The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Aerograd (Dovzhenko)
2. Deserter (Pudovkin)
3. Enthusiasm (Vertov)
4. Two Lovers (Gray)
5. Django Unchained (Tarantino)
6. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Helander)
7. Rumble Fish (Coppola)
8. Ed Wood (Burton)
9. The Skin I Live In (Almodovar)
10. Guerilla Brigade (Savchenko)

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18 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Victor De Leon

    Just watched Ed Wood too. What did you think of Rare Exports?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I hadn’t seen ED WOOD since the 1990s and had forgotten how great it was. I thought RARE EXPORTS was a fun horror/comedy thought it’s not my favorite of the recent crop of Scandinavian horror.

      • Victor De Leon

        Ah, I see. I have it in my Netflix Queue. I hope to get to it soon. I have yet to see Cold Prey 1 and 2. I haven’t seen Rumble Fish in a million years. I don’t even remember if I liked it lol.

      • michaelgloversmith

        I assumed you had already seen it. It’s well worth a look – though you may want to wait until next December before watching it!

  • Victor De Leon

    ha ha I may not be able to wait that long. Thanks again!

  • david

    Your thoughts on Django Unchained? How would you rank it in QT’s filmography?

    • michaelgloversmith

      I was disappointed in DJANGO. There are some great scenes, memorable characters and juicy dialogue but I just don’t think he was able to make it all cohere (unlike, say, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS). A big part of the problem is that Jamie Foxx’s title character is, at best, the fourth most interesting character in the movie. Also, the film drags on needlessly for about 45 minutes after what feels like the logical climax. I would rank it ahead of DEATH PROOF and KILL BILL but behind all of his other work.

      • AngelCabo

        I completely agree about the length, I was baffled what the last half hour or so gave us. The scene with the KKK members was absolutely hilarious. I’m glad it made it into the film. I think the film could have easily worked without it but it was definitely a great addition. Tarantino seems to have a great knack for blending genres in movies. The western mixed with blaxploitation, slasher/gore and a bit of vaudeville style comedy thrown in. A pretty unique blend.

      • michaelgloversmith

        Angel, good point about the genre mash-up. In addition the ones you mentioned, the Hong Kong action film is another important influence. I think the climactic gun fight is really going for a John Woo/Better Tomorrow 2 feel.

  • Omar Pineda

    Last Ten Movies I Saw
    1. Contempt (Godard)
    2. Revolutionary Road (Mendes)
    3. Network (Lumet)
    4. The Definitive Document of the Dead (Frumkes)
    5. The Goebbels Experiment (Hachmeister)
    6. The Long Goodbye (Altman)
    7. Oleanna (Mamet)
    8. Breaking Glass (Gibson)
    9. 3 Women (Altman)
    10. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Arnold)

  • michaelgloversmith

    Good to hear from you, Omar. CONTEMPT, THE LONG GOODBYE and 3 WOMEN are favorites. Believe it or not, I haven’t yet seen CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON but it will be arriving soon via Facets. Stay tuned for an EPIC blog post tomorrow about my favorite films of 2012 . . .

    • Omar Pineda

      Yeah, i took me a while just to see ten movies. Kinda busy i guess. Those 3 were new for me. I love Altman’s stuff. Have you ever seen Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmie Dean Jimmie Dean?

      Creature was also new for me, i thought it was alright. The creature effects were fantastic and that’s about the best i’ll say. Yeah, i’ll check it out.

  • Omar Pineda

    Oh man, there’s some great stuff i could recommend. Jimmie Dean is actually difficult to come by, except for vhs tapes (kind of rare themselves). i was lucky enough to catch a rare screening of it at the siskel from a restored print by Ucla Film Archive.

    Hey have you seen this? Found this cool Kickstarter project from The Nicholas Ray Foundation:

    • michaelgloversmith

      I can get Jimmie Dean at Facets, which fortunately still rents VHS. Feel free to make more Altman recommendations. I really know surprisingly little about his 80s work.

      I saw about that Ray documentary project. I just became friends with Susan Ray (his widow) on facebook. Looks cool.

  • Omar Pineda

    That’s great. Cool. 1. Streamers (1983) 2. Secret Honor (1984) 3, Fool For Love (1985) There’s only so many to recommend there post-Popeye/pre-Vincent & Theo (I still have to watch that by the way)

    Other than any of thew stuff i recommended Altman really only did like 3 other movies in the 80s and Tanner ’88.

    Yeah, i pledged 35. Gonna pledge more hopefully soon. There’s a lot of cool stuff there.

  • Omar Pineda

    I did. I really wanted to pledge to that one.

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