The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Ghosts of Mars (Carpenter)
2. Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly)
3. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)
4. The Extraordinary Voyage (Bromberg/Lange)
5. Punk’s Not Dead (Blazevski)
6. The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (O’Nan)
7. Onibaba (Shindo)
8. The Girls in the Band (Chaikin)
9. Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (Heydon)
10. Nowhere to Hide (Lee)

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12 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Bherz

    My last five:

    1) Au Hasard Balthusur (sic? Bresson)
    2) Hunger Games (Ross)
    3) Primary Colors (Nichols)
    4) Heartburn (Nichols)
    5) The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Leone)

  • michaelgloversmith

    What did you think of Balthazar? That and GBU are personal favorites. I’ve never thought very much of Nichols and I’ll take a pass on Hunger Games.

  • Bherz

    Haha, I give the Hunger Games a B/B+, mostly because of Jennifer Lawrence’s stoicism, duty to her fellow gamers, and her aplomb under pressure. The worst part of the movie was the fact that all participants from the 12 districts are picked at random, yet (surprisingly!) they are all good looking and by chance have ninja-like skills; and, after hunting each other for several days, they all remain perfectly groomed.

    I need to watch Balthazar 1 or 2 more times to get a sense of it; I found this one more difficult to stay with than Pickpocket or Mouchette.

    • michaelgloversmith

      I like Jennifer Lawrence as an actress. She was great in Winter’s Bone and that last X-Men movie. I’ve heard Hunger Games is essentially a rip-off of the Japanese film Battle Royale, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

      Balthazar is definitely one of Bresson’s more “difficult” films but it is also one of the best. Godard said the best thing about it, which is that it is “the world in an hour and a half.” It’s best to think of the human characters as representing the sins and vices of mankind and to think of the donkey as representing purity and innocence. Balthazar is the blank slate upon which the sins of man are imprinted.

  • david

    Onibaba is the only one I’ve seen besides Singin’ in the Rain.I love the film and the MOC cover,but the image transfer is so poor…

    Talking about GBU,did you check the new commentary in the blu-ray?

  • david

    Oh,I got it wrong,I love the CC cover,but I got the MOC disc.

    • michaelgloversmith

      Yeah, those early Criterion transfers can be surprisingly poor. I did check the audio commentary on the GBU blu. It was just okay.

      The reason why there are a bunch of obscure titles on my list this week is that I was viewing a bunch of screeners for a local film festival. I will be offering short reviews of a bunch of them on Monday.

  • Patrick Altonaga

    I know some like it hot is not on your last ten movies you saw, but just wanted to say that I was on yahoo and it had an article of 100 funniest movies to see before you die and some like it hot was one of them, along with the movie you mentioned called the apartment was on there also. I must see the apartment before I die hahaha.

  • Zach Olmstead

    The Hunger Games is really only for people who’ve read the book, but it’s a well-made film regardless. I was actually surprised at how good it turned out, and Jennifer Lawrence and director Gary Ross were the main reasons it worked. The author claims she didn’t hear of Battle Royale until after publication, but either way, it’s one of those cases where two things are very similar but also very different, so the film shouldn’t be judged solely on that comparison. I have doubts as to how good the next two will be but this one is fun viewing nontheless.

    Also, have you read a memoir called The Film Club? It’s written by former film critic David Gilmour, and is a truly spectacular read. When you get the chane, I highly recommend it. And are you familiar with the 1001 Films series and the 101 sub-series?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I haven’t read The Film Club. In fact, I hadn’t heard of it until just now but I looked it up on Amazon and it sounds interesting. Is the 1001 Film Series the same thing as the 1001 Movies You Need to See Before You Die?

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