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The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. The Ward (Carpenter)
2. Humanity and Paper Balloons (Yamanaka)
3. The Lady from Shanghai (Welles)
4. Turn Me On, Dammit! (Jacobsen)
5. The Turin Horse (Tarr/Hranitzky)
6. Psycho (Hitchcock)
7. A Lonely Place to Die (Gilbey)
8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
9. Failan (Song)
10. Rome, Open City (Rossellini)

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2 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Dan

    I’d be curious what you thought of The Turin Horse! I reviewed it on my blog at palcinema.com.

  • michaelgloversmith

    I just read your review and while I agree about the absence of traditional “plot development,” I don’t see this as a bad thing. Do movies need to have plots? If so, why? I personally can’t recall the last time I felt so . . . hypnotized by a movie. I think it was the combination of elaborate camera choreography and the wonderfully repetitive score, although I clearly recognize this will not appeal to all tastes. But if you consider Turin Horse an exercise in stamina, I’d be curious to hear your reaction to Tarr’s masterpiece Satantango, which is similar in style but seven and a half hours long!

    I’ll be posting a review on Monday (along with reviews of the other seven films I caught at the fest). My other favorite was Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, another long, slowly paced gem!

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