The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Sherlock Jr. (Keaton)
2. Fashions of 1934 (Dieterle)
3. I Killed My Mother (Dolan)
4. The Gold Rush (Chaplin)
5. Brute Force (Dassin)
6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)
7. Liberte-Oleron (Podalydès)
8. Black Rock (Aselton)
9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford)
10. The World’s End (Wright)


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8 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Susan Doll

    I see that you have been dipping into your box of goodies. Guess what? I sent you another box today. It should be there on Tuesday, or so.

    • michaelgloversmith

      Excellent. In addition to FEMALE, which I wrote you about last week, I also really enjoyed both BRUTE FORCE and FASHIONS OF 1934 (the latter of which starred an impossibly young – and hot – Bette Davis). Thanks again!

  • joe johnson

    Michael, I’ve seen the man who shot liberty valance just recently also. Great film. I’m surprised it doesn’t appear on the list of afi’s greatest westerns or greatest movies.

    • michaelgloversmith

      Agreed. It’s my second favorite Ford western (after THE SEARCHERS) and one of my top 10 favorite westerns of all time. This viewing was of Paramount’s new Blu-ray, the best it has ever looked (and sounded) on home video.

  • joe johnson

    Michael, TMWSLV is on blu-ray?

  • joe johnson

    Michael, thank you. I have another question for you. What are your thoughts on other ford westerns like stagecoach, my darling clementine and the cavalry trilogy?

    • michaelgloversmith

      Thanks for asking, Joe. Ford is my favorite American director and I’ve managed to see over 60 of his films (the vast majority of what is available to see from him). I like movies from all phases of his career but in general I think he did his best work in the postwar years — his experiences in the war undoubtedly deepened his artistry and paved the way for his mature masterpieces of the 1950s and 1960s. If you type his name into the “search box” on this site you can read my extended thoughts on How Green Was My Valley, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers and more. I think Stagecoach is great. My Darling Clementine is good but it seems to be the Ford movie for people who don’t really like Ford. This is because it’s not “pure Ford” (i.e., Daryl Zanuck is responsible for a lot of it). The cavalry trilogy, taken together, is one of his supreme achievements. I’ll be writing more about Ford at the end of the year when I bestow my “Filmmaker of the Year” honor on him (four of his best films were released on Blu-ray this year — coincidentally — by four different companies). In the meantime, here are my top 13 Ford films:

      13. Hangman’s House
      12. Gideon’s Day
      11. 3 Bad Men
      10. Pilgrimage
      9. Fort Apache
      8. Young Mr. Lincoln
      7. Wagon Master
      6. Seven Women
      5. The Sun Shines Bright
      4. The Quiet Man
      3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
      2. How Green Was My Valley
      1. The Searchers

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