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Reply #405 on: June 15, 2015, 04:58:13 AM
June 15, 2015

Peter Greenaway's Drowning by Numbers (1988) on blu-ray from Mediumrare Entertainment



Drowning by Numbers (1988) - Amazon UK




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Reply #406 on: June 15, 2015, 11:35:14 PM
August 18, 2015

Gerald Kargl's Angst aka Schizophrenia (1983) on blu-ray from Cult Epics (US)



Gerald Kargl’s Angst Heading Back to U.S. Cinemas
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6/15/2015 - Cinefamily, LA
6/16/2015 - Cinefamily, LA
6/17/2015 - Cinefamily, LA
6/12/2015 - Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle
6/13/2015 - Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle
6/20/2015 - Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle
6/17/2015 - Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston
6/19/2015 - Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston
6/20/2015 - Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston
7/10/2015 - Film Bar, Phoenix
7/10/2015 - Hi-Pointe Theatre, St. Louis
7/11/2015 - Hi-Pointe Theatre, St. Louis
7/10/2015 - Nitehawk Cinema, NYC
7/11/2015 - Nitehawk Cinema, NYC
7/10/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/11/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/12/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/13/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/14/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/15/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/16/2015 - Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH
7/16/2015 - The Royal Theatre – Rue Morgue Cinemacabre, Toronto
7/17/2015 - Doc Films, Chicago
7/18/2015 - Capital Theatre, Cleveland, OH
8/3/2015 - Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY

Synopsis: Lensed by acclaimed Polish cinematographer Zbigniew Rybczynski (Tango) and boasting a music score by Klaus Schulze (Manhunter), Schizophrenia tells the story of a psychopath recently released from prison.


Bruh, this movie is sick.

Hadrian Belove intro'd the movie (as he does every time he's there, pretty sure) and he quoted Rybczynski from his attendance on Friday -- the entire fucking movie was shot on a steadicam mount with the camera (and film) upside-down reflecting off a mirror. Rybczynski also edited this and well, it seems the credits are misleading and Rybczynski directed this movie. This movie absolutely 100% for sure inspired Enter the Void, way more than any other movie I've seen.

Now mentioning I thought the character portrayal was marvelous. I should say there simply isn't anything negative to say about this movie, and as Belove also said (also tonight he admitted his preference isn't for horror movies, they make him squeamish, and he appreciates all great movies but he isn't inherently a fan of horror movies) (hell yeah) the movie's a "stunner" for sure.

Rybczynski sample (he won an Oscar for this, "Tango"):



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Reply #407 on: June 16, 2015, 02:37:58 PM
September 8, 2015

The Coen Bros. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) from Universal



The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) - Amazon


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Reply #408 on: June 16, 2015, 02:44:56 PM
ughck. it's like the cosmos are telling me "you shoulda fucking watched your dvd last month like you were yabbering, asshole"

(i watched the beginning of this movie recently but then fell asleep and unfortunately my interests drifted away before i returned to start over)


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Reply #409 on: June 16, 2015, 03:33:12 PM
September 7, 2015

Federico Fellini's Casanova (1976) on blu-ray from Mr. Bongo Films



Casanova (1976) - Amazon UK





Btw there are region-free blu-ray players available from $95 here and here


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Reply #410 on: June 18, 2015, 06:34:56 PM
Q4 2015 TBD

The Crooked Way (1949) on blu-ray from Kino



A war hero recovers from amnesia and is confronted by his criminal past.






A Bullet for Joey (1955) on blu-ray from Kino



In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress are all involved.


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Reply #411 on: June 22, 2015, 03:20:26 PM
Another title I never thought would make it to this format...


November 17, 2015

André De Toth's Pitfall (1948) on blu-ray from Kino



Dick Powell plays a returning World War II veteran who at first blush would seem to have everything going his way, a good marriage with a beautiful and loving wife in Jane Wyatt and a healthy, energetic young son in Jimmy Hunt, along with a position as a Los Angeles insurance executive and a lovely home. Powell exhibits the restlessness that many returning servicemen experienced following a global military conflict. His penchant for excitement leads him into an extra-marital affair with sexy blonde model Lizabeth Scott. What propels "Pitfall" into the ranks of a chilling film noir drama is the appearance of a ruthless sociopath willing to destroy all in his path to secure his objective, which in this case is possessing Liz Scott, body and soul. Corrupt private detective Raymond Burr overlooks the unyielding rebuff of Scott, who detests him. Burr convinces himself that eventually her feelings will change. The element thrusting Powell into the combustible picture is Burr's selfish realization that Scott holds true feeling for the decent but fallible insurance executive. He believes that to have Scott all to himself he needs to destroy both Powell and her boyfriend, who is about to be released from jail, played by Byron Barr. If he can successfully play off one man against the other they will be removed from the picture, leaving him to take up romantically with Scott.





Some reading about the movie:

It Might Get Quiet: "Ramrod" (de Toth, 1947) and "Pitfall" (de Toth, 1948)

Film Noir of the Week - Pitfall (1948)

Classic Movie Rambligs - Pitfall (1948)

"The relative lack of overt noir visuals works to the film’s advantage. This is a nightmare played out in broad daylight and bright sunshine."


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Reply #412 on: June 22, 2015, 03:29:47 PM
August 25, 2015

Sidney Lumet's Daniel (1983) from Olive Films



The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s.

Daniel (1983) - Amazon


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Reply #413 on: June 26, 2015, 03:20:54 PM


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Reply #414 on: June 27, 2015, 01:33:50 PM
July 14, 2015

John Huston's Beat the Devil (1953) on blu-ray from Film Detective



A quartet of international crooks -- Peterson, O'Hara, Ross and Ravello -- is stranded in Italy while their steamer is being repaired. With them are a British couple, the Dannreuthers. The four are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but actually to buy land supposedly loaded with uranium. They are joined by others who apparently have similar designs.

Beat the Devil (1953) - Amazon




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Reply #415 on: June 29, 2015, 02:19:51 PM


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Reply #416 on: June 30, 2015, 05:31:16 PM
October 6, 2015

Eric Rohmer's Full Moon in Paris (1984) on blu-ray from Film Movement



Full Moon in Paris (1984) - Amazon






Eric Rohmer's The Marquis of O (1976) on blu-ray from Film Movement



The Marquis of O (1976) - Amazon




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Reply #417 on: July 01, 2015, 05:05:07 PM
August 11, 2015

Michael Tolkin's The New Age (1994) on blu-ray from Fox



The New Age (1994) - Amazon






The Power of One (1992) on blu-ray from Fox



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Reply #418 on: July 06, 2015, 01:40:21 PM
2015 TBD

Lucio Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro








September 21, 2015

Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 40th Anniversary Edition from Warner Bros. (includes the documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009))



Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - Amazon








October 20, 2015

G.W. Pabst's  Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) on blu-ray from Kino



Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world.




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Reply #419 on: July 06, 2015, 02:57:03 PM
October 20, 2015

G.W. Pabst's  Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) on blu-ray from Kino



Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world.




That's front page news.

Beginning approximately with It, starring Clara Bow in '27, there's a terrific streak of female-lead Hollywood movies, in which women are empowered and impassioned and smart and fighting back against a world that could try to bring them down. I say it all the time -- women have been strong since the beginning of cinema. To put some greats next to some greats, Greta Gerwig does Clara on her Tuesdays. Amy Schumer is doing Mae West on a Friday morning. This streak ends with the introduction of the Hays Code, which code for me exemplifies the need to allow movies to be as honest and open as they can be.

Diary of a Lost Girl is a centerpiece for the melodramatic dimensions of this style. Sirk comes later you know, after the code, and certainly within the movies of Stirk there's art and fiery passions. But what's gone is the grit. Maybe someone thinks "Pabst in the 20s, oh who cares that's old," but I don't think you get again the grit of the pre-code until the 60s. Louise Brooks gets right down to portraits of dark girls, working again with Pabst for Pandora's Box, and as long as movies exist she'll be remembered.

Haven't worked into the conversation Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Mary Pickford, Bebe Daniels. So I mentioned my problem with the Hays Code, what about how bad it got after, with Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn. Oh, awful. I think Diary of a Lost Girl is a good movie for seeing the power of female-lead movies.