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Wed, 2008-03-19 11:50

I've finally seen every director on this list. When they changed the list at the start of the year, I had only Clint Eastwood, Jean-Pierre Melville and Andrzej Wajda to see. Monday I watched "Les Enfants Terribles" by Melville, and previously this year I've seen Eastwoods "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and Wajda's "Samson", so now I've seen every director on the list.

Check.

only three directors left! and my favorite films seen in 2007

Sun, 2007-12-30 18:44

Yesterday, and the day before, I watched Sans Soleil and La Jetee, both excellent, and both directed by Chris Marker. So, I only have three more directors to watch from this list, namely von Stroheim, Flaherty, and Rocha.

UPDATE The list has been updated, so Rocha is no longer on it! But, Clint Eastwood, Jean-Pierre Melville and Andrzej Wajda are now on it, and I've not seen anything by them (but the library will soon fix that).

Since the year is up, and because LizzieLou said she was going to do this (or at least she said something that suggested the idea to me), here are my favorite movies watched in 2007, in no particular order:

That seems like a strange bunch.

Mr. Mankiewicz and Mr. Tarkovsky

Mon, 2007-09-17 22:45

Two more films from this list of directors.

I watched Stalker, by Andrei Tarkovsky. Extremely impressive visually, it looks like nothing else I've ever seen. A little like Eraserhead, kind of like a Joel Peter Witkin, but not so human. He does these long shots with the camera looking straight down into shallow water containing all kinds of interesting things. Very impressive to look at, but rather thin on content: some heavy philosophy, but philosophy we've all thought about before, and it's not as fun to think about it so slowly and quietly.

Definitely is not dated. I didn't realize it was made in 1979 - it feels very modern.

I wasn't terribly surprised to find out that the film actually was shot in a hazardous environment: several of those involved in the film (including Tarkovsky) died of the same cancer.

Mr. Cassavetes and Mr. Pasolini

Thu, 2007-09-13 12:12

Two more films seen by directors on this list.

I watched A Child is Waiting by Cassavetes. It was very, very good. Curiously, it makes me feel especially the universal weakness of the human race - how fun!

Last night I watched Mamma Roma (bad, bad wikipedia article!). Quite a good film, Anna Magnani does a great job. Surprisingly abrupt ending.

Here are the directors left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Visconti
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

I've got a Mankiewicz on Tivo, a Dovzhenko on VHS(!) from the library on the coffee table, and holds on a Tarkovsky, a Marker, and a Visconti. The list will soon be even shorter...

Fassbinder

Wed, 2007-09-05 23:16

In my continuing project to see a film by every director on this list, I watched Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul tonight. It was fantastic. Amazing cinematography of simple settings, great acting, very human story. I loved it.

I also watched Hsiao-Hsien Hou's Cafe Lumiere, which was terribly empty. It had some nice city shots, but nothing else to recommend it.

I saw Kiarostami's A Taste of Cherry. A very simple film, good acting, but I wish it was just a little less minimal, and a touch of humor (even the slightest touch) would have helped.

I watched Max Ophul's Lola Montes, too. Just terrible, though I thought at first that the circus scenes were really going to make the movie work for me.

So, I've got 10 directors left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Visconti
  • Cassavetes
  • Pasolini
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

Rome, Open City

Sat, 2007-09-01 00:09

I watched Rome, Open City by director Roberto Rossellini tonight. I thought it was very powerful, and sad, another reminder of mankind's cruelty: hooray!

I watched it as part of a little project I've set for myself to see at least one movie by all 100 top directors at the
They Shoot Picture's Don't They? site. When I started this project, I had 25 director's films to see; with Rossellini out of the way, I've got 14 left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Ophuls
  • Visconti
  • Cassavetes
  • Kiarostami
  • Fassbinder
  • Pasolini
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Hsiao-Hsien Hou
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

I've been putting holds on DVDs at the library - it's been very effective, and a nice way to spend part of my summer.