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The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Citizen Kane (Welles)
2. Daisies (Chytilova)
3. Far From Heaven (Haynes)
4. Spring Night, Summer Night (Anderson)
5. Goodnight Mommy (Fiala/Franz)
6. The Assassin (Hou)
7. Nahid (Panahandeh)
8. Women He’s Undressed (Armstrong)
9. L’atalante (Vigo)
10. The Rules of the Game (Renoir)

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About michaelgloversmith

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4 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • John Charet

    Ah The Rules of the Game is simply a masterpiece 🙂 I single this one out because one can make comparisons between that and Robert Altman’s Gosford Park in terms of social commentary despite the fact that Park is not a remake of Game. On the side, I am so excited to see Crimson Peak and according to Jim, Maddie is in one of your classes 🙂 Tell her I said hello 🙂 Do you still see Yaseen this semester? Keep up the great work as always 🙂

  • Mitchell

    Hi Michael,

    I am really interested in hearing you riff on ‘Daisies’. I watched it a few months ago and found it torture to sit through. It looked to me like a proto- ‘Celine and Julie’ but it wasn’t. Perhaps it was the forced whimsy that just became grating after a while. I understand the political content of the film, but man oh man, did I find it tedious.

    Would love to hear your take

    • michaelgloversmith

      I love DAISIES and showed it in a Global Cinema class where it went over very well. It’s definitely NOT a proto-CELINE AND JULIE so maybe you went in with the wrong set of expectations? For one thing, unlike Celine and Julie, the characters in DAISIES are not characters. They’re symbols. And of course there’s no story. Just a series of Dada-esque situations that are linked more by dreamlike logic than by narrative causality. As for “forced whimsy,” I agree about the “whimsy” but not the “forced!” I find the film is hilarious – a blast from beginning to end. It’s also consistently surprising – sometimes due to the content (what the girls are doing and saying) and sometimes do the form (color filters, crazy editing, etc.). But it’s definitely not for all tastes.

      • Mitchell

        A wonderful apology for the film. Definitely makes me inclined to watch it again. I am always so encouraged when you tell me that ‘challenging’ works like DAISIES go over well with your classes.

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