Today's library acquisitions, a couple of which should be watched this evening:
EARLY SUMMER (Criterion)
DRUNKEN ANGEL (Criterion)
I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING (Criterion)
BILLY JACK (saw this as a kid, but really needed to revisit it for context)
OVER THE HEDGE (trying to catch up on all the CG movies from the past few years, in case any are worth owning on Blu)
Recent library signouts (with apologies for not listing them here as I went along, but they arrive so fast and furious it's all I can do to watch them!), Title in blue are the ones I'd like to own on Blu-ray when (or if) they become available:
THE WHITE SHEIK (Fellini)
SATYRICON (Fellini) still debating whether I'd want to own this. It keep lingering . . .
FELLINI'S ROMA (the kind of Fellini I don't like)JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (the kind of Fellini I do like)
WILD STRAWBERRIES (Bergman)SOLARIS
(Tarkovsky) (another one I previously viewed at too young an age)
LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (Scorcese)
ANTICHRIST (von Trier)AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON
THE NIGHT PORTER (Cavani)
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE
6 SHORT FILMS BY W.C. FILMSYI YI (previously seen on VHS; wanted to revisit to see if I should eventually buy the Blu-ray)
BROADCAST NEWS (this film did NOT deserve a spot in the Criterion collection. My guess is they did it because of a couple of prescient notions early on, but they're nothing in comparison to NETWORK)
RUSSIAN ARK (Sokurov)FISH TANK
REAR WINDOW (Hitchcock)VERTIGO
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (Capra) (not too hard to see how this pushed the envelope for its time)
ON THE WATERFRONT (Kazan)CLOCKWORK ORANGE
KING OF COMEDY (Scorcese)
ROSEMARY'S BABY (Polanski)
MOMMIE DEAREST (previously seen, but was curious to hear John Waters' commentary, which is hilarious)EASY RIDER
TAXI DRIVER (Scorcese)
SERPICO (requested the DVD, but got the VHS. Watched it anyways.
HEAVEN'S GATE (made it all the way through!)
SCARFACE (DePalma) Only saw parts of this previously. Not overly impressed.
A SIMPLE PLAN (Raimi)
40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Extended cut; hilarious but goes on WAY to long; should probably try to see the theatrical version)
DONNIE DARKO (Kelly)
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN (Norrington)
MEET THE ROBINSONS
PRINCESS & THE FROG
ASTROBOY (this is practically a Hong Kong film, what with all the behind-the-scenes talent involved!)
Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:I think ORDET is probably my favorite Dreyer film. My issues with GERTRUD are not because of some of the stage-ness, but we can discuss when you finish it.
Lost track of this little discussion. To follow up, GERTRUD left me cold, and furthermore thinking it may have deserved the reportedly chilly crticial reception it received at the time of its release -- evidently the cinema of the time appeared to leave Dreyer behind. I actually signed it out a second time, on the advice of one of the interview subjects on the disc
, who comments about Dreyer being a "woman's director" and GERTRUD improving greatly on a second viewing. Sadly, it didn't improve for me; I still find the main character's ideological stance to be off-putting and forced, even if it is kind of the point of the film, and she does pay a certain price for it. Still, it's a fascinating film on some levels, so I'd rank it favourably. ORDET was indeed excellent, but extremely sloooow which, among other minor quibbles, parks it just slightly
behind DAY OF WRATH as my favourite Dreyer film. Clearly Dreyer even told his actors to move at half-speed, which doesn't entirely make thematic sense to me (reflecting the rigidity of religion, perhaps?) outside of it seemingly being one of his trademark techniques. I'm also in the camp of those who believe the ending doesn't work (I suppose I can blame my logic-driven mind for that), even though it certainly packs an emotional wallop.