Haven't had a chance to update the thread for a while, so here's a big drop of films I've watched over the last ~week:
8. Flags of Our Fathers (2006) TSPDT 21st Century, #561
9. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) TSPDT 1001-2000, #376
& TSPDT 21st Century, #189
I watched Eastwood's twin films on consecutive days. Like most, I did prefer Letters from Iwo Jima to Flags of Our Fathers. But this was mostly down to the strange choices made in the latter from a narrative structure standpoint. It tells the story nonlinearly, which didn't really add much, but did make it very hard to follow who was doing what, and when. Also, spoiler alert for FoOF, but it turns out that 2 of the 3 main characters in the film were not even part of the group of six who actually raised the flag in the first place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_t ... n_Iwo_Jima
10. The Princess Bride (1987) TSPDT #815
Theater near me had a showing so I thought I would catch the screening. The theater was PACKED. A lot of quoting along with the film, which I can deal with, but there were also some people who felt like it was a good time to go full MST3K, which soured my experience. Still a good time overall, but it has been a few years since I last saw this and some of the shine came off, just a little.
11. In the Realm of the Senses (1976) TSPDT #337
This watch got me the bronze on the Controversial movies list. I was prepared for the nudity and sex, but I did not realize this was based on a true story or that their would be so much kink involved, both of which were unexpected. Overall I'm glad that a movie like this exists. It definitely stands apart from just about every other film I've seen regarding sex. Not going to make my list of favorites, but I don't regret watching it.
12. Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) TSPDT #439
Reminded me of Easy Rider
quite strongly, but I much preferred this one. It was pretty funny to me that the film tried to have a plot (a car race across the country for pink slips), but then spent the remaining hour just meandering around, as none of the characters seemed remotely interested in the plot the movie tried to create for them.
13. Star Wars (1977) TSPDT #117
14. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) TSPDT #284
Also showing in the theater was the original Star Wars trilogy. I've never seen these in the theater before, so it was a real treat to catch them over the weekend. They were the "special" editions, so they had the unwelcome CGI creatures sprinkled throughout, which just look worse and worse as time goes on. But still a great experience to see all three of these on the big screen. My appreciation for Episode IV held steady, Episode V ticked up just a smidge, and Episode VI stayed right were it is as the weakest of the three but still a fitting end to an epic trilogy.
15. Russian Ark (2002) TSPDT #404
& TSPDT 21st Century, #38
Of course the one-take of it all is interesting, and it does add to the dreamlike, lyrical nature of the film. But what I liked the most was just getting to see all of the paintings and architecture in the Hermitage.
Carry-over: Dimensions of Dialogue (12 mins) TSPDT 1001-2000, #587
(also TSPDT's Brief Encounters)
Extremely creative, enjoyed this a lot.
1. Kairo (Pulse) (2001) TSPDT 1001-2000, #185 & TSPDT 21st Century, #264
2. Force of Evil (1948) TSPDT 1001-2000, #288 (also TSPDT Essential & 1,000 Noirs)
3. The Naked Spur (1953) TSPDT 1001-2000, #141
4. Winchester '73 (1950) TSPDT 1001-2000, #440
5. The Century of the Self (2002) TSPDT 21st Century, #860
6. Le Doulos (1962) TSPDT 1001-2000, #141 (also TSPDT 1,000 Noirs)
7. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) TSPDT #438 & TSPDT 21st Century, #35