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  • Viridiana

    Viridiana 1961

    Watched 24 Jun, 2016

    Out of the handful of Buñuel films I've seen, I've really liked some and been totally baffled by others, but I rarely feel like I totally *get* them on a first watch. In one sense, Viridiana feels a little more straight-forward - it doesn't have the overtly surrealist flair of Un chien andalou or The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, nor the formal experimentation of That Obscure Object of Desire. That said, it's meant to be a "satire" and a…

  • Chicken Little

    Chicken Little 2005

    Watched 26 Jun, 2016

    I gotta stop letting Jonathan choose movies for Karina from Netflix Instant. This was terrible.

  • Tangled

    Tangled 2010

    Added

    I don't know how to log films that I've seen over a period of a dozen viewings with Karina. But I have now seen all of this one, and I love it.

  • The Punk Singer

    The Punk Singer 2013

    Watched 17 Jun, 2016 1

    I've been quite into music documentaries lately (not just due to Ryan's double-header a couple of weeks ago), and I was looking forward to getting to see this one about Bikini Kill leader Kathleen Hanna. My intro to Bikini Kill was actually (shame) Rock Band, which included "Rebel Girl" as one of the playable songs. It quickly became of my favorites, with its combination of catchy music, strident vocals (in my range!), and in your face but humorous lyrics. I…

  • Beginners

    Beginners 2010

    Watched 14 Jun, 2016

    This is probably going to be a short one. I just don't have a lot to say about this movie. It's about Oliver (Ewan McGregor) whose elderly father Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out as gay after his long-time wife dies. The movie actually mostly takes place after his father also dies, as McGregor tentatively starts a new relationship with actress Anna (Melanie Laurent). The story is told in multiple layers of flashback, as Oliver deals with the deaths of his…

  • Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural

    Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural 1973

    Watched 10 Jun, 2016

    The whole time I was watching this, I couldn't help comparing it in my head to Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, another film about a young innocent running into a bunch of alternately alluring and frightening vampires - both films are kind of dreamy and definitely cut from the same cloth.

    Lemora is the vampire here, a beautiful but cold woman who spirits young Lila Lee away from her Baptist church in search of her bank robber father. Lila's…

  • The Hole

    The Hole 1998

    Watched 07 Jun, 2016

    I figured I'd be coming up against some of the odder films of the challenge when I got to Chad's week - he's got some of the more eccentric tastes in my main movie group on Facebook, and he didn't disappoint.

    Tsai Ming-liang's 1998 take on the turn of the millennium in Taiwan has the city suffering from a strange virus that makes people act like roaches. The city is supposed to have been evacuated, but some residents are stubbornly…

  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown

    Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002

    Watched 02 Jun, 2016

    Standing in the Shadows of Motown is about a band that never got the recognition they deserved because they stayed a backup band - despite creating the sound that would be forever associated with Motown. A reunion concert acts as a throughline and musical showcase (more on that in a minute), but generally it highlights the stories and accomplishments of The Funk Brothers in general and many of its members individually.

    Of course, this gets into quite a bit of…

  • The Last Waltz

    The Last Waltz 1978

    Watched 03 Jun, 2016

    The Last Waltz is the record of The Band's final concert in 1978, and one of the first times a single band's concert was filmed and released in theatres (of course Woodstock and Monterey Pop predate The Last Waltz). Martin Scorsese directed (his interest in music has resulted in several other music-related documentaries since this), and captured the joy and energy of the concert with some great cinematography despite having to be careful not to interfere with the concert from…

  • The Rink

    The Rink 1916

    Watched 26 May, 2016

  • The Vagabond

    The Vagabond 1916

    Watched 26 May, 2016

  • The Pawnshop

    The Pawnshop 1916

    Watched 30 May, 2016