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My Month in Films: September 2015

September 30, 2015

Good Men

21 films, 19 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1995, Taiwan/Japan)
2. L’argent (Robert Bresson, 1983, France/Switzerland)
3. A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989, Taiwan/Hong Kong)
4. Runaway Train (Andrey Konchalovskiy, 1985, USA)
5. Greed (Erich von Stroheim, 1924, USA)
6. A Summer at Grandpa’s (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1984, Taiwan)
7. The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1985, Taiwan)
8. The Boys from Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1983, Taiwan)
9. The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1993, Taiwan)
10. The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015, USA)

Best rewatches
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968, USA/UK)
Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013, USA)

Worst
Live From New York! (Bao Nguyen, 2015, USA)
Legend (Brian Helgeland, 2015, UK/France)

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My Month in Films: August 2015

August 31, 2015

Showgirls

22 films, 13 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995, USA/France)
2. The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa, 1960, Japan)
3. Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs, 2015, USA)
4. Two Women (Vittorio De Sica, 1960, Italy/France)
5. Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati, 1953, France)
6. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union)
7. Mistress America (Noah Baumbach, 2015, USA)
8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie, 2015, USA/Hong Kong/China)
9. The Gate of Heaven (Vittorio De Sica, 1945, Italy)

Best rewatches
All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979, USA)
Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller, 1953, USA)
Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991, Japan)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986, Japan)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942, USA)
One from the Heart (Francis Ford Coppola, 1982, USA)

Worst
Awaiting (Mark Murphy, 2015, UK)
Demonic (Will Canon, 2015, USA/UK)

The-Bad-Sleep-Well

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My Month in Films: July 2015

August 1, 2015

The-Killing-of-a-Chinese-Bo

29 films, 22 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes, 1976, USA)
2. Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984, USA)
3. Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975, USA)
4. Providence (Alain Resnais, 1977, France/Switzerland/UK)
5. The Train (Sidney Lumet, 1964, USA/France/Italy)
6. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953, USA)
7. Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015, UK/USA)
8. The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa, 1958, Japan)
9. Mr. Holmes (Bill Condon, 2015, UK/USA)
10. Punisher: War Zone (Lexi Alexander, 2008, USA/Canada/Germany)

Best rewatches
À nos amours (Maurice Pialat, 1983, France)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991, USA/France)
Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma, 1996, USA)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014, Germany/Poland)
Mission: Impossible II (John Woo, 2000, USA/Germany)

Worst
Every Which Way But Loose (James Fargo, 1978, USA)
Beyond the Reach (Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, 2014)

Love-Streams

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My Month in Films: June 2015

July 1, 2015

Southern-Comfort

45 films, 40 first time viewings
Most of those viewed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, hence the very heavy 2014/2015 leaning of this month.

Best first time viewings
1. Southern Comfort (Walter Hill, 1981, USA/Switzerland/UK)
2. Macario (Roberto Gavaldón, 1960, Mexico)
3. Inside Out (Pete Docter/Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015, USA)
4. The Long Riders (Walter Hill, 1980, USA)
5. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974, USA)
6. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, 2015, USA)
7. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953, USA)
8. Dear White People (Justin Simien, 2014, USA)
9. Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2014, USA)
10. Beyond the Lights (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2014, USA)

11. Streets of Fire (Walter Hill, 1984, USA)
12. The Stanford Prison Experiment (Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2015, USA)
13. The Jericho Mile (Michael Mann, 1979, USA)
14. Poison for the Fairies (Carlos Enrique Taboada, 1984, Mexico)
15. Cop Car (Jon Watts, 2015, USA)
16. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher, 1957, USA)
17. Makeup Room (Kei Morikawa, 2015, Japan)
18. Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland, 2015, USA)
19. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987, China)
20. Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Károly Ujj Mészáros, 2015, Hungary)

Best rewatches
Exiled (Johnnie To, 2006, Hong Kong)
Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012, UK/USA/India/South Africa)
The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979, USA)

Worst
Scottish Mussel (Talulah Riley, 2015, UK)
The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, 2014, Ukraine/Netherlands)
Swung (Colin Kennedy, 2015, UK)

Best-Worst
Roar (Noel Marshall, 1981, USA)

Macario

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My Month in Films: May 2015

June 3, 2015

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-1

23 films, 14 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015, Australia/USA)
2. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939, USA)
3. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942, USA)
4. You, the Living (Roy Andersson, 2007, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/Norway/Japan)
5. John Wick (Chad Stahelski, 2014, USA)
6. Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur, 2014, Canada)
7. Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, 2000, Sweden/Norway/Denmark)

Best rewatches
Heat (Michael Mann, 1995, USA)
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941, USA)
Mad Max 2 (George Miller, 1981, Australia)
Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984, USA)
Mad Max (George Miller, 1979, Australia)

Worst
San Andreas (Brad Peyton, 2015, USA/Australia)

Only-Angels-Have-Wings

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My Month in Films: April 2015

May 1, 2015

Fat-City

18 films, 13 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Fat City (John Huston, 1972, USA)
2. Shaun the Sheep Movie (Mark Burton/Richard Starzak, 2015, UK/France)
3. The Drop (Michaël R. Roskam, 2014, USA)
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015, USA)
5. Fast & Furious 7 (James Wan, 2015, USA/Japan)
6. Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015, UK/USA)

Shaun-the-Sheep-Movie

Best rewatches
Cat People (Paul Schrader, 1982, USA)
Fast & Furious 5 (Justin Lin, 2011, USA)

Worst
Empire Records (Allan Moyle, 1995, USA)
Lost River (Ryan Gosling, 2014, USA)
Harlock: Space Pirate (Shinji Aramaki, 2013, Japan)
Bad Land: Road to Fury (Jake Paltrow, 2014, South Africa/USA/Ireland)

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My Month in Films: March 2015

March 31, 2015

Los-Angeles-Plays-Itself

27 films, 19 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003, USA)
2. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (Lou Adler, 1982, USA)
3. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014, UK)
4. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Don Hertzfeldt, 2012, USA)
5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013, Japan)
6. Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2014, Canada)
7. Cleopatra (Cecil B. DeMille, 1934, USA)
8. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner, 2014, USA)

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Best rewatches
The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982, USA)
Hard Boiled (John Woo, 1992, Hong Kong)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962, France/Italy)

Worst
Serena (Susanne Bier, 2014, USA/France/Czech Republic, 2014)
2 Fast 2 Furious (John Singleton, 2003, USA/Germany)

Best-Worst
Slugs: The Movie (Juan Piquer Simón, 1988, Spain/USA)