Films seen: in 2006

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  1. [01 Jan] Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly) (B)
  2. [01 Jan] A Face in the Crowd (1957, Elia Kazan) (A-)
  3. [02 Jan] Sword of the Beast (1965, Hideo Gosha) (B+)
  4. [03 Jan] Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941, Alfred Hitchcock) (B-)
  5. [04 Jan] Without Warning! (1952, Arnold Laven) (B-)
  6. [04 Jan] Duel (1971, Steven Spielberg) (B) [I think I can count this since it's the version for European theatrical release]
  7. [05 Jan] Reconstruction (2003, Christoffer Boe) (B+)
  8. [07 Jan] Mysterious Skin (2005, Gregg Araki) (B+)
  9. [08 Jan] The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937, Richard Boleslawski) (C+)
  10. [08 Jan] Project Grizzly (1997, Peter Lynch) (B-)
  11. [09 Jan] Seven Men From Now (1956, Budd Boetticher) (B+)
  12. [09 Jan] Deadline (2004, Kate Chevigny/Kirsten Johnson) (B)
  13. [12 Jan] Hustle & Flow (2005, Craig Brewer) (B)
  14. [14 Jan] /The Maltese Falcon/ (1941, John Huston) [NOIR](B+)
  15. [14 Jan] City Streets (1931, Rouben Mamoulian) [NOIR](B-)
  16. [15 Jan] Match Point (2005, Woody Allen) [*] (B)
  17. [17 Jan] Red Eye (2005, Wes Craven) (C)
  18. [18 Jan] The Future of Food (2004, Deborah Koons Garcia) (B)
  19. [19 Jan] Ride Lonesome (1959, Budd Boetticher) (B-)
  20. [20 Jan] Kamikaze Girls (2005, Tetsuya Nakashima) (B-)
  21. [21 Jan] When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960, Mikio Naruse) [*] (A-)
  22. [21 Jan] Brothers (2005, Susanne Bier) (B)
  23. [22 Jan] Spite Marriage (1929, Edward Sedgwick) (C+)
  24. [23 Jan] The Cameraman (1928, Edward Sedgwick) (B+)
  25. [24 Jan] /Crimes and Misdemeanors/ (1989, Woody Allen) (A)
  26. [25 Jan] The Aristocrats (2005, Paul Provenza) (B)
  27. [26 Jan] On Dangerous Ground (1951, Nicholas Ray) (C+)
  28. [27 Jan] The Bad Sleep Well (1960, Akira Kurosawa) (A)
  29. [28 Jan] Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935, Mikio Naruse) [*] (B)
  30. [28 Jan] Roadblock (1951, Harold Daniels) (C+)
  31. [29 Jan] 20,000 Years in Sing-Sing (1933, Michael Curtiz) (B-)
  32. [29 Jan] House of Numbers (1957, Russell Rouse) (C+)
  33. [29 Jan] Flowing (1956, Mikio Naruse) [*] (B+)
  34. [31 Jan] Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton) (A-)
  35. [03 Feb] Our Hospitality (1923, John G. Blystone/Buster Keaton) (B+)
  36. [03 Feb] Hammett (1982, Wim Wenders) (B-)
  37. [04 Feb] Repast (1951, Mikio Naruse) [*] (B-)
  38. [05 Feb] The Funeral (1996, Abel Ferrara) (B+)
  39. [06 Feb] Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau) (A-)
  40. [07 Feb] Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton) (A-)
  41. [08 Feb] The Sea Wolf (1941, Michael Curtiz) (B)
  42. [11 Feb] Cache (2005, Michael Haneke) [*] (B)
  43. [12 Feb] Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams & Black Power (2004, Sandra Dickson/Churchill Roberts) (B-)
  44. [12 Feb] Crash (2005, Paul Haggis) (C)
  45. [12 Feb] The General (1927, Clyde Bruckman/Buster Keaton) (B+)
  46. [14 Feb] Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder) (A-)
  47. [16 Feb] Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Charles Reisner) (B+)
  48. [17 Feb] The Heiress (1949, William Wyler) (B+)
  49. [18 Feb] Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2006, Michael Winterbottom) [*] (B)
  50. [18 Feb] Hot Millions (1968, Eric Till) (C+)
  51. [19 Feb] Scarlet Street (1945, Fritz Lang) (B+)
  52. [19 Feb] Washington Square (1997, Agnieszka Holland) (B-)
  53. [20 Feb] The Indian Runner (1991, Sean Penn) (B+)
  54. [23 Feb] Black Angel (1946, Roy William Neill) (B)
  55. [25 Feb] Darwin's Nightmare (2004, Hubert Sauper) [*] (A-)
  56. [25 Feb] Scream 2 (1997, Wes Craven) (C-)
  57. [26 Feb] Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, Steve Box/Nick Park) (B+)
  58. [26 Feb] Corpse Bride (2005, Tim Burton/Mike Johnson) (B-)
  59. [27 Feb] The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)(A-)
  60. [28 Feb] Whirlpool (1949, Otto Preminger) (C)
  61. [02 Mar] I Never Sang For My Father (1970, Gilbert Cates) (B)
  62. [03 Mar] The Constant Gardener (2005, Fernando Meirelles) (B)
  63. [04 Mar] Duma (2005, Carroll Ballard) [*] (B)
  64. [04 Mar] I Know Where I'm Going! (1945, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger) (A-)
  65. [04 Mar] /Heathers/ (1989, Michael Lehmann) (B)
  66. [05 Mar] Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton) (B)
  67. [06 Mar] Head-On (2005, Fatih Akin) (B+)
  68. [07 Mar] San Francisco (1936, W.S. Van Dyke) (B)
  69. [08 Mar] Lucky Number Slevin (2006, Paul McGuigan) [*] (C-)
  70. [10 Mar] The Wanderers (1979, Philip Kaufman) (B+)
  71. [11 Mar] The Libertine (2006, Laurence Dunmore) [*] (C+)
  72. [12 Mar] Crack-Up (1946, Irving Reis) (C)
  73. [12 Mar] Through the Fire (2005, Jonathan Hock) (B-)
  74. [13 Mar] Thumbsucker (2005, Mike Mills) (B-)
  75. [14 Mar] The House on 92nd St. (1945, Henry Hathaway) (B-)
  76. [17 Mar] A History of Violence (2005, David Cronenberg) (B+)
  77. [18 Mar] Bubble (2005, Steven Soderbergh) (B+)
  78. [19 Mar] The Edge of the World (1937, Michael Powell) (A-)
  79. [19 Mar] Danger Signal (1945, Robert Florey) (C)
  80. [19 Mar] The Mask of Dimitrios (1944, Jean Negulesco) (C+)
  81. [21 Mar] The House on Telegraph Hill (1951, Robert Wise) (B-)
  82. [23 Mar] Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005, Sam Dunn/Scot McFadyen/J.J. Wise) [*] (B)
  83. [25 Mar] Futureworld (1976, Richard T. Heffron) (C)
  84. [25 Mar] Bruce & Me (2004, Oren Siedler) (B+)
  85. [26 Mar] The Fallen Idol (1948, Carol Reed) [*] (B)
  86. [28 Mar] Contraband (1940, Michael Powell) (B-)
  87. [30 Mar] Cast a Dark Shadow (1957, Lewis Gilbert) (B-)
  88. [31 Mar] Ride the High Country (1962, Sam Peckinpah) (B+)
  89. [02 Apr] City of Hope (1991, John Sayles) (B)
  90. [02 Apr] Cinderella Man (2005, Ron Howard) (B-)
  91. [03 Apr] A Woman's Face (1941, George Cukor) (B-)
  92. [04 Apr] Fallen Angel (1945, Otto Preminger) (B+)
  93. [07 Apr] Cisco Pike (1972, Bill L. Norton) (C)
  94. [08 Apr] Brick (2005, Rian Johnson) [*] (B)
  95. [08 Apr] Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950, Otto Preminger) (B+)
  96. [10 Apr] Split Second (1953, Dick Powell) (B-)
  97. [10 Apr] Race Street (1948, Edwin L. Marin) (C+)
  98. [11 Apr] Code Unknown (2000, Michael Haneke) (B-)
  99. [16 Apr] Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940, William Dieterle) (B)
  100. [17 Apr] Destination Murder (1950, Edward L. Cahn) (C)
  101. [21 Apr] Mission (2001, Loren Marsh) (C)
  102. [22 Apr] Turnabout (1940, Hal Roach) [SFIFF] (B-)
  103. [22 Apr] Who Killed the Electric Car? (2005, Chris Paine) [SFIFF] (B+)
  104. [22 Apr] The Great Santini (1979, Lewis John Carlino) (B-)
  105. [23 Apr] Wah-Wah (2005, Richard E. Grant) [SFIFF] (C+)
  106. [23 Apr] The Gronholm Method (2005, Marcelo Pineyro) [SFIFF] (B)
  107. [24 Apr] Eden (2005, Michael Hoffman) [SFIFF] (B+)
  108. [25 Apr] The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2004, Mitsuru Meike) [SFIFF] (C)
  109. [25 Apr] The Heart of the Game (2005, Ward Serrill) [SFIFF] (B+)
  110. [25 Apr] Le Petit Lieutenant (2005, Xavier Beauvois) [SFIFF] (C+)
  111. [25 Apr] Manslaughter (2005, Per Fly) [SFIFF] (B)
  112. [27 Apr] Thank You For Smoking (2006, Jason Reitman) [*] (C+)
  113. [28 Apr] American Blackout (2005, Ian Inaba) [SFIFF] (B+)
  114. [28 Apr] October 17, 1961 (2005, Alain Tasma) [SFIFF] (B)
  115. [29 Apr] Jonestown: The Life & Death of Peoples Temple (2006, Stanley Nelson) [SFIFF] (B-)
  116. [06 May] The Notorious Bettie Page (2006, Mary Harron) [*] (C+)
  117. [07 May] Armored Car Robbery (1950, Richard Fleischer) (B-)
  118. [07 May] Kansas City Confidential (1952, Phil Karlson) (B)
  119. [09 May] Commune (2005, Jonathan Berman) [*] (B-)
  120. [13 May] Classes Tous Risques (1960, Claude Sautet) [*] (B)
  121. [14 May] Art School Confidential (2006, Terry Zwigoff) [*] (C+)
  122. [16 May] Hostel (2006, Eli Roth) (C)
  123. [19 May] Dangerous (1935, Alfred E. Green) (B-)
  124. [20 May] The Tall T (1957, Budd Boetticher) (B+)
  125. [21 May] Forty Guns (1957, Samuel Fuller) (B-)
  126. [23 May] Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes) [*] (B+)
  127. [25 May] Buchanan Rides Alone (1958, Budd Boetticher) (C+)
  128. [26 May] The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger) (A-)
  129. [27 May] Wordplay (2006, Patrick Creadon) [SIFF] (B+)
  130. [27 May] A Bittersweet Life (2005, Kim Jee-woon) [SIFF] (B)
  131. [28 May] The Proposition (2006, John Hillcoat) [SIFF] (B+)
  132. [28 May] King Leopold's Ghost (2006, Oreet Rees/Pippa Scott) [SIFF] (B)
  133. [29 May] Heading South (2006, Laurent Cantet) [SIFF] (C+)
  134. [29 May] Twelve and Holding (2006, Michael Cuesta) [SIFF] (B)
  135. [29 May] The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970, Sam Peckinpah) (C+)
  136. [31 May] Host and Guest (2005, Shin Dong-Il) [SIFF] (B-)
  137. [01 Jun] Rome, Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini) [SIFF] (B+)
  138. [02 Jun] Low Profile (2005, Christoph Hochhausler) [SIFF] (C+)
  139. [03 Jun] Screaming Masterpieces (2005, Ari Alexander/Ergis Magnússon) [SIFF] (B-)
  140. [03 Jun] /The Five Venoms/ (1978, Chang Cheh) [SIFF] (B+)
  141. [04 Jun] 49 Up (2005, Michael Apted) [SIFF] (B+)
  142. [04 Jun] Little Red Flowers (2006, Zhang Yuan) [SIFF] (C)
  143. [06 Jun] Human Resources (1999, Laurent Cantet) (B+)
  144. [09 Jun] The Iceberg (2005, Dominique Abel/ Fiona Gordon/ Bruno Romy) [SIFF] (C)
  145. [10 Jun] Brothers of the Head (2005, Keith Fulton/Louis Pepe) [SIFF] (B-)
  146. [10 Jun] Beowulf & Grendel (2005, Sturla Gunnarson) [SIFF] (C+)
  147. [11 Jun] The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950, Felix E. Feist) [SIFF] (B-)
  148. [11 Jun] The Window (1949, Ted Tetzlaff) [SIFF] (B+)
  149. [12 Jun] Two O'Clock Courage (1945, Anthony Mann) (C+)
  150. [13 Jun] Burnt Out (2005, Fabienne Godet) [SIFF] (B+)
  151. [16 Jun] Tough Enough (2006, Detlev Buck) [SIFF} (B)
  152. [16 Jun] Gravehopping (2005, Jan Cvitkovic) [SIFF] (B)
  153. [17 Jun] Grain in Ear (2005, Zhang Lu) [SIFF] (B)
  154. [17 Jun] Crime Novel (2005, Michele Placido) [SIFF] (B+)
  155. [17 Jun] A Comedy of Power (2006, Claude Chabrol) [SIFF] (B-)
  156. [18 Jun] We Shall Overcome (2005, Niels Arden Oplev) [SIFF] (B)
  157. [18 Jun] Starfish Hotel (2006, John Williams) [SIFF] (B-)
  158. [18 Jun] Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! (2006, Liz Garbus/Rosie Perez) (B)
  159. [19 Jun] The Great Flamarion (1945, Anthony Mann) (C)
  160. [21 Jun] Desperate (1947, Anthony Mann) (B-)
  161. [22 Jun] The Tall Target (1951, Anthony Mann) (B+)
  162. [24 Jun] An Inconvenient Truth (2006, Davis Guggenheim) [*] (B+)
  163. [24 Jun] Kill! (1968, Kihachi Okamoto) [*] (B+)
  164. [25 Jun] Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2006, Park Chan-wook) [*] (C)
  165. [26 Jun] The Big Red One (1980, Samuel Fuller) [158 min. version] (B)
  166. [26 Jun] Little Fish (2005, Rowan Woods) (B-)
  167. [27 Jun] /The Narrow Margin/ (1952, Richard Fleischer) (B+)
  168. [28 Jun] Comanche Station (1960, Budd Boetticher) (B)
  169. [29 Jun] Boomerang! (1947, Elia Kazan) (B)
  170. [30 Jun] The Informer (1935, John Ford) (B+)
  171. [01 Jul] Stolen (2005, Rebecca Dreyfus) [*] (C+)
  172. [01 Jul] /The Game/ (1997, David Fincher) (B-)
  173. [02 Jul] Edge of the City (1957, Martin Ritt) (B)
  174. [03 Jul] Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006, Bill Couturié) (C+)
  175. [04 Jul] Nashville (1975, Robert Altman) (B)
  176. [04 Jul] The Stratton Story (1949, Sam Wood) (B-)
  177. [06 Jul] Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made (1994, Mika Kaurismaki) (B-)
  178. [07 Jul] House of Bamboo (1955, Samuel Fuller) (B)
  179. [08 Jul] Winter Soldier (1972) (B+) [strictly for content and not form, this is a movie everyone should see]
  180. [09 Jul] A Scanner Darkly (2006, Richard Linklater) [*] (B)
  181. [10 Jul] /Out of the Past/ (1947, Jacques Tourneur) (B+)
  182. [12 Jul] Why We Fight (2005, Eugene Jarecki) (B-)
  183. [14 Jul] Pursued (1947, Raoul Walsh) (B)
  184. [17 Jul] The Baron of Arizona (1950, Samuel Fuller) (B)
  185. [20 Jul] The Abominable Snowman (1957, Val Guest) (B-)
  186. [22 Jul] The Smugglers (1967, Luc Moullet) [*] (C-)
  187. [23 Jul] Four Sided Triangle (1953, Terence Fisher) (C)
  188. [23 Jul] Born To Be Bad (1950, Nicholas Ray) (B)
  189. [24 Jul] Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006, Lisa Ades/Lesli Klainberg)
  190. [26 Jul] The Wobblies (1979, Stewart Bird/Deborah Shaffer) (B+)
  191. [27 Jul] The President's Last Bang (2005, Im Sang-Soo) (B)
  192. [28 Jul] G Men (1935, William Keighley) (B)
  193. [29 Jul] House By The River (1950, Fritz Lang) (B-)
  194. [30 Jul] The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years (1988, Penelope Spheeris) (B)
  195. [30 Jul] Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969, George Roy Hill) (B+)
  196. [01 Aug] Lonely Are The Brave (1962, David Miller) (B+)
  197. [02 Aug] /The Curse of Frankenstein/ (1957, Terence Fisher) (B-)
  198. [04 Aug] City For Conquest (1940, Anatole Litvak) (B)
  199. [05 Aug] Lemming (2006, Dominik Moll) [*] (B-)
  200. [06 Aug] M (1931, Fritz Lang) (A-)
  201. [06 Aug] Hell Is a City (1960, Val Guest) (B)
  202. [08 Aug] The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958, Terence Fisher) (B-)
  203. [09 Aug] Hollywoodland (2006, Allen Coulter) [*] (C+)
  204. [11 Aug] Bullets or Ballots (1936, William Keighley) (B)
  205. [12 Aug] The Last Mogul: The Life & Times of Lew Wasserman (2005, Barry Avrich) (C)
  206. [12 Aug] The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938, Anatole Litvak) (B-)
  207. [13 Aug] Army of Shadows (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville) [*] (A)
  208. [13 Aug] They Made Me a Criminal (1939, Busby Berkeley) (B-)
  209. [14 Aug] The Witch's Mirror (1960, Chano Urueta) (B-)
  210. [17 Aug] The Whistler (1944, William Castle) (B-)
  211. [18 Aug] Mark of the Vampire (1935, Tod Browning) (C+)
  212. [18 Aug] Ghost Ship (1943, Mark Robson) (B)
  213. [19 Aug] Cobra Verde (1987, Werner Herzog) [*] (C+)
  214. [19 Aug] Sssssss (1973, Bernard L. Kowalski) (C)
  215. [20 Aug] Snakes on a Plane (2006, David R. Ellis) [*] (C)
  216. [24 Aug] Venom (1982, Piers Haggard) (C+)
  217. [25 Aug] A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003, Im Sang-Soo) (B)
  218. [26 Aug] The Racket (1951, John Cromwell) (C+)
  219. [04 Sep] Factotum (2006, Bent Hamer) [*] (B-)
  220. [05 Sep] Half Nelson (2006, Ryan Fleck) [*] (B)
  221. [08 Sep] Marked Woman (1937, Lloyd Bacon) (B)
  222. [09 Sep] X: The Unknown (1956, Leslie Norman) (C)
  223. [09 Sep] Inside Man (2006, Spike Lee) (B)
  224. [10 Sep] The Hill (1965, Sidney Lumet) (B+)
  225. [12 Sep] Film Geek (2006, James Westby) (C)
  226. [13 Sep] Putney Swope (1969, Robert Downey) (C-)
  227. [14 Sep] This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006, Kirby Dick) [*] (B)
  228. [16 Sep] The Black Dahlia (2006, Brian DePalma) [*] (C+)
  229. [16 Sep] Carrie (1976, Brian DePalma) (B+)
  230. [18 Sep] Clean and Sober (1988, Glenn Gordon Caron) (C)
  231. [24 Sep] House of Strangers (1949, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) (B-)
  232. [30 Sep] Jackass Number Two (2006, Jeff Tremaine) [*] (B)
  233. [30 Sep] /The Lost Weekend/ (1945, Billy Wilder) (B+)
  234. [01 Oct] /Affliction/ (1997, Paul Schrader) (B-)
  235. [05 Oct] Night Editor (1946, Henry Levin) [*] (B-)
  236. [06 Oct] /Dressed to Kill/ (1980, Brian DePalma) (B)
  237. [07 Oct] I Am a Sex Addict (2005, Caveh Zahedi) (B)
  238. [08 Oct] The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese) [*] (B+)
  239. [08 Oct] /Metal: A Headbanger's Journey/ (2005, Sam Dunn/Scot McFadyen) (B-)
  240. [10 Oct] Flags of Our Fathers (2006, Clint Eastwood) [*] (B-)
  241. [11 Oct] Out of Africa (1985, Sydney Pollack)(B-)
  242. [12 Oct] The Breaking Point (1950, Michael Curtiz) [*] (B+)
  243. [13 Oct] Imprint (2006, Takashi Miike) (C+)
  244. [14 Oct] Calvaire (2004, Fabrice du Welz) (B-)
  245. [16 Oct] Cigarette Burns (2005, John Carpenter (C+)
  246. [17 Oct] Ab-Normal Beauty (2004, Oxide Pang) (C+)
  247. [19 Oct] The Mob (1951, Robert Parrish) [*] (B-)
  248. [22 Oct] Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004, Danny Leiner) (C)
  249. [30 Oct] The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959, Fernando Mendez) (B-)
  250. [01 Nov] The Beast With Five Fingers (1946, Robert Florey) (C+)
  251. [02 Nov] Don't Bother To Knock (1952, Roy Ward Baker) [*] (B-)
  252. [04 Nov] Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971, John D. Hancock) (B)
  253. [05 Nov] Captain Clegg a.k.a. Night Creatures (1962, Peter Graham Scott) (B-)
  254. [05 Nov] All the King's Men (1949, Robert Rossen)(B)
  255. [06 Nov] House of Usher (1960, Roger Corman) (C+)
  256. [07 Nov] The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971, Robert Fuest) (B)
  257. [09 Nov] Ruby Gentry (1952, King Vidor) [*] (C+)
  258. [18 Nov] The Bridge (2006, Eric Steel) [*] (B+)
  259. [21 Nov] Bobby (2006, Emilio Estevez) [*] (C+)
  260. [23 Nov] Fast Food Nation (2006, Richard Linklater) [*] (B)
  261. [24 Nov] Casino Royale (2006, Martin Campbell) [*] (B)
  262. [24 Nov] Pusher (1996, Nicolas Winding Refn) (B)
  263. [25 Nov] For Your Consideration (2006, Christopher Guest) [*] (C+)
  264. [25 Nov] Cleopatra Jones (1973, Jack Starrett) (C)
  265. [26 Nov] Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (2006, Arturo Perez Torres)
  266. [26 Nov] Slither (2006, James Gunn) (B-)
  267. [27 Nov] Bad Blonde aka The Flanagan Boy (1953, Reginald Le Borg) (C)
  268. [28 Nov] Pusher II (2004, Nicolas Winding Refn) (B+)
  269. [29 Nov] loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies (2006, Steven Cantor/Matthew Galkin) (B-) [if I didn't like the Pixies music so much, this would be a C]
  270. [30 Nov] /The Big Combo/ (1955, Joseph H. Lewis) [*] (B+)
  271. [01 Dec] Woman on Pier 13 aka I Married a Communist (1949, Robert Stevenson) (C)
  272. [02 Dec] Clerks II (2006, Kevin Smith) (B-)
  273. [05 Dec] The Amazing Mr. X aka The Spiritualist (1948, Bernard Vorhaus) (B-)
  274. [09 Dec] Mutual Appreciation (2006, Andrew Bujalski) [*] (B-)
  275. [10 Dec] Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee) (B)
  276. [13 Dec] Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006, Tom Tykwer) [*] (B+)
  277. [19 Dec] The Host (2006, Bong Joon-Ho) (B) [thanks, Scott!]
  278. [20 Dec] Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo Del Toro) [*] (A) [far and away my favorite film released in 2006 so far...let's see if Children of Men can top it)
  279. [22 Dec] /The Player/ (1992, Robert Altman) (B+)
  280. [23 Dec] Curse of the Golden Flower (2006, Zhang Yimou) [*] (B-) (looks great and that almost carries it, but it's nothing but a soap opera and I'm not into soap operas so much)
  281. [24 Dec] The Good German (2006, Steven Soderbergh) [*] (C+) (looks great but falls short of the classic noir/neo-realist homage it strives to be)
  282. [24 Dec] /Short Cuts/ (1993, Robert Altman) (B+)
  283. [25 Dec] Children of Men (2006, Alfonso Cuarón) [*] (B+) (Pan is still safe, maybe Inland Empire has a shot to unseat it?)
  284. [26 Dec] United 93 (2006, Paul Greengrass) (A-)
  285. [28 Dec] M*A*S*H* (1970, Robert Altman) (A-)
Author Comments: 

A = masterpiece.
A- = a great film. short of a complete masterpiece, but pretty hard to find fault with
B+ = a solid film with some elements of greatness but not quite a great film.
B = a solid film
B- = worth seeing, but with some reservations
C+ = has some good elements and may hold your interest but just doesn't satisfy in the end.
C = mediocrity or a completely mixed bag of good & bad
C- = thorough mediocrity that annoys enough to make you start clockwatching
D+/D/D-/F = haven't ranked anything this low yet, so I'll have to cross that bridge when I come to it

[*] = seen in theatre
/ / = previously seen
NOIR = Noir City: SF Film Noir Festival
SFIFF = San Francisco Int'l Film Fest
SIFF = Seattle Int'l Film Fest

Cloned From: 

"Singin' in the Rain", unexceptional? Dude...

I guess I should qualify that grade by saying I do not like musicals at all. I should also say that if I was being more objective about the quality of the film, the grade would be higher. Of the musical numbers, I only really got into two: the one where Donald O'Connor goes off and walks up walls and the one where he and Kelly mess with the diction coach. I'd seen the one with Kelly in the rain about a hundred times before and a few of the other scenes were just kind of okay to me. Well, maybe the one with Cyd Charisse was worthwhile too. I dunno, I guess I lowballed it a bit. I'll give it the +.

How does "kind of okay" and "worthwhile" equal "elements of greatness" in your opinion. ;-)

I argued about this one with my special lady friend for a long time. She was outraged that I'd give it only a B. She said that I was being unfair to it because I don't like musicals etc, etc. It made me think about am I only grading on how much I like the film personally or should I also be factoring in what type/genre of film it is, various technical things... I don't know. Purely from my gut it was a B. I thought it was okay and obviously well-executed for what it was. I wasn't enchanted by it, though. Except for the backflips. That took me by surprise.

I don't know...I say go with your gut. It's pretty well nigh impossible to objectively rate a movie unless you've studied the medium for a lifetime. But, it is up to you.

Why in the world would anyone want to "objectively rate a movie"? There are no metrics, there is no calculus and there can't be a universal grading policy that puts Casablanca at the top of all movie rating systems. In spite of all of that, Casablanca is the best movie ever made.

Which is probably what you were saying and therefore I agree. And if you weren't saying that Casablanca is the best movie ever made then I will consider that proof of mental incapacity even though I agree with the rest of what you said.

The simple fact that you don't consider Singin' in the Rain to be a great movie doesn't mean that your taste is questionable. It is merely one piece of what is undoubtedly a large body of evidence that you have long ago gone insane and are not fit to walk amongst the free peoples of the world and that you should be, nay! must be banished to the realm of the Mole People far beneath the surface of the Earth, cut off from sunlight and fresh air, to live out the rest of your days with the taste of brimstone upon your tongue, your heart bathed in darkness and your feet clad in loose and itchy stockings as you endlessly walk the shadowy streets of a city of Mole People, muttering the names of those you once loved and who once loved you in return as if remembering their names could help to ward off the stench of fish heads and warm eggs with just a hint of nutmeg while you thank the evil stars under which you were born that you haven't said anything less than complimentary about Casablanca.

But, it is up to you.

Funny stuff. I think my real problem is that I find it difficult to judge films of certain types or genres by the same standards. It's not easy to explain but the whole grading thing seems to be almost more trouble than it's worth.

I certainly won't say anything negative about Casablanca. Although it might not make a list of my 10 favorite films of all time, it would rate higher than a B.

Give my regards to the Mole People.
Actually, for quite some time now I have been trying to articulate the difference(s) between FAVOURITE, BEST and GREAT. I hope to be done by the time that you make your daring escape from Mole City.

I'm with you about musicals, although if someone asked I would probably say that Singin is a movie I admire more than I like, which for me is code for "I get what this person is doing, and they do it very well and have a great deal of talent, its just not my thing." Others in this class - Prince, many rappers, Godard, etc. That said American In Paris is better than Singin.

Are you gonna catch up with your posts in "Sick People" when you get back to Seattle? I'd like to know what you think about Woody's Brit flick.

Yes, I'll resume updates now that I'm back. Our home computer has been down for the last 10 days, but it's back. That should help. The bottom line about the new Allen is that it's the best film he's made in a long, long time.

So, did Greg talk you out of loving "Match Point"? ;-)

Saw it a second time with my lady and wasn't as impressed. Another viewing of C&M just reinforced it.

It's funny; as soon as I saw Match Point, I thought about how I needed to see Crimes & Misdemeanors again.

So, what did you think of "Crash Not Directed by David Cronenberg"?

"Scream 2"?

Okay, it's like this. I saw Darwin's Nightmare earlier in the night and it was sitting in my head and making me feel kind of low. I flipped the channels and Scream 2 was coming on IFC. I figured I'd watch 30 minutes or so to get the image of Tanzanian kids sniffing glue and fighting for handfuls of rice out of my head. I ended up watching the whole thing. I can't really explain why, but at a certain point I wanted to see it through just to add one to the list.

"Scream 2" was on IFC? Jesus. Next they'll be showing "Child's Play 3" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" like AMC.

Dimension Films. It's a large indie house but an indie house just the same. None of the major studios own it.

And the original "Scream" had some indie cred. I was pretty surprised to be flipping through the channels and see "Scream 2" playing on IFC also but they've gone kind of iffy recently on the whole anyway.

So, "Lucky Number Slevin" isn't worth seeing, even if it's free?

It's just barely worth seeing for free. I didn't want my two hours back or anything, but I did have some laundry I needed to do.

It wasn't really worth the hour on the bus to get there or the hour to get home.

(But thanks again, man! Just wish I'd gotten there earlier...)

Dude keep punching through those Powells, the best is yet to come.

I've also already seen Peeping Tom and Black Narcissus. I have The Edge of the World and Contraband from the library and Red Shoes will come soon from Netflix.

I actually haven't seen Edge Of The World or Contraband. Red Shoes though, thats the shit. Also we can't forget A Matter Of Life And Death or The Small Back Room.

May I request a "Sick People" review of "Brick"? I really want to see it.

I'll try. In the meantime, I'll say: 40's noir meets Lynch in a SoCal high school with another great performance by Gordon-Levitt and some sloppy editing. Thought it was solid, but not as mind-blowing as I'd hoped. I'd like to see it again and see how it hits me the second time.

Damn, I was hoping you'd like it more.

It's playing here in Austin at a theatre in the northern part of the city. Kinda pisses me off, but that's the price I pay for not driving.

Meanwhile, I thoroughly do not recommend the neo-noir "Deepwater," which played last year at the Seattle International Film Festival. Peter Coyote's performance is fun, but it's not nearly enough.

Holy crap, Forty Guns was on TCM? I need to check my Wish List more often.

Don't worry, you didn't miss it on TCM. Believe it or not, I found the DVD sitting on the shelf at Seattle Public.

Glad you liked The Red Shoes. When we were doing the Powell series at SAM a couple years ago, Colonel Blimp was my favorite, but over time I think this has taken over. I've been dying to see it again.

Just about every shot in the Red Shoes was amazing even on my small screen at home. I really hope I get a chance to see it in a theater some day. I think I'd go see most if not all of the Powells I've seen on DVD on the big screen if given the opportunity.

Did "A Scanner Darkly" just jump from a B- to a B?

Yeah, it was a B- when I got home from the theater yesterday but I can't stop thinking about it. Parts of it just have more weight and importance than I'd initially realized. More than anything, I really want to read the book now.

I really liked the book, but I'm afraid the movie won't live up to my expectations. Not sure why Linklater chose to go the rotoscoping route. Did it help or hinder the film's overall effectiveness?

I was worried about the rotoscoping too, but was pleasantly surprised. It annoyed me a little in Waking Life, the jello-y shaky kind of quality to it. Here it works well with the story and it seems like they've improved the technique. The performances of the actors are able to come through pretty well (especially Downey).

[17 Jul] The Baron of Arizona (1950, Samuel Fuller) (B)

Whoah. Whoah whoah whoah. Don't tell me this is at the library, too.

Nope. Scarecrow on VHS. Which, really, wasn't any worse than seeing it on TV. Unfortunately, my DVD player can do all regions but not PAL or I could see Fixed Bayonets and Hell & High Water on the same DVD.

You see the good movies. :-)

Hey, I have a sort of admiration for the kind of masochism you showed in your Uwe Boll marathon. That took guts, my friend.

I figure life is short, so I better watch all the classics while I still can. It took me many years, but I've successfully rid myself of any compulsion to watch new Hollywood stuff (although Carlson's review of Lady in the Water almost got me to the theater to see that). I'm still susceptible to schlock, but I figure if I'm going to give in to that, I'll go the Hammer route or watch some giallos or something.

So ya didn't go to The Mental Breakdown of M. Night Shyamalan after all, eh? You're probably better off making that a video pick, no matter what I or the KZA say... I don't want to be on the receiving end of threats to my person if you don't find it nearly as amusing as I... ;-)

Interestingly enough, I've found myself far more interested in repertory screenings this year than in first-run flicks. We'll see how that philosophy holds up in November, when (hopefully) I can get up to Astoria and bear witness to Rivette's "Out 1"...

...if you don't find it nearly as amusing as I.

Amusing, yes. Entertaining or good (whatever that is), not-so-much.

You'd better git up there for "Out 1". If I never get to see it, then I want to personally know someone who did.

I'm waiting for the screening date to be announced. If it pops up in the first two-and-a-half weeks of November, I'm in like Flint. The week of Thanksgiving, though, would just put me in the worst mood ever from not being able to go.

In like Flynn, you mean. Errol Flynn that is.

Nah, I meant, in like Flint, i.e. James Coburn. I'm unfamiliar with Errol's work (I know, I know), but I do love me some Coburn.

...

You're overrating the snakes, dude, but so are a whole lotta other people.

Well, you only went down to a C with your grade. I know it was a bad movie and I might be giving it higher than it deserves. It was tremendously stupid and only moderately entertaining. If I'd seen it at home, it' might've been a C-.

Damn, you're set to shatter your old record of 251 films seen. Now if you'd only start writing about them. That should definitely be one of your resolutions for the upcoming year, even if it's only a sentence or two about each one. :-)

[20 Dec] Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo Del Toro) [*] (A)

Damn. I gotta lay off that crank...

Who knows, you might give it a 45 and think I'm the one on something...crack. But I highly doubt it.

Next time I'm in your neck of the woods (given my beer adventures it won't be long), I'll bring you The Host if you want to see it and haven't yet secured a copy.

Well, it's nice to see you drop the A bomb, though. Haven't seen one since...

[counts]

August 13th, apparently.

Oh, and I got my Host with the Most. Donnie Host. Hostess Cupcake. Thanks, Scott!

Wow, I can't believe it was your first time seeing MASH: Not the TV Show.

Yeah, it's surprising the number of classic films I've not seen. I'm working my way through the Altmans now and there's plenty I've missed. 3 Women and A Wedding are on deck.