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Post by beavis » September 30th, 2014, 9:39 pm

SEPTEMBER

total watched: 69
in cinema: 23
average score: 7,41

Kis Uykusu (2014)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Blind (2014)
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (1968)

Blockbuster season is clearly over and the big guns are rolling in. Kis Uykusu is a contender for the overall top10 this year. Very deserved Golden Palm winner and the movie Ceylan seems to have been working towards all these years. I thought it would have stiff competition from the similar looking Leviathan, but that one is a very shallow shadow in comparison.

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Post by beavis » September 30th, 2014, 9:43 pm

catching up on the previous months of this year:

JANUARI
68
36
7,4

Trys Dienos (1991)
La Vénus à la Fourrure (2013)
After the Tone (2014)
A Vida Invisível (2013)

FEBRUARI
59
18
7,5

The Ister (2004)
Au Pan Coupé (1968)
A Zona (2008)
Csend és Kiáltás (1967)

MAART
58
13
7,3

Les Salauds (2013)
Bad Ma Ra Khahad Bord (1999)
Vénus Aveugle (1941)
Fat City (1972)

APRIL
68
32
7,4

Le Camion (1977)
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Enemy (2013)
Erdgeist (1923)

MEI
68
11
7,4

A Casa (1997)
Fa Yeung Nin Wa (2000)
Imburnal (2008)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

JUNI
67
13
7,31

River of Fundament (2014)
Napoléon (1927)
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

JULI
67
12
7,28

Scanners (1981)
Mauvais Sang (1986)
Soldate Jeannette (2013)
Sun Lung Moon Hak Chan (1992)

AUGUSTUS
82
38
7,37

Salò o Le 120 Giornate di Sodoma (1975)
Vertigo (1958)
Conte de Printemps (1990)
Ossos (1997)

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Post by beavis » November 1st, 2014, 2:15 am

OKTOBER

total watched: 68
in cinema: 25
average score: 7,4

Een Dagje naar het Strand (1984)
Under the Skin (2013)
Le Clair de Terre (1970)
Reconstituirea (1968)

It has been an interesting month of worldcinema for me, thanks to the World Cup and another dive into Jugoslav new wave cinema. I also discovered a masterpiece from my own country, of all places, thanks to a retrospective of the work of Theo van Gogh who was murdered 10 years ago now. I finally had a chance to see some of his older stuff. Some of it is uneven, like some of the later movies I had already seen, but "Een Dagje naar het Strand" is a true masterpiece where everything (the writing, acting, images, humor, darkness) has a delicate balance, lifting it up in the same way his other movies can be dragged down by uneveness.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » November 1st, 2014, 2:20 am

You need to see https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/moe ... elijkende/ ! The Dutch masterpiece. Similar to The House is Black.
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Post by beavis » November 1st, 2014, 2:32 am

I guess I do :)

it's a title that has been on my radar for a while, so I'll get there eventually
but the Dutch movie that I have not seen yet and the highest expectations of is "de Witte Waan"
I am working on Dutch cinema this year anyway... but also on a lot of other stuff, so I get distracted all the time :) ... before the year is out I hope to have seen de Witte Waan, Nothing Personal, Kan door Huid heen, de Weg naar het Zuiden, Baby Blue, het Meisje en de Dood and Golven at least... there should be room for Mother Dao too ;)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 1st, 2014, 3:39 pm

You could join us in the 2014 Film Logs thread. You might feel less alone then ;)

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Post by tommy_leazaq » November 1st, 2014, 4:00 pm

No offense to anyone, but I read the title as "Monty Crap".. :pinch:

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Post by beavis » November 1st, 2014, 10:52 pm

No offence :)
And i didn't know about that similar topic! ... Mmmhh... Not that i really feel alone, there might even be more room for personal discussion here... And i already keep log of all my viewings on MovieMeter, ICM and What I Watch, so I really want to stick to the recap at the end of the month, a quick lookback trying to make sense of it all :)

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Post by beavis » December 1st, 2014, 11:49 am

NOVEMBER
total seen: 75
in cinema: 23
average score: 7,37

Violet (2013)
Der Verlorene (1951)
Atlas (2013)
Jenseits der Straße (1929)

It was the month of the Leiden Film Festival and the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. In between there were great new cinema releases too, like Violet, Mommy and Stray Dogs. I went ahead with other various 'projects', but towards the end I got totally swept up in Weimar cinema. The amount of movies in my collection on that front had been steadily growing over the years anyway, and the documentary "from Caligari to Hitler" was a great reason to finally delve into them. I learned many things in a very short while! amongst them that I think the Lilian Harvey musicals are far to frivolous for my taste and that Mezhrabpomfilm (or Prometheus Film) made two of the most impressive features of the entire Weimar period!
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Post by beavis » January 1st, 2015, 10:49 am

DECEMBER
total seen: 76
in cinema: 14
average score: 7,6

Shura (1971)
Brand upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006)
Lumière d'Été (1943)
Une Femme Douce (1969)

This month I have been mostly rounding up a few projects I had going. Like watching more Dutch cinema. Yesterday I watched "Nothing Personal" wich gives me at the very end of the year a bronze ICM award for the "gouden kalf" list. Also catched up on a few movies I had missed in cinema earlier in the year. The weather was cold and wet, so that was another reason for staying in most of the time. I did manage to see two Lav Diaz movies in cinema though. And, drum roll, Conan the Barbarian!! So nice to see that one in an original 35mm print in the cinema, after so many times on vhs and dvd (didn't watch my bluray yet :))

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Post by beavis » February 1st, 2015, 3:21 pm

JANUARI
total seen: 73
in cinema: 43
average score: 7,39

Cavalo Dinheiro (2014)
Edvard Munch (1974)
Angely revolyutsii (2014)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

As is tradition, this has been the month of the International Film Festival Rotterdam for me. the 44th edition, but for me personally it was the 17th. There are too many different impressions to make any coherent statement about all I saw. I'm glad I saw a few interesting things from India and from Vietnam, will certainly delve into those countries some more in the coming months. And although it is way too early to say this, I think Cavalo Dinheiro (Horse Money) has a very good change to end up being this years Winter Sleep for me: a number one at the end of the year. Both films are works which I feel have been worked towards by their authors for many years, through many very good films. They feel like a culmination or a magnum opus and therefore I also think it's right that both films won big festival prizes (Locarno and Cannes respectively)... hard to imagine what will come next for Costa and Ceylan :) something smaller most definatly I think.
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Post by beavis » March 1st, 2015, 12:17 pm

FEBRUARI
total seen: 55
in cinema: 20
average score: 7,33

Nashville (1975)
C'era una Volta il West (1968)
Svält (1966)
Die Berührte (1981)

It has been a very busy month for cinema visits again, and there wasn't even any festival on! So there was little room in between to really delve into much stuff, although I did watch three Vietnamese films and the 'classics' where well represented with some rewatches and the two top titles of my "shamefull that you didn't already see these classics"-list with Fanny och Aleksander and Nashville. Aleksandr Nevskiy, Closely Watched Trains, Limelight, Kagemusha and Greed are still on there... might need to give them some attention in the coming month... or spread out the goodness over a larger period, not sure yet :)
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Post by beavis » April 1st, 2015, 3:06 pm

MAART
total seen: 61
in cinema: 11
average score: 7,42

En kärlekshistoria (1970)
The Terminator (1984)
Je M'appelle Hmmm... (2013)
Nirjan Saikate (1963)

This month has been for me mostly about entertainment/pulp cinema. A lot of Japanese stuff (lone wolf and cub series finally, and the works of Hibari Misora) and a lot of Cannon-type movies from the 80's. In between there were some cool features from India, Sweden, Russia, Egypt, Greece... so alltogether a nice eclectic mix :) Also watched Kagemusha, so another classic gone from the list.
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Post by beavis » April 20th, 2015, 1:38 pm

Dynamic "year in review", 1/3th of the way update
(with scores out of 10)

Top10 NEW

Cavalo Dinheiro (2014) - 10
The Forbidden Room (2015) - 9,5
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) - 9,5
Angely revolyutsii (2014) - 9
En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (2014) - 9
Alléluia (2014) - 8,5
Tussen 10 en 12 (2014) - 8,5
Inherent Vice (2014) - 8,5
Asha Jaoar Majhe (2014) Labour of Love - 8,5
Ex Machina (2015) - 8,5

Flop10 NEW

Whiplash (2014) - 3
Kami no tsuki (2014) Pale Moon - 4
The Reconstruction of William Zero (2014) - 5
Wolves (2014) - 5
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) - 5
Adieu au langage (2014) - 5
Kosmos (2015) - 5,5
Shi ren chu chai le (2015) Poet on a Business Trip - 5,5
Blackhat (2015) - 5,5
Plemya (2014) The Tribe - 6

Top10 OLD but seen for the first time

En kärlekshistoria (1970) A Swedish Love Story - 9,5
Edvard Munch (1974) - 9,5
Stromboli (1950) - 9
Nashville (1975) - 9
Sult (1966) - 9
Malina (1991) - 8,5
Nazar (1991) - 8,5
Kocár do Vídne (1966) Carriage to Vienna - 8,5
Die Berührte (1981) No Mercy, No Future - 8,5
There's Always Tomorrow (1956) - 8,5

Flop10 OLD but seen for the first time

Secrets of Sex (1970) Bizarre - 4
Gui da gui (1980) Encounters of the Spooky Kind - 4
Lady Dragon (1992) - 4,5
Hibari no mori no ishimatsu (1960) Ishimatsu: The One-Eyed Avenger - 4,5
Twinkletoes (1926) - 5
Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1974) - 5,5
Griechische Feigen (1977) - 5,5
Zheleznaya doroga (2007) The Railway - 5,5
Egon Schiele - Exzesse (1981) - 6
Shin Hebihime sama - Oshima Sentaro (1965) New Snake Princess - 6

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » April 20th, 2015, 1:42 pm

I need to rewatch more Mann films before saying a statement like this, but Blackhat is my highest rated Mann film so far, and my only favourite. A really great film.
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Post by beavis » April 20th, 2015, 1:54 pm

The thing that bothered me most in Blackhat was a veeery boring plot I guess. I understand Mann always gets praise for his stylistic power, so it shouldn't bother me, like it didn't in Miami Vice (his best work for me) or Collateral. But he just failed to wow me this time. The movie left me utterly cold.

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Post by beavis » June 22nd, 2016, 7:42 pm

my 2016 so far (best and worst marks)

1. IFFR - Malgré la nuit (2015) - 10.0
2. DVD - Na wylot (1973) - 9.5
3. cinema - El abrazo de la serpiente (2015) - 9.0
4. cinema - Anomalisa (2015) - 9.0
5. Internet - Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012) - 9.0
6. cinema - Nie yin niang (2015) - 9.0
7. cinema - Rak ti Khon Kaen (2015) - 9.0
8. Internet - 1/2 Mensch (1986) - 8.5
9. Internet - A Alma do Osso (2004) - 8.5
10. cinema - An (2015) - 8.5

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366. cinema - Heart of a Dog (2015) - 4.0
367. DVD - Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) - 4.0
368. DVD - Kilink Istanbul'da (1967) - 4.0
369. Internet - Medená Veza (1970) - 4.0
370. Internet - A Night at the Opera (1935) - 4.0
371. Internet - Wonder Woman (2009) - 3.0
372. cinema - Fan (2016) - 1.0
373. DVD - Kilink uçan adama karsi (1967) - 1.0
374. cinema - Point Break (2015) - 1.0
375. cinema - Préjudice (2015) - 1.0
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Post by beavis » October 31st, 2016, 10:53 pm

update of my dynamic score list 2016

TOP TEN NEW

Malgré la nuit (2015) - 10
Anomalisa (2015) - 9
El abrazo de la serpiente (2015) - 9
Cartas da Guerra (2016) - 9
Rak ti Khon Kaen (2015) - 9
Nie yin niang (2015) - 9
Chevalier (2015) - 8,5
Boi Neon (2015) - 8,5
L'avenir (2016) - 8,5
Paterson (2016) - 8,5

FLOP TEN NEW

Fan (2016) - 1
Point Break (2015) - 1
Préjudice (2015) - 1
The Girl on the Train (2016) - 4
Heart of a Dog (2015) - 4
De Premier (2016) - 4,5
Zoolander 2 (2016) - 5
Dream Land (2015) - 5
Vesarti (2016) - 5
Cry As If You Mean It (2016) - 5

TOP TEN OLD, but seen for the first time

Na wylot (1973) - 9,5
Trzecia czesc nocy (1971) - 9
Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012) - 9
To vlemma tou Odyssea (1995) - 9
Wake in Fright (1971) - 9
Mephisto (1981) - 8,5
Große Freiheit Nr. 7 (1944) - 8,5
Aoom (1970) - 8,5
Haut bas fragile (1995) - 8,5
Do svidaniya, malchiki! (1964) - 8,5

FLOP TEN OLD, but seen for the first time

Kilink uçan adama karsi (1967) - 1
Wonder Woman (2009) - 3
Finis Hominis (1971) - 3
Fuego (1969) - 3
Kilink Istanbul'da (1967) - 4
The Vals (1983) - 4
A Night at the Opera (1935) - 4
Mondo cane (1962) - 4
Challenge of the Tiger (1980) - 4
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) - 4

STATS

Bios: 234
Blu-ray: 27
DVD: 163
Internet: 193
TV: 1
VHS: 18

Total: 636
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Post by PGonzalez » November 1st, 2016, 1:06 pm

I didn't really think much of Cartas da Guerra, the letters are beautiful in their alternating nature and brutal range, from resignation to all-out fury and I didn't think the film was able to convey it that well. What made you like it so much?

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beavis on Oct 31 2016, 04:53:20 PM wrote:Bios: 234
Impressive :worship:
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Post by beavis » November 1st, 2016, 2:26 pm

joachimt on Nov 1 2016, 07:42:44 AM wrote:
beavis on Oct 31 2016, 04:53:20 PM wrote:Bios: 234
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yeah, it's a lot :)
I like to watch movies in cinema, and visiting a few festivals every year boosts numbers too
the experience of a movie in a cinema is really different from watching a n-th gen copy without subs on an iPad or something... I'm one of those purists :)

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Post by beavis » November 1st, 2016, 2:32 pm

PGonzalez on Nov 1 2016, 07:06:35 AM wrote:I didn't really think much of Cartas da Guerra, the letters are beautiful in their alternating nature and brutal range, from resignation to all-out fury and I didn't think the film was able to convey it that well. What made you like it so much?
The whole experience of the movie was great. I did not know the letters/book it was based on yet, and I am sure they are just as powerful on their own (there is a really great, strangely erotic. loveletter in there, used in the trailer too, very powerful in the beautiful Portugese language...) but I found the images just as powerful. And really adding to the experience. It is clear that the makers know and love Angola, the land and the people (the producer, also a great director, was born there) because I haven't seen it portrait quite like this before. So... on the whole just a great experience... like The Thin Red Line remade by Fred Kelemen or something... I don't like war movies much, but when they take on this kind of existentialist character, they just really resonate with me.

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Post by PGonzalez » November 1st, 2016, 10:23 pm

beavis on Nov 1 2016, 08:32:12 AM wrote:
PGonzalez on Nov 1 2016, 07:06:35 AM wrote:I didn't really think much of Cartas da Guerra, the letters are beautiful in their alternating nature and brutal range, from resignation to all-out fury and I didn't think the film was able to convey it that well. What made you like it so much?
The whole experience of the movie was great. I did not know the letters/book it was based on yet, and I am sure they are just as powerful on their own (there is a really great, strangely erotic. loveletter in there, used in the trailer too, very powerful in the beautiful Portugese language...) but I found the images just as powerful. And really adding to the experience. It is clear that the makers know and love Angola, the land and the people (the producer, also a great director, was born there) because I haven't seen it portrait quite like this before. So... on the whole just a great experience... like The Thin Red Line remade by Fred Kelemen or something... I don't like war movies much, but when they take on this kind of existentialist character, they just really resonate with me.
The erotic letter was undoubtedly the high point of the film, it is handled brilliantly - it is not heavy handed or gratuitous, they were definitely able to convey sex as a form of longing which is something really ambitious as it often just ends up falling flat and being ridiculous. I did like the impotence angle they were going for (the contained hopelessness of Lobo Antunes as his wife grew distant, how he distanced himself from his companions as a sort of retaliation or as if he himself begrudged them for not being her) and how they conveyed the dullness of it all, as if trying to show a man whose clock had stopped and how he dealt with his own awareness of the fact. Still, it failed to resonate with me. I guess I'll have to watch it again once it comes out on dvd.

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Post by beavis » April 23rd, 2018, 9:11 am

has been a while since I posted a monthly recap or "top list so far"... so, why not :)

2018 NEW TOP 10

Drift (2017) - 9,5
Jonaki (2018) - 8,5
November (2017) - 8,5
Lucky (2017) - 8,5
I, Tonya (2017) - 8,5
Sekala Niskala (2017) - 8,5
Vuelven (2017) - 8,5
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) - 8,5
Hikari (2017) - 8,5
Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (2017) - 8

FLOPS

En attendant les barbares (2017) - 4
Pyewacket (2017) - 4,5
Mrs. Fang (2017) - 5
Mon mon mon monsters (2017) - 5
Resurrection (2017) - 5,5
Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (2017) - 6,5
Piercing (2018) - 6,5

OLDER but seen for the first time TOP 10

Filme do Desassossego (2010) - 9
Macskajáték (1974) - 9
Beskonechnost (1992) - 9
Naan Kadavul (2009) - 8,5
Code Blue (2011) - 8,5
Ich war neunzehn (1968) - 8,5
Ginger e Fred (1986) - 8
Palácios de Pena (2011) - 8
Sto dney do prikaza (1994) - 8
Igla (1988) - 8

FLOPS

Gokudou daisensou (2015) - 3,5
La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil (2015) - 4,5
Le mystère Picasso (1956) - 4,5
Block-notes di un regista (1969) - 5
Cérémonie d'amour (1987) - 5
Intruder in the Dust (1949) - 5
The Incident (1967) - 5
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Post by cinephage » April 23rd, 2018, 9:53 am

Vuelven is a very interesting film, really. It's received a lot of applauses in both PIFFF and BIFFF, major fantastic film festivals, but its scope is really beyond genre.

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Post by beavis » April 23rd, 2018, 1:03 pm

cinephage on Apr 23 2018, 03:53:20 AM wrote:Vuelven is a very interesting film, really. It's received a lot of applauses in both PIFFF and BIFFF, major fantastic film festivals, but its scope is really beyond genre.
And the Imagine-festival audience was very enthusiastic about it too. I think precisely becáuse it goes beyond a simple genre formula and tries to say something about an actual painful situation, that is happening right now in Mexico (although the director pointed out that she also got some strong personal reactions from other places in the world where people could also relate to the drama. As an unexpected example she named native american communities in Canada). Yet it still also works great as both fantasy and horror, has got a truly great ensemble of child-actors and even some animation... what's not to like! :)

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