Welcome to the ICM Forum. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, or have other questions, see THIS THREAD.
Polls: Iberian (Results), Musicals (Dec 15th), 1952 awards (Dec 21st), 2006 (Dec 23rd), Directors (Dec 31st)
Challenges: Forum Lists, Documentary, Canada
World Cup: Round 2 schedule, Match 2H (Dec 16th), R3 preparation (Dec 30th)
Film of the Week: Il pianeta azzurro

Documentary Challenge (Official, December 2018)

User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 4105
Joined: Jun 07, 2016
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

Re: Documentary Challenge (Official, December 2018)

#121

Post by maxwelldeux » December 6th, 2018, 11:14 pm

Knaldskalle wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 10:26 pm
14. Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 1967). An unflinching look at a mental institution for the criminally insane. Disturbing in so many ways.
If you liked that, check out Warrendale - I got a really similar vibe from it to Titicut Folllies (plus, it counts for all three challenges this month).

User avatar
Knaldskalle
Moderator
Posts: 9045
Joined: May 09, 2011
Location: New Mexico, Trumpistan
Contact:

#122

Post by Knaldskalle » December 6th, 2018, 11:29 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Knaldskalle wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 10:26 pm
14. Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 1967). An unflinching look at a mental institution for the criminally insane. Disturbing in so many ways.
If you liked that, check out Warrendale - I got a really similar vibe from it to Titicut Folllies (plus, it counts for all three challenges this month).
Will try! :thumbsup: I've got a bunch of stuff lined up, though, so I may not get around to it this month (plus other film goals that need work before the end of the year).
Personal film goals for 2018. Image Image

User avatar
sebby
Posts: 5405
Joined: Jul 04, 2011
Contact:

#123

Post by sebby » December 7th, 2018, 1:12 am

09 picture of light - 7/10
10 louis theroux: the most hated family in america in crisis - 4.5/10
11 one day in september - 7/10
12 africa's great civilizations part 1
the collected evidenceShow
01 belfast, maine - 7/10
02 dogs part 3 - 3/10
03 dina - 3.5/10
04 god knows where i am - 5.5/10
05 rivers and tides - 5.5/10
06 louis theroux: the most hated family in america - 5.5/10
07 louis theroux: law and disorder in philadelphia - 6.5/10
08 along for the ride - 6.5/10
09 picture of light - 7/10
10 louis theroux: the most hated family in america in crisis - 4.5/10
11 one day in september - 7/10
12 africa's great civilizations part 1

allisoncm
Posts: 15867
Joined: May 11, 2011
Contact:

#124

Post by allisoncm » December 7th, 2018, 1:33 am

SpoilerShow
1. Vito (2011) 7/10
2. Captain Mike Across America aka Slacker Uprising (2007) 5/10
3. American Masters: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006) 7/10
4. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012) 6/10
5. Art Blakey and the Messengers – Belgium 1958 8/10
6. Paul Klee - The Silence of the Angel (2005) 6/10
7. Samouni Road (2018) 5/10
8. Olympic Glory (1999) 6/10
9. Keep on Keepin' On (2014) 6/10
10. Becoming Mike Nichols (2016) 7.5/10
11. Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words (2014) 6/10
12. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) 6.5/10

psychotronicbeatnik
Donator
Posts: 1059
Joined: Feb 04, 2017
Contact:

#125

Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 7th, 2018, 2:30 am

9-11. Planet Earth: Episodes 1-3 (2006) FTV 7+/10


Documentary EvidenceShow
1,Filmworker (2017 / Tony Zierra) FTV 8+/10
2. My Winnipeg (2007 / Guy Maddin) FTV 8+/10
3. Stories We Tell (2012 / Sarah Polley) 9/10
4. Generation Zapped (2017 / Sabine El Gemayel) FTV 8/10
5. Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams (2018 / Darin Coelho Spring) FTV 9/10
6. Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: the Plan 9 Companion (1992 / Mark Patrick Carducci) 8/10
7. Vampira and Me (2012 / Ray Greene) 8+/10
8. Best Worst Movie (2009 / Michael Paul Stephenson) 10/10

9-11. Planet Earth: Episodes 1-3 (2006) FTV 7+/10



flavo5000
Posts: 1589
Joined: Jul 10, 2014
Contact:

#126

Post by flavo5000 » December 7th, 2018, 3:47 am

18. Black Harvest (1992)
A fascinating and much more involved than initially expected doc about the workers of a coffee plantation in Papua New Guinea that become embroiled in a war between tribes during the filming. Definitely recommended.

19. The Negro Soldier (1944)
A fluffy doc of the contributions of black soldiers during WWII. Fairly inessential due to its glossing over of the subject matter.

COMIC DOUBLE FEATURE!!!
20. She Makes Comics (2014)
21. Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)
I decided to take in a couple of comic book-related docs, one about women's massive contributions to the comic book industry and the other about one of the most bizarre, enigmatic writers in the field. They are both well-produced and contain interesting insights into their subject matter. She Makes Comics gave me lots of good suggestions for further reading and Talking with Gods reinforced how absolutely batshit insane Grant Morrison is. Both recommended.

22. Bright Leaves (2003)
Ross McElwee of Sherman's March takes us down another personal rabbit hole, this time exploring his family history and it's connections to the tobacco industry via the film Bright Leaf, which he believes to be based on his great-grandfather. It has a breezy flow and while McElwee doesn't have the most electric voice, he keeps a steady pace and laces the film with subtle humor. I dug it.

23. Portrait of Jason (1967)
Shirley Clarke basically just trains a camera on the black, gay street hustler Jason Holliday and lets him talk at length. Jason ruminates on his past, where's he been, who he's been with, why things are the way they are and anything else that strikes his fancy to discuss. He's an electric personality and the film is all the better for it.

24. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
Showcasing a veritable treasure trove of thought lost but recovered silent films in the wintry Yukon town of Dawson City, it acts as both an overview of early film and as a beat by beat history of the town itself. Very well structured and a great watch.
SpoilerShow
1. No New Kinda Story: The Real Story of Tooth & Nail Records (2013)
2. Universal Horror (1998)
3. Nature: Extraordinary Dogs (1997)
4a. The Art of Crystal Bridges (2016)
4b. Menq (1969)
4c. Lipanjska gibanja (1969)
5. Death: The Ultimate Mystery (1975)
6. Modern Marvels: The Transcontinental Railroad (1995)
7. Decasia (2002)
8. Ônibus 174 (2002)
9. Lost, Lost, Lost (1976)
10. Haunters: The Art Of The Scare (2017)
11. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)
12. Deutschland im Herbst (1978)
13. Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons (1946)
14. Primate (1974)
15. Moi, un noir (1958)
16. The Real Story: Scream (2013)
17. VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media (2015)
18. Black Harvest (1992)
19. The Negro Soldier (1944)
20. She Makes Comics (2014)
21. Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)
22. Bright Leaves (2003)
23. Portrait of Jason (1967)
24. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 4105
Joined: Jun 07, 2016
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#127

Post by maxwelldeux » December 7th, 2018, 4:45 am

We don't need no stinkin' fictionShow
"1. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
2. Reel Injun (2009)
3. Lost Heroes (2014)
4. The Staircase e1: Crime or Accident? (2005)
5. Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
6. The Staircase e2: Secrets and Lies (2005)
7. The Staircase e3: A Striking Coincidence (2005)
8. The Staircase e4: A Prosecution Theory (2005)
9. The Staircase e5: A Weak Case (2005)
10. The Staircase e6: The Prosecution's Revenge (2005)
11. Planet Earth II: Islands (2016)
12. Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)
13. The Last Gladiators (2011)
14. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
15. The Staircase e7: The Blowpoke Returns (2005)
16. The Staircase e8: The Verdict (2005)
17. The Staircase e9: Reopening the Case (2013)
18. The Staircase e10: The Last Chance (2013)
19. The Staircase e11: Looking for Closure (2018)
20. The Staircase e12: Between Anger and Despair (2018)
21. The Staircase e13: Flawed Justice (2018)
22. Woodstock (1970)
23. Warrendale (1967)
24. Waiting for Fidel (1974)
25. Watermark (2013)"
26. Hunting Hitler: The Final Hunt Begins (2018)
27. Hunting Hitler: Clandestine Cache (2018)
28. When Jews Were Funny (2013)
29. Planet Earch II: Mountains (2016)
30. Being Canadian (2015)
31. My Millenial Life (2016)
32. Hunting Hitler: Nuclear Nazi Weapons (2018)
33. Hunting Hitler: 150 Feet Below (2018)
34. Hunting Hitler: Dead Drops (2018)
35. Man of Aran (1934)

This bored me out of my mind. Did not enjoy this. Best thing about this is that it's on the UNESCO list.

And my short "I'm influence-able" block (and the more recs you have, the merrier):
36. Black Roots (1970)

More comments in the ongoing obscure film promotion challenge thread, but I liked the stories while the music did nothing for me. Thanks, sebby!

37. I Am Another You (2017)

This did not go in the direction I thought it would. But I'm kinda glad it didn't - this was a fascinating journey and story of an individual many would simply overlook. I was going to describe it more, but I deleted multiple sentences because they couldn't capture the complexities of the people. It definitely made me look at people and think of them differently, and that might be the highest praise I can give this film. Thanks for the rec, 72a!

weirdboy
Donator
Posts: 2935
Joined: Jan 03, 2016
Contact:

#128

Post by weirdboy » December 7th, 2018, 6:22 am

I'm on the board! Not sure how many I'll end up watching, but I have a few on my watchlist I hope to get to this month...


1. Handsworth Songs - 1987 - John Akomfrah

ororama
Posts: 1286
Joined: Jun 19, 2011
Contact:

#129

Post by ororama » December 7th, 2018, 12:30 pm

4. The Face of Britain (1935) * 19 min.
Night Mail (1936) * 23 min.
The First Days (1939) * 23 min.

SpoilerShow
1. OT: Our Town (2002) * 79 min.
2. Handicapped Future (1971) * 44 min.
3. The Industrial Age: Landscape Metamorphoses (1964) * 23 min.
Lessons from the Night (2009) * 8 min.
The Poet of Castelo (1959) * 11 min.
The Master of Apipucos (1959) * 8 min.
Cat Skin (1960) * 14 min.

*First time viewing.

User avatar
Mate_cosido
Posts: 561
Joined: Apr 28, 2016
Contact:

#130

Post by Mate_cosido » December 7th, 2018, 1:18 pm

1. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993, Alanis Obomsawin)

2. Om våld - Concerning Violence (2014, Göran Olsson)

3. Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000, Alanis Obomsawin)

4. Waiting for Fidel (1974, Michael Rubbo)

5. Bitter Lake (2015, Adam Curtis)

6. Seventeen (1983, Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines)

7. Jai Bhim Comrade (2011, Anand Patwardhan)


I was going to start wrting comments on the films i watched for this challenge, but damn, i'm realy not good with words, i kept using the word "fascinating" for half the movies, so yeah a bunch of great ones in this batch, specially Jai Bhim Comrade, Kanehsatake and Seventeen

User avatar
tourdesb
Moderator
Posts: 1819
Joined: May 07, 2011
Contact:

#131

Post by tourdesb » December 7th, 2018, 2:13 pm

21. Deutschland im Herbst (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Alf Brustellin)
22. Marathon (1993, Carlos Saura)

I'll have a short break from the Olympic series, or else my brain will explode.
SpoilerShow
1. 13 jours en France (1968, Claude Lelouch & François Reichenbach)
2. Les neiges de Grenoble (1968, Jacques Ertaud & Jean-Jacques Languepin)
3. Sapporo Orinpikku (1972, Masahiro Shinoda)
4. Visions of Eight (1973, Kon Ichikawa & Milos Forman)
5. White Rock (1977, Tony Maylam)
6. Jeux de la XXIème olympiade (1977, Marcel Carrière & Jean Beaudin)
7. O sport, ty - mir! (1981, Yuriy Ozerov)
8. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004, Pirjo Honkasalo)
9. A Turning Point (1984, Kim Takal)
10. 16 Days of Glory (1986, Bud Greenspan)
11. Calgary '88: 16 Days of Glory (1989, Bud Greenspan)
12. Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (2010, Andrei Ujica)
13. Seoul 1988: Games of the XXIV Olympiad (1988, -)
14. Place de la République (1974, Louis Malle)
15. Hand in Hand (1988, Kwon-taek Im)
16. Winter on Fire (2015, Evgeny Afineevsky)
17. Beyond All Barriers (1988, Lee Ji-won)
18. Gokushiteki erosu: Renka 1974 (1974, Kazuo Hara)
19. One Light, One World (1992, R. Douglas Copsey, Jay Jalbert)
20. Target for Tonight (1941, Harry Watt)
21. Deutschland im Herbst (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Alf Brustellin)
22. Marathon (1993, Carlos Saura)

User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 4105
Joined: Jun 07, 2016
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#132

Post by maxwelldeux » December 7th, 2018, 4:49 pm

We don't need no stinkin' fictionShow
"1. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
2. Reel Injun (2009)
3. Lost Heroes (2014)
4. The Staircase e1: Crime or Accident? (2005)
5. Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
6. The Staircase e2: Secrets and Lies (2005)
7. The Staircase e3: A Striking Coincidence (2005)
8. The Staircase e4: A Prosecution Theory (2005)
9. The Staircase e5: A Weak Case (2005)
10. The Staircase e6: The Prosecution's Revenge (2005)
11. Planet Earth II: Islands (2016)
12. Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)
13. The Last Gladiators (2011)
14. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
15. The Staircase e7: The Blowpoke Returns (2005)
16. The Staircase e8: The Verdict (2005)
17. The Staircase e9: Reopening the Case (2013)
18. The Staircase e10: The Last Chance (2013)
19. The Staircase e11: Looking for Closure (2018)
20. The Staircase e12: Between Anger and Despair (2018)
21. The Staircase e13: Flawed Justice (2018)
22. Woodstock (1970)
23. Warrendale (1967)
24. Waiting for Fidel (1974)
25. Watermark (2013)"
26. Hunting Hitler: The Final Hunt Begins (2018)
27. Hunting Hitler: Clandestine Cache (2018)
28. When Jews Were Funny (2013)
29. Planet Earth II: Mountains (2016)
30. Being Canadian (2015)
31. My Millenial Life (2016)
32. Hunting Hitler: Nuclear Nazi Weapons (2018)
33. Hunting Hitler: 150 Feet Below (2018)
34. Hunting Hitler: Dead Drops (2018)
35. Man of Aran (1934)
36. Black Roots (1970)
37. I Am Another You (2017)
38. Planet Earth II: Jungles (2016)

The higher definition you can watch this in, the better.

39. Shorts (61m):
San Pietro (1945, 32m)
Universe (1960, 29m)

San Pietro was a surprising double (also on the 1940s list) and continues my "watch those WW2 docs" quest my wife and I started last year. Universe is a triple, a Canadian doc about the cosmos, just with pretty obviously out-of-date theories and data.

40. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Triple. If you're not familiar with this, it's a story about Anvil. :circle: Which was fun enough, but didn't really cross the threshold into making me care. These guys had their shot, but at this point it's just a little sad. And the whole thing made me think of How I Met Your Mother and the episode with Simon Tremblay of the Foreskins - an aging and balding Canadian guy in a metal band thinks he's 2 or 3 gigs away from really exploding (played by James Van Der Beek).

72allinncallme
Donator
Posts: 1828
Joined: Nov 13, 2016
Contact:

#133

Post by 72allinncallme » December 7th, 2018, 4:53 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 4:45 am

37. I Am Another You (2017)

This did not go in the direction I thought it would. But I'm kinda glad it didn't - this was a fascinating journey and story of an individual many would simply overlook. I was going to describe it more, but I deleted multiple sentences because they couldn't capture the complexities of the people. It definitely made me look at people and think of them differently, and that might be the highest praise I can give this film. Thanks for the rec, 72a!
I have a history of recommending that sort of docs haven’t I :whistling:
I’m glad you liked it :)

User avatar
Knaldskalle
Moderator
Posts: 9045
Joined: May 09, 2011
Location: New Mexico, Trumpistan
Contact:

#134

Post by Knaldskalle » December 7th, 2018, 5:33 pm

16. Portrait of Jason (Clarke, 1967). This was a little unexpected. It started out as a charming interview with a guy telling funny anecdotes and slowly morphed into something quite a bit darker. Very interesting in both its structure and its content. Fascinating to get a glimpse into the experience of an American black gay man in the 1960s.
SpoilerShow
1-4: The Century of the Self (Curtis, 2002)
5-7: The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (Curtis, 2004)
8. The Eternal Jew (Hippler, 1940)
9. India: Matri Bhumi (Rossellini, 1959)
10-11:
short docsShow
  1. The Inner World of Aphasia (Feil, 1963). 23 minutes
  2. Hiroshima: A document of the Atomic Bombing (Matsukawa & Ogasawara, 1970). 28 minutes
  3. Four Seasons (Peleshian, 1975). 29 minutes
  4. Intrepid Shadows (Clah, 1966). 18 minutes
  5. A Navajo Weaver (Benally, 1966). 22 minutes
12: 13th (Duvernay, 2016)
13: CBS Reports: Harvest of Shame (Friendly, 1960)
14. Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 1967)
15. The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (Kaplan, 1967)
16. Portrait of Jason (Clarke, 1967)
Personal film goals for 2018. Image Image

India Istanbul
Posts: 171
Joined: Feb 12, 2017
Contact:

#135

Post by India Istanbul » December 7th, 2018, 6:05 pm

1-11 points Planet Earth
--Don't bother. Great photography, no doubt, but I didn't learn much.
1 point: Stevie
--Heartbreaking and empathetic.
1 point: Depression: Out of the Shadows
--PBS doco about the many treatments of depression--highly recommended for anyone who suffers or who knows someone who suffers

Total: 13 points
Last edited by India Istanbul on December 7th, 2018, 7:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
flaiky
Posts: 1043
Joined: Feb 04, 2017
Location: London UK
Contact:

#136

Post by flaiky » December 7th, 2018, 6:58 pm

3. Capturing the Friedmans (2003) - rewatch
An interesting and disturbing case focussed on a bonkers family, none of whom feel remotely trustworthy. Still makes for provocative viewing, though it has gone done a little in my estimation, perhaps because I've seen a lot of similar stuff since.

4. Who Won the War? (2014)
5. Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)
I've been getting interested in Norn Iron, so sought out some docs. The first is a BBC film on youtube, the second is on Nextflix. Both very well done and informative, the former probably more thought provoking and neutral.
What's up, doc?Show
1. For All Mankind (1989)
2. Dynasties: Episode 4, Painted Wolf (2018)
Let the ashes fly
ICM | Letterboxd | All-time stats

User avatar
3eyes
Donator
Posts: 6200
Joined: May 17, 2011
Location: Philadelphia
Contact:

#137

Post by 3eyes » Yesterday, 2:30 am

2. Stories we tell (Canada 12) - Triple
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

72allinncallme
Donator
Posts: 1828
Joined: Nov 13, 2016
Contact:

#138

Post by 72allinncallme » Yesterday, 3:33 am

11. Humain, trop humain (1974)
12. Un coupable idéal (2001)
From the director that later gave you ‘Staircase’. Definetely worth a watch!

13. Reality's Invisible (1971)
14. Clough - The Brian Clough Story (2009)
A pretty basic doc about the greatest football manager the world have ever seen. Well balanced though. Not on IMDb.
SpoilerShow
1. Sigur Rós: Heima (2007)
2. Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)
3. Dildo Diaries (2002)
4. The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)
5. Finis terrae (1929)
6. On the Bowery (1956)
7. Il pianeta azzurro (1982)
8. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
9. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)
10. Ashes and Snow (2005)
11. Humain, trop humain (1974)
12. Un coupable idéal (2001)
13. Reality's Invisible (1971)
14. Clough - The Brian Clough Story (2009)

User avatar
Simba63
Donator
Posts: 674
Joined: Sep 07, 2017
Location: USA
Contact:

#139

Post by Simba63 » Yesterday, 3:59 am

7. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010) - 7/10
8. Lake of Fire (2006) - 6/10

flavo5000
Posts: 1589
Joined: Jul 10, 2014
Contact:

#140

Post by flavo5000 » Yesterday, 4:07 am

25. Camp Hollywood (2004)
A filmmaker/aspiring comedian documents the comings and goings of the various oddball tenants and Hollywood hopefuls of a run-down motel where the eternally optimistic and the has-been alike, sits and waits for success to come knocking. It's both a little depressing but also fun in a way to see this community of performers come together in support.

26. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
Dear God... This doc is a straight up emotional boxing match, getting you on the ropes early on and not letting up until it delivers a final soul-destroying gut punch that you won't want to get back up from. I'm not sure if a film has ever made me feel this sad and angry...

27. Modern Warriors (2002)
A showcase of various martial arts and fighting tactics, the most interesting aspects are the experts in various disciplines calling out weaknesses in other disciplines. Overall, it's a pretty mediocre sterile doc though.
SpoilerShow
1. No New Kinda Story: The Real Story of Tooth & Nail Records (2013)
2. Universal Horror (1998)
3. Nature: Extraordinary Dogs (1997)
4a. The Art of Crystal Bridges (2016)
4b. Menq (1969)
4c. Lipanjska gibanja (1969)
5. Death: The Ultimate Mystery (1975)
6. Modern Marvels: The Transcontinental Railroad (1995)
7. Decasia (2002)
8. Ônibus 174 (2002)
9. Lost, Lost, Lost (1976)
10. Haunters: The Art Of The Scare (2017)
11. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)
12. Deutschland im Herbst (1978)
13. Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons (1946)
14. Primate (1974)
15. Moi, un noir (1958)
16. The Real Story: Scream (2013)
17. VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media (2015)
18. Black Harvest (1992)
19. The Negro Soldier (1944)
20. She Makes Comics (2014)
21. Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2010)
22. Bright Leaves (2003)
23. Portrait of Jason (1967)
24. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
25. Camp Hollywood (2004)
26. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
27. Modern Warriors (2002)

weirdboy
Donator
Posts: 2935
Joined: Jan 03, 2016
Contact:

#141

Post by weirdboy » Yesterday, 5:43 am

Fact or Fiction?Show
1. Handsworth Songs - 1987 - John Akomfrah
2. Daughter Rite - 1980 - Michelle Citron

allisoncm
Posts: 15867
Joined: May 11, 2011
Contact:

#142

Post by allisoncm » Yesterday, 7:01 am

SpoilerShow
1. Vito (2011) 7/10
2. Captain Mike Across America aka Slacker Uprising (2007) 5/10
3. American Masters: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006) 7/10
4. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012) 6/10
5. Art Blakey and the Messengers – Belgium 1958 8/10
6. Paul Klee - The Silence of the Angel (2005) 6/10
7. Samouni Road (2018) 5/10
8. Olympic Glory (1999) 6/10
9. Keep on Keepin' On (2014) 6/10
10. Becoming Mike Nichols (2016) 7.5/10
11. Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words (2014) 6/10
12. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) 6.5/10
13. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011) 6.5/10
14. Company: Original Cast Album (1970) 6.2/10

User avatar
tourdesb
Moderator
Posts: 1819
Joined: May 07, 2011
Contact:

#143

Post by tourdesb » Yesterday, 10:28 am

23. Dreams of a Life (2011, Carol Morley)
24. On the Bowery (1956, Lionel Rogosin)
25. Model (1980, Frederick Wiseman) : let's start my 80's Wiseman marathon
SpoilerShow
1. 13 jours en France (1968, Claude Lelouch & François Reichenbach)
2. Les neiges de Grenoble (1968, Jacques Ertaud & Jean-Jacques Languepin)
3. Sapporo Orinpikku (1972, Masahiro Shinoda)
4. Visions of Eight (1973, Kon Ichikawa & Milos Forman)
5. White Rock (1977, Tony Maylam)
6. Jeux de la XXIème olympiade (1977, Marcel Carrière & Jean Beaudin)
7. O sport, ty - mir! (1981, Yuriy Ozerov)
8. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004, Pirjo Honkasalo)
9. A Turning Point (1984, Kim Takal)
10. 16 Days of Glory (1986, Bud Greenspan)
11. Calgary '88: 16 Days of Glory (1989, Bud Greenspan)
12. Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (2010, Andrei Ujica)
13. Seoul 1988: Games of the XXIV Olympiad (1988, -)
14. Place de la République (1974, Louis Malle)
15. Hand in Hand (1988, Kwon-taek Im)
16. Winter on Fire (2015, Evgeny Afineevsky)
17. Beyond All Barriers (1988, Lee Ji-won)
18. Gokushiteki erosu: Renka 1974 (1974, Kazuo Hara)
19. One Light, One World (1992, R. Douglas Copsey, Jay Jalbert)
20. Target for Tonight (1941, Harry Watt)
21. Deutschland im Herbst (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Alf Brustellin)
22. Marathon (1993, Carlos Saura)
23. Dreams of a Life (2011, Carol Morley)
24. On the Bowery (1956, Lionel Rogosin)
25. Model (1980, Frederick Wiseman)

User avatar
hurluberlu
Donator
Posts: 1006
Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Contact:

#144

Post by hurluberlu » Yesterday, 11:37 am

4. A Skin So Soft / Ta peau si lisse (Denis Côté, 2017) [CAN] 5+
5. Monkey Kingdom (Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill, 2015) 5
6. Jésus et l'Islam Ep1: La crucifixion selon le Coran (Gérard Mordillat, Jérôme Prieur, 2015) 7
7. Jésus et l'Islam Ep2: Les gens du Livre (Gérard Mordillat, Jérôme Prieur, 2015) 7
8. Sud (Chantal Akerman, 1999) 7
9. Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof, Charlie Siskel, 2013) 8
SpoilerShow
1. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, 2016) 8
2. Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015) 7-
3. Sign 'o' the Times (Prince, Albert Magnoli, 1987) 6
#JeSuisCharlie Liberté, Liberté chérie !

Image
ImageImageImageImage

User avatar
albajos
Posts: 4095
Joined: May 24, 2016
Location: Norway
Contact:

#145

Post by albajos » Yesterday, 11:44 am

Yesterday
26. Pornostjerne? (2007) Norway 26 checks
27. Home of the Brave, Land of the Free (2004) Norway 0 checks Not on imdb, but it won the Amanda for best documentary that year.
Two documentaries from John Sullivan. It's extremly hard to recommend the first one, after all it's Norway's least favorite porn star (we don't have many). The second one is more a fly-on-the-wall view of the US Forces in Afghanistan, so if that's interesting, it's interesting.
(s2a) Seven Up! (1964) UK 5 official lists 2 229 checks 40min. (54) (as this is 39:30 I'm counting it as a short)
28. 7 Plus Seven (1970) UK 2 official lists 1 653 checks
I borrowed all 8 of these from the library and of course 21 Up is scratched. So I have to end it there. Hopefully I can fix it somehow.
29. Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927) Germany 11 official lists 1 447 checks
Fly on the wall
30. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) USA 283 checks
Getting all these directors and actors to talk about Corman just shows how much they value him for their careers.

Today
31. Before Stonewall (1984) USA 94 checks
This is going into my LGBT list
32. 50 Years Legal (2017) UK 2 checks
Same theme

There was a trailer for Remembering the Man (2015) on the 50 Years Legal DVD. I have to try to find that one.

Fly on the WallShow
ABC
14. American Movie (1999)
20. Balletguttene (2014)
31. Before Stonewall (1984)
03. Being Canadian (2015)
29. Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927)
02. Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018)
22 (s1b) Boogie Woogie Pappa (2002)
21. Bredo Greve - Filmrebell (2014)
30. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
01. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
22 (s1d) Den fine pelskåpa di (1977)
15. Family (2001)
32. 50 Years Legal (2017)
18, En frusen dröm (1997)
27. Home of the Brave, Land of the Free (2004)
22 (s1c) Kroppen min (2002)
17. More Than T (2017)
26. Pornostjerne? (2007)
19. Pushwagner (2011)
07. Real Vikings (2016)
24. Salesman (1969)
13. Secret History of Comics (2017)
(s2a) Seven Up! (1964)
28. 7 Plus Seven (1970)
25. Shock Waves: 100 Years After the 1906 Earthquake (2006)
23. Trondheimsreisen (2018)
22 (s1a) Who Hangs the Laundry? Washing, War and Electricity in Beirut (2002)
16. Wishful Drinking (2010)

Year
29. Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927)
(s2a) Seven Up! (1964)
24. Salesman (1969)
28. 7 Plus Seven (1970)
22 (s1d) Den fine pelskåpa di (1977)
31. Before Stonewall (1984)
18, En frusen dröm (1997)
14. American Movie (1999)
15. Family (2001)
22 (s1b) Boogie Woogie Pappa (2002)
22 (s1c) Kroppen min (2002)
22 (s1a) Who Hangs the Laundry? Washing, War and Electricity in Beirut (2002)
27. Home of the Brave, Land of the Free (2004)
25. Shock Waves: 100 Years After the 1906 Earthquake (2006)
26. Pornostjerne? (2007)
16. Wishful Drinking (2010)
30. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
19. Pushwagner (2011)
20. Balletguttene (2014)
21. Bredo Greve - Filmrebell (2014)
03. Being Canadian (2015)
07. Real Vikings (2016)
01. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
32. 50 Years Legal (2017)
17. More Than T (2017)
13. Secret History of Comics (2017)
02. Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018)
23. Trondheimsreisen (2018)

Off. lists
29. Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927) 11
24. Salesman (1969) 10
(s2a) Seven Up! (1964) 5
14. American Movie (1999) 4
28. 7 Plus Seven (1970) 2

Checks
14. American Movie (1999) 3 087
(s2a) Seven Up! (1964) 2 229
28. 7 Plus Seven (1970) 1 653
24. Salesman (1969) 1 523
29. Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927) 1 447
30. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) 283
16. Wishful Drinking (2010) 131
19. Pushwagner (2011) 129
31. Before Stonewall (1984) 94
22 (s1c) Kroppen min (2002) 73
01. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) 57
20. Balletguttene (2014) 27
26. Pornostjerne? (2007) 26
03. Being Canadian (2015) 25
23. Trondheimsreisen (2018) 18
15. Family (2001) 16
18, En frusen dröm (1997) 14
13. Secret History of Comics (2017) 7
21. Bredo Greve - Filmrebell (2014) 6
22 (s1d) Den fine pelskåpa di (1977) 4
02. Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018) 3
32. 50 Years Legal (2017) 2
22 (s1b) Boogie Woogie Pappa (2002) 1
17. More Than T (2017) 1
07. Real Vikings (2016) 1
25. Shock Waves: 100 Years After the 1906 Earthquake (2006) 1
27. Home of the Brave, Land of the Free (2004) 0
22 (s1a) Who Hangs the Laundry? Washing, War and Electricity in Beirut (2002) 0

!seen 32
Last edited by albajos on December 8th, 2018, 1:22 pm, edited 3 times in total.

User avatar
mightysparks
Site Admin
Posts: 28936
Joined: May 05, 2011
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#146

Post by mightysparks » Yesterday, 11:46 am

3. The Invisible War (2012) 6/10

This pissed me off so much. It was definitely tough to watch and I cried a lot, it was insane how many similarities there were to what happened to me, even the way they were like 'the rapists study and stalk their victims' and I remembered him saying something like 'schizoids don't get emotionally attached. Done my research'. Crazy how little things have changed regarding treatment of rape victims and conviction numbers since the release of this as well (although it seems like they have taken quite a few steps within the military). The victim blaming is so awful, and that shitty woman whose mouth barely moves being like 'yeah we're preventing rape by telling women to go everywhere with a friend'. Yeah that'll stop the rapists. The film itself isn't really all that special and was kind of amateurish (some weird ass cuts especially), but it's still important and worth a watch just for the content. I also wish they'd spent more time on the male victims too.

Films WatchedShow
1. La marche de l'empereur (2005) 6/10
2. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) 6/10
3. The Invisible War (2012) 6/10
"I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want." - Stanley Kubrick

iCM | IMDb | LastFM | TSZDT

Image

User avatar
mightysparks
Site Admin
Posts: 28936
Joined: May 05, 2011
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#147

Post by mightysparks » Yesterday, 2:46 pm

4. Audrie & Daisy (2016) 6/10

This was a more solid film than the last one, and more personal, though the title and the IMDb plot summary is super misleading. This was tough to watch too, I actually feel really drained watching these two back to back, especially sober and I ended up chewing a whole nail off, I haven't bitten in months :( . Daisy's paraphrased MLK quote at the end 'the words of our enemies are not as awful as the silence of our friends' hit me hard. And geez Americans take highschool graduation really seriously don't they?

Films WatchedShow
1. La marche de l'empereur (2005) 6/10
2. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) 6/10
3. The Invisible War (2012) 6/10
4. Audrie & Daisy (2016) 6/10
"I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want." - Stanley Kubrick

iCM | IMDb | LastFM | TSZDT

Image

User avatar
tourdesb
Moderator
Posts: 1819
Joined: May 07, 2011
Contact:

#148

Post by tourdesb » Yesterday, 5:24 pm

26. The Store (1983, Frederick Wiseman)
27. Racetrack (1985, Frederick Wiseman)
SpoilerShow
1. 13 jours en France (1968, Claude Lelouch & François Reichenbach)
2. Les neiges de Grenoble (1968, Jacques Ertaud & Jean-Jacques Languepin)
3. Sapporo Orinpikku (1972, Masahiro Shinoda)
4. Visions of Eight (1973, Kon Ichikawa & Milos Forman)
5. White Rock (1977, Tony Maylam)
6. Jeux de la XXIème olympiade (1977, Marcel Carrière & Jean Beaudin)
7. O sport, ty - mir! (1981, Yuriy Ozerov)
8. Melancholian 3 huonetta (2004, Pirjo Honkasalo)
9. A Turning Point (1984, Kim Takal)
10. 16 Days of Glory (1986, Bud Greenspan)
11. Calgary '88: 16 Days of Glory (1989, Bud Greenspan)
12. Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (2010, Andrei Ujica)
13. Seoul 1988: Games of the XXIV Olympiad (1988, -)
14. Place de la République (1974, Louis Malle)
15. Hand in Hand (1988, Kwon-taek Im)
16. Winter on Fire (2015, Evgeny Afineevsky)
17. Beyond All Barriers (1988, Lee Ji-won)
18. Gokushiteki erosu: Renka 1974 (1974, Kazuo Hara)
19. One Light, One World (1992, R. Douglas Copsey, Jay Jalbert)
20. Target for Tonight (1941, Harry Watt)
21. Deutschland im Herbst (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Alf Brustellin)
22. Marathon (1993, Carlos Saura)
23. Dreams of a Life (2011, Carol Morley)
24. On the Bowery (1956, Lionel Rogosin)
25. Model (1980, Frederick Wiseman)
26. The Store (1983, Frederick Wiseman)
27. Racetrack (1985, Frederick Wiseman)

User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 4105
Joined: Jun 07, 2016
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#149

Post by maxwelldeux » Yesterday, 5:55 pm

We don't need no stinkin' fictionShow
"1. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
2. Reel Injun (2009)
3. Lost Heroes (2014)
4. The Staircase e1: Crime or Accident? (2005)
5. Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
6. The Staircase e2: Secrets and Lies (2005)
7. The Staircase e3: A Striking Coincidence (2005)
8. The Staircase e4: A Prosecution Theory (2005)
9. The Staircase e5: A Weak Case (2005)
10. The Staircase e6: The Prosecution's Revenge (2005)
11. Planet Earth II: Islands (2016)
12. Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)
13. The Last Gladiators (2011)
14. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
15. The Staircase e7: The Blowpoke Returns (2005)
16. The Staircase e8: The Verdict (2005)
17. The Staircase e9: Reopening the Case (2013)
18. The Staircase e10: The Last Chance (2013)
19. The Staircase e11: Looking for Closure (2018)
20. The Staircase e12: Between Anger and Despair (2018)
21. The Staircase e13: Flawed Justice (2018)
22. Woodstock (1970)
23. Warrendale (1967)
24. Waiting for Fidel (1974)
25. Watermark (2013)"
26. Hunting Hitler: The Final Hunt Begins (2018)
27. Hunting Hitler: Clandestine Cache (2018)
28. When Jews Were Funny (2013)
29. Planet Earth II: Mountains (2016)
30. Being Canadian (2015)
31. My Millenial Life (2016)
32. Hunting Hitler: Nuclear Nazi Weapons (2018)
33. Hunting Hitler: 150 Feet Below (2018)
34. Hunting Hitler: Dead Drops (2018)
35. Man of Aran (1934)
36. Black Roots (1970)
37. I Am Another You (2017)
38. Planet Earth II: Jungles (2016)
"39. Shorts (61m):
San Pietro (1945, 32m)
Universe (1960, 29m)"
40. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
41. A Married Couple (1969)

Triple. I see why this is well-regarded as a documentary, but it did absolutely nothing for me. Mostly because it seemed like a relatively sensationalized version of my own marriage (and many others). Discussions of separation aside, my wife and I fight about money, chores, etc. But there's also a lot of fun times, and I just don't think they were given enough weight in the documentary.

42. Hunting Hitler: Lurking Beneath the Surface (2018)
43. Planet Earth II: Deserts (2016)
44. The Story of Film: Birth of the Cinema (2011)

This is my second time going through The Story of Film (last year's doc challenge was the first time), and I might make this an annual tradition. Over the past year, I've seen a lot more from the list, and a lot more from throughout film history, so I'm getting different things out of the series this time. Really interesting and enjoyable, even on a rewatch.

User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 4105
Joined: Jun 07, 2016
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#150

Post by maxwelldeux » Yesterday, 6:09 pm

@flavo5000: I watched Dear Zachary... several years ago and have fond memories of it. But that isn't something I'm likely to revisit any time soon for exactly the reasons you stated.

@albajos: 21 Up is available on YouTube, if that's feasible for you. And I'm glad you saw Before Stonewall - that was one of my faves from the LGBT!+ Challenge.

@mightysparks: I quite enjoyed Audrie and Daisy. Definitely a tough watch and emotionally draining, but I thought it was important to see.

72allinncallme
Donator
Posts: 1828
Joined: Nov 13, 2016
Contact:

#151

Post by 72allinncallme » Yesterday, 8:27 pm

So, a quick question. Does Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks count as one point or three?

It’s divided in three parts (at least my rip is). I’ve finished the first part ‘Rust’ and it ended with credits and all.

No biggie either way :)

jdidaco
Posts: 892
Joined: Feb 03, 2017
Contact:

#152

Post by jdidaco » Yesterday, 9:05 pm

(Gif/Screenshots from 'Das Blumenwunder', 'Pehlivan' & 'La ruta de Don Quijote')

Image

21. Im Kampf mit dem Berge - 1. Teil: In Sturm und Eis - Eine Alpensymphonie in Bildern (Struggle with the Mountains, Arnold Fanck, 1921) 7.5/10
22. Das Blumenwunder (The Miracle of Flowers, Max Reichmann, 1926) 9/10
23. Aspects de la Turquie hier et aujourd'hui/Courts métrages turcs (Bosphore; Byzance; La Corne d'Or; Istanbul; Maître Galip; Pehlivan) (Pialat's Turkish Chronicles (Bosphorus; Byzantium; The Golden Horn; Istanbul; Master Galip; Pehlivan), Maurice Pialat, 1964) 9/10
24. Block-notes di un regista/Fellini: A Director's Notebook (Federico Fellini, 1969) 8/10
25. Red Squad (Howard Blatt & Steven Fischler & Francis Freedland & Joel Sucher, 1972) 7.5/10
26. Plain Talk & Common Sense (Jon Jost, 1987) 8.5/10
27. Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (Isaac Julien, 1995) 8/10
28. Gefängnisbilder (Prison Images, Harun Farocki, 2001) 8.5/10

Image


A collection of shorts,

29-30. Estampas 1932 (José Val del Omar, 1932) 7/10 (15 min), La ruta de Don Quijote (Ramón Biadiú, 1934) 9/10 (18 min), Shipyard (Paul Rotha, 1935) 8/10 (24 min), Enginemen (Michael Grigsby, 1959) 7/10 (17 min), The Vanishing Street (Robert Vas, 1962) 8/10 (19 min), Time Is (Don Levy, 1964) 8/10 (29 min) (Total: 122 min)

Image

SpoilerShow
1. Das Stahltier (The Steel Animal, Willy Zielke, 1935) 9/10
2. Serengeti darf nicht sterben (Serengeti Shall Not Die, Bernhard Grzimek, 1959) 8/10
3. L'antimiracolo (The Anti-Miracle, Elio Piccon, 1965) 10/10
4. Sport, sport, sport (Elem Klimov, 1970) 9/10
5. Tiden har inget namn (Time Has No Name, Stefan Jarl, 1989) 8.5/10
6. Helsinki, ikuisesti (Helsinki, Forever, Peter von Bagh, 2008) 8/10
7. Small Roads (James Benning, 2011) 9/10
8. Dead Slow Ahead (Mauro Herce, 2015) 8.5/10
9-10. Cavalli ciechi (Blind Horses, Elio Piccon, 1967) 9.5/10 (11 min), Il pantano (The Marsh, Elio Piccon, 1967) 8.5/10 (12 min), Il campo (The Field, Elio Piccon, 1968) 8.5/10 (14 min), Livet i Danmark (Life in Denmark, Jørgen Leth, 1972) 8.5/10 (36 min), Study of a River (Peter B. Hutton, 1997) 9.5/10 (16 min), Brihnlala ki Khelkali (Dancing Othello, Ashish Avikunthak, 2002) 9/10 (18 min), Vakratunda Swaha (Ashish Avikunthak, 2010) 8/10 (21 min) (Total: 128 min)
11. Les étoiles de midi (Stars at Noon, Marcel Ichac & Jacques Ertaud, 1959) 8/10
12. Konkurs (Audition, Milos Forman, 1964) 9/10
13. Harvest (Carroll Ballard, 1967) 8.5/10
14. Bilder vom verlorenen Wort (Pictures of the Lost World, Klaus Wyborny, 1975) 10/10
15. Daddy and the Muscle Academy (Ilppo Pohjola, 1991) 7.5/10
16. Voschozhdenie (Ascension, Pavel Medvedev, 2009) 8/10
17. 25 ze sedesátých, aneb Ceskoslovenská nová vlna (25 from the Sixties, or The Czechoslovak New Wave, Martin Sulík, 2010) 9.5/10
18. Visages villages (Faces, Places, Agnès Varda & JR, 2017) 8/10
19-20. La zone (The Zone, Georges Lacombe, 1928) 9/10 (38 min), Prix et profits, la pomme de terre (Price and Profits, or the History of the Potato, Yves Allégret, 1932) 8/10 (18 min), Yellow Caesar (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1941) 7/10 (23 min), Prisiel k nám Old Shatterhand (Old Shatterhand Came to See Us, Dusan Hanák, 1966) 8.5/10 (12 min), Na tretyey ot solntsa planeta (On the Third Planet from the Sun, Pavel Medvedev, 2006) 9/10 (31 min) (Total: 122 min)

User avatar
tourdesb
Moderator
Posts: 1819
Joined: May 07, 2011
Contact:

#153

Post by tourdesb » Yesterday, 10:16 pm

72allinncallme wrote:
Yesterday, 8:27 pm
So, a quick question. Does Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks count as one point or three?

It’s divided in three parts (at least my rip is). I’ve finished the first part ‘Rust’ and it ended with credits and all.

No biggie either way :)
IMDb lists as :
Runtime: 551 min (3 parts)
so 3 points seems fair to me.

User avatar
OldAle1
Donator
Posts: 2631
Joined: Feb 09, 2017
Location: Dairyland, USA
Contact:

#154

Post by OldAle1 » Today, 12:57 am

1. Warrendale (Allan King, 1967)

The film I just didn't quite get to the last time we did a Canada challenge - maybe I'll start off every future Canada challenge with an Allan King film? Certainly a good way to start and also like the other film I've seen from him, A Married Couple, a work that grows into almost unbearable intensity; I don't think I'd want to see too many of these in a short span of time. This one deals with an experimental therapy facility for children (adolescents/young adults for the most part - the oldest looked 16-17 to me) in the Toronto area and the efforts of the therapists to help the kids deal with mostly emotional and anger issues. It culminates with a tragedy that feels like it could wreck the whole program - and indeed, the facility didn't last very long. I'm not knowledgeable about this area at all and have never really had to deal with these kinds of problems except very rarely and at a distance so I can't say that I felt one way or another about whether this kind of therapy is useful but in its emphasis on holding, hugging, etc, it does seem like something that would be hard to practice today. At any rate, very intense and powerful stuff.

2. Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (Alex Stapleton, 2011)
3. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (Mark Hartley, 2010)

The title of the first of this pair is self-explanatory; I'm grouping them together because the second - though released a year earlier, and produced in a different country (Australia as opposed to the USA) - functions quite well as a semi-sequel to the first, and in fact deals significantly with Corman's role in Filipino exploitation cinema, it's primary subject.

Corman's World is entertaining, and offers a fair bit of information about the low-budget cinematic landscape of the USA in the 50s and 60s, mostly, with emphasis on the films he directed, especially the horror and science fiction work earlier, and the trippy/hippy/political work later. It's filled with nice little interview clips, with Corman himself, his wife and his brother Gene, and Martin Scorsese and Jack Nicholson providing a lot of the highlights, and gives a decent overview - or as decent an overview as you can get in an hour and a half - of this enormous career. It's disappointing to me that we get little sense of where Corman really comes from - his childhood, family background, religious/political views growing up, etc, and not much sense of his life outside of film, though given his productivity there can't have been too much of that. Worth seeing and probably illuminating to most like me who aren't experts, but not as enlightening as it might have been.

I liked Machete Maidens a bit more if only because with it's narrow focus on exploitation films produced for export with American companies and talent involved, it gives a good sense of what these films are, and where they came from, without needing to get into the psychological aspects that I think could have benefited the previous film. It's mostly a celebration of schlock in other words, with more or less the same format - chronological, lots of film clips and current-day talking heads, including Corman again, and Joe Dante and Allan Arkush (also in the Corman doc), John Landis, Pam Grier and a couple dozen others. Most of this focuses on the 1970s and early 80s, the period when Corman had moved away from directing and was just producing, and when sex and violence were becoming the norm, so it really does make a good companion with the other film which deals more with the 50s and 60s. At any rate both of them together give a pretty nice overview of this large segment of English-language b and exploitation cinema over several decades and this was an auspicious start to my documenting-film part of the challenge.

4. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)

OK so I'm sure just about every review of this documentary of a struggling, long-lived Toronto heavy metal band has to evoke a certain other "documentary" about a certain British heavy metal band that came out in 1984, so I'll just start by saying that if Spinal Tap is a fake doc that often feels very, very real, Anvil is a real doc that - because we've all seen Spinal Tap and innumerable other faux rockumentaries that followed in it's wake (or preceded it, like The Rutles) - often feels fake, or at least made me wonder, "did they exaggerate this?" But no, Anvil is the band that Spinal Tap might've been if it were even less famous and more unlucky, and the miracle of this film is that watching a couple of guys struggle to no avail for decades can feel so invigorating and inspiring in the end. There are even some fairly incredible parallels with the fictional band - "Robb Reiner", a blonde manager who is the girlfriend of one of the band members, lots of similar-sounding albums, the occasional pretentiousness...but it's all the real deal in this case, truth really is stranger than, or at least as strange as fiction. It's really quite a special portrait ultimately of a life-long friendship and an undying dream and what is more important than that? The only thing I would have wished for is that they might have played one or two songs complete, all we get are snatches, but then this really is focused on the band and relationships more than the music.

vortexsurfer
Posts: 221
Joined: Feb 04, 2017
Contact:

#155

Post by vortexsurfer » Today, 1:01 am

7. The American Nightmare (Adam Simon, 2000)
8. The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Golden Age of World Cinema (2011)
9. Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (Jason Paul Collum, 2011)
10. American Grindhouse (Elijah Drenner, 2010)

SpoilerShow
1. Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (Jake West, 2010)
2. Video Nasties: Draconian Days (Jake West, 2014)
3. Cannibals and Crampons (Mark Anstice, Bruce Parry, 2002)
4. Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (Xan Cassavetes, 2004)
5. The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Birth of the Cinema (2011)
6. The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Hollywood Dream (2011)
7. The American Nightmare (Adam Simon, 2000)
8. The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Golden Age of World Cinema (2011)
9. Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (Jason Paul Collum, 2011)
10. American Grindhouse (Elijah Drenner, 2010)

User avatar
sebby
Posts: 5405
Joined: Jul 04, 2011
Contact:

#156

Post by sebby » Today, 2:51 am

13 louis theroux: law and disorder in johannesburg - 5.5/10
14 i, claude monet - 6.5/10
15 louis theroux: a place for paedophiles - 5/10
16 louis theroux: love without limits - 5/10
17 louis theroux: choosing death - 5.5/10

these louis theroux specials are like documentary candy. never too substantial despite tackling serious subjects, but entertaining and easy enough to watch as i've not really been in a mood to watch movies this month.

the collected evidenceShow
01 belfast, maine - 7/10
02 dogs part 3 - 3/10
03 dina - 3.5/10
04 god knows where i am - 5.5/10
05 rivers and tides - 5.5/10
06 louis theroux: the most hated family in america - 5.5/10
07 louis theroux: law and disorder in philadelphia - 6.5/10
08 along for the ride - 6.5/10
09 picture of light - 7/10
10 louis theroux: the most hated family in america in crisis - 4.5/10
11 one day in september - 7/10
12 africa's great civilizations part 1
13 louis theroux: law and disorder in johannesburg - 5.5/10
14 i, claude monet - 6.5/10
15 louis theroux: a place for paedophiles - 5/10
16 louis theroux: love without limits - 5/10
17 louis theroux: choosing death - 5.5/10

User avatar
3eyes
Donator
Posts: 6200
Joined: May 17, 2011
Location: Philadelphia
Contact:

#157

Post by 3eyes » Today, 2:55 am

3. Le fantôme de l'opératrice (Can 06) - Double
Interesting documentary about telephone operators and their obsolescence, using a lot of footage from Bell promotional films. Female director.
SpoilerShow
1. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr story (17)
2. Stories we tell (Canada 12) - Triple
3. Le fantôme de l'opératrice (Can 06) - Double
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

User avatar
Simba63
Donator
Posts: 674
Joined: Sep 07, 2017
Location: USA
Contact:

#158

Post by Simba63 » Today, 3:39 am

9. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) - 7/10

allisoncm
Posts: 15867
Joined: May 11, 2011
Contact:

#159

Post by allisoncm » Today, 5:07 am

SpoilerShow
1. Vito (2011) 7/10
2. Captain Mike Across America aka Slacker Uprising (2007) 5/10
3. American Masters: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006) 7/10
4. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012) 6/10
5. Art Blakey and the Messengers – Belgium 1958 8/10
6. Paul Klee - The Silence of the Angel (2005) 6/10
7. Samouni Road (2018) 5/10
8. Olympic Glory (1999) 6/10
9. Keep on Keepin' On (2014) 6/10
10. Becoming Mike Nichols (2016) 7.5/10
11. Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words (2014) 6/10
12. Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) 6.5/10
13. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth (2011) 6.5/10
14. Company: Original Cast Album (1970) 6.2/10
15. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) 7.5/10

User avatar
Knaldskalle
Moderator
Posts: 9045
Joined: May 09, 2011
Location: New Mexico, Trumpistan
Contact:

#160

Post by Knaldskalle » Today, 6:51 am

17. Minamata: The Victims and their World (Tsuchimoto, 1971). I'd read about the Minamata disaster (massive industrial mercury pollution that affected and killed people in the area), but seeing them struggling with recognition of their condition and everyday life was profoundly disturbing.

18. The Murder of Fred Hampton (Alk, 1971). Fred Hampton was mentioned briefly in "13th" that I saw a few day ago so I thought I'd check out this movie about his political activity and his death at the hand of the Chicago PD. Murder, without a doubt.

19. A Grin Without A Cat (Marker, 1977). It's tough to sit through a 3 hour documentary that dissects the various failures of the political left, especially since some of the people tend to pontificate, but it's nevertheless well-made and has a good point.

SpoilerShow
1-4: The Century of the Self (Curtis, 2002)
5-7: The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (Curtis, 2004)
8. The Eternal Jew (Hippler, 1940)
9. India: Matri Bhumi (Rossellini, 1959)
10-11:
short docsShow
  1. The Inner World of Aphasia (Feil, 1963). 23 minutes
  2. Hiroshima: A document of the Atomic Bombing (Matsukawa & Ogasawara, 1970). 28 minutes
  3. Four Seasons (Peleshian, 1975). 29 minutes
  4. Intrepid Shadows (Clah, 1966). 18 minutes
  5. A Navajo Weaver (Benally, 1966). 22 minutes
12: 13th (Duvernay, 2016)
13: CBS Reports: Harvest of Shame (Friendly, 1960)
14. Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 1967)
15. The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (Kaplan, 1967)
16. Portrait of Jason (Clarke, 1967)
17. Minamata: The Victims and their World (Tsuchimoto, 1971)
18. The Murder of Fred Hampton (Alk, 1971)
19. A Grin Without A Cat (Marker, 1977).
Personal film goals for 2018. Image Image

Post Reply