Welcome to the ICM Forum.
Check out our Magazine

If you notice any issues please post in the Q&A thread. Email issue should be fixed. If you encounter this issue, contact PeacefulAnarchy
Podcast: Talking Images (Episode 60 released October 1st: IMDb vs Letterboxd)
iCinema Magazine: WE ARE LIVE! (We just need more content)
ICMForum Film Festival 2022: Mon Nov 14 - Dec 12
Polls: Music Videos (Results), 2010 (Sep 25th), Senegal (Sep 30th), 500<400 (Oct 3rd), Japan (Oct 31st)
Challenges: Horror, Indian Subcontinent, Each Year
About: Welcome All New Members, Terms of Use, Q&A

¶ Which first time viewings last month enriched your life with precious experience? - July 2022

Post Reply
User avatar
Perception de Ambiguity
Posts: 4265
Joined: July 9th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: in space the stars are no nearer
Contact:

¶ Which first time viewings last month enriched your life with precious experience? - July 2022

#1

Post by Perception de Ambiguity »

Image
Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark (1969)

Ѧ!א‎ε:

1. Portrait of a Young Man in Three Movements (1931, Henwar Rodakiewicz)
2. The Timekeepers of Eternity (2021, Aristotelis Maragkos)
3. 恋する日曜日 / Love on Sunday (2006, Ryuichi Hiroki & allegedly some Manabu Asô)
4. Mark Normand: Out to Lunch (2020, Jakob Markovits)
5. Les signes / The Signs (2006, Eugène Green)
6. Gladbeck: Das Geiseldrama / Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis (2022, Volker Heise)
7.Le nom du feu (2002, Eugène Green)
8.野良犬 / Stray Dog (1949, Akira Kurosawa)
9. Wot a Night (1931, John Foster & Vernon Stallings)


Honorable Mentions

It's Up to You! (1943, Henwar Rodakiewicz) ● The Gray Man (2022, Anthony & Joe Russo) ● A Swiss Trick (1931, John Foster & Vernon Stallings)

special shoutouts / Online Media

The Rehearsal (Nathan Fielder) ● Primitive Technology ● Jordan "Beyond Order" Peterson ● Vsauce ● Jim Carrey (the showmaster) ● Mark Normand (the jokemaster) ● Philip G. Atwell (the music video director) ● the not yet finished "Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark" (1969)

The Joe Rogan Experience [#1840 Marc Andreessen (2022) ● #1314 Charlamagne tha God & Andrew Schulz (2019) ● #1840 Duncan Trussell (2022) ● #1847 Theo Von (2022) ● #1845 Zachary Levi (2022) ● #1842 Andrew Huberman (2022) ● #602 Ari Shaffir & Dunca Trussell (2015) ● #1846 Andrew Schulz (2022)]


Honorable Mentions - most 🍍🫐🍉ful rewatches

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992, Francis Ford Coppola) 7>9- ● Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019, QT) 8>9 ● The Man from Hollywood (1995, QT) 8+ ● Ed Wood (1994, Tim Burton) 8 ● Cyanide & Happiness: Therapy (2015) 8 ● Les tambours d'avant (Tourou et Bitti) / The Drums of the Past (1972, Jean Rouch & Lam Dia-Hama) 6 ● Stolarz / The Carpenter / A Joiner (1976, Wojciech Wiszniewski) 6


♆☸⼐℟ې‽
We do not have to understand new things, but by dint of patience, effort and method to come to understand with our whole self the truths which are evident.Image
LETTERBOXD | MUBI | IMDb | tumblr.
User avatar
RolandKirkSunglasses
Posts: 597
Joined: January 15th, 2021, 12:54 pm
Contact:

#2

Post by RolandKirkSunglasses »

An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
Kichiku (1978)
Mollenard (1938)
Composition Class (1938)
Midnight (1939)
Take Care of My Cat (2001)
User avatar
Good_Will_Harding
Posts: 1575
Joined: February 19th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#3

Post by Good_Will_Harding »

The '62 poll dominated my viewings this month, but I also managed to get around to some other stuff as well.

1. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
2. Boccaccio '70 (1962)
3. Yim ji kau (1987)
4. Official Competition (2021)
5. Nope (2022)
6. Tales of Terror (1962)
7. Mamma Roma (1962)
8. Histoires extraordinaires (1968)
9. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)
10. Freud (1962)
11. Chess of the Wind (1976)
12. Bhuvan Shome (1969)

Notable re-watches:

Rashomon (1950)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Defending Your Life (1991)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
**One of the first Westerns I remember watching, I think around the time it hit home video, and I was definitely too young for it then, but I still had some vague memories of key moments and scenes long after my first watch. Revisiting all these years later, it still holds up as an extremely entertaining piece of pulp. I'm actually quite surprised this one remains relatively underrated and hasn't enjoyed any sort of re-evaluation or rediscovery, especially with the public's renewed interest in Sam Rami's career thanks to Tobey Maguire returning as Spider-Man, and Raimi's first feature in nearly a decade being released this earlier this summer.**
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 4149
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#4

Post by peeptoad »

one new favorite, plus some other worthwhile viewings (i.e. 8/10)-

Orfeu Negro/ Black Orpheus (1959) (l)

Proêzas de Satanás na Vila de Leva-e-Traz (1967)
Misery Loves Company (1993)
The Medium (2021)
Enemy (2013)
Un couteau dans le Coeur/Knife + Heart (2018)
User avatar
viktor-vaudevillain
Posts: 680
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#5

Post by viktor-vaudevillain »

I was invited to the Palic European Film Festival in Serbia for 4 days last month, but there I mostly watched mediocre stuff, only 'The Sower of Stars' and 'Close' really stood out for me, but also a shout out to the Turkish film 'Anatolian Leopard' in my HM-section. But Rivette tops my monthly list again-again, and 'The Eternal Breasts' is one of the most vital narratives I've been sitting through this year. And concerning watching stuff at the cinema, 'Top Gun: Maverick' was a huge experience. Been a really long time since I've had so much fun at the cinema, simultaneously laughing and crying for most of the runtime. Pure cinematic joy. One for the ages. Though 'Close' takes the "sentimental award" this month. That film hit me hard, though I'm not sure it's that great a film. Just simple, emotionally overwhelming cinema.

1. La Bande des quatres / Gang of Four (Jacques Rivette, 1989)
2. 乳房よ永遠なれ / The Eternal Breasts / Forever a Woman (Kinuyo Tanaka, 1955)
3. めし / Repast / Mesh (Mikio Naruse, 1951)
4. Top Gun: Maverick (Joseph Kosinski, 2022)*
5. The Sower of Stars (Lois Patiño, 2022)*
6. Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair, 1991)
7. মহানগর / The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963)*
8. A Casa, a Verdadeira e a Seguinte, Ainda Está por Fazer / The House, The True One and The One That Follows, Is Yet to be Built (Sílvia das Fadas, 2018)
9. Close (Lukas Dhont, 2022)*
10. Corps aboli (Teo Hernández, 1978)
11. 인트로덕션 / Introduction (Hong Sang-Soo, 2021)
12. La tendre ennemie / The Tender Enemy (Max Ophüls, 1936)

HM's: Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996), Anatolian Leopard (Emre Kayış, 2021)*, Las Hurdes (Luis Buñuel, 1933)

Best rewatches: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)*

* = theatrical
not everything is fish, but fish are teeming everywhere
User avatar
OldAle1
Donator
Posts: 7775
Joined: February 9th, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Dairyland, USA
Contact:

#6

Post by OldAle1 »

A great month for me. I concentrated mostly on Brazilian cinema, and mostly on the classics at that, and few of them disappointed. My brief foray into Canada provided some gems as well, and a few other random viewings and re-viewings stood out. The only thing missing was new stuff - I didn't go to see anything on the big screen at all; not a summer movie season for me personally to treasure, anyway.

GREAT
1. Limite (Mario Peixoto, 1931) - probably the best film I've seen this year so far
2. Sonatine (Micheline Lanctôt, 1984)
3. Terra em Transe (Glauber Rocha, 1967

EXCELLENT
4. Assalto ao Trem Pagador (Roberto Farias, 1962)
5. Os Cafajestes (Ruy Guerra, 1962)
6. Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (Eduardo Coutinho, 1984)
7. O Som ao Redor (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012)
8. Death's Marathon (D.W. Griffith, 1913) (short)
9. Os Fuzis (Ruy Guerra, 1964)
10. Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi, 1962)
11. C'est l'aviron (Norman McLaren, 1944) (short)
12. Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963)
13. Di Cavalcanti (Glauber Rocha, 1977) (short)
14. Like a Dream That Vanishes (Barbara Sternberg, 1999)
15. Hen Hop (Norman McLaren, 1942) (short)

OTHER WORTHWHILE SHIT

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2016)
O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (Rogério Sganzerla, 1968)
Drylanders (Don Haldane, 1962)
High Tide (John Reinhardt, 1947)
The Last Duel (Ridley Scott, 2021)
Paddle to the Sea (Bill Mason, 1966) (short)
O Pagador de Promessas (Anselmo Duarte, 1962)
A Repartição do Tempo (Santiago Dellape, 2016)
Rio, 40 Graus (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1955)
Rio, Zona Norte (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1957)
Romance on the High Seas (Michael Curtiz, 1948)
Santiago (João Moreira Salles, 2007)
The Strange One (Jack Garfein, 1957)

MAJOR UPGRADE RE-WATCH

Raw Deal (Anthony Mann, 1948) (2nd) - probably one of the first films noir I saw, back in the 90s in the cinema, and one that I only dimly remembered. Sad! It really does deserve the "quintessential" label, having everything that noir is supposed to have - but never feeling in the least generic. And more confirmation (as if any is needed) that John Alton was the greatest b/w cinematographer of all time.

OTHER SOLID RE-WATCHES

Time After Time (Nicholas Meyer, 1979) (9th or so)
High Road to China (Brian G. Hutton, 1983) (2nd)

MOST HORRIBLE CRAP OF THE MONTH (but enjoyably schlocky - maybe)

Moonfall (Roland Emmerich, 2022)
It was the truth, vivid and monstrous, that all the while he had waited the wait was itself his portion..
User avatar
matthewscott8
Donator
Posts: 3150
Joined: May 13th, 2015, 6:00 am
Contact:

#7

Post by matthewscott8 »

A very strong month for me with 10 new favourites:

1 Francisca (1981 - Manoel de Oliveira)
2 Sixty Six (2015 - Lewis Klahr)
3 L'affaire Maurizius (1954 - Julien Duvivier)
4 Bab Al-Sama Maftuh / A Door to the Sky / باب السماء مفتوح (1989 - Farida Benlyazid)
5 乳房よ永遠なれ / Chibusa yo eien nare / Forever a Woman (1955 - Kinuyo Tanaka)
6 Bells of Atlantis (1952 - Ian Hugo)
7 小城之春 / Xiao cheng zhi chun / Spring in a Small Town (1948 - Mu Fei)
8 Jewel Robbery (1932 - William Dieterle)
9 And Then There Were None (2015 - Craig Viveiros)
10 Recordações da Casa Amarela / Recollections of the Yellow House (1989 - João César Monteiro)
User avatar
kongs_speech
Posts: 3295
Joined: April 4th, 2020, 10:32 pm
Contact:

#8

Post by kongs_speech »

Quite a fine month of cinema!

5/5 (in order of when viewed)

U.S. Go Home (1994, Claire Denis)
Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
The Party (1968, Blake Edwards) (rewatch)
The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
Bastards (2013, Claire Denis)
The Element of Crime (1984, Lars Von Trier)
White Material (2009, Claire Denis)
Memories of Murder (2003, Bong Joon-ho)
Histoire(s) du Cinema (1998, Jean-Luc Godard)
Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse) (rewatch)
The Doom Generation (1995, Gregg Araki)
Nope (2022, Jordan Peele)
Europa (1991, Lars Von Trier)
In Praise of Love (2001, Jean-Luc Godard)
SubUrbia (1996, Richard Linklater)

4.5/5

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953, Howard Hawks)
Vernon, Florida (1981, Errol Morris)
The Immortal Story (1968, Orson Welles)
A Bagful of Fleas (1962, Vera Chytilova)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955, Ingmar Bergman)
The Black Phone (2021, Scott Derrickson)
The Rain People (1969, Francis Ford Coppola)
High Sierra (1941, Raoul Walsh)
ODDSAC (2010, Danny Perez)
Lonesome (1928, Paul Fejos)
The Letter (1940, William Wyler)
Chocolat (1988, Claire Denis)
Flux Gourmet (2022, Peter Strickland)
The Parallax View (1974, Alan J. Pakula)
Bad Boy Bubby (1993, Rolf de Heer)
The Pilgrim (1923, Charles Chaplin)
20,000 Days on Earth (2014, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard)
The Last Waltz (1978, Martin Scorsese)
Original Cast Album: Company (1970, D. A. Pennebaker)
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021, Dean Fleischer-Camp)
The Metamorphosis of Birds (2020, Catarina Vasconcelos)
Wrong (2012, Quentin Dupieux)
Summer of ‘42 (1971, Robert Mulligan)
Fire of Love (2022, Sara Dosa) (rewatch)
🏳️‍⚧️ (she/her)
JLG wrote: Photography is truth ... and cinema is truth 24 times a second.
First to check CODA (2021)
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 4149
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#9

Post by peeptoad »

matthewscott8 wrote: August 1st, 2022, 1:16 pm 10 Recordações da Casa Amarela / Recollections of the Yellow House (1989 - João César Monteiro)
Good one. I'll have to remember to include this one in my list for Portugal...
blocho
Donator
Posts: 6510
Joined: July 20th, 2014, 6:00 am
Contact:

#10

Post by blocho »

I don't normally post in these threads, but I want to make an exception because I broke my personal record for most movies watched in a month. That record was 42 from last December. In July, I saw 56 movies. I know that's small beans compared to some of the people on this forum, but it's a ridiculous number for me and not one I foresee approaching again anytime soon.

The Best
The Killing Floor
Monsieur Lazhar
The Brood
The Jericho Mile
The One I Love
Take This Waltz
Down in the Valley
Exotica
Lies My Father Told Me

The Worst
Call Me By Your Name
Top Gun: Maverick
The Grizzlies
Boyhood
Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Gangster Squad
Thirteen
Before Sunrise
Uncommon Valor
User avatar
Traveller
Posts: 2364
Joined: December 31st, 2018, 11:24 pm
Location: Germany
Contact:

#11

Post by Traveller »

But three, and no new favorites.

Céline (1992)
Humoresque (1946)
King Lear (1970)
ICM
But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
User avatar
Torgo
Posts: 5777
Joined: June 30th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Germany
Contact:

#12

Post by Torgo »

Oh, my list work gave a few pretty fruits this month.

8/10
The Easy Life [Il sorpasso] (1962) (Dino Risi)
Custody [Jusqu'à la garde] (2017) (Xavier Legrand)
Birth Certificate [Swiadectwo urodzenia] (1961) (Stanislaw Rózewicz)
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz [Ensayo de un crimen] (1955) (Luis Buñuel)

Close enough / HM
The Full Monty (1997)
Dark Victory (1939)
The Fifth Seal [Az ötödik pecsét] (1976)
What Will People Say? [Hva vil folk si] (2017)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

I've also sat through my worst Oscar winner of all time, The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), an experience I will most certainly never forget nor repeat.
Perception de Ambiguity wrote: August 1st, 2022, 11:16 am 6. Gladbeck: Das Geiseldrama / Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis (2022, Volker Heise)
:cheers: Still honored!
Good_Will_Harding wrote: August 1st, 2022, 12:15 pm 11. Chess of the Wind (1976)
Still waiting for the remaster of Chess. That's quite the difference! :0
blocho wrote: August 1st, 2022, 1:48 pm That record was 42 from last December. In July, I saw 56 movies. I know that's small beans compared to some of the people on this forum
Yeah, I think for kong or PUNQ that's just called a normal week. :ph43r:
User avatar
Silga
Posts: 420
Joined: June 16th, 2021, 10:06 pm
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Contact:

#13

Post by Silga »

July's best:

All the Marbles (Robert Aldrich, 1981)
The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan, 1991)
Same Time, Next Year (Robert Mulligan, 1978)
The Runner Stumbles (Stanley Kramer, 1979)
Follow Me (Carol Reed, 1972)
Kimi (Steven Soderbergh, 2022)
Diary of a Mad Housewife (Frank Perry, 1970)
User avatar
Good_Will_Harding
Posts: 1575
Joined: February 19th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#14

Post by Good_Will_Harding »

Also wanted to highlight some of the streaming shows I watched this month:

Obi-Wan

Perfectly pleasant and watchable, but it really can't help feeling like exactly what it is - something that was clearly intended as a standalone feature film in the vein of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but then got stretched out and pumped full of filler, just to fit into a six episode mini-series arc. And that's not to say anything in or about the show is necessarily bad or poorly done, but a solid chunk of it really doesn't amount to much by the end of it. Which is too bad, because when this series cuts out all the fat and just focuses on the central character and plot, it can be legitimately compelling at times, and Ewan McGregor turns in a very solid dramatic performance in the title role. I really believe that had this been kept to a single standalone film like it was obviously meant to be originally, it would've been one of the better Star Wars tentpoles to come from this Disney era. As is, it's a fun enough and occasionally quite rousing watch, but doesn't quite add up to much by the end of it.

Stranger Things: Season 4

I went into slightly more detail in the TV Lounge thread, but once again I'll say that this is by far the best season of this series thus far, and the first one that really lives up to the potential that the first season had opened up, both dramatically and in terms of really fleshing out its core sci-fi/horror concepts. It really helps that the ensemble of younger cast members has all grown into some really capable actors, with Sadie Sink in particular really delivering some great material in the episodes "Dear Billy" and "The Piggyback". I also think the show's use of music has really improved over time, with the song choices now having some real meaning and no longer just being thrown in as period setting needle drops. Plenty of ink has already been spilled about the use of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" (deservingly so), but I also really liked the way the season finale utilized Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and Moby's "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die", both with drastically different emotional impacts. All in all, a pretty terrific season of television and it's renewed my interest in the series, just in time for its purported final season.
Torgo wrote: August 1st, 2022, 7:41 pm
Good_Will_Harding wrote: August 1st, 2022, 12:15 pm 11. Chess of the Wind (1976)
Still waiting for the remaster of Chess. That's quite the difference! :0
Yes, the restoration makes a huge difference! Probably one of the best I've ever seen.
User avatar
Lakigigar
Posts: 3215
Joined: October 31st, 2015, 6:00 am
Location: Belgium
Contact:

#15

Post by Lakigigar »

I only saw

Upgrade (2018): 8/10

I've been doing it more calm due to circumstances, other things to do during summer, and also spent more time to other things. Also heat doesn't really encourage watching films i feel for some reason. And so on, i likely will pick up watching more films again starting in september, might also watch a few in august. I just don't feel the summer months are well suited for watching films, but I definitely will pick it up again later.

In june i forgot to make an update, but I watched a few films from 2021 (for the list).

Last Night in Soho (2021): 9/10
Pieles [Skins] (2017): 8/10
Belle (2021): 8/10
After Yang (2021): 8/10
Dealer (2021): 8/10
Pleasure (2021): 8/10
Ponyo (2009): 7/10
Petite Maman (2021): 7/10
Druk [Another Round] (2020): 7/10
Cool Abdoul (2021): 6/10
The Limit of Sleeping Beauty (2017): 3/10
ICM | RYM | last.fm | lboxd
Spoiler
Image
User avatar
Minkin
Posts: 953
Joined: January 13th, 2015, 7:00 am
Location: astarikar 4
Contact:

#16

Post by Minkin »

Not as much for new watches this month, as things have been slowly falling apart with my life, but I keep plodding along, doing what I can and writing as much as possible. I finally finished the write-ups for our June 2021 road trip, and that's a huge relief to have that finally done and over with, as it had been eating a lot of my free time. Now I'm back to Cinema Safari again, just only when I'm not too horribly depressed or backlogged with reviews to write. I hope August goes better than July did - as there were A LOT of scary moments in July for me, and I hope this isn't a sign of things to come, I say at already August has been rough. But we shall see.

New Watches:
01. Babbage (1968) - England - Rating: 6/10
A brief glance at Charles Babbage’s mechanical, polynomial-solving, calculator, the Difference Engine. This short starts as a documentary on Babbage, but then the narration is just cutoff (which is kinda amusing), and we’re then treated to the sounds and sights of the machine at work – with turning gears and numbers. The narrator eventually rejoins, but never really explains what’s going on, or how the machine even works – instead just giving us odd little tidbits from Babbage’s instructions (like don’t force the lever if it gets stuck on something). Apparently this smaller hand cranked model (completed in 1822), which was one-seventh the size of the fully designed engine, was the only one built during Babbage’s lifetime, despite government grants to build the larger version, as the 25,000 needed parts were too difficult to manufacture in the 19th century (one was finally built in 1991). I find it interesting that the Eames decided to showcase such a fascinating early computer, but then never even show what the full thing looks like, or what it does – it’s more of an appreciation of its aesthetics – like the sound of the bell that rings when a calculation is complete, or the look of all the gears turning. For you’re given next to nothing about the operation of this machine, but do get to see a lot of movement and hear a lot of whirring clicks. It’s reducing a complex machine down to its basic components – of sight and sound – and that appeals to us on an innate childlike stupor – one that affects us like psychosis – where we can just be amused for hours on end by moving shapes and sounds (be them real or not – for we understand not their purpose). The result of this short – is that it leaves you wanting to explore and learn more about the machine and its function – which, sure, is easy to do now, but back in 1968, you’d be running to the library hoping to find something less than overly technical on the subject. So, in the end, this short really only ever offers just that tantalizing glimpse of the basic human desire for audio and visual wonder.
02. Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) - Ventura County - Rating: 5/10
03. The Water We Drink (1952) - USA - Rating: 5/10
04. The Killing of Sister George (1968) - England - Rating: 5/10
05. Radiation March (198X) - USA - Rating: 5/10
06. Drawing for Beginners: The Triangle (1949) - USA - Rating: 4/10

Rewatches:
01. Une Femme Mariee (1964) - France - Rating: 7/10
An examination into the love and chaotic life between a husband (Pierre), a wife (Charlotte), and her lover. Pierre is someone who lives in the past – of happier times with Charlotte, where they were both in love with each other and could see a future together. There’s a certain caution around the past though – for it holds trauma and suffering – and that colors our current characters – like in the story Pierre tells about the Holocaust survivors still wearing their striped uniforms – its their inability to escape their past that continues to torment them and affect their existence. But for people like Pierre, and myself – we self-select our past and gloss over negative experiences and embellish the positives, until our memory is just some crafted fantasy that never existed. It’s easy to idolize the past for me, that even despite going through some immensely negative experiences, you still see some form of life that you think preferable to what you live now. Charlotte, however believes living in the present is the “only way to stay sane” – and as a result she glosses over trauma and negativity whilst also failing to see the future and its consequences – even when it causes her harm. For living in the present might be the truest representation of who we are – but it’s one of reckless decisions and hedonism – enjoying each moment to its fullest leaves repercussions that we must one day reckon with. That said, I find living entirely in the present to be at its purest when in psychosis – where you react to a world of horrors all around you, in an experience that you barely remember any of after the fact. It’s a state where only the present exists, for new horrors appear, to cause you to forget the ones that just tormented you. It’s a traumatic experience, yet one you’ll soon forget – so, I don’t look as fondly upon living in the moment, for I need more security than that provides. In the midst of all of this is a focus on bodily perfection – as we see a landscape covered with advertisements for the ideal form – that you can acquire too, with just the right foundation garment; or even a posture correcting device. All of these potential purchases to alleviate bodily insecurity is noteworthy – for how they capture the notion of a happy future, if only we had that product in our life – as a way to sculpt better times ahead – and be just like the women in the commercials. But when we see a photoshoot for bikinis – we see the women in the grotesque form of negative imagery – which highlights the fleeting vanity of beauty – and how little joy it actually brings them. For the photoshoot models also suffer from feelings of inadequacy – as we hear in a conversation between two girls and their fear of being naked in front of their lover – wondering whether they will be seen as attractive enough – and their solution: turn off the lights. There’s some caution when we follow this train of bodily perfection – lest we end up slaughtering those we consider less than ideal either directly or indirectly (by their own hand). For we all suffer from feelings of inadequacy – of body or personality – and that causes us to suffer as we seek rectification – whether we attempt to comb the past for clues to guide our present, or if we try to purchase our way to happiness with cheap thrills and contours. In the end – we all must contend with who we are as people, and embrace ourselves and each other – and build together, with that love, in a better future than we think has been dealt to us.
02. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) - Alabama / Georgia - Rating: 6/10
03. Arroseur et arrosé (1896) - France - Rating: 6/10
04.Six Murderous Beliefs (1955) - USA - Rating: 5/10
05. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) - Thailand - Rating: 5/10
06. L'arroseur arrosé (1895) - France - Rating: 2/10

Also rewatched:
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988)
A League of Their Own (1992)


Partner highest rated:
Radiation March (198X) - Rating: 7/10

Partner lowest rated:
L'arroseur arrosé (1895) - Rating: 3/10

Partner fell asleep during:
Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)

Watching Source:
YouTube: 7
Download: 4
DVD: 1

Other Year end Goals
-Stayed alive and out of the hospital: No seriously, this time it came incredibly close to one or the other :satstunned:
-Challenges: Personal Top Lists: 12th (out of 15)
-Polls submitted: 1962
-Cinema Safari: Still on Inyo County, but I completed some work on it - finishing cryptids, events, and native plants!
-Deep Space 9 progress: +1 episode (83 to go)
-Rewatch backwards from Nov 2021 progress: +3 films (Still in Sep, 2021)
-ICM awards: BFI 100 Cult Films (Bronze) - technically, I didn't do anything to earn this, but I'm still counting it
-Continue short form reviews: :sweat:
Last edited by Minkin on August 9th, 2022, 8:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Cinema Safari (Currently working on Inyo County, CA + Zimbabwe upgrade) Help recommend me movies to watch) Letterboxd
She has an illusion, and you have reality. May you find your way as pleasant.
User avatar
St. Gloede
Moderator
Posts: 14301
Joined: May 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#17

Post by St. Gloede »

The highlight of July for me was rewatching Fassbinder's Chinese Roulette, which while felt a little rougher than I remembered (and with the game not being introduced until 2/3rds in) I still absolutely love and was as unnerving as ever. (l) (l) (l) I had also forgotten about THOSE dolls.

Anyhow, saw 52 first-time viewings last month. No favourites, but these were the highlights:

8.5

Errante corazón / Wandering Heart (2021, Leonardo Brzezicki)

8

Memory Box (2021, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige)
La barraca (1945, Roberto Gavaldón)
Êxtase (2020, Moara Passoni)
Adoration (2019, Fabrice Du Welz)
La otra (1946, Roberto Gavaldón)
A Cop Movie (2021, Alonso Ruizpalacios)
O Signo do Caos (2005, Rogério Sganzerla)
Nekem lámpást adott kezembe az Úr, Pesten / Lord's Lantern in Budapest (1999, Miklós Jancsó)
Um Animal Amarelo / A Yellow Animal (2020, Felipe Bragança)
En helt almindelig familie / A Perfectly Normal Family (2020, Malou Reymann)

I also rewatched Gilliam's Trilogy of Imagination. Brazil stayed as a favourite, while both Time Bandits and Baron Munchausen were promoted from good to great.
User avatar
RogerTheMovieManiac88
Posts: 2479
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Westmeath, Ireland
Contact:

#18

Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 »

Hi there, PdA!

I didn't catch this thread at the outset of August. Nice of Minkin and Gloede to resuscitate it.

My favourite FTVs of July 2022 (arranged chronologically & with standouts in red):

O Ébrio / The Drunkard (1946, Gilda de Abreu) - 8 or 8.5/10
Ladies of the Chorus (1948, Phil Karlson) - 7.5/10
Dear Mr. Prohack (1949, Thornton Freeland) - 7/10
Four Sided Triangle (1953, Terence Fisher) - 8/10
Absolutamente Certo / Absolutely Right (1957, Anselmo Duarte) - 7.5/10
Arraial do Cabo (1960, Mário Carneiro, Paulo César Saraceni) - 9/10
The Big Day (1960, Peter Graham Scott) - 8/10
Snowball (1960, Pat Jackson) - 7.5 or 8/10
Alaverdoba (1962, Giorgi Shengelaia) - 9.5/10
Chelovek idyot za solntsem / Man Follows the Sun / Sandu Follows the Sun (1962, Mikhail Kalik) - 9.5 or 10/10
Den, kogda ispolnyaetsya 30 let / The Day the 30th Year is Celebrated (1962, Valentin Vinogradov) - 9/10
Gde-to est syn / Somewhere There is a Son (1962, Artur Vojtetsky) - 7.5/10
Karusel / Carousel (1962, Mikheil Kobakhidze) - 8.5/10
Kto skazal myau? / Who Said Meow? (1962, Vladimir Degtyaryov) - 8.5/10
Lines: Horizontal (1962, Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren) - 8/10
Mala kronika / Everyday Chronicle (1962, Vatroslav Mimica) - 8/10
Menino da Calça Branca / The Boy in the White Trousers (1962, Sérgio Ricardo) - 8/10
O Pagador de Promessas / The Given Word (1962, Anselmo Duarte) - 8.5/10
A Prize of Arms (1962, Cliff Owen) - 7.5 or 8/10
Proshlym letom / Last Summer (1962, Viktor Tregubovich) - 7.5/10
Ţărmul n-are sfârşit / The Endless Shore (1962, Mircea Săucan) - 8.5/10
Telefonçu qız / The Telephone Operator (1962, Hasan Seyidbeyli) - 7.5/10
Tierra de todos / A Land for All (1962, Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi) - 8/10
Tocaia no Asfalto / Stakeout on Asphalt (1962, Roberto Pires) - 8/10
Magueyes (1963, Rubén Gámez) - 8.5/10
Bethânia Bem de Perto - A Propósito de um Show (1966, Júlio Bressane, Eduardo Escorel) - 7/10
Cuidado, Madame / Watch Out, Madame (1970, Júlio Bressane) - 7/10
Alma no Olho / Soul in the Eye (1973, Zózimo Bulbul) - 8.5/10

1962 came to be my main focus in July, and I also worked in a few Brazilian films for the poll.

:cheers:
That's all, folks!
User avatar
pitchorneirda
Posts: 1574
Joined: February 11th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Location: France
Contact:

#19

Post by pitchorneirda »

Favourites (>= 8/10)
Ivan Groznyy (1944, Sergei Eisenstein)
Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag (1975, Lino Brocka)

Very Good Movies (>= 7/10 and <= 8/10)
Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor (1958, Sergei Eisenstein)
Z (1969, Costa-Gavras)
Temblores (2019, Jayro Bustamante)
Heojil kyolshim (2021, Park Chan-wook)

Honorable mentions (6.5/10)
The Navigator (1924, Buster Keaton & Donald Crisp)
Urs al-jalil (1987, Michel Khleifi)

Good surprises (expected way worse)
Fish Tank (2009, Andrea Arnold) - 6/10
Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler) - 5/10
Climax (2018, Gaspar Noé) - 6/10

I would have loved to love them but I don't (expected way more)
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958, Louis Malle) - 5/10
Route One USA (1989, Robert Kramer) - 4/10
Picture of Light (1994, Peter Mettler) - 4/10
Waking Life (2001, Richard Linklater) - 5/10
"Art is like a fire, it is born from the very thing it burns" - Jean-Luc Godard
User avatar
Torgo
Posts: 5777
Joined: June 30th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Germany
Contact:

#20

Post by Torgo »

pitchorneirda wrote: September 1st, 2022, 10:28 pm Good surprises (expected way worse)
Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler) - 5/10
Oh, well .. still a win for us all, right? :D
Post Reply