Monday, November 20, 2006

Recently Seen Flicks

Pleasant surprises: Barta's Krysar, an Expressionist-style animation of the Pied Piper legend; Campion's Sweetie; Bruce Conner's Breakaway, Tony Basil-a-go-go!

Unpleasant surprises: The Departed - Scorcese takes the hip and cool Infernal Affairs and turns it into a bombastic Catholic mobster melodrama (sorry, Martin, the time for The Godfather was 30+ years ago). That Scorcese thinks Tony Leung's shoes can be filled by Leonardo Dicaprio tells you most of what you need to know. Robert Frank's Pull My Daisy -
Allan Ginsburg and pals insult us with a collection of puerile, smarmy, oh-so-hipsterish jokes and gags.

Rivette's Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) (10/10)
Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story (1942) (6/10)
Martin Scorcese's The Departed (2006) (4/10)
Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (7/10)
Jiri Barta's Krysar (1985) (8/10)
Robert Montgomery's The Lady in the Lake (1947) (3/10)
Jane Campion's Sweetie (1989) (8/10)
Werner Herzog's Stroszek (1977) (7/10)
Jiri Barta's Zanikly svet rukavic (1982) (6/10)
Rivette's Paris belongs to us (1960) (9/10)
Rivette's Le coup de berger (1958) (7/10)
Alfred Werker's Shock (1946) (4/10)
Bruce Conner's A Movie (1958) (9/10)
Bruce Conner's Breakaway (1966) (7/10)
Stanley Nelson's Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple (2006) (6/10)
Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation (2006) (7/10)
Andre De Toth's Springfield Rifle (1952) (5/10)
Robert Frank's Pull My Daisy (1959) (3/10)
Wallace Berman's Aleph (7/10)


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