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APRIL 2011 WATCH LIST

Stay Hungry (Dir. Bob Rafelson, USA, 1976) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South + 2nd viewing on DVD

My absolute favorite of the month. I love Jeff Bridges anyway and watching this film, I was really stricken by the resemblance (both family and character) between this Jeff and brother Beau in Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970). Both are great explorations of class integration and problems of the times. Stay Hungry uses a lot of humor (particularly, a tense moment broken by a gaggle of muscle men running around and flexing in downtown Birmingham traffic) and it’s the first time I’ve ever thought Arnold Schwartzenegger was cute. He’s actually a really great actor! Oh, and Sally Field…sigh. Very well cast.

Born to Kill <<Cockfighter>> (Dir. Monte Hellman, USA, 1974) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

Poetry <<Shi>> (Dir. Chang-Dong Lee, Korea, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

Really good. Wanted to see this at Telluride last year but didn’t get the chance.

Better Than Something: Jay Reatard (Dirs Alex Hammond and Ian Marciewicz, USA, 2010) – digital projection – Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills

Música Campesina <<Country Music>> (Dir. Alberto Fuguet, USA/Chile, 2011) – digital projection – Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills

I’m in this movie! This was the American Premiere and my first viewing and I was pleasantly surprised both with the film in general and by my performance. I had been sweating that scene for a whole year and as it turns out, I did fine (if I do say so myself). You can read more in earlier posts: Goodness. and Musica Campesina

The Sleeping Beauty <<La belle endormie>> (Dir. Catherine Breillot, France, 2010) – digital projection – Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills

Jess + Moss (Dir. Clay Jeter, USA, 2011) – Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills

My favorite of the fest. Shot entirely on expired film stock. Really beautiful.

Septien (Dir. Michael Tully, USA, 2011) – digital projection – Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills

Terri (Dir. Azazel Jacobs, USA, 2011) – Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills

*Desperate Living (Dir. John Waters, USA, 1977) – digital projection – BoomBoomMcBroom back deck cinema —partial viewing on account of the rain—

Bill Cunningham, New York (Dir. Richard Press, USA, 2010) – digital projection – Belcourt Theatre

Performance (Dirs Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1970) – 16mm – Toby’s basement cinema, Tom Wills’ collection

Rubber (Dir. Quentin Depieux, France/Angola, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Midnight Movies

Just nuts.

Green – part of Nashville Film Festival

* – oldie but goodie

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FEBRUARY/MARCH WATCH LIST

FEBRUARY

16mm films viewed in my attic on my Birthday:

The Birthday Movie
Hansel & Gretel Appalachian Version
Experimental Film by Brad Sellers 1979-80
Techniques of Defensive Driving: The Car Ahead

The Quiet Man (Dir. John Ford, USA, 1952) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Classic Romances

The Swarm (Dir. Irwin Allen, USA, 1978) – Netfilix Watch Instantly

The Manitou (Dir. William Girdler, USA, 1978) – Netflix Watch Instantly

From Here to Eternity (Dir. Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1953) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Classic Romances

Kaboom (Dir. Gregg Araki, USA/France, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

I can’t BELIEVE how few films I watched in February! I should note, however, that I did put a great dent in the old episodes of Kids in the Hall via Netflix Watch Instantly.

MARCH

Creepshow (Dir. George Romero, USA, 1982) – Netflix Watch Instantly

Biutiful (Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spain/Mexico, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

On the Bowery (Dir. Lionel Rogosin, USA, 1957) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

A Serious Man (Dirs Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, 2009) – DVD – Netflix

Wild River (Dir. Elia Kazan, USA, 1960) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

The Man Who Loved Women <<L’homme qui aimait les femmes>> (Dir. François Truffaut, France, 1977) – DVD – house-sitting collection

Umshini WamBring Me My Machine Gun” (16min short, Dir. Harmony Korine, USA, 2010) – Digital Stream – vbs.tv

God’s Little Acre (Dir. Anthony Mann, USA, 1958) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

Baby Doll (Dir. Elia Kazan, USA, 1956) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

The Doom Generation (Dir. Gregg Araki, USA, 1994) – Netflix Watch Instantly

Putty Hill (Dir. Matt Porterfield, USA, 2011) – HD projection – Belcourt Theatre

Diner (Dir. Barry Levinson, USA, 1982) – Netflix Watch Instantly

A Single Man (Dir. Tom Ford, USA, 2009) – DVD – Sadie’s Netflix

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JANUARY WATCH LIST

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (Dir. Martin Scorsese, USA, 2005) – DVD – on loan from Edwin

Cutter’s Way (Dir. Ivan Passer, USA, 1981) – Netflix Watch Instantly

A pretty bad movie I watched because I like Jeff Bridges.

Burnt Offerings (Dir. Dan Curtis, USA, 1976) – Netflix Watch Instantly

A pretty bad movie I watched because I like Karen Black.

A Dirty Shame (Dir. John Waters, USA, 2004) – Netflix Watch Instantly

A TERRIBLE movie I watched because I [usually] like John Waters.

Smiley Face (Dir. Gregg Araki, USA & Germany, 2007) – Netflix Watch Instantly

* The Red Balloon <<Le ballon rouge>> (34min short, Dir. Albert Lamorisse, France, 1956) – TV broadcast – Classic Arts Showcase

You’re Gonna Miss Me (Dir. Kevin McAlester, USA, 2005) – Netflix Watch Instantly

Rabbit Hole (Dir. John Cameron Mitchell, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

Marwencol (Dir. Jeff Malmberg, USA, 2010) – BluRay projection – Belcourt Theatre: Artist Portraits

Amazing.

I highly recommend checking out the gallery at Marwencol.com as well.

And Everything is Going Fine (Dir. Stephen Soderbergh, USA, 2010) – BluRay projection – Belcourt Theatre: Artist Portraits

The Great Gatsby (Dir. Jack Clayton, USA, 1974) – VHS – Nashville Public Library collection

I had never before realized how much Brad Pitt looks like Robert Redford! Apparently I was slow to follow on this well-known fact. As for the rest of the film, I found it enjoyable but was a bit disappointed the ending narration did was not bookended by the famous last words of the novel (it began with the famous first sentence).

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The Limits of Control (Dir. Jim Jarmusch, USA/Japan, 2009) – 35mm – Vanderbilt University Sarratt Cinema: International Lens

The Universe has no center and no edges.



*Dogtooth <<Kynodontas>> (Dir. Giorgos Lanthimos, Greece, 2009) – Netflix Watch Instantly

I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it at Nashville Film Festival last April. Perhaps the first time I’ve seen a Greek film, I was also enchanted by the sound of the language.

It’s about a mother and father deliberately isolating their children from the outside world as well as any knowledge of it. The children have been raised thinking their way of life is normal and they will be ready to leave the compound when a dogtooth falls out.

Dogtooth is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2011 Academy Awards.

 

An array of 1970s porn and Christian living films – Super-8mm and 16mm, respectively- Loney’s living room cinema – Garland’s film collection

 

* – oldie but goodie.

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DECEMBER WATCH LIST

True Grit (Dirs Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre, private press screening

>, * Fistful of Dollars (Dir. Sergio Leone, Italy/Spain/W. Germany, 1964) – DVD – Douglas’ birthday gift

> The Visitor (Dir. Giulio Paradisi, USA/Italy, 1979) – Videodisc – Ben’s collection

Re-watching very soon.

True Stories (Dir. David Byrne, USA, 1986) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre Midnight Movie

I can’t believe I had never seen this before.

Colors (Dir. Dennis Hopper, USA, 1988) – DVD projection – Loney’s living room cinema

I have never been this disappointed in Dennis Hopper before.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Dirs Kizo Nagashima and Larry Roemer, USA, 1964) – 16mm – Belcourt Theatre

Kuroneko (Dir. Kaneto Shindo, Japan, 1968) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

This was a new 35mm print of a gorgeous classic Japanese horror. The male protagonist is pretty dense and story is rather repetitive but the combination of the film’s beauty and camp (woman-cat ghosts on a mission to suck the blood of EVERY Samurai in the world) won me over.

I’ve included the official poster for the re-release, designed by Nashville native/Belcourt regular/friend, Sam Smith. Click the poster to read his process:

Hairspray (Dir. John Waters, USA, 1988) – Digital Stream – Netflix Watch Instantly

WHY WAS THIS REMADE IN 2007?!?! I haven’t seen the remake, but I mean DANG why mess with a good thang? OH NO!!!!!!! You decide why this upsets me:

vs.

I heart Ricki Lake.

9 to 5 (Dir. Colin Higgins, USA, 1980) – Digital Stream – Netflix Watch Instantly

Motion Painting No. 1 (11min short, Dir. Oskar Fischinger, USA, 1947) – Digital Stream

Tiny Furniture (Dir. Lena Dunham, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

Boxing Gym (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Belcourt Theatre

I think William summed this one up pretty well in his blog.

*Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (49min made for TV, Dirs Paul Reubens & Wayne Orr, USA, 1988) – DVD projection – Loney’s living room cinema

Ok, ok…it was a TV special but DEFINITELY worth mentioning.

 

So there you have it – not a whole lot this month.

*oldie but goodie

> partial viewing/I fell asleep 😦

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NOVEMBER WATCH LIST

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (Dir. George Butler, USA/UK/Germany/Sweden, 2000) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

Pretty amazing story. These fellas were trapped out in the BELOW FREEZING COLD for 2 months. They all survived and didn’t even eat each other! They did have to eat their dogs, though, which would probably hurt my feelings worse.

On a hardly related note: the frozen imagery reminded me of and inspired me to re-read one of my favorite books, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Shackleton and Frankenstein. One really has nothing to do with the other.

Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul (9min short, Dir. Orlando Von Eisiedel, USA?, 2010) – digital stream – vimeo

I was pleased to find, after very little research, this subject is being expanded into a full-length feature documentary. The short film is very well-made and beautifully shot. Watch it:

Modern Times (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1936) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Chaplin Festival

Mouth Music (25min short, Dirs. Blain Dunlap/Sol Korine, USA, 1981) – digital stream – FolkStreams.net

The Landlord (Dir. Hal Ashby, USA, 1970) – DVD projection – Loney’s living room cinema

The Idle Class (32min short, Dir. Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1921) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Chaplin Festival

The Kid (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1921) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Chaplin Festival

“6 Reels of Joy” is the tag-line for Chaplin’s heartfelt heartmelt. The Tramp finds a baby, raises him up, and they take care of each other in a sweetly hilarious fashion until the Kid’s mother (who had originally abandoned him) shows back up. Don’t worry; the ending is happy.

Predators (Dir. Nimród Antal, USA, 2010) – Blu-ray projection – Stein basement cinema

The Firemen’s Ball <<Horí, má panenko>> (Dir. Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1967) – DVD – Nashville Public Library collection

The House That Drips Blood on Alex (Dir. Tommy Wiseau, USA, 2010) – digital stream

The American Friend <<Der amerikanische Freund>> (Dir. Wim Wenders, W. Germany, 1977) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

I can’t get enough of Dennis Hopper. What a creep!

A Dog’s Life (33min short, Dir. Charles Chaplin, USA, 1918) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Chaplin Festival

Shoulder Arms (37min short, Dir. Charles Chaplin, USA, 1918) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Chaplin Festival

The Pilgrim (41min short, Dir. Charles Chaplin, USA, 1923) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Chaplin Festival

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I didn’t do well posting my watchings, but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t watching…or keeping track.

AUGUST

* Killer’s Kiss (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1955) – VHS – Nashville Public Library collection

Winnebago Man (Dir. Ben Steinbauer, USA, 2009) – Digital Projection-  Belcourt

Mid-August Lunch <<Pranzo di ferragosto>> (Dir. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy, 2008) – 35mm – Belcourt

> Man Bites Dog <<C’est arrivé près de chez vous>> (Dirs. Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, Belgium, 1993) – VHS – Nashville Public Library collection

I’m ashamed to say I fell asleep and then accrued to much library debt to finish this one! I’ve got another viewing coming up in my near future…

Ikiru (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1956) – 35mm – Belcourt: Weekend Classics: Kurosawa Centennial

* Blow Up (Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, UK, 1966) – DVD – Nashville Public Library collection

The Girl Who Played with Fire <<Flickan som lekte med elden>> (Dir. Daniel Alfredson, Sweden, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt

Life During Wartime (Dir. Todd Solondz, USA, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt

* Dumb and Dumber (Dir. Peter Farrelly, USA, 1994) – DVD – I own it!

SEPTEMBER

This was my view from the porch!

Note: titles in blue type were all a part of my Telluride Film Festival experience. This was my second year working “Operations” at Palm Theater.

For the Birds (6min short, Dir. Ralph Eggleston, USA, 2000) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Dennis Jakob Unplugged (8min short, Dir. Errol Morris, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Once Upon a Time in the West (Dir. Sergio Leone, Italy/USA, 1968) – 35mm – Telluride Film Festival, Abel Gance Open Air Cinema

What an experience! An amazing film screened outdoors at an incredible venue in the middle of one of my favorite places, altitude so close to the sky you can almost reach the stars AND it was introduced by buxom babe Claudia Cardinale herself:

1968, Once Upon a Time in the West

Brandy in the Wilderness (Dir. Stanton Kaye, USA, 1968) – 16mm – Telluride Film Festival, Masons Cinema Hall

Never Let Me Go (Dir. Mark Romanek, UK/USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Tabloid (Dir. Errol Morris, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Frozen (13min short, Dir. Naghi Nemat, Iran, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Le Pierre

Le Quattro Volte (Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino, 2010, Italy) – 35mm – Telluride Film Festival, Le Pierre

127 Hours (Dir. Danny Boyle, 2010, USA) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Inside Job (Dir. Charles Ferguson, 2010, USA) – Digital Projection –Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Black Swan (Dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2010, USA) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

I watched this one three times, purposefully.

The King’s Speech (Dir. Tom Hooper, UK, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Desperate Living (Dir. John Waters, USA, 1977) – digital download projection – back porch cinema

Suspiria (Dir. Dario Argento, Italy, 1977) – 35mm – Belcourt: Midnight Movies

I think I love ballerina movies.

Invincible (Dir. Werner Herzog, UK/Germany/Ireland/USA, 2001) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

Kick-Ass (Dir. Mathew Vaughn, USA, 2010) – digital download – lap-top cinema

OCTOBER

(The Complete) Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927/2010) – Digital Projection with LIVE accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra – Belcourt

The Agony and Ecstacy of Phil Spector (Dir. Vikram Jayanti, USA, 2009) – Digital Projection – Belcourt: Doctober

* Halloween (Dir. John Carpenter, USA, 1978) – 35mm – Belcourt private screening

Hot Pursuit (Dir. Steven Lisberger, USA, 1987) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

The Descent (Dir. Neil Marshall, UK, 2007) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno <<L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot>> (Dir. Serge Bromberg, France, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt: Doctober


The Last Movie (Dir. Dennis Hopper, USA, 1971) – 35mm – Belcourt: Dennis Hopper Weekend

Enter the Void (Dir. Gaspar Noé, France/Germany/Italy, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everbody Talkin’ About Him?) (Dir. John Scheinfeld, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Belcourt: Doctober

Howl (Dirs. Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt

* – oldie but goodie

> – I fell asleep 😦

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JULY WATCH LIST

When You’re Strange (Dir. Tom DeCillo, USA, 2009)- digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

I Am Sam (Dir. Jesse Nelson, USA, 2001) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

WHY did I watch it? The WHOLE THING, oh WHY?!?? And then I thought it would get interesting when Michelle Pfifer seemed to be falling for him…

Forbidden Games <<Jeux interdits>> (Dir. René Clément, France, 1952) – DVD – Nashville Public Library collection, Douglas’ recommend

Here, keep this for 100 years. This one got me. It revolves around two children during WWII; Michel finds Paulette just after her parents and pet dog are killed in a Nazi air attack (they were among wealthy Parisian-Jew refugees fleeing on foot) and brings her home to live with his poor Catholic family. That little girl broke my heart carrying around her dead dog for about 20 minutes at the start of the film. Michel and Paulette bury the dog but seeing as she doesn’t want him to be lonely, they find more dead animals to put in the secret graveyard and steal crosses to mark the graves. Clément captures perfectly the simultaneous darkness and innocence of childhood and the ignorance of adults. Forbidden Games won and well deserved the 1952 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It also features a really great Spanish guitar soundtrack by Narciso Yepes.

-side note: in searching for a good image to include, I came across this blog: VCR-chaeology, so clever and what a treat!

Splash (Dir. Ron Howard, USA, 1984) – VHS – Derrick’s collection

I love this movie!!! I have to confess…I actually watched it THREE TIMES in a month. I think my obsession has several sources:

1) She’s a mermaid (duh). I combed my hair with a fork as a child because I was so into Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Well, folks- this is basically the same story, just a little more adult and a little less musical. She saves his life. She shows up with legs, unable to speak (at first). She is eventually forced to choose between Prince Charming and life Under the Sea. It’s funny! It’s charming! It’s true love at first sight!

2) Daryl Hannah is sooooo rad. Uh, did you see Blade Runner? She did some of her own stunts! Also, she lives in a green home run by solar power and has been arrested for environmental activism. Another interesting fact – Daryl Hannah was diagnosed with borderline Autism as a child. Whether that was an accurate diagnosis…I don’t know, I’ve never met her. She’s a billion feet tall and I like her voice.

3) SWIMMING!!!!!!!!! It looks hard to swim in, but I want that mermaid outfit.

4) John Candy and Eugene Levy and cute-era Tom Hanks.

 

>Brainscan (Dir. John Flynn, Canada/USA/UK, 1994)- DVD – Dixie’s Netflix

Dodes’ka-den <<Dodesukaden>> (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1970) – 35mm – Belcourt Weekend Classics: Kurosawa Centennial

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon <<Musique au poing>> (Dirs. Jean-Jaques Flori and Stéphane Tchalgadjieff, France, 1982) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

Winter’s Bone (Dir. Debra Granik, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt programming

Grey Gardens (Dirs. Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Muffie Meyer, USA, 1975) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix: Watch Instantly

Gentleman Broncos (Dir. Jared Hess, USA, 2009) – digital download projection – living room cinema

> – I fell asleep 😦

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