even if it's mostly under-spoken and there's not so much graphic violence.

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Ggotip (1996) Jang Sun-woo - A Petal - 5.5/10

Not a patch on Jang's wonderful film Timeless Bottomless Bad Movie, in fact it's pretty hard to tell that they're by the same director at all. It's okay but sadly I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. It definitely has historical value if you're at all interested in the Gwangju massacre though.

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Computer Dreams (1988) Geoffrey de Valois - 8/10

As the Vaporwave artists of /mu/ and onward have discovered, digital animations from the late 80s/early 90s VHS era have an eerie yet beautiful, ephemeral power to them. They exist in a spacey purgatory, a glass museum still futuristic. The wonder of the commercial, the art of the artless. A unique compilation about a unique era that has long past and is only truly being appreciated now.

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Des gens sans importance (1956) Henri Verneuil - People of No Importance - 8.5/10

One of the earliest films with a cold open before the credits I've seen, and the rest of the film takes after this progressive and ahead-of-its-time omen. The term alienation may get thrown around a lot but this really does have an air of hapless wandering and non-belonging that punches me in the chest. It's about the warmth in bleakness, the love in the hopeless. It's incredible how something this sad can seem so whimsical on its plummet downwards… the perfect bittersweet heartbreak for Christmas.
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Film ist. a Girl & a Gun (2009) Gustav Deutsch - 9.5/10

It needs time to grow on me but I'd say it's pretty much just as strong as Film ist. 1-12. The only thing I had a few mixed thoughts about was the choice of music which ranged from a bit too distracting and busy to perfect and beautiful. The music itself was great on its own, though I often wanted to see something more ambient and minimal. But this was ultimately a very minor issue and really the only thing I have to get out of the way because HOLY SHIT THIS IS GOOD. In comparison to the episodic nature of Film ist. 1-12, this one takes more of a narrative, by using writing about mythology and history from sources like Herodotus and Sappho. But it's still quite abstracted, allowing us to piece our own meaning together from the footage, as related as they are. It also pretty much only uses old silent film footage in comparison to the divide of 1-12, but the silent footage parts are among the best of 1-12 anyway, so this is welcome. There's also a lot more sexy/naughty clips which is a plus.

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La tumba de los muertos vivientes (1981) Jesús Franco - Oasis of the Zombies - 6/10

Not one of Franco's best films, definitely a cheap and hastily thrown-together piece, even more than normal. Seriously the only thing that happens is some college students look for a treasure and get attacked by zombies… with some flashbacks. But you know what? There's a lot of charm in it. It might be a piece of trash but it's a piece of Franco trash, which usually means there's fun to be had and some pretty decent cinematography. Only one random sex scene though!

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Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life (2005) Tom McLoughlin - 4.5/10

Would be an easy 0.5 were it not one of the most unintentionally hilarious films ever.

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Be Somebody… Or Be Somebody's Fool! (1984) Jeff Margolis - 8/10

Do I even need to review this?

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Rapsodia satanica (1915) Nino Oxilia - Satan's Rhapsody - 8/10

As someone on the Criterion forum described, it's really interesting how this film's aesthetic plays with its story. It's akin to the story of Faust but Mephisto's victim is an old woman who regains her beauty and youth instead of Faustus. However, it's not a lush shadow-play like Murnau's film or indeed the films of the other German expressionists during and shortly after Oxilia's career. It's very lyrical but incredibly based in the real world, in contrast to its fantastical scenario. As "ordinary" as its settings are though, this film's cinematography really is as advanced as I've seen for 1915. It's astonishingly… lyrical! I'm definitely overusing that word, but it really is the only one appropriate for this film.

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Measures of Distance (1988) Mona Hatoum - 9/10

Perhaps this is a stupid comparison to make based only on both artists working with experimental film and being female, but this film reminds me a bit of Valie Export's work, the way Hatoum uses overlaid images and different fields of representation (words, voice, image) in combinations that are somewhat paradoxical, united and given cohesion through their differences and clashed nature. Regardless, this deserves its own recognition apart from Export. Its name is completely appropriate as this is a fantastic work about distance, in terms of human relations, representation, words, sounds, and understanding, the measures of which move from extremely close to far far away at unexpected intervals.


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