The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Days of Heaven (Malick)
2. The Heartbreak Kid (May)
3. A Fine Day (Arslan)
4. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Herzog)
5. Offside (Panahi)
6. L.A. Confidential (Hanson)
7. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jarmusch)
8. Master of the House (Dreyer)
9. Mikey and Nicky (May)
10. Breathless (Godard)


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10 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Writer Loves Movies

    I love Breathless – what a great movie!

  • Beer Movie

    Question triggered by your viewing of Cave of Forgotten Dreams (which I really like, but is not one of my favourite Werner docos) – who do you think is the best/greatest/your favourite/whatever current doco maker?

    • michaelgloversmith

      Thanks for asking. I just watched CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS for the second time and I liked it a lot less this time around. I’m sure this is mostly because the first time I saw it was in 3-D on the big screen and this time it was on television in 2-D.

      I don’t really have a favorite documentary filmmaker but here’s a list of my 13 favorite documentaries:

      1. Man with the Movie Camera (Vertov)
      2. Histoire(s) du Cinema (Godard)
      3. The House is Black (Farrokhzad)
      4. Sans Soleil (Marker)
      5. A Propos de Nice (Vigo)
      6. Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Stern)
      7. Night and Fog (Resnais)
      8. Don’t Look Back (Pennebaker)
      9. Grey Gardens (Maysles)
      10. The Thin Blue Line (Morris)
      11. The Gleaners and I (Varda)
      12. Hoop Dreams (James)
      13. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Anderson)

      • Mitchell

        I guess Man With A Movie Camera is indeed a documentary, but I would never have thought of it as such until I looked at this list. It is sort of genre-busting, no?

      • michaelgloversmith

        Yeah, it’s kind of uncategorizable. I would characterize it as more of an “essay film” than a documentary (as I also would HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA and LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF). They’re all definitely “non-fiction” though.

      • Beer Movie

        Thanks so much for posting this list Michael. It’s incredible. I’ve heard of all of these, except for maybe one or two. But have only seen one, so you have given me plenty to work my way through.

        I have only seen Cave of Forgotten Dreams in the cinema in 3D. I liked it, but thought it was not quite as exceptional as my favourite Herzog docos like Grizzly Man, The White Diamond and Lessons of Darkness.

      • michaelgloversmith

        Glad my list can be of some use!

  • John Charet

    I have seen numbers 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10. I gave numbers 1,2,4,5,9 and 10 * * * * (out of * * * *) stars and I gave number 6 * * * 1/2 and number 7 * * * stars. It has been a while since I have seen number 8 though. I also love your favorite documentary film lists. I have seen all of them (though it has been a while since I saw number 6). As much as I love The Thin Blue Line, my top favorite Errol Morris documentary is Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and though I am in agreement on all of your choices, I would like to know how come you overlooked Terry Zwigoff’s masterful Crumb (1994). To me, that tops the list of the greatest documentaries ever made. Regards:)

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