Berlin and Beyond, Instant Netflix and Stars in Shorts: September 2012 in Films
September was kind of a lackluster month for me in terms of film watching. The new semester started and that reduced my time. I mostly wound up watching films on Instant Netflix while I was getting ready in the morning and most of them I found kind of underwhelming. I also reviewed a collection of short films called Stars in Shorts, but again I found most of them kind of underwhelming. I got to see my favorite film of the year, Chicken With Plums, a second time which was fantastic. I also saw a few things as repeat viewings at the Castro. I saw Magic Mike for a second time (I liked it even more than I already did) and I saw Pina for the 4th time. I will always see that movie when I get the chance. This last few days I’ve been at the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival (and cough a damn cold!). It’s on-going until Thursday and I will be doing a write-up when it concludes.
- The Pajama Game
- Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
- Un fiume di dollari aka River of Dollars aka The Hills Run Red
- Mad Dog and Glory
- The Lincoln Lawyer
- Beverly Hills Cop
- Beverly Hills Cop II
- Playing by Heart
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- Passion Fish
- This Happy Breed
- Number Seventeen
- Born to Be Bad (1950)
- A Night in Casablanca
- Unhook the Stars
- Battle Circus
- Gun the Man Down
- Mystic Pizza
- The Vow
- She’s So Lovely
- Intouchables (The Intouchables)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
- Puccini for Beginners
- The Wrath of God (1972)
- Un esercito di cinque uomini (The Five Man Army)
- Run for Cover
- We’re Not Married!
- The Procession
- After-School Special (2011)
- Not Your Time
- Friend Request Pending
- Hello I Must Be Going
- Was bleibt (Home For The Weekend)
- Das Totenschiff (Ship of the Dead)
- Die Libelle und das Nashorn (The Rhino and the Dragonfly)
- Faust (2011)
- Der ganz große Traum (Lessons of a Dream)
- Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
- Der Verdingbub (The Foster Boy)
- Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)
If I’m going to be really honest, picking five films to talk about this month was very hard because the ones I really liked I either already wrote about (see links above) or I’m saving my thoughts for when I write about the Berlin and Beyond festival. I did cheat and I am going to write about one film I saw at that festival here. Maybe I’m just feeling burnt out. I don’t know.
Beverly Hills Cop, 1984 (dir. Martin Brest)
I can’t believe I’d never seen this film before. I loved it so much. When Eddie Murphy is good, he is so good. I watched the sequel as well and was rather disappointed. I’m told the third film is even worse. But, I guess, even if it spawned terrible sequels, this film is good enough to make up for the others.
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, 2005 (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Bob fucking Dylan. How can you not love Bob Dylan?! I loved all the interviews, not only with Dylan himself, but with the people who knew him the best. If you are a fan, this is a must watch.
The Vow, 2012 (dir. Michael Sucsy)
Mostly I wanted to write a bit about this film because this opening shot is so gorgeous. Secondly, the director of this film was the guy who did the recent Drew Barrymore/Jessica Lange Grey Gardens film that was so fabulous. His lush touch is ever-present in this film’s look and decor. Lastly, I wanted to mention how great both Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum were in the leads. Somehow this year I have been converted into a Channing Tatum fangirl and I don’t even know what to say about that. I do, however, want to say that the film is not as good as the sum of its parts. It could have been better. I feel like somewhere in here there is a good film, it just couldn’t quite coalesce.
Hello I Must Be Going, 2012 (dir. Todd Louiso)
This is a strong contender for favorite movie of the year. Melanie Lynskey is a flawless goddess and it was great to finally see her in a lead role. I’m glad that lead came in a role that was worth of her talents. This is the kind of honest comedy/drama/romance that I would love to make someday, so I’m glad to see one do well. Also, Christopher Abbott has the most piercing eyes of all time. I hope he does more features soon, though you can also see him on HBO’s Girls.
Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum), 1979 (dir. Volker Schlöndorff)
I’m not gonna write too much about this film here because I plan on writing about it properly for YAM when the Berlin and Beyond festival is over on Thursday. All I will say is that I saw the newly restored Director’s Cut, which added 22 minutes and one of the film’s stars, Mario Adorf, was in attendance/introduced the film. This film really is a trip. I’m almost afraid to read the book. It’s definitely the blackest of black comedies and will more than likely make many a person uncomfortable. It shared the Palme D’Or in 1979 at the Cannes film festival with Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and you can really see why they did that; both films are unique works of masterclass filmmaking.
One last thing I wanted to add, one of the theatres I work at, The Lumiere, closed its door two weeks ago. I am very sad about this, but I will continue to work at the Clay Theatre, so have no fear. My plans for October include trying to watch a horror film ever day, so I guess in a month we shall see if I manage that goal!