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Films Seen 4/26 – 7/16

Films Seen 4/26 – 7/16

 

Mother’s Day (2016), Garry Marshall, D
Black Girl (1966), Ousmane Sembène, A-
Sunset Song (2016), Terence Davies, A-
Captain America: Civil War (2016), Joe and Anthony Russo, B
Being Charlie (2016), Rob Reiner, B-
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Bryan Singer, B+
The House of Mirth (2000), Terence Davies, B
The Terence Davies Trilogy (1976, 1980, 1983), Terence Davies, B
The Long Day Closes (1992), Terence Davies, A-
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Terence Davies, A
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Nicholas Stoller, B-
What We Become (2016), Bo Mikkelsen, C+
Pele: Birth of a Something (2016), Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, D
Money Monster (2016), Jodie Foster, C
Manhattan Skyline (2016), Brian DeCubellis, B-
The Nice Guys (2016), Shane Black, B+
The Darkness (2016), Greg McLean, D-
Holy Hell (2016), William Francesco Allen, C
The Do-Over (2016), Steven Brill, C-
Popstar: Never Stop Stopping (2016), Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, C
The Duel (2016), Kieran Darcy-Smith, C-
Finding Dory (2016), Angus MacLane and Andrew Stanton, B-
Central Intelligence (2016), Rawson Marshall Thurber, C+
Private Property (1960), Leslie Stevens, B+
The Neon Demon (2016), Nicholas Winding Refn, C
Zero Days (2016), Alex Gibney, B-
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Nicholas Meyer, A+
Cafe Society (2016), Woody Allen, A
The Shallows (2016), Jaume Collet-Serra, B+
The Legend of Tarzan (2016), David Yates, C-
Free State of Jones (2016), Gary Ross, B-
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Jake Szymanski, B+
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Robert Wise, A+
Star Trek Beyond (2016), Justin Lin, A
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016), Dinesh D’Souza, D-

Films Seen 3/27 – 4/25

Films Seen 3/27 – 4/25

 

Movie Movie (1978), Stanley Donen, B+
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), Richard Linklater, A
Gods Not Dead (2014), Harold Cronk, F
God’s Not Dead 2 (2016), Harold Cronk, D-
Meet the Blacks (2016), Deon Taylor, C
Vaxxed: From Conspiracy to Cover-Up (2016), Andrew Wakefield, F
Crime and Punishment (1935), Josef von Sternberg, B+
The Invitation (2016), Karyn Kusama, B+
Harper (1966), Jack Smight, B
Red Desert (1964), Michelangelo Antonioni, A
The Boss (2016), Ben Falcone, D
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Malcolm D. Lee, B
The Jungle Book (2016), Jon Favreau, B
Keep Quiet (2016), Sam Blair and Joseph Martin, C+
All This Panic (2016), Jenny Gage, B-
First Monday in May (2016), Andrew Rossi, B-
Burden (2016), Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey, A-
Houston, We Have A Problem! (2016), Žiga Virc, C-
Always Shine (2016), Sophia Takal, B
For The Love Of Spock (2016), Adam Nimoy, B
Nerdland (2016), Chris Prynoski, D-
Contemporary Color (2016), Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV, C
Lovetrue (2016), Alma Har’el, C
Taxi Driver (1976), Martin Scorsese, A
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016), Bob Yari, D

Films Seen 2/22 – 3/26

Films Seen 2/22 – 3/26

 

Eddie the Eagle (2016), Dexter Fletcher, B
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Ang Lee, A-
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), Yuen Woo-ping, C-
Gods of Egypt (2016), Alex Proyas, B
Songs My Brother Taught Me (2016), Chloé Zhao, B
Zootopia (2016), Byron Howard and Rich Moore, B-
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, B+
The Wave (2016), Roar Uthaug, B-
A Brighter Summer Day (1991), Edward Yang, A-
Creative Control (2016), Benjamin Dickinson, A-
300 (2007), Zack Snyder, A+
A Space Program (2016), Van Neistat, A-
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Dan Trachtenberg, A-
The Young Messiah (2016), Cyrus Nowrasteh, D+
Krisha (2016), Trey Edward Shults, A-
Under the Shadow (2016), Babak Anvari, B+
Loving (1970), Irvin Kershner, B+
Night of the Shoting Stars (1982), Vittorio and Bruno Taviani, B+
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Ridley Scott, C+
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 1 (2012), Jay Oliva, B-
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 2 (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Justice League: War (2013), Jay Oliva, B
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Zack Snyder, C
Get A Job (2016), Dylan Kidd, C

Films Seen 1/30 – 2/21

Films Seen 1/30 – 2/21

 

Hail, Caesar! (2016), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Knight of Cups (2016), Terrence Malick, B-
Jane Got A Gun (2016), Gavin O’Connor, C-
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Chantal Akerman, A-
American Gigolo (1980), Paul Schrader, C-
Hail, Caesar! (2016), Joel and Ethan Coen, A
Pride and Prejudice (2005), Joe Wright, B
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), Burr Steers, D+
Deadpool (2016), Tim Miller, B
The Choice (2016), Ross Katz, D+
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Jonathan Demme, A-
Hannibal (2001), Ridley Scott, D
Nina Forever (2016), Ben and Chris Blaine, B+
Triple 9 (2016), John Hillcoat, C
Band of the Hand (1986), Paul Michael Glaser, C-
The Keep (1983), Michael Mann, C
Embrace of the Serpent (2016), Ciro Guerra, A
They Will Have To Kill Us First (2016), Johanna Schwartz, C
Rolling Papers (2016), Mitch Dickman, B-
A War (2016), Tobias Lindholm, B
Risen (2016), Kevin Reynolds, C
Race (2016), Stephen Hopkins, C-
Bigger Than Life (1956), Nicholas Ray, A-

Films Seen 1/1 – 1/29 (including Sundance Film Festival 2016)

Films Seen 1/1 – 1/29 (including Sundance Film Festival 2016)

Horse Feathers (1932), Norman Z. McLeod, A-
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), Carol Reed, A-
The Forest (2016), Jason Zada, D-
Francofonia (2016), Alexander Sokurov, B
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2016), Peter Greenaway, B+
Histoire(s) du Cinema (1988-1998), Jean-Luc Godard, B+
Sympathy For the Devil: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgement (2016), Neil Edwards, B
Chatter (2016), Matthew Solomon, D-
Ride Along 2 (2016), Tim Story, D
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), Michael Bay, D+
The Land of the Enlightenment (2016), Pieter-Jan De Pue, B
Kate Plays Christine (2016), Robert Greene, A-
Sand Storm (2016), Elite Zexer, B
Lovesong (2016) So Yong Kim, B+
Cameraperson (2016), Kristin Johnson, B
Dark Night (2016), Tim Sutton, D
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016), Kevin Macdonald, B
NUTS! (2016), Penny Lane, B
Swiss Army Man (2016), Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, B-
Weiner-Dog (2016), Todd Solondz, C-
The Lovers and the Despot (2016), Rob Cannan and Ross Adams, C-
The Greasy Strangler (2016), Jim Hosking, A-
Operation Avalanche (2016), Matt Johnson, B+
The Eyes of My Mother (2016), Nicolas Pesce, B
Love & Friendship (2016), Whit Stillman, B
Trash Fire (2016), Richard Bates, Jr., C
Southside With You (2016), Richard Tanne, B-
Sing Street (2016), John Carney, B+
Weiner (2016), Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman, A
Antibirth (2016), Danny Perez, B
How To Tell You’re A Douchebag (2016), Tahir Jetter, B
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016), Thorsten Schütte, A-
The Birth of a Nation (2016), Nate Parker, B
Jacqueline (Argentine) (2016), Bernardo Britto, D
Jim: The James Foley Story (2016), Brian Oakes, B-
Equity (2016), Meera Menon, B

Films Seen 11/15 – 12/16

Films Seen 11/15 – 12/16

 

Out of the Past (1947), Jacques Tourneur, A
The Amazing Mr. X a/k/a The Spiritualist (1948), Bernard Vorhaus, B+
Very Semi-Serious (2015), Leah Wolchok, B+
The Big Short (2015), Adam McKay, A-
Creed (2015), Ryan Coogler, C+
The Secret in Their Eyes (2015), Billy Ray, D
Mediterranea (2015), Jonas Carpignano, A-
Victor Frankenstein (2015), Paul McGuigan, D
Chi-Raq (2015), Spike Lee, A-
The Revenant (2015), Alejandro González Iñárritu, B-
Submerged (2015), Steven C. Miller, D
Mr. Holmes (2015), Bill Condon, B
The Look of Silence (2015), Joshua Oppenheimer, B
Macbeth (2015), Justin Kurzel, B
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), Thomas Vinterberg, B
The Danish Girl (2015), Tom Hooper, B
Beasts of No Nation (2015), Cory Joji Fukunaga, A-
The Assassin (2015), Hou Hsiao-Hsien, C-
45 Years (2015), Andrew Haigh, A-
Love & Mercy (2015), Bill Pohlad, B+
Joy (2015), David O. Russell, B-
The Hateful Eight (2015), Quentin Tarantino, B+
In The Heart of the Sea (2015), Ron Howard, C
Intimate Bed 1993), Mircea Daneliuc, C+
Dreams Rewired (2015), Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, B+
Wharf Angel (1934) William Cameron Menzies, George Somnes, B+
I Knew Her Well (1965), Antonio Pietrangeli, A-
In Jackson Heights (2015), Frederick Wiseman, B+
Sicario (2015), Denis Villeneuve, A-
Truth (2015), James Vanderbilt, C
Aferim! (2015), Radu Jude, A
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939), Kenji Mizoguchi, B+
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), Walt Becker, C+
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), J.J. Abrams, A
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015), James Crump, B

Films Seen 10/13 – 11/14

Films Seen 10/13 – 11/14

Dukhtar (2015), Afia Nathaniel, B-
Field Niggas (2015), Khalik Allah, A
Pan (2015), Joe Wright, D
Le Corbeau (1943), Henri-Georges Clouzot, B+
Seven Psychopaths (2012), Martin McDonagh, C
Jane B. Par Agnès V. (1988), Agnès Varda, A-
Extraordianry Tales (2015), Raul Garcia, C
Censored Voices (2015), Mor Loushy, C+
Mandragora (1997), Wiktor Grodecki, B
Passion (1982), Jean-Luc Godard, B+
Alladin (1992), Ron Clements and John Musker, A-
Rock the Kasbah (2015), Barry Levinson, D-
Steve Jobs (2015), Danny Boyle, B-
The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Breck Eisner, B
Jem and the Holograms (2015), John M. Chu, C
Branded to Kill (1967), Seijun Suzuki, A
The Call of Blood (1964), Seijun Suzuki, B
Youth of the Beast (1963), Seijun Suzuki, A-
Fighting Elegy (1966), Seijun Suzuki, B
Gate of Flesh (1964), Seijun Suzuki, A
Tokyo Drifter (1966), Seijun Suzuki, A-
Pistol Opera (2001), Seijun Suzuki, B+
Out 1 – Nolo Me Tenegre (1971/2015), Jacques Rivette, B+
Sex, Death and Bowling (2015), Ally Walker, F
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Christopher B. Landon, C
Spectre (2015), Sam Mendes, C
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015), James Crump, C
Raging Bull (1980), Martin Scorsese, A
The Peanuts Movie (2015), Steve Martino, B
Crimson Peak (2015), Guillermo Del Toro, B+
By The Sea (2015), Angelina Jolie Pitt, B-
Love the Coopers (2015), Jessie Nelson, C-
Concussion (2015), Peter Landesman, C-
My All-American (2015), Angelo Pizzo, F
The Reckless Moment (1949), Max Ophüls, B+
Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Robert Aldrich, A-

15 Contenders (plus 5 I haven’t seen) for Top 10 of 2015

15 Contenders (plus 5 I haven’t seen) for Top 10 of 2015

 

Festival releases don’t count.
NYC theatrical is what makes it qualify as a 2015 release.

I confess that Noah Baumbach having two very good movies this year makes it difficult for me to put either one in the real race for me. Maybe I’ll adjust that down the line. (And if I do, I’m #TeamMistressAmerica.)

I also confess that Experimenter and Stanford Prison Experiment box each other out, too. This is ridiculous, but it’s how I feel. (Frankly, I don’t think either are quite good enough for top ten status, anyway. Maybe Experimenter would make top 25.)

Anomalisa is good but, yeah, that’s top 25 zone, sorry. Same with Room.

Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t on this list and was never a mile near it. You all need to calm the eff down with that.

The contenders for top 10 are:

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Roy Andersson (This has a shot at the #10 slot.)
About Elly, Asghar Farhadi (Love this movie, but I suspect it’ll slip out of the top 10.)
Carol, Todd Haynes (Probably in there.)
Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas (I have a hunch this doesn’t quite make it, but we’ll see.)
The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller (This ends up in the top 5. Top 3.)
The Duke of Burgundy, Peter Strickland (Oh, yeah.)
Eden, Mia Hansen-Løve (I see this coming in around 8 or so.)
Ex Machina, Alex Garland (Has waned a bit for me, but probably still in there.)
The Forbidden Room, Guy Maddin (I dunno. We’ll see. It’s wonderful, but it IS long.)
Heaven Knows What, Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie (This movie only gets more exciting the more I think about it.)
The Kindergarten Teacher, Nadav Lapid (I can’t stop thinking about this movie. But top 10?)
The Martian, Ridley Scott (We’ll see.)
The Nightmare, Rodney Ascher (A lock for 8 or 9. I love this movie, even if no one else does.)
Sicario, Denis Villenueve (Great movie, but top 10? We’ll see. I dunno just yet.)
Son of Saul, László Nemes (Contender for best of the year.)

Plus five possibilities I haven’t seen
45 Years, Andrew Haigh (All signs point to me loving this. I’ll be seeing it very soon.)
The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino (No freaking way. But I did love Inglorious Basterds so let’s give it a shot.)
Li’l Quinquin, Bruno Dumont (By all accounts, I will lose my mind for this. I gotta fit it in before the end of the year to check.)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams (I’d like at least one movie on my list that’s a big, fat Hollywood movie, and a space movie at that! Will it be this or will it be The Martian? Or neither? Or both!)
Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle (I haven’t gotten off my ass to this yet. Likelihood very low, but keeping an open mind.)

Films Seen 9/22 – 10/12

Films Seen 9/22 – 10/12

 

Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Luis Buñuel, B+
Bad Company (1972), Robert Benton, B+
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), Genndy Tartakovsky, C-
The Creeping Garden (2015), Tim Grabham and Jason Sharp, B
The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Earth and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (2015), Ben Rivers, B
Microbe and Gasoline (2015), Michel Gondry, A-
Don’t Blink: Robert Frank (2015), Laura Israel, C
The Witness (2015), James Salomon, B
The Awful Truth (1937), Leo McCarey, A-
Deathgasm (2015), Jason Lei Howden, B-
The Forbidden Room (2015), Guy Maddin, B+
The Treasure (2015), Corneliu Porumboiu, A-
The Measure of a Man (2015), Stéphane Brizé, C
De Palma (2015), Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach, B+
Goosebumps (2015), Rob Letterman, B
Bridge of Spies (2015), Steven Spielberg, B-
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), Terry Jones, A
Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014), Bill Morrison, B+
The Gorgon (1964), Terence Fisher, B-
Heart of a Dog (2015), Laurie Anderson, B+
Miles Ahead (2015), Don Cheadle, B-

Films Seen 9/5 – 9/21 (TIFF 2015)

Freeheld (2015), Peter Sollett, C
The Dressmaker (2015), Jocelyn Moorehouse, C
Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (2015), Christopher Doyle, C+
Parisienne (2015), Danielle Arbid, B-
Evolution (2015), Lucile Hadžihalilović, A-
Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015), Kent Jones, B
Ixcanul (2015), Jayro Bustamante, A-
The Kind Words (2015), Shemi Zarhin, C-
Endorphine (2015), Andre Turpin, B-
Demolition (2015), Jean-Marc Vallée, D
Where To Invade Next (2015), Michael Moore, C+
The Martian (2015), Ridley Scott, A-
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), David Gordon Green, B+
Schneider vs. Bax (2015), Alex van Warmerdam, B
Legend (2015), Brian Helgeland, B-
February (2015), Osgood Perkins, D+
Thru You Princess (2015), Ido Haar, B
Anomalisa (2015), Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, A-
Black Mass (2015), Scott Cooper, C-
Maggie’s Plan (2015), Rebecca Miller, C+
Desierto (2015), Jonás Cuarón, C+
High-Rise (2015), Ben Wheatley, B-
Spotlight (2015), Thomas McCarthy, B+
Bang Gang: A Modern Love Story (2015), Eva Husson, C
Rabin, the Last Day (2015), Amos Gitai, B
Room (2015), Lenny Abrahamson, A-
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), Matthew Brown, C
Septembers of Shiraz (2015), Wayne Blair, D-
Hardcore (2015), Ilya Naishuller, D+

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