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¶ Which first time viewings last month made you feel the spirit of the divine - August 2022

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¶ Which first time viewings last month made you feel the spirit of the divine - August 2022

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1. Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark (1969, Michael Gill, Ann Turner, Peter Montagnon; for BBC)
2. Nine Inch Nails: We're In This Together (director's cut/extended cut) (1999, Mark Pellington)
3. Rat Film (2016, Theo Anthony)
4. The Rehearsal - Season 1 (2022, Nathan Fielder)
5. Marc Maron: End Times Fun (2020, Lynn Shelton)
6. Marc Maron: Thinky Pain (2013, Lance Bangs)
7. Rumble Fish (1983, Francis Ford Coppola)
8. Biography: I Want My MTV (2019, Tyler Measom & Patrick Waldrop)
9. Herbie (1966, George Lucas & Paul Golding)


Honorable Mentions

Marc Maron: Too Real (2017, Lynn Shelton) ● Fourth of July (2022, Louis C.K.) ● Below Sea Level (2008, Gianfranco Rosi) ● Presumed Innocent (1990, Alan J. Pakula) ● The Cotton Club (DC) (1984, Francis Ford Coppola)
music video extra:
Deichkind: In Der Natur (2022, Timo Schierhorn & UWE) ● Leningrad: Kolshik (2017, Ilya Naishuller) ● Hiromi Iwasaki: Egao (2003, Makoto Shinkai) ● Pearl Jam: Jeremy, Color Version (1992, Mark Pellington) ● Sigur Rós: Vaka (2009, Floria Sigismondi) ● Sia: The Greatest (2016, Daniel Askill & Sia) ● Leningrad: Kolshik (2017, Ilya Naishuller) [reversed] ● Modjo: Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (2000, François Nemeta)

special shoutouts / Online Media

"Real Delusional Pictures" the YT channel ● Marc Maron the stand-up comedian ● "Okolo Kino" the YT channel ● "Primitive Technology" the YT channel ● Martin Rees the science educator ● "Drunk Mel Gibson Arrest Diorama" the making of a diorama ● Hello Vsauce, Michael here!

The Joe Rogan Experience [#1003 Sean Carroll (2017) ● #1352 Sean Carroll (2019) ● #244 Immortal Technique (2012) ● #1506 James Nestor (2020) ● #1342 John Carmack (2019) ● #1360 Nikki Glaser (2020) ● #1859 Louis CK & Joe List (2022) ● #858 Jesse Ventura (2016)]


Honorable Mentions - most 🍑🍌🍒ful rewatches

THX 1138 (The George Lucas Director's Cut) (1971/2004, George Lucas) 7 > 9 ● Fearless (1993, Peter Weir) 7 > 8- ● Reservoir Dogs (+deleted scenes) (1992, QT) 9 ● From Dusk Till Dawn (1996, Robert Rodriguez) 9 ● Arlington Road (1999, Mark Pellington) X
music video extra:
Nine Inch Nails: We're In This Together (1999, Mark Pellington) ● Soundgarden: Jesus Christ Pose (1991, Eric Zimmerman) ● The Chemical Brothers: Let Forever Be (1999, Michel Gondry) ● Tool: Prison Sex (1993, Fred Stuhr) ● Rollins Band: Disconnect (1994, unknown) ● Rollins Band: Illumination (2000, unknown) ● Die Ärzte: Bitte bitte (1989, Reinhard Günzler & Jürgen Schreyer) ● Michael Jackson Feat. Janet Jackson: Scream (1995, Mark Romanek) ● The Prodigy: Baby's Got A Temper (2002, Traktor) ● Radiohead: Street Spirit (Fade Out) (1996, Jonathan Glazer) ● Red Hot Chili Peppers: Give it Away (1991, Stephane Sednaoui) ● Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (1986, Stephen R. Johnson) ● Daft Punk: Da Funk (1997, Spike Jonze) ● Arca: Reverie (2017, Jesse Kanda) ● Korn: Twisted Transistor (Chronicology Version / long version) (2005, Dave Meyers) ● Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal (1988, Colin Chilvers


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This is probably my most active film month in years with 73 features and 2 shorts seen. Granted, this is courtesy of some pretty short features in the USSR challenge - which most of the best viewings I caught this month were from.

8.5/10

Oblako-ray / Cloud Heaven (1990, Nikolay Dostal) (l)
Menq Enq, Mer Sarere / We Are, Our Mountains (1969, Henrik Malyan)
Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi / Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983, Eldar Shengelaia)
Sapekhuri / The Step (1985, Aleqsandre Rekhviashvili)

8/10

Lyubit... / To Love (1968, Mikhail Kalik & Inna Tumanyan)
Komisary / Commissars (1971, Nikolay Mashchenko)
Skuki radi / Out of Boredom (1968, Artur Vojtetsky)
Competencia oficial / Official Competition (2021, Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat)
Nahapet (1977, Henrik Malyan)
Gaza mon amour (2020, Arab Nasser,Tarzan Nasser)
After Blue (Paradis sale) (2021, Bertrand Mandico)
Sport, Sport, Sport (1970, Elem Klimov)
Papicha (2019, Mounia Meddour)
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Giwaku (1982) A car flies off a pier into the sea, a young woman with a chequered past survives as her billionaire husband drowns. The press and the dead man's family brand her a gold digger looking for a life insurance payout, only a hotshot female lawyer is willing to defend her but even she has difficulties handling her client. Another intriguing courtroom drama from Yoshitaro Nomura with standout performances from Kaori Momoi as the defendant and Shima Iwashita as her lawyer.

I Compagni (1963) The workers at a 19th century textile factory want better working conditions, things heat up when a "professor" turns up and tries to organise them into strikes. Takes its time getting going but once Marcello Mastroianni turns up it paints the workers and the company with nuanced strokes, showing the pressures both are under to keep the factory successful.

Hamlet (1948) Quite slow-moving in parts and lacks the visual flair of Kozintsev's version, the dialogue sounds much better here and Laurence Olivier is pretty good as you'd expect.

Voyage to Nowhere (1986) An elderly man recalls his time as a travelling actor with his family during 40s and 50s in Spain, Franco's rule and the rise of the cinema hurts their profession in this poignant film.

Au Royaume des Cieux (1949) Julien Duvivier's 2nd french film after the war is set in an all-girls reform school. New girl Marie arrives at at the wrong time, the sympathetic female director drops dead during her interview and deputy Madame Chamblas takes over the school, throws Marie in the rampart cells which haven't been used for 5 years and transforms the place into a prison. Marie and the rest of the girls despise the new rules, the punishments, their meals being cut and being locked inside, the only hope they have is Marie's belief in her boyfriend Pierre rescuing her. Wonderful film with some outstanding directorial flourishes from Duvivier: cutting back and forth between Marie and Pierre's memories of a romantic date as the rain lashes down, the girls on hunger strike staring at a large pot of soup as Chamblas threatens to cut off electricity and their pay if they don't finish it all, the marching scene near the end of the film too. Suzy Prim makes a wonderful repressed villain in the same vein as other battleaxes in Duvivier's films, while the young girls have great chemistry together in their scenes (hard to believe some were making their acting debuts), Serge Reggiani is decent in his small yet important role too and even in a low-quality print you could tell the cinematography is pretty nice too. Some motifs are reflected in Duvivier's 50s films too: a town dealing with major floods as in "Return of Don Camillo", the school setting and mysterious stranger in "Marianne of my Youth", the guard dog from "Voici les Temps des Assassins". Terrific film.
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Banging month actually. At the very least the top 5 and maybe top 8 made me feel the divine spirit.

1. Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver) (Marguerite Duras, 1979)
2. D'est / From the East (Chantal Akerman, 1993)
3. Engram (Toshio Matsumoto, 1987)
4. Our Hospitality (Buster Keaton & John G. Blystone, 1923)
5. Drift (Helena Wittman, 2017)
6. A Journey to Avebury (Derek Jarman, 1971)
7. Elegy of a Voyage (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2001)
8. Resident Evil (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2002)
9. The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray, 1952)
10. Nope (Jordan Peele, 2022)
11. Passion (Allan Dwan, 1954)
12. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
13. Ruínas (Manuel Mozos, 2009)
14. Il dialogo di Roma / Roman Dialogues (Marguerite Duras, 1983)
15. Le champignon des Carpathes (Jean-Claude Biette, 1990)

HM's: Cattle Queen of Montana (Allan Dwan, 1954), スピノザのレンズ’ / Lenz of Spinoza (Jun Kurosawa, 1989), Unter den Brücken (Helmut Käutner, 1946), 四季・奈津子 / Four Seasons: Natsuko (Yōichi Higashi, 1980), Au Pere Lachaise (Jean-Daniel Pollet & Pierre-Marie Goulet, 1986), America (Valérie Massadian, 2013), Hommage à Jean-Marie Straub - 08.01.2018 - réalisation Valérie Massadian (Valérie Massadian, 2018), Cry-Baby (John Waters, 1990), La Musica (Marguerite Duras, 1967), Sway (Toshio Matsumoto, 1985), A Perfect World (Clint Eastwood, 1993)

Best rewatches: The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, 2013), 10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1999)
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It's the hottest time of the year, so I opted for going outside a bit more, just wandering around or visiting some great open air concerts and such.
Filmwise, I had only two true highlights, and they make an exact tie for me.

8/10
Room at the Top (1958)
A Special Day [Una giornata particolare] (1977) - Loren & Mastroianni :$


HM: Mona Lisa (1986), a couple of noirs and The Gray Man (2022) because fuck the haters!
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Pretty eclectic month for me. With now being able to have some time off work, hopefully September will be a bit more focused. :lol:

First time viewings:

1. Hairspray (1988)
2. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)
3. No Home Movie (2015)
4. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
5. Center Stage (2000)
6. Prey (2022)
7. Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (2021)
8. She Shoots Straight (1990)
9. Broadcast News (1987)
10. Coup de foundre (1983)

11. Man of the West (1958)
12. All My Sons (1948)
13. Gösta Berlings saga (1924)
14. The Man Without a Past (2002)
15. Vengeance (2022)

Notable re-watches:

The Mummy (1932)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Oliver Twist (1948)
Marnie (1964)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Philadelphia (1993)
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Four this month, I guess.

The Bitter Stems (1956)
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
Time to Die (2007)
The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
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New favourites

Decision to Leave / Heojil kyolshim (Park Chan-wook,, 2022) [Theater]
Memories / Memorîzu (Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ôtomo,, 1995) [Theater]
La notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961)
Sex and Lucía / Lucía y el sexo (Julio Medem, 2001) [Rewatch]
Perception de Ambiguity wrote: September 1st, 2022, 10:08 am Modjo: Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (2000, François Nemeta)
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I have incidentally bumped into that youtube vid showing what the young actors have become 20 years later: they look pretty in sync with their alter ego. There is also the backstory of the casting and shooting from the director in the comments.
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557. Internet Mariphasa (2017) 9.5
581. DVD Werewolf of London (1935) 5.5

I am finally catching up with more "O Som e a Fúria" productions, and this by me highly anticipated feature from Sandro Aguilar did not dissapoint! The kind of cinema that seems to be made especially for me, so close to perfection. Huge impact. Always glad when I feel this, that movies can still have a special impact on me, to be affirmed and surprised at the same time. Afterwards I also watched the Werewolf of London because that movie gets "quoted" in Mariphasa (the title refers to the alleged flower that blooms only in moonlight), and that was fun... but not so good.

550. Internet Beatrix (2021) 8.5
554. Cinema Nope (2022) 8.5

535. Internet Saitei. (2017) 8.0
540. Internet Hotel Poseidon (2021) 8.0
545. Internet Leto (2021) 8.0
558. Internet Soul of a Beast (2021) 8.0
559. Internet Earwig (2021) 8.0

The 8.5 movies are other highlights, the 8 movies are pleasant surprises and special but not perfect movies and hard to recommend just because I happen to like them very much

Other highlights:

The World Cinema Festival happened, with these scoring the best for me

577. Cinema Machuca (2004) 8.0
588. Cinema Utama (2022) 8.0
595. Cinema La vaca que cantó una canción hacia el futuro (2022) 8.0

I finally delved further into some experimental Japanese cinema too

564. Internet Jôhatsu tabinikki (2003) 8.0
565. Internet Neji-shiki (1998) 7.5
567. Internet Nekomimi (1994) 7.5
574. Internet Fe (1994) 8.5
575. Internet Okaeri (1995) 7.0
576. Blu-ray Yumemiru yôni nemuritai (1986) 8.0

And I gave these two "only" a 7.5 but I did like them above averagely, would like to recommend them and have been thinking about them more than some of the higher scoring movies... maybe I should round those rating up towards and 8 already...

549. Internet Mormaço (2018) 7.5
568. Internet The Timekeepers of Eternity (2021) 7.5
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top 5-

Os mutantes (1998) (l)
A Danca dos paroxismos (1927) (l)
Yûkoku/ Patriotism (1966) (l)
Woodlands Dark and days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)
Sho o suteyo machi e deyô/ Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)
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Best of August 2022:

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)

Taking Off (Milos Forman, 1971)
Get Carter (Mike Hodges, 1971)
Nicholas and Alexandra (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1971)
Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)

Also a great TV mini-series The Victim (Niall MacCormick, 2019)
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Favourites (>= 8/10)
Ladybug Ladybug (1963, Frank Perry)
Fehérlófia (1981, Marcell Jankovics) - my highest ranked animated movie
Rosetta (1999, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Beginning (2020, Dea Kulumbegashvili)

Very Good Movies (>= 7/10 and <= 8/10)
Le notti di Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini) - first Fellini in 5 movies rated above average
Kvarteret Korpen (1963, Bo Widerberg)
L'albero degli zoccoli (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
Mephisto (1981, Istvan Szabo)
Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian (1991, Edward Yang)
The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez)
The Century of the Self (2002, Adam Curtis)
Dealer (2004, Benedek Fliegauf)
Püha Tõnu kiusamine (2009, Veiko Ounpuu)
Gett (2014, Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz)
Sleep Has Her House (2017, Scott Barley)
Uncut Gems (2019, Benny & Josh Safdie)
Atlantique (2019, Mati Diop)
As bestas (2022, Rodrigo Sorogoyen)

Honorable mentions (6.5/10)
L'argent des autres (1978, Christian de Chalonge)
Adhen (2008, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche)
Attenberg (2010, Athina Rachel Tsangari)
Hytti nro 6 (2021, Juho Kuosmanen)

Good surprises (expected way worse)
Riri Shushu no subete (2001, Shunji Iwai) - 6/10
Primer (2004, Shane Carruth) - 6/10
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006, Larry Charles) - 6/10
Un lac (2008, Philippe Grandrieux) - 6/10
The Wrestler (2008, Darren Aronofsky) - 6/10

I would have loved to love them but I don't (expected way more)
Csillagosok, katonák (1967, Miklos Jancso) - 5/10
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976, John Cassevetes) - 5/10
Yuki yukite, shingun (1987, Kazuo Hara) - 4/10
Crumb (1994, Terry Zwigoff) - 4/10
Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt? (2021, Aleksandre Koberidze) - 4/10
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pitchorneirda wrote: September 1st, 2022, 9:51 pm Favourites (>= 8/10)
Fehérlófia (1981, Marcell Jankovics) - my highest ranked animated movie

The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez)
Uncut Gems (2019, Benny & Josh Safdie)
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Perception de Ambiguity-

Loved seeing the Kenneth Clark series, Civilization, pop up after so many years. Also loved Rumble Fish, perhaps the last Coppola film that I did. Kinetic B & W cinematography, choreography by Twyla Tharpe, and music by Stewart Copeland, with Mickey Rourke at his best.


St. Gloede-

73 features is a good year for me....


Torgo-

You named two that I like.


hurluberlu-

Happy to see someone else likes Sex & Lucia almost as much as I. Also love the Antonioni Trilogy


Silga

McCabe & Mrs. Miller is my favorite Western, and favorite Altman, as well.


pitchorneirda

Maybe too many to toast in your list, but really happy to see Fellini, Olmi, and Mephisto pop up, though I may like these more than you do. Also really liked Uncut Gems.


Best of the month for me:

Les Olympiades, Paris 13e - As with his best work, Jacques Audiard has made a compelling film that rates just below an 8 for me, though I would probably round it to that.

Catch 22 (2019 mini-series)- I thought this was pretty well made and well cast, though it doesn't quite capture the powerful resonance of the novel. Wish the Coen Brothers had gotten their hands on it, but I still found it worthwhile, and thought that certain sequences were perfectly nailed.
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I saw very little this month, but these two rocked my world:

Sodrásban / Current (1964 - István Gaál)
お吟さま / Ogin-sama / Love Under the Crucifix (1962 - Kinuyo Tanaka)

These two below stirred things deep inside me, but I am going to give second viewings before I decide on whether they're favourites, the stream of A Man For All Seasons I watched couldn't deal with the shadows / colour fields (could be my laptop or Amazon Prime), so I am going to watch the Bluray on a television, and there was a lot to think about. Islands in the Stream was something I found channel flicking late at night, the special effects are very low quality, although used sparingly, but the movie is often of exceptionally high quality, the cinematography is top notch, but the third act is saggy, the film has deep sea fishing sequences, but there are some sort of sentiments respecting life. I have to come to terms with this film on a second watch whilst I'm more awake. George C. Scott's most interesting performance I've seen so far, and an incredible OST.

A Man for All Seasons (1966 - Fred Zinnemann)
Islands in the Stream (1977 - Franklin J Schaffner)
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Not feeling it physically or emotionally last month, for the most part, but somehow I made it through, so here are the few standouts -

GREAT
1. The Go-Between (Joseph Losey, 1971)

EXCELLENT
2. Bleak Moments (Mike Leigh, 1971)

VERY GOOD
3. Szindbád (Zoltán Huszárik, 1971)
4. Dolgie provody (Kira Muratova, 1971)
5. A Vida Invisível (Karim Aïnouz, 2019)
6. Szerelem (Károly Makk, 1971)
7. Top Gun: Maverick (Joseph Kosinski, 2022)
8. The Good Humor Man (Lloyd Bacon, 1950)

I did more re-watching than usual though, with mostly positive results - notable up-grades or re-acquaintances that did not fail to give pleasure:

1. Two-Lane Blacktop
2. Adam's Rib
3. Roman Holiday

This one fell a bit in my estimation, but is still a film I can get plenty out of, even if the negatives keep looming larger:

Gone With the Wind
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cinewest wrote: September 2nd, 2022, 11:03 am Torgo-

You named two that I like.
Glad to see you also enjoyed The Gray Man!!
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2 out of basically 3 films isn't bad! Maybe there's hope for me .. - Hope for .. us!
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There were two movies I saw in the last month that really impressed me.

Run, Uje, Run (Henrik Schyffert-2020) - The story of a popular Swedish musician (Uje Brandelius) getting and coping with a diagnosis of Parkinson's. Just great gradual processing of the bad news with very low energy and a kinda deadpan aesthetic. The music is great, catchy, fun, and moving when it needs to be.

Wrinkles (Ignacio Ferreras-2011) - An animated Spanish film based on a graphic novel. A tale of a retirement home where A few residents are raging against the dying of the light and against a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. The detailed animation really makes the drab location come alive with detail the story is told with cleverness and realism.
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Hi there, PdA!

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

I Was an Adventuress (1940, Gregory Ratoff) - 7/10
This Above All (1942, Anatole Litvak) - 7/10
Magkaibang lahi / Different Races (1947, Ramon Estella, Nardo Vercudia) - 7/10
Parola / Lighthouse (1949, Jose Climaco) - 8/10
Something to Live For (1952, George Stevens) - 8 or 8.5/10
Cantos de Trabalho - Música Folclórica Brasileira (1955, Humberto Mauro) - 7/10
Anak dalita / Child of Sorrow (1956, Lamberto V. Avellana) - 8.5 or 9/10
Badjao (1957, Lamberto V. Avellana) - 9/10
Desire Under the Elms (1958, Delbert Mann) - 7/10
Biyaya ng lupa / Blessings of the Land (1959, Manuel Silos) - 10/10
Sandra (1959, Jose De Villa) - 7/10
The Phantom Planet (1961, William Marshall) - 7.5/10
Tulisan (1962, Jose De Villa) - 7.5/10
Jsouc na řece mlynář jeden / There Was a Miller on the River (1971, Jiří Brdečka) - 8/10
Lilet (1971, Gerardo de León) - 7/10
Moitatses Tamar qali / They Kidnapped a Girl Named Tamara / The Hapless Kidnappers (1971, Leila Gordeladze) - 7.5 or 8/10
The Pioneer's Violin (1971, Boris Stepantsev) - 8/10
Sarkanās kurpītes / Red Shoes (1971, Arnolds Burovs) - 7.5 or 8/10
Smerti net rebyata! / There is No Death, Guys! (1971, Bulat Mansurov) - 8.5/10
Um Anjo Mau / An Evil Angel (1971, Roberto Santos) - 7/10
Ganito kami noon... Paano kayo ngayon? / This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now? (1976, Eddie Romero) - 8.5/10
Nunal sa tubig / A Speck in the Water (1976, Ishmael Bernal) - 8.5/10
Tatlong taong walang Diyos / Three Godless Years (1976, Mario O'Hara) - 10/10
Kung mangarap ka't magising / Moments in a Stolen Dream (1977, Mike De Leon) - 8.5/10
Summer Love (1981, Elwood Perez) - 8 or 8.5/10
Condemned (1984, Mario O'Hara) - 8 or 8.5/10
Blusang itim / Black Blouse / Beauty Within (1986, Emmanuel H. Borlaza) - 7.5 or 8/10
Pilipinas: What Do You Think of the Philippines, Mr. Janetzko? (1989, Regiben Romana) - 9/10
Sa Maynila / In Manila (1989, Mike Alcazaren, Jo Atienza, Vic Bacani, Alan Hilario, Ricky Orellana) - 9.5/10
Hubad / Naked (2008, Mark Gary, Denisa Reyes) - 7.5 or 8/10
Ang panggagahasa kay Fe / The Rapture of Fe (2009, Alvin Yapan) - 7/10
Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan / Norte, The End of History (2013, Lav Diaz) - 9.5 or 10/10
Women of the Weeping River (2016, Sheron R. Dayoc) - 7.5/10
Kintsugi / Broken (2020, Lawrence Fajardo) - 7.5/10
Sputnik (2020, Egor Abramenko) - 7 or 7.5/10
Stage Mother (2020, Thom Fitzgerald) - 7/10
Talimpusod Patungo Sa Paraiso / Umbilical Cord to Heaven (2020, Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan) - 9/10 (Thanks insomnius!)
Leonor Will Never Die (2022, Martika Ramirez Escobar) - 7.5/10

A bumper month of viewing; I enjoyed delving into and building an appreciation for Filipino cinema.

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Never fear, Minkin is here.

This was a difficult month for me (per usual, I guess), for many reasons, chiefly dealing with side effects from my medication (akathisia). I managed to tie January for most watches in a month! I was somehow able to participate in two challenges and not come in last on either, which surprised me. I did make quite a bit of progress on Cinema Safari too - which I feel like Inyo County may hopefully be coming to a close soon - with just a few more things to wrap up before being ready to post. Still though, I guess I managed to accomplish quite a bit, despite all the setbacks I experience regularly - I just hope September goes by smoother - as there will be quite a few unknowns to be met in the future. Per usual, I keep track of everything, with links to screenshots/reviews at the film log thread, just in case you can't get enough walrus-brained rambling nonsense. But here's my rankings for what I watched:


New Watches:
01. Toccata for Toy Trains (1957) - USA - Rating: 8/10
An exuberant display of the potential that an assembled collection has for creating an idealized “old” toy train civilization. This is not a critique of accuracy of replicating reality in plaything form, instead this is a celebration of design – that gives equal credit to all the toys, regardless of origin or construction. There’s a degree of egalitarianism here – as toys built for different social classes of children (be it wood or cast iron) are all proudly displayed here. The narrator is quick to remind us that these are not scale models – those miniature versions of reality, that strive for accuracy and are employed by adult hobbyists – no, these are toys built to be used and enjoyed by everyone. This film therefore has a difficult balance to maintain – by avoiding the trappings of the model railroad crowd – and to instead focus on this sort of ultimate childlike fantasy train world that’s being created here. For there’s enough perfectly crafted scale model trains in existence – and though those displays’ trains move, the towns remain utterly static, and so they seem devoid of life, outside of the trains. In Toccata for Toy Trains, the Eames instead give us something closer to reality, by employing different layers of toys – all of them on the move to some appointment or destination. Being a replication of reality, the creators’ personality gets to be observed by their deliberate choices in its creation. A darker mind (such as me) might add homeless people or train derailments, but here its a perfect little fantasy world with the worst thing that could happen might be a sad goodbye at the station. By recreating these aspects of reality, we see the childlike view of idealized living – with everyone hurriedly on the move getting to somewhere. Thus, if anything, the Eames’ piece says the most on the nature of the commute – how we’re all in a rush to get to our destination, so much so that we never stop to appreciate our surroundings, and just sort of accept the chaos and utilitarianism of it all as functional rather than artistic. Like people never think of their commute to work via bus as transcendental art. That all said, Toccata for Toy Trains focuses on the commute and the hurried aspect of people getting to their destination, rather than create the sort of model train fantasy of bridges and tunnels (which are both absent here) that you’d expect – no, this is just people moving speedily with a purpose and function – to get where they need to be. Anyway, this is perhaps a 13 minute demonstration as to why the Eames think plastic sucks, but it ends up being such a loving tribute to play of all kinds – as this perfect send-up to the toy train.
02. LSD: Insight or Insanity? (1967) - Los Angeles County - Rating: 6/10
03. Patriotism (1972) - Santa Barbara County - Rating: 6/10
04. Viktor und Viktoria (1933) - Berlin / England - Rating: 6/10
05. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) - Sen Bernardino County - Rating: 5/10
06. Jack the Ripper with Screaming Lord Sutch (1963) - England - Rating: 5/10
07. A Day in Death Valley (1944) - Inyo County - Rating: 5/10
08. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) - Kern County / San Bernardino County - Rating: 5/10
09. Flight of the Navigator (1986) - Florida / Norway - Rating: 5/10
10. On Guard - Bunco! (1974) - Los Angeles County - Rating: 4/10
11. Blood Simple (1984) - Texas - Rating: 4/10
12. Drawing for Beginners: The Square (1949) - USA - Rating: 4/10
13. How to Be a Friend (1972) - Los Angeles County - Rating: 3/10

Rewatches:
01. Way Out West (1937) - Los Angeles County - Rating: 9/10
Laurel and Hardy’s many attempts to deliver a deed to a gold mine to the right person, with plenty of trouble along the way. A great part of Laurel and Hardy’s comedy comes from their air of respectability – their attempts to be proper gentlemen – which then clashes with their constant goofy situations they end up in – but they’re always apologetic and proper, even when falling onto their face. As even when they’re at their best, they still manage to muck things up, as they don’t exactly have the capability to take care of themselves – as even simple tasks become oversized challenges for them – and it’s incredibly endearing and relatable. As we too can see the comedy inherent in our mundane daily lives, the exaggerations we make in speech (I’ll eat your hat), or our attempts to portray calm normalness when surrounded by an insane world. And as someone who’s a fairly recognizable character wherever I go, I too feel this connection to Laurel and Hardy. For even the simplest of tasks turn into a great ordeal – trying to light a match, to climb a rope, to put on a shoe – every little thing becomes a grandiose disaster, but still carried out in the guise of earnest respectability. Though the 4th wall audience finds their antics to be comedic – their actions fall into a category of pity by their compatriots – which is also how we would experience these events ourselves in person. As both Laurel and Hardy have little capability to take care of themselves – and they honestly need someone to look after them, lest they harm themselves or someone else – by their sheer confounded, pitiable, yet endearing excuse of an attempt at life. They can feign lucidity and logic for brief periods, but it’s only a matter of seconds before their limitations become known. So, at their heart, Laurel and Hardy are quixotic in the care of gentlemanliness, and maybe it’s better to lovingly laugh along at their attempts of geniality then to feel sorry for their patheticness – and perhaps we too can share that sentiment to the particular characters we meet in our lives. For Laurel and Hardy live in a fantasy realm, and constantly find themselves at odds with the harsh reality that actually surrounds them – and that, is why they are so iconic – that they can’t discern their imaginary world apart from the misery of existence. At the end of the day, this is just pure joy of cinema – with everyone involved having a fantastic time making this. The highlight though is their At the Ball dance sequence – which we’re slowly in the process of learning so that we can bust it out as a party trick at our handfasting. So, we too say it best to love these people for who they see themselves – and to carry that forth into our realities as well.
02. From Hell It Came (1957) - Oceania / USA - Rating: 8/10
A man, accused of betraying traditional medicine, is sacrificially killed, and might come back as a vengeful murderous spirit, a Tabanga if you will. Yes, there’s a killer tree on the loose, it looks ridiculous and makes this movie a lot of fun to watch and make fun of – but there’s so much else going on in this film beyond the Tabanga. For instance, this is a film about fighting against “superstitious” traditional beliefs – and of course the Western savior complex runs high here – touting the superiority of science over plants and magick, without any inkling that these people might have a valid wish to retain their beliefs, even at their own peril. So it’s a complicated issue, made all the more intriguing because there’s radioactive fallout from atomic tests covering the island and adding a different spin to the whole supposed superiority of Western progress. I like that the Dr says “its no more radiation than an X-ray” – as though that’s perfectly reassuring, especially when x-ray technicians use shields to block themselves from the repeated exposure to radiation. So, it’s a lot of personal battles between the ethics of forced medical attention on people who are dedicated to their beliefs vs fighting a plague and getting these people help – it’s a tricky field to navigate, even without the killer tree on the loose (which was revived by the curiosity of the scientists doubting the islander’s beliefs). Then there’s also the matter of Orchid, an “outcast” of the tribe who then acts as the helper for Dr Mason – and there’s a lot of gay tension between the two. As Dr Mason doesn’t want to get married to the amorous Dr Arnold, as she keeps rebuffing him as she wants to focus on her career. But Orchid helps Dr Mason in rather personal ways – especially during showering and toweling off. Plus being an outcast of the tribe – this othering of her, as she wants to escape to a bigger island that’s more accepting – its all just incredibly queer coded. You can also read into her outcast status as being a part of an imposed asylum that she’s subjected, but I’ll just casually mention it instead of exploring that further. I think what works here is that, despite the asshole Drs thinking of themselves as superior to the natives (even calling the native people simple minded), at the end of the day – the power of magick prevails – as traditional beliefs turn out to be quite a bit more than they thought. And sure the film looks down upon the native people and says the Drs are superior, but it’s nice to see those Drs get some semblance of comeuppance with their scientific meddling, and even better that it ends up being such a goofy looking monster to boot.
03. The Tin Man (1935) - Los Angeles County - Rating: 7/10
04. Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints (2003) - Israel / Palestine - Rating: 6/10
05. Serene Siam (1937) - Thailand - Rating: 5/10
06. Corny Casanovas (1952) - USA - Rating: 5/10


Partner highest rated:
How to Be a Friend (1972) - 8/10 (I suspect her rating was for the rifftrax commentary, not the short itself. My rating is always based on the unriffed film)

Partner lowest rated:
Blood Simple (1984) - 3/10

Partner fell asleep during:
LSD: Insight or Insanity? (1967)
Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Watching Source:
YouTube - 14
Download - 2
DVD - 2
Disney+ - 1


-Stayed alive and out of the hospital: :thumbsup:
-Challenges: <400 Checks: 28th (out of 32) + Official Top Lists: 26th (out of 30)
-Polls submitted: 1971
-Cinema Safari: Inyo County still. +1 film. Did a lot of historical research + started reading a book for the county - I'm getting close to being done with it hopefully!
-Deep Space 9 progress: :down: - watched 2 episodes of TOS instead
-Rewatch backwards from Nov 2021 progress: +6 films! (but still in Sep, 2021)
-ICM awards: AFI 100 Thrills (Platinum) + 500 Cult Movies (Bronze)
-Continue short form reviews: :mellow:
Cinema Safari (Currently working on Inyo County, CA + Zimbabwe upgrade) Help recommend me movies to watch) Letterboxd
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Minkin wrote: September 10th, 2022, 11:32 pmakathisia
hadn't heard this term before, do you have a rocking chair by any chance? I've been thinking of getting one recently. Can offer some sort of relief according to my google search.
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