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St. Gloede wrote: February 15th, 2021, 6:36 pm
peeptoad wrote: February 15th, 2021, 5:52 pm 2. Guy Gilles
Au pan coupé (1968) 8
Le clair de terre (1970) Earth Light 8+
Absences répétées (1972) Repeated Absences 9
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1. Jacques Becker
Casque d'Or (1952) 8
La vie est à nous (1936) 5
Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) 8+
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Ava DuVernay

I confess that I hadn't been impressed with DuVernay before this series. Selma was a decent movie, but 13th was a major disappointment, and I wondered to what extent the praise she received was due to the important topics she examined rather than to her directorial accomplishments. When They See Us, though not without its faults (an over-reliance on slow-motion, for example), is more impressive.

For the benefit of those who may be unfamiliar with the case, the Central Park jogger was a young woman who was raped and brutally beaten one night in 1989 in New York's Central Park. Five teenage boys (who came to be known as the Central Park Five) were convicted of the crime. It's hard to overstate the impact of this case on the public, hyped as it was by a ravenous media and coming during an era when crime in New York was at its worst. I was a very young child in New York at the time and unaware of the case, but as I got older, I was taught a simple rule that was commonly given to New York kids at the time: Stay out of Central Park after dark. And so I did. There were some decent reasons to follow that advice, but the memory of the Central Park jogger was probably the most important cause of the edict. It wasn't until I was in high school and maybe 16 years old that I tried walking home across the park after dark. By that point, it was apparent that there was little need for such precautions. I've never been hesitant to walk anywhere in NYC since then.

It was only a year or two later, right about when I started college, that the Central Park Five were exonerated. There was no physical evidence that ever tied them to the attack on the jogger. In fact, semen recovered at the scene matched none of the five accused. But all five had confessed to the crime during interrogation. All five immediately recanted their confessions, but their initial statements were enough to convict them. It only became apparent later that all five had been interrogated for very long hours, without food or sleep. With the exception of one, they had all been interrogated outside the presence of guardians (which was illegal because most of them were juveniles). Their initial statements had been wildly contradictory and at odds with the reality of the crime. And they only made confessions that accurately included the details of the crime after extensive coaching from police, who also lied to them and made plenty of false promises about getting to go home.

Coincidentally, a psychology professor I had in college, Saul Kassin, was an expert in false confessions (he appears in the Central Park Five documentary). His work proved that it's actually remarkably common for adults, not to mention children, to make false confessions when they are placed under pressure by authority figures. Hardly a surprise given what we know about the psychological pressures of conformity.

The Central Park Five were only exonerated because a prison inmate confessed to the crime many years later. His DNA matched the DNA found at the scene. To this day, some Manhattan prosecutors and the NYPD insist that the Central Park Five were guilty. But that's the NYPD for you -- 175 years of brutality, corruption, criminality, and incompetence. Heck, their misdeeds are still coming to light. This article was published TODAY.

11-13. When They See Us (296 minutes)
The first two episodes are mostly procedural, covering the crime, arrests, interrogations, trial, and conviction of the defendants. Knowing already these details of the story, I found these episodes competently made but mostly unremarkable. The miniseries really comes alive, though, in the final two episodes, which depict the suffering, guilt, and trauma of the Central Park Five and their families during prison and after. These are episodes of quiet, brutal tension.
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Jafar Panahi

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Jafar Panahi is both a celebrated and controversial Iranian director. He began his career working as assistant director to highly regarded Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami before debuting with his critically acclaimed The White Balloon which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the first such distinction award to an Iranian director. This immediately thrust him into the international spotlight where the attention he brought to himself has been both a boon in terms of getting his films seen but also a detriment by making him a target of the Iranian government who has banned many of his films and eventually sent him to prison, forbidding him to make any additional films for 20 years. With each admonishment from the government, Panahi seems to take it as a new challenge to overcome. When he was under house arrest after being convicted of propaganda against the government, he made a docu-diary of his isolation called This Is Not A Film and had it smuggled out of Iran in a cake so it could be shown at Cannes that year. His films certainly return to certain themes again and again. In particular he has a strong focus on the mistreatment of women in Iranian society as well as those affected by poverty and economic turmoil. He is considered to be a significant figure in the Iranian New Wave and has a very documentary-like approach to his filmmaking while also subverting the traditional tropes of how a film is made, not unlike Kiarostami himself, to show the basic humanity of every person. Like Panahi I look forward to a time that his films are not suppressed and can stand on their own in the public eye and be seen without resorting to cloak & dagger tactics to circumvent a paranoid, authoritarian government.

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109. Dayereh a.k.a. The Circle (2000)
The Circle is a haunting and touching film that centers around the lives of several women as they are put in uncomfortable situations as a result of their government and culture. The film begins by treating the birth of a baby girl as an event worthy of divorce and shows both the minor slights women are forced into like being talked down to and forced to sit in the back of buses (which mirrors an uncomfortable legacy in American history as well) to major problems as one woman pregnant out of wedlock finds herself in. The film ends as it begins with women trapped in a never-ending circle of degradation and hopelessness. The character work is very nuanced and feels very real with all the actresses involved doing great work. The scene where the pregnant woman crosses paths with a woman intentionally trying to abandon her own child in the hopes that whoever finds her will give her a better life is just heartbreaking. The little girl is beyond adorable, and you can see the anguish of the mother as she explains she’s already tried this multiple times before but couldn’t go through with it. This is a beautiful and important film but is profoundly sad at times.

110. Ayneh a.k.a. The Mirror (1997)
The Mirror is an interesting experiment. It’s going to be hard avoiding discussing its central conceit, but I’ll try. The film is basically about a little girl trying to find her way home from school. The focus is more on how different people react to the little girl and their willingness or unwillingness to help her. At a certain stage of the film, that point is basically doubled down on and given even more meaning behind what the movie is trying to convey. It’s an interesting idea although the film does drag a little in places and Panahi doesn’t really seem to have much of an ending.

111. Taxi (2015)
This film was made after Panahi’s arrest and ban on making films. So to subvert the authorities, Panahi poses as a cab driver and outfits his car with cameras, using the premise to film a series of encounters with random strangers that reveal both personal anecdotes and social criticisms. Despite Taxi taking place in a single location, the titular vehicle, it remains quite engaging throughout with its revolving door of passengers and their various perspectives on life. I liked this one quite a bit.
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)
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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
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Director #4: Michael Winterbottom

11. A Mighty Heart (2007) 6/10
12. Genova/A Summer in Genoa (2008) 7/10
13. The Trip to Greece (2020) 7.5/10

Winterbottom is another director where I've seen a few films over several years, but not in any structured way. This round of viewing was prompted by the new (to me) availability of The Trip to Greece, the fourth in a series I've enjoyed, and the realization that a couple of his other films were also available to me.

A Mighty Heart is a pretty generic political thriller from the mid 2000s when those were in vogue, although this one seems particularly low stakes since it's based on a somewhat well known event and, while not a bad film, didn't do much for me.

Genova was a nice surprise, a film I'd never heard of before searching for Winterbottom titles. While not up to the standard of some other English language Italian summer films (particularly Call Me by Your Name and A Bigger Splash), it's a quality moderate budget indie about a family, including patriarch Colin Firth, coping with a recent loss in a very photogenic setting. Unfortunately, it seems this one never received a substantial theatrical release in North America, which may account for its obscurity.

The Trip to Greece, as expected, was another enjoyable instalment in the aforementioned series. This one sticks closely to the formula established in previous editions, with Winterbottom's frequent collaborators Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing slightly fictionalized versions of themselves as they eat their way through a meandering reconstruction of the Odysseus' stunningly scenic path from the Odyssey, all the while exchanging jokes, impressions and insults. Perhaps this style isn't for everyone, but I've enjoyed all four parts and hope to get around to watching the miniseries on which the respective films are based at some point.
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Hi Lonewolf, and thanks for hosting.

(Screenshots from 'The Upturned Glass' and 'Utah Blaine')

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John Baxter
1. The Common Touch (1941, John Baxter) - 7/10
2. We'll Smile Again (1942, John Baxter) - 8.5 or 9/10
3. The Shipbuilders (1943, John Baxter) - 7/10

Lawrence Huntington
4. Suspected Person (1942, Lawrence Huntington) - 5.5/10
5. Wanted for Murder (1946, Lawrence Huntington) - 8/10
6. The Upturned Glass (1947, Lawrence Huntington) - 8 or 8.5/10

Fred F. Sears
7. Apache Ambush (1955, Fred F. Sears) - 5.5/10
8. Fury at Gunsight Pass (1956, Fred F. Sears) - 6.5/10
9. Utah Blaine (1957, Fred F. Sears) - 7/10

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Louis Malle

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Louis Malle is something of an outsider of the French New Wave. His early work like The Lovers and The Fire Within are often lumped in with other French New Wave directors’ works for his use of natural lighting and on-location shooting. But Malle was never involved with Cahier du Cinema as many of the other French New Wave directors were and never explicitly spoke of or actively practiced tenets of the auteurist theory. Instead Malle is more of a journeyman director not unlike classic Hollywood directors like Howard Hawks, leaping from genre to genre with little consistency in theme or content other than a general high standard of work. From his first solo film Elevator to the Gallows, a taut noir-influenced thriller with an excellent Miles Davis soundtrack, to the spritely silliness and fun of Zazie dans la Metro to the bizarre surrealism of Black Moon to the many documentaries he directed (including The Silent World with Jacques Cousteau, his first directing effort) to the breezy crime drama Atlantic City and so many others, he had a very diverse career. He was one of only four directors to receive the Golden Lion twice and has garnered numerous accolades over the years including a letter from Truffaut singing the praises of Zazie dans la Metro. Malle was a true chameleon in the best sense.

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112. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
Vanya on 42nd Street is a David Mamet-adapted version of the play Uncle Vanya performed in a very minimalist setting in a rehearsal workshop featuring previous collaborators Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn as well as Julianne Moore. The total lack of adornment doesn’t necessarily feel like a gimmick as it does in Lars Von Trier’s Dogville. Instead it feels like a natural setting for its tightly woven drama. The actors seem very comfortable, wearing just what I presume to be their regular clothes, which allows them to focus on the character interplay and dialogue and ensuring everything flows well and rings true. While the play itself isn’t one of my favorites (honestly I prefer Ibsen to Chekhov in general), the actors convey it with such a vibrancy that it was an engaging watch regardless.

113. Le feu follet a.k.a. The Fire Within (1963)
The Fire Within concerns a man suffering from depression who intends to kill himself but decides to visit his friends one last time in the hopes that he finds something that will convince him that life is worth living. Incredibly grim and starkly directed with a style and precision that Malle would employ often in his career, the film is an interesting and quite realistic in showing the viewpoint of someone suffering from depression. He sees his friends living a carefree and seemingly meaningless existence, unable to understand or acknowledge the value their lives bring. It’s a powerful and skillfully made film that I honestly have no desire to revisit due to the sheer heaviness of the content.

114. Alamo Bay (1985)
Alamo Bay is a shockingly relevant film sadly about a poor white fisherman played by Ed Harris who has returned from the war in Vietnam to find that his hometown is now populated with Vietnamese immigrants who fled their country during the conflict in hopes of a better life in America. These Vietnamese people are also incredibly hard-working and very efficient fishermen as well which begins to encroach on the vet’s livelihood. This career conflict sets off a chain of events that leads to increasingly escalating tensions that threatens to spill over into a violent outbreak. Anyone notice any parallels with what’s going on in America right now? No? Alright. I shan’t get political here. Suffice it to say that I think this is one that has aged quite well and should be more widely seen.
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)
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#1 Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne

1. La Promesse (1996)
2. Rosetta (1999)
3. Le silence de Lorna (2008)

#2 Paul Verhoeven

4. Wat zien ik (1971)
5. Keetje Tipple (1975)
6. Spetters (1980)
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55. Conte d'été (Eric Rohmer, 1996)
56. Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (Eric Rohmer, 2007)
57. La femme de l'aviateur (Eric Rohmer, 1981)

58. Sister Stella L. (Mike de Leon, 1984)
59. Bayaning 3rd World (Mike de Leon, 2000)
60. Kung mangarap ka't magising (Mike de Leon, 1977)
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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

Need a third Rossellini film for director 3
Current recommendation: Monday (2000)


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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
Sam Raimi
11 films on official lists

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3 Key Films
Evil Dead II (1987) - 8 official lists
Spider-Man (2002) - 8 official lists
The Evil Dead (1981) - 7 official lists

3 Key Auteurial Trademarks
  • An exaggerated style inspired by horror films, cartoons, comic books and slapstick comedy.
  • Moving the camera in fast and unusual ways to create a sense of exhilaration.
  • Recurring motifs are heroes finding themselves closely connected with their enemies, people physically transforming into evil versions of themselves, and clocks!
Films watched for this challenge
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17. The Evil Dead (1981) 25698 checks, 7 official lists Rewatch #DDF
A groundbreaking horror film that establishes a lot of the cabin-in-the-wood tropes. I wanted to rewatch it because I've never thought it was as good as Evil Dead II or Army of Darkness and I wanted to try and see why. It's very impressive how Sam Raimi debuts with a unique and technically demanding directorial style. The way the camera moves around and becomes an actual participant in terrorising the cast really sells the feeling of an unearthly and powerful evil force and helps ramp up the terror. That, along with the fast-paced escalation and shocks really explains why this film works, but there are also some problems which are made easier to see by the fact that Raimi solves all of them by the time of Evil Dead II, which is one of the greatest horrors ever: there are scenes where the tension lapses, a generic ending and poor characterisation (none of the five people here are well-defined, compare to Evil Dead II where there are more characters but all are unique and memorable). It's still a key horror film that retains its power after hundreds of imitators.
7/10

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18. Crimewave (1985) 546 checks, 1 official list
By all accounts, the production of this film was a nightmare, with constant problems and studio interference in all aspects, with Raimi forced to cast actors he didn't want, reshoot scenes and was finally locked out of the editing room. It would doubtless have been better with more control from Raimi, as the pacing and coherence is awful, but it does feel very much what you'd expect from Raimi's style and the Coens' writing. But there are a lot of problems with the story itself, as it seems to have been written as a series of loosely connected gags, making it hard to follow or care about what's happening.
3/10

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19. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) 10673 checks, 2 official lists
This feels like Raimi as a director-for-hire on a Disney corporate product. When things are mostly CGI with James Franco composited on top, the film looks like a tacky Wizard of Oz videogame. When Raimi gets to work more with physical sets and starts unleashing Oz-versions of some of his Evil Dead scenes and superhero fights he's in far more comfortable territory - he does stamp a lot of his style on the film. The result is that the film starts bad and pulls it back a little in the second half - but it's not enough.
4/10

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Ingmar Bergman [continued]

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

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Run the Director
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
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Director 4: Sydney Pollack
History: 6 movies, avg. rating: 6.8
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969): 6.8
Jeremiah Johnson (1972): 7.5
3 Days of the Condor (1975): 7.2
Tootsie (1982): 7.0?
Out of Africa (1985): 7.2
The Interpreter (2005): 5.0
15. Castle Keep (1969, Sydney Pollack): 3.8 - A complete misfire and disappointment. This is a total mismatch of style and content. Or more honestly expectations about the content.... although reading various review I certainly wasn't the only one expecting hardboiled WWII movie, like the Dirty Dozen, with movie starring Burt Lancaster wearing an eye-patch and plot about soldiers having to defend a medieval castle during WWII. Instead of such straightforward entertainment this focusses on the disillusionment of these soldiers with the war. Which in itself is totally fine when the movie had succeeded in making me invested in it. Made in the artsy experimental surrealistic style that was very much in vogue in the late 60s; it consist of a lot of associative, abrupt editing and camera position and movements that invoke an alienated feeling. The eccentric dialogues, taken from the than popular book it was based on, feel absolutely absurd and unnatural to the characters. There is no way these men would talk like that. This seems a case of too much reverence about the source material in which too little thought went into if what works in a book also works on the screen. All this idiosyncratic overstylization prevented me from caring about the characters. Another director more suited to this type of film might have been able to pull this off, Pollak isn't the man for that. In the accompanying booklet Brad Stevens makes the compelling case that writer William Eastlake for above mentioned reason and actor Burt Lancaster, in whose oeuvre the movie feels much more at home, can be seen as much as the auteur of Castle Keep as Pollack. The movie isn't completely without merits; there are some comedic moments, f.e. when they try to drown a Volkswagen and the finale action sequence in itself isn't too bad, just too little too late to safe this movie.

16. Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack) rewatch: 7.0? > 7.5 - Having not seen this in decades, not since I started rating movies (so take my previous rating with lots of salt) and with a than already and now even more unoriginal premise, I was pleasantly surprised about how funny, warm and relevant this comedy, that’s both about acting and women empowerment, still was. It's one of those comedies that is funny, cause it always plays it plot straight and realistic and not for laughs.

17. The Yakuza (1974, Sydney Pollack): 7.5 - Being written by Paul Schrader, this feel much like his movie than Pollack's; firstly because ofthe deep understanding and influence of Japanese culture, secondly in the noirish styling and plot. It's a very decent mix of 70s neonoir and yakuza movies. Some of the sword fight scenes are influenced by Japanese films, f.e. overhead shots as seen in many chambara movies. But Pollack's directing at times is too safe; instead of holding such daring shots for a long take he quickly shifts to a more conventional shot for the real action. Robert Mitchum brings with him his own movie persona history the character needs to make him instantly iconic worldweary. Too much reliance on exposition keeps the plot from picking up enough momentum for this to be truly great.
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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
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ChrisReynolds wrote: February 16th, 2021, 12:26 pm
3 Key Auteurial Trademarks
  • An exaggerated style inspired by horror films, cartoons, comic books and slapstick comedy.
  • Moving the camera in fast and unusual ways to create a sense of exhilaration.
  • Recurring motifs are heroes finding themselves closely connected with their enemies, people physically transforming into evil versions of themselves, and clocks!
Other things re-occurring with Raimi:
  • Bruce Campbell
  • His brother Ted
  • '73 Oldsmobile Delta 88
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Damiano Damiani

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Damiani isn’t probably as well known outside Italy as many other Italian genre filmmakers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, but he was quite successful in his home country particularly in the ‘60s and became known for his highly politicized genre pictures like the well-regarded spaghetti western A Bullet for the General and the mafia thriller The Day of the Owl. He would often utilize the genre in order to include subversive elements commenting on the Italian political violence and corruption of the time period. Oddly enough, besides Bullet for the General, Damiani is perhaps most well-known in the western world for his helming of Amityville II: The Possession which bore little resemblance to most of his other work. While the average filmgoer may not be familiar with him, Damiani has a unique voice and interesting filmography that is well-worth exploring.

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115. Perché si uccide un magistrato a.k.a. How to Kill A Judge (1975)
This densely plotted crime thriller that closes out Damiani’s loosely themed mafia trilogy (with Day of the Owl and Confessions of the Police Captain) stars the great Franco Nero as a director who has made a film about a corrupt judge who is killed by gangsters. When an actual judge attempts to seize the film for perhaps ringing a little too true, the judge is murdered which sparks a whole string of deaths related to the film. Can Nero find out the truth before he ends up dead as well? With an interesting storyline and Franco Nero driving it forward, How to Kill a Judge has a lot going for it. At times it does drag a little but overall is quite well done. Recommended for fans of Italian crime flicks.

116. La moglie più bella a.k.a. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
With its setting in the world of the mafia, The Most Beautiful Wife at first seems like it will play out like other Italian crime films that Damiani has done. But he ultimately takes the film in a very different direction, making more of a character drama about a strong-willed teenage girl who initially falls for the son of a mafia boss but refuses to give in to his demands to be a subservient housewife. So he kidnaps and rapes her with her parents’ knowledge in an attempt to get her to cave and marry him. She not only continues to refuse him but takes his transgressions to the authorities to bring charges against him. Damiani isn’t the most flashy of directors but that works to his advantage in this case as the unobtrusive camerawork allows us to focus on the strength of character portrayed very well by 14-year-old actress Ornella Mutti in her first role. While the obstacles set against Mutti grow increasingly frustrating to watch, the film has an ultimately satisfying conclusion that makes this a feminist film worth a watch.

117. Una ragazza piuttosto complicata a.k.a. A Rather Complicated Girl (1969)
This one ended up not being what I expected at all. Based on the plot description and its inclusion in the first volume of the So Deadly So Perverse book about gialli, I had a certain idea of how this would play out going in as perhaps a film about some psychosexual mindgames and murder. Instead we get a freewheeling very-loosely structured film about a man who listens in on a woman’s sexy phone call with another woman and strikes up a sex-fueled relationship with her. For the first two-thirds of the film, it plays out almost as a series of vignettes involving the couple as they cavort with one another. In the last third it brings the other lover back into the picture but remains enigmatic in terms of where it’s going. The denouement is as random as the rest of the film. As a time capsule of Italy in the ‘60s, it’s interesting but as a cohesive narrative, it leaves one wanting.
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)
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Thanks for hosting Wolf.

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Pierre Chenal.

FTV:1: Paris-Cinéma (1929) (note:Chenal's debut film is 50 mins long,not the 30 listed on IMDb.) 6.

Coming up with the idea to do a documentary behind the camera after his friend Jean Mitry had the idea suggested to him by film maker Eugene Deslaw, Pierre Chenal makes his directing debut, (he wanted to leave behind inhaling phosgene fumes in the chemical factory he worked at) with a turn into the avant-garde of disembodied hands opening the cameras and revealing the method behind the magic of cinema.

Getting a little funding from decorator Robert Gys,who also granted Chenal permission to shoot on the sets Gys was working on, Chenal layers wonderful montages across the film making departments, from going into the Pathe- Kodak development lab, to day for night shooting at Gaumont,and the painstaking patients of hand-drawn animation,to bring to life the cinema of Paris.

FTV:2:Crime and Punishment (1935)10.

One of just two titles Andre Galitzine edited, (the other being Abel Gance's The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936) ) co-writer/(with Marcel Ayme/ Christian Stengel and Vladimir Strizhevsky) directing auteur Pierre Chenal closely works with Galitzine to dip Raskolnikov's crimes in a ultra-stylised Film Noir atmosphere.Haunting Raskolnikov with the shadow of his crime, Chenal stages mesmerizing dialogue-free set-pieces tracking shots shadowing Raskolnikov slithering down long corridors to the stairs in a race against time to not get caught for the crash-zoom axe murder,which Chenal compliments with a strikingly shot and edited first-person sequence (backed with Arthur Honegger's ominous score) ,from Porphyre directly pointing his suspicions at the audience/ Raskolnikov.

Meeting up the year after with Marcel Ayme for Les mutines de l'Elseneur, here the duo are joined by Christian Stengel and Vladimir Strizhevsky in taking on adapting Dostoevsky's classic novel, and placing it within the confines of Film Noir.The writers wonderfully pluck the increased alienating/ isolating Noir loner state Raskolnikov pulls himself towards, altering the deep personal pride which had kept him detached via looking down at all others in society, into an increasingly poisonous mind-set of attempting to separate himself from the tide of guilt coming in.

Reuniting afterwards for Feu Mathias Pascal (1937-also reviewed-which has the same style final shot as this film)) Pierre Blanchar gives an incredible turn as Raskolnikov,who Blanchar has moving like a slippery eel, sliding into the shadows as others get framed,and unintentionally allowing for the edges of his mask to slip off, as Raskolnikov fights to keep his emotions detached as the accusations increase.Stamping in determination to solve the case, Harry Baur gives a thrilling, barnstorming performance as Porphyre,with Baur tightening the screws on each encounter with a suspect until it cracks to the emotionless face of Raskolnikov, who Porphyre suspects is trying to avoid punishment.

FTV:3:Feu Mathias Pascal (1937).8.

Teaming up again after Crime and Punishment (1935-also reviewed) Pierre Blanchar gives a delightful performance as Pascal, with the cold shock he is hit with from witnessing his own funeral, being twisted by Blanchar into a devilish cad charm played from Pascal underhanded deals to build himself a new identity.Working again with cinematographer Joseph-Louis Mundwiller, co-writer/(with Christian Stengel/Armand Salacrou & Roger Vitrac) directing auteur Pierre Chenal builds upon the theme of a person cutting themselves off from the outside world which runs across his credits, with a stylish gaze into Pascal's abyss, via moving from behind a gravestone towards a tracking shot following Pascal's own procession.

While continuing to dig into the Noir loner becoming increasingly detached from society that runs across his Chenal's credits, here Chenal and the other writers adapt Luigi Pirandello's play with a more humorous tone, from what Pascal discovers his partner has been up to since he "died",to cunningly attempting to blend in and rub shoulders with the rich,by transforming himself from Mathias Pascal into Adrien Meis.
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Gakuryu Ishii

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Gakuryu Ishii, who also at times went by the moniker Soho Ishii, is considered to be one of the forefathers of the Japanese cyberpunk movement (with an emphasis on the punk side of it) with films like Crazy Thunder Road and especially Burst City that conveyed a youthful, anarchic energy that made his early films popular with cult fans but generally failures from a commercial standpoint. This lack of success led Ishii to form a band and focus on music from the mid ‘80s to the early ‘90s emerging with the horror film Angel Dust and a handful of films very different in style from his early raucous ones. Films like August in the Water and Labyrinth of Dreams were abstract slow cinema dreams that served as a pretty major departure for him aesthetically. After these experiments he would start to merge the sensibility from his early more chaotic films and his more methodically-paced art films into a new style that Ishii himself considered the best of both worlds. The first results from this reconciliation would produce the period action drama Gojoe and the black & white Tsukamoto-esque Electric Dragon 80.000 V. After taking another break from feature filmmaking, Ishii has emerged in recent years with another string of films that sees him continuing to evolve stylistically, stubbornly refusing to make the same film twice. In this way, he continues to embrace that punk ethos that kickstarted his career so long ago.

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118. Koko dai panikku a.k.a. Panic in High School (1978) #DFF
This film features the shockingly relevant storyline of a student at a high school who is incredibly distressed over his teacher’s completely unsympathetic response to a fellow student committing suicide earlier that day which leads him to bringing a shotgun to the school, killing the teacher and taking students hostage in a standoff at the school with the police barricaded outside. Ishii co-directed this when he was only 19 years old, but he already had a strong grasp of dramatic weight and the ability to convey anarchy and chaos on a limited budget. The film gets quite disturbing in places as its pinwheeling prog disco soundtrack drives forward the narrative. It’s a promising first feature of things to come.

119. Yume no ginga a.k.a. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
Jumping forward to Ishii’s contemplative cinema period, Labyrinth of Dreams is a story of a woman who becomes drawn to a man she believes may have murdered her friend. While the elements of the story are there, the flow is much more abstract. At times the film is so still that you feel as though you are looking at a sensuous tableau. While there is a mystery here (is he or isn’t he a killer?), the mood is what reigns. The film flows languidly like a small stream weaving back and forth but with an undercurrent of tension and unanswered questions. This is certainly not a film everyone will be able to get into but fans of slow cinema will find much to drink up in its textured, quiet waves.

120. Dead End Run (2003)
The last film Ishii made before another ten-year break after his back-to-back commercial failures of Gojoe and Electric Dragon, Dead End Run is a vibrant, visually inventive experimental anthology of three stories that take street crimes and distills them down into their purest and most artistically engaging forms. A dance of death rendered in lush immediately, a gangster standoff trapped in time, a hostage situation subverted and explored emotionally. I actually felt this was one of Ishii’s best films, really combining the best of his edgy punk sensibilities and his art film aesthetics into a captivating series of visuals that may be narratively slight but still very rewarding.
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)
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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
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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

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Frank De Felitta

Let me introduce you to the best horror movie director that you have never heard of. Or maybe you have? I certainly hadn't before this month. I did vaguely know of Dark Night of the Scarecrow based on its reputation as the pioneer scarecrow monster horror film, but I had never seen it, and with two other FDF films in easy access, this seemed like the perfect month to finally dive into him.

I will say, right off the bat, that the best thing about FDF is how his films transcend any expectations you might bring to them as a viewer. Dark Night is not a film about a killer scarecrow stalking people - and it is all the better for it with much mysteriousness as to who is committing the murders and what on earth all these randomly popping scarecrows have to do with it. Scissors also starts out as a look at two creepy next door neighbours that soon becomes something very different as the protagonist becomes trapped. And speaking of trapped, FDF's 1973 film does what you'd expect, but with far greater character development than one would expect of a made-for-TV thriller.

Trapped and Scissors in fact have quite a bit in common, spending half their runtime on characters trapped inside different locations, unable to contact the outside world for help, and gradually losing their grip on reality. Dark Night is a lot more open and the characters aren't trapped, but you still get a sense of the mental toll that the experiences are having on the characters, becoming rightly jumpy and paranoid. FDF also gives animals pretty pivotal roles in all three films - very obviously in Trapped (the film is Chopping Mall but with dogs), but also in Scissors with a taunting bird and then the scary dog at the start of Dark Night kicks everything off.

With precious few films to his name, it is a little hard to comment too deeply on FDF, but based on this trio at least, he's an interesting one to watch for; the two films that qualified instantly jumped on to my 500<400 list.
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Hammer's House of Directors Presents: Roy Ward Baker

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In addition to directing several classic Hammer and Amicus horror pictures, Roy Ward Baker is perhaps most well-known internationally as the director of the award-winning dramatization of the sinking of the Titanic, A Night to Remember. He’s a consummately British director with a restrained style that allows him to move effortlessly from small b-noirs to big studio pictures to action-filled television to horror and beyond. Some have criticized his lack of a personal style but that seems to be by choice. After directing a series of crime pictures in the UK, Baker was lured over to Hollywood for a few years where he produced a string of pictures in the 20th Century Fox studio system, mostly crime pictures like the Marilyn Monroe sizzler Don’t Bother to Knock and the bleak Robert Ryan 3-D thriller Inferno. Eventually he moved back to the UK where he branched out into television and then ultimately into the horror genre where he directed classic Hammer films like Quatermass and the Pit, The Vampire Lovers and Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde as well as well-regarded anthology horror films for Amicus like Vault of Horror and Asylum. With his reputation cemented by the Criterion release of A Night to Remember in the critical eye and his genre work celebrated by the international horror community, Roy Ward Baker leaves a strong body of work.

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121. Moon Zero Two (1969)
What an odd movie to exist… The tagline for this one advertises it as the first moon “western” which is I guess about as good a thing to call it as anything else. The movie takes place on the moon where apparently the inhabitants behave not unlike the moon is the wild west. A salvage crew (guns for hire) plans to hijack a sapphire asteroid (train robbery) and stash it at a mining site but there’s a meddling miner they have to get rid of first. It’s garish, silly and completely unlike anything else Baker and Hammer ever did together (or really apart either). Despite taking place in the future (apparently the only Hammer film to do so!), the whole affair is laughably dated from the music to costumes.

122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
This seven-part mini-series follows the trials and tribulations of a British family who move to Kenya to set up a coffee plantation in the pre-World War I era. While this type of slice-of-life with mild adventure elements type mini-series isn’t something I normally gravitate to, Baker does a solid job of producing a polished, period accurate drama that fans of Merchant-Ivory productions should find delightful and well-made.

123. Morning Departure a.k.a. Operation Disaster (1951)
Morning Departure is the tension-filled tale of a submarine that runs afoul of a landmine and sinks to the bottom of the ocean, leaving 12 crew members alive but trapped inside. What follows is a series of rescue missions to help the men escape while their isolation and tight quarters begin to have an effect on them. While this film has a few places that don’t quite work as effectively as it could, it still does a good job of building suspense as well as fleshing out the characters of each of the men trapped, particularly the last four remaining who are forced to stay behind until the submarine can be retrieved from the bottom. The acting in general is very good with Richard Attenborough as a standout as a shipmen who at first panics but evolves his character over the course of the film. Certainly worth a watch as a solid submarine disaster thriller.
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)
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jeroeno wrote: February 16th, 2021, 7:49 am 58. Sister Stella L. (Mike de Leon, 1984)
59. Bayaning 3rd World (Mike de Leon, 2000)
60. Kung mangarap ka't magising (Mike de Leon, 1977)
61. Kakabakaba ka ba? (Mike de Leon, 1980)

62. Hinugot sa langit (Ishmael Bernal, 1985)
63. Himala (Ishmael Bernal, 1982)
64. Broken Marriage (Ishmael Bernal, 1983)
65. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Ishmael Bernal, Peque Gallaga, Emmanuel H. Borlaza, 1984)
66. Relasyon (Ishmael Bernal, 1982)
67. Nunal sa tubig (Ishmael Bernal, 1976)
68. Working Girls (Ishmael Bernal, 1984)
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Carl Theodor Dreyer

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Carl Th. Dreyer is considered to be one of the greatest directors in film history by many critics and scholars with his tightly framed, emotionally naked film Passion of the Joan of Arc often landing on “greatest films ever made” lists. Dreyer has a distinctly studied and methodically paced style with an emphasis on the humane and spiritual. While it is rarely the focus of his films, he has an attention to detail and an eye for precise framing for maximum emotional impact. His influence on cinema is vast both aesthetically in the use of tight close-ups and his slow, artful pacing as well as thematically with his detailed character work.

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124. Du skal ære din hustru a.k.a. Master of the House (1925)
Master of the House is a farcical drama about a man who loses his business and takes out his anger and misery on his family, particularly his poor subservient wife who is driven closer and closer to a nervous breakdown by his emotionally abusive behavior. Finally his mother-in-law and his old nanny/housekeeper hatch a plan to send his wife away to collect herself mentally and force him to take up all her chores, treating him and he had been treating everyone else until he realizes the err of his ways. In many ways, this film is a fairly straightforward moral tale and more than a little heavy-handed. The real standout to me was the character of the wife. Astrid Holms plays her beautifully and draws real sympathy for her plight. The nanny and mother-in-law characters just come across too cartoonish though to be believable as real people which creates some tonal inconsistencies. Honestly this one feels a little uneven for Dreyer with the comedy elements too broad and the dramatic elements downplayed in the latter half.

125. Prästänkan a.k.a. The Parson's Widow (1920)
This one tells the story of a young man and his fiancee who are journeying in search of a church the young man can take over pastor duties for so they can be married. They come across a small village auditioning to replace a recently deceased parson which the young man tries out for and succeeds in getting. What he doesn’t realize is that the parson’s widow demands, according to local custom, that the new parson marry and live with her. Given that she’s in her 70s, the young man is none too overjoyed about this proposition but is desperate for the job so he agrees, lying to the widow that his fiancee is his sister, hoping she won’t live too long and then they can be married. I actually thought this one was surprisingly funny in places, like in the competing sermons section and some of the schemes he attempts in order to get rid of the widow. The attention to detail in set design is also impressive here. Apparently Dreyer shot this in a historically preserved village for maximum authenticity. The ending does feel a little too pat and heavy-handed (which seems to be a trademark of early Dreyer films) but overall I thought this was one of his better films I’ve seen.

126. Blade af Satans bog a.k.a. Leaves Out of the Book of Satan (1920)
This film is very epic in scope, much more so than any other Dreyer film I’ve seen. The themes he often returns to are still here though with a strong focus on the struggle between good and evil and the inevitability of death. At over 2.5 hours, it’s a dense film and a somewhat tiring watch. But Dreyer’s attention to detail is still very on-point across all four periods that the film covers. It is basically composed of four segments, each in a different time period (not unlike Intolerance, although it doesn’t crosscut between them). Essentially the structure is that Satan is sent to tempt souls through history and we see four pivotal moments where humanity gives in to the temptation. First is Judas betraying Christ then the Spanish Inquisition then the French Revolution and it ends with an event I wasn’t familiar with, the Finnish Civil War. To be honest, this was something of an exhausting watch. Dreyer’s typical slow pace coupled with the very long runtime and the over-emoting of the actors made for a difficult watch. And to top it off, it may be the most heavy-handed of these three films. The film obviously signals a future great talent but as-is, it isn’t one I would recommend to everyone.
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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)
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Director #22 - Fred Zinnemann
Previous experience:
5 features, 2 @ 8, 2 @ 7, 1 @ 6

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
Previous experience:
2 features, 1 @ 7, 1 @ 6

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
Previous experience:
None

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
Previous experience:
4 features, 1 @ 7, 2 @ 6, 1 @ 4

88. The Goonies (1985, Donner) 6
89. Lethal Weapon 2 (1985, Donner) 6
90. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992, Donner) 6

Director #26 - Patricio Guzmán
Previous experience:
2 features, 1 @ 9, 1 @ 6

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
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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
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flavo5000 wrote: February 17th, 2021, 5:50 pm
Hammer's House of Directors Presents: Roy Ward Baker



122. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981)
This seven-part mini-series follows the trials and tribulations of a British family who move to Kenya to set up a coffee plantation in the pre-World War I era. While this type of slice-of-life with mild adventure elements type mini-series isn’t something I normally gravitate to, Baker does a solid job of producing a polished, period accurate drama that fans of Merchant-Ivory productions should find delightful and well-made.


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)
You can count this for more points if you want. Because it’s a mini-series and for mini-series the 80 episode rule also counts.
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Jerzy Skolimowski

34. Rysopis (Identification Marks: None, 1965) 6/10 #DDF
35. Bariera (Barrier, 1966) 6/10
36. King, Queen, Knave (1972) 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
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(Screenshots from 'Am Rand der Finsternis' & 'En waar de sterre bleef stille staan'),

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

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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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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
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69. Intramuros (Eddie Romero, Gerardo de Leon, 1964)
70. Noli me tángere (Gerardo de Leon, 1961)
71. Sanda Wong (Gerardo de Leon, 1955)
72. The Day of the Trumpet (Eddie Romero, Gerardo de Leon, 1958)

A western, a war movie, a 3-hour epic and a 1950's Hong Kong Martial Arts film.... A Pinoy Tarantino ? :think: :cowbow:
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Director 5: Olivier Assayas
History: 8 movies, avg. rating: 7.2
Cold Water (1994): 5.2
Irma Vep (1996): 7.5
Demonlover (2002): 7.0
Paris, je t'aime (2006): 8.0
Summer Hours (2008): 7.8
Something in the Air (2012): 6.8
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014): 8.5
Personal Shopper (2016): 7.2
18. Désordre [Disorder] (1986, Olivier Assayas) #DDF: 6.8 - It takes guts to start your first film with a climax and focus rest of the film on the emotional fallout. This debut of Assayas starts with a robbery that horribly goes wrong by three young adults members of amateur rockband, due to the psychological toll and tensions arising from this tragedy the group over the course of the movie slowly disintegrates. It's remarkable how Assayas mostly succeeds in keeping up the momentum of the starting climax. The plot does loose itself in the second act in relationships antics, when almost everyone in the group seems to sleep around with each other, tho this is realistic for the real interest and dealings of young adults. Its not flawless but it’s a solid debut that shows a lot of promise.

19. L'enfant de l'hiver [Winter's Child] (1989, Olivier Assayas): 6.2 - This reminded me of a Dutch song lyrics, loosely translated:
"One wants another, but the other doesn't want that one
The other wants another, but that one is sad
That's how it went and that's how it goes and that's how it always goes"
Cause it's about one guy with a pregnant girlfriend who leaves her for his lover, but that lover herself is obsessed with another man again. Assayas' second movie is very similar to his debut in that both show the falling out of people and relationships without showing the heydays first. But while in the debut despite never seeing those good times I did care about the characters in this one I didn't, making this second movie much less a success. This is because inn Désordre the characters feel much more as well-rounded characters, while in this they feel like one note embodiment of ideas. It's also a much bleaker film. Still Assayas understanding of film language is again already evident in the way he compose shots and long takes.

21. Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) rewatch: 7.5 > 8.0 - In a interview about the titles above Assayas said he discovered he had a special interest and talent in working with actresses. This would become indeed a hallmark of his oeuvre, which contains a lots of female driven movies with strong performances. In none this is more evident than his breakthrough hit Irma Vep. A movie about an actress featuring an amazing performance by one. Like almost everything Assayas does this feels all very natural and real. So natural, that at times I wasn’t sure I wasn’t watching the real Maggie Cheung just having to improvise as herself on the spot. It's also a very biting satire on French cinema meanwhile.

20. Noise (2006, Olivier Assayas): 5.5 - A documentary about the Art Rock Festival in Saint-Brieuc in 2005, this is just registration of various performances during that festival; no interviews, no crowds shots, just the musicians performing. Naturally which such a structure and because it's a very eclectic festival ranging from world music to noise rock, not all performances are as interesting as the other.

21. Boarding Gate (2007, Olivier Assayas): 4.5 - Asia Argento and Michael Madsen star in this combination of crime thriller and relationship drama. Asia is the former lover of Micheal, who is a down on his luck investor, she's trying to break away from him to start her own nightclub in Beijing. The first part of this movie meanders too much, making me struggled to keep attention. A lot of this consist of scenes with Argento and Madsen quarreling. These should establish the emotional core of the movie, but it all feels artificial. Madsen and Argento fail to convey any (former) connection. When in the second half in China it shift into straighter crime thriller territory the movie does pick up. Argento is also more convincing in that part conveying a sense of being lost, alone and in over her head.

22. Doubles vies [Non-Fiction] (2018, Olivier Assayas): 7.2 - Much lighter and comic in tone than usual for Assayas, but while still keeping the characters feel totally real and natural.

23. Wasp Network (2019, Olivier Assayas): 5.0 - Assayas latest turned out to be a disappointment (again), despite a promising first hour that sets up various protagonists decently. But after twist, that pulls everything we thought we knew about these characters out from under, the movie becomes more and more unfocused. Making it neither succeed as a spy thriller or as a character driven drama. The political message is also muddled as a result.
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
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Gutter Trash Maestros Presents: David DeCoteau

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“I always wanted to make what I could sell”.
David Decoteau has made, by my count, 168 movies in his film career (could be more though…). In 2021, he has released five movies so far, and it’s FEBRUARY (he may have released another one by the time I post this). Most official sources cite his film Dreamaniac produced by Charles Band as his feature debut, although in reality he actually got his start directing (and apparently in one or two instances even starring in) ultra low budget gay porn. Well, Dreamaniac made some money for Band which is pretty much the surest way to get more jobs from him. Soon Decoteau proved to Band he could churn out schlocky horror flicks that more than met their T&A quotient quickly and on-budget. Eventually he would form his own production company and branch out into all sorts of films from westerns to family films to Lifetime dramas and everything in between. A particular specialty of his was the homoerotic horror film typified by his Brotherhood and 1313 series (and in case you’re wondering why a series about bare-chested dudes in a deserted mansion is called 1313, it’s solely to have them pop up on streaming service searches first.).

As odd as it sounds, Decoteau does actually have some trademarks that continually crop up his films. He’s a fan of over-saturated lighting, particularly using bright red and blue filters to give certain scenes a dreamlike quality. Also many of his films have an almost intentionally campy, trashy vibe as if Full Moon released a John Waters film made on a budget of $5. Of course, his most notorious trait is that even in the most exploitive, seemingly misogynistic slashers and erotic thrillers full of of topless women, DeCoteau is an equalist opportunist, filling the screen with shirtless and sometimes even pantless guys. While the overt homoeroticism may drive away some of the more homophobic horror fans out there, his movies have a certain low-rent charm that makes them entertaining even when they are objectively hot garbage from a budget and filmmaking standpoint. As I’ve said before, the worst sin a movie can make is that it’s boring. And DeCoteau is rarely boring.

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127. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
Sorority Babes is one of the classic titles always referenced when discussing Charles Band’s “Title First. Movie Later” strategy adopted from pioneers of the B-picture hucksterism practice like Val Lewton and Roger Corman. The story here is the exact kind of silly nonsense you’d expect. Some sorority pledges are tasked with breaking into a bowling alley and stealing a trophy which unbeknownst to them contains an imprisoned imp for some reason. Of course, the trophy gets broken and the monster escapes, wreaking havoc. We have ‘80s horror mainstays Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer cavorting with frat boys, trying to avoid dying. Of course, we get the requisite topless shots always present in these movies. The effects work on the little creature is actually pretty good, which is typical of Full Moon flicks in the ‘80s where Band put a lot of his effort on producing fun stop motion and puppet effects to make his films look better than their miniscule budgets may indicate. This is one of the more purely fun DeCoteau films in his catalog despite (or maybe because of) its stupid premise. I give it a YAY-Coteau.

128. Murder Weapon (1989)
This one is a pretty loopy hybrid of erotic thriller and gory slasher with Linnea Quigley and Karen Russell as sisters who are put away for a murder we see in the opening ten minutes of the movie (which is about 95% boobs and 5% murder in the shower). The movie then jumps forward to the girls being released from the crazy house supposedly all better and planning a party to invite all their old boyfriends for a pleasant get together with no ulterior motives. As you can imagine, they have a cool dance party, drink some punch, exchange hugs and everyone goes home feeling good about themselves. The end.
Nah, just kidding. The dick ex-boyfriends get (surprisingly brutally) murdered one by one. WHO COULD THE KILLER BE!?!? This was actually another pretty fun one. The girls are clearly having a good time with the material and DeCoteau has some interestingly odd dream sequences and lighting choices sprinkled throughout that give it a saturated campy look. This one also gets a YAY-Coteau.

129. Deadly Embrace (1989)
Deadly Embrace leans much harder into the erotic thriller aspect with a convoluted plot involving a venn diagram of multiple love quadrangles. Who is out to kill and/or bone who? Honestly it’s hard to tell at times. Although Linnea Quigley is damned adorable as the simple-minded girlfriend to the handyman, Chris, who is working for a married couple, the wife of who wants to possess him in the worst way possible and the husband who is banging his secretary on the side plotting to deal with the wife. The character of the wife is front and center here involving some twists in the story, and it’s somewhat interesting to see where it’s all going. The problem is that the movie is juggling too many subplots for its own good and drops the ball on some of them. Also the actor playing Chris is pretty bad considering the kind of central role he’s expected to play. This one gets a MEH-Coteau. Not super fun but not awful either.

130. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
Our old wooden spawn of Toulon are back in a weird and very David DeCoteau Puppet Master movie about a guy affectionately named Tank who’s working with a mad doctor who wants to get his Frankenstein on by imbuing the living essence of a human into a puppet. Why? Who the hell knows? Doesn’t matter. Fans who just want to see the puppets kill people might be disappointed with this one. Most of that action is toward the end of the movie. Instead it spends a lot of time developing the characters of Tank and the doctor and the weird ideas behind the living puppet stuff. It definitely has the DeCoteau stamp, complete with a new bare-chested puppet. Really my biggest issue with it is the abrupt ending that almost feels like they just ran out of film and stopped shooting with a page of the script still left to film. Overall, it’s still a MEH-Coteau.

131. Tomb of Terror (2004)
This one epitomizes Charles Band’s sheer laziness sometimes to churn out product regardless of quality. He basically enlisted DeCoteau pull a Night Train to Terror (but without the loopy disco and God/Satan stuff to jazz it up) to edit down three existing Full Moon features (Dark Angel: The Ascent, Lurking Fear and DeCoteau’s Talisman) into 30-minute segments crammed together with no rhyme or reason. This looks like it was farted out in a weekend (which I mean… yea, probably was). The movies obviously feel like they’re missing random chunks out of them but still flow better than they probably should. Really, there’s no reason to mess with this. Just watch the original movies which are more the dumb fun you’d expect from Full Moon. This is a definite DeCot-NO.

132. American Rampage (1989)
A female cop (WHAT Women can be cops!?!? This must be the oh-so-progressive ‘80s) goes through partners like other people go through pairs of shoes. They have a tendency to end up dead, but this does not stop her. She has what I can only assume is a helpful therapy session and gets back out on the street to take out the scum infesting the city. The plot is irrelevant here like most ‘80s action movies. It’s your job to sit patiently during the boring exposition scenes that are rarely relevant to anything so you can enjoy the shootouts, car chases, random nudity and more shootouts. If you are a lover of ‘80s action movies, this one will certain earn a YAY-Coteau.

133. Voodoo Academy (2000)
Oh boy… Now this one is DeCoteau completely in his element. This film came about when DeCoteau approached Band about producing a film that catered to the large female horror film market by featuring a lot of bare-chested, chiseled dudes. As DeCoteau recounts, “Charlie said, ‘I don’t understand it – there’s one girl and eight guys. Horror movie fans want to see eight girls and one guy.’ I said, ‘This is a horror movie for girls. As a matter of fact, it’s the first horror movie for girls.’”
Apparently Band relented and let DeCoteau make it which did indeed end up making money for Band. Nevertheless, Band was apparently still uncomfortable with the overt homoeroticism and cut 23 minutes out of the film for its VHS release. Apparently this decision sparked DeCoteau to set out and form his own production company Rapid Heart Pictures where he could focus on making genre films for the female and gay audience which resulted in a deluge of bare-chested fit dudes in a big empty house movies like the 1313 series and The Brotherhood movies. And the rest they say is history. As for the film itself, I think if Band only cut 23 minutes, then he still probably left a good hour of homoerotic material in here as this movie is almost constant bare-chested guys lifting weights, taking baths, and sometimes just hanging out with no shirt for just for kicks. Its premise involves some fit guys going to a Bible college that turns out to secretly practice sinister voodoo rituals behind closed doors. This movie is the very definition of camp and has some incredibly cheesy effects and dialogue (the dude-into-voodoo-doll stuff is gold). For homophobes, I’m afraid you’ll see this as a Decot-NO but for tolerant trash film junkies, this one is gonna be a YAY-Coteau.

134. Final Stab (2001)
Final Stab is an obvious attempt to cash in on the teen slasher revival of the late ‘90s and specifically Scream (it was originally titled Final Scream but was threatened with legal action by the Scream producers resulting in the name change to Final Stab… which is kind of funny because it plays out like the kind of bad horror movie you’d see as a movie within a movie). The plot involves a girl named Angela and her boyfriend Charlie who are invited by her sister to a party for the weekend for a fun getaway to make amends for their past hostilities. What Angela doesn’t know is that her sister is using the weekend as a test for a murder mystery business she’s planning to start up with the idea of scaring Angela by making her think her friends are being killed off. As you can expect, NOT ALL THE KNIVES ARE FAKE! This one has some really dull sections of people just wandering around without much happening. The characters are also dirt stupid at times. In the tradition of Scream, you’ve also got one character who is obsessed with horror movies although it seems like the only one she’s ever seen is Friday the 13th. For bad movie fans, you might get something out of the terrible acting and really goofy, contrived plot which bumps it up to a MEH-Coteau.

135. Nightmare Sisters (1988)
Nightmare Sisters is the perfect way to send off Mr. DeCoteau. The ridiculous plot involves three ultra geeky girls (played by Quigley, Stevens and Bauer once again) who invite three super geeky guys over to their house for a party which turns into a seance. Things being what they are, a disembodied head turns the three nerdy girls into mostly naked, superhot succubi who start to prey on the jock frat guys that were picking on the nerdy guys at the beginning of the movie. Meanwhile the nerds realize they are the only ones who can stop the life-draining fuck machines and set forth to resist temptation and save the day. Also there’s what feels like a five hour scene of the three hotties rubbing each other naked in a tub. This movie has no illusions about what it is, and Decoteau is clearly having a lot of fun with this Porkies with succubi plot. Also the nerdy version of the three girls are super cute and act as a great juxtaposition with their super sexy transformed versions. This is definitely a YAY-Coteau.
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)
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Sacha Guitry.

FTV:4: Nine Bachelors (1939)9

Gradually embracing the art of cinema after being outright hostile towards it in his earlier filmed plays, (where he had the cast deliver the dialogue,with their backs towards the camera) actor/writer/directing auteur Sacha Guitry closely works with The Sinners (1949-also reviewed) cinematographer Victor Armenise to give the large bachelor pad a chic stylisation, with Guitry and Armenise gliding the camera in long criss-crossing panning shots meeting the green card couples in the Art-Deco old bachelor's home.Creating a challenge for himself by having to give screen time to nine different couples in what was his longest film at this point, the screenplay by Sacha Guitry gloriously succeeds in beating the odds,with his unique The Guitry Touch.

Sitting in on each woman who is after a green card meeting her future husband for the first time, Guitry cracks open tasteful vignettes of each hilariously awkward separate encounters,which swings from these strangers being loved up, to meowing to get the wedding over as quickly as possible.Although the limited locations do point to his stage roots, Guitry (who gives a very funny turn as Lecuyer,who has one eye on romance,and the other on his bank balance) Guitry stacks his battle of the sexes (a major theme across his works) with hilariously, dry-wit word play that bounces along as the nine bachelors walk down the aisle.

FTV:5: Aux deux colombes (1949)8

Introducing the players with a opening which goes behind the scenes, (a regular recurring opening in his credits) lead actor/writer/directing auteur Sacha Guitry is joined by cinematographer Noel Ramettre in building a halfway house between his love of stage,and his growing embrace of cinema,

Guitry lays out this one-set Chamber Piece being shot partiality in long takes with a static camera, and peppers it with slick tilts close up to Walter in the middle of exchanges in order to break the 4th wall and speak direct to the audience, which bounces to smooth panning shots to the shocked reaction of his returning wife.Performing large parts of the film in long one-takes,the cast give excellent turns, with Marguerite Pierry setting sparks flying across the screen as the hilariously frozen in shock as Jeanne,whilst Pauline Carton steals every scene she is in as the dead pan put upon maid Angele.

Eyeing Walter being relaxed about his wife having died years ago, the screenplay by Sacha Guitry brings out his signature The Guitry Touch with rapid-fire, intelligently composed exchanges between Walter and his unexpectedly alive wife,which sets off a cracking battle of the sexes in the fiery exchanges within this crumbling macabre marriage, (both major recurring themes in Guitry's works) as Jeannie forces Walter to reveal in very funny one-liners,how long he mourned for her.

FTV:^6: La Poison (1951)10

Revealed in the detailed booklet to the great Masters Of Cinema edition that the movie was filmed in just nine days with the majority of it being made from one-take shots, writer/directing auteur Sacha Guitry reunites with The Rules of the Game (1939-also reviewed) cinematographer Jean Bachelet in whisking up a silky smooth Comedy glazed with The Guitry Touch.Whilst created in a limited time, Guitry closely works with Bachelet & editor Raymond Lamy to bring out his refine theatrical stylisation, with excellent crisp wipes darting between Paul in the courtroom and the mischief-making local kids playing outdoors,to pristine close-ups on Paul's smirk as he causes chaos in the court.

Continuing to pour the dark comedic bite which became a prominent tone in his post-WWII works, the screenplay by Guitry (who breaks the 4th wall with a merry appearance in the opening) expands on his battle of the sexes recurring motif with a screenplay jam-packed with wickedly playful one-liners.Guitry sets the poison sparkling in the snappy exchanges of tension between Paul and his wife Blandine (played by a terrific Germaine Reuver), to the lightning fast, Screwball-style back and fourth between Paul and loved by the press lawyer Maitre Aubanel (played by a superb Jean Debucourt.) Later calling this the most enjoyable experience he had making a movie, Michel Simon gives a outstanding turn as Paul, wrapping each darkly comedic one-liner with a gleeful relish served on the side with poison.
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Ken Russell is something of an enigma. He frequently courts controversy while also being attracted to the austere. His films have a very wry sense of humor at times while also containing very serious dramatic elements. He often adapts existing well-respected material and produces biopics of well-regarded artists, writers and composers while showing a complete disregard for faithfulness to the source material and applying strong surrealist elements to the narratives as in films like Listzomania and Gothic. He has a very long history with combining music and film with some crediting him as a pioneer of the music video with his feature length rock opera Tommy. Ken Russell seems to engender hate as much as he gains accolades which I think is exactly what he wants.

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136. Women in Love (1969)
Women in Love, adapted from the D.H. Lawrence novel, is the story of two friends who fall in love with a pair of sisters in 1920s England. The film plays out as a series of conversation-heavy pseudo-philosophical vignettes as the couples discuss the nature of their relationships and how they see one another as it juxtaposes the decisions each couple makes over a period of time. To be honest, I’m not a big D.H. Lawrence fan to begin with and this film adaptation does nothing to change my mind or put Lawrence in a new context to garner my appreciation. While I can see the freewheeling less concrete elements of the story as being attractive to Russell to adapt, it just isn’t terribly engaging as a watch for me.

137a. Monitor: Elgar (1962)
137b. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
Over the course of his long career, Russell has directed quite a few biopics on various classical composers, particularly for television (although he has also directed theatrical features about Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Liszt as well). Elgar was actually the first of these made and is structurally a series of somewhat abstract imagery with a more straightforward narrative of Elgar’s life and achievements. Some of the imagery is quite striking even if it lacks much context, making the film more engaging than it might be if done by a more grounded director. Forty years later, Russell returns to Elgar as a kind of tribute to one of his favorite home court composers. This 2002 TV movie (broadcast as part of the South Bank Show), while duplicating some basic information about Elgar’s biography, largely is focused around the loves of Elgar’s life as conveyed through the breakdown of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Once again the imagery is only tangentially related to the narration and honestly is in general less visually interesting. Still the narration itself is more engaging than the previous feature, being more of a deep-dive into Elgar’s character and motivations.

138. The Boy Friend (1971)
The Boy Friend is basically Russell’s love letter to classic Hollywood musicals. The plot is a pretty basic “up-and-comer gets a chance at stardom when a star gets injured” setup. The real reason to watch this is the wall-to-wall musical numbers. Russell pays tribute to everyone from Busby Berkeley to Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers to Gene Kelly and everything in between. The acting in between the musical numbers is almost gratingly cloying but fans of old Hollywood probably won’t care. For anyone looking for strong narrative and character development though, look elsewhere.

139. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
This third Harry Palmer film, and Michael Caine’s first in the role, finds a weird middle ground between being a send-up of spy thrillers that were popular at the time and being a spy flick itself. As a result, the tone seesaws back and forth between serious and wacky from scene to scene. In general, there isn’t a lot here to distinguish this Palmer film (involving Palmer trying to stop a crazy Texan from using a supercomputer to take over the world) from others until toward the end at which point Russell starts to ramp up the late ‘60s kitsch with cheesy sci-fi effects. It’s a fairly fun movie to watch but isn’t going to leave much of an impression.
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)
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Joe Begos
7. Almost Human (2013) 6
8. The Mind's Eye (2015) 6
9. VFW (2019) 7
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Jacques Becker
1. Casque d'Or (1952) 8
2. La vie est à nous (1936) 5
3. Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) 8+
Guy Gilles
4. Au pan coupé (1968) 8
5. Le clair de terre (1970) Earth Light 8+
6. Absences répétées (1972) Repeated Absences 9
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Masters of Horror Double Feature:

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Mick Garris

Mick Garris has been called both one of the nicest guys in the horror business for his friendly demeanor and reputation for almost never getting angry on set (save an infamous apple cart incident that led to him fracturing his toe) as well as the Zelig of horror for his long history within the genre and his knack for being in the right place at the right time during various important or pivotal moments in the genre. Much of this can be attributed to a combination of his early work as a publicist for horror pictures as well as his affable personality which enables him to make a lot of friends in the industry. Probably Garris’ most well-known connection is with author Stephen King who Garris has adapted King’s work seven times, including the mini-series The Stand, the King original script Sleepwalkers and The Shining mini-series. Garris also happens to be the creator of the Masters of Horror series on which this sub-theme is based, putting that legendarily thick rolodex to use by pulling in many of the biggest names in the horror genre to do whatever they want. As a filmmaker, Garris’ style tends to use saturated lighting, dutch angles, recurring pop songs to convey a certain mood or theme (much like King himself does in his novels) and jump cut visions to make the viewer question what’s real. His extensive work in television has also given him a few bad habits like over-extending effects beyond what his budget may allow, resulting in visuals that come across as cheap. Still, Garris understands that effective horror must be effective drama first, and even in his hoariest of efforts, he has elements of real pathos and sentiment that shine through.

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140. Riding the Bullet (2004)
Riding the Bullet is the story of a young man struggling with depression after an attempted suicide who is informed his mother has had a stroke and decides to hitchhike halfway across the country to go visit her. He comes to realize he should probably be a little more careful of who he takes a ride from. So this seems to be the one King adaptation that Mick Garris has done that isn’t slavishly faithful to the source material. Apparently Garris received King’s pleasant to use the original story as a jumping off point for a more personal vision for Mick in the wake of the deaths of multiple close relatives within a short period of time. The film has some good character work and David Arquette is delightful to watch in a more sinister role than he typically plays. The movie is doing some interesting things with exploring the inevitability of death. Its biggest flaws are ones that are typical of Garris’ work of relying too much on flashy tricks that feel out of character for what’s happening on screen. While this isn’t an overtly scary movie (aside from occasional weird visions punctuated with jump scares), it is certainly better than its low IMDB score may indicate.

141. Critters 2 (1988)
It has been over twenty years since I saw this when I was a kid, so I thought it would be fun to revisit it and see how it fares now. Frankly, it’s still a pretty fun movie. The effects work is still solid with the critter ball in the climax being the standout (and what I mainly remembered from watching it as a kid). I was also amused by how different a PG-13 was in 1988 vs. now. We have an extended topless scene (which I did NOT remember watching so I must have seen it on TV as a kid) as well as quite a bit of gore effects that would probably be pushing R-rated territory nowadays. In some ways, we’ve regressed as a nation...

142. Fuzzbucket (1986) #DFF
While Critters 2 was Garris’ theatrical feature debut, his actual first directing gig was with this cheesy Disney Sunday Movie about a boy and his invisible friend. It gets pretty tedious pretty fast as scene after scene has the boy talking to Fuzzbucket and the adults around him just thinking he’s crazy. And of course, when we actually see Fuzzbucket, he’s a gross-looking little creature that reminds me of the Gnome named Gnorm but much uglier and lower rent. Naturally we also get John Vernon as the unusually stern principal whose behavior borders on harassment multiple times. This is the kind of doofy Disney TV movie that only die-hard Disney fans will probably care about.

143. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Psycho IV was a movie produced for Showtime back in its early days, so although it is technically a TV movie, Garris was given free reign to do what he wanted due to a lack of standards & practices board. So this Psycho sequel is interesting for a couple reasons. For one, it was actually written by Joe Stefano who wrote the screenplay for the original Psycho, so it does have a little bit of cred to it the previous two sequels didn’t. And speaking of the previous two sequels, it seems to be set up to basically ignore the previous sequels and act as a direct prequel/sequel to the original. The film essentially cuts back and forth between Anthony Perkins calling into a true crime radio show hosted by CCH Pounder about men that have killed their mothers and flashbacks to the events leading up to his killing of his mother. While overall I wouldn’t say this is great, I think it’s marginally better than Psycho 3 which felt more like a more typical slasher and less like a property Psycho movie. It is certainly not better than Psycho II though which was surprisingly well-made and well-written for what it was. One of the best elements of Psycho IV though is I think Henry Thomas as the young Norman Bates. I think he just nails that combination of shy, awkward, boy-next-door and simmering crazy just below the surface with a glassy stare that really gets at the heart of Norman’s problems. Olivia Hussey felt too over-the-top for me though. She seemed to take a note from Piper Laurie’s character in Carrie in the screeching hysteria department which takes the movie in a more campy direction than Thomas’ portrayal of Norman indicates. Overall it’s a flawed movie but not completely without merit.

John Landis

John Landis is the clown prince of horror and comedy (sometimes both at the same time). He proved to be a powerhouse in the comedy genre in the ‘70s and ‘80s with movies like Animal House, Blues Brothers and Spies Like Us while also showing he could make legitimate horror films, sometimes with comedy elements but also containing real scares, like American Werewolf in London and Innocent Blood. American Werewolf in London in particular looms very large as one of the landmark films of the horror genre with one of the greatest werewolf transformations ever put to celluloid courtesy of SFX master Rick Baker. Landis also has a very large public persona which has at times landed him in hot water but has also been a boon as well, landing him quite a few acting and interview gigs. While his directing style is generally understated, he has a real understanding of timing, used to great effect both in comedy and horror. Landis is a true original and we can only hope he has more laughs and scares to bring in the years to come.

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144. Coming Soon (1982)
Coming Soon is a trailer and clip compilation with bridging segments from Jamie Lee Curtis introducing the films profiled. In a nice bit of kismet for this double feature profile, it was actually co-written by Mick Garris in one of his first produced writing jobs. This is actually a really fun trailer compilation with some classics like several full Hitchcock trailers for The Birds, Psycho and Marnie and others. Landis also uses his trademark humor to splice together Curtis with clips from films to appear like conversations a la Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. I dug this one.

145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
This one is a kind of follow-up in spirit to one of Landis’ early comedy gems he made with the Zuckers and Abrahams structured as a series of vignettes intended to flow like someone channeling surfing through late night TV (a common sketch comedy setup). Unfortunately, it’s more hit-or-miss than Kentucky Fried Movie without a strong central sketch like KFM’s Bruce Lee parody. The titular recurring segments really aren’t very funny to be honest. The lack of Zucker/Abrahams is noticeable. While we have generally reliable guys like Joe Dante and Landis contributing, we also have guys like Carl Gottlieb, maybe best known for the Ringo Starr groaner Caveman, and Robert K. Weiss, a producer who’s only prior directing experience was on a couple of Weird Al Yankovic music videos. I don’t want to come across totally negative though. It had some funny stuff like David Allen Grier as Don “No Soul” Simmons, Bullshit or Not and the funeral roast.

146. Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990)
Oddly enough, this Disney Anniversary Special may embody John Landis more than anything else I watched in this run. Unlike many of these kinds of specials that are just a parade of celebrities introducing dance numbers or singing performances, Landis’ special plays out like a series of comic sketches that happen to be tied to Disneyland rides. It starts with the Cheers gang watching ladies mud wrestling in the bar until interrupted by Woody who comes in asking to watch the new Disney special. This sparks a conversation between the bar patrons about who their favorite Disney princess is and leads to Woody reminiscing about his trip to Disneyland and specifically a ghostly ride through the Haunted Mansion. In this one segment, we see Landis’ affinity for both comedy and horror playful dancing together. We also get segments of Tony Danza trapped on a hellish Jungle Cruise ride with Charles Fleischer as the unflappable guide who seems very unconcerned that numerous passengers are being eaten by alligators (severed arm in a primetime Disney special! Good job Landis!), strangled by snakes and eventually abandoning ship altogether when Fleischer just randomly starts firing his pistol at anything that moves. We also get an amusing segment with The Muppets as Miss Piggy recruits Gonzo as her fairy god-thing to get rid of Cinderella so she can replace her as a princess. There’s also a section with Jim Varney’s Ernest character reminiscing about his first trip to Disneyland with Varney playing his grandfather doddering around licking his lips a lot. Really the only parts that resemble a standard anniversary celebration are the random speech by Reagan and the DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince performance at the end. I actually had a good time with this one.

147. Burke and Hare (2010)
This should’ve been a slam dunk. John Landis makes a dark comedy with a bangin’ cast that includes Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry about those infamous grave robbers Burke & Hare. So why does it just feel so meh? I put a lot of the blame on the script which is curiously lacking in jokes or amusing situations. Landis tries to elevate it with his direction and music cues, but there’s just nothing there to lift up. Honestly just skip this one and watch American Werewolf or Blues Brothers again.
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)
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Roland Emmerich

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Roland Emmerich may love massive-scale disasters more than any other film director in history, even Michael Bay. His string of big, loud sci-fi action films from the mid-90s into the 2000s including Independence Day, Godzilla (1998), The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Whether he’s blowing up national monuments, putting the Earth through massive earthquakes, blizzards and hurricanes or wreaking mass destruction by giant creatures, Emmerich revels in excess. While his films are turbulent, chaotic messes, his personal life is filled with empathy and care for underserved communities. He’s a major supporter of the LGBT community and has pledged the single largest donation to LGBT film preservation that has ever been received. In some ways, Emmerich is like a little kid. He has a big heart and loves to play with playsets. It’s just that his playsets cost upwards of $150 million.

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148. Moon 44 (1990)
Moon 44 posits a future where corporations have started mining other planets in the galaxy for natural resources, breeding cutthroat competition among the different mining companies. When one company has two shuttles go missing they send Michael Pare to find out what happened. It’s obvious even in this somewhat earlier Emmerich film where his strengths and weaknesses are. The effects work is generally pretty solid with a couple of fun action sequences using some neat model work, showing Emmerich’s knack for spectacle early on. On the other hand, you also have Emmerich’s complete lack of subtlety when it comes to character-building and dialogue. Much of what’s spoken is ham-fisted and cheesy. Characters do things with little rhyme or reason. The plotting also resorts to massive exposition dumps at random that bog down the pacing. Overall it’s not an awful movie but has all the positives and negatives Emmerich would embrace later.

149. Stonewall (2015)
What would happen if Emmerich made a movie that was almost nothing but character-building and dialogue, tackling a very serious and important subject that needs handling with delicacy and grace? A clunky, poorly-paced drag of a movie, that’s what. I’m sure this was a passion project of Emmerich’s given his philanthropic efforts, but he is absolutely the wrong kind of director to tackle the story of the emergence of the gay pride movement leading up to the Stonewall riots.

150. Joey a.k.a. Making Contact (1985)
This very early Emmerich film tells the story of a kid whose father dies which somehow awakens psychic powers that lets him talk to his dead father on a toy telephone. Or at least that’s what he thinks. In fact, the presence on the other end is something far more sinister. Making Contact is very much a fantasy/sci-fi/horror flick targeted to kids not unlike many Amblin’ Entertainment productions of the ‘80s. Unfortunately the writing and acting are in general much weaker than the typical Spielberg production. Still, it’s moderately entertaining, particularly if you are looking for some light horror to show your kids.
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)
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I'm not sure what happened, but it took me forever to get 3 titles of the same director under my belt.

Luis Bunuel
1. Who Loves Me? (Bunuel & de Heredia, 1936).
2. Centinela! Alerta! (Bunuel & Gremillon, 1938)
3. The Great Madcap (Bunuel, 1949).
4. Daughter of Deceit (Bunuel, 1951).

Who Loves Me? has almost nothing to do with the description on IMDb. It's the story of a child being taken from its mother (literally kidnapped by the scoundrel father) and raised by loving people who don't know who the real parents are. Some funny moments (and songs) until everything ends happily.

Centinela! Alerta! by contrast is about a mother and her illegitimate child trying to reconnect with the scoundrel father while they both are taken in by a pair of friendly soldiers (who later become small business owners). Some fun moments (and song) until everything ends happily.

The Great Madcap is about a wealthy scummy family learning a valuable lesson about family values as they think their fortune has vanished. No songs, funny moments, happy ending.

Daughter of Deceit. Infant child is dropped off at drunkard's house by scoundrel(?) father who sends money for her upbringing every month.The drunkard is not loving, but doesn't know who the real parents are. After 20 years the father then tries to reconnect with the daughter, but she has just run away from home. Some darkly funny moments and the occasional song until the happy ending.

Has your pattern recognition kicked in yet?
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flavo5000 wrote: February 19th, 2021, 7:59 pm [caqenter]Masters of Horror Double Feature:[/center]


145. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
This one is a kind of follow-up in spirit to one of Landis’ early comedy gems he made with the Zuckers and Abrahams structured as a series of vignettes intended to flow like someone channeling surfing through late night TV (a common sketch comedy setup). Unfortunately, it’s more hit-or-miss than Kentucky Fried Movie without a strong central sketch like KFM’s Bruce Lee parody. The titular recurring segments really aren’t very funny to be honest. The lack of Zucker/Abrahams is noticeable. While we have generally reliable guys like Joe Dante and Landis contributing, we also have guys like Carl Gottlieb, maybe best known for the Ringo Starr groaner Caveman, and Robert K. Weiss, a producer who’s only prior directing experience was on a couple of Weird Al Yankovic music videos. I don’t want to come across totally negative though. It had some funny stuff like David Allen Grier as Don “No Soul” Simmons, Bullshit or Not and the funeral roast.

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)
I saw this in December. Generally agree with your review. The Invisible Man sketch was my fav
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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
Roger Corman
19 films on official lists

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3 Key Films
X / X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) - 5 official lists
The Trip (1967) - 3 official lists
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) - 3 official lists

3 Key Auteurial Trademarks
  • Specialises in cost-cutting low-budget film-making designed to minimise the chance of losses and keep B-movie patrons engaged.
  • Relies on simple setups, using pans and dollies with objects placed between actors and camera to create visual interest.
  • Films often focused around portrayals of monsters and villains.
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20. The Undead (1957) 123 checks, 0 official lists
After producing a couple of films directed by others, Corman decided to take over directing reins himself and threw himself into production line filmmaking. 1957 was his annus mirabilis - only three years into his production career and he produced and directed a total of nine films. The Undead is one of his strangest efforts, shot in ten days in a vacant supermarket, it exploits the brief fifties obsession with past life regression but then throws in all sorts of supernatural elements and some sci-fi on top of it. The speed and low cost is obvious and the movie is technically rough in a lot of ways, but it has a lot of plus points that make it enjoyable - there's the crazy plot, the Halloween bargain-bin aesthetic, campy cod-Elizabethan dialogue and fun turns from Allison Hayes as a sexy witch and Richard Devon as a cackling Satan. Things also proceed at a breakneck speed, which can be confusing but prevents the film ever being boring.
5/10

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21. The Intruder / I Hate Your Guts (1962) 403 checks, 1 official list
In 1959, Corman and his brother Gene founded The Filmgroup, which would distribute his own pictures, not only giving him a bigger slice of the profits, but bypassing the need for unionised crews and allowing him to make whatever he wanted. He also began to slow down his directorial commitments to only three or four films a year. Corman was keen to make a film about racial integration and The Intruder was the result - Corman's only attempt at a serious social issues drama, and probably the one he most believed in, but one that he regards as a failure due to it being his only film to lose money. Shatner gives a standout performance here, there's a very good sense of menace throughout as the townsfolk get swept up in racist fervour and the film is quite a leap for Corman in terms of technical polish. I don't think it's a masterpiece, however; the way the story plays out isn't particularly surprising, and Corman's practice of focusing on the villains ends up reducing the role of the black characters to victims with little substance.
6/10

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22. The Trip (1967) 698 checks, 3 official lists
I've skipped over the Poe cycle, which I think represents Corman's artistic zenith, to a more experimental period towards the end of the sixties where he tried to make a couple of films for the hippie market, even though it's not something he has much feeling for. Naturally for the hippie audience it's pro-drugs and anti-commericalism, but Corman only ever took LSD once as research for this film (according to his brilliant autobiography How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime) and commercialism is what he's all about. The script by Jack Nicholson is rambling nonsense and Corman fills up the film with psychadelic effects and fantasy sequences. They look cool but Corman isn't a surrealist and the imagery is not thought provoking. The film ends up being boring and pointless, like listening to a person on drugs telling you their theory of the universe.
3/10

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23. Bloody Mama (1970) 352 checks, 2 official lists
Corman's directing career burned brightly but relatively briefly. Here, fifteen years after his start, Corman was exhausted, and after filming Von Richtofen and Brown in late 1970 he quit directing (with the exception of one-film comeback Frankenstein Unbound two decades later). Bloody Mama is another film from this period and you can tell that his flirtation with artistry is over is now at the level of pure exploitation pandering. This film jumps on the Bonnie and Clyde bandwagon with another story of Depression era crime gang, but Corman's version is filled with more perverse sex (incest and rape are standard) and violence. It can be fun, but unpleasant characters and a lack of narrative drive meant that my interest wandered. This was one of Tarantino's formative films and not only has he stolen a couple of lines from it, but the whole amoral ethos of the story seems have been a big influence on Tarantino's storytelling.
4/10

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(Screenshots from 'Trent's Last Case' and 'Come Back, Little Sheba')

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Herbert Wilcox
10. Irene (1940, Herbert Wilcox) - 7 or 7.5/10
11. Trent's Last Case (1952, Herbert Wilcox) - 6/10
12. These Dangerous Years (1957, Herbert Wilcox) - 5/10

Daniel Mann
13. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952, Daniel Mann) - 9/10
14. A Dream of Kings (1969, Daniel Mann) - 8/10
15. The Revengers (1972, Daniel Mann) - 6/10

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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

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James Benning

A very distinctive director, I have now seen nine films in total from James Benning and they almost all feel similar, generally using the same approach of long, unbroken shots edited together without any semblance of a narrative or conventional documentary structure. I don't really dislike any of the films that I have seen from Benning, but most are just in the okay/decent category for me. The two exceptions would be Landscape Suicide, which is a pretty innovative narrative movie, and One Way Boogie Woogie in which Benning almost reaches Michael Snow levels of playfulness.

Of this trio of films, 11 x 14 and RR worked better for me than Ruhr, though none of the films really left a big impression on me. While a bit of a mixed bag, 11 x 14 has some really interesting bits and pieces, while RR flows really well by focusing on the one thing the whole time, occasional bursts of radio broadcasting aside. Ruhr just felt all-over-the-place to me. The final shot is amazing, especially with the way the captured audio toys with our expectations, but the rest of the shots did far less for me.

Looking at these three films together, they only further the take I had on Benning before this month. His films are generally more interesting to me when not focused on human beings but rather the natural environment - and sometimes the natural environment intruded in upon by manmade technology, whether it be cars on small roads or trains across lush fields. I will continue to keep watching Benning films when applicable (DTC nominated or otherwise) but he's not exactly a director I would usually actively seek out.
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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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