Old movies you've only seen recently...



  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,556 Posts
    Just saw Animal Kingdom (2010).  RIYL: Red Riding, Top of the Lake.  I generally liked it and it had a satisfying conclusion.

  • ElectrodeElectrode Los Angeles 2,734 Posts
    "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford": Not "old" but I heard/read reviewers talk about this in the same breath as "Unforgiven", "Tombstone", etc. Downbeat and a little long but worth the watch.

    "Judgement At Nuremberg": I saw this once as a teenager but I didnt appreciate it until seeing it with my dad a couple of weekends ago. Montgomery Clift's part as the mentally challenged man who was sentenced to castration was one of the movie's best performances.

    "Belle De Jour": Dreamlike and I liked Catherine Deneuve's wardrobe.

    "The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds": I admit I just wanted to check this out based on the title alone. 

    "Night And The City": Richard Widmark's character is a slime, but I sympathize with his desire to just want to make something of his life.

    "Harold And Maude": Both darkly humorous and uplifting. What I needed.

    "Dead Alive": I can't get with campy horror comedy usually but I had to see it just for the excessive bloodletting

    "The Fly" ('86 remake): another Cronenberg crossed off my list. Damn, that fingernail scene...

    "How The West Was Won": watching this on a 48" flatscreen was the best I could do for this one.

    "Heavy Metal": Finally saw this after all these years hearing rave "it changed my life" reviews from people. So I rented it a few days before attending the 40th anniversary opening night art gallery show in my area where many of the namesake magazine's OG artists were in attendence. Wicked stuff.

  • Just been watching a load of Ingmar Bergman jernts like I was a refined stemware-owning chin stroker and not a scuzz bag. They've been doing one a week on my Mubi subscription and I never bothered with them before.

    Summer With Monika - was OK, pretty modern feeling for the year it was made ('53) but shows little of the hardcore philosophically challenging questions asked in later stuff.

    Seventh Seal - again OK but didn't blow me away considering how heavily this is ridden for in film snob circles. The "game of chess with death" concept that is the first thing people say about this movie seems like the least important thing.

    Wild Strawberries - Here I was getting more on board with this stuff. This one is a road and memory trip... completely missed the fact that two significant female characters (one from the flashbacks and one from the current day storyline) were both played by the same actress.

    Through a Glass Darkly - Was intense and dope. A woman descends into mental illness in the face of an absent (or silent) deity. Absolutely deserves the Oscar it won, especially when you consider the dreck that was getting made in 1961 and how it stands up now.

    Persona - The only film of his I'd seen before, in film school. This was a stupid one to start us on in school, but building up to it with his earlier stuff this time made it a lot more watchable. Still not as affecting to me as Through a Glass Darkly, it reminds me a little too much of Lynchian dream-illogic stuff that is open for interpretation but to me never actually rewards interpretation. Makes sense that it was a big influence on Lynch but he took the things I liked least about it and made a career with them. The filmmaking metaphors feel unnecessary. The most compelling stuff is the character work in between the formal experimentation.

    Cries and Whispers - A super hard and brutal watch. There are scenes in this where you feel like you shouldn't be seeing this onscreen. Animalistic depictions of dying in pain, surrounded by psychologically destroyed, cold and unfeeling relatives. Not something you'd watch for fun but really unforgettable.

    Still gotta watch Fanny and Alexander.

  • ppadilhappadilha 1,990 Posts
    Just been watching a load of Ingmar Bergman jernts like I was a refined stemware-owning chin stroker and not a scuzz bag. They've been doing one a week on my Mubi subscription and I never bothered with them before.

    I ride for Hour of the Wolf, it starts off slow but by the end it's kinda

  • A lot of them seem to go that way - Fanny and Alexander definitely being one. Watched it last night. Looong opening introducing you to this massive family in this unbelievable lavish house, and it's only hours 2 and 3 where it focuses down to the titular characters and how they're affected by all these people we saw cavorting through the first hour. But I think it's only because you got used to the family in that first hour that the rest of the story has the effect it does. Really strong, big questions, no answers, as usual. A lot of thematic echoes with Cries and Whispers too (the dead revisiting the living, family dynamics that are maybe less than loving, house servants bringing life to otherwise cold homes).

    I guess I gotta check Hour of the Wolf... next up on my subscription (and final one I think) is After the Rehearsal, which sounds a bit like a "minor" Bergman.

  • DawhudDawhud 213 Posts
    Believe it or not, I finally watched "Scarface."  Granted I've seen bits and pieces of it and would always catch parts of it when it was on TNT or TBS back in the day, but it wasn't till the other day that I finally sat down and watched it all the way through.

  • It's Mubi subscription roundup time, this time I've watched a few (not all) of the Wim Wenders joints they've been putting out each week.

    The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick
    Psychotic disaffection of some footballer. Feels pretty 70s in that 70s disaffected way. Not enthralling.

    Paris, Texas
    Every shot is beautiful and the story held my interest much better. I can see why this is so beloved although not going to revisit it for a while or ever. Maybe if I have a kid and they grow up to be into movies I'd watch it with them in like 20 years. The ending confrontation is the most riveting piece of acting I've seen in a while, but I don't think the middle hour and a half needed to be an hour and a half.

    Probably the "slightest" of the ones I've watched recently but I kind of enjoyed it the most. It doesn't hurt that Ozu's Tokyo Story came up on the ol' streaming subscription a couple months ago - this is a tribute to Ozu but it's also mixed with travel diary style observations of modern (1983-era) Japan, and without trying to shoehorn everything into holding together as one topic, he just keeps it pretty separate and it's fine. Werner Herzog and Chris Marker cameo, and there's a really touching interview with Ozu's longtime cameraman.

  • ElectrodeElectrode Los Angeles 2,734 Posts
    I'm listening to the incidental music on the soundtrack to "3 In The Attic" now. I remember "Scarface" on TBS as well. "Where'd you get the beauty scar, tough guy? Eating pineapple?"

    "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi": Thankfully, I somehow over the years managed to be completely unfamiliar with these two aside skimming over a glowing Leonard Maltin review in one of his books from several years ago. It's a visually arresting journey. 

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,813 Posts
    Electrode said:

    "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi": Thankfully, I somehow over the years managed to be completely unfamiliar with these two aside skimming over a glowing Leonard Maltin review in one of his books from several years ago. It's a visually arresting journey. 

    I once watched Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi and then Chronos, Baraka and Samsara all in one weekend... My brain felt like it was going to melt. I mean I've seen them all before, but over 30 years. Compressing them all into a weekend, it was tough to turn my mind off after.

  • billbradleybillbradley You want BBQ sauce? Get the fuck out of my house. 2,592 Posts

  • I recently saw-Deliverance for the first time,and it was cool.

  • Just got through two should've-seens...

    The Virgin Spring
    Another Bergman, this one based on a folk tale about jealousy and revenge, pretty brutal really. As always with his movies it looks beautiful and has a lot of issues swirling around in it to cogitate on, but I wouldn't say I enjoyed it as much as Wild Strawberries or Through a Glass Darkly. Very simple story, which is no bad thing considering his later movies are more difficult to watch.

    Oh yeah and a while back I was gonna see "After the Rehearsal" and forgot to report that it was definitely "minor Bergman" as I put it before.

    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Controversial take alert, but I kinda really didn't like this. First, the good - the setting, photography, 16mm film use, and the attempt to make climate change into a tangible part of the narrative of life. Unfortunately the soundtrack mega let it down, the whole thing sounds like one of those bank ads where 30 people say the same meaningless aphorism in different voices and you don't know what it's advertising until a logo comes up in the last 3 seconds. Actually the whole thing is kind of written that way too.
    I absolutely can't rag on Quvenzhané Wallis' performance considering she was fuckin' six years old at the time,
    BAYLESS: Absolutely
    ME: BUT!
    her nomination for an Oscar was a stunt. The most gifted six year old child actor just can't act as well as an adult. The movie banked on her remarkable ability to read voiceover lines to a not-dogshit, but unconvincing, level of naturalistic. Onscreen, she pretty much just looked at stuff and benefits largely from having a particularly determined-looking stare. The camera searches her face throughout each scene while she looks at stuff. When she has to talk with people onscreen the acting lets the scenes down, so I get why you'd use the voiceover technique to get through that. The PROBLEM, then, is NOT her acting or voiceover-reading skills, which are still world class for a six+ year old, but the fact that the voiceover lines that are supposed to work around having a young child lead rung really, really false. It's just bad writing to me. 

    "When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces."

    All the time, everywhere, everything's hearts are beating and squirting, and talking to each other the ways I can't understand. Most of the time they probably be saying: I'm hungry, or I gotta poop. But sometimes they be talkin' in codes."

    There's also the notion that those lines in that particular AAVE approximation were written by a Manhattan born Little Ivies educated white dude that rubs me the wrong way. And as the story goes on it carries a hint of "noble savage" cliches. But that's just me bringing outside knowledge into the experience. Maybe the fact that it was so hyped for awards and by people around me at the time fed into my reaction too, but what can you do.
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