An Still-Entirely-Redundant (But More Useful than Expected) Viewing Log for 2007

  • 293. (31 Dec) Bender's Big Score (2007, Dwayne Carey-Hill) [C]
  • 292. (29 Dec) /Superbad/ (2007, Greg Mottola) [A-]
  • 291. (28 Dec) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007, Tim Burton) [A-]
  • 290. (27 Dec) Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007, The Brothers Strause) [D-] {Yes, this was my return to cinephilia after a ten-day respite. How sad is that.}
  • 289. (16 Dec) Earth (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko) [B-]
  • 288. (16 Dec) Black Snake Moan (2007, Craig Brewer) [B]
  • 287. (14 Dec) I Am Legend (2007, Francis Lawrence) [B]
  • 286. (13 Dec) Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder) [A]
  • 285. (13 Dec) Offside (2007, Jafar Panahi) [A-]
  • 284. (12 Dec) Fluctuations (1970, Leo J. Rhewdnal) [C]
  • 283. (10 Dec) 12:08 East of Bucharest (2007, Corneilu Porumboiu) [C]
  • 282. (6 Dec) BloodRayne 2: Deliverance (2007, Uwe Boll) [D]
  • 281. (5 Dec) Vibrations (1968, Joseph Sarno) [B-]
  • 280. (4 Dec) Talk to Me (2007, Kasi Lemmons) [C]
  • 279. (2 Dec) Wind Chill (2007, Gregory Jacobs) [B-]
  • 278. (2 Dec) Black Book (2007, Paul Verhoeven) [B]
  • 277. (2 Dec) Ratcatcher (2000, Lynne Ramsay) [C+]
  • 276. (2 Dec) Time (2007, Kim Ki-duk) [B+]
  • 275. (1 Dec) No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel & Ethan Coen) [A-]
  • 274. (30 Nov) Private Property (2007, Joachim Lafosse) [B-]
  • 273. (29 Nov) /Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters/ (2007, Matt Maiellaro & Dave Willis) [B-]
  • 272. (27 Nov) Linda Linda Linda (2006, Nobuhiro Yamashita) [C]
  • 271. (26 Nov) White Slaves of Chinatown (1964, Joseph P. Mawra) [C+]
  • 270. (25 Nov) I Think I Love My Wife (2007, Chris Rock) [B]
  • 269. (23 Nov) The Mist (2007, Frank Darabont) [B]
  • 268. (22 Nov) Stranger than Fiction (2006, Marc Forster) [B]
  • 267. (20 Nov) The Condemned (2007, Scott Wiper) [D+]
  • t04. (20 Nov) The Screwfly Solution (2006, Joe Dante) [B-] {Remarkably bleak, but only so-so as a film -- the uneven acting, especially at the outset, wounds it, and the godawful finale nearly kills it.}
  • 266. (19 Nov) Flags of Our Fathers (2006, Clint Eastwood) [B-]
  • 265. (16 Nov) Chimes at Midnight (1965, Orson Welles) [B+]
  • 264. (14 Nov) Chalk (2007, Mike Akel) [C+]
  • 263. (13 Nov) Sans Soleil (1983, Chris Marker) [B+]
  • 262. (12 Nov) Comedy of Power (2007, Claude Chabrol) [B]
  • 261. (11 Nov) The Text of Light (1974, Stan Brakhage) [B+]
  • 260. (11 Nov) Mr. Brooks (2007, Bruce A. Evans) [C+]
  • 259. (7 Nov) Shock (1977, Mario Bava) [B+]
  • 258. (6 Nov) Captivity (2007, Roland Joffé) [D-]
  • 257. (4 Nov) Tokyo Olympiad (1965, Kon Ichikawa) [A] {That's two films in a row that made me cry. Is marriage making me soft or something?}
  • 256. (2 Nov) Gone Baby Gone (2007, Ben Affleck) [A]
  • 255. (1 Nov) The Good German (2006, Steven Soderbergh) [C]
  • 254. (31 Oct) Vacancy (2007, Nimród Antal) [B]
  • 253. (30 Oct) Nazarín (1959, Luis Buñuel) [B+]
  • 252. (30 Oct) Cannibal Man (1972, Eloy de la Iglesia) [B-]
  • 251. (29 Oct) Air Guitar Nation (2007, Alexandra Lipsitz) [B]
  • 250. (29 Oct) Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007, Joe Swanberg) [B-]
  • 249. (28 Oct) Trip with the Teacher (1975, Earl Barton) [C]
  • 248. (27 Oct) The Skydivers (1963, Coleman Francis) [no grade] {Seen via MST3K, but you know what? In its own way, this movie's kinda awesome.}
  • 247. (25 Oct) Lake of Fire (2007, Tony Kaye) [B]
  • 246. (24 Oct) Seraphim Falls (2007, David Von Acken) [B]
  • 245. (24 Oct) The Blood Spattered Bride (1972, Vicente Aranda) [C+]
  • 244. (23 Oct) The Fire Inside (1963, Louis Malle) [B+]
  • 243. (23 Oct) Zazie Dans le Métro (1960, Louis Malle) [A-]
  • 242. (22 Oct) Breach (2007, Billy Ray) [B-]
  • 241. (21 Oct) Bloodlust! (1961, Ralph Brooke) [no grade] {Seen via MST3K.}
  • 240. (21 Oct) Smiles of a Summer Night (1955, Ingmar Bergman) [B-]
  • 239. (20 Oct) 30 Days of Night (2007, David Slade) [D]
  • 238. (18 Oct) The Scarlet Empress (1934, Josef von Sternberg) [A-]
  • 237. (17 Oct) Catalina Caper (1967, Lee Sholem) [no grade] {Seen via MST3K.)
  • 236. (17 Oct) Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter (1972, Miguel M. Delgado) [B]
  • 235. (16 Oct) Dead Silence (2007, James Wan) [D]
  • 234. (15 Oct) Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945, Robert Bresson) [B+]
  • 233. (15 Oct) Les Anges du Péché (1943, Robert Bresson) [B+]
  • 232. (14 Oct) Tristana (1970, Luis Buñuel) [C]
  • 231. (12 Oct) Fires on the Plain (1959, Kon Ichikawa) [B+]
  • 230. (9 Oct) /Blue Velvet/ (1986, David Lynch) [A]
  • 229. (8 Oct) The Blood Shed (2007, Alan Rowe Kelly) [F] {If this movie were a person, I would beat it to death with my bare hands, and nobody would blame me.}
  • 228. (8 Oct) Benny's Video (1992, Michael Haneke) [B-]
  • 227. (7 Oct) Malibu High (1979, Irvin Berwick) [C+]
  • 226. (6 Oct) Into the Wild (2007, Sean Penn) [B+]
  • 225. (4 Oct) The Creeping Terror (1964, Arthur Nelson) [no grade] {Seen via MST3K.}
  • 224. (3 Oct) Sex and Fury (1973, Norifumi Suzuki) [B-]
  • 223. (30 Sep) The Boss of it All (2007, Lars von Trier) [B]
  • 222. (30 Sep) Exiled (2007, Johnnie To) [B+]
  • 221. (29 Sep) Severance (2007, Christopher Smith) [D]
  • 220. (27 Sep) Susana (1951, Luis Buñuel) [B+]
  • 219. (25 Sep) Halloween (2007, Rob Zombie) [C+]
  • 218. (24 Sep) Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006, Mark Rothemund) [B]
  • 217. (23 Sep) Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman) [A-]
  • 216. (22 Sep) The Exterminating Angels (2007, Jean-Claude Brisseau) [C+]
  • 215. (22 Sep) Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg) [C+]
  • DNF. (20 Sep) A Girl Is a Gun (1971, Luc Moullet) {I don't think my sensibilities are in line with Mr. Moullet's.}
  • 214. (20 Sep) Highlander: The Source (2007, Brett Leonard) [C-]
  • 213. (20 Sep) Alphaville (1965, Jean-Luc Godard) [B]
  • 212. (18 Sep) The Abandoned (2007, Nacho Cerdà) [D+]
  • 211. (14 Sep) Dai Nipponjin (2008, Hitoshi Matsumoto) [C+]
  • 210. (14 Sep) Eat, for This Is My Body (2007, Michelangelo Quay) [B-]
  • 209. (14 Sep) Mad Detective (2008, Johnnie To & Wai Kar Fai) [C+]
  • 208. (14 Sep) Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007, Takeshi Kitano) [C]
  • 207. (13 Sep) You, the Living (2007, Roy Andersson) [B+]
  • 206. (13 Sep) Dr. Plonk (2007, Rolf de Heer) [C]
  • DNF. (12 Sep) Import Export (2008, Ulrich Seidl) {I long for the day when an enterprising young director makes a film that doesn't make Austria and/or Eastern Europe look like the most depressing place in the world.}
  • 205. (12 Sep) A Girl Cut in Two (2008, Claude Chabrol) [B]
  • 204. (12 Sep) Redacted (2007, Brian de Palma) [C]
  • 203. (12 Sep) The Last Mistress (2008, Catherine Breillat) [B-]
  • 202. (12 Sep) Honeydripper (2007, John Sayles) [C+]
  • DNF. (11 Sep) Sukiyaki Western Django (2007, Takashi Miike) {Exhaustion's a bitch.}
  • 201. (11 Sep) Paranoid Park (2008, Gus van Sant) [B+]
  • 200. (11 Sep) Help Me Eros (2007, Lee Kang-sheng) [C]
  • 199. (11 Sep) Nightwatching (2007, Peter Greenaway) [B-]
  • 198. (11 Sep) The Girl in the Park (2008, David Auburn) [C+]
  • 197. (10 Sep) Stuck (2008, Stuart Gordon) [A-]
  • 196. (10 Sep) Exodus (2007, Pang Ho-cheung) [D]
  • 195. (10 Sep) Encounters at the End of the World (2007, Werner Herzog) [B+]
  • 194. (10 Sep) Sad Vacation (2007, Shinji Aoyama) [D+]
  • 193. (9 Sep) Silent Light (2008, Carlos Reygadas) [A] {OMG fucking masterpiece}
  • 192. (9 Sep) Barcelona (A Map) (2007, Ventura Pons) [C-]
  • 191. (9 Sep) Le Deuxième Souffle (2007, Alain Corneau) [B]
  • 190. (9 Sep) They Wait (2007, Ernie Barbarash) [C]
  • 189. (9 Sep) XXY (2008, Lucía Puenzo) [C+]
  • 188. (8 Sep) George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead (2008, George A. Romero) [C] {As far as I'm concerned, this film is a figment of my imagination. Never speak to me of it.}
  • 187. (8 Sep) Silent Resident (2007, Christian Frosch) [F]
  • 186. (8 Sep) Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2008, John Gianvito) [A-]
  • 185. (8 Sep) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2008, Cristian Mungiu) [A-]
  • 184. (8 Sep) My Kid Could Paint That (2007, Amir Bar-Lev) [A]
  • 183. (8 Sep) The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008, Eric Rohmer) [C]
  • 182. (7 Sep) My Winnipeg (2008, Guy Maddin) [A-]
  • 181. (7 Sep) At Sea (2007, Peter Hutton) [B]
  • 180. (7 Sep) The Flight of the Red Balloon (2008, Hou Hsiao-hsien) [B]
  • 179. (7 Sep) The Duchess of Langeais (2008, Jacques Rivette) [B+]
  • 178. (6 Sep) The Mother of Tears (2008, Dario Argento) [B]
  • 177. (6 Sep) Persepolis (2007, Vincent Parronaud & Marjane Satrapi) [C+]
  • 176. (6 Sep) Fados (2007, Carlos Saura) [B+]
  • 175. (3 Sep) Oliver Twist (1948, David Lean) [B+]
  • 174. (2 Sep) Great Expectations (1946, David Lean) [A-]
  • 173. (1 Sep) Sleepaway Camp (1983, Robert Hiltzik) [C+]
  • 172. (31 Aug) A Gentle Woman (1969, Robert Bresson) [B+]
  • 171. (29 Aug) She Freak (1967, Byron Mabe) [C]
  • 170. (27 Aug) Summertime (1995, David Lean) [B-]
  • 169. (26 Aug) Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang) [A-]
  • 168. (25 Aug) Hellblock 13 (2000, Paul Talbot) [C-]
  • 167. (24 Aug) Shock Corridor (1963, Samuel Fuller) [A-]
  • 166. (23 Aug) Los Olvidados (1950, Luis Buñuel) [A-]
  • 165. (21 Aug) /Ichi the Killer/ (2003, Takashi Miike) [B+]
  • DNF. (18 Aug) The Last Legion (2007, Doug Lefler)
  • 164. (17 Aug) Superbad (2007, Greg Mottola) [A-]
  • 163. (16 Aug) Mouchette (1967, Robert Bresson) [B+]
  • 162. (16 Aug) Drama/Mex (2007, Gerardo Naranjo) [C]
  • 161. (15 Aug) General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974, Barbet Schroeder) [B]
  • 160. (14 Aug) High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa) [B+]
  • 159. (13 Aug) The Fountain (2006, Darren Aronofsky) [C+]
  • 158. (12 Aug) The Lady Vanishes (1938, Alfred Hitchcock) [A-]
  • 157. (11 Aug) Stardust (2007, Matthew Vaughn) [D+]
  • 156. (10 Aug) Le Bonheur (1965, Agnès Varda) [B]
  • 155. (7 Aug) Zebraman (2004, Takashi Miike) [B]
  • 154. (6 Aug) Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau) [B+]
  • 153. (5 Aug) The Simpsons Movie (2007, David Silverman) [C+]
  • 152. (4 Aug) Why Worry? (1923, Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor) [B+]
  • 151. (3 Aug) Old Joy (2006, Kelly Reichardt) [B-]
  • 150. (25 Jul) Day Night Day Night (2007, Julia Loktev) [B+]
  • 149. (23 Jul) Zardoz (1974, John Boorman) [B+]
  • 148. (20 Jul) Paris Belongs to Us (1960, Jacques Rivette) [A-]
  • 147. (18 Jul) /Punch-Drunk Love/ (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson) [A]
  • 146. (17 Jul) Altered (2006, Eduardo Sanchez) [C+]
  • 145. (16 Jul) Thirst (1949, Ingmar Bergman) [B]
  • 144. (15 Jul) /The Iron Giant/ (1999, Brad Bird) [A]
  • 143. (13 Jul) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, David Yates) [B]
  • 142. (12 Jul) Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2007, Scott Glosserman) [B+]
  • 141. (11 Jul) Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964, René Cardona) [B]
  • 140. (10 Jul) Alone with Her (2007, Eric Nicholas) [C]
  • DNF. (10 Jul) The Smugglers (1967, Luc Moullet) {Stuff and nonsense.}
  • 139. (8 Jul) Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2006, Kankurô Kudô) [A-]
  • 138. (7 Jul) Fay Grim (2007, Hal Hartley) [C]
  • 137. (6 Jul) The Gravedancers (2006, Mike Mendez) [C]
  • 136. (4 Jul) Wait Until Dark (1967, Terence Young) [C+]
  • 135. (3 Jul) Ratatouille (2007, Brad Bird) [A]
  • 134. (2 Jul) The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophüls) [A-]
  • 133. (29 Jun) Sicko (2007, Michael Moore) [B]
  • 132. (28 Jun) Black Sheep (2007, Jonathan King) [C]
  • 131. (27 Jun) Art of the Devil (2004, Tanit Jitnukul) [D]
  • 130. (21 Jun) Once (2007, John Carney) [B]
  • 129. (20 Jun) District B13 (2006, Pierre Morel) [B-]
  • 128. (19 Jun) Reeker (2005, Dave Payne) [B-]
  • t03. (18 Jun) Pelts (2006, Dario Argento) [C] {This probably worked better -- a lot better -- as a short story. Slightly better technically than 2005's Jenifer (this one, at least, has moments that look like an Argento film) and possesses a fiercely committed performance from Meat Loaf Aday; however, it's also significantly stupider. I didn't know it was possible to be stupider than Jenifer, but there you go. The last-minute self-homage to Tenebrae was appreciated, though.}
  • 127. (18 Jun) The Science of Sleep (2006, Michel Gondry) [B-]
  • DNF. (18 Jun) Wassup Rockers (2006, Larry Clark) {Clark's photographic eye is as sharp as anyone's -- love that lime green house! -- but the non-pro acting is awful and the general retardedness of everything wore out quickly. I didn't like skateboarders when I was a teenager, so why did I think I'd find this movie interesting now?}
  • 126. (16 Jun) Burn! (1969, Gillo Pontecorvo) [C+]
  • 125. (15 Jun) /Primer/ (2004, Shane Carruth) [A-]
  • 124. (12 Jun) Hostel: Part II (2007, Eli Roth) [B-]
  • 123. (10 Jun) College (1927, James W. Horne) [B-]
  • 122. (8 Jun) Knocked Up (2007, Judd Apatow) [B]
  • 121. (6 Jun) Body Melt (1993, Philip Brophy) [C+]
  • 120. (5 Jun) Smokin' Aces (2007, Joe Carnahan) [C+]
  • 119. (5 Jun) Port of Call (1948, Ingmar Bergman) [B-]
  • 118. (3 Jun) Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933, Michael Curtiz) [B]
  • 117. (31 May) The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006, Jeff Feuerzeig) [B]
  • 116. (31 May) The Hitcher (2007, Dave Meyers) [D+]
  • 115. (25 May) Bug (2007, William Friedkin) [B+]
  • 114. (24 May) American Hardcore (2006, Paul Rachman) [B+]
  • 113. (23 May) Wanda the Sadistic Hypnotist (1969, Greg Corarito) [D+]
  • t02. (21 May) Pro-Life (2006, John Carpenter) [C-] {Hard to believe that the writing team/director responsible for Cigarette Burns -- my favorite Season 1 episode of Masters of Horror -- could be responsible for this hackneyed nonsense, but there you go. Considering how this posits itself against hypocrisy of any kind, it's kind of funny how it drowns itself in its own hypocrisy.}
  • 112. (20 May) Hardgore (1974, Michael Hugo) [C]
  • 111. (19 May) Dr. Sex (1964, Ted V. Mikels [as "Theo Mikacecci"]) [C]
  • 110. (17 May) Performance (1970, Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg) [B+]
  • 109. (15 May) The Ghost (2004, Kim Tae-kyung) [C-]
  • 108. (15 May) The Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Víctor Erice) [B]
  • 107. (13 May) The Valet (2007, Francis Veber) [B-]
  • 106. (13 May) 28 Weeks Later (2007, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) [A-]
  • 105. (12 May) /Shaun of the Dead/ (2004, Edgar Wright) [A-]
  • 104. (10 May) Lucky Number Slevin (2006, Paul McGuigan) [D-]
  • t01. (10 May) Imprint (2005, Takashi Miike) [C+] {Mr. Miike's only as good as his material, which is why he'll never be a great director, and the story here is fuzzy and slim even at an hour. The gross-outs are plentiful, but the most effective section is essentially lifted wholesale from Audition.}
  • 103. (8 May) Equinox (1970, Jack Woods) [C]
  • 102. (8 May) The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni) [B]
  • 101. (7 May) Arang (2006, Ahn Sang-hoon) [C]
  • 100. (6 May) Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer) [C]
  • 099. (5 May) Spider-Man 3 (2007, Sam Raimi) [B]
  • 098. (4 May) The Wicker Man (2006, Neil LaBute) [B]
  • 097. (3 May) Thr3e (2007, Robby Henson) [D+]
  • 096. (30 Apr) Crisis (1946, Ingmar Bergman) [B]
  • 095. (29 Apr) Punishment Park (1971, Peter Watkins) [B]
  • 094. (27 Apr) The Cocoanuts (1929, Robert Florey & Joseph Santley) [B-]
  • 093. (27 Apr) Hot Fuzz (2007, Edgar Wright) [B+]
  • 092. (26 Apr) The Godson (1971, William Rotsler) [C]
  • 091. (25 Apr) Chaos (2005, David DeFalco) [F]
  • 090. (25 Apr) Torment (1944, Alf Sjöberg) [C]
  • 089. (24 Apr) For Your Height Only (1981, Eddie Nicart) [B]
  • 088. (23 Apr) Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001, Ted Bonnitt) [C+]
  • 087. (20 Apr) The Toll of the Sea (1922, Chester M. Franklin) [C+]
  • 086. (19 Apr) The Notorious Bettie Page (2006, Mary Harron) [C+]
  • DNF. (19 Apr) The Puffy Chair (2006, Jay Duplass) {Atrocious, and not in a fun way like Challenge of the Tiger.}
  • 085. (18 Apr) Challenge of the Tiger (1980, Bruce Le) [B-]
  • 084. (17 Apr) Doctor of Doom (1963, René Cardona) [B-]
  • 083. (17 Apr) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007, Matt Maiellaro & Dave Willis) [B-]
  • 082. (16 Apr) Experiment in Terror (1962, Blake Edwards) [B]
  • 081. (15 Apr) Red Road (2007, Andrea Arnold) [B]
  • 080. (14 Apr) /Orgazmo/ (1998, Trey Parker) [B+]
  • 079. (13 Apr) The Reaping (2007, Stephen Hopkins) [C]
  • 078. (10 Apr) Dirty Ho (1979, Liu Chia-liang) [B]
  • 077. (8 Apr) Blades of Glory (2007, Josh Gordon & Will Speck) [C+]
  • 076. (6 Apr) Grindhouse (2007, Robert Rodriguez/Rob Zombie/Edgar Wright/Eli Roth/Quentin Tarantino) [B+]
  • 075. (5 Apr) Killer of Sheep (1977, Charles Burnett) [B+]
  • 074. (4 Apr) /Blood Diner/ (1987, Jackie Kong) [B+]
  • DNF. (4 Apr) Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971, Lucio Fulci) {I elected to sleep through the majority of this film's midsection rather than try and figure out what the hell Fulci thought he was doing. One more for my Horrible Films I Wish I Didn't Own shelf.}
  • 073. (3 Apr) /The Wizard of Gore/ (1970, Herschell Gordon Lewis) [B]
  • 072. (3 Apr) Where Eagles Dare (1968, Brian G. Hutton) [B+]
  • 071. (29 Mar) Black Christmas (2006, Glen Morgan) [C-]
  • 070. (27 Mar) Vampyros Lesbos (1970, Jess Franco) [B-]
  • 069. (27 Mar) The Hills Have Eyes II (2007, Martin Weisz) [D]
  • 068. (26 Mar) /Duck Soup/ (1933, Leo McCarey) [A]
  • 067. (23 Mar) /Electric Dragon 80,000V/ (2000, Sogo Ishii) [B+]
  • 066. (22 Mar) Running with Scissors (2006, Ryan Murphy) [D+]
  • 065. (21 Mar) F**k (2006, Steve Anderson) [C+]
  • 064. (21 Mar) Bloody Reunion (2006, Im Dae-woong) [C+]
  • DNF. (19 Mar) Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000, Hong Sang-soo) {I sure hope this is one of Hong's lesser works. Otherwise, what the hell are y'all seeing in him?}
  • 063. (16 Mar) Good Morning... and Goodbye! (1967, Russ Meyer) [B]
  • 062. (16 Mar) Shadowboxer (2006, Lee Daniels) [D+]
  • 061. (16 Mar) Coup de Torchon (1981, Bertrand Tavernier) [B]
  • 060. (15 Mar) Bio-Dome (1996, Jason Bloom) [D-]
  • 059. (14 Mar) /Monsters, Inc./ (2001, Pete Docter) [A-]
  • 058. (13 Mar) 300 (2007, Zack Snyder) [D]
  • 057. (13 Mar) Culloden (1964, Peter Watkins) [B]
  • 056. (10 Mar) The Return (2006, Asif Kapadia) [D-]
  • 055. (6 Mar) The War Game (1965, Peter Watkins) [A]
  • 054. (6 Mar) The Window (1949, Ted Tetzlaff) [A-]
  • 052. (5 Mar) Hot Thrills and Warm Chills (1967, Dale Berry) [F]
  • 051. (5 Mar) Mauvaise Graine (1934, Alexander Esway & Billy Wilder) [B]
  • 050. (3 Mar) /Audition/ (2001, Takashi Miike) [A-]
  • 049. (2 Mar) Zodiac (2007, David Fincher) [B]
  • 048. (1 Mar) The Lives of Others (2007, Florian Henckel von Donnersmark) [A-]
  • 047. (28 Feb) The Host (2007, Bong Joon-ho) [B+]
  • 046. (28 Feb) The Browning Version (1951, Anthony Asquith) [B+]
  • 045. (27 Feb) The Double Life of Veronique (1991, Krzysztof Kieslowski) [B+]
  • 044. (27 Feb) The Intruder (2005, Claire Denis) [C]
  • 043. (25 Feb) Death Walks on High Heels (1971, Luciano Ercoli) [B]
  • 042. (25 Feb) Chloe in the Afternoon (1972, Eric Rohmer) [B]
  • 041. (23 Feb) Reno 911!: Miami (2007, Ben Garant) [C]
  • 040. (22 Feb) In the Bathtub of the World (2001, Caveh Zahedi) [B]
  • 039. (20 Feb) Epic Movie (2007, Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer) [C]
  • 038. (20 Feb) The Messengers (2007, Danny & Oxide Pang) [D+]
  • 037. (18 Feb) /The Seven Samurai/ (1954, Akira Kurosawa) [A]
  • 036. (17 Feb) /Jackass Number Two/ (2006, Jeff Tremaine) [A]
  • 035. (17 Feb) /Audition/ (2001, Takashi Miike) [A-]
  • 034. (16 Feb) A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006, Dito Montiel) [B]
  • 033. (14 Feb) /Freddy Got Fingered/ (2001, Tom Green) [B+]
  • 032. (14 Feb) Viridiana (1961, Luis Buñuel) [B+]
  • 031. (13 Feb) Gabrielle (2006, Patrice Chéreau) [B+]
  • 030. (11 Feb) Hollywood After Dark (1965, John Patrick Hayes) [C+]
  • 029. (8 Feb) The Last King of Scotland (2006, Kevin Macdonald) [C+]
  • 028. (7 Feb) Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975, Thom Andersen) [B+]
  • 027. (6 Feb) Planetfall (2005, Michael J. Heagle) [D]
  • 026. (5 Feb) Iron Island (2006, Mohammad Rasoulof) [C+]
  • 025. (4 Feb) The Moving Finger (1963, Larry Moyer) [D-]
  • 024. (4 Feb) Babel (2006, Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu) [C-]
  • 023. (1 Feb) A Scanner Darkly (2006, Richard Linklater) [B+]
  • 022. (1 Feb) Goodbye CP (1972, Kazuo Hara) [A]
  • 021. (30 Jan) Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2006, Lu Chuan) [B+]
  • 020. (29 Jan) 4 (2006, Ilya Khrjanovsky) [C]
  • 019. (27 Jan) W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971, Dusan Makavejev) [C+]
  • 018. (25 Jan) Sweet Movie (1974, Dusan Makavejev) [B]
  • 017. (24 Jan) The Wayward Cloud (2007, Tsai Ming-liang) [B+]
  • 016. (23 Jan) /Serenity/ (2005, Joss Whedon) [B]
  • 015. (22 Jan) Fuego (1969, Armando Bo) [B-]
  • 014. (21 Jan) /Kwaidan/ (1964, Masaki Kobayashi) [A-; up from B+] {Jesus God is this film ever gorgeous.}
  • 013. (19 Jan) Snakes on a Plane (2006, David R. Ellis) [C+]
  • 012. (19 Jan) Idiocracy (2006, Mike Judge) [B-]
  • 011. (14 Jan) The Seventh Continent (1989, Michael Haneke) [B-]
  • 010. (13 Jan) Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro) [B+]
  • 009. (12 Jan) Children of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuarón) [A]
  • 008. (11 Jan) The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir) [A]
  • 007. (10 Jan) /The Wild Blue Yonder/ (2006, Werner Herzog) [B]
  • 006. (9 Jan) An Inconvenient Truth (2006, Davis Guggenheim) [B+]
  • 005. (8 Jan) The Court Jester (1955, Melvin Frank & Norman Panama) [A-]
  • 004. (7 Jan) The Good Shepherd (2006, Robert De Niro) [C]
  • 003. (6 Jan) Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006, Tom Tykwer) [A-]
  • 002. (3 Jan) Sheitan (2006, Kim Chapiron) [C+]
  • 001. (1 Jan) Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch) [B]
Author Comments: 

Well, I can't just stop now, can I?

You know what slashes mean. Don't try to hide it.

I'm looking forward to those three hours of "Huh?"!

It's a good film. It's just... it's oblique even by Lynch's standards.

I'd barely want to watch Inland Empire before I could get the DVD and watch it over and over.

More oblique than Lost Highway, even?

Compared to the id-dump that is Inland Empire, Lost Highway looks like a model of narrative coherence.

I snoozed and didn't get my ticket for 3 hours of "huh" with a Q&A afterward. Now I have to wait for the regular engagement. Despite the mediocre grade, I'm looking forward to Cassel going nutzoid. It's at #7 in the old Netflix queue.

Sheitan is worth seeing just for Cassel at his most unhinged. It's not really very good, and it kinda splits apart when it reaches the horror elements, but it has a trashy energy. And Cassel's awesome.

Is there even going to be a regular engagement? I thought that Lynch purchased the rights and was taking it from city-to-city.

Oh wow, I hope that's not true. So I guess I'll have to wait a year for the DVD.

He didn't purchase the rights so much as volunteer to self-distribute it after every distributor he took it to looked at it and went, "What? David, you so crazy." It's been a big enough success in NYC, though, that it should reasonably make it out West eventually. If What Is It? can get to bloody Columbus, OH, Inland Empire should get to Seattle easy.

Great about The Perfume, its one of my favorite books.

After liking the film so much, I guess I should read the book, huh?

Why Was It 65 Degrees Where I Live on a Sunday in January? Oh. Yeah.

Hahah, it was 72 around here. Just two states away. ;-)

(And I don't get the disdain for the film in general by a large portion of cineastes. If you don't like Al Gore, that's one thing, but I thought it was well presented. What do I know?)

I can't remember the last time I wanted to see some goddamn snow so badly...

Also, can I just say that I really wish the funny, personable Al Gore who shows up in the film was the Al Gore who ran for president in '00 rather than the Gorebot 2000? ("And on the other side of the scale... THE ENTIRE WORLD!")

Amen to that.

"And I don't get the disdain for the film in general..."

I think that the cinema class has difficulty judging a film on its own merits. I would be willing to bet that The Day After Tomorrow received more uncritical praise than An Inconvenient Truth. What do we know?

just thought i'd say all the links from snakes on a plane to good shepard lead to children of men page

Um... yes, yes they do. Read past Children of Men -- there's about fifteen films reviewed in that post.

right i do apologize. i thought the other reviews were pin point links from mid page of the reviews rather than one page reviews. like the children of men page, i thought the other pages jumped straight to the right review rather than being just that one review, and i was too lazy to check my facts haha so i am sorry

Speaking of cannibals, did you see that they're remaking "Cannibal Holocaust"?

Fun!

Yeah, I did. Jesus. Why?

You can't hurt me, not with my CHEESE HELMET!

DING DONG! DING DONG!

Did you lost a bet and had to watch Bio-dome, or was it a punishment for something? or you thought it could be another Freddie got fingered?

Kinda sorta lost a bet -- I got involved in this. Hope someone else has fun with Nude for Satan...

that is pretty cool actually.

Yeah, it should be fun. I just wish I didn't have to wade through Bio-Dome to do it... :-)

I couldn't finish "Vampyros Lesbos" and I'd give "Virgin Stripped Bare.." a B-. What a crazy world!

I can't defend Vampyros as quality cinema, but it was certainly amusing. And you can't fuck with those bold primary colors.

I'm sure most of my problem is that I am tired, tired, tired of the Dracula story. If someone can film Dracula and make me interested, they'd probably get an automatic A.

Have you seen "She Killed in Ecstasy" yet? I can get behind that one. Well, to an extent.

If someone can film Dracula and make me interested, they'd probably get an automatic A.

What'd ya think of Maddin's ballet Dracula?

Haven't seen Ecstasy yet... bought the OOP Synapse DVD a few years back, and it's sat in my backlog ever since. Soon, maybe. Soledad Miranda is indeed hot enough for the film to warrant a watch. Plus, it's got a guy named Horst starring in it.

Maddin's Dracula ultimately didn't deviate from the text enough for me to fully endorse, although I did like it because, well, it's Maddin. (I think I gave it a 60, a low B-). I'm thinking that I just don't like the "seduction of the innocent" narrative.

When ya gonna write up Zodiac? More opinions -- it's what Kza craves.

That write-up will come soon, but don't expect any insight or anything -- I thought it was perfectly decent and not much more than that. Wherefore the masterpiece tag, peoples?

I think it may be my least favorite Fincher, and that's counting Alien Cubed.

I'd agree with you if I didn't still hate The Game (not the playa).

Ha! I was just going to make that joke, but you got the edit in before me.

So "Where Eagles Dare" is worth it, eh?

Dude... it's Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton blowing the hell out of the Nazis. What's not to love?

That's what I figured. I only saw the first 1/2 hour or so, but it looked promising. (It's also md'a's #1 movie for that year.)

Not since he reshuffled his lists in strict accordance to year-of-creation -- it's now #9 in 1968. I can't keep up with him anymore...

Whoah, seriously? And when the fuck did he do that? Those things are supposed to be set in stone :-)

Blades of Glory (2007, two nobodies) [C+]

But how were Will Arnett and Amy Poehler? That's the only question that needs answering.

They had some decent moments. But really, if Will Ferrell is taken out of the equation, then my grade begins to look like Matt's. I'm not joking.

Don't forget about Nick Swardson! ("I just wanna cut off your skin and wear it to my birthday.")

100. (6 May) Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer) [C]
099. (5 May) Spider-Man 3: The Emoing (2007, Sam Raimi) [B]

O_O

I can see the B for "Spider-Man" - there was a point where I was like, "Raimi's clearly goofing on the stupidity of comic books" but the C for "Ordet" ... hmm, without looking back at your logs, what did you think of "Day of Wrath," his Joan of Arc picture and "Gertrud?" Cuz Dreyer is of the Bergman-school (though Bergman came later)....

I think Passion of Joan, Vampyr and Day of Wrath are all unassailable masterpieces (I haven't yet seen Gertrud). But I'm not seeing the brilliance of Ordet -- the staging is calcified and flat, the conflict is obvious and the acting is, to put it charitably, non-professional... and not in the interesting Bressonian way, either.

Come to think of it, myabe Bresson could have made this work. I think Bergman, like Dreyer, would have drowned in the dour religiousosity of it all -- note also my antipathy for Through a Glass Darkly, though this is probably closer to Winter Light (which I admire).

(3 Jun) Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933, Michael Curtiz) [B]

Good job, bud. The 3-D one gets all the press, but all it has going for it is paddleball. This one's an actual movie.

Yeah, I thought it was pretty fun. Also, I'm a sucker for that faded early-Technicolor look. And jesus christ Fay Wray was freakin' hot.

Wow! I really really enjoyed The Puffy Chair, although the ending was one of the main reasons why.

Yeah, I dunno -- I don't think I'm on the same wavelength as the Duplass Bros. After switching off The Puffy Chair, I consulted IMDb and found out I'd seen a short of theirs, This Is John, several years back. I rember it as a film that tried to make something out of nothing and instead got a whole load of irritating nothing. Chair seemed headed in the same direction, and I didn't care to find out if I was right.

karate kid thing in Smokin Aces was terrible.

Oof. After the third or so scene with that goddamn kid, I was ready to call it quits on Carnahan's film. Then it unexpectedly got awesome.

As far as I'm concerned, this film is a figment of my imagination. Never speak to me of it.

Sorry, dude, but I gotta ask: what's up with the Romero?

Trust me, you really don't want to get me started on it, especially since it inexplicably seems to be liked by just about everyone else. All I can think is that they've forgotten how to perceive and were filling in the film they wanted to see in place of the clumsy, hackneyed, tiresomely self-aware slice of pure bullshit that was actually up on screen.

93. (9 Sep) Silent Light (2007, Carlos Reygadas) [A] {OMG fucking masterpiece}

Finally eh?

Oh yeah. Just... GORGEOUS.

Interested to read your take on Eastern Promises. I rated it much higher, but part of that may be the big-hetero-man-crush I have on Viggo Mortensen. I'm also considering getting tattoos to tell the story of my life so I don't have to take part in small talk ever again.

It struck me like there were two movies struggling against each other in Eastern Promises. One was a sly mafia-based comedy of manners shading into high camp, and the other was a stolid exploitation drama. I was mildly positive until the latter overwhelmed the former in the last fifteen minutes. Viggo, however, was awesome.

(6 Oct) Grizzly Post-Adolescent (2007, Sean Penn)
:D, lol
Have you ever tried your luck at fwfr.com? Cause it's the awesome place for puns on movies.

Aw, great... another way to eat up what little time I have these days... :-)

Exactly. :)

Which one is Tristana?, i'm always confused with that one and Viridiana.

Tristana has Catherine Denueve, Viridiana has Silvia Pinal. Also, Tristana sucks and Viridiana doesn't.

I checked the IMDB, now i know their differences haven't seen Tristana, and haven't seen the whole Viridiana, i saw half the movie or so once on a latin movies channel, called cinelatino.

The thing is i realized, that i knew about Tristana, because is referred in a chapter of The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene, it seems its a take on one of the Don Juan or Casanova stories.

237. (17 Oct) Catalina Caper (1967, Lee Sholem) [no grade] {Seen via MST3K.)

You're the top-olous!

Creepy giiirl, oh creepy giiiirl...

Ah, The Skydivers. While it's not the cinematic culmination of Francis' motifs and obsessions -- that would be Night Train to Mundo Fine a.k.a. Red Zone Cuba, it's definitely my favorite of the Sniper in an Airplane trilogy. Remember when the plane was coming in for a bumpy landing and the one dude just walks up to it? That was awesome.

I'm actually excited about watching Skydivers sans 'bots. It's so far afield from basic film grammar that Francis almost looks like some weird kind of avant-garde idiot savant. I'll admit, the film impressed me on some deep level.

Bloodrayne 2: Deliverance (2007, Uwe Boll)

Why do you do this to yourself? ;-) Is it like the scene in Dirty Harry where the guy just has to know if there are any bullets left in the .357?

Honestly, part of me secretly enjoys the very idea of Uwe Boll. He's so completely nuts that I figure he might make a good movie by accident one day.

Ace in the hokle, i'm so in love with Wilder, you must see One, Two, Three, if you haven't.

I agree. I don't think One, Two, Three is necessarily Wilder's best, but it's almost certainly his funniest.