Oh You Silly Netflix

LizzieLou | movies | Saturday, March 10th, 2012

According to Netflix, “Sarah Palin: You Betcha! is not available, but you might enjoy these titles…

Sarah Palin: The Undefeated,
Fetishes, and
Aileen Wuornos: Selling of a Serial Killer.”

Nice. If I didn’t know these were all Nick Broomfield movies, I’d be startled.

Not For Pleasure Alone

LizzieLou | movies | Saturday, February 18th, 2012

A few years ago I decided that I would watch every movie in the Criterion Collection. Maybe own them all. But then the list of titles got longer and longer and I can hardly keep up with it anymore. There are now over 600 titles and while I’ve been at this now for five years or so, I have only checked off about 40%.

A good portion of this collection is taken up by Kurosawa and Bergman but I’ve only seen a smattering of those so far. There also a lot of samurai movies, and I haven’t ventured very far into those either. I actually find that I have been watching more of the English language films just because it is easier for watching and knitting.

Some of these films have been really difficult to watch but have been quite memorable. For example, Fat Girl I never want to see ever again, although I admire it in a way for how totally fucked up it is. And Clean, Shaven – while I referred to it as “torture” when Lolly asked me what I was watching – has left an appreciative residue; with hind-thought, I see that I was *supposed* to feel confused and horrible while I was watching it! Not exactly the usual entertainment but artistically interesting and challenging in its way.

On the flip side, you may noted that a goodly portion of my favorites each year can be found in the collection. So it’s good that there have been far more gems than horrors. Obviously, or I suppose this collection wouldn’t be so successful.

But this week I was given pause to reconsider my plan. It seems, to me (and I’ve done a very brief, unproductive web search to see if anyone else has complained about this issue), that there is quite a bit of animal death in these movies. So after watching Forbidden Games, I had to mull this over a bit. (Yes, I know the film is about the disruptions of war and the description clearly states that the little children make a cemetery for animals that die. I just didn’t expect to SEE any of the animals dying on camera. Cockroach not included.)

A more modern sensibility is where I’m coming from; that’s just my status quo. I understand that many of the films I’m watching are: a) from quite a while ago -before the Humane Society’s stamp of “No Animals Were Harmed in Making This Motion Picture” was standard, or b) from someplace that is not the USA where we have our familiar animals in our beds, eating from our tables, and watching televised anthropomorphized nature specials with us; or c) both. I feel a bit like an ass that the portrayal of people sick or dying in movies bugs me less than portrayals of animals sick or dying in movies. But because the former is feigned and the latter is sometimes real, my threshold is quite low.

Cinematically speaking, I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone sometimes. But am I turning into a weenie? Critics say that The Rules of the Game is one of the best films ever made, but they sure did kill a lot of rabbits.

Make Lists Much?

LizzieLou | movies,year in review | Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Here are all the 191 movies that I watched last year. (I know you were just dying to know. I aim to please.) They are listed alphabetically, but I bolded my favorites because you are no doubt dying to know that too. My least favorite movies I’ve X’ed out because they were so bad I feel angry just seeing them on the list.

127 hours (2010), 49th parallel (1941), about jenny holzer (2010), ace in the hole (1951), adjustment bureau, the (2011), affinity (2008), all good things (2010), American, the (2010), anatomy of a murder (1959), Arthur (2011), atlantic city (1980), baby face (1933), bad day at black rock (1955), bakjwi [thirst] (2009), battle los angeles (2011), beginners (2011), big dreams in little hope (v-2006), bitter feast (2010), biutiful (2010), black narcissus (1947), blechtrommel, die (1979) [the tin drum], blinkende lygte [flickering lights] (2000), blob, the (1958), blow out (1981), blue valentine (2010), boogie woogie (2009), bridesmaids (2011), brief encounter (1945), byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru [5 centimeters per second] (2007), cave of forgotten dreams (2010), cedar rapids (2011), cercle rouge, le (1970), cheat, the (1931), chico & rita (2010), children of the damned (1963), chung hing sam lam [chungking express] (1994), cinema verite (ctv-2011), conquest (1937), conviction (2010), crime d’amour [love crime] (2010), crimes and misdemeanors (1989), criminal (2004), cropsey (2009), cyrus (2010), date night (2010), days of heaven (1978), dead calm (1989), despicable me (2010), devil in a blue dress (1995), dip huet seung hung [killer, the] (1989), divorcee, the (1930), du rififi chez les hommes [rififi] (1955), eclipse (2010), ecoute le temps [fissures] (2006), edge of darkness (2010), elektra luxx (2010), elle s’appelait sarah [sarah’s key] (2010), everything must go (2010), fälscher, die [the counterfieters] (2007), family stone, the (2005), fanny och alexander (1982), female (1933), fifth element, the (1997), fighter, the (2010), fish tank (2009), Frances (1982), free soul, a (1931), frisco jenny (1932), ganske snill mann, en [a somewhat gentle man] (2010), gasland (2010), gentleman’s agreement (1947), gray matters (2006), green zone, the (2010), habitación en roma [room in rome] (2010), harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 1 (2010), helena from the wedding (2010), hell on wheels (2007), hereafter (2010), himmel über berlin, der [wings of desire] (1987), hit, the (1984), holy rollers (2010), hot coffee (2011), hud (1963), hurt locker, the (2008), I’ll come running (2008), I’m not scared [Io non ho paura] (2003), iron man 2 (2010), jagged edge (1985), jeanne dielman, 23 rue du commerce, 1080 bruxelles (1975), jigoku (1960), killer inside me, the (2010), killing, the (1956), king’s speech, the (2010), kiss me deadly (1955), ladies in lavender (2004), ladri di biciclette [bicycle thieves] (1948), last exorcism, the (2010), leaves of grass (2009), let me in (2010), life during wartime (2009), limitless (2011), little trip to heaven, a (2005), lucky ones, the (2008), make way for tomorrow (1937), Manhattan murder mystery (1993), Maria Larsson’s eviga ögonblick [everlasting moments] (2008), mechanic, the (2011), mission, la (2009), mitt liv som hund [my life as a dog] (1985), modern times (1936), mon oncle antoine (1971), Mr. Hobbs takes a vacation (1962), murder at the vanities (1934), nanook of the north (1922), never let me go (2010), New Orleans music in exile (2006), New York, I love you (2009), night nurse (1931), night train to Munich (1940), off and running (2009), operation: endgame (2010), order of myths, the (2008), ordinary people (1980), other men’s women (1931), owls, the (v-2010), page one: inside the New York times (2011), paranormal activity (2007), partir [leaving] (2009), perfect host, the (2010), pickup on south street (1953), platoon (1986), potiche (2010), prime of miss jean brodie, the (1969), prodigal sons (2008), purchase price (1932), Pygmalion (1938), rango (2011), red (2010), red headed woman (1932), red riding: in the year of our lord 1974 (2009), red riding: in the year of our lord 1983 (2009), reel injun (2009), règle du jeu, la [the rules of the game] (1939), revanche (2008), rise of the planet of the apes (2011), robin hood (2010), roma, città aperta [rome, open city] (1945), salt (2010), scott pilgrim vs. the world (2010), search for beauty (1934), sex and the city 2 (2010), shop around the corner (1940), small town murder songs (2010), social network, the (2010), source code (2011), splice (2009), star trek: insurrection (1998), sweet revenge (1998) [the revengers’ comedies], thief of bagdad, the (1940), thin blue line, the (1988), thirst (2010), three on a match (1932), time traveler’s wife, the (2009), timer (2009), tourist, the (2010), treatment, the (2006), trip, the (2010), trolljegeren [troll hunter] (2010), tron (1982), tron: legacy (2010), true grit (2010), trust (2010), under the volcano (1984), unstoppable (2010), valkyrie (2008), village of the damned (1960), viridiana (1961), voyage of the damned (1976), wall street: money never sleeps (2010), waterloo bridge (1931), white dog (1982), white material (2009), wild and wonderful whites of west virginia, the (2009), winter’s bone (2010), women in trouble (2009), yi yi (2000), you again (2010), Z (1969)

Pre Quiz Blurb

LizzieLou | movies | Monday, March 16th, 2009

I think my interest in old movies actually started due to a combination of astrology and Charlie’s Angels (the TV show).

Charlie’s Angels was the first television show that I obsessed over – making lists of every episode that I could remember and eventually making sure I saw all of those episodes again in order to identify them by title (e.g. “Angels on Ice”). I also collected magazine articles and old TV Guides and even resorted to minor  thievery to satisfy my Angel memorabilia habit. One of the things I “stole” was the biography of Kate Jackson (my favorite Angel, no duh.) out of the school library. I was already embarrassed to be checking it out and I made sure to do so when no other children were around. Then I lied and said I lost it so I could pay for the book. The cost: seven dollars, some shame and guilt. “Kate Jackson: A Special Kind of Angel” belonging to me… priceless!

Anyway, one of the things I read reported that Kate Jackson was a big fan of Katharine Hepburn. Of course this meant I had to become a big fan of Katharine Hepburn too. It was pretty easy to do, become a fan. Although I’ve never been obsessed or anything; I only stood in her driveway and I just happened to be there, like out for a walk in Connecticut or whatever. And I should go ahead and say it, but my obsession with Kate Jackson faded after “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” and I haven’t collected any Kate Jackson movies – not that “Inmates: A Love Story” wasn’t riveting.

In the next post are some quotes from some of my favorite Hepburn movies. Because, why not? I’ve been home sick for a few days and I’m a little bored. Humor me!

Just Another Head in a Box

LizzieLou | movies,nablopomo | Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I am happy to report that I have finally found out the name of a movie that I saw as a youngster that imprinted on my brain in ways I care not to investigate. Say hello to “The Thing That Couldn’t Die.” I must have seen this on Chiller Theatre on television when I was around 6 years old or so. For over thirty years I have had passing thoughts about a bearded head in a hat box and lady walking around in the woods at night with a divining rod trying to find the decapitated head’s body. I’ve never seen a hat box and NOT thought about it containing a head.

Anticlimactic note: Although this is Very Exciting News for me, apparently if I had been watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 I would have seen this movie spoofed ages ago and would have no blog post for today. See comment section for the trailer. (IF YOU DARE!)

Movie Trivia 2 redux

LizzieLou | movies,year in review | Friday, March 14th, 2008

fuck “Deathproof”

Now that this movie is on cable and I’ve had the opportunity to watch it again (or again), I realize that the only thing, the only reason, that made it so memorable and exhilarating is the precarious and anxiety producing game of ‘ship’s mast’ and the masterfully edited skills of Z. Bell. I have to agree with Matt that the dialogue sucks. The rest of the movie is a snore (with gore) and overacted.

Instead, I must replace it with “Stranger Than Fiction” which I’ve happened across and watched again. It’s funny, profound and much more memorable and lasting than “Deathproof.” Two thumbs up – both mine – and I move it over to the faves list. Amen.

Movie Trivia 2

LizzieLou | movies,year in review | Monday, December 31st, 2007

Here are my selections for five favorite movies watched in 2007. These are movies that had my full attention, made me want to watch them again right away, had me talking about them to Lolly and thinking about them for a while afterwards. I didn’t keep track of what I watched specifically this year, and the year flew by so quickly, so I had trouble with picking, but I’ll stand by these choices. Alphabetically, they are…

The Brave One (07)
The Dead Girl (06)
Grindhouse: Death Proof (07)
Police Beat (05)
Shut up and Sing (05)

Although, disturbingly, I am now seeing that these, with the exception of Police Beat, center around the abuse of women in some way. That’s fucked up… even if they’re not ‘xploitation and some of them return the ass-kicking in the end, I’m feeling a little hinky about my list here.

Really, I’m not a freak. No, really.

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