The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. A Short Film About Love (Kieslowski)
2. This Is Not a Film (Panahi/Mirtahmasb)
3. Raging Bull (Scorsese)
4. The 400 Blows (Truffaut)
5. Union Station (Mate)
6. Breathless (Godard)
7. Breathless (Godard)
8. Black God, White Devil (Rocha)
9. Le Samourai (Melville)
10. A Man Escaped (Bresson)

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12 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Bherz

    Two of Breathless, huh? Two different classes?

    Just saw “Lockout”; it was probably the worst movie I’ve seen in several months and my day just got a lot more cynical.

    On the other hand, I VERY much liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (the Hollywood one) that I saw a couple days ago. The female protagonist pushed the edge of being dark but likeable: she’s sadistic, dark, obsessed with computer analysis and investigating people’s lives, violent, but STILL she retains a human quality and the fact that she’s lonely makes you like her, I thought.

    Anyway the writing and production in Lockout was just depressingly formulaic my day is done.

    • michaelgloversmith

      I showed Breathless in two different classes on the same day!

      I also really liked the Hollywood Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – much more than the Swedish version. Rooney Mara’s performance was amazing and it was full of wonderful cinematic conceits; that David Fincher knows how to make a movie about people looking at computer screens be suspenseful! The only problem I had was that I felt the narrative was extended too long after the film’s climax. The whole plot to bring down the guy who had sued Daniel Craig’s character in the beginning was unnecessary. But that’s a minor quibble. It’s a superior Hollywood thriller.

  • david

    I love A Short Film About Love!! I haven’t seen his The Decalogue yet because I did not find a satisfying dvd release,I hope CC will do it!!

    • michaelgloversmith

      Both Decalogue and Short Film About Love are in desperate need of a home video release upgrade. I showed Short Film in a class on Saturday and then we watched the ending of Decalogue 6 to compare and contrast.

  • Patrick Altonaga

    i really liked breathless, its just so different for me, and seeing a clip from cleo from 5 to 7 that you showed to class was really great too. I like the concept that each person has and should have there own style. Can you tell me your top 10 french new wave films or top 10 must see for that era?

  • Zach Olmstead

    If you get the chance, I strongly recommend seeing The Cabin in the Woods. It’s a very impressive revisionist take on the horror genre that puts all today’s remakes and outdated copycats to shame. And while’s it not the best movie I’ve ever seen, it was definitely one of the best times I ever had going to a late-night showing.

  • Zach Olmstead

    I also noticed earlier you prefer the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake. What’re some other remakes you thought were better than the original?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I’m not sure if Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo counts as remake. I think it would be truer to say it’s another film version of a novel that was adapted once before. Along the same lines, I prefer the Coen brothers’ True Grit to the 1960s version and Todd Hayne’s Mildred Pierce to the Michael Curtiz version.

  • Zach Olmstead

    I guess Dragon Tattoo could be seen that way. They’re both great films. Some of my favorite remakes are True Grit, Let Me In, The Thing, The Fly, Ocean’s 11, and The Departed.

    I didn’t want to see the original True Grit because I enjoyed the new one so much but my Dad made me. Long story short, I didn’t really like it.

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