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Stuff Seen, Oct+Nov+Dec 2015

Posted by StepTb su ottobre 31, 2015

Zui hao de shi guang / Three Times (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2005) [6]
Le voyage du ballon rouge (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2007) [6-]
Tian xia di yi quan / Five Fingers of Death (Chang-Hwa Jeong, 1972) [7]
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, 1971) [7+]
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (Robert Fuest, 1972) [6]
The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972) [6.5]
The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973) [8]
Thriller – en grym film (Bo Arne Vibenius, 1973) [7]
Cani arrabbiati (Mario Bava, 1974) [Arrow Video 2014 restored edition] [8]
Blade Runner [The Final Cut] (Ridley Scott, 1982-2007) [9]
Gorky Park (Michael Apted, 1983) [6.5]
Witness (Peter Weir, 1985) [8]
Year of the Dragon (Michael Cimino, 1985) [7.5]
El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970) [7]
My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945) [7.5]
So Dark the Night (Joseph H. Lewis, 1946) [7]
Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph H. Lewis, 1958) [6.5]
They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948) [7.5]
On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray & Ida Lupino, 1951) [7]
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956) [7.5]
Gonin [Director’s Cut] (Takashi Ishii, 1995) [7.5]
La rose de fer (Jean Rollin, 1973) [6]
John Wick (Chad Stahelski & David Leitch, 2014) [5+]
The American (Anton Corbijn, 2010) [5+]
Snake Eyes (Brian De Palma, 1998) [6.5]
1408 (Mikael Håfström, 2007) [6.5]
Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992) [6.5]
The Telephone Book (Nelson Lyon, 1971) [6.5]
Spy (Paul Feig, 2015) [4]
Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma, 2002) [6]
The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma, 2006) [5]
Redacted (Brian De Palma, 2007) [6]
Crime d’amour (Alain Corneau, 2010) [6]
Passion (Brian De Palma, 2012) [7] [underrated, and an uncommon example of a Hollywood remake far superior to the original]
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015) [7]
The X Files, s10 ep1 (Chris Carter, 2015) [5]

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Stuff Seen, September 2015

Posted by StepTb su settembre 30, 2015

La promesse (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 1996) [7+]
Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 1999) [8]
True Detective s2 ep1 (Justin Lin, 2015) [6]
True Detective s2 ep2 (Justin Lin, 2015) [6]
True Detective s2 ep3 (Janus Metz Pedersen, 2015) [6]
True Detective s2 ep4 (Jeremy Podeswa, 2015) [7] [a very well directed+edited final part rescues the whole ep]
True Detective s2 ep5 (John Crowley, 2015) [7] [finally an ep with a decently written script, the characters act and talk like humans for the first time]
True Detective s2 ep6 (Miguel Sapochnik, 2015) [6.5]
True Detective s2 ep7 (Daniel Attias, 2015) [6.5]
True Detective s2 ep8 (John Crowley, 2015) [6.5] [whoa, what a letdown this second season was. the plot is messy and unbalanced (making no difference in the way important points and useless details are treated), dialogues are overly descriptive and lacking subtlety, characters’ dark aspects feel forced (and, mostly, just sketched) and their behaviour robotic (the underrated Colin Farrell is the only one who managed to translate the stiff, mechanic material into a human performance). in general, the writing takes the 1st season’s few flaws and multiplies them, without keeping any of its strengths. the direction is nothing special and lacks atmosphere – even if Crowley and Podeswa did a better job than the others. we can also see TV series fanboyism in action once again: audiences and critics hated “The Counselor” (2013), but both the direction and the script of that movie are better than most TD s2, which in certain aspects seems to imitate them (being Pizzolatto an obvious fan of McCarthy), especially in the way the story ends – but again, TD’s ending is the worst one of the two, given its smothering moralism (the lead male characters aren’t stupid and displayed both negative and positive traits, but they sinned, so they all must be punished in the end) and meek conventionality (the women remain alive and safe). anyway, is Pizzolatto a one-trick pony? were Fukunaga and Arkapaw the real driving forces behind s1? I fear the answer is positive in both cases.]
The IT Crowd s1 ep1 (Graham Linehan & Ben Gosling Fuller, 2006) [7]
Le gamin au vélo (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2011) [6.5]
Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2014) [8] [it’s unbelievable how many missed the point of this film, and apparently stopped watching it before the last, unambiguous, 5 minutes. yes, cruel workplace politics, the contrast humanity vs. business economics, and the socially destructive power of financial problems are all recognizable themes, but most of anything else this is a movie about depression, and the hard journey to overcome it. after being pushed and forced by her husband to have a series of difficult face-to-face interactions, the protagonist discovers the true nature of a supposed ‘friend’ and, on the other hand, the existence of new, this time real, supportive friends too. at the end of her ordeal, she’s a better person (see the immediate negative answer to her boss’s offer), and she realizes that finding the strength to fight again and a human ‘safety net’ of support was what she needed to feel alive again, even if things didn’t turn out right. it’s, of course, also a political film; but there are enough subtleties and complexities to make it acceptable, and its heart is in the right place. all in all, one of the absolute 2-3 best works by the Dardenne brothers.]
The Emerald Forest (John Boorman, 1985) [7.5]
Long men kezhan / Dragon Inn (King Hu, 1967) [7]
Xia nü / A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1971) [7.5]
Da zui xia / Come Drink with Me (King Hu, 1966) [6.5]
Dareka no Manazashi / Someone’s Gaze (Makoto Shinkai, 2013) [short] [6]
Kong shan ling yu / Raining in the Mountain (King Hu, 1979) [6.5]
Beyond Rangoon (John Boorman, 1995) [6]
The General (John Boorman, 1998) [7]
Les revenants s1 ep1 (Fabrice Gobert, 2012) [6.5]
Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa, 1980) [8]
The Running Man (Paul Michael Glaser, 1987) [7]
Pitfall (André De Toth, 1948) [7.5]
American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014) [7]
Hai shang hua / Flowers of Shanghai (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 1998) [7]

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August 2015 Log

Posted by StepTb su agosto 31, 2015

VIDEO:
Ah fei zing zyun / Days of Being Wild (Kar Wai Wong, 1990) [8]
Dung che sai duk / Ashes of Time [Redux] (Kar Wai Wong, 1994-2008) [7.5]
2046 (Kar Wai Wong, 2004) [7]
La spiaggia (Alberto Lattuada, 1954) [8]
Redline (Takeshi Koike, 2009) [6]
Bron/Broen, s1 ep1 (Charlotte Sieling, 2011) [6]
Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu / Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi, 1967) [7]
Kari-gurashi no Arietti / The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010) [7+]
Kokuriko-zaka kara / From Up on Poppy Hill (Gorô Miyazaki, 2011) [7]
Colorful (Keiichi Hara, 2010) [6]
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014) [7]
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki / Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012) [6.5]
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014) [6.5]
Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956) [7]
Le doulos (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962) [8+]
In Search of the Perfect Human Diet (C.J. Hunt, 2012) [6]
Trudno byt bogom / Hard to Be a God (Aleksey German, 2013) [8] [I’m not sure how to rate this one – it’s so unique there’s almost nothing you can compare it to. It can be a frustrating experience, because of the dialogues and narrative chosen form, which eliminated all the linearity and the philosophical substance from the original 1964 novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, making its story obscure and incomprehensible; but, at the same time, it’s an astonishing accomplishment in terms of visuals and originality. More than anything else, it’s the remarkable testament of director Aleksey German, who passed away just before its completion, and dedicated 15 years of his life to make his nightmarish vision a reality. Critics have compared its scenic design, image composition and hallucinated feel to Bosch and Bruegel, but, even if those are probable influences, I’d say the main tone is more akin to a twisted, dark Rabelais.]
The Bank Dick (Edward F. Cline, 1940) [7.5]
L’armée des ombres (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969) [6.5]
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971) [8]
L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) (Bertrand Bonello, 2011) [8]
Night Mayor (Guy Maddin, 2009) [short] [7]
Glorious (Guy Maddin, 2008) [short] [6]
A Trip to the Orphanage (Guy Maddin, 2004) [short] [6]
Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair (Guy Maddin, 2009) [short] [6.5]
Very Nice, Very Nice (Arthur Lipsett, 1961) [short] [8]
21-87 (Arthur Lipsett, 1964) [short] [7.5]
A Trip Down Memory Lane (Arthur Lipsett, 1965) [short] [7]
Pandora (Derek May, 1971) [short] [7]
Un flic (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1972) [7-]
Permanent Vacation (Jim Jarmusch, 1980) [6]
Yin shi nan nu / Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, 1994) [6.5]
Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984) [7]
Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013) [6.5+]
Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch, 1989) [5]

BOOKS:
Ivan Turgenev – Padri e figli [LINK] [8]
Platone – Apologia di Socrate [LINK] [9]

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Stuff Seen, May+Jun+Jul 2015

Posted by StepTb su luglio 31, 2015

Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen, 1969) [7]
Sleeper (Woody Allen, 1973) [6.5]
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (Woody Allen, 1982) [6.5]
Q (Larry Cohen, 1982) [6]
The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) [6.5]
Nine to Five (Colin Higgins, 1980) [5]
TRON (Steven Lisberger, 1982) [5]
The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982) [6.5]
Missing (Costa-Gavras, 1982) [7]
History of the World: Part I (Mel Brooks, 1981) [7]
Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam, 1981) [7]
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (Joel Schumacher, 1981) [6]
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981) [6]
Firefox (Clint Eastwood, 1982) [6]
The Entity (Sidney J. Furie, 1982) [5]
The Beastmaster (Don Coscarelli, 1982) [6]
Sorceress (Jack Hill, 1982) [5-]
The Sword and the Sorcerer (Albert Pyun, 1982) [6]
Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974) [5]
Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980) [6]
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, 2014) [6.5]

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Stuff Seen, March+April 2015

Posted by StepTb su aprile 30, 2015

Hustle (Robert Aldrich, 1975) [5]
Stay Hungry (Bob Rafelson, 1976) [6]
Murder by Death (Robert Moore, 1976) [7]
Over the Edge (Jonathan Kaplan, 1979) [6]
The Amityville Horror (Stuart Rosenberg, 1979) [5]
When a Stranger Calls (Fred Walton, 1979) [6]
The Muppet Movie (James Frawley, 1979) [6.5]
Elvis (John Carpenter, 1979) [6]
The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980) [7.5]
Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981) [8]
The Howling (Joe Dante, 1981) [7.5]
1941 (Steven Spielberg, 1979) [7]
Stripes (Ivan Reitman, 1981) [7+]
National Lampoon’s Vacation (Harold Ramis, 1983) [7.5]
Outland (Peter Hyams, 1981) [7+]
Prince of the City (Sidney Lumet, 1981) [8]
The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, 1982) [8]
Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975) [7.5]
The Edge (Lee Tamahori, 1997) [7]
House of Cards s3 ep1 (John David Coles, 2015) [6.5]
House of Cards s3 ep2 (John David Coles, 2015) [7]
House of Cards s3 ep3 (Tucker Gates, 2015) [6]
House of Cards s3 ep4 (Tucker Gates, 2015) [7]
House of Cards s3 ep5 (James Foley, 2015) [6.5]
House of Cards s3 ep6 (James Foley, 2015) [6.5]
House of Cards s3 ep7 (John Dahl, 2015) [6.5]
House of Cards s3 ep8 (John Dahl, 2015) [6.5]
House of Cards s3 ep9 (Robin Wright, 2015) [7]
House of Cards s3 ep10 (Agnieszka Holland, 2015) [6]
House of Cards s3 ep11 (Agnieszka Holland, 2015) [7]
House of Cards s3 ep12 (Robin Wright, 2015) [6.5]
House of Cards s3 ep13 (James Foley, 2015) [7] [some good moments here and there, but, overall, this 3rd season was a letdown]
Diner (Barry Levinson, 1982) [7]
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982) [7+]
Gloria (John Cassavetes, 1980) [6.5]
Ordinary People (Robert Redford, 1980) [6.5]
S.O.B. (Blake Edwards, 1981) [7]
Creepshow (George A. Romero, 1982) [6.5]
Twilight Zone: The Movie (Joe Dante/John Landis/George Miller/Steven Spielberg, 1983) [6]
The Postman Always Rings Twice (Bob Rafelson, 1981) [8]
…All the Marbles (Robert Aldrich, 1981) [7+]
On Golden Pond (Mark Rydell, 1981) [5]
Swamp Thing (Wes Craven, 1982) [5]
Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977) [6.5]
Heavy Metal (Gerald Potterton, 1981) [6.5]
Death Wish II (Michael Winner, 1982) [5]
Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982) [7]

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January+February 2015 Log

Posted by StepTb su febbraio 28, 2015

VIDEO:
Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014) [7+]
Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (Carl Boese, Paul Wegener, 1920) [7.5]
Tagebuch einer Verlorenen (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929) [8]
The Wind (Victor Sjöström, 1928) [7.5]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird, 2011) [5+]
Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) [6.5] [even if Boyhood’s production idea is innovative and Linklater’s direction masterful, the script itself mainly displays a parade of stereotypes, from the violent stepfather figures to the idealization of college experience as a resolutory climax of sort. It doesn’t take risks (and its clear and simplistic political undertones work as a contradictory, limiting, negative force that seems to prevent it), and it doesn’t offer any particular insight into boyhood, male adolescence, or life in general. It’s a film as confused as its own characters, and nowhere near the masterpiece status critics have thrown at it. Just compare it to Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959) – case closed]
Kis uykusu (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2014) [7.5]
Machete Kills (Robert Rodriguez, 2013) [4]
Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014) [6]
Grudge Match (Peter Segal, 2013) [6]
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927) [8.5]
The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928) [8.5]
Where Eagles Dare (Brian G. Hutton, 1968) [7]
Two Mules for Sister Sara (Don Siegel, 1970) [6]
Joe Kidd (John Sturges, 1972) [6.5]
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino, 1974) [7.5]
Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975) [7.5]
A Star Is Born (Frank Pierson, 1976) [4]
Coming Home (Hal Ashby, 1978) [7-]
The Incredible Hulk, s1 ep1 (Kenneth Johnson, 1977) [6.5]
Piranha (Joe Dante, 1978) [5]
Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) [7] [like it or not, you have to give this movie some credit; it was hard to do better, in 1978, with such a story. Donner’s direction is remarkable, and the film’s influence on virtually every following superhero movie, including the post-2000 ones, is undeniable. On top of that, Reeve was a perfect casting choice, and created “the” live action Superman icon]
Rocky II (Sylvester Stallone, 1979) [7]
10 (Blake Edwards, 1979) [6.5]
An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky, 1978) [7-]
Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979) [7]
Meatballs (1979) [6]
Breaking Away (Peter Yates, 1979) [6]
The Wanderers (Philip Kaufman, 1979) [7]
Return of the Secaucus 7 (John Sayles, 1979) [6.5]
Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980) [7]
Superman II (Richard Lester & Richard Donner, 1980) [5]
Reds (Warren Beatty, 1981) [7]
Rocky III (Sylvester Stallone, 1982) [6.5]
First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982) [7+]
Rambo 2 (George P. Cosmatos, 1985) [5]
Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone, 1985) [5+]
Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986) [7-]
Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987) [6.5]
Rambo III (Peter MacDonald, 1988) [5+]
Our Nixon (Penny Lane, 2013) [6.5]
Rollerball (Norman Jewison, 1975) [5]
Every Which Way But Loose (James Fargo, 1978) [5]
Sisters (Brian De Palma, 1973) [6]
Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980) [8]
Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981) [7]
Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983) [8-]
Popeye (Robert Altman, 1980) [7]
Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984) [7.5]
The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987) [7+]
American Gigolo (Paul Schrader, 1980) [7]
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) [8.5]
Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan, 1981) [8]
Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981) [7]
Tightrope (Richard Tuggle, 1984) [6]
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) [8.5]

BOOKS:
Karl Popper – Auf der Suche nach einer besseren Welt: Vorträge und Aufsätze aus dreissig Jahren [LINK Amazon, Italian edition] [9]
John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge – The Right Nation: Why America Is Different [LINK Amazon] [7]

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Stuff Seen, November+December 2014

Posted by StepTb su dicembre 31, 2014

Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004) [7+]
The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011) [5]
Nebraska (Alexander Payne, 2013) [8]
Kelly’s Heroes (Brian G. Hutton, 1970) [7.5]
Cockfighter (Monte Hellman, 1974) [7]
Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976) [7]
The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010) [7]
Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014) [7]
The Wolf Man (George Waggner, 1941) [7.5-]
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Roy William Neill, 1943) [6.5]
The Curse of the Werewolf (Terence Fisher, 1961) [6.5]
The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014) [5]
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg, 2014) [6]
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014) [7]
Confession (Do-yun Lee, 2014) [6.5]
The Expendables 3 (Patrick Hughes, 2014) [5]
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014) [6.5]
The Lego Movie (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, 2014) [7]
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014) [7]

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Stuff Seen, September+October 2014

Posted by StepTb su ottobre 31, 2014

Carnal Knowledge (Mike Nichols, 1971) [6.5]
Walking Tall (Phil Karlson, 1973) [6]
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012) [5]
Pusher II (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2004) [8]
Pusher 3 (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2005) [7.5]
Adams æbler (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005) [6]
Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) [5]
Super Fly (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972) [5]
The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones, 2014) [7.5]
The Grey (Joe Carnahan, 2011) [6.5]
Kill List (Ben Wheatley, 2011) [7-]
A Touch of Class (Melvin Frank, 1973) [7]
About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, 2002) [7]
Safety Last! (Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1923) [8]
Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925) [8+]
The Towering Inferno (John Guillermin, 1974) [7]
Körkarlen (Victor Sjöström, 1921) [7]
Po zakonu / By the Law (Lev Kuleshov, 1926) [7.5]
He Who Gets Slapped (Victor Sjöström, 1924) [8.5]
The Man Who Laughs (Paul Leni, 1928) [7.5]
Dirty Jobs s1-2-3-4-5 (2005-2009), various random eps.

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August 2014 Log

Posted by StepTb su settembre 1, 2014

VIDEO:
House of Cards s2 ep1 (Carl Franklin, 2014) [7-] [what a shame: a good first episode ruined by a single moment – Zoe’s murder, out of impulse and with people and security cameras around, is illogical and inconsistent with Frank’s planning preciseness and tendency to outsource the dirty work]
House of Cards s2 ep2 (Carl Franklin, 2014) [6.5]
Exam (Stuart Hazeldine, 2009) [5]
Harlan County U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple, 1976) [7]
Julia (Fred Zinnemann, 1977) [7.5]
Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998) [4] [and many critics still say this -at best- incredibly average movie should be considered a modern classic… give me a break]
Elysium (Neill Blomkamp, 2013) [6]
A Wedding (Robert Altman, 1978) [8]
House of Cards s2 ep3 (James Foley, 2014) [6.5]
House of Cards s2 ep4 (James Foley, 2014) [6.5]
House of Cards s2 ep5 (John David Coles, 2014) [7]
House of Cards s2 ep6 (John David Coles, 2014) [6.5]
House of Cards s2 ep7 (James Foley, 2014) [7]
House of Cards s2 ep8 (James Foley, 2014) [6.5]
House of Cards s2 ep9 (Jodie Foster, 2014) [7-]
House of Cards s2 ep10 (Robin Wright, 2014) [6.5]
House of Cards s2 ep11 (John David Coles, 2014) [7]
House of Cards s2 ep12 (James Foley, 2014) [7]
House of Cards s2 ep13 (James Foley, 2014) [7.5]
Obsession (Brian De Palma, 1976) [7.5]
Rolling Thunder (John Flynn, 1977) [7.5+]
The Fury (Brian De Palma, 1978) [7]
Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977) [7+]
Who’ll Stop the Rain (Karel Reisz, 1978) [7]
Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978) [6.5]
Deathsport (Allan Arkush, Nicholas Niciphor & Roger Corman, 1978) [6]
Wizards (Ralph Bakshi, 1977) [6]
Blue Collar (Paul Schrader, 1978) [8]
Hardcore (Paul Schrader, 1979) [7+]
Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976) [8.5]
Being There (Hal Ashby, 1979) [8]
Last Embrace (Jonathan Demme, 1979) [7]
Phantasm (Don Coscarelli, 1978) [7-]
All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979) [7.5]
Collapse (Chris Smith, 2009) [4] [it’s amusing to watch now all those supposed “prophets” who got their 15 minutes of glory during the 2007/8/9 crisis, when they were informing the world about the imminent apocalypse and the end of civilization as we knew it]

BOOKS:
Beowulf [edizione Einaudi a cura di L. Koch] [LINK Amazon]
Michele Boldrin, David K. Levine – Against Intellectual Monopoly [free download] [9]
Raghuram G. Rajan, Luigi Zingales – Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists [LINK Amazon, Italian edition] [8+]

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Stuff Seen, July 2014

Posted by StepTb su luglio 31, 2014

Interiors (Woody Allen, 1978) [7]
The Kentucky Fried Movie (John Landis, 1977) [6.5]
Westworld (Michael Crichton, 1973) [6.5]
Coma (Michael Crichton, 1978) [7.5]
The Mechanic (Michael Winner, 1972) [6]
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s8, ep10 “Vaccinations” (David Wechter, 2010)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s2, ep1 “P.E.T.A.” (Star Price, 2004)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s3, ep6 “College” (Star Price, 2005)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s8, ep2 “Fast Food” (David Wechter, 2010)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s1, ep13 “Environmental Hysteria” (Star Price, 2003)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s3, ep5 “Holier Than Thou” (Star Price, 2005)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s2, ep5 “Recycling” (Star Price, 2004)
Fargo s1 ep1 (Adam Bernstein, 2014) [6.5]
Fargo s1 ep2 (Adam Bernstein, 2014) [6]
Fargo s1 ep3 (Randall Einhorn, 2014) [6.5]
Fargo s1 ep4 (Randall Einhorn, 2014) [6.5]
Fargo s1 ep5 (Colin Bucksey, 2014) [6.5]
Fargo s1 ep6 (Colin Bucksey, 2014) [7-]
Fargo s1 ep7 (Scott Winant, 2014) [6.5]
Fargo s1 ep8 (Scott Winant, 2014) [7-]
Fargo s1 ep9 (Matt Shakman, 2014) [6.5]
Fargo s1 ep10 (Matt Shakman, 2014) [6]
House of Cards s1 ep1 (David Fincher, 2013) [7+]
House of Cards s1 ep2 (David Fincher, 2013) [7+]
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974) [7]
Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg, 1973) [7-]
House of Cards s1 ep3 (James Foley, 2013) [7]
House of Cards s1 ep4 (James Foley, 2013) [6.5]
House of Cards s1 ep5 (Joel Schumacher, 2013) [6.5]
House of Cards s1 ep6 (Joel Schumacher, 2013) [7]
The Gambler (Karel Reisz, 1974) [7]
Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948) [7.5-]
Bite the Bullet (Richard Brooks, 1975) [7+]
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller, 2008) [7-]
House of Cards s1 ep7 (Charles McDougall, 2013) [7+]
House of Cards s1 ep8 (Charles McDougall, 2013) [6.5]
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955) [8+]
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich, 1964) [7.5]
The Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich, 1967) [8]
The Longest Yard (Robert Aldrich, 1974) [7.5]
Election (Alexander Payne, 1999) [7+]
House of Cards s1 ep9 (James Foley, 2013) [6.5]
House of Cards s1 ep10 (Carl Franklin, 2013) [6.5]
House of Cards s1 ep11 (Carl Franklin, 2013) [7]
Apache (Robert Aldrich, 1954) [7]
Twilight’s Last Gleaming (Robert Aldrich, 1977) [7]
The Choirboys (Robert Aldrich, 1977) [7]
House of Cards s1 ep12 (Allen Coulter, 2013) [7+]
House of Cards s1 ep13 (Allen Coulter, 2013) [7]
Pusher (Nicolas Winding Refn, 1996) [7]

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Stuff Seen, June 2014

Posted by StepTb su luglio 1, 2014

Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975) [7.5]
American Hustle (David O. Russell, 2013) [6.5]
Emperor of the North Pole (Robert Aldrich, 1973) [7.5]
Shampoo (Hal Ashby, 1975) [7.5]
The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975) [7.5]
Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013) [5] [another “Valhalla Rising” for Refn: a stylish direction at the service of a mediocre script]
Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, 1976) [7-]
The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie, 1976) [8] [a truly critically underrated gem]
The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976) [7]
3 Women (Robert Altman, 1977) [8.5]
The Last Tycoon (Elia Kazan, 1976) [6.5]
Trilogy of Terror (Dan Curtis, 1975) [6]
Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977) [7]
Electra Glide in Blue (James William Guercio, 1973) [7.5]
Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971) [7.5]
The Last Wave (Peter Weir, 1977) [7]
The Parallax View (Alan J. Pakula, 1974) [7]
La Vénus à la fourrure (Roman Polanski, 2013) [7]
Joe (David Gordon Green, 2013) [7.5]
Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg, 2013) [7.5]
The Counselor (Ridley Scott, 2013) [6.5]
Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh, 2013) [7]
Trance (Danny Boyle, 2013) [5-] [how is it possible to take this involuntarily ridiculous movie seriously? the script is neither dreamy nor trancey, just drunk. lowest point in Boyle’s filmography so far]
Big Bad Wolves (Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, 2013) [5]
Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, 2013) [7]
About Time (Richard Curtis, 2013) [7]
Vamps (Amy Heckerling, 2012) [7] [an underrated one. if you can neglect the poor special effects and some bad moments, there’s not only good dark humor and quirky fun, but also substance – a reflection on aging, mortality and historical consciousness – under its surface]
The Five-Year Engagement (Nicholas Stoller, 2012) [6.5]
The Internship (Shawn Levy, 2013) [5]
This Is 40 (Judd Apatow, 2012) [5] [totally uninteresting. first fail in Apatow’s career so far]
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013) [7]
Jagten (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012) [7-] [I’d like to give this one a 7.5, since its moral stance is one of absolute relevance, but the unrealistically irrational behavior of almost every character is an immature over-the-top way to sensationalise the story and underline too heavily a victimization of the protagonist; Mikkelsen’s brilliant performance should’ve deserved a more pondered script]
All the Light in the Sky (Joe Swanberg, 2012) [6.5]
Quiet City (Aaron Katz, 2007) [6.5]
Capricorn One (Peter Hyams, 1977) [7]
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (Richard Brooks, 1977) [6.5]

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May 2014 Log

Posted by StepTb su maggio 31, 2014

VIDEO:
Hannibal, s1 ep9 (Guillermo Navarro, 2013) [6.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep10 (John Dahl, 2013) [6.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep11 (Guillermo Navarro, 2013) [6.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep12 (Michael Rymer, 2013) [7]
Hannibal, s1 ep13 (David Slade, 2013) [7]
The New Centurions (Richard Fleischer, 1972) [7.5]
Red (Trygve Allister Diesen & Lucky McKee, 2008) [7]
The Other (Robert Mulligan, 1972) [7+]
Save the Tiger (John G. Avildsen, 1973) [7]
Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002) [7]
Lenny (Bob Fosse, 1974) [7.5]
The Last Detail (Hal Ashby, 1973) [7.5]
Hannibal, s2 ep1 (Tim Hunter, 2014) [7]
Hannibal, s2 ep2 (Tim Hunter, 2014) [7]
Hannibal, s2 ep3 (Peter Medak, 2014) [7]
Hannibal, s2 ep4 (David Semel, 2014) [6.5]
Hannibal, s2 ep5 (Michael Rymer, 2014) [7]
Hannibal, s2 ep6 (Tim Hunter, 2014) [7]
Hannibal, s2 ep7 (Michael Rymer, 2014) [6.5]
Hannibal, s2 ep8 (Vincenzo Natali, 2014) [6]
Hannibal, s2 ep9 (Michael Rymer, 2014) [6.5]
Hannibal, s2 ep10 (Vincenzo Natali, 2014) [7]
Hannibal, s2 ep11 (David Slade, 2014) [6]
Hannibal, s2 ep12 (Michael Rymer, 2014) [6]
Hannibal, s2 ep13 (David Slade, 2014) [6.5]
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton. 1928) [7.5]
City Girl (F.W. Murnau, 1930) [7]
Ritmi di stazione, impressioni di vita n. 1 (Corrado D’Errico, 1933) [short] [7]
Manhatta (Paul Strand, 1921) [short] [7.5]
Regen (Mannus Franken & Joris Ivens, 1929) [short] [8]
Paris qui dort (René Clair, 1923) [short] [8]
Sous les toits de Paris (René Clair, 1930) [7]

BOOKS:
Amerika (Franz Kafka, 1911-1914, pub. 1927) [7]

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April 2014 Log

Posted by StepTb su aprile 30, 2014

VIDEO:
Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970) [7.5]
The Watermelon Man (Melvin Van Peebles, 1970) [8]
Minnie and Moskowitz (John Cassavetes, 1971) [7.5]
Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve, 2013) [7]
Too Late the Hero (Robert Aldrich, 1970) [8]
The Grissom Gang (Robert Aldrich, 1971) [7.5]
Gimme Shelter (Albert Maysles, David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin, 1970) [6.5]
Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971) [7-]
Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972) [6.5]
The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971) [6.5]
The Andromeda Strain (Robert Wise, 1971) [7.5] [a sci-fi classic still incomprehensibly underrated by critics]
Klute (Alan J. Pakula, 1971) [7.5]
The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, 1971) [7]
Taking Off (Milos Forman, 1971) [6.5]
Little Murders (Alan Arkin, 1971) [8] [surprise of the month! an incredibly underrated little masterpiece, full of anarchic and nihilistic humor, witty visual-narrative solutions, and permeated by the social tensions of its time; only one flaw: its last segment goes over the top and destroys with an excessive burst of vehemence all the coherence that was miraculously built and maintained up to that point]
Images (Robert Altman, 1972) [6.5]
The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973) [8]
Pretty Maids All in a Row (Roger Vadim, 1971) [7+]
Dillinger (John Milius, 1973) [7.5]
Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965) [7]
Ulzana’s Raid (Robert Aldrich, 1972) [8]
Jeremiah Johnson (Sydney Pollack, 1972) [8+]
Zardoz (John Boorman, 1974) [7]
Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross, 1972) [7.5]
Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) [7.5]
Heat (Paul Morrissey, 1972) [7]
American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973) [8]
Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973) [8.5]
Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer, 1973) [7]
Kafka (Steven Soderbergh, 1991) [7]
Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, 1974) [8.5]
The Yakuza (Sydney Pollack, 1974) [9]
Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack, 1975) [7.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep3 (David Slade, 2013) [6]
Hannibal, s1 ep4 (Peter Medak, 2013) [5]
Hannibal, s1 ep5 (Guillermo Navarro, 2013) [6]
Hannibal, s1 ep6 (Michael Rymer, 2013) [6.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep7 (James Foley, 2013) [6.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep8 (Tim Hunter, 2013) [6.5]

BOOKS:
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925) [8.5]
L’Étranger (Albert Camus, 1942) [9]
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy (Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko, 1996) [7.5]
Der Prozess (Franz Kafka, 1914-1915, pub. 1925) [9]

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Stuff Seen, March 2014

Posted by StepTb su marzo 31, 2014

The War Game (Peter Watkins, 1965) [7.5+]
Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968) [7+]
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 2013) [8]
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) [6.5] [a remarkable visual accomplishment, but it’s so painstakingly planned, in its mainstream-targeted emotional manipulation and in its coercion of the spectators’ gaze, that it ends up being too artifical, lacking creativity and soul]
Cypher (Vincenzo Natali, 2002) [7.5] [a low budget, old school and highly creative sci-fi film that looks and sounds like an episode from The Twilight Zone, but upgraded by stylistic mastery touches in the vein of Carpenter and Gordon]
Timecrimes (Nacho Vigalondo, 2007) [7]
Hellsing Ultimate, ep.8 (2011)
Pika Don (1978) [short]
Flesh (Paul Morrissey, 1968) [6]
To the Wonder (Terrence Malick, 2012) [6.5] [I really wanted to rate this one higher, but… the first letdown in Malick’s superb career]
True Detective, s1 ep.1 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [7.5]
True Detective, s1 ep.2 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [7]
True Detective, s1 ep.3 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [7.5]
True Detective, s1 ep.4 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [8]
True Detective, s1 ep.5 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [8]
True Detective, s1 ep.6 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [7]
True Detective, s1 ep.7 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [7]
True Detective, s1 ep.8 (Cary Fukunaga, 2014) [6]
Hannibal, s1 ep.1 (David Slade, 2013) [6.5]
Hannibal, s1 ep.2 (Michael Rymer, 2013) [6.5]
Her (Spike Jonze, 2013) [7.5]
Legend (Ridley Scott, 1985) [6]
A Time to Kill (Joel Schumacher, 1996) [5]
Frailty (Bill Paxton, 2001) [6]
The Ice Harvest (Harold Ramis, 2005) [6]
The Kings of Summer (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2013) [6.5-]
Snowpiercer (Joon-ho Bong, 2013) [5] [another case of a film praised by critics (probably the same critics who regularly bash USA blockbusters that are not very different from it) just because of its director’s name, its international production, and its class warfare left-wing elements; even if there’s something interesting in the first half, it all rapidly worsens, ending with some very bad 20-30 final minutes. “Pacific Rim”, with all its flaws, is clearly a better looking, better shot and more engaging film. The great “Salinui chueok” remains Joon-ho Bong’s career peak so far and it was in a totally different league.]
Sinister (Scott Derrickson, 2012) [6.5+]
The Conjuring (James Wan, 2013) [6.5]
Castle Keep (Sydney Pollack, 1969) [7]
Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969) [7.5]
Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012) [6.5]

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February 2014 Log

Posted by StepTb su febbraio 28, 2014

VIDEO:
Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997) [7.5]
Brewster McCloud (Robert Altman, 1970) [7]
Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, 1969) [7.5]
Husbands (John Cassavetes, 1970) [8]
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Sydney Pollack, 1969) [9]
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970) [8.5]
Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967) [7+]
The Swimmer (Frank Perry & Sydney Pollack, 1968) [7.5]
Cop Land (James Mangold, 1997) [7.5]

MANGA:
Neon Genesis Evangelion vols. 12, 13, 14 (Sadamoto Yoshiyuki) [completed] [8]
Short Program 2 (Adachi Mitsuru) [7]
Short Program 3 (Adachi Mitsuru) [6]
The Legend of Mother Sarah vols. 6, 7 (Otomo Katsuhiro , Nagayasu Takumi) [completed] [7]
Coo’s World (Oda Hideji) [8]
Haru yo Koi / Awaiting Spring (Asano Inio) [6]
Himawari / Sunflower (Asano Inio) [6]
Mushishi vols.8, 9, 10 (Urushibara  Yuki) [completed] [8]
Bokura no Henbyoushi / Our Rhythm Change (Toume Kei) [7]

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January 2014 Log

Posted by StepTb su gennaio 31, 2014

VIDEO:
The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman, 2002) [6.5]
The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985) [6]
Major League (David S. Ward, 1989) [7]
All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor, 2013) [7]
This Is the End (Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen, 2013) [6.5]
Super Troopers (Jay Chandrasekhar, 2001) [7+]
Game of Thrones s2, ep1 (Alan Taylor, 2012) [6.5]
Game of Thrones s2, ep2 (Alan Taylor, 2012) [6]
Game of Thrones s2, ep3 (Alik Sakharov, 2012) [6]
Game of Thrones s2, ep4 (David Petrarca, 2012) [7]
Game of Thrones s2, ep5 (David Petrarca, 2012) [6.5]
Game of Thrones s2, ep6 (David Nuttern, 2012) [6.5]
Game of Thrones s2, ep7 (David Nutter, 2012) [6.5+]
Game of Thrones s2, ep8 (Alan Taylor, 2012) [6.5]
Game of Thrones s2, ep9 (Neil Marshall, 2012) [7]
Game of Thrones s2, ep10 (Alan Taylor, 2012) [7] [two good last episodes -which surpass all the previous 8 ones in terms of story, rhythm, photography and direction- are not enough to rescue an entire season; started with a bang, it looks like this series is now devolving into a costume soap opera]

BOOKS:
Historic Preservation: Collective Memory and Historical Identity (Diane Barthel, 1996) [7]
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain, 1884) [9]

TRIPS:
Ljubljana on the road

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December 2013 Log

Posted by StepTb su dicembre 30, 2013

VIDEO:
Fast & Furious (Justin Lin, 2009) [5]
Fast Five (Justin Lin, 2011) [6]
Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1995) [7]
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) [7]
The World’s End (Edgar Wright, 2013) [7+]
Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013) [7]
Immortals (Tarsem Singh, 2011) [6]
Du zhan / Drug War (Johnnie To, 2012) [7]
La grande bellezza (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) [4] [here’s the winner for most overrated film of the year]
Pays barbare (Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, 2013) [4]
Les salauds (Claire Denis, 2013) [6.5+]
Yi dai zong shi / The Grandmaster (Kar Wai Wong, 2013) [6.5]
Xi you xiang mo pian / Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Stephen Chow & Chi-kin Kwok, 2013) [7.5]
Izgnanie / The Banishment (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2007) [6.5]
Series 7: The Contenders (Daniel Minahan, 2001) [7]
WarGames (John Badham, 1983) [8]
American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, 2003) [7+]
Sydney (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1996) [7]
Feng gui lai de ren / The Boys from Fengkuei (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1983) [7]
Tong nien wang shi / A Time to Live, A Time to Die (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1985) [7]
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013) [7.5]

BOOKS:
How to Win at College (Cal Newport, 2005) [7.5]
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain, 1876) [8.5]

TRIPS:
Malta

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November 2013 Log

Posted by StepTb su novembre 30, 2013

VIDEO:
Wassup Rockers (Larry Clark, 2005) [6]
Ken Park (Larry Clark, 2002) [3] [truly atrocious, one of the worst films I’ve ever seen]
High Art (Lisa Cholodenko, 1998) [7]
L’esquive (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2003) [7.5]
La graine et le mulet (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007) [5] [probably one of the most critically overrated 2000s films, and a huge comedown from Kechiche’s previous “L’esquive”]
Zero Day (Ben Coccio, 2003) [8]
Boxing Gym (Frederick Wiseman, 2010) [6.5]
Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011) [7.5]
Brooklyn’s Finest (Antoine Fuqua, 2009) [6.5]
La Soufrière – Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (Werner Herzog, 1977) [7]
Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977) [7.5]
Echos aus einem düsteren Reich (Werner Herzog, 1990) [7.5]
Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (Werner Herzog, 1974) [7.5]
Invincible (Werner Herzog, 2001) [7]
Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog, 2003) [6.5]
The White Diamond (Werner Herzog, 2004) [7.5+]
House M.D., s4 ep.15 (Greg Yaitanes, 2008) [6]
House M.D., s4 ep.16 (Katie Jacobs, 2008) [6]
The Wild Blue Yonder (Werner Herzog, 2005) [6.5]
Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog, 2007) [7]
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog, 2009) [5]
La région centrale (Michael Snow, 1971) [6]
The Ides of March (George Clooney, 2011) [6.5+]
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog, 2009) [6.5]
The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg, 2011) [5]
Last Action Hero (John McTiernan, 1993) [7-]
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, 2012) [6.5]
The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012) [7.5]
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2012) [7.5]
Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) [6.5]
36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Jacques Rivette, 2009) [6]
World’s Greatest Dad (Bobcat Goldthwait, 2009) [7+]
Mud (Jeff Nichols, 2012) [6]
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog, 2010) [7]
Above the Law (Andrew Davis, 1988) [5]
Hard to Kill (Bruce Malmuth, 1990) [4]

BOOKS:
Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 1774) [7]
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (Philip K. Dick, 1965) [6.5]
Liberalism Against Populism: A Confrontation Between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice (William H. Riker, 1982) [8]

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Stuff Seen, October 2013

Posted by StepTb su ottobre 31, 2013

VIDEO:
Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012) [7+]
Italiensk for begyndere (Lone Scherfig, 2000) [7.5]
Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick, 2006) [6]
Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012) [7.5-]
Crna macka, beli macor (Emir Kusturica, 1998) [6.5]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003) [7]
Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000) [7]
Celda 211 (Daniel Monzón, 2009) [7]
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Robert Schwentke, 2009) [7-]
I Love You Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, 2009) [4]
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012) [7]
Deadwood, s1 ep.1 (Walter Hill, 2004) [6]
Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008) [6]
Winnebago Man (Ben Steinbauer, 2009) [7+]
Gummo (Harmony Korine, 1997) [6]
Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine, 2009) [4]
The Hunter (Rafi Pitts, 2010) [6.5]
River Rites (Ben Russell, 2011) [short] [5]
El secreto de sus ojos (Juan José Campanella, 2009) [6]
The Art of the Steal (Don Argott, 2009) [7.5]
Trouble the Water (Carl Deal & Tia Lessin, 2008) [6.5]
Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012) [7]
The Newsroom, s1 ep.1 (Greg Mottola, 2012) [6.5]
Pandorum (Christian Alvart, 2009) [5]
The Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy, 2012) [6]
Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967) [6]
Whip It (Drew Barrymore, 2009) [7+]
Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald, 2003) [7.5]
State of Play (Kevin Macdonald, 2009) [7]
Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes, 2002) [7]
Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012) [6.5]
Revolutionary Road (Sam Mendes, 2008) [6]
Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 2007) [6.5]
How Do You Know (James L. Brooks, 2010) [5]
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975) [7]
Honogurai mizu no soko kara / Dark Water (Hideo Nakata, 2002) [5]
Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien (Dominik Moll, 2000) [8]
Edge of Darkness (Martin Campbell, 2010) [5]
Kids (Larry Clark, 1995) [6.5]
Bully (Larry Clark, 2001) [7.5-]
Teenage Caveman (Larry Clark, 2002) [5]

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September 2013 Log

Posted by StepTb su settembre 30, 2013

VIDEO:
Cops (Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton, 1922) [short] [7]
The Electric House (Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton, 1922) [short] [7]
Wanted (Timur Bekmambetov, 2008) [6.5]
Man on Fire (Tony Scott, 2004) [6]
Et Si (Alain Nasnas, 2012) [short] [4]
Noi credevamo (Mario Martone, 2010) [6]
Estate violenta (Valerio Zurlini, 1959) [7]
Rapt (Lucas Belvaux, 2009) [7]
Two Lovers (James Gray, 2008) [7]
From One Second To The Next (Werner Herzog) [short] [7]
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, 2013) [6.5] [I’m surprised by the unanimous praise B.M. is receiving – in this third chapter, the tale of two souls confronting each other’s burning feelings and deep-rooted individual differences has become just the tale of a female midlife crisis; there’s no balance anymore, it all revolves around her]

BOOKS:
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science (Paul R. Gross & Norman Levitt, 1997) [8+]
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Timothy Ferriss, 2007) [7.5+]
The Orchard Keeper (Cormac McCarthy, 1965) [7]
Everyman (Philip Roth, 2006) [7+]
At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft, 1936) [8]
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (H.P. Lovecraft, 1927) [8]

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