The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. El Bolero de Raquel (Delgado)
2. Directed by John Ford (Bogdanovich)
3. Osaka Elegy (Mizoguchi)
4. JSA: Joint Security Area (Park)
5. Sleeping Sickness (Kohler)
6. Ugetsu (Mizoguchi)
7. Sisters of the Gion (Mizoguchi)
8. Madly in Love (Van Mieghem)
9. Directed by John Ford (Bogdanovich)
10. Vengeance (To)

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13 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Zach Olmstead

    Looks like an interest in numerous foreign films. I have a list of those I need to get watching. Also, looks like you’re showing Directed by John Ford in class. Good documentary.

    I recently saw a fun and bizarre Italian film called Cemetery Man. Have you seen it?

  • Bherz

    Interesting list – I’ve really been meaning to watch Directed by John Ford but haven’t yet. I did however watch McCabe and Mrs. Miller last night. Makes me want to get a bearskin coat. I loved the contrast between the really severe winter scenes and the wood paneled luxurious brothel with hot tubs.

  • david

    Directed by John Ford is an interesting one,did you see it on dvd or online?

    Your favorite Mizoguchi so far? is he in your top 3 Jap directors?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I own Directed by John Ford on DVD. I showed it in two different classes in order to illustrate the auteur theory. Also, I’m always trying to get people to love John Ford!

      Mizo is my favorite Japanese director of all time (followed by Ozu and Imamura). I’m working my way through the new “Mizoguchi Collection” blu-ray box set from Aritifical Eye and it’s blowing my mind. I posted some thoughts on him in my top 50 directors of all time post (in case you missed it): Top 50 Directors of All Time

      • david

        I still need to discover more Ford and Mizoguchi,the cover of the AE blu-ray is brilliant.Currently my top 3 Jap directors are Kurosawa,Ozu and Imamura.yes,they’ve got many great directors,but I still think CC and MOC should put more energy selecting Chinese films!!

      • michaelgloversmith

        I’m sure the only reason why I may be more well-versed in Ford and Mizoguchi than you is because I’m about a decade older than you. You know much more than I did when I was your age!

        I agree about the dearth of Chinese films in the CC and MOC catalogues. It would be nice to see some Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang in there, as well as King Hu and various older Shaw Brothers films and even classic mainland films like Spring in a Small Town! As Jean-Luc Godard once said, “one must dream . . .”

      • david

        Thanks for saying so,Mike.My wife is teaching the history of cinema(sort of,you know) in English as a part-time job,and I can only be her assistant at home,that’s so sad!!

        I have no idea why CC and MOC are doing this,maybe Chinese directors should win some big prizes in big festivals to get some attentions.

  • Zach Olmstead

    Yeah, Cemetery Man seems to work as an almost philosophical take on zombie films with elements of slapstick. It’s becomes a bit uneven about halfway through, but there are plenty of memorable and hilarious moments.

    Something else I’ve recently wondered, what’s your opinion of the James Bond movies?

    • michaelgloversmith

      My favorite James Bond movie is North By Northwest! You know me, Zach. I’m old school. I like the early Connery films. But I actually haven’t seen any of the Daniel Craig films yet. I know that I really need to see Casino Royale. I’ve heard a lot of raves about that one.

  • Zach Olmstead

    A few years ago, the only films I watched were action, comedy, and the occassional classic before seeing Grantorino and gradually becoming interested in more genres. During that time, I watched all 22 James Bond films. There’s some good ones, but you wouldn’t be surprised as to how many bad ones, either.

    Connery is definitely the best of the old era, but since Casino Royale is meant as a prequel/reboot it gives Craig a chance to reimagine the character in a way that equals Connery. Casino Royale is a very character-driven plot that also does away with cheesy gadgets. It’s probably my favorite of the films.

    The 23rd film comes out this November, so I’m working on an exclusive for my blog in the following months. I’ll be listing all 22 films in order from what I consider to be worst to best.

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