The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. I’m Not There (Haynes)
2. The Hunter (Pitts)
3. The Slumber Party Massacre (Jones)
4. Popeye (Altman)
5. Black Orpheus (Camus)
6. Out of the Past (Tourneur)
7. The Edge of Heaven (Akin)
8. Le Doulos (Melville)
9. Sans Soleil (Marker)
10. Painted Lips (Nilsson)

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22 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Zach

    I always thought it interesting that Robert Altman made a Popeye movie. How is it?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I like Alman’s Popeye a lot. As I mentioned on Facebook recently I saw it many times as a kid because it RULED HBO in the early 80s. I just showed it in class as an example of the musical (the songs by Nilsson are great!) in the Post-Studio System Era. The student reaction was extremely divisive.

  • david

    Your top 3 Altman and Melville?

  • david

    I’m surprised you did not rank neither MASH or The Player in your top 3,I loved both a lot and will consider buying Blu-rays of these 2 next month.When McCabe and Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye have bu-ray releases,I will try to re-visit them.

    My Melville top 3 is exactly the same as yours.

    BTW,may I shamelessly ask you a favor to add my blog to your site ?as a marketer I value it a lot.Hope this will not spoil your blogroll.

    • michaelgloversmith

      I love The Player and I would have probably included it in the third slot if I hadn’t just watched Popeye. It’s definitely the best of his “late films.” I like MASH but I don’t think Altman really arrived as a director until McCabe. The Altman film that most people would include in their top 3 that I left out is, of course, Nashville, which I think is a teensy bit overrated.

      I love your site and I’m adding you to my blogroll right now.

      • david

        That’s so nice of you,Mike.I like MASH a lot for its dark humor and haven’t seen Nashville yet.I heard that the country songs in it are a little bit annoying unless you are a country fan.

  • Ben Herzberger

    I very much want to see McCabe and Mrs. Miller (b/c I’ve “heard of it”).

    I LOVED The Long Goodbye. That main actor is hilarious. I also thought the scene is so funny when they’re trying to “out-macho” each other, and the gangster is basically like, “OK well I guess we’re all going to take our clothes off now … c’mon everybody, don’t be cowardly … off with the clothes.” Anyway, I thought the protagonist in that film was a great portrayal of “being courageous” but in a different comic way.

  • Ben Herzberger

    Oh yeah, I just did not like IM NOT THERE. There is something weird about seeing Dylan played by Christian Bale, like all those actors are trying to “act like Dylan”.

    • michaelgloversmith

      Well, you’re not alone is not liking I’m Not There. I hosted a midnight screening of it on Saturday at Facets and I’ve never seen such a mass exodus of audience members before a movie was over; FOURTEEN people walked out, never to return! Granted, those who did stay for the Q&A afterwards were really into it . . .

      I think you would really like McCabe and Mrs. Miller. It basically is to the western what The Long Goodbye is to the private eye film.

  • Ben Herzberger

    Haha — I’ll be honest: I did not finish _I’m not there_ and I may or may not have been in the most clear-headed state of mind when seeing it. I just kept thinking though … this is a pretty cool portrait of Dylan or something, but in about two seconds I can Google Dylan and pull up hundreds of “real” interviews and performances, etc on Youtube … hence a little difficult to assent to a creative doc. of him.

  • Ben Herzberger

    Uh, I now feel compelled to post this video of Dylan live doing that song-everyone-knows ‘Don’t think twice’. I don’t know much Dylan but listen to that very first vocal at 0:45; I was blown away.

  • Zach

    In regards to when you recommended 13 Assassins on my blog as a good action movie, what’re some other ones you enjoy made after 1980? What’s your opinion of John Woo?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I like John Woo’s Hong Kong movies a lot, although I don’t think he’s the best Hong Kong director (just the most well-known). My favorite is A Better Tomorrow but The Killer, Hard Boiled and A Bullet in the Head are all well worth seeing. If you’re not familiar with Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong movies, then Drunken Master 2 is the best introduction to his endaring comical blend of kung-fu and insane stunt work. The best HK action director IMO is Johnnie To and his masterpiece is probably The Mission – although I recommend seeing all of his stuff.

      I also really love a S. Korean action movie called Nowhere to Hide from 1999. The action in the film is incredibly stylized and exhilarating to watch. The whole film is basically one long chase from beginning to end. There are also tons of other great S. Korean action films out there too.

      In terms of English language films, my favorite post-1980 would be The Road Warrior (the first sequel to Mad Max). I love the cinematography and editing in that film. Come to think of it, that too could be described as one long chase.

      As for Hollywood films, I suppose the first Die Hard is still the gold standard for action films. And, of course, it’s also a great Christmas movie!

  • Zach

    I really love Asian and French action films because their stories portray actual characters and offer completely radical styles. Have you seen Leon the Professional and District 13?

    While I’m still checking out John Woo, I think The Killer is one of the best movies ever and I really want to see Red Cliff. With the exception of Face/Off, his Hollywood work has been disappointing, especially when he did Mission Impossible 2. I’ve also been meaning to check out Jackie Chan’s work on Drunken Master 2 and Police Story.

    In terms of American films, my favorites are probably First Blood, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon 1 & 2, Under Siege, and The Rock. Action films actualyl sem to be making a bit of a comeback after years of disappointment, with the recent Fast Five and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol being pretty good.

    I fully agree with you on The Road Warrior. That is one amazing movie.

  • Ben Herzberger

    Mike, I’m curious what Jill thinks about this – from that side view there, doesn’t Bob Dylan bear an uncanny resemblance to someone?

  • Omar Pineda

    Last Ten Movies I Saw
    1. The Lady Eve (Sturges)
    2. The Hired Hand (Fonda)
    3. Videodrome (Cronenberg)
    4. Harold and Maude (Ashby)
    5. Lost in Translation (Coppola)
    6. Scarface (Hawks)
    7. Looking for Fidel (Stone)
    8. The Mist (Darabont)
    9. The Hurt Locker (Bigelow)
    10. Sunday (Nossiter)

  • Omar Pineda

    That’s awesome, i’ll be sure to give that a read.

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