Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Aug 1, 2020 7:16:25 GMT
weird month for me. watched a ton of stuff in the first couple weeks and then nothing for almost two weeks. Still managed to rack up 35 new films (+ two rewatches). Probably a 4th of those were documentaries.
top 10 01. Marwencol (2010) 02. Punishment Park (1971) 03. Stoker (2013) 04. The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) 05. Rendezvous in Paris (1995) 06. Welcome to Chechnya (2020) 07. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012) 08. Swallow (2020) 09. Ernest & Celestine (2012) 10. It Felt Like Love (2014)
best actress 1. Tilda Swinton, I Am Love 2. Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman 3. Haley Bennett, Swallow 4. Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen 5. Gina Piersanti, It Felt Like Love
best actor 1. Michael Caine, The Romantic Englishwoman 2. Fares Fares, The Nile Hilton Incident 3. Aksel Hennie, Headhunters 4. Kwon Hae-hyo, The Day After 5. Willem Dafoe, Togo
best supporting actress 1. Liana Liberato, To the Stars 2. Nicole Kidman, Stoker 3. Aurore Rauscher, Rendezvous in Paris 4. Allison Janney, Bad Education 5. Andie MacDowell, Magic Mike XXL
best supporting actor 1. Lily Franky, Like Father Like Son 2. Clarke Peters, Da 5 Bloods 3. Woody Harrelson, The Edge of Seventeen 4. Matthew Goode, Stoker 5. Yasser Ali Maher, The Nile Hilton Incident
cinematography best in show: Chung-hoon Chung for Stoker
with a special mention for Krister Linder's score of The Nile Hilton Incident. Seriously I cannot plug this gritty Swedish/Egyptian neo-noir enough, go watch it.
Rwatches: Phantom Thread - perfect Deep Water (2006 doc about Donald Crowhurst)
Pretty great month for me actually, lots of good shit.
Top 10 First-time Watches: Spoorloos Perfect Blue Raise the Red Lantern West Side Story Lady Snowblood Mysterious Skin Kuroneko Adventureland The Assistant But I'm a Cheerleader
Favorite Performances Rita Moreno in West Side Story Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet in Mysterious Skin Gong Li in Raise the Red Lantern Martin Sheen in The Dead Zone Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu and Gène Bervoets in Spoorloos Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in The Age of Innocence Julia Garner and Matthew Macfadyen in The Assistant Tom Cullen and Chris New in Weekend Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young in Shirley
too many re-watches... and not really any standouts for the new watches...
7ish/10s (alphabetically) Beastie Boys Story (2020) Come and See (1985) Destry Rides Again (1939) Each Dawn I Die (1939) House of Wax (1953) The Next Three Days (2010) Onward (2020) Palm Springs (2020) The Tall Target (1951)
performances 1. James Cagney, Each Dawn I Die 2. Vincent Price, House of Wax 3. Russell Crowe, The Next Three Days 4. Cristin Milioti, Palm Springs 5. Michael Shannon, Premium Rush 6. Richard Dawson, The Running Man 7. Aleksei Kravchenko, Come and See
Fatso (1980) King Lear (1970) Fireworks Wednesday (2006) The Sleeping Car Murders (1965) The Evacuees (1975) Georgy Girl (1966) Taboo (1999) Olivia (1951)
Paul Scofield, King Lear Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback Alan Bates, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Takeshi Kitano, Taboo Stanwyck, Stella Dallas Keddie/Strahovski, Stateless Donald Sutherland/Luca Marinelli, Trust Mary Alice, The Sty of the Blind Pig Judi Dench, Langrishe Go Down
I only watched fifteen films in July, but it was a satisfying month All of the fifteen films ranked from best to "worst" Inglourious Basterds (2009) - 4/5 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) - 4/5 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) - 4/5 12 Angry Men (1957) - 4/5 Secret Sunshine (2007) - 4/5 Oasis (2002) - 4/5 The Favourite (2018) 4/5 (rewatched) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - 3/5 All the President’s Men - (1975) - 3/5 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) - 3/5 Young Adult (2011) - 3/5 (rewatched) The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) - 3/5 Nosferatu (1922) - 3/5 Robin Hood (1973) - 3/5 Clemency (2019) - 3/5
Best performances Henry Fonda - 12 Angry Man and The Grapes of Wrath Jeon Do-yeon - Secret Sunshine Christopher Waltz - Inglorious Basterds Uma Thurman - Kill Bill vol.1 and 2 Moon So-ri - Oasis Charlize Theron - Young Adult Emma Stone/Olivia Colman/Rachel Weisz - The Favourite Alfre Woodard - Clemency
19 first watches. Certainly not as strong a month as the last few I've had, but there were still some very solid films/performances, and a few real gems.
Top films 1) Two Days, One Night (Dardennes, 2014) 2) A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Spielberg, 2001) 3) Collateral (Mann, 2004) 4) Exotica (Egoyan, 1994) 5) Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami, 1997) 6) Lynn + Lucy (Boulifa, 2020) 7) Wild (Valee, 2014) 8) Palm Springs (Barbakow, 2020) 9) Relic (James, 2020) 10) Scarface (de Palma, 1983) + Hamilton (don't quite see it as a feature film, but it was pretty fantastic so deserves a mention)
Top performances 1) Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night & La Vie en Rose 2) Bruce Greenwood, Exotica 3) Haley Joel Osment, A.I. Artificial Intelligence 4) Javier Bardem, Biutiful 5) Jodie Foster, The Accused 6) Hugh Grant, The Gentlemen 7) Fabrizio Rongione, Two Days, One Night 8) Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern, Wild 9) Nichola Burley, Lynn + Lucy 10) Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx, Collateral 11) River Phoenix, My Own Private Idaho 12) Jude Law, A.I. Artificial Intelligence 13) Andy Samberg & Cristin Milioti, Palm Springs + the cast of Hamilton
Top-10 Movies 1. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) - 10 2. Seconds (1966) - 9.5 3. Swimming Pool (2003) - 9 4. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) - 9 5. Thirteen (2003) - 8.5 6. In America (2003) - 8.5 7. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) - 8 8. Certain Women (2016) - 8 9. The Return (2003) - 8 10. Palm Springs (2020) - 7.5
Top-19(apparently) Perfomances - so many great performances i just included ones that'll end up nodded in their respected years 1. Isabelle Adjani, The Story of Adele H. 2. Charlotte Rampling, Swimming Pool 3. Holly Hunter, Thirteen 4. Jung-ah Yum, A Tale of Two Sisters 5. Sarah Bolger, In America 6. Adele Haenel, Orphan 7. Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen 8. Djimon Hounsou, In America 9. Lily Gladstone, Certain Women 10. Paddy Considine, In America 11. Toni Collette, Japanese Story 12. Ludivine Sagnier, Swimming Pool 13. Nicolas Cage, Matchstick Men 14. Samantha Morton, In America 15. Ray Liotta, Identity 16. John Randolph, Seconds 17. Rock Hudson, Seconds 18. Alfre Woodard, Down in the Delta 19. Cillian Murphy, Intermission
A Couple of technical achievements to point out as well.. Seconds (James Wong Howe) in Cinematography
. Tampopo. Felt really bad that I pushed this film for so long. I adored it . La Belle Noiseuse. A lot could be said, just wanna highlight Jane Birkin, who I thik has the most complicated character and she exels in it . Kiki's Delivery Service. revisiting the Ghibli cataloge has been a pleasure, Miyazaki makes a good case now for one of my all-time favourites . The Ballad of Narayama. (1958 ) feels like something completely new was cooking, jusk like Chabrol, Truffaut and Varda in France at the same time . Short Cuts. they don't make them like they used to... sad . White God. A film that has so may refereances to so many genres and it's so blunt on what is saying on paper should be a trainwreck, very much looking forward to Pieces of a Woman.... I think Mundruczó is quite underrated, very unique voice. . Crime and Punishment. I did a mini Kaurismaki marathon and when someone chose an adaptation of such emblematic novel as their first film, you know that guy rules. This one in particular it's like a blend between Kieslowski with the deadpan and carefully world that defines Aki's work. . The Prince of Tides. Took me by surprise given that everything I saw from Streisand as a director didn't do it for me, in this one almost everything lands in the right place, as urbanpatrician said in aother thread, very reminicent of its era but for the right reasons . Moscow on the Hudson. Also did a mini Mazursky marathon and I appreciate this one because given the subject matter, didn't felt like a lecture at any moment and there's a great performance at the center . Farewell. Political thrillers is one of my predilect genres and this is one of the best I've seen in a long time.
Perfomances. Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson Nick Nolte - Prince of Tides Emir Kusturica in Farewell The ensamble of The Dinner Game / Short Cuts / The Night of Varennes Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton, Longford Marilyn Monroe, The Prince and the Showgirl ( maybe her best performance ? ) Jill Clayburgh, An Unmarried Woman
Top 15 Films 1. Lawrence of Arabia 2. Stroszek 3. Grizzly Man 4. Ugetsu 5. The American Friend 6. The Battle of Algiers 7. Dead Ringers 8. First Cow 9. Limelight 10. Kill List 11. Thelma & Louise 12. The Magician 13. The Last Command 14. Falling Down 15. Hard Eight
Top 15 Performances 1. Bruno S., Stroszek 2. Peter O'Toole, Lawrence of Arabia 3. Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers 4. Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here 5. Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise 6. Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise 7. Brad Dourif, Wise Blood 8. Bruno Ganz, The American Friend 9. Dennis Hopper, The American Friend 10. Emil Jannings, The Last Command 11. Charlie Chaplin, Limelight 12. Claire Bloom, Limelight 13. Philip Baker Hall, Hard Eight 14. Brady Jandreau, The Rider 15. Anthony Perkins, Psycho III