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    Week 24 for me: Any film on the Criterion Channel
    The Big Gundown (Sergio Sollima) - 1966

    Review to come... Looks like this isn't in the Collection itself but is on the streaming service.

    THe Morricone score is, to no surprise, awesome.

    More to add soon.

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - *
    Those Who Wish Me Dead - * 1/2
    Buck and the Breacher - ** 1/2


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    I'm certainly no expert on Spaghetti Westerns, but this may just be the best non-Leone one that I've seen.

    Many different layers of bad guys, and really little to no good guys. Just the way I like these movies.

    A legit top tier Morricone score, excellent cinematography that could be mistaken for Leone, and some memorable antagonists, specifically the quick draw monocle guy.

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - *
    Those Who Wish Me Dead - * 1/2
    Buck and the Breacher - ** 1/2


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    17. The Reflecting Skin (1990) - Damn, this was a bit of a disappointment. It looks great, is cast well, and the score is very nice. But the story just doesn't work for me. Too typical in its storytelling of vampiric-assumptions and childhood trauma. 4/10

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    Mal is that one a Criterion or just on the channel?

    I can't find it in the collection.
    I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    I'm certainly no expert on Spaghetti Westerns, but this may just be the best non-Leone one that I've seen.

    Many different layers of bad guys, and really little to no good guys. Just the way I like these movies.

    A legit top tier Morricone score, excellent cinematography that could be mistaken for Leone, and some memorable antagonists, specifically the quick draw monocle guy.
    +1

    Pleasantly surprised by this one, and I liked it for similar reasons.

    Tomas Milian and Lee Van Cleef played off one another really well, and the film has some incredible strange and memorable moments.


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    17. The Reflecting Skin (1990) - Damn, this was a bit of a disappointment. It looks great, is cast well, and the score is very nice. But the story just doesn't work for me. Too typical in its storytelling of vampiric-assumptions and childhood trauma. 4/10
    +1

    Disappointed by this one, and I disliked it for similar reasons.

    Helluva setting and mood but the story ... kinda sucks? I remember it gets lost somewhere 2/3 of the way through. I almost want to see it again to jog my memory.

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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    Mal is that one a Criterion or just on the channel?

    I can't find it in the collection.
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    Breaking the rules, cause you do what you want.
    I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.

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    Hahaha I’ve been “breaking the rules” for weeks

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    she's just doing week 24.

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - *
    Those Who Wish Me Dead - * 1/2
    Buck and the Breacher - ** 1/2


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    Other people on letterboxd in the tag are doing the same thing. But if it makes you feel better, I did watch King of the Hill for the first time two weeks ago.

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    Ha, I'm not bothered by it at all.

    I was just being a dingus.
    I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.

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    "Week 3 - Directed by Jean-Luc Godard"

    Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) -

    This might be the first Godard that I'm in the middle on. I'll usually love or hate his bag of tricks, but in here it manages to hit both.

    Godard is certainly at his best when he's using Anna Karina with something to do. Karina seems to be exactly in queue with what Godard has in mind, even in this movie's weaker scenes. She's great.

    Unfortunately, this movie feels LONG at it's short 82 minute runtime. There's long stretches of just boring conversation going on (sometimes with the backs of heads being front and center). For every record store, poolhall, and uncomfortable prostitution scene, there's a coffee or cigarettes conversation.

    The final scene seems to be the best example of this. A creative use of being a silent movie (callback to one of the better scenes of the movie) and a guy reading Edgar Allen Poe, and then does something with its main character.

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - *
    Those Who Wish Me Dead - * 1/2
    Buck and the Breacher - ** 1/2


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    Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) -

    This might be the first Godard that I'm in the middle on. I'll usually love or hate his bag of tricks, but in here it manages to hit both.
    I watched it for week 3 as well, a rewatch, and it really jumped up for me seeing it again. Fell in love with Karina like never before.

    And the soundtrack:

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    I'm going to keep my list in this post:

    Week 1 - 1984 - Love Streams*** - watched January 8
    Week 2 - Directed by Akira Kurosawa - Kagemusha*** - watched January 15
    Week 3 - Directed by Jean-Luc Godard - Pierrot le fou** - watched January 23
    Week 4 - Horror - The Devil's Backbone*** - watched January 31
    Week 5 - Released on Laserdisc - Three Cases of Murder** - watched February 3
    Week 6 - Made in Spain - Spirit of the Beehive*** - watched February 13
    Week 7 - Wes Anderson's Top 10 - The Earrings of Madame de...**** - watched February 20
    Week 8 - Romance - The Age of Innocence*** - watched February 28
    Week 9 - A silent film - The Phantom Carriage**** - watched March 6
    Week 10 - 1920s - Lonesome** - watched March 10
    Week 11 - 1930s - La Bête humaine*** - watched March 15
    Week 12 - 1940s - Le Corbeau**** - watched March 23
    Week 13 - 1950s - Le Plaisir*** - watched April 1
    Week 14 - 1960s - When a Woman Ascends the Stairs*** - watched April 12
    Week 15 - 1970s - Don't Look Now** - watched April 17
    Week 16 - 1980s - Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters** - watched April 23
    Week 17 - 1990s - Safe** - watched April 30
    Week 18 - 2000s - Bamboozled** - watched May 6
    Mr. McGibblets quietly crushing this challenge on page 3. I take umbrage with your ratings of Lonesome and When a Woman Ascends the Stairs. I'm willing to bet Mal takes umbrage with your rating of Mishima.

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    I went with To Sleep with Anger for week 17. Didn't work for me, mainly due to the editing: scenes bleed into one another, and characters shift around according to what is needed for the story, with little effort made toward continuity. Some might say Burnett's Killer of Sheep has a similar heatbeat, but To Sleep with Anger lacks the poetic visuals that accent his brilliant debut. The main draw this time is Danny Glover, whose voice grates on my ears so much I am forced to throw up my hands and say "not for me, but y'all go on ahead" to the hordes of people who seem to truly admire him. Still, pretty incredible it took 17 weeks for me to see a movie I dislike. Two stars.

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    1. 1984 - watch a film released the year of Criterion's inception
    UNDER THE VOLCANO

    2. Directed by Akira Kurosawa
    SEVEN SAMURAI

    3. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
    VIVRE SA VIE (My Life to Live)

    15. 1970’s
    THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI

    24. Any film on The Criterion Channel
    THE BIG GUNDOWN

    45. Directed by Ingmar Bergman
    FANNY AND ALEXANDER

    51. Watch a film featured in "Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits"
    THE BIG BOSS
    FIST OF FURY

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - *
    Those Who Wish Me Dead - * 1/2
    Buck and the Breacher - ** 1/2


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    Holy moly Mr. McGibblets. I got some updating to do!
    I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.

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    I went with Fat Girl for week 18. Some MC discussion here. Nice bounce back for me after week 17. Breillat may have a new fan. Four stars.

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    18. The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006) - Little Edie talking. Little Edie walking. Little Edie going for a swim. More of the same, great if this is your thing. 6/10

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    I suck at this.
    Same, but still love it.

    Several of my top 10 first viewings this year have come from this!
    I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.

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    Quote Quoting Mal (view post)
    18. The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006) - Little Edie talking. Little Edie walking. Little Edie going for a swim. More of the same, great if this is your thing. 6/10
    I read this as "The Beatles of Grey Gardens" and thought it was a Beatles film.
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    If I were playing, this is how I'd be doing so far:

    Week 2 - Directed by Kurosawa Akira: I Live in Fear (1955) mild
    Week 5 - Criterion laser disc - Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton, 1991) warm
    Week 7 - Wes Anderson's Top Ten: The Insect Woman (Imamura Shohei, 1963) warm
    Week 11 - 1930s: Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich, 1937) mild
    Week 13 - 1950s: Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol, 1958) mild
    Week 15 - 1970s: Insiang (Lino Brocka, 1976) warm
    Week 16 - 1980s: Bless Their Little Hearts (Billy Woodberry, 1983) warm
    Week 17 - 1990s: To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett, 1990) warm
    Week 19 - 2010s: The Day He Arrives (Hong Sangsoo, 2011) warm
    Week 20 - Directed by a woman: S'en fout la mort (Claire Denis, 1990) mild
    Week 23 - Comedy: Gregory's Girl (Bill Forsyth, 1980) warm
    Week 30 - Black and white: Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray, 1957) warm
    Week 34 - Made in Italy: Europa '51 (Roberto Rossellini, 1952) warm
    Week 35 - Made in the Soviet Union: Sayat-Nova (Sergei Parajanov, 1969) warm
    Week 37 - A film from the Eclipse series: Mr. Thank You (Shimizu Hiroshi, 1936) warm
    Week 40 - Spines #100-200: The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957) warm
    Week 41 - Film Noir: Touchez pas au grisbi (Jacques Becker, 1954) warm
    Week 42 - Samurai: Humanity and Paper Balloons (Yamanaka Sadao, 1937) warm
    Week 46 - Directed by Agnès Varda: Les Créatures (Agnès Varda, 1966) mild
    Week 50 - Spine #1000+: Mandabi (Sembène Ousmane, 1968) warm
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    Just because...
    Speaking Directly: Some American Notes (Jon Jost, 1973) mild
    Dark Waters (Youssef Chahine, 1956) mild
    Over Here (Jon Jost, 2007) cold

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    Jerry Lewis by Chris Fujiwara


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    19. The Great Beauty (2013) - Looks nice and has some ideas about ~life~ but damn in the end, this is shallow nothingness. 5/10

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    Quote Quoting Mal (view post)
    19. The Great Beauty (2013) - Looks nice and has some ideas about ~life~ but damn in the end, this is shallow nothingness. 5/10
    I feel like you've been having a lot more disappointments than loves with this challenge.
    I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.

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