Wednesday, May 18, 2022

a record of consumption, part six (being a new film journal)

Kwon Oh-seung Midnight 2021
Korean serial killer film.

Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
"I'm going through a period where I can't be around people" (Max von Sydow).

King Hu Come Drink with Me 1966

Martin Scorsese The Last Waltz 1978
Essential 4k rewatch, via Criterion. First time I heard The Band, was watching this film, and remember watching the 116 minute film 3 times in 2 days.

Tim Hunter River’s Edge 1986
Very Lynchian in atmosphere. Shot by Frederick Elmes, whom worked with David Lynch, Ang Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Jim Jarmusch, and Todd Solondz. For the role of drug and mannequin man Feck, Tim Hunter had wanted John Lithgow, but the part was also offered to Harry Dean Stanton whom declined it, but luckily passed the script on to his friend, Dennis Hopper.

Martin Scorsese The Last Waltz 1978
Scorsese & Robbie Robertson commentary.

Eliza Hittman Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight 2011

Kasi Lemmons Eve’s Bayou 1997
Lemmons directorial debut, Southern Gothic film about a prosperous Creole-American community in Louisiana. Lemmons is known as Ardelia Mapp in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs and Bernadette Walsh in Bernard Rose's Candyman. Great film.

Clio Barnard Dark River 2017

Thomas Vinterberg Another Round 2020
Stunningly beautiful film, up there with Vinterberg's The Celebration and The Hunt. Love the Yves Klein ending.

Johan Renck Chernobyl 2019
Essential 4K rewatch.
Alexander Payne Sideways 2004
Once a year rewatch.

Jon Watts Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021
Dizzying layers of meta.

Philip Kaufman Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978
Essential 4K rewatch.

Peter Sollett Metal Lords 2022

Nicolas Winding Refn Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands 2004
Refn is the master of blissfully pushing viewers to their extremes, a euphoric use of music, and giving nudity and sex an almost offensive quality.  Mads Mikkelsen gets quite heavy in the film, beautiful performance. Soundtrack by Peter Peter (Pusher, Bleeder, Pusher 3, and Valhalla Rising).

James Whale  The Invisible Man 1933
Essential 4K rewatch.

Woody Allen Alice 1990
Watching this for William Hurt, film not as great as I remembered, not bad though.

Ridley Scott Blade Runner 1982
Essential 4K rewatch.

Tony Maylam White Rock 1977
Documentary on the  XII Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck 1976 hosted by James Coburn. Beautifully shot.

Denis Villeneuve Dune 2021
Third time with this film, this time on 4K disc, much better sound and image this way, great film.

Theodore Melfi St. Vincent 2014
Traveling lately for work and family so less time in the dark enjoying plato's cave, got to sneak in a rewatch of St. Vincent. Not speaking of the lusterless musician, but the Naomi Watts / Bill Murray / Melissa McCarthy film.

Joel Edgerton The Gift 2015

Bertrand Tavernier Round Midnight 1986
Stunning Tavernier film with the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon as the fictional Dale Turner and François Cluzet as Francis Borler, in a fiction film loosely based on the relationship between French author Francis Paudras and Bud Powell. Turner's character also uses Lester Young as inspiration. We also see Herbie Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Alain Sarde, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Freddie Hubbard. Gordon's performance is beyond words.

Matt Reeves The Batman 2022
Beautifully shot by Greig Fraser (Dune, Killing Them Softly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bright Star) and edited by William Hoy and Tyler Nelson. Not a great film, but hard to not be impressed by its visual qualities.

Michael Winner Death Wish II 1982
4K from Vinegar Syndrome. Not exactly essential 4K rewatch, but a great example of early 80s sleazy cinema that takes it a bit too far in making the viewer feel uncomfortable, and needing to take a shower to get the grime off, but not necessarily in a bad way. Part of the appeal for this film is the gritty krautish soundtrack by Jimmy Page.

Paul King Paddington 2 2017
Didn't hit me much on a second viewing, but certainly not without interest. High Grant gives great performance.

David Lynch Mulholland Drive 2001
Essential 4K rewatch. Second time this year, first via Criterion Collection 4K, now StudioCanal. Stunning package and presentation. Love the Edward Hopper inspired package design.

Sam Jones Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off 2022

Stacy Peralta Powell Peralta: The Search for Animal Chin 1987
Middle school favorite.

Stacy Peralta Bones Brigade: An Autobiography 2012

Buzz Kulik The Hunter 1980

Norman Jewison In the Heat of the Night 1967
Essential 4K rewatch via Kino Lorber.

Mike Leigh Meantime 1983
Huge Mike Leigh fan, but only second time seeing this. Classic for lovers of his work, and the work of Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, and Phil Daniels.

Robert Eggers The Northman 2022
For my wife and myself, this was one of the most anticipated films of the year. Not huge huge Eggers fans, but certainly liked his other two films. After the credits ended, and my wife with a big smile said "how did you like it", I wasn't sure what to say. It took a couple of days to sink in, reflecting on it in my mind, for me to respond back to her "yes I liked the film, very good, would like to watch it again pronto". A few things that confused me initially was that the film aesthetically look, at times, like a video game, which was a bit off-putting. Also the story can be quite subtle and the references to Shakespeare needed some time to sink in. In a time when many Indie filmmakers are going out and making some of the worst piece of garbage super hero films, it is refreshing that Eggers makes a visionary big budget film, with layers of meaning, and performances worthy of the actors. Good stuff.

Ivan Passer Born to Win 1971
Great blu ray presentation from Fun City Editions. Love this film.

Chad Stahelski John Wick: Chapter 2 2017
Essential 4K rewatch.

Rick Charnoski, Buddy Nichols The Tony Alva Story 2019

Justin Kurzel Nitram 2021
Caleb Landry Jones won best actor at Cannes for this film. No f'en joke.

Robert Eggers The Lighthouse 2019
Post The Northman, getting into some Eggers rewatches. My favorite of his films, an absurdist aesthetic masterpiece in the tradition of Samuel Beckett, David Lynch, Krzysztof Penderecki, Harold Pinter, and Maya Deren.

Alain Corneau Tous les matins du monde / All the Mornings of the World 1991
Essential film for fans of Jordi Savall, Marin Marais, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, and the French school of bass-viol composers in general.

Michelangelo Antonioni Blow-Up 1966
I could spend days watching the park scenes in this film on repeat, or even just having the sound going.

Dario Argento Profondo rosso / Deep Red 1975
David Hemmings double feature. Despite not being a fan of this film, the Goblin soundtrack is quite memorable and comedic accidental truck killing at the end is perfect. Looks beautiful in the Arrow 4k Dolby Vision release.

Sebastian Meise Great Freedom 2021
Prison film with Franz Rogowski.

Stacy Peralta Powell Peralta: The Bones Brigade Video Show 1984

Stacy Peralta Future Primitive: Bones Brigade Video II 1985
Both childhood favs.

Adam Leon Italian Studies 2021
non mi è piaciuto.

Various Television :

Reinaldo Marcus Green We Own This City 2022
Has moments of interest, but the story moving all around doesn't really work. Jamie Hector really stands out, great actor.

Antonio Campos The Staircase 2022
Couldn't finish.

Brian Watkins Outer Range 2022
Was not particularly enjoying this show, and then found the last two episodes, and especially the ending to be too problematic. "Too problematic" seems to be my words for a lot of recent television, where moments in the show are quite good (like the actors, or the music), but an overall feeling of disappointment creeps in.

Kogonada & Justin Chon Pachinko 2022
In general, wasn't crazy about the show, but Justin Chon's Episode 4 was pretty good, especially in the way The Cure’s In Between Days (played live by Luamel) playfully interacts with the end of the episode.

Alec Berg and Bill Hader Barry season three 2022
Entertaining. Agree with my screening partner when see says "I sure miss the acting school".