Posts Tagged ‘Boogie Nights’

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Seen Your Video #24: Too Deliberate to be Accidental

August 25, 2013

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On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris and I discuss Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, two (generally) comedic tales of stagnation and sorting one’s life out, one of which Chris thinks may have a very deliberate anti-Tory message. We also take a look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s recent return to the music video medium with Fiona Apple, as well as the benefits of DVD and Blu-ray extras for documenting the progress of directors like Anderson that emerged around the advent of the former format. I additionally discuss my experience with two notorious critical and box office bombs back on the big screen: Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate and Cleopatra from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

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My Month in Films: November 2012

December 1, 2012

25 films, 21 first time viewings
A month heavy on films from the current decade (17 in total).

Best first time viewings
1. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012, Austria/France/Germany)
2. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012, USA)
3. Ernest and Celestine (Stéphane Aubier/Vincent Patar/Benjamin Renner, 2012, France)
4. Chinese Roulette (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976, West Germany/France)
5. Sister (Ursula Meier, 2012, France/Switzerland)
6. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012, UK/USA)
7. Moneyball (Bennett Miller, 2011, USA)
8. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012, USA)
9. A Town Called Panic (Stéphane Aubier/Vincent Patar, 2009, Belgium/Luxembourg/France)
10. The Minister (Pierre Schöller, 2011, France/Belgium)

Best rewatches
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980, UK/USA)
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997, USA)
Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju, 1960, France/Italy)

Worst
Gambit (Michael Hoffman, 2012, USA)
Savages (Oliver Stone, 2012, USA)
Lessons of a Dream (Sebastian Grobler, 2011, Germany)