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Director 6: Arthur Penn
History: 4 movies, avg. rating: 6.8
Mickey One (1965): 4.5
The Chase (1966): 7.0
Bonnie and Clyde (1967): 8.5
Little Big Man (1970): 7.2
25. The Miracle Worker (1962, Arthur Penn): 7.8 - Beautiful stark contrasting b/w cinematography, superb performances by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in a touching movie about dedication and endurance, but above all about the power of communication, the need for connection and ambition for knowledge

26. Night Moves (1975, Arthur Penn): 7.0 - A solid revisionist noir, that is as much interested in the mental state and personal problems of its protagonist as in solving the central mystery. It reminded me very much Altman's The Long Goodbye. Hackman does a fine job carrying the picture as the troubled protagonist. But the plot is a bit too unsatisfying to make the movie really stand out.

27. The Missouri Breaks (1976, Arthur Penn): 6.5 - This eccentric Western that teams up two great actors, Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando, is very uneven,. I liked how it inverts the role of good and bad guy in Western by making Nicholson's horse thief the most human character and Brando's hired protector and thief hunter into sadistic killer. Nicholson gives a convincing restrained performance. But Brando overacts with a character that solely consist out of eccentricities. I could say he feels totally out of place in the movie, but the whole movie is tonally inconsistent ranging from black comedy to romance to straight Western to tragedy. The plot likewise is also unfocused and doesn't come together as well as it should have in the end. The production design is great, the west really looks like the old west.

28. Dead of Winter (1987, Arthur Penn): 6.5 - Despite a predictable plot and stressing the suspension of disbelief at times due to an annoyingly naïve protagonist, this thriller, starring Mary Steenburgen as a wannabe actress invited for a screentest to an old mansion by an old psychiatrist with ulterior motives, thanks to Penn's direction and typical thriller score, although that score is too present at times, still makes for a suspenseful watch that passes the time very well.
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1. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift [The Fast and the Furious 3] (2006, Justin Lin): 7.0
2. Fast & Furious [Fast & Furious 4] (2009, Justin Lin) rewatch: 3.5 > 6.2
3. Fast Five [The Fast and the Furious 5] (2011, Justin Lin) rewatch: 6.5 > 7.2
4. Fast & Furious 6 [Fast 6] (2013, Justin Lin): 7.0
5. Schlock [The Banana Monster] (1973, John Landis): 6.0
6. Into the Night (1985, John Landis): 6.2
7. Coming to America (1988, John Landis) rewatch: ? > 7.0
8. Innocent Blood (1992, John Landis): 6.8
9. Trading Places (1983, John Landis): 6.8
10. Southern Comfort (1981, Walter Hill): 8.0
11. Streets of Fire (1984, Walter Hill): 7.8
12. Trespass (1992, Walter Hill): 7.2
13. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993, Walter Hill): 7.5
14. Bullet to the Head (2013, Walter Hill): 5.5
15. Castle Keep (1969, Sydney Pollack): 3.8 -
16. Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack) rewatch: 7.0? > 7.5
17. The Yakuza (1974, Sydney Pollack): 7.5
18. Désordre [Disorder] (1986, Olivier Assayas) #DDF: 6.8
19. L'enfant de l'hiver [Winter's Child] (1989, Olivier Assayas): 6.2
20. Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) rewatch: 7.5 > 8.0
21. Noise (2006, Olivier Assayas): 5.5
22. Boarding Gate (2007, Olivier Assayas): 4.5
23. Doubles vies [Non-Fiction] (2018, Olivier Assayas): 7.2
24. Wasp Network (2019, Olivier Assayas): 5.0
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Nicholas Ray

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Nicholas Ray was something of an eccentric personality, particularly later in his career as his drug and alcohol abuse increased, but Ray stands as one of the most influential Hollywood directors of the ‘40s and ‘50s, particularly to the French New Wave. Directors like Truffaut and Godard praised Ray extensively, citing his expressionistic use of color, his flawless compositions, his sympathy with outsiders and youth culture and his tackling of prickly subjects like drug addiction and gender politics. He is perhaps best remembered for directing Rebel Without a Cause, the film that cemented James Dean’s legendary status, but he was also responsible for classic film noir like They Live By Night and In a Lonely Place as well as the classic western Johnny Guitar and the James Mason acting tour-de-force Bigger Than Life. Later in life, Ray would find himself directing less and less and taking on more teaching and mentoring jobs until his death from lung cancer in 1979 while working on his final film Lightning Over Water which was completed posthumously by Wim Wenders as a tribute to Ray’s immense talent and incredible influence.

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151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Flying Leathernecks tells the story of a hard-nosed commander who is placed in charge of a group of young pilots in the air force in Guadalcanal during World War II. The film focuses heavily on a combination of high-flying heroics and the internal struggle of duty to one’s country and one’s men vs. personal emotion and self-preservation. It was bankrolled by Howard Hughes, a big aerial buff, and the dogfighting sequences using a combination of Hollywood stunt flying and actual World War II footage were generally blended quite well and were probably the best part of the film. The ultimate message of the film made rub some the wrong way in how it prioritizes the mission above human lives. Still for those looking for a hoo-rah war flick with John Wayne butting heads with Robert Ryan, this’ll be right up your alley.

152. Run for Cover (1955)
James Cagney didn’t appear in many westerns, being more suited to the gangster flicks for which he was primarily known (although his song-and-dance credentials were legit as well), but Run for Cover is one of two that he appeared in for Nicholas Ray. It’s about a couple of guys who are made sheriff and deputy after being mistaken for train robbers and who must then fend off real train robbers led by Ernest Borgnine. The Vistavision compositions pop like other Ray films and the film has a couple of interesting turns that keep it fairly engaging. It does drag a little in the middle but has a pretty exciting ending. It’s a little tough to take Cagney seriously as a cowpoke just based typecasting, but the really does acquit himself quite well.

153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)
In the last years before his death, Ray taught film studies at Binghamton University and this highly experimental film made with his students was one of his last major film projects. There is little actual plot to speak of. It is structured as a stream-of-conscious pseudo-autobiographical slice of life film split into quadrants and utilizing a variety of different film stocks and techniques showing a communal way of life and philosophy. This film has screenings in 1972 and 1973, most famously at Cannes, but Ray would continue to edit and tinker with it until his death. It is radically different from pretty much anything else Ray had done up to that point and is more targeted to the avant-garde/experimental crowd than to fans of Ray’s previous work.
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Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)
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Director #5: Akira Kurosawa (TSPDT #10)

14. Sugata Sanshirô - Judo Saga (1943) 6.5/10 #ddf
15. Shichinin no Samurai - Seven Samurai (1954) 8.5/10
16. Ran (1985) 8.5/10

Prior to this challenge, I'd seen 17 of Kurosawa's films, and based on this he's in my all time top 5 directors (and #1 among non-English language filmmakers). This challenge seems like a good excuse for a long overdue revisit of two of his most acclaimed works, and also a prime opportunity to watch his debut with an eye to that ongoing poll.

Sugata Sanshirô was a respectable debut, focusing on judo and jujitsu fighters and including some engaging set pieces with one on one "duels" between master practitioners. That said, the film feels a little stilted, not unlike some early American sound films, and ultimately doesn't stand out as one of Kurosawa's stronger efforts.

Seven Samurai is of course an incredible film, but if forced to make a critique I'd say the buildup is perhaps a bit longer than necessary and the second half is stronger than the first, although the first half is still quite good. The second half really is something special, with great action scenes as the peasants form themselves into a very respectable makeshift army under the leadership/generalship of the samurai.

Like Seven Samurai, I'd seen Ran years ago but didn't remember it well. This is an excellent adaptation of King Lear, including several memorable set pieces and stunning use of colour throughout. While also a long film (though an hour short of Seven Samurai), it uses the ~2.5 hour run time well and stays consistently strong.
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(Screenshot from 'Instabile Materie'),

Werner Nekes

39. Amalgam I-IV (Werner Nekes, 1974) 9/10
40. Lagado (Werner Nekes, 1977) 7.5/10
41. Johnny Flash (Werner Nekes, 1986) 8/10

Calypso and a triple Helge Schneider, from 'Johnny Flash' :lol:



Jürgen Reble

42. Zillertal (Jürgen Reble, 1991) 7/10 (10 min), Ein bewährter Partner (A Proven Partner, Jürgen Reble, 1993) 7.5/10 (21 min), Arktis - Zwischen Licht und Dunkel (Arktis - Between Light and Darkness, Jürgen Reble, 2004) 7.5/10 (30 min), Zagreb Tram Station (Jürgen Reble, 2010) 6/10 (8 min), Das Schöpfwerk (Jürgen Reble, 2013) 7.5/10 (11 min) (Total: 80 min)
43. Instabile Materie (Unstable Materials, Jürgen Reble, 1995) 9/10
44. Tabula Smaragdina (Jürgen Reble, 2010) 9/10

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Johan van der Keuken

1. Dagboek (Diary, Johan van der Keuken, 1972) 9/10
2. De nieuwe ijstijd (The New Ice Age, Johan van der Keuken, 1974-79) 9/10
3. De tijd (Time, Johan van der Keuken, 1983) 8/10

R. Bruce Elder

4. She Is Away (R. Bruce Elder, 1976) 7.5/10 (13 min), Permutations and Combinations (R. Bruce Elder, 1976) 7/10 (7 min), Sweet Love Remembered (R. Bruce Elder, 1980) 7.5/10 (12 min), 1857 (Fool's Gold) (R. Bruce Elder, 1981) 8.5/10 (25 min), Work in Progress from Consolations (Love Is an Art of Time) (R. Bruce Elder, 1988) 7/10 (23 min) (Total: 80 min)
5. Lamentations a Monument for the Dead World (R. Bruce Elder, 1985) 9/10
6. Et Resurrectus Est (R. Bruce Elder, 1994) 8.5/10

Teo Hernandez

7. Corps Aboli (Teo Hernandez, 1978) 9/10 (16 min), Tables d'hiver (Teo Hernandez, 1979) 9/10 (29 min), Gong (Teo Hernandez, 1981) 9.5/10 (39 min) (Total: 84 min)
8. Cristaux (Teo Hernandez, 1978) 10/10
9. Lacrima Christi (Teo Hernandez, 1980) 9.5/10

Boris Lehman

10. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 8.5/10
11. Couple, regards, positions (Boris Lehman & Nadine Wandel, 1983) 8/10
12. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Looking for My Birthplace, Boris Lehman, 1990) 8/10

Richard Myers

13. Deathstyles (Richard Myers, 1971) 9/10
14. Floor Show (Richard Myers, 1978) 9/10
15. Jungle Girl (Richard Myers, 1984) 8/10

Amit Dutta

16. Sonchidi (The Golden Bird, Amit Dutta, 2011) 7/10
17. Saatvin Sair (The Seventh Walk, Amit Dutta, 2013) 9/10
18. Agyat Shilpi (The Unknown Craftsman, Amit Dutta, 2017) 8.5/10

Henri Storck

19. Pour vos beaux yeux (For Your Beautiful Eyes, Henri Storck, 1929) 7.5/10 (RV) (7 min), Idylle à la plage (Romance on the Beach, Henri Storck, 1931) 9/10 (23 min), L'île de Pâques (Easter Island, Henri Storck & John Fernhout, 1934) 7.5/10 (23 min), La fenêtre ouverte (The Open Window, Henri Storck, 1952) 7.5/10 (18 min), Les Dieux du feu (Henri Storck, 1961) 8/10 (10 min) (Total: 81 min)
20. Rubens (Henri Storck & Paul Haesaerts, 1948) 8/10
21. Herman Teirlinck (Henri Storck, 1953) 7.5/10

Júlio Bressane

22. Amor Louco/Crazy Love (Júlio Bressane, 1971) 8/10
23. Educação Sentimental (Sentimental Education, Júlio Bressane, 2013) 9/10
24. Sedução da Carne (Seduction of the Flesh, Júlio Bressane, 2018) 7/10

Werner Schroeter

25. Himmel hoch (Werner Schroeter, 1968) 8/10 (11 min), La morte d'Isotta (Werner Schroeter, 1968) 7.5/10 (37 min), Mona Lisa (Werner Schroeter, 1968) 6.5/10 (32 min) (Total: 80 min)
26. Salome (Werner Schroeter, 1971) 8.5/10
27. Weiße Reise (White Journey, Werner Schroeter, 1980) 8/10

Khavn

28. Philippine New Wave: This Is Not a Film Movement (Khavn, 2010) 6/10
29. Desaparadiso (Khavn, 2015) 7.5/10
30. Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (Khavn, 2017) 8/10

Klaus Wyborny

31. Am Rand der Finsternis (At the Edge of Darkness, Klaus Wyborny, 1985) 9.5/10
32. Gnade und Dinge: 11 Stücke auf Film (Grace, Things, Klaus Wyborny, 1985) 9.5/10
33. Verlassen; Verloren; Einsam, Kalt (Abandoned; Lost; Lonely, Cold, Klaus Wyborny, 1992) 10/10
34. Aus dem Zeitalter des Übermuts (Dichtung und Wahrheit) (From the Age of Recklessness, Klaus Wyborny, 1994) 9/10
35. Eine Andere Welt (Another World, Klaus Wyborny, 2004) 9/10

Gust Van den Berghe

36. En waar de sterre bleef stille staan (Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, Gust Van den Berghe, 2010) 8.5/10
37. Blue Bird (Gust Van den Berghe, 2011) 7.5/10
38. Lucifer (Gust Van den Berghe, 2014) 8/10
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Harald Reinl (here with second wife/regular leading lady, Karin Dor.)

FTV:7:U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien (1958)4/10.

Clearly working on a far lower budget then the one he would later have for his run of Krimi movies, director Harald Reinl & his regular cinematographer Ernst W. Kalinke find space in the middle of poor stock footage for U47’s attacks to drill a tense atmosphere into the submarine, with grinding, scarping sounds being played in the background,as Reinl tightly holds the camera into each corner, capturing the on-edge confinement of the crew.

Playing fast and lose with the reality of this “True Story“, (the real Captain Prien was not a member of the German Resistance) the screenplay by Reinl’s regular scriptwriter J. Joachim Bartsch (joined here by Udo Wolter) presents U47’s sinking of British warships in a flat manner,lacking any hint of the on-edge action mood the film is trying to build, with the lone sparks coming from the writers diving into the casual bickering of the crew on the U47.


FTV:8: Face of the Frog (1959)7.

Before it become a genre which would have a huge impact on the Giallo years later, director Harald Reinl establishes the foundations of the Krimi with his regular cinematographer Ernst W. Kalinke scanning the streets of London under deep fog (filmed in Denmark as a stand in for the UK, which adds to the wonderfully off-beat atmosphere) in winding panning shots framing Inspector Hedge, (played with a enticing curiosity by Siegfried Lowitz) being blind towards standing right next to The Frog.

Keeping the quirky mask of master criminal The Frog (animals later playing a major part in the Giallo) on until the final twist, Reinl webs the hard-nosed Film Noir mood from the police investigations, with strikingly stylised killer set-pieces leaving the burning hot mark of The Frog burning in the murder set-pieces which Reinl leaps into the seedy glamour of cabaret shows in underworld nightclubs.Introducing the master criminal with the sounds of frogs outside waking a couple up, the screenplay by Reinl's close collaborator J. Joachim Bartsch (here joined with Egon Eis) webs their adaptation of Edgar Wallace’s novel with the pulpy thrills of The Frog and his knife-throwing gang becoming increasingly brutal in the execution of their crimes, as they start to fear the police leapfrogging to capturing them,before The Frog has had his taste of the Krimi.

FTV:9: The Terrible People (1960)10.

Taking the Krimi genre deep into the Giallo direction that he and his then-wife would complete to a full transition with their final Krimi serving The Sinister Monk (1965-also reviewed) director Harald Reinl is joined by cinematographer Albert Benitz in superbly dipping the Krimi into Giallo and Gothic Horror.Backed by a silky Jazz score from Heinz Funk and featuring a high body count, Reinl brings the ghostly looking killer from out of the shadows with splintered panning shots darting from the startled gaze of the cops seeing a “ghost” disappear in front of their eyes.

Running a list of who is being targeted in vengeful killings across the screen, Reinl crosses off each name off with ultra-stylised proto-Giallo first-person tracking shots and slivers of blood across the bourgeoisie household, (a future regular setting for Giallo) which Reinl gloriously twists into a Haunted House final,where Long and Sanders search to unmask the ghostly killer,whist in a crumbling house with things that go bump in the night. Bringing a Gothic flavour out of Edgar Wallace’s novel, the screenplay by Reinl’s regular scriptwriter J. Joachim Bartsch (here joined by Wolfgang Schnitzler) sizzles a tense Krimi mystery of the police attempting to get one step ahead of the “ghost”,with the seeping fog gradually wrapping round the detectives of the open possibility of a supernatural element being involved in the killings, leading them to sail into murky waters where criminals use the “supernatural” as a cover for their continuing crimes.

Joined by Joachim Fuchsberger keeping Inspector Long hot under the collar as he gets under pressure to stop the ghost piling up the bodies with avenging murders, Queen of the Krimi, Karin Dor gives a excellent performance as Sanders,with Dor’s expressive face capturing Sanders gradually warming to the police,whilst nudging the viewer to the change of perception in the killer twist ending,as Sanders unmasks the motives of the terrible people.
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Hi Wolf,I was wondering with Adam Curtis new doc,if each film in it counts as a single entry or as a collective whole? This is due to Curtis having split the doc/film into several parts,such as:

Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) - Part 1: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain (runtime:74 mins):


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Preston Sturges

16. Christmas in July (1940) 7
17. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) 6
18. Sullivan's Travels (1941) [Rewatch] 8>7+
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morrison-dylan-fan wrote: February 21st, 2021, 5:10 am
FTV:9: The Terrible People (1960)10.

Taking the Krimi genre deep into the Giallo direction that he and his then-wife would complete to a full transition with their final Krimi serving The Sinister Monk (1965-also reviewed) director Harald Reinl is joined by cinematographer Albert Benitz in superbly dipping the Krimi into Giallo and Gothic Horror.Backed by a silky Jazz score from Heinz Funk and featuring a high body count, Reinl brings the ghostly looking killer from out of the shadows with splintered panning shots darting from the startled gaze of the cops seeing a “ghost” disappear in front of their eyes.

Running a list of who is being targeted in vengeful killings across the screen, Reinl crosses off each name off with ultra-stylised proto-Giallo first-person tracking shots and slivers of blood across the bourgeoisie household, (a future regular setting for Giallo) which Reinl gloriously twists into a Haunted House final,where Long and Sanders search to unmask the ghostly killer,whist in a crumbling house with things that go bump in the night. Bringing a Gothic flavour out of Edgar Wallace’s novel, the screenplay by Reinl’s regular scriptwriter J. Joachim Bartsch (here joined by Wolfgang Schnitzler) sizzles a tense Krimi mystery of the police attempting to get one step ahead of the “ghost”,with the seeping fog gradually wrapping round the detectives of the open possibility of a supernatural element being involved in the killings, leading them to sail into murky waters where criminals use the “supernatural” as a cover for their continuing crimes.

Joined by Joachim Fuchsberger keeping Inspector Long hot under the collar as he gets under pressure to stop the ghost piling up the bodies with avenging murders, Queen of the Krimi, Karin Dor gives a excellent performance as Sanders,with Dor’s expressive face capturing Sanders gradually warming to the police,whilst nudging the viewer to the change of perception in the killer twist ending,as Sanders unmasks the motives of the terrible people.
Cool, I was looking at digging into more of the German Edgar Wallace movies from the '60s myself maybe later this year. Definitely interested in your thoughts on the rest of them as well. Looks like The Terrible People is a need-to-watch.
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morrison-dylan-fan wrote: February 21st, 2021, 5:19 am Hi Wolf,I was wondering with Adam Curtis new doc,if each film in it counts as a single entry or as a collective whole? This is due to Curtis having split the doc/film into several parts,such as:

Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) - Part 1: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain (runtime:74 mins):


Thanks.
Hi fan of Morrisson-Dylan,
It's a mini-series, so the 80 minutes a point rule counts. In total it's 478 min (74+74+71+73+66+120). Which is 2 minutes short of 6*80=480. klaus78 counted it for 6 points. I'm not going to be a nitpicker and will see those two minutes through the fingers, so you can count Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) for 6 points.

klaus78 wrote: February 20th, 2021, 12:55 pm
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1.-5. Stan Brakhage
The Wonder Ring (1955) 6/10
The Dead (1960) 7/10
Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 6/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 7/10
Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 (1969) 8/10
The Machine of Eden (1970) 8/10
Star Garden (1974) 6/10
Desert (1976) 8/10
The Process (1972) 7/10
Burial Path (1978) 6/10
Duplicity III (1980) 6/10
The Domain of the Moment (1977) 6/10
Murder Psalm (1980) 6/10
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 6/10
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #4: D.H. Lawrence (1990) 7/10
Unconscious London Strata (1981) 7/10
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992) 8/10
The Mammals of Victoria (1994) 6/10
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994) 7/10
I Take These Truths (1994) 7/10
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997) 7/10
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997) 7/10
...Reel Five (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #1 (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #2 (1999) 7/10
Persian Series #3 (1999) 7/10
Chinese Series (2003) 6/10
6.-8. Jacques Rivette
L'amour fou (1969) 7/10
Noroît (1976) 6/10
Paris nous appartient (1961) 8/10
9.-17. Dziga Vertov
Kino-nedelya (1918-1919) 6/10
Kino-pravda (1922-1925) 6/10
Kinoglaz (1924) 7/10
Shagay, sovet! (1926) 6/10
Odinnadtsatyy (1928) 7/10
Tri pesni o Lenine (1934) 6/10
18.-20. Hollis Frampton
Manual of Arms (1966) 6/10
Process Red (1966) 6/10
Maxwell's Demon (1968) 6/10
Surface Tension (1968) 6/10
Carrots & Peas (1969) 4/10
Lemon (1969) 5/10
Zorns Lemma (1970) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971) 3/10
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977) 6/10
Pan 0-4, 697-700 (1974) 5/10
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 (1976) 6/10
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I (1975) 4/10
Winter Solstice (1974) 6/10
Gloria! (1979) 4/10
Adam Curtis

21.-26. Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) 8/10
27. It Felt Like a Kiss (2009) 8/10
28. Bitter Lake (2015) 7/10
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Spoiler
1.-5. Stan Brakhage
The Wonder Ring (1955) 6/10
The Dead (1960) 7/10
Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 6/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 7/10
Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 (1969) 8/10
The Machine of Eden (1970) 8/10
Star Garden (1974) 6/10
Desert (1976) 8/10
The Process (1972) 7/10
Burial Path (1978) 6/10
Duplicity III (1980) 6/10
The Domain of the Moment (1977) 6/10
Murder Psalm (1980) 6/10
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 6/10
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #4: D.H. Lawrence (1990) 7/10
Unconscious London Strata (1981) 7/10
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992) 8/10
The Mammals of Victoria (1994) 6/10
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994) 7/10
I Take These Truths (1994) 7/10
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997) 7/10
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997) 7/10
...Reel Five (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #1 (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #2 (1999) 7/10
Persian Series #3 (1999) 7/10
Chinese Series (2003) 6/10
6.-8. Jacques Rivette
L'amour fou (1969) 7/10
Noroît (1976) 6/10
Paris nous appartient (1961) 8/10
9.-17. Dziga Vertov
Kino-nedelya (1918-1919) 6/10
Kino-pravda (1922-1925) 6/10
Kinoglaz (1924) 7/10
Shagay, sovet! (1926) 6/10
Odinnadtsatyy (1928) 7/10
Tri pesni o Lenine (1934) 6/10
18.-20. Hollis Frampton
Manual of Arms (1966) 6/10
Process Red (1966) 6/10
Maxwell's Demon (1968) 6/10
Surface Tension (1968) 6/10
Carrots & Peas (1969) 4/10
Lemon (1969) 5/10
Zorns Lemma (1970) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971) 3/10
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977) 6/10
Pan 0-4, 697-700 (1974) 5/10
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 (1976) 6/10
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I (1975) 4/10
Winter Solstice (1974) 6/10
Gloria! (1979) 4/10
21.-28. Adam Curtis
Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) 8/10
It Felt Like a Kiss (2009) 8/10
Bitter Lake (2015) 7/10
Michael Snow

29. <---> (1969) 5/10
30. Wavelength (1967) [rewatch] 6/10
31. *Corpus Callosum (2002) 4/10
x. Cityscape (2019) 6/10
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Kon Ichikawa

37. Kuroi jûnin no onna (Ten Dark Women, 1961) 7/10
38. Hakai (The Outcast, 1962) 7/10
39. Yukinojô henge (An Actor's Revenge, 1963) 7/10
40. Matatabi (The Wanderers, 1973) 5/10
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Kenji Mizoguchi
1. Genroku Chûshingura (The 47 Ronin, 1941) 7/10
2. Miyamoto Musashi (1944) 5/10
3. Uwasa no onna (The Woman of Rumour, 1954) 7/10
4. Saikaku ichidai onna (The Life of Oharu, 1952) 8/10
5. Yôkihi (Princess Yang Kwei-fei, 1955) 7/10

Herbert Achternbusch
6. Das Andechser Gefühl (1974) 7/10 #DDF
7. Die Atlantikschwimmer (1976) 6/10
8. Bierkampf (1977) 6/10
9. Das Gespenst (1982) 6/10
10. Heilt Hitler! (1986) 6/10

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
11. Kasaba (The Town, 1997) 7/10 #DDF
12. Mayis Sikintisi (Clouds of May, 1999) 7/10
13. Iklimler (Climates, 2006) 7/10

Edgar Reitz
14. Mahlzeiten (Table for Love, 1967) 7/10 #DDF
15. Cardillac (1969) 7/10
16. Der Schneider von Ulm (The Tailor from Ulm, 1979) 6/10

René Clair
17. Sous les toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris, 1930) 7/10
18. Le million (The Million, 1931) 7/10
19. À nous la liberté (Freedom for Us, 1931) 6/10

Masaki Kobayashi
20. Mittsu no ai (Three Loves, 1954) 9/10
21. Izumi (The Spring, 1956) 8/10
22. Kuroi kawa (Black River, 1957) 8/10
23. Shokutaku no nai ie (The Empty Table, 1985) 9/10

Helmut Käutner
24. Kitty und die Weltkonferenz (Kitty and the World Conference, 1939) 7/10 #DDF
25. Himmel ohne Sterne (Sky Without Stars, 1955) 5/10
26. Schwarzer Kies (Black Gravel, 1961) 6/10

Ingmar Bergman
27. Sånt händer inte här (This Can't Happen Here, 1950) 6/10
28. Sommarlek (Summer Interlude, 1951) 8/10
29. En lektion i kärlek (A Lesson in Love, 1954) 7/10
30. Rabies (1958) 8/10
31. Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute, 1975) 8/10
32. De två saliga (The Blessed Ones, 1986) 7/10
33. Larmar och gör sig till (In the Presence of a Clown, 1997) 8/10

Jerzy Skolimowski
34. Rysopis (Identification Marks: None, 1965) 6/10 #DDF
35. Bariera (Barrier, 1966) 6/10
36. King, Queen, Knave (1972) 5/10

Kon Ichikawa
37. Kuroi jûnin no onna (Ten Dark Women, 1961) 7/10
38. Hakai (The Outcast, 1962) 7/10
39. Yukinojô henge (An Actor's Revenge, 1963) 7/10
40. Matatabi (The Wanderers, 1973) 5/10
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Director 7: Francis Ford Coppola
History: 11 movies, avg. rating: 7.3
The Terror (1963): 6.0
The Godfather (1972): 10!
The Conversation (1974): 7.0
The Godfather: Part II (1974): 10!
Apocalypse Now (1979): 10!
Rumble Fish (1983): 8.0
The Outsiders (1983): 6.5
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988): 7.0
The Godfather: Part III (1990): 8.0
Dracula (1992): 4.0
Jack (1996): 4.0
The career of Francis Ford Coppola is well known; he started out, like so many of his peers, in the Roger Corman stables. Than in the 70s he was part of the New Hollywood wave and made three of the most acclaimed movies ever, three movies that are also in my personal top 20. But after that his career never hit that high again. Some claiming his succes in the 70s was just a fluke. This challenge was a nice incentive to find out if they are correct or that some of Coppola's other films are better than people give him credit for.

29. Dementia 13 (1963, Francis Ford Coppola): 4.5 - While not his official debut cause he made 2 movies before this, this is the first real film Coppola made, cause those earlier movies consisted (partly) of other movie material while Dementia 13 he completely wrote and directed himself. Unfortunately I can't say it's a good movie. Apart from a few nice directorial touches creating an eerie atmosphere, it's a very poor and pretty dull Psycho-rip off.

30. The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola) rewatch: 7.0 > 8.2 - The Conversation while maybe not as acclaimed as the first two Godfathers and Apocalypse Now, it still is also a very acclaimed movie and rightfully so I discovered on this rewatch. This is firstly a typical conspiracy thriller filled with the 70s zeitgeist of paronoia about a seemingly mundane conversation hiding a sinister mystery. Secondly it's a character study about a man so closed off and private he can’t make any real human connection, he's even so closed of he’s cut off from his own conscience. Seeing this in 2021 the interrelationship of extreme privacy and human connection is the most topical part. What makes the Conversation truly stand out is how perfectly aligned these two aspects are; how Gene Hackman's character development goes perfectly hand in hand with the solving of the mystery.

31. Gardens of Stone (1987, Francis Ford Coppola): 7.5 - Garden of Stone is about the so-called Old Guard, the regiment responsible for among others thing burying dead soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The plot focusses on a young (naïve idealistic) soldier who really wants to be in Vietnam instead played by D.B. Sweeney and an older sergeant played by James Caan who's been in Vietnam and Korea so is more cynical about returning to the War but also feels he can't be of real help to his fellow Army fellows in his current job. The later becomes kind of a father figure for the first. There is also James Earl Jones who's the best friend of Caan and kind of the nice cool uncle of D.B. Sweeney. This is a war movie that doesn't focus on the war, but on the lives of the people fighting them instead. And in doing so becomes a true anti-war movie. It's funny, sad, romantic... so like life itself. That the movie is extremly watchable is for a large part thank to amazin rapport Caan and Earl Jones have together. It's the kind of movie I was hoping to find in my further inquest into Coppola's carreer, maybe not as great as his well known work but still a very solid slice-of-life drama.
Run director, run, the wolf is coming to get you!
1. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift [The Fast and the Furious 3] (2006, Justin Lin): 7.0
2. Fast & Furious [Fast & Furious 4] (2009, Justin Lin) rewatch: 3.5 > 6.2
3. Fast Five [The Fast and the Furious 5] (2011, Justin Lin) rewatch: 6.5 > 7.2
4. Fast & Furious 6 [Fast 6] (2013, Justin Lin): 7.0
5. Schlock [The Banana Monster] (1973, John Landis): 6.0
6. Into the Night (1985, John Landis): 6.2
7. Coming to America (1988, John Landis) rewatch: ? > 7.0
8. Innocent Blood (1992, John Landis): 6.8
9. Trading Places (1983, John Landis): 6.8
10. Southern Comfort (1981, Walter Hill): 8.0
11. Streets of Fire (1984, Walter Hill): 7.8
12. Trespass (1992, Walter Hill): 7.2
13. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993, Walter Hill): 7.5
14. Bullet to the Head (2013, Walter Hill): 5.5
15. Castle Keep (1969, Sydney Pollack): 3.8 -
16. Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack) rewatch: 7.0? > 7.5
17. The Yakuza (1974, Sydney Pollack): 7.5
18. Désordre [Disorder] (1986, Olivier Assayas) #DDF: 6.8
19. L'enfant de l'hiver [Winter's Child] (1989, Olivier Assayas): 6.2
20. Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) rewatch: 7.5 > 8.0
21. Noise (2006, Olivier Assayas): 5.5
22. Boarding Gate (2007, Olivier Assayas): 4.5
23. Doubles vies [Non-Fiction] (2018, Olivier Assayas): 7.2
24. Wasp Network (2019, Olivier Assayas): 5.0
25. The Miracle Worker (1962, Arthur Penn): 7.8
26. Night Moves (1975, Arthur Penn): 7.0
27. The Missouri Breaks (1976, Arthur Penn): 6.5
28. Dead of Winter (1987, Arthur Penn): 6.5
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Director #6: Billy Wilder (TSPDT #16)

17. The Major and the Minor (1942) 6/10
18. The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) 5.5/10
19. Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) 7/10

Wilder, like some others I've watched for this challenge, is high on my list of favourite directors, and choosing him this time was about filling some gaps. Ultimately, I don't think any of these would significantly impact his ranking on my list.

The Major and the Minor definitely had some amusing screwball style moments, but doesn't rise close to the level of his later comedies. A somewhat creepy undercurrent doesn't help on this front.

The Spirit of St. Louis is a strange choice for Wilder, a fairly conventional biopic that portrays Charles Lindbergh's trans Atlantic flight with James Stewart bizarrely old for the role. This feels like a generic studio project that's an outlier in his filmography. Not a bad film but didn't really do much for me either.

Kiss Me, Stupid is easily the strongest of this group, aided by the weakening production code in the mid 1960s. This is an amusing sex comedy where a pair of struggling songwriters go to absurd lengths to try to convince a successful singer to buy their songs. While entertaining, I don't think this film is quite as strong as some of Wilder's other post-Apartment comedies, e.g. One Two Three or Avanti.
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Adam Curtis.

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10:Repeat viewing: Bitter Lake (2015) 10 (still my top film of the 2010's.)
11:Repeat viewing: HyperNormalisation (2016)9.
FTV: 12-17: Can't Get You Out Of My Head (2021-released two days after my birthday-a late present!)10.
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Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Both Gina Prince-Bythewood and Naoko Ogigami are female directors that I had been impressed with and decided to look into more of. In the case of Prince-Bythewood my first exposure to her work was Beyond the Lights, a romantic drama about a rising star who begins to succumb to the pressures of fame until man comes in to help her find herself. It’s the kind of plot that could easily veer into saccharin Lifetime original-style pap. But Gina Prince-Bythewood pulls it off by grounding it with a sense of realism and gravitas that is what had landed her on the map to begin with in with the Sundance darling Love & Basketball, and I continue to look forward to what else she brings to the table in the future.

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154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
Love & Basketball is structured similar to When Harry Met Sally as we follow Monica and Quincy, childhood neighbors, through childhood into high school, college and beyond as they fall in and out of love with one another and pursue their dreams of playing basketball. Like the later film Beyond the Lights, Prince-Bythewood takes what could be a fairly straightforward, generic plot and subverts in several wonderful ways. From another director, this film would climax in “the big game” with Monica and Quincy sharing a celebratory kiss as the credits roll. Instead while basketball plays a major role in the film, it’s a motivation to juxtapose the life trajectory of the two leads and a mechanism to show insight into the motivations of the characters. In fact, the movie has multiple big championship games, and we see very little of them. Even the arc of the romance subverts the typical tropes in some ways with a much more realistic picture of a relationship over time. We have two alpha characters who both have trouble being there for the other one at different parts in the movie, and it’s that idea of sacrifice for the other which is what ultimately brings them back together. Very good film, especially for a first-time writer-director.

155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
This film is the takes place in Civil Rights-era South and is coming-of-age story of a teenage white girl who, along with her black housekeeper who she breaks out of jail (imprisoned for having the gaul to talk back to some particularly hateful white men), goes on a journey to find out more about her dead mother and to escape her mean, abusive father. She winds up at a household of black sisters who keep beehives and learns about life and love along the way. This film was quite good with some very good acting and powerful moments. In general though, it isn’t quite as strong as Love & Basketball. The plot feels a little meandering and muddled in places and the script leans a little too heavily into histrionics and melodrama at times, giving it a level of artifice Love & Basketball generally avoided. Still, it’s a solid film that explores an important time in American history with good performances.

156. The Old Guard (2020)
This Netflix action film based on a comic book is quite a change of pace for Prince-Bythewood. Telling the story of a group of immortals led by Charlize Theron who seek to subtly prevent major disasters throughout history, it starts off with them discovering a new immortal, an American soldier in Afghanistan played by Kiki Layne whose throat is slit by a terrorist but returns to the living fully healed and who is thrust into this mysterious world she has trouble coming to terms with. Meanwhile big pharma is after them in order to extra their DNA to produce a wonder drug they can market to masses. While on the surface, this one seems very far afield for Prince-Bythewood, she lends it a grounding in reality and a more character-driven approach that belies the knee-jerk reaction to turn every comic book into a high octane action film. Not to say that it’s totally lacking in action. In fact, the action sequences present are actually quite well done, filmed in a style more akin to John Wick that mostly avoids the quick cutting nonsense that plagued so many action movies in the ‘00s. This isn’t an amazing film, but it’s still better than a random action movie dumped onto Netflix with little ceremony should be. Plus I do dig the ass-kicking direction Theron has been going in since Mad Max: Fury Road.

Naoko Ogigami

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Naoko Ogigami is the critically acclaimed director of films like Glasses and Close-Knit that have achieved success touring festivals around the world. Her style is unlike many Japanese filmmakers. They usually involve conflict arising from an outsider, coming into a place that has entrenched itself in certain patterns and determining the best way to mesh ideals for emotional pathos. Her films often contain little to no musical score with sparse use of dialogue and long takes not unlike Takeshi Kitano. She also imbues her films with odd non-sequiturs and a wry, deadpan sense of humor, also like Kitano. Unlike Kitano though, the conflicts in her films are resolved peacefully without bloodshed and generally using empathy and understanding toward others. I find her films absolutely charming and look forward to what she releases next.

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157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004) #DFF
Yoshino’s Barber Shop was Ogigami’s first feature film in Japan after directing a series of short films while studying abroad in the United States. It’s the story of a small town with an odd annual tradition called Mountain Day where all the children of the village dress in robes and sing praises. One particular element of this tradition is that every boy in the village has the same silly-looking, very old-fashioned bowl cut-style haircut, and the school sends every student to one small barbershop in town to get haircuts to protect their uniformity. As these things go, the town is shaken up when a new kid moves to town with a well-coiffed do. All the girls flock to him and all the boys are jealous, leading other boys to try to break the chains of conformity and change their hair, leading to an escalation of confrontations between the kids and the lady that runs the barbershop. This was a cute movie and more of an overt comedy compared to Ogigami’s other films. It also flows a little more traditionally but still has many of the same quirky elements and odd non-sequiturs that would go on to define her work.

158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
More than Yoshino’s Barber Shop, Kamome Diner definitely seems to set the tone for the rest of Ogigami’s career with all the elements described in the intro present. It’s about a Japanese woman who moves to Finland and opens a little restaurant using the logic that both Japanese and Finnish people enjoy smoked salmon. The film is a string of loosely connected slice-of-life vignettes about the day-to-day of running her restaurant and the people that frequent it. She acquires a helper when she meets another Japanese woman who has come to Finland because that’s where she landed when she closed her eyes and picked a random spot on a map. She also meets another Japanese woman who has become stranded in Helsinki due to an airline losing her luggage. As the film progresses, it charts a parallel between the growth in success of her business and the friends that she makes along the way. This is another sweet film that’s full of heart with some genuinely funny small moments (I loved the scene when the man just walks up to Masako and gives her a cat out of nowhere).

159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)
Rent-A-Cat is about a young woman with an uncommon affinity to attracting cats which she uses to start up a makeshift business of loaning out cats to lonely people. In the wrong hands, this kind of plot could’ve been obnoxiously cloying, but Ogigami handles it with aplomb as another loosely connected series of vignettes as Sayoko meets various people in need of comfort for a variety of reasons whether it’s a kindly old lady in need of companionship after the death of her husband or a car rental agent whose worldview has been warped in slotting everything into classes. It does have a few elements that just don’t work like the weird cross-dressing neighbor but overall I still liked it quite a bit even if it did seem to lack some of the substance of Ogigami’s best work.
The Nexus of Power Compels Thee
Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

Run #42: Gina-Prince Bythewood
154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
156. The Old Guard (2020)

Run #43: Naoko Ogigami
157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)
158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)
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Previously watched...
1. Non ho sonno / Sleepless (2001) 273 checks, 0 official lists 5/10
2. Il cartaio / The Card Player (2004) 265 checks, 0 official lists 3/10
3. Ti piace Hitchcock? / Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) 174 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
4. La terza madre / Mother of Tears (2007) 780 checks, 1 official list Rewatch 5/10
5. Chopping Mall (1986) 920 checks, 1 official list Rewatch 5/10
6. Deathstalker II (1987) 127 checks, 0 official lists 5/10
7. 976-Evil II: The Astral Factor (1991) 78 checks, 0 official lists 3/10
8. Kazablan (1973) 21 checks, 2 official lists 5/10
9. Mivtsa Yonatan / Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt (1977) 73 checks, 2 official lists 3/10
10. Enter the Ninja / Ninja I (1981) 703 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
11. Over the Top (1987) 2197 checks, 0 official lists 4/10
12. Phantom Lady (1944) 813 checks, 4 official lists 7/10
13. The Killers (1946) 4227 checks, 15 official lists Rewatch 8/10
14. Cry of the City (1948) 426 checks, 2 official lists 6/10
15. Criss Cross (1949) 1172 checks, 6 official lists 7/10
16. The Crimson Pirate (1952) 489 checks, 1 official list 6/10
17. The Evil Dead (1981) 25698 checks, 7 official lists Rewatch #DDF 7/10
18. Crimewave (1985) 546 checks, 1 official list 3/10
19. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) 10673 checks, 2 official lists 4/10
20. The Undead (1957) 123 checks, 0 official lists 5/10
21. The Intruder / I Hate Your Guts (1962) 403 checks, 1 official list 6/10
22. The Trip (1967) 698 checks, 3 official lists 3/10
23. Bloody Mama (1970) 352 checks, 2 official lists 4/10
Yoshiaki Kawajiri
5 films on official lists

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3 Key Films
Jûbê ninpûchô / Ninja Scroll (1993) - 4 official lists
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) - 2 official lists
Yôjû toshi / Wicked City (1987) - 1 official lists

3 Key Auteurial Trademarks
  • Specialises in horror-action anime where he can explore his fascination with the destruction, mutation and regeneration of the body.
  • Characters whose goodness or evil are shown through exaggerated character designs based on Japanese ideals of beauty and ugliness, and by their resistance to lust (bad characters are driven by it, good characters turn down sex or sometimes make a bad mistake by giving in).
  • Environments are often lonely and drawn in a colour palette of neon blues and reds, with bridges being recurring locations.
Films watched for this challenge
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24. Meikyû monogatari / Manie-Manie: Labyrinth Tales/ Neo Tokyo (1987) 341 checks, 1 official list
Labyrinth Tales is more indicative of what you're going to get with this one. The Neo Tokyo title was just to trick audiences ito thinking it was somehthong to do with Akira. There are three stories within this anthology: a whimsical but disconcerting tale of a girl and her cat who get sucked into a surreal carnival world, a comedic satire on unthinking obedience where robots refuse to be diuverted from their tasks, and Kawajiri's entry, Running Man about a futuristic racing sport. Initially it seems unusual for Kawajiri because there's no opportunities for fighting or sex, but you quickly realise that the racing is the fighting and the sex, as a racer's giving in to his obsessive lust for the sport distorts his body and causes destruction. It's one of the purest expressions of Kawajiri's auteurism.
6/10 overall, 7/10 for Kawajiri's segment.

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25. Makaitoshi Shinjuku / Demon City Shinjuku (1988) 114 checks, 0 official lists
A minor work early work from Kawajiri. There is a thin plot about an evil villain who's going to summon demons to destroy the world, and characterisation is almost non-existent. But they're almost irrelevant, as the film is primarily concerned with its baroque apocalyptic environments and epic battles of magical energy. It does have a great atmosphere as it oscillates between haunting loss and epic triumph, but the cool action, soundtrack and visuals can't entirely make up for poor pacing and dull script.
5/10

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26. Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007) 168 checks, 0 official lists
Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust were both bigger hits in the West than Japan, so it was a natural progression for him to work as a director-for-hire on an animated Highlander film. Kawajiri is working from a script by David Abramowitz (who worked on the Highlander TV series) and this results in an uneasy marrying of recycled elements from both Highlander and Kawajiri's previous films. The key problem is the bad writing: the hero's constant thirst for vengeance and failure to exact it over thousands of years makes him seem weak and stupid, so when the villain kept pointing this out I was inclined to agree with him. It's not all bad as there's some good trademark Kawajiri action/style, but sadly this marked the end of his directorial career, and his switch to storyboarder and key animator. He's been trying to get more Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D off the ground recently but apparently not with much success.
4/10

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flavo5000 wrote: February 21st, 2021, 8:47 pm
Gina Prince-Bythewood

156. The Old Guard (2020)
This Netflix action film based on a comic book is quite a change of pace for Prince-Bythewood. Telling the story of a group of immortals led by Charlize Theron who seek to subtly prevent major disasters throughout history, it starts off with them discovering a new immortal, an American soldier in Afghanistan played by Kiki Layne whose throat is slit by a terrorist but returns to the living fully healed and who is thrust into this mysterious world she has trouble coming to terms with. Meanwhile big pharma is after them in order to extra their DNA to produce a wonder drug they can market to masses. While on the surface, this one seems very far afield for Prince-Bythewood, she lends it a grounding in reality and a more character-driven approach that belies the knee-jerk reaction to turn every comic book into a high octane action film. Not to say that it’s totally lacking in action. In fact, the action sequences present are actually quite well done, filmed in a style more akin to John Wick that mostly avoids the quick cutting nonsense that plagued so many action movies in the ‘00s. This isn’t an amazing film, but it’s still better than a random action movie dumped onto Netflix with little ceremony should be. Plus I do dig the ass-kicking direction Theron has been going in since Mad Max: Fury Road.
I had dismissed that on Netflix because I'm not super into fantasy plots like that, but I loved Love and Basketball, and I think you've talked me into it.
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maxwelldeux wrote: February 21st, 2021, 10:51 pm
flavo5000 wrote: February 21st, 2021, 8:47 pm
Gina Prince-Bythewood

156. The Old Guard (2020)
This Netflix action film based on a comic book is quite a change of pace for Prince-Bythewood. Telling the story of a group of immortals led by Charlize Theron who seek to subtly prevent major disasters throughout history, it starts off with them discovering a new immortal, an American soldier in Afghanistan played by Kiki Layne whose throat is slit by a terrorist but returns to the living fully healed and who is thrust into this mysterious world she has trouble coming to terms with. Meanwhile big pharma is after them in order to extra their DNA to produce a wonder drug they can market to masses. While on the surface, this one seems very far afield for Prince-Bythewood, she lends it a grounding in reality and a more character-driven approach that belies the knee-jerk reaction to turn every comic book into a high octane action film. Not to say that it’s totally lacking in action. In fact, the action sequences present are actually quite well done, filmed in a style more akin to John Wick that mostly avoids the quick cutting nonsense that plagued so many action movies in the ‘00s. This isn’t an amazing film, but it’s still better than a random action movie dumped onto Netflix with little ceremony should be. Plus I do dig the ass-kicking direction Theron has been going in since Mad Max: Fury Road.
I had dismissed that on Netflix because I'm not super into fantasy plots like that, but I loved Love and Basketball, and I think you've talked me into it.
As long as you keep expectations reasonable, it's not a bad movie. Definitely not amazing by any stretch but I didn't think it was a total waste of time either.
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John Woo

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John Woo believes there is poetry in violence. His breakout films The Killer and Hard Boiled cemented Woo’s reputation as one of the premiere action directors in the world, pioneering his trademark fusion of gun ballet, slo mo and white doves taking flight. Woo began his career making martial arts flicks for Shaw Studios like many Hong Kong directors in the ‘70s as well as Golden Harvest but by the mid ‘80s after a string of financial disappointments, Woo was tired of studio work and wanted to make something he was genuinely passionate about. Luckily Tsui Hark came in to produce his pet project A Better Tomorrow which introduced many of the trademarks we now recognize as a distinctly John Woo experience. This kickstarted his career again and led him to eventually come to Hollywood where he made blockbuster action fare like Face/Off and Mission Impossible 2. In recent years, Woo has returned to China to film the epics Red Cliff and The Crossing as well as the action thriller ManHunt. Woo has left an indelible influence on the action genre being cited as a major source of inspiration by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowskis and continues to make challenging and exhilarating films that will take your breath away.

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160. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia a.k.a. Red Cliff Part II (2009)
I had watched the first part of Red Cliff late last year and was quite impressed by the sheer scope of storytelling and visuals on display. Part Two picks up where the first left off as alliances are forged and a major battle is planned. For fans of period Chinese actions dramas, Red Cliff 1 & 2 together have everything you could possibly want. Great acting led by the always solid Tony Leung, excellent production design, huge scope, impressive action… The only complaint I could see some having is just with the length but honestly I feel like the story justifies it for the most part in this case.

161. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui a.k.a. The Dragon Tamers (1975)
The Dragon Tamers is a somewhat sleazy martial arts flick structured around the art of taekwondo, which we really don’t see a whole lot in kung fu flicks due to its emphasis on self-defense via kicks to keep opponents at bay. The plot is a pretty standard story of an evil gang rolling into town and forcing the martial arts schools to join them through threats and intimidation. The kung fu scenes are very well done here with Woo showing a knack for more stylized action that he would later epitomize. Also I was a little caught off guard by how much sleaze there was in here. I imagine the numerous topless scenes including an extended female catfight in a bathhouse were put in to get the blood pumping in the grindhouse crowds of the era, but they just feel a little out of place for some reason. Regardless, overall this is a fun flick worth checking out for folks who want to see what Woo was up to very early in his career.

162. Ying xiong wu lei a.k.a. Heroes Shed No Tears (1984)
A group of Chinese mercs are hired to take down and capture a drug lord by the Thai government, but this mission sets them on a path that puts them at odds with all the wrong people and sends them on the run for their lives through the war torn jungle. Damn, this movie was crazy violent, maybe even more so than many of Woo’s later films. The action isn’t filmed as poetically but at times the gore is so over-the-top, I actually kind of laughed. Which is a hard thing to do because this movie is also incredibly bleak and sadistic in places. Overall it’s quite a good movie but is definitely lacking the sense of fun that later Woo films would display.

163. Chung hang sei hoi a.k.a. Once A Thief (1991)
Once A Thief on the other hand is a hell of a lot of fun with Woo and erstwhile muse Chow Yun-Fat paired up once again to deliver a fun flick about love among art thieves. The dynamic between Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung works really well and there are some whizbang action scenes like the mid-film car chase that keeps the pace brisk and exciting. Definitely one to recommend for Woo fans.
The Nexus of Power Compels Thee
Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

Run #42: Gina-Prince Bythewood
154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
156. The Old Guard (2020)

Run #43: Naoko Ogigami
157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)
158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)

Run #44: John Woo
160. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia a.k.a. Red Cliff Part II (2009)
161. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui a.k.a. The Dragon Tamers (1975)
162. Ying xiong wu lei a.k.a. Heroes Shed No Tears (1984)
163. Chung hang sei hoi a.k.a. Once A Thief (1991)
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Updated the OP.

We have now 27 participants, who watched 909 films in total from 197 directors. Of those only 1 was seen by 3 different users; Masaki Kobayashi. 17 directors were watched by 2 users: Stan Brakhage, Johan van der Keuken, Jean-Luc Godard, Dziga Vertov, Dardenne brothers, Paul Verhoeven, John Landis, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Roger Corman, Blake Edwards, Spike Lee, Peter Delpeut, Dick Maas, Michael Snow, Adam Curtis and Clint Eastwood.

Directors with >3 films

RankDirectorCount
1. Stan Brakhage36
2. Johan van der Keuken34
3. Hollis Frampton15
4. Frans Zwartjes14
5. Ridley Scott14
6. Jean-Luc Godard13
7. Edgar G. Ulmer13
8. Dziga Vertov12
9. Charles Chaplin12
10. Masaki Kobayashi10
11. Paul Verhoeven9
12. Dardenne brothers9
13. Werner Herzog9
14. John Landis9
15. David DeCoteau9
16. Spike Lee8
17. Andy Warhol8
18. R. Bruce Elder7
19. Blake Edwards7
20. Herschell Gordon Lewis7
21. Jacques Rivette7
22. Bruce Baillie7
23. Henri Storck7
24. Eric Rohmer7
25. John Guillermin7
26. Ken Jacobs7
27. Ishmael Bernal7
28. Roger Corman7
29. Olivier Assayas7
30. Jürgen Reble7
31. Peter Delpeut6
32. Chantal Akerman6
33. Dick Maas6
34. Lino Brocka6
35. Sidney Lumet6
36. Michael Snow6
37. Clint Eastwood6
38. Adam Curtis6
39. Lamberto Bava5
40. Kenji Mizoguchi5
41. Teo Hernandez5
42. Herbert Achternbusch5
43. Jean-Daniel Pollet5
44. Louis Feuillade5
45. Polonia Brothers5
46. Werner Schroeter5
47. Robert Siodmak5
48. Satyajit Ray5
49. Walter Hill5
50. Klaus Wyborny5
51. Ken Russell5
52. David Lean4
53. Joseph L. Mankiewicz4
54. Takeshi Kitano4
55. King Vidor4
56. Justin Lin4
57. Rintaro4
58. Henry King4
59. Joe Begos 4
60. Dario Argento4
61. Larry Cohen4
62. Yasujirô Ozu4
63. Samuel Fuller4
64. Victor Sjöström4
65. Menahem Golan4
66. Matthew Barney4
67. Tim Burton4
68. Rita Azevedo Gomes4
69. Clarence Brown4
70. Alain Cavalier4
71. Federico Fellini4
72. Stanley Donen4
73. Ingmar Bergman4
74. Osamu Dezaki4
75. John Sayles4
76. Mike de Leon4
77. Fred Zinnemann4
78. Peter Greenaway4
79. Gerardo de Leon4
80. Mick Garris4
81. Luis Bunuel4
82. Arthur Penn4
83. Kon Ichikawa4

Directors with 3 films or less
84. Rob Zombie3
85. Steven Spielberg3
86. James Mangold3
87. Terence Fisher3
88. Arturo Ripstein3
89. Ti West 3
90. Abel Ferrara3
91. John Milius3
92. Steven Soderbergh3
93. Boris Lehman3
94. Satoshi Kon3
95. Patrick Brice3
96. David Fincher3
97. Emilio Fernández3
98. John Ford3
99. Steve James3
100. Douglas Sirk3
101. Frank Borzage3
102. Alexander Payne3
103. Francois Truffaut3
104. Robert Bresson3
105. Jim Wynorski3
106. Nuri Bilge Ceylan3
107. Mickey Keating3
108. Richard Myers3
109. Amit Dutta3
110. Yasuzô Masumura3
111. John Gilling3
112. Woody Allen3
113. Jacques Becker3
114. Ron Howard3
115. Todd Haynes3
116. Roberta Findlay3
117. Edgar Reitz3
118. Alfred Hitchcock3
119. Deborah Stratman3
120. Adam Green3
121. Claire Denis3
122. François Truffaut3
123. Kathryn Bigelow3
124. René Clair3
125. Noboru Iguchi3
126. Jonas Mekas3
127. James Benning3
128. Philippe Garrel3
129. John Huston3
130. Steven Soderbergh 3
131. John Singleton3
132. Júlio Bressane3
133. Tom Holland3
134. Leo McCarey3
135. Peter Weir3
136. Jonathan Demme3
137. Yvonne Rainer3
138. Leopoldo Torre Nilsson3
139. Peter Jackson3
140. Helmut Käutner3
141. John McNaughton3
142. Sang-soo Hong3
143. Leonardo Favio3
144. Ernst Lubitsch3
145. Glauber Rocha3
146. H. Tjut Djalil3
147. Khavn3
148. Lamberto V. Avellana3
149. Joaquim Pedro de Andrade3
150. Thomas Vinterberg3
151. Guillaume Nicloux3
152. Godfrey Ho3
153. Kenji Misumi3
154. Zhang Yimou3
155. Guy Gilles3
156. Pablo Larraín3
157. Jafar Panahi3
158. Michael Winterbottom3
159. John Baxter3
160. Lawrence Huntington3
161. Fred F. Sears3
162. Louis Malle3
163. Brian de Palma3
164. Elia Kazan3
165. Sam Raimi3
166. Ingmar Bergman 3
167. Sydney Pollack3
168. Damiano Damiani3
169. Pierre Chenal3
170. Gakuryu Ishii3
171. Roberto Gavaldón3
172. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo3
173. Sergei Parajanov3
174. Alex van Warmerdam3
175. Frank De Felitta3
176. Roy Ward Baker3
177. Carl Theodor Dreyer3
178. Richard Donner3
179. Patricio Guzmán3
180. Jerzy Skolimowski3
181. Gust Van den Berghe3
182. Sacha Guitry3
183. Joe Begos3
184. Roland Emmerich3
185. Herbert Wilcox3
186. Daniel Mann3
187. James Benning 3
188. Nicholas Ray3
189. Akira Kurosawa3
190. Werner Nekes3
191. Harald Reinl3
192. Preston Sturges3
193. Francis Ford Coppola3
194. Billy Wilder3
195. Gina Prince-Bythewood3
196. Naoko Ogigami3
197. Yoshiaki Kawajiri3
198. Ava DuVernay1
Flavo is still in the lead for in the overal leaderboard with a swooping 159 points. Obgeoff and Lu-Chin still are going head to head for silver with 93 and 92 respectively. Flavo also unsurprisingly watched the most amount of directors; 43, which is as much as the second and fourth place combined. But jeroeno and klaus78 have still both have the longest runs with 31 films, from Johan van der Keuken and Stan Brakhage respectively. Flavo also joined sol in watching the most debuts, both have seen 7. We crossed off almost 29% of the TSPDT Top 250.

BONUS CHALLLENGE #2: Deep Top 5

RankParticipantDirectorCount
1.jeroenoJohan van der Keuken31
2.klaus78Stan Brakhage31
3.klaus78Hollis Frampton15
4.jeroenoFrans Zwartjes14
5.AssonFireRidley Scott14


BONUS CHALLLENGE #3: Wide Top 5

RankParticipantCount
1. flavo500043
2. Obgeoff26
3. Lu-Chin24
4. jeroeno17
5. jdidaco14


BONUS CHALLLENGE #4: Directorial Debut Features Top 3

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Rank Participant Count
1. flavo50007
2. sol7
3. DudeLanez5


Overall Leaderboard Top 10

RankParticipantCount
1. flavo5000159
2. Obgeoff93
3. Lu-Chin92
4. jeroeno72
5. jdidaco44
6. sol40
7. DudeLanez40
8. Lonewolf200331
9. klaus7831
10. ChrisReynolds26
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HARRY KÜMEL

14. Daughters of Darkness (1971)
15. Malpertuis (1971)
16. De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976)
17. The Secrets of Love (1986)

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BLAKE EDWARDS
1. The Great Race (1965)
2. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
3. Gunn (1967)
4. The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

ERNST LUBITSCH
5. Monte Carlo (1930)
6. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
7. Ninotchka (1939)

KENJI MISUMI
8. Return of Daimajin (1966)
9. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
10. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

DICK MAAS
11. De lift (1983)
12. Flodder (1986)
13. Amsterdamned (1988)

HARRY KÜMEL
14. Daughters of Darkness (1971)
15. Malpertuis (1971)
16. De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976)
17. The Secrets of Love (1986)
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flavo5000 wrote: February 21st, 2021, 1:49 pm
morrison-dylan-fan wrote: February 21st, 2021, 5:10 am
FTV:9: The Terrible People (1960)10.

Taking the Krimi genre deep into the Giallo direction that he and his then-wife would complete to a full transition with their final Krimi serving The Sinister Monk (1965-also reviewed) director Harald Reinl is joined by cinematographer Albert Benitz in superbly dipping the Krimi into Giallo and Gothic Horror.Backed by a silky Jazz score from Heinz Funk and featuring a high body count, Reinl brings the ghostly looking killer from out of the shadows with splintered panning shots darting from the startled gaze of the cops seeing a “ghost” disappear in front of their eyes.

Running a list of who is being targeted in vengeful killings across the screen, Reinl crosses off each name off with ultra-stylised proto-Giallo first-person tracking shots and slivers of blood across the bourgeoisie household, (a future regular setting for Giallo) which Reinl gloriously twists into a Haunted House final,where Long and Sanders search to unmask the ghostly killer,whist in a crumbling house with things that go bump in the night. Bringing a Gothic flavour out of Edgar Wallace’s novel, the screenplay by Reinl’s regular scriptwriter J. Joachim Bartsch (here joined by Wolfgang Schnitzler) sizzles a tense Krimi mystery of the police attempting to get one step ahead of the “ghost”,with the seeping fog gradually wrapping round the detectives of the open possibility of a supernatural element being involved in the killings, leading them to sail into murky waters where criminals use the “supernatural” as a cover for their continuing crimes.

Joined by Joachim Fuchsberger keeping Inspector Long hot under the collar as he gets under pressure to stop the ghost piling up the bodies with avenging murders, Queen of the Krimi, Karin Dor gives a excellent performance as Sanders,with Dor’s expressive face capturing Sanders gradually warming to the police,whilst nudging the viewer to the change of perception in the killer twist ending,as Sanders unmasks the motives of the terrible people.
Cool, I was looking at digging into more of the German Edgar Wallace movies from the '60s myself maybe later this year. Definitely interested in your thoughts on the rest of them as well. Looks like The Terrible People is a need-to-watch.
Hi flavo,I hope you had a good weekend,and I've got to say that I've really enjoyed reading your director write-ups during this challenge.

On Krimi, the list I'd make of the ones I've seen is:

The Sinister Monk (1965). Tied with Horrible People as my top pick,this final, set in a boarding school Krimi from Reinl/ Dor points towards where the Giallo would take this set-up to.
Room 13 (1964)-I learnt about Krimi from listening to the Crystal Plumage commentary, Where Kim Newman mentioned that Dario had clearly borrowed a plot point from this Reinl/Dor title- which also features a (small) amount of skin on show.
The Indian Scarf (1963)-I saw this after seeing the original Wallace play performed on stage, with the makers (who add in extra kills) doing well at capturing the Agatha Christie-style sense of mystery.
The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962)-never missing a genre that was getting popular, Uncle Jess makes a fun, mainstream (for him!) Krimi.
The Frog With the Mask (1959)-the one widely credited as starting the sub-genre.
Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Koffer (1962)-The first Krimi I saw, this is a easy-going straight Crime flick, without the Horror element which would play a bigger part in the sub-genre as time went on.
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Hammer's House of Directors Presents: Peter Sasdy

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Peter Sasdy is a noted director who worked primarily in television doing not only prestige BBC dramas like Wuthering Heights and The Spoils of Poynton but also quite a bit of genre work that included multiple theatrical features for Hammer like Taste the Blood of Dracula, Hands of the Ripper and Countess Dracula. Sasdy also directed multiple episodes of Hammer House of Horror anthology series as well as many other anthology episodes of various genre series like Orson Welles’ Great Mysteries and Journey to the Unknown as well as the well-respected, Nigel Kneale-penned atmospheric folk horror of The Stone Tape. Additionally his cult film Welcome to Blood City was possibly the first flick to use virtual reality as a major plot device. Sasdy’s style is on the naturalistic side as one would expect from a TV director, but his use of location shooting often helps to widen his films’ palettes and give them a more cinematic feel than their limited budgets may indicate. While Sasdy will most likely not be remembered for flashy, stylish directing or stone, cold classics of the genre, he has still given us many well-respected, well-staged films to sink our teeth into.

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164. Doomwatch (1972)
Doomwatch begins with a premise not unlike The Wicker Man with an investigator heading to a small island where a tight-knit insular community lives, but that’s really where the similarities end. The central mystery is instead more of an environmental investigation that involves toxic waste being dumped in the ocean leading to deformities and violent behavior. The film isn’t particularly scary (although I’m not sure it was actually intended to be). It’s central mystery of what’s going on with the island is a fairly interesting one and the writing and acting are generally solid. The film is a little slow in the first half and the ending felt a little anticlimactic, but it was still a moderately engaging story. It actually has me a little interested in the TV series for which this film is a kind of spin-off of.

165. Witchcraft (1992)
Witchcraft is a four-episode mini-series that follows a film crew making a film about a witchfinder putting a woman accused of witchcraft on trial. As the production wears on, the director begins obsessing more and more on the real-life witchfinder that the film he’s making is based on, imagining that he keeps seeing him. Meanwhile the hanky panky going on behind the scenes between cast and crew threatens to unravel the production further. This one just felt far too padded for the content it actually provided. It also had a kind of airless quality that robbed it of most of its mystery and suspense. It was unclear the tone they were going for here. At times it seemed to want to be a straightforward drama about the lives of the production crew while making this movie and the stress the production places on personal relationships. At other times, it seemed to want to lean more into the horror elements, but it really doesn’t invest fully enough in that side of it to generate much of any tension. The premise itself is an interesting one but has been done better elsewhere.

166. Nothing But the Night (1973)
The film begins with a string of suicides that the police suspect may involve foul play due to their ties to a Trust. The plot thickens when a bus full of orphans wrecks, and the bus driver is found severely burned despite the bus not catching fire. The only survivor, a young girl, then becomes a central figure in the investigation to determine what’s really going on with all the deaths. This is almost the opposite of Doomwatch in that at first it bears little similarity to The Wicker Man but as it goes on and more of the mystery is revealed, several aspects begin to parallel between the two films. While this isn’t a Hammer production, we do have both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in key roles in the film, and it does have the feel of one of Hammer’s more procedural, less bloody films. It takes a little while to really get going with the pieces coming together a little too slowly in the first half especially, but the second half of the film improves quite a bit and has a genuinely chilling climax. Worth a watch for those with more than an ounce of patience in them.
The Nexus of Power Compels Thee
Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

Run #42: Gina-Prince Bythewood
154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
156. The Old Guard (2020)

Run #43: Naoko Ogigami
157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)
158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)

Run #44: John Woo
160. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia a.k.a. Red Cliff Part II (2009)
161. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui a.k.a. The Dragon Tamers (1975)
162. Ying xiong wu lei a.k.a. Heroes Shed No Tears (1984)
163. Chung hang sei hoi a.k.a. Once A Thief (1991)

Run #45: Peter Sasdy
164. Doomwatch (1972)
165. Witchcraft (1992)
166. Nothing But the Night (1973)
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morrison-dylan-fan wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 1:41 am
Hi flavo,I hope you had a good weekend,and I've got to say that I've really enjoyed reading your director write-ups during this challenge.

On Krimi, the list I'd make of the ones I've seen is:

The Sinister Monk (1965). Tied with Horrible People as my top pick,this final, set in a boarding school Krimi from Reinl/ Dor points towards where the Giallo would take this set-up to.
Room 13 (1964)-I learnt about Krimi from listening to the Crystal Plumage commentary, Where Kim Newman mentioned that Dario had clearly borrowed a plot point from this Reinl/Dor title- which also features a (small) amount of skin on show.
The Indian Scarf (1963)-I saw this after seeing the original Wallace play performed on stage, with the makers (who add in extra kills) doing well at capturing the Agatha Christie-style sense of mystery.
The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962)-never missing a genre that was getting popular, Uncle Jess makes a fun, mainstream (for him!) Krimi.
The Frog With the Mask (1959)-the one widely credited as starting the sub-genre.
Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Koffer (1962)-The first Krimi I saw, this is a easy-going straight Crime flick, without the Horror element which would play a bigger part in the sub-genre as time went on.
Thanks, I still remember your extensive, excellent write-up on Seijun Suzuki from last year, and I hope you've got at least one more marathon like that in your back pocket.

I think I actually have most of those except The Sinister Monk, which is sounds like I'll need to track down. I actually watched Sadistic Baron Von Klaus last year and though it was a pretty solid one. It didn't even occur to me at the time it was Krimi film. The only other one I can think of I know I've seen is The Door with Seven Locks which I enjoyed.
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Director #27 - Bruce Beresford
Previous experience:
2 features, 1 @ 7, 1 @ 6

94. 'Breaker' Morant (1980, Beresford) 7
95. Tender Mercies (1983, Beresford) 7
96. Black Robe (1991, Beresford) 7

Director #28 - Mike Nichols
Previous experience:
7 features, 1 @ 8, 4 @ 7, 2 @ 6

97. Carnal Knowledge (1971, Nichols) 6
98. Silkwood (1983, Nichols) 6
99. The Birdcage (1996, Nichols) 5

Director #29 - William A. Wellman
Previous experience:
5 features, 1 @ 9, 2 @ 8, 2 @ 7

100. Nothing Sacred (1937, Wellman) 7
101. Story of G.I. Joe (1945, Wellman) 8
102. Battleground (1949, Wellman) 7

Director #30 - Milos Forman
Previous experience:
6 features, 2 @ 9, 3 @ 7, 1 @ 6

103. Taking Off (1971, Forman) 6
104. Hair (1979, Forman) 7
105. Black Peter (1964, Forman) 7

Director #31 - Louis Malle
Previous experience:
7 features, 1 @ 9, 5 @ 8, 1 @ 7

106. Zazie dans le métro (1960, Malle) 8
107. Le feu follet (1963, Malle) 8
108. Le souffle au coeur (1971, Malle) 8
109. Lacombe Lucien (1974, Malle) 7

Director #32 - Shôhei Imamura
Previous experience:
2 features @ 8

110. The Insect Woman (1963, Imamura) 7
111. Intentions of Murder (1964, Imamura) 6
112. Profound Desire of the Gods (1968, Imamura) 7
113. Black Rain (1989, Imamura) 8
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Director #1 - David Lean
1. Oliver Twist (1948, Lean) 8
2. Summertime (1955, Lean) 8
3. Ryan's Daughter (1970, Lean) 7
4. A Passage to India (1984, Lean) 7

Director #2 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
5. A Letter to Three Wives (1949, Mankiewicz) 8
6. Julius Caesar (1953, Mankiewicz) 8
7. Cleopatra (1963, Mankiewicz) 7
8. Sleuth (1972, Mankiewicz) 7

Director #3 - Abel Ferrara
9. Ms .45 (1981, Ferrara) 8
10. The Addiction (1995, Ferrara) 6
11. New Rose Hotel (1998, Ferrara) 7

Director #4 - John Milius
12. Big Wednesday (1978, Milius) 6
13. Conan the Barbarian (1982, Milius) 6
14. Red Dawn (1984, Milius) 2

Director #5 - Blake Edwards
15. Days of Wine and Roses (1962, Edwards) 8
16. The Pink Panther (1963, Edwards) 6
17. Victor Victoria (1982, Edwards) 7

Director #6 - King Vidor
18. Hallelujah (1929, Vidor) 8
19. The Champ (1931, Vidor) 7
20. Our Daily Bread (1934, Vidor) 8
21. War and Peace (1956, Vidor) 7

Director #7 - Frank Borzage
22. A Farewell to Arms (1932, Borzage) 7
23. Man's Castle (1933, Borzage) 7
24. The Mortal Storm (1940, Borzage) 9

Director #8 - Henry King
25. State Fair (1933, King) 6
26. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938, King ) 7
27. The Song of Bernadette (1943, King) 7
28. Twelve O'Clock High (1949, King) 8

Director #9 - Samuel Fuller
29. Park Row (1952, Fuller) 8
30. House of Bamboo (1955, Fuller) 7
31. Underworld, U.S.A. (1961, Fuller) 7
32. White Dog (1982, Fuller) 8

Director #10 - Louis Feuillade
33. Fantomas - A l'ombre de la guillotine (1913, Feuillade) 7
34. Juve contre Fantomas (1913, Feuillade) 8
35. Le mort qui tue (1913, Feuillade) 7
36. Fantomas contre Fantomas (1914, Feuillade) 7
37. Le faux magistrat (1914, Feuillade) 7

Director #11 - Victor Sjöström
38. Terje Vigen (1917, Sjöström) 9
39. Ingeborg Holm (1913, Sjöström) 8
40. Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (1918, Sjöström) 7
41. He Who Gets Slapped (1924, Sjöström) 7

Director #12 - Tim Burton
42. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985, Burton) 6
43. Beetle Juice (1988, Burton) 5
44. Sleepy Hollow (1999, Burton) 6
45. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, Burton) 7

Director #13 - John Huston
short - San Pietro (1945, Huston) 7 [32m]
46. Let There Be Light (1946/1980, Huston) 8
47. The Red Badge of Courage (1951, Huston) 6
48. Prizzi's Honor (1985, Huston) 7

Director #14 - Leo McCarey
49. Love Affair (1939, McCarey) 7
50. Going My Way (1944, McCarey) 7
51. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945, McCarey) 6

Director #15 - Peter Weir
52. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974, Weir) 6
53. Gallipoli (1981, Weir) 8
54. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982, Weir) 6

Director #16 - Clint Eastwood
55. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006, Eastwood) 7
56. Play Misty for Me (1971, Eastwood) 6
57. American Sniper (2014, Eastwood) 7

Director #17 - Jonathan Demme
58. Stop Making Sense (1984, Demme) 7
59. Melvin and Howard (1980, Demme) 7
60. Something Wild (1986, Demme) 7

Director #18 - Clarence Brown
61. Anna Christie (1930, Brown) 7
62. National Velvet (1944, Brown) 6
63. The Yearling (1946, Brown) 6
64. Intruder in the Dust (1949, Brown) 8

Director #19 - Peter Jackson
65. Meet the Feebles (1989, Jackson) 9
66. Forgotten Silver (1995, Botes/Jackson) 8
67. King Kong (2005, Jackson) 7

Director #20 - John Sayles
68. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979, Sayles) 7
69. Eight Men Out (1988, Sayles) 6
70. Matewan (1987, Sayles) 7
71. City of Hope (1991, Sayles) 8

Director #21 - Satyajit Ray
72. Devi (1960, Ray) 8
73. Aranyer Din Ratri (1970, Ray) 7
74. Ashani Sanket (1973, Ray) 8
75. Ghare-Baire (1984, Ray) 8
76. Agantuk (1991, Ray) 9

Director #22 - Fred Zinnemann
77. Oklahoma! (1955, Zinnemann) 6
78. The Nun's Story (1959, Zinnemann) 5
79. Julia (1977, Zinnemann) 6
80. The Day of the Jackal (1973, Zinnemann) 8

Director #23 - Peter Greenaway
81. The Falls (1980, Greenaway) 8
82. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985, Greenaway) 7
83. Prospero's Books (1991, Greenaway) 7
84. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015, Greenaway) 6

Director #24 - Roger Corman
85. A Bucket of Blood (1959, Corman) 7
86. The Trip (1967, Corman) 6
87. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967, Corman) 7

Director #25 - Richard Donner
88. The Goonies (1985, Donner) 6
89. Lethal Weapon 2 (1985, Donner) 6
90. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992, Donner) 6

Director #26 - Patricio Guzmán
91. La batalla de Chile I (1975, Guzmán) 8
92. La batalla de Chile II (1976, Guzmán) 8
93. La batalla de Chile III (1979, Guzmán) 6

Director #27 - Bruce Beresford
94. 'Breaker' Morant (1980, Beresford) 7
95. Tender Mercies (1983, Beresford) 7
96. Black Robe (1991, Beresford) 7

Director #28 - Mike Nichols
97. Carnal Knowledge (1971, Nichols) 6
98. Silkwood (1983, Nichols) 6
99. The Birdcage (1996, Nichols) 5

Director #29 - William A. Wellman
100. Nothing Sacred (1937, Wellman) 7
101. Story of G.I. Joe (1945, Wellman) 8
102. Battleground (1949, Wellman) 7

Director #30 - Milos Forman
103. Taking Off (1971, Forman) 6
104. Hair (1979, Forman) 7
105. Black Peter (1964, Forman) 7

Director #31 - Louis Malle
106. Zazie dans le métro (1960, Malle) 8
107. Le feu follet (1963, Malle) 8
108. Le souffle au coeur (1971, Malle) 8
109. Lacombe Lucien (1974, Malle) 7

Director #32 - Shôhei Imamura
110. The Insect Woman (1963, Imamura) 7
111. Intentions of Murder (1964, Imamura) 6
112. Profound Desire of the Gods (1968, Imamura) 7
113. Black Rain (1989, Imamura) 8
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Thanks for the stats update. :poshclap: Looks like flavo will overtake me for most directing debuts watched, but with the overall points he's raking in, it is probably surprising that he hasn't done so already...
Running on Directors
1. The House of 1000 Corpses (2003) Rob Zombie #DDF
2. The Devil's Rejects (2005) Rob Zombie
3. 3 From Hell (2019) Rob Zombie
4. Cop Land (1997) James Mangold
5. Logan (2017) James Mangold
6. Heavy (1995) James Mangold #DDF
7. The Roost (2005) Ti West #DDF
8. The Innkeepers (2011) Ti West
9. Trigger Man (2007) Ti West
10. Flodder (1986) Dick Maas
11. Quiz (2012) Dick Maas
12. Saint (2010) Dick Maas
13. Creep (2014) Patrick Brice #DDF
14. Creep 2 (2017) Patrick Brice
15. The Overnight (2015) Patrick Brice
16. Almost Human (2013) Joe Begos #DDF
17. The Mind's Eye (2015) Joe Begos
18. VFW (2019) Joe Begos
19. Bliss (2019) Joe Begos
20. Pod (2015) Mickey Keating
21. Darling (2015) Mickey Keating
22. Carnage Park (2016) Mickey Keating
23. Blackkklansman (2018) Spike Lee REVISION
24. Inside Man (2006) Spike Lee REVISION
25. Oldboy (2013) Spike Lee
26. Unsane (2018) Steven Soderbergh REVISION
27. Haywire (2011) Steven Soderbergh
28. The Landromat (2019) Steven Soderbergh
29. The Borrower (1991) John McNaughton
30. Wild Things (1998) John McNaughton
31. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) John McNaughton REVISION #DDF
32. Druk / Another Round (2020) Thomas Vinterberg
33. Kursk / The Command (2018) Thomas Vinterberg
34. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) Thomas Vinterberg
35. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) Frank De Felitta
36. Scissors (1991) Frank De Felitta
37. Trapped (1973) Frank De Felitta
38. 11 x 14 (1977) James Benning #DDF
39. RR (2007) James Benning
40. Ruhr (2009) James Benning
41. Synchronic (2019) Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson
42. Resolution (2012) Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson REVISION #DDF
43. The Endless (2017) Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson REVISION

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Watching Synchronic in the cinema yesterday was an amazing experience. The storyline of the film is a bit iffy (it's more fantasy/magic than sci-fi based) but the movie is such an audiovisual assault on the senses, from the moody music to the unusual camerawork, to certain parts of the frame going in and out of focus. The special effects are incredible too, melting and blending images in ways rarely seen on film before. With the Run the Director Challenge this month, I simply had to revisit a couple of B&M's earlier films after watching Synchronic.

The pair's debut feature Resolution feels worlds apart from Synchronic and yet oddly similar too. It is far less moody and atmospheric affair with minimal special effects; the plot of Resolution is also more sci-fi in approach and in an amusing irony of sorts (given the title), B&M do not explain everything there - quite on the contrary to Synchronic which goes a little too far in establishing clear rules for its fantastical content. Both films though are great looks at a male friendship that is tried and tested by the friends encountering the paranormal/supernatural. The Endless plays into this male bonding dynamic too.

And of these three films, The Endless is the one that stacks up the best. It is halfway between the minimal atmosphere and loaded atmosphere of Resolution and Synchronic respectively. It also halfway between the two films in providing some answers and "rules" for the fantastic content but without revealing everything. Looking at the progression of B&M over these three films, I don't know if they will ever give us another The Endless; after all, Synchronic is almost a generic race-against-type thriller. That said, if the pair continue their penchant for building mood and atmospheric through carefully selected music, camerawork and sound effects, I will continue to watch whatever they put out.
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Spike Lee is perhaps the most celebrated black filmmaker in film history. His films tend to be highly confrontational and tackle issues of social injustice around the black experience. Films like his landmark Do the Right Thing, his biopic of Malcom X and the recent Oscar winner Blackkklansman are fiery polemics that serve as calls to action while also showing a mastery of the medium and a deep understanding of cinema history. Aesthetically Lee has several stylistically unique touches including vibrant, highly saturated colors, actors speaking into the camera, musical cues as a major element of the film’s language, unorthodox camera angles and shooting stock and even employing cinema verite techniques to heighten the elements of realism in places. Some of these techniques sound contradictory but in context tend to work very well. Spike Lee continues to be a very strong voice in cinema and has a staggering body of work to show for it.

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167. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) #DFF
Spike Lee’s student thesis film sets the tone for his whole career in some ways. While we don’t see the more flashy camerawork and vibrancy of his later works, we do see a genuine love of and desire to illustrate the black experience in a very grounded way. It’s the story of a barber who has recently taken over management of a barbershop from his boss who was killed after getting mixed up running numbers. He just wants to cut hair but gets strong-armed into getting into the same shady business as his deceased employer. While the acting quality is definitely several rungs below what Lee would usually work with on later films, the film is still quite engaging due to the grounded character work and tight pacing (which is actually one thing that Lee has trouble with on many of his later films in my opinion).

168. Bamboozled (2000)
This is Spike Lee in prime provocateur mode. Damon Wayans plays a straight-laced story writer at a television network run by wigga executive Michael Rapaport who gives him static for his Yale upbringing and detachment from his own black culture and demands a better, more daring idea for their audiences than the whitebread sitcoms of The Cosby Show and Family Matters. As a kind of protest, Wayans comes up with the completely absurd idea of The New Millennium Minstrel Show, a variety show that features black actors wearing blackface that conjures up ages old grotesque black stereotypes, as a “satire” as he calls it in his sales pitch. Of course, like “Springtime for Hitler” in The Producers, the show ends up being a huge hit, bringing forth a wave of blackface merchandise that catches the public by storm. So this one was pretty much guaranteed to have a tough go of it critically and commercially. In some ways, it’s a very bold and intelligent satire itself that’s about as subtle as a jackhammer. But Lee makes some strange tonal choices in places that I can’t quite reconcile, particularly around some of the musical cues. Wayans’ character also never feels real to me. It always just feels like one of his In Living Color characters. Maybe that’s the point? That all of this is just ridiculous artifice that isn’t intended to be even remotely taken seriously? I dunno. This is one I’m going to have to mull over for a while.

169. School Daze (1988)
School Daze is Spike Lee’s second theatrical feature and follows a couple of different subplots during rush week on a college campus. Laurence Fishburn plays a militant-leaning Black Panther sympathizer who’s weenie little cousin (played by Lee himself) is pledging for a fraternity full of douches. When the fraternity and the black power members start butting heads, it leads to a series of confrontations that drive a wedge between Fishburn and his cousin. So that’s the high level sketch of the plot here but really it’s a sort of free-form series of vignettes not unlike other frat comedies like Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds. It’s a solid movie but feels a little dated and lacks the dramatic weight of something like John Singleton’s Higher Learning.

190. Red Hook Summer (2012)
Red Hook Summer is the story of a kid from Atlanta who is sent to live with his grandfather, the reverend of a small church in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, for the summer after his father is declared KIA in Afghanistan. In some ways, it’s a slice of life film that finds its rhythms in the day-to-day happenings. But it’s also a meditation on religion and hypocrisy and in some ways feels like Spike Lee exorcising some demons of his own. There are some superbly filmed sequences here like the big reveal in the church toward the end, but some of the sub-par acting from side characters and the lack of narrative thrust in places drags it down. I think it’s still worth a watch for Lee devotees but falls short of classic status.
The Nexus of Power Compels Thee
Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

Run #42: Gina-Prince Bythewood
154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
156. The Old Guard (2020)

Run #43: Naoko Ogigami
157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)
158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)

Run #44: John Woo
160. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia a.k.a. Red Cliff Part II (2009)
161. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui a.k.a. The Dragon Tamers (1975)
162. Ying xiong wu lei a.k.a. Heroes Shed No Tears (1984)
163. Chung hang sei hoi a.k.a. Once A Thief (1991)

Run #45: Peter Sasdy
164. Doomwatch (1972)
165. Witchcraft (1992)
166. Nothing But the Night (1973)

Run #46: Spike Lee
167. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) #DFF
168. Bamboozled (2000)
169. School Daze (1988)
190. Red Hook Summer (2012)
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Francesco Rosi

41. Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City, 1963) 7/10
42. Uomini contro (Many Wars Ago, 1970) 7/10
43. Cronaca di una morte annunciata (Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1987) 6/10
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Kenji Mizoguchi
1. Genroku Chûshingura (The 47 Ronin, 1941) 7/10
2. Miyamoto Musashi (1944) 5/10
3. Uwasa no onna (The Woman of Rumour, 1954) 7/10
4. Saikaku ichidai onna (The Life of Oharu, 1952) 8/10
5. Yôkihi (Princess Yang Kwei-fei, 1955) 7/10

Herbert Achternbusch
6. Das Andechser Gefühl (1974) 7/10 #DDF
7. Die Atlantikschwimmer (1976) 6/10
8. Bierkampf (1977) 6/10
9. Das Gespenst (1982) 6/10
10. Heilt Hitler! (1986) 6/10

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
11. Kasaba (The Town, 1997) 7/10 #DDF
12. Mayis Sikintisi (Clouds of May, 1999) 7/10
13. Iklimler (Climates, 2006) 7/10

Edgar Reitz
14. Mahlzeiten (Table for Love, 1967) 7/10 #DDF
15. Cardillac (1969) 7/10
16. Der Schneider von Ulm (The Tailor from Ulm, 1979) 6/10

René Clair
17. Sous les toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris, 1930) 7/10
18. Le million (The Million, 1931) 7/10
19. À nous la liberté (Freedom for Us, 1931) 6/10

Masaki Kobayashi
20. Mittsu no ai (Three Loves, 1954) 9/10
21. Izumi (The Spring, 1956) 8/10
22. Kuroi kawa (Black River, 1957) 8/10
23. Shokutaku no nai ie (The Empty Table, 1985) 9/10

Helmut Käutner
24. Kitty und die Weltkonferenz (Kitty and the World Conference, 1939) 7/10 #DDF
25. Himmel ohne Sterne (Sky Without Stars, 1955) 5/10
26. Schwarzer Kies (Black Gravel, 1961) 6/10

Ingmar Bergman
27. Sånt händer inte här (This Can't Happen Here, 1950) 6/10
28. Sommarlek (Summer Interlude, 1951) 8/10
29. En lektion i kärlek (A Lesson in Love, 1954) 7/10
30. Rabies (1958) 8/10
31. Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute, 1975) 8/10
32. De två saliga (The Blessed Ones, 1986) 7/10
33. Larmar och gör sig till (In the Presence of a Clown, 1997) 8/10

Jerzy Skolimowski
34. Rysopis (Identification Marks: None, 1965) 6/10 #DDF
35. Bariera (Barrier, 1966) 6/10
36. King, Queen, Knave (1972) 5/10

Kon Ichikawa
37. Kuroi jûnin no onna (Ten Dark Women, 1961) 7/10
38. Hakai (The Outcast, 1962) 7/10
39. Yukinojô henge (An Actor's Revenge, 1963) 7/10
40. Matatabi (The Wanderers, 1973) 5/10

Francesco Rosi
41. Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City, 1963) 7/10
42. Uomini contro (Many Wars Ago, 1970) 7/10
43. Cronaca di una morte annunciata (Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1987) 6/10
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I'd prefer to walk them
1. Malcom X (1992, Spike Lee)
2. He Got Game (1998, Spike Lee)
3. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013, Spike Lee)
4. Crooklyn (1994, Spike Lee)
5. She's Gotta Have It (1986, Spike Lee) #DDF
6. Mo' Better Blues (1990, Spike Lee)
This was a fun foray into Jazz, a la Spike Lee. Loved the style and music in this, and it just felt... cool.
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Arturo Ripstein
1. El castillo de la pureza (1973) 8/10
2. Profundo carmesí (1996) 8/10
3. El imperio de la fortuna (1986) 7/10

Chantal Akerman
4. Hôtel Monterey (1973) 5/10
5. News from Home (1977) 6/10
6. D'Est (1993) (1993) 6/10

Paul Verhoeven
7. De vierde man (1983) 6/10
8. Turks fruit (1973) 8/10
9. Zwartboek (2006) 8/10

Emilio Fernández
10. Víctimas del pecado (1951) 6/10
11. Enamorada (1946) 7/10
12. Pueblerina (1949) 5/10

Dardenne brothers
13. The Promise (1996) 8/10
14. The Kid with a Bike (2011) 8/10
15. Young Ahmed (2019) 8/10

Jean-Luc Godard
16. Numéro deux (1975) 4/10
17. Film socialisme (2010) 5/10
18. Je vous salue, Marie (1985) 6/10
19. Notre musique (2004) 7/10
20. Le livre d'image (2018) 7/10

Alfred Hitchcock
21. To Catch a Thief (1955) 7/10
22. Marnie (1964) 8/10
23. Spellbound (1945) 6/10

Dziga Vertov
24. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) (1930) 7/10
25. The Sixth Part of the World (1926) 6/10
26. Three Songs About Lenin (1934) 6/10

Chantal Akerman
27. Je tu il elle (1974) 6/10
28. Toute une nuit (1982) 6/10
29. Nuit et jour (1991) 8/10

Michael Snow
30. To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror (1991) 2/10
31. Wavelength (1967) 3/10
32. Back and Forth (1969) 5/10

Stan Brakhage
33. Anticipation of the Night (1958) 5/10
34. The Text of Light (1974) 4/10
35. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10 33 min.
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 5/10 31 min.
Star Garden (1974) 5/10 22 min.

Deborah Stratman
36. O'er the Land (2009) 7/10
37. The BLVD (1999) 6/10
38. From Hetty to Nancy (1997) 4/10

Bruce Baillie
39. Quixote (1965) 5/10
40. Quick Billy (1971) 6/10
41. On Sundays (1961) 4/10 26 min
Mass for the Dakota Sioux (1964) 4/10 20 min
To Parsifal (1963) 4/10 15 min
Castro Street (1966) 5/10 10 min
Valentin de las Sierras (1971) 6/10 10 min.

Jonas Mekas
42. In Between (1978) 6/10
43. The Brig (1964) 7/10
44. Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012) 8/10

Matthew Barney
45. Cremaster 1 (1996) 5/10
46. Cremaster 2 (1999) 6/10
47. Cremaster 4 (1995) 4/10
48. Cremaster 5 (1997) 4/10

James Benning
49. After Warhol (2011) 5/10
50. Natural History (2014) 5/10
51. Casting a Glance (2007) 6/10

Ken Jacobs
52. Seeking the Monkey King (2011) 7/10
53. Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise (2005) 5/10
54. Blonde Cobra (1963) 2/10 33 min
Little Stabs at Happiness (1960) 3/10 15 min
Capitalism: Child Labor (2006) 5/10 14 min
The Georgetown Loop (1996) 4/10 11 min
Window (1964) 3/10 9 min

Dardenne brothers
55. Le fils (2002) 7/10
56. Rosetta (1999) 7/10
57. La fille inconnue (2016) 6/10

Leopoldo Torre Nilsson
58. La mano en la trampa (1961) 7/10
59. El pibe Cabeza (1975) 6/10
60. Boquitas pintadas (1974) 7/10

Paul Verhoeven
61. Soldier of Orange (1977) 8/10
62. Flesh+Blood (1985) 6/10
63. Tricked (2012) 6/10

Jean-Luc Godard
64. For Ever Mozart (1996) 3/10
65. Nouvelle vague (1990) 3/10
66. Le mépris (1963) 8/10
67. Une femme est une femme (1961) 7/10
68. Éloge de l'amour (2001) 5/10

Peter Delpeut
69. The Forbidden Quest (1993) 7/10
70. Lyrisch nitraat (1991) 5/10
71. Diva Dolorosa (1999) 4/10

Glauber Rocha
72. Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (1964) 7/10
73. Terra em Transe (1967) 8/10
74. A Idade da Terra (1980) 8/10

Roberto Gavaldón
75. Rosauro Castro (1950) 8/10
76. La diosa arrodillada (1947) 7/10
77. Días de otoño (1963) 8/10

Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
78. Matinée (1977) 5/10
79. Doña Herlinda y su hijo (1985) 7/10
80. Intimidades de un cuarto de baño (1991) 7/10

Sergei Parajanov
81. Sayat Nova (1969) 7/10
82. Tini zabutykh predkiv (1965) 7/10
83. Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (1985) 6/10

Charles Chaplin
84. The Pilgrim (1923) 6/10
85. A Dog's Life (1918) 8/10 33 min
The Immigrant (1917) 7/10 24 min
Easy Street (1917) 6/10 24 min
86. Sunnyside (1919) 6/10 33 min
The Vagabond (1916) 5/10 24 min
A Woman (1915) 6/10 26 min
87. The Idle Class (1921) 7/10 30 min
One A.M. (1916) 5/10 26 min
The Adventurer (1917) 7/10 24 min
88. Limelight (1952) 7/10
89. Monsieur Verdoux (1947) 8/10

Alex van Warmerdam
90. Abel (1986) 7/10
91. Kleine Teun (1998) 7/10
92. Ober (2006) 6/10
Alain Resnais
93. L'année dernière à Marienbad (1961) 6/10
94. Hiroshima mon amour (1959) 6/10
95. Providence (1977) 5/10

Juan Bustillo Oro
96. Dos monjes (1934) 6/10
97. El compadre Mendoza (1934) 7/10
98. Ahí está el detalle (1940) 8/10

Max Ophüls
99. La ronde (1950) 7/10
100. Madame de... (1953) 8/10
101. Le plaisir (1952) 8/10

Ismael Rodríguez
102. La puerta y la mujer del carnicero 6/10
103. Los hermanos Del Hierro (1961) 7/10
104. Cuando ¡Viva Villa..! es la muerte (1960) 7/10
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(Screenshots from 'City Without Men' and 'Klondike Kate')

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Sidney Salkow
16. She Married a Cop (1939, Sidney Salkow, Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway) - 6 or 6.5/10
17. City Without Men (1943, Sidney Salkow) - 7/10
18. Jack McCall, Desperado (1953, Sidney Salkow) - 6.5 or 7/10

William Castle
19. Klondike Kate (1943, William Castle) - 7/10
20. Cave of Outlaws (1951, William Castle) - 5.5/10
21. Battle of Rogue River (1954, William Castle) - 6/10
22. Masterson of Kansas (1954, William Castle) - 6.5/10

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Director 3: Roberto Rossellini
7. Europa '51 1952 — a.k.a. Europe '51 7/10
8. Francesco, giullare di Dio 1950 — a.k.a. The Flowers of St. Francis 6/10
9. Il generale Della Rovere 1959 — a.k.a. General della Rovere 8/10

Director 4: SABU
10. Monday 2000 8+/10
11. Miss Zombie 2013 8-/10
12. Kôfuku no kane 2002 — a.k.a. Blessing Bell 6/10
13. Posutoman burusu 1997 — a.k.a. Postman Blues 7/10

What a nice discovery. I had heard about his movies before but these were the first ones I actually watched.
They are all quite a bit slower than I had expected but I really dig his style. Especially Monday has my full appreciation and made me laugh like barely any movie does. There's also an underlying weirdness in his movies. Overall an enjoyable mix between genre cinema and arthouse.

Director 5: John Woo
14. Dip huet seung hung 1989 — a.k.a. The Killer 6/10
15. Ying hung boon sik 1986 — a.k.a. A Better Tomorrow 6/10
16. Lat sau san taam 1992 — a.k.a. Hard Boiled 6+/10

My first John Woo movies that are not American. Chow Yun-Fat seems to get about 20+ shots out of every pistol magazine, likes to eat matchsticks and there's easily a long list of recurring cliches. Fun to watch overall and I can see why Action fans would love them (and how they ended up on TSPDT) but for me it just becomes too much at some point.


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Director 1: Brian de Palma
1. Sisters 1972 7/10
2. Carlito's Way 1993 8/10
3. Dressed to Kill 1980 7/10

Director 2: Elia Kazan
4. East of Eden 1955 8/10
5. Splendor in the Grass 1961 7/10
6. Baby Doll 1956 6/10

Director 3: Roberto Rossellini
7. Europa '51 1952 — a.k.a. Europe '51 7/10
8. Francesco, giullare di Dio 1950 — a.k.a. The Flowers of St. Francis 6/10
9. Il generale Della Rovere 1959 — a.k.a. General della Rovere 8/10

Director 4: SABU
10. Monday 2000 8+/10
11. Miss Zombie 2013 8-/10
12. Kôfuku no kane 2002 — a.k.a. Blessing Bell 6/10
13. Posutoman burusu 1997 — a.k.a. Postman Blues 7/10

Director 5: John Woo
14. Dip huet seung hung 1989 — a.k.a. The Killer 6/10
15. Ying hung boon sik 1986 — a.k.a. A Better Tomorrow 6/10
16. Lat sau san taam 1992 — a.k.a. Hard Boiled 6+/10
Current recommendation: Monday (2000)


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Mamoru Oshii

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Mamoru Oshii is the visionary director behind classics of cinema like the animated film Ghost in the Shell as well as the fascinating VR sci-fi film Avalon, which James Cameron called "the most artistic, beautiful and stylish sci-fi film.” Oshii’s films often have incredibly stylish, elaborate visual components mixed with dialogue-heavy conversations on philosophical topics like the definition of the human soul and what it means to be truly free. His 1984 film Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer is often referenced as being an influence on many films involving time loops that came after it like Dark City. He also holds the distinction of releasing the first OVA (direct-to-video animation) in Japan, Dallos (which is frankly one of his weaker efforts, but it’s still historically significant to mention). Oshii’s distinct voice has polarized some but been a huge influence on others. In particular, the Wachowskis were greatly influenced by his Ghost in the Shell for their smash hit The Matrix which itself was a huge influence on action films in the 21st century. Does this mean that without Oshii, we wouldn’t have John Wick? Perhaps not...

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191. Garm Wars: The Last Druid (2014)
The plot here would take far too long to actually summarize but essentially boils down to a small group of people on a seemingly distant planet journey to a distant land of druids to determine why their goddess created the warring tribes on this planet only to abandon them. There is a hell of a lot more backstory than that, and folks who eat up deep lore will find a lot to chew on here. For everyone else who will sit baffled at half of what’s going on, the movie has some incredibly visually striking sequences that look great but feel a little empty. Watching this actually gave me a similar experience to watching the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie last year. It very much feels like an extended series of video game cutscenes with the game parts chopped out in places and requires a lot of groundwork on the audience to fully understand what’s going on. But for hardcore Oshii fans, all his usual elements are there: creative visual design, deep philosophical ponderings on the nature of existence, a bassett hound… You probably know by now whether this movie is up your alley or not.

192. Tachiguishi retsuden a.k.a. Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters (2006)
I should’ve known doing an Oshii run that I’d be drowning in exposition at some point. And here we are. This film is essentially one long exposition dump, the Silmarillion of Oshii’s Kerberos saga, a universe of Oshii’s devising that follows an alternate history about the rise of a fascist government and those who fight against it. His films Red Spectacles, Stray Dogs andJin-Roh: Wolf Brigade all take place in this world as well as numerous other projects he has been involved in over the years. Fast Food Grifters is a kind of loose tie into this world that features an incredibly dense narration detailing the history of food in this universe and the various conflicts and situations that spun out of it. The animation style is a sort of paper cutout style with minimal movement at times and works for this quirky experiment. Nevertheless, even more than Garm Wars, this is probably Oshii’s most impenetrable work and is only recommended for die hard fans.

193. Maroko (1990)
Maroko is a compilation film adapted from the Genzo-sama Banbanzai! 6-episode OVA series. It’s about a father and son chilling at home one day when a cute girl shows up at their apartment and claims to be the teenage son’s granddaughter from 30 years in the future. When a time officer shows up claiming Maroko has violated time law by traveling to the past to visit her relatives, the teen son knocks out the time cop and takes her on the run with him. This sets off an increasingly strange series of events that alternate between wacky, strange and vaguely creepy. This is probably more like Oshii’s work on Urusei Yatsura than anything else I’ve seen by him, mixing silly comedy, odd non-sequiturs and dense time manipulation plots into something that’s both entertaining and frustrating in equal measure. It certainly isn’t as strong as Beautiful Dreamer, in large part due to the jittery pacing. Both this compilation film and the original OVA it’s based on seem to lurch forward in its narrative making for a somewhat disjointed experience in places. The ending is also strangely out of tone with the rest of the film. Still I think there are enough positives that fans of Oshii will find something to like here.

194. The Next Generation Patoreibâ: Shuto kessen a.k.a. Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War (2015)
The plot of this one involves an experimental helicopter named the Gray Goose that is stolen and used in a terrorist attack with the Patlabor Special Unit 2 assigned to track down the terrorists and take down the helicopter. Like many Oshii films, Tokyo War has some impressive action sequences bookended by extended dialogue scenes that are a combination of mild philosophical musings and exposition dumps. A couple of things to note. For big Patlabor fans, the actual Patlabor units are seen very little actually which is a little disappointing for me personally. I dig the design as impractical as it may be (why does a giant robot need its own gun and holster?). Also the cinematography during non-action scenes is sometimes so dark and dreary that it’s hard to tell what’s even happening on screen at times (and I assume this isn’t a problem on my end...I checked a couple of different versions of the movie and they had the same problem). I did appreciate that it maintained some of the humor from the original series even though it was certainly toned down like Oshii’s previous Patlabor movies. While this is a mixed bag of a film, overall it was still pretty entertaining.
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Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

Run #42: Gina-Prince Bythewood
154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
156. The Old Guard (2020)

Run #43: Naoko Ogigami
157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)
158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)

Run #44: John Woo
160. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia a.k.a. Red Cliff Part II (2009)
161. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui a.k.a. The Dragon Tamers (1975)
162. Ying xiong wu lei a.k.a. Heroes Shed No Tears (1984)
163. Chung hang sei hoi a.k.a. Once A Thief (1991)

Run #45: Peter Sasdy
164. Doomwatch (1972)
165. Witchcraft (1992)
166. Nothing But the Night (1973)

Run #46: Spike Lee
167. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) #DFF
168. Bamboozled (2000)
169. School Daze (1988)
190. Red Hook Summer (2012)

Run #47: Mamoru Oshii
191. Garm Wars: The Last Druid (2014)
192. Tachiguishi retsuden a.k.a. Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters (2006)
193. Maroko (1990)
194. The Next Generation Patoreibâ: Shuto kessen a.k.a. Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War (2015)
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Alice Rohrwacher

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Alice Rohrwacher is one of the most exciting (young) Italian directors, and while her first two films did get some buzz my first encounter with her was Happy as Lazzarro. Seeing it when brand new, 2 years ago, it blew me away. Along with Pietro Marcello (with whom she is actually doing a project with this year) she made me excited about Italian cinema again - though for some reason it did not translate into seeing her first two films: Corpo Celeste and The Wonders. It took sitting down with Happy as Lazzaro one more time, and confirming it as one of the best films of the last decade that finally track them down.

14. Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

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I think what speaks to me most in Happy as Lazarro, is the extreme contrast between innocence and the real world - I think there is something almost perverse in the visual contrast between the poor community of farmers, - to which Lazarro is one. This world could almost be believed to be at the turn of the 20th century - with its muted colours and mixture of realist/romantic exposition - and that of the, to use a slightly antiquated term that doesn't jump as smoothly off the lips anymore: the rulers - the Marquess in the castle - and perhaps most thoroughly symbolized by the young Marquise Tancredi - with his bleached hair, rock'n roll t-shirt, skinny jeans and gloriously red jacket. It almost feels like an insult to the senses - but it becomes something greater than life - especially as we see the so-called friendship between Lazarro and Tancredi grow.

It is almost painful. Lazarro is entire subservient - and follows any command with purity and acceptance - to the point of drawing his own blood without flinching - always with the same earnestness in his face. Actually "almost painful" is an understatement - it is painful. Suffering, kind, gentle - placing all before himself the portrait of Lazzaro almost resembles that of a saint - or a symbol of innocence told through a fable - but with a degree of misery and sadness more comparably to My Friend Balthazar. There are elements of magical realism here that I will not get into, but the second act - and where this film goes is incredible. There is truly nothing like it.

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15. Corpo Celeste (2011)

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Upon seeing Corpo Celeste I was immediately blown away by just how established Rohrwacher style and focus already was.

We find ourselves in very similar territory as Happy as Lazarro - poverty-stricken Italy, a soft, wayward homelife, an imposing hierarchy and a clash between innocence and reality - with a strong backdrop in spirituality - though here with a far more inquisitive and active protagonist: 13-year-old Marta - who is preparing to receive her confirmation.

While Marta is trying to make sense of her own faith - and beliefs - we are confronted with entirely rundown surroundings, and a Church that is not only actively participating and directing people's lives but even pushing their preferred political candidates. It is lulled, muffled, quiet - with the Church itself seems removed from any kind of piety or spirituality - with the tired priest is only looking for a promotion and a way out - and Marta struggling to reconcile it all for herself. 8-8.5/10.

16. Le meraviglie / The Wonders (2014)

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The Wonders offers yet another soft and intriguing contrast between reality and fantasy - with a rough and loud family of beekeepers - barely keeping themselves together and resting most responsibility on their sensible teenage daughter - see hope in the distance: a reality show that may just save them from their financial worries. Quiet, soft, mystical - the tackling of the reality show itself once again feel closer to fable - with quiet sadness mixing in with big hopes and dreams. It is not as socially poignant as Corpo celeste, or as beautiful or strong as Happy as Lazzaro - but it carries its own power and casts an intriguing shadow. 8/10.

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After seeing these two first films the road to Lazzaro seems clear - and the most intriguing question is how she will develop her style further in the future.

It was also a happy surprise to see her cast her sister, Alba Rohrwacher, in key supporting roles in her two earlier films as well.
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1.-5. Stan Brakhage
The Wonder Ring (1955) 6/10
The Dead (1960) 7/10
Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 6/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 7/10
Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 (1969) 8/10
The Machine of Eden (1970) 8/10
Star Garden (1974) 6/10
Desert (1976) 8/10
The Process (1972) 7/10
Burial Path (1978) 6/10
Duplicity III (1980) 6/10
The Domain of the Moment (1977) 6/10
Murder Psalm (1980) 6/10
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 6/10
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #4: D.H. Lawrence (1990) 7/10
Unconscious London Strata (1981) 7/10
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992) 8/10
The Mammals of Victoria (1994) 6/10
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994) 7/10
I Take These Truths (1994) 7/10
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997) 7/10
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997) 7/10
...Reel Five (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #1 (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #2 (1999) 7/10
Persian Series #3 (1999) 7/10
Chinese Series (2003) 6/10
6.-8. Jacques Rivette
L'amour fou (1969) 7/10
Noroît (1976) 6/10
Paris nous appartient (1961) 8/10
9.-17. Dziga Vertov
Kino-nedelya (1918-1919) 6/10
Kino-pravda (1922-1925) 6/10
Kinoglaz (1924) 7/10
Shagay, sovet! (1926) 6/10
Odinnadtsatyy (1928) 7/10
Tri pesni o Lenine (1934) 6/10
18.-20. Hollis Frampton
Manual of Arms (1966) 6/10
Process Red (1966) 6/10
Maxwell's Demon (1968) 6/10
Surface Tension (1968) 6/10
Carrots & Peas (1969) 4/10
Lemon (1969) 5/10
Zorns Lemma (1970) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971) 3/10
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977) 6/10
Pan 0-4, 697-700 (1974) 5/10
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 (1976) 6/10
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I (1975) 4/10
Winter Solstice (1974) 6/10
Gloria! (1979) 4/10
21.-28. Adam Curtis
Can't Get You Out of My Head (2021) 8/10
It Felt Like a Kiss (2009) 8/10
Bitter Lake (2015) 7/10
29.-31. Michael Snow
<---> (1969) 5/10
Wavelength (1967) [rewatch] 6/10
*Corpus Callosum (2002) 4/10
Cityscape (2019) 6/10
Gustav Deutsch

32. Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) 5/10
33. Film ist. (1998-2002) 6/10
34. Welt Spiegel Kino (2005) 6/10
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Director #33 - Sam Wood
Previous experience:
2 features, 1 @ 9, 1 @ 8

114. A Day at the Races (1937, Wood) 7
115. The Pride of the Yankees (1942, Wood) 7
116. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943, Wood) 6

Director #34 - M. Night Shyamalan
Previous experience:
2 features, 1 @ 8, 1 @ 6

117. Signs (2002, Shyamalan) 7
118. The Village (2004, Shyamalan) 6
119. Split (2016, Shyamalan) 6

Director #35 - Joe Dante
Previous experience:
None

120. Piranha (1978, Dante) 3
121. Gremlins (1984, Dante) 6
122. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, Dante) 6
Spoiler
Director #1 - David Lean
1. Oliver Twist (1948, Lean) 8
2. Summertime (1955, Lean) 8
3. Ryan's Daughter (1970, Lean) 7
4. A Passage to India (1984, Lean) 7

Director #2 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
5. A Letter to Three Wives (1949, Mankiewicz) 8
6. Julius Caesar (1953, Mankiewicz) 8
7. Cleopatra (1963, Mankiewicz) 7
8. Sleuth (1972, Mankiewicz) 7

Director #3 - Abel Ferrara
9. Ms .45 (1981, Ferrara) 8
10. The Addiction (1995, Ferrara) 6
11. New Rose Hotel (1998, Ferrara) 7

Director #4 - John Milius
12. Big Wednesday (1978, Milius) 6
13. Conan the Barbarian (1982, Milius) 6
14. Red Dawn (1984, Milius) 2

Director #5 - Blake Edwards
15. Days of Wine and Roses (1962, Edwards) 8
16. The Pink Panther (1963, Edwards) 6
17. Victor Victoria (1982, Edwards) 7

Director #6 - King Vidor
18. Hallelujah (1929, Vidor) 8
19. The Champ (1931, Vidor) 7
20. Our Daily Bread (1934, Vidor) 8
21. War and Peace (1956, Vidor) 7

Director #7 - Frank Borzage
22. A Farewell to Arms (1932, Borzage) 7
23. Man's Castle (1933, Borzage) 7
24. The Mortal Storm (1940, Borzage) 9

Director #8 - Henry King
25. State Fair (1933, King) 6
26. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938, King ) 7
27. The Song of Bernadette (1943, King) 7
28. Twelve O'Clock High (1949, King) 8

Director #9 - Samuel Fuller
29. Park Row (1952, Fuller) 8
30. House of Bamboo (1955, Fuller) 7
31. Underworld, U.S.A. (1961, Fuller) 7
32. White Dog (1982, Fuller) 8

Director #10 - Louis Feuillade
33. Fantomas - A l'ombre de la guillotine (1913, Feuillade) 7
34. Juve contre Fantomas (1913, Feuillade) 8
35. Le mort qui tue (1913, Feuillade) 7
36. Fantomas contre Fantomas (1914, Feuillade) 7
37. Le faux magistrat (1914, Feuillade) 7

Director #11 - Victor Sjöström
38. Terje Vigen (1917, Sjöström) 9
39. Ingeborg Holm (1913, Sjöström) 8
40. Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (1918, Sjöström) 7
41. He Who Gets Slapped (1924, Sjöström) 7

Director #12 - Tim Burton
42. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985, Burton) 6
43. Beetle Juice (1988, Burton) 5
44. Sleepy Hollow (1999, Burton) 6
45. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, Burton) 7

Director #13 - John Huston
short - San Pietro (1945, Huston) 7 [32m]
46. Let There Be Light (1946/1980, Huston) 8
47. The Red Badge of Courage (1951, Huston) 6
48. Prizzi's Honor (1985, Huston) 7

Director #14 - Leo McCarey
49. Love Affair (1939, McCarey) 7
50. Going My Way (1944, McCarey) 7
51. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945, McCarey) 6

Director #15 - Peter Weir
52. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974, Weir) 6
53. Gallipoli (1981, Weir) 8
54. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982, Weir) 6

Director #16 - Clint Eastwood
55. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006, Eastwood) 7
56. Play Misty for Me (1971, Eastwood) 6
57. American Sniper (2014, Eastwood) 7

Director #17 - Jonathan Demme
58. Stop Making Sense (1984, Demme) 7
59. Melvin and Howard (1980, Demme) 7
60. Something Wild (1986, Demme) 7

Director #18 - Clarence Brown
61. Anna Christie (1930, Brown) 7
62. National Velvet (1944, Brown) 6
63. The Yearling (1946, Brown) 6
64. Intruder in the Dust (1949, Brown) 8

Director #19 - Peter Jackson
65. Meet the Feebles (1989, Jackson) 9
66. Forgotten Silver (1995, Botes/Jackson) 8
67. King Kong (2005, Jackson) 7

Director #20 - John Sayles
68. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979, Sayles) 7
69. Eight Men Out (1988, Sayles) 6
70. Matewan (1987, Sayles) 7
71. City of Hope (1991, Sayles) 8

Director #21 - Satyajit Ray
72. Devi (1960, Ray) 8
73. Aranyer Din Ratri (1970, Ray) 7
74. Ashani Sanket (1973, Ray) 8
75. Ghare-Baire (1984, Ray) 8
76. Agantuk (1991, Ray) 9

Director #22 - Fred Zinnemann
77. Oklahoma! (1955, Zinnemann) 6
78. The Nun's Story (1959, Zinnemann) 5
79. Julia (1977, Zinnemann) 6
80. The Day of the Jackal (1973, Zinnemann) 8

Director #23 - Peter Greenaway
81. The Falls (1980, Greenaway) 8
82. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985, Greenaway) 7
83. Prospero's Books (1991, Greenaway) 7
84. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015, Greenaway) 6

Director #24 - Roger Corman
85. A Bucket of Blood (1959, Corman) 7
86. The Trip (1967, Corman) 6
87. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967, Corman) 7

Director #25 - Richard Donner
88. The Goonies (1985, Donner) 6
89. Lethal Weapon 2 (1985, Donner) 6
90. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992, Donner) 6

Director #26 - Patricio Guzmán
91. La batalla de Chile I (1975, Guzmán) 8
92. La batalla de Chile II (1976, Guzmán) 8
93. La batalla de Chile III (1979, Guzmán) 6

Director #27 - Bruce Beresford
94. 'Breaker' Morant (1980, Beresford) 7
95. Tender Mercies (1983, Beresford) 7
96. Black Robe (1991, Beresford) 7

Director #28 - Mike Nichols
97. Carnal Knowledge (1971, Nichols) 6
98. Silkwood (1983, Nichols) 6
99. The Birdcage (1996, Nichols) 5

Director #29 - William A. Wellman
100. Nothing Sacred (1937, Wellman) 7
101. Story of G.I. Joe (1945, Wellman) 8
102. Battleground (1949, Wellman) 7

Director #30 - Milos Forman
103. Taking Off (1971, Forman) 6
104. Hair (1979, Forman) 7
105. Black Peter (1964, Forman) 7

Director #31 - Louis Malle
106. Zazie dans le métro (1960, Malle) 8
107. Le feu follet (1963, Malle) 8
108. Le souffle au coeur (1971, Malle) 8
109. Lacombe Lucien (1974, Malle) 7

Director #32 - Shôhei Imamura
110. The Insect Woman (1963, Imamura) 7
111. Intentions of Murder (1964, Imamura) 6
112. Profound Desire of the Gods (1968, Imamura) 7
113. Black Rain (1989, Imamura) 8

Director #33 - Sam Wood
114. A Day at the Races (1937, Wood) 7
115. The Pride of the Yankees (1942, Wood) 7
116. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943, Wood) 6

Director #34 - M. Night Shyamalan
117. Signs (2002, Shyamalan) 7
118. The Village (2004, Shyamalan) 6
119. Split (2016, Shyamalan) 6

Director #35 - Joe Dante
120. Piranha (1978, Dante) 3
121. Gremlins (1984, Dante) 6
122. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, Dante) 6
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Roberto Rossellini

44. La paura (Fear, 1954) 5/10
45. India: Matri Bhumi (1959) 7/10
46. Vanina Vanini (1961) 5/10
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Kenji Mizoguchi
1. Genroku Chûshingura (The 47 Ronin, 1941) 7/10
2. Miyamoto Musashi (1944) 5/10
3. Uwasa no onna (The Woman of Rumour, 1954) 7/10
4. Saikaku ichidai onna (The Life of Oharu, 1952) 8/10
5. Yôkihi (Princess Yang Kwei-fei, 1955) 7/10

Herbert Achternbusch
6. Das Andechser Gefühl (1974) 7/10 #DDF
7. Die Atlantikschwimmer (1976) 6/10
8. Bierkampf (1977) 6/10
9. Das Gespenst (1982) 6/10
10. Heilt Hitler! (1986) 6/10

Nuri Bilge Ceylan
11. Kasaba (The Town, 1997) 7/10 #DDF
12. Mayis Sikintisi (Clouds of May, 1999) 7/10
13. Iklimler (Climates, 2006) 7/10

Edgar Reitz
14. Mahlzeiten (Table for Love, 1967) 7/10 #DDF
15. Cardillac (1969) 7/10
16. Der Schneider von Ulm (The Tailor from Ulm, 1979) 6/10

René Clair
17. Sous les toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris, 1930) 7/10
18. Le million (The Million, 1931) 7/10
19. À nous la liberté (Freedom for Us, 1931) 6/10

Masaki Kobayashi
20. Mittsu no ai (Three Loves, 1954) 9/10
21. Izumi (The Spring, 1956) 8/10
22. Kuroi kawa (Black River, 1957) 8/10
23. Shokutaku no nai ie (The Empty Table, 1985) 9/10

Helmut Käutner
24. Kitty und die Weltkonferenz (Kitty and the World Conference, 1939) 7/10 #DDF
25. Himmel ohne Sterne (Sky Without Stars, 1955) 5/10
26. Schwarzer Kies (Black Gravel, 1961) 6/10

Ingmar Bergman
27. Sånt händer inte här (This Can't Happen Here, 1950) 6/10
28. Sommarlek (Summer Interlude, 1951) 8/10
29. En lektion i kärlek (A Lesson in Love, 1954) 7/10
30. Rabies (1958) 8/10
31. Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute, 1975) 8/10
32. De två saliga (The Blessed Ones, 1986) 7/10
33. Larmar och gör sig till (In the Presence of a Clown, 1997) 8/10

Jerzy Skolimowski
34. Rysopis (Identification Marks: None, 1965) 6/10 #DDF
35. Bariera (Barrier, 1966) 6/10
36. King, Queen, Knave (1972) 5/10

Kon Ichikawa
37. Kuroi jûnin no onna (Ten Dark Women, 1961) 7/10
38. Hakai (The Outcast, 1962) 7/10
39. Yukinojô henge (An Actor's Revenge, 1963) 7/10
40. Matatabi (The Wanderers, 1973) 5/10

Francesco Rosi
41. Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City, 1963) 7/10
42. Uomini contro (Many Wars Ago, 1970) 7/10
43. Cronaca di una morte annunciata (Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1987) 6/10

Roberto Rossellini
44. La paura (1954) 5/10
45. India: Matri Bhumi (1959) 7/10
46. Vanina Vanini (1961) 5/10
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WILLIAM BEAUDINE

Probably one of the most prolific directors in film history, with hundreds (?) of features (and shorts, and TV), many of them hour-long B and Z movies, and here are four of them

18. The Crime of the Century (1933)
19. Lucky Ghost (1942)
20. Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)
21. Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945)

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BLAKE EDWARDS
1. The Great Race (1965)
2. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
3. Gunn (1967)
4. The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

ERNST LUBITSCH
5. Monte Carlo (1930)
6. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
7. Ninotchka (1939)

KENJI MISUMI
8. Return of Daimajin (1966)
9. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
10. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

DICK MAAS
11. De lift (1983)
12. Flodder (1986)
13. Amsterdamned (1988)

HARRY KÜMEL
14. Daughters of Darkness (1971)
15. Malpertuis (1971)
16. De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976)
17. The Secrets of Love (1986)

WILLIAM BEAUDINE
18. The Crime of the Century (1933)
19. Lucky Ghost (1942)
20. Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)
21. Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945)
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GEORGE CUKOR

22. David Copperfield (1935)
23. The Actress (1953)
24. Let's Make Love (1960)

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BLAKE EDWARDS
1. The Great Race (1965)
2. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
3. Gunn (1967)
4. The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

ERNST LUBITSCH
5. Monte Carlo (1930)
6. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
7. Ninotchka (1939)

KENJI MISUMI
8. Return of Daimajin (1966)
9. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
10. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

DICK MAAS
11. De lift (1983)
12. Flodder (1986)
13. Amsterdamned (1988)

HARRY KÜMEL
14. Daughters of Darkness (1971)
15. Malpertuis (1971)
16. De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976)
17. The Secrets of Love (1986)

WILLIAM BEAUDINE
18. The Crime of the Century (1933)
19. Lucky Ghost (1942)
20. Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)
21. Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945)

GEORGE CUKOR
22. David Copperfield (1935)
23. The Actress (1953)
24. Let's Make Love (1960)
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Gutter Trash Maestros Presents: Joe D'Amato

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D’Am-AY-to, D’Amato. However ya say it, his films smell just as sweet. Actually, nevermind what his films may smell like (although I can probably imagine…). Joe D’Amato is the Italian director responsible for countless horror, action, adventure, western, erotic and actual hardcore pornographic flicks from the early ‘70s up until his unexpected death in 1999 while preparing another film. In genre film circles, D’Amato is probably most well-known for directing gory horror films like Anthropophagus and Absurd as well as creating the Black Emanuelle series starring Laura Gemser which has garnered a significant cult following over the years. Tracking down his actual film credits is a somewhat tricky business because, due to a variety of reasons (usually due to tax evasion or contractual purposes) he operated under several different pseudonyms and would co-direct in an uncredited capacity. He also managed several production companies over the years which only created further confusion in his filmography. What people don’t realize is that when D’Amato was focused, he could produce legitimately good films given the budget and time constraints they were shot under. One gets the sense that one of his primary motivations beyond money was just to keep busy. Why sit on the couch and watch TV when you could be filming George Eastman’s hairy ass in the Dominican Republic?

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195. La morte ha sorriso all'assassino a.k.a. Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)
When a mysterious woman arrives at a villa in a horse-drawn carriage which topples over giving her amnesia, it sets off a strange series psychosexual events that lead to murder and revenge from beyond the grave. This gothic horror film co-starring Klaus Kinski is an interesting anomaly in D’Amato’s filmography. It has a very eerie dreamlike quality that feels more like something Jess Franco or maybe Antonio Margheritti would have made and is one of D’Amato’s better films.

196. Porno Holocaust (1981)
Man… From one extreme to the other. If Death Smiles on a Murderer represents Joe D’Amato at his best, Porno Holocaust is D’Amato maybe at his worst. First off, the movie is more porno than holocaust with very little beyond random fucking happening in the first hour. Once the monster does eventually show up, it’s laughably stupid-looking. I think D’Amato realizes this so just goes back to the constant sex again. Like others like Sex & Black Magic, I think he was just looking for reasons to stay in the Dominican Republic longer and get George Eastman laid.

197. Il plenilunio delle vergini a.k.a. Devil's Wedding Night (1973)
Here we have another gothic horror D’Amato was involved with. While initially working on this on cinematography duties, after the film wrapped, the producer wasn’t happy with the results and asked D’Amato to go back and do re-shoots. I don’t know what D’Amato added vs. Luigi Batzella, the original director, but this hybrid of the more dream-like atmospheric Death Smiles on a Murderer and the more sleazy, gory D’Amato works is pretty decent regardless. The plot involves Countess Dracula luring virgins to her castle, which happens once every fifty years, to sacrifice them and bathe in their blood to gain power. In a rather unlikely turn of events, twin brothers happen to show up to the castle on the same evening all this sacrificing is taking place. While this one does have some slow parts, there are also some pretty cool visuals as well. The scene of Countess Dracula rising naked from the blood bath is very memorable as is a bizarre dream sequence in the middle of the movie that feels like something out of Jess Franco’s Venus in Furs or Succubus. Pretty good movie if you can find a decent-looking transfer (Code Red released a solid blu-ray of it but most versions out there look like faded hot garbage).

198. I predatori delle Antille a.k.a. Sexy Pirates (1999)
So looking at the box art on this DVD, I thought this was going to be one of D’Amato’s sleazy direct-to-video historical porns. Imagine my surprise when as I’m watching it I realize it seems to be D’Amato legitimately attempting to make a more straightforward swashbuckling pirate movie. It’s the story of a well-to-do woman whose husband is kidnapped and held ransom by pirates. When no one will help her, she decides to go after him herself, recruiting a legendary pirate from the Tortugas to aid in her quest. The production is obviously a cheap one with some subpar acting and cheap sets in places, but I do give credit to D’Amato for giving it the ol’ college try and avoiding the temptation to slide in random gratuitous sex scenes (in fact there’s very little nudity at all despite how the movie is advertised on the DVD). Frankly it gets a little dull in places, but that’s also partially my general boredom with swashbuckling movies in general. I’d be interested to see what someone who’s into classic Erroll Flynn pictures would make of this.

199. Emanuelle e Françoise (Le sorelline) a.k.a. Emanuelle's Revenge (1975)
Emanuelle (the fake Emanuelle with only one ‘m’) & Françoise was D’Amato’s first attempt at mixing horror and sex elements together and resulted in a weird, creepy stew of rutting and drug-induced mania. When Emanuelle’s sister Françoise kills herself after being humiliated and treated like garbage by her husband Carlo, Emanuelle concocts a strange, fucked up revenge. She kidnaps Carlo and locks him in a secret room with a two-way mirror, forcing him to watch her commit various sexual perversions without letting him get in on the action. She also occasionally drugs him, sending him on twisted hallucinations involving cannibalism and murder. Co-written and with uncredited co-directing work by Bruno Mattei, D’Amato’s camera wallows in debauchery while George Eastman moans and foams at the mouth at a distance. The character motivations seem cartoonishly extreme in places, but I will say that at least it’s somewhat refreshing to see an inverse roughie where the woman wields the power.

200. Killing Birds a.k.a. Raptors (1987)
Some students show up at a creepy old Texas Chainsaw Massacre-looking house hoping to get a glimpse of a rare woodpecker (yea, I dunno…). What they don’t know is that a horrible string of murders occurred at the house twenty years prior and that the souls of the dead are restless and looking to kill. First off, a better name for this movie would be “Killing COMMA Birds” as it’s mostly zombies doing the killing (aside from one dumbass who accidentally kills himself by getting his necklace stuck in a generator) while birds mostly just chill in cages and occasionally tear some eyeballs out. Also the movie was released in some territories as Zombie 5: Killing Birds, but like every other movie in the Zombie “franchise”, it’s pretty much unrelated to anything else in the series. So the history on this one is somewhat notable to mention. Looking at the credits of the film, you will only see Claudio Lattanzi listed as director. From accounts of various cast and crew on set though, Lattanzi, who was a first time director with little experience in this kind of position, mostly just hung around the set as D’Amato actually directed most of the film. D’Amato at the time said that Lattanzi would direct dialogue and D’Amato would do the special effects sequences, although later in life D’Amato would basically claim he pretty much directed the whole thing which is more in line with what others involved remembered. It’s speculated D’Amato let Lattanzi have the credit for tax purposes since D’Amato was also producer on the film. Regardless, this movie is chock full of stupid characters doing dumb things that get them killed in increasingly entertaining ways, so horror fans who don’t take themselves too seriously will probably have fun with it.

201. Contamination .7 (1993)
Also sometimes called The Crawlers, this one is a flick about tree roots that have mutated due to radioactive waste dumping and proceed to constrict and murder anyone who gets too close to them. Can the EPA destroy nature before it’s too late man!?!? Here’s another one with uncredited co-directing work from D’Amato although there doesn’t seem to be much info out there on what exactly he vs. Fabrizio Laurenti directed. If I had to hazard a guess though, I’d think D’Amato was at least responsible for some of the effects work which definitely looks like his particular brand of goopy and silly. Like Killing Birds, this is another movie that has a tacked on, completely unrelated title in some territories to sell more copies (Troll 3 in this case) and some entertainingly ridiculous death scenes, in this case involving tree roots grabbing and eating people. Actually I think Contamination .7 and Killing Birds would make for a pretty good double feature for a party.

202. Ator l'invincibile a.k.a. Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)
Now you know Joe D’Amato had to get in on the barbarian fantasy trend of the early ‘80s. You know this story, right? Ator’s birth is prophesied to put an end to the Spider Cult’s reign so they attempt to kill the baby. But he’s hidden away and adopted by some random folks in a small village. Jump forward 20 years or so, Ator is about to get married. Unfortunately that pesky Spider Cult rides into town and murders his bride-to-be which leads him on a fated quest for vengeance. In general, this is pretty shitty, especially when compared to something like Fulci’s Conquest. The whole thing looks cut-rate like a bunch of LARPers running around hacking at each other. Fans of bad movies though will find lots to feast on here from the dull acting to the cheap sets and effects.
The Nexus of Power Compels Thee
Run #1: Steven Spielberg
1. Hook (1991)
2. Something Evil (1972)
3. The BFG (2016)

Run #2: Lamberto Bava
4. Body Puzzle (1992)
5. A cena con il vampiro a.k.a. Dinner with a Vampire (1989)
6. La casa dell'orco a.k.a. Demons III: The Ogre (1989)
7. Blasterfighter (1984)
8. Le foto di Gioia a.k.a. Delirium (1987)

Run #3: Terence Fisher
9. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
10. Night of the Big Heat (1967)
11. Murder By Proxy a.k.a. Blackout (1954)

Run #4: Takeshi Kitano
12. Kikujirô (1999)
13. Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi a.k.a. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
14. Minnâ-yatteruka! a.k.a. Getting Any? (1994)
15. Autoreiji a.k.a. Outrage (2010)

Run #5: Steven Soderbergh
16. The Laundromat (2019)
17. Haywire (2011)
18. Eros (2004)

Run #6: Hershell Gordon Lewis
19. Scum of the Earth (1963)
20. Moonshine Mountain (1964)
21. The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
22. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
23. She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
24. Just for the Hell of It (1968)
25. How to Make a Doll (1968)

Run #7: Rintaro
26. Harmagedon: Genma Wars (1983)
27. Kamui no ken a.k.a. Dagger of Kamui (1985)
28. Down Load: Namiamidabutsu wa ai no uta (1992)
29. Yona Yona Penguin (2009)

Run #8: Steve James
30. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)
31. Reel Paradise (2005)
32. Prefontaine (1997)

Run #9: Sidney Lumet
33. Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
34. The Anderson Tapes (1971)
35. Daniel (1983)
36a. The Elgin Hour: Crime in the Streets (1955)
36b. The Challenge (1955)
37. Fail Safe (1964)

Run #10: Alexander Payne
38. The Passion of Martin (1991) #DDF
39. Citizen Ruth (1996)
40. Downsizing (2017)

Run #11: Larry Cohen
41. It Lives Again (1978)
42. Perfect Strangers (1984)
43. Full Moon High (1981)
44. Special Effects (1984)

Run #12: Robert Bresson
45. Quatre nuits d'un rêveur a.k.a. Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
46. Une femme douce a.k.a. A Gentle Woman (1969)
47. Procès de Jeanne d'Arc a.k.a. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Run #13: John Gilling
48. The Night Caller a.k.a. Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)
49. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
50. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

Run #14: Yasujiro Ozu
51. Tôkyô no kôrasu a.k.a. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
52. Dekigokoro a.k.a. Passing Fancy (1933)
53. Hogaraka ni ayume a.k.a. Walk Cheerfully (1930)
54. Sono yo no tsuma a.k.a. That Night's Wife (1930)

Run #15: Roberta Findlay
55. Anyone But My Husband (1975)
56. Take Me Naked (1966) #DFF
57.Blood Sisters (1987)

Run #16: Adam Green
58. Hatchet II (2010)
59. Spiral (2007)
60. Digging Up the Marrow (2014)

Run #17: Kathryn Bigelow
61. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
62. The Weight of Water (2000)
63. Detroit (2017)

Run #18: Clint Eastwood
64. Changeling (2008)
65. J. Edgar (2011)
66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Run #19: Noboru Iguchi
67. Deddo sushi (2012)
68. Robo-geisha (2009)
69. Gôsuto sukuwaddo a.k.a. Ghost Squad (2018)

Run #20: Andy Warhol
70. Blue Movie (1969)
71. Beauty #2 (1965)
72a. Outer and Inner Space (1966)
72b. Screen Test: Edie Sedgwick (1965)
72c. Blow Job (1963)
72d. Mario Banana I & II (1964)
72e. Screen Test: Ann Buchanan (1964)
72f. Screen Test: Nico (1966)

Run #21: John Singleton
73. Higher Learning (1995)
74. Baby Boy (2001)
75. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Run #22: Tom Holland
76. Tom Holland's Twisted Tales (2014)
77. The Stranger Within (1990)
78. Two-Fisted Tales (1992)

Run #23: Mark Polonia
79. Church of the Damned (1985)
80. Bad Magic (1998)
81. Death Reel (1985)
82. Channel 13 (2015)
83. Nightmare Vacation (2017)

Run #24: Edgar G. Ulmer
84. The Naked Dawn (1955)
85. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)
86. Murder Is My Beat (1955)
87a. Goodbye, Mr. Germ (1940)
87b. Another to Conquer (1941)
87c. Turbosupercharger: Master of the Skies (1943)
87d. Diagnostic Procedures in Tuberculosis (1940)
87e. Turbosupercharger: Flight Operation (1943)
87f. Let My People Live (1939)
87g. Cloud in the Sky (1940)
88. From Nine to Nine (1935)
89. The Man from Planet X (1951)
90. The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Run #25: Federico Fellini
91. L'amore in città a.k.a. Love in the City (1953)
92. La voce della luna a.k.a. Voice of the Moon (1990)
93. Intervista (1987)
94. Il bidone a.k.a. The Swindle (1955)

Run #26: H. Tjut Djalil
95. Ratu buaya putih a.k.a. The White Alligator (1988)
96. Dangerous Seductress (1995)
97. Batas Impian Ranjang Setan a.k.a. Satan's Bed (1986)

Run #27: Stanley Donen
98. Arabesque (1966)
99. Kismet (1955)
100. Blame It On Rio (1984)
101. Indiscreet (1954)

Run #28: GODFREY HO-DOOOOOOOOWNNNNNN!!!!!
102. Ninja the Protector (1986)
103. Hou ying quan a.k.a. The Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)
104. Haegyeolsa a.k.a. Secret Executioners (1982)

Run #29: Osamu Deszki
105. Burakku jakku a.k.a. Black Jack (1996)
106. Clannad (2007)
107.Ichi pondo no fukuin a.k.a. One Pound Gospel (1988)
108. Rupan sansei: Harimao no zaiho wo oe!! a.k.a. Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (1995)

Run #30: Jafar Panahi
109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
111. Taxi (2015)

Run #31: Louis Malle
112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
114. Alamo Bay (1985)

Run #32: Damiano Damiani
115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)

Run #33: Gakuryu Ishii
118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
120. Dead End Run (2003)

Run #34: Roy Ward Baker
121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)

Run #35: Carl Theodor Dreyer
124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)

Run #36: David DeCocteau
127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
128. Murder Weapon (1989)
129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
132. American Rampage (1989)
133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
134. Final Stab (2001)
135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)

Run #37: Ken Russell
136. Women in Love (1969)
137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
138. The Boy Friend (1971)
139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Run #38: Mick Garris
140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
141. Critters 2 (1988)
142. Fuzzbucket (1986)
143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

Run #39: John Landis
144. Coming Soon (1982)
145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
147. Burke and Hare (2010)

Run #40: Roland Emmerich
148. Moon 44 (1990)
149. Stonewall (2015)
150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)

Run #41: Nicholas Ray
151. Flying Leathernecks (1951)
152. Run for Cover (1955)
153. We Can't Go Home Again (1973)

Run #42: Gina-Prince Bythewood
154. Love & Basketball (2000) #DFF
155. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
156. The Old Guard (2020)

Run #43: Naoko Ogigami
157. Barber Yoshino a.k.a. Yoshino's Barber Shop (2004)
158. Kamome shokudô a.k.a. Kamome Diner (2006)
159. Rentaneko a.k.a. Rent-A-Cat (2012)

Run #44: John Woo
160. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia a.k.a. Red Cliff Part II (2009)
161. Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui a.k.a. The Dragon Tamers (1975)
162. Ying xiong wu lei a.k.a. Heroes Shed No Tears (1984)
163. Chung hang sei hoi a.k.a. Once A Thief (1991)

Run #45: Peter Sasdy
164. Doomwatch (1972)
165. Witchcraft (1992)
166. Nothing But the Night (1973)

Run #46: Spike Lee
167. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) #DFF
168. Bamboozled (2000)
169. School Daze (1988)
190. Red Hook Summer (2012)

Run #47: Mamoru Oshii
191. Garm Wars: The Last Druid (2014)
192. Tachiguishi retsuden a.k.a. Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters (2006)
193. Maroko (1990)
194. The Next Generation Patoreibâ: Shuto kessen a.k.a. Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War (2015)

Run #48: Joe D'Amato
195. La morte ha sorriso all'assassino a.k.a. Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)
196. Porno Holocaust (1981)
197. Il plenilunio delle vergini a.k.a. Devil's Wedding Night (1973)
198. I predatori delle Antille a.k.a. Sexy Pirates (1999)
199. Emanuelle e Françoise (Le sorelline) a.k.a. Emanuelle's Revenge (1975)
200. Killing Birds a.k.a. Raptors (1987)
201. Contamination .7 (1993)
202. Ator l'invincibile a.k.a. Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)
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