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    Quote Quoting Mr. McGibblets (view post)
    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 -
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    2. Throne of Blood - 8/10
    Its realllllly good. I definitely want to see it in a theater some day.

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    Quote Quoting Zac Efron (view post)
    2. Throne of Blood - 8/10
    Its realllllly good. I definitely want to see it in a theater some day.
    We might end up watching this one, too.

    Our copy of Stray Dog seems to be missing. Very weird.
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    We found our copy of Stray Dog!

    What a great movie.

    Feels surprisingly modern in both themes and execution. Mifune and Shimura are both exceptional, but that's not news to anyone.

    Loved how the uncomfortable heat permeated the whole film. It feels sticky and gross. Characters all feel uncomfortable and miserable.

    Very good. I think it is my first non-samurai Kurosawa film.
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    Yep yep and yep!

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    I rewatched Ikiru for the first time in six years. When Takashi Shimura's face appeared on screen, my first thought was, "huh, he's not that old." Which can only mean... I'm old.

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    Weekend is a mess. The only Godard I'm not a fan of so far. Look I get what he is going for and I understand the themes yet the movie lacks a stable narrative and is all over the place. Also I feel that it contains themes and political ideals he expresses in better ways in previous works.
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    So for me it is so far:

    Blood Simple. Own it, love it.
    The Hidden Fortress-Still rules, need to own it.
    Weekend-Own it, not really a fan, of course I'm keeping it anyways.
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    For Week 4 I am going with a recent Criterion release that I love dearly and am so glad I own on Blu-ray: Night of the Living Dead. Still a masterpiece and more timely than ever. Also eerie that the little girl in this movie is named Karen. Go figure. A very recent rewatch only added to my continuing appreciation of George A. Romero, who's gifts to cinema shall forever be regarded by myself and others. Still my all time favorite horror movie. Well that, Carpenter's The Thing, The Horror Express and maybe a few others....
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    I think i'm breakign the rules, since I guess the concept was to actually watch a criterion version/disc and I'm going to stream all mine as I can find them. The only criterion I knowingly have access to is Chasing Amy, which I own.
    *coming soon*

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    Quote Quoting Gizmo (view post)
    I think i'm breakign the rules, since I guess the concept was to actually watch a criterion version/disc and I'm going to stream all mine as I can find them. The only criterion I knowingly have access to is Chasing Amy, which I own.
    No I don't think that's necessary at all.
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    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    Weekend is a mess. The only Godard I'm not a fan of so far. Look I get what he is going for and I understand the themes yet the movie lacks a stable narrative and is all over the place. Also I feel that it contains themes and political ideals he expresses in better ways in previous works.
    That's a strange criticism of a film that is deliberately episodic and all over the place in order to show the absurdity of contemporary life (if the plot were more coherent, contemporary life wouldn't seem absurd and meaningless).
    Just because...
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    Les Créatures (Agnès Varda, 1966) mild

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    (if the plot were more coherent, contemporary life wouldn't seem absurd and meaningless)
    I agree with this, and I enjoy Weekend mainly for the absurd humor (not a fan of the butcher scenes, however). That being said, it's this type of intellectual remove that generally keeps me and Godard at arm's length.

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    Quote Quoting Gizmo (view post)
    I think i'm breakign the rules, since I guess the concept was to actually watch a criterion version/disc and I'm going to stream all mine as I can find them. The only criterion I knowingly have access to is Chasing Amy, which I own.
    Oh man, if I had to purchase physical media this would be a non-starter for me. I did subscribe to the Criterion Channel, and that's enough of a splurge.

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    I cheated a little this week by rewatching My Life to Live. My gut told me I might appreciate it more now than I did in high school, and my gut was right. What an odd, beautiful, heartbreaking movie. While Godard is certainly up to his usual tricks (the events of each of the twelve episodes are spoiled in title cards, faces are often obscured while speaking, the machine gun pan), he never loses sight of the heart of the film: Nana. Of course Anna Karina has her own gravitational pull -- I was enthralled early on watching her simply meander through a record store -- but the way in which we see Nana shift her approach to men, from brutal honesty to sly deceit to pure transaction and beyond, takes the performance over the top. Not sure about that ending, but regardless My Life to Live jumps up to my second favorite Godard movie behind Contempt. Four stars.

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    I really should be doing this.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    I really should be doing this.
    Yes please.
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    I wish I could find a simple printable list, but I did find this spreadsheet.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...gid=1332409659

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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    That's a strange criticism of a film that is deliberately episodic and all over the place in order to show the absurdity of contemporary life (if the plot were more coherent, contemporary life wouldn't seem absurd and meaningless).
    Then maybe it should have been a mini series or a TV show instead. Btw Pierrot le Fou addressed much of the same topics and was a much superior movie from him.
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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    I agree with this, and I enjoy Weekend mainly for the absurd humor (not a fan of the butcher scenes, however). That being said, it's this type of intellectual remove that generally keeps me and Godard at arm's length.
    It's funny because I've liked all of the other Godard I have watched. Most of them I love, actually. I just didn't care for that one oh noes or whatever.
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    Quote Quoting Gizmo (view post)
    I think i'm breakign the rules, since I guess the concept was to actually watch a criterion version/disc and I'm going to stream all mine as I can find them. The only criterion I knowingly have access to is Chasing Amy, which I own.
    The Criterion Channel is pretty cool I just don't have the time or the money for it right now.
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    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    Then maybe it should have been a mini series or a TV show instead.
    I don't follow your logic. Since the narrative would be equally absurdist if it were broken up into smaller episodes and stretched out over a longer period of time, it doesn't seem to me there would be any artistic advantage in making it longer than it already is.

    Btw Pierrot le Fou addressed much of the same topics and was a much superior movie from him.
    I like both, although in terms of plotting, Pierrot le fou isn't any more coherent, or less episodic, than Weekend. Why do you think the former episodic road movie is superior to the latter?
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    I have suggested Breathless to Jen, for this week's viewing.
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    3. Every Man for Himself - 4/10 - eeeeehhhhhhh just not for me.

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    Are we on Week 5? I would have to Google what Criterions were even on LaserDisc.
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