Yep, pretty much lived up to the hype.
Here's how it entered my Flickchart:
Mad Max: Fury Road > Good Will Hunting
Mad Max: Fury Road > Air Force One
Mad Max: Fury Road > Rashomon
Mad Max: Fury Road > Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Mad Max: Fury Road < Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mad Max: Fury Road < Libeled Lady
Mad Max: Fury Road < High and Low
Mad Max: Fury Road < Moonrise Kingdom
Mad Max: Fury Road < A Streetcar Named Desire
Mad Max: Fury Road > Holiday
Mad Max: Fury Road > Smiles of a Summer Night
Mad Max: Fury Road > The Naked Kiss
Final #216 out of 3558
Week 9: Hardboiled Wonderland
Challenge: Watch an unseen film from the Hardboiled Wonderland 1970s list of crime films.
Okay, so this is the week 9 film, which is correct for this week, but due to time issues I've had to skip weeks 7 and 8 for now - I will return to them! I just didn't want to get too far…
I've decided I quite like films about musical moments/scenes that capture a certain zeitgeist. Spheeris hangs out with bands in the LA punk scene - the ones down on the ground, putting on $6 shows at grimy clubs and living in closets for $16 a month. It's fascinating and sad and exhilarating and scary and alive.
Here's how it entered my Flickchart:
The Decline of Western Civilization > Hotel Chevalier
The Decline of Western Civilization > Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Week 6: Eastern European Films
Challenge: Watch an unseen feature by Jan Svankmayer, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, or Bela Tarr.
Well, I picked this one because I've seen a good bit from the other filmmakers, but had only seen (and liked) Once Upon a Time in Anatolia from Ceylan. I should've realized from Anatolia that I should expect some length…
Week 5: PUNQ Week
Challenge: Watch an unseen feature that ranked in the top ten on any of PUNQ’s pre-1940 lists.
I gotta give PUNQ props - I don't keep up on Letterboxd that much, but this guy has Top 100s for every year from like 1896 to 1939. I watch a lot of old movies, but that's crazy. Anyway, that…
Straightfoward but solid Revolutionary War story from the perspective of a teen. I read the book recently and I actually think the movie did a lot of things better - it streamlined a lot of the minor characters, and shortened the first half significantly so we're tossed into the grumblings of the Sons of Liberty much sooner instead of spending so much time with Johnny's personal grumblings. The movie also tweaked the end to actually show the Battle of Lexington…
A misunderstanding with some perfume on a husband's collar and gloves on the counter at home cause a husband and wife to quarrel and make an agreement to live separately (but under the same roof to keep up appearances) and only talk via written correspondence. It's a ridiculously escalation of the misunderstanding, but it's funny and lighthearted. The use of hand-written notes as a method of communication is really interesting - they'd have to use title cards to get dialogue…
Series of vignettes from Christ's life and death. Stagey, as you'd expect for 1906, but much better staged than many films from the time. The world feels lived in beyond what we see, and that's refreshing.
Here's how the film entered my Flickchart:
The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ < Good Will Hunting
The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ < Stage Door Canteen
The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ > The Mummy Returns
Very short (less than a minute) film with a fairy woman pulling babies out of cabbages. Gotta say, I'm a little concerned about how nonchalantly she dumps the babies on the ground, but there's also an airy charm to the film, which is the first film ever by a woman director, and considered one of the first if not the first narrative film.
Week 4: 60's Blockbuster Week
Challenge: Watch an unseen film from among the Top 50 Highest Grossing Movies of the 1960s.
This was another week where I had seen many of the big hitters - The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Doctor Zhivago, etc. I wasn't too enthused about any of the remaining options (geez, audiences in the '60s liked…
So far this may be my favorite of the Pvt Snafu shorts, aside from a really unfortunate bit of racist caricature in the beginning, as a Japanese soldier is island hopping toward the USA. The point is that the Aleutians were the back door to Pearl Harbor, but now it's the front door to Tokyo, and thus very important to gain and keep control of. But the weather is crazy there, and we get some really quality sight gags to go along with the weather extremes.