Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Last 50 Movies I've Watched

  1. White Material
  2. Monsieur Verdoux
  3. The Master
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Searching for Sugarman
  6. The Turin Horse
  7. Tyrannosaur
  8. Prince Of The City
  9. Groundhog Day
  10. The First Of The Few
  11. Made in USA
  12. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  13. Seven Psychopaths
  14. Marley
  15. Flight
  16. Waking Life
  17. Killing Them Softly
  18. Prison
  19. Life of Pi
  20. I Am Cuba
  21. The Hobbit
  22. Moonrise Kingdom
  23. These Three
  24. La Strada
  25. The Adversary
  26. Monrak Transistor
  27. Looper
  28. Headhunters
  29. Sisters
  30. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  31. Lolita (1962)
  32. In the Shadow of the Moon
  33. Compulsion
  34. Zero Dark Thirty
  35. Rosemary’s Baby
  36. Compliance
  37. The Orphanage
  38. The Little Foxes
  39. Claire Dolan
  40. The Hit
  41. The Big Sleep (1946)
  42. The Maltese Falcon (1940)
  43. Belle de Jour
  44. Barney’s Version
  45. Deconstructing Harry
  46. Becket
  47. The Andromeda Strain
  48. Holy Motors
  49. A Bridge Too Far
  50. Jack Reacher

I Am Cuba is a famously lost but rediscovered film made by a Russian crew in Cuba in 1964, though set 1959 or earlier. It has a lot of clunky communist propaganda in it and its depiction of Americans is about as nuanced as a WW2 Hollywood depiction of ‘evil Japs’. The story is a bit too episodic: there are four separate storylines. And the version I watched had an unremovable Russian voice-over which repeats nearly everything said in Spanish, which was annoying. (Apparently it is possible to find versions without that). But still I’d have to recommend it. It has many powerful moments, including a great climax, and amazing camerawork. The film is visually sui generis, with many scenes shot in broad daylight with an infra-red camera (which produces a very strange effect in black and white), or with a fish-eye lens. And there are a couple of stunning tracking/flying shots in it, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a must-see.

As for the other films, of the new ones, these are all worth seeing:
Silver Linings Playbook
Moonrise Kingdom
Holy Motors
Zero Dark Thirty
Jack Reacher
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
...though best of all were:
Life of Pi
Searching for Sugarman

Of the older films, the following are very good:
Groundhog Day
Monsieur Verdoux
Waking Life
La Strada
Monrak Transistor
The Little Foxes
The Hit
The Big Sleep
The Maltese Falcon
Barney’s Version
Deconstructing Harry

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