Now that I'm not in school and only work two days a week, I've been overcome with the need to watch tons of movies. I don't know why, but I like it. Almost all of these have been in the theaters, although the first few weren't. Now I'm trying to kind of simultaneously up my knowledge of russian movies, 90s New York movies, and Japanese New Wave cinema. We'll see how it goes.
6/23 - Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
I found this movie on a list of black female filmmakers and liked the name of the title. I loooove this movie. It's kind of like if Spike Lee made a Juno-esque movie, but more real, with better music, and more honesty. A few of the scenes are pretty low-budgety (quite staged, giving lots of exposition, awkward blocking), but overall this movie is a masterpiece. I can't stop listening to the soundtrack.
6/24 - Persepolis
I read this book in high school and always wanted to see the movie. It kind of reminded me of The Virgin Suicides only in that it is a perfect adaptation of the book, effectively animating it while keeping true to the story. Amazing, but everyone already knew that.
6/25 - Solaris
Since I saw Stalker a few weeks ago, I've been on a quest to see all of Tarkovsky's movies in theaters. This played at the Film Noir Cinema in Greenpoint, which is this amazing rental store/screening room run by a cinephile. The film was wonderful - definitely makes sense as part of Tarkovsky's earlier work.
6/26 - The Beguiled
Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman's eye contact moments were absolutely the best part of the film. It was really well done. Going into it blind was great; I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen, and it paid off. The lack of music was really interesting given Sofia Coppola but otherwise it fits into her filmography perfectly.
6/27 - Persona
Watched this with some of my friends as part of our "Good Movie Night" group. I hadn't ever seen a Bergman film and now I'm glad that I did. Thinking about the entire thing as kindof a long monologue makes it even better. Getting used to the singular voice is fascinating. Everything I expected + more.
6/29 - Lost in Paris
I saw the trailer for this at Sunshine and was super excited. It was pretty good - there were mostly older people in the theater, and now I know why. It was cute, and very chaplin-esque, which is unusual, but still not as clever as I had hoped. The characters were nice and the story was pleasantly intertwined, but I was waiting for the movie to end a bit, which these days, I rarely do.
6/30 - Baby Driver
So good. Seeing it at Alamo Drafthouse was the best decision for this movie, because it requires a huge screen and amazing sound. There's not much else to say about it except that it's a great Edgar Wright movie. I'm dying to know how they cut the Hocus Pocus scene - can't wait for the behind the scenes information to start coming out.
7/1 - Funeral Parade of Roses
This is my second favorite movie I've seen this summer after Stalker. It was amazing, and I had never heard of it just a few minutes beforehand. I was eating dinner with a friend and we decided to run to the Quad (which I hadn't been to before) to see it. I was in awe. It kind of inspired A Clockwork Orange, but then it was heavily inspired by Jonas Mekas, which is fascinating. I can't say enough about it. I can't wait to see it again! The culture it depicts, the way it uses time, the characters, the story, the horror ending, I just love it. I can't wait to see more films like this (hopefully they exist).
7/2 - In Transit
I looooved this documentary because it's all about the Empire Builder train, and I've taken that train from Minnesota to Montana in the past. However, it's a classic Maysles film - quite basic and genuine and relying only on the content. I related to it because I've been there, and many of the stories were touching.
7/3 - Okja
I saw this in the theater at Lincoln Center, even though it's on Netflix. It is really really great but it totally destroyed me. I was bawling by the end of it, and afterwards as well. I definitely recommend seeing it. Every character is wonderful in it, and Bong Joon-ho is a genius. But it's very real and pretty terrifying.
7/4 - 13th
I decided to celebrate the 4th of July by finally watching Ava Duvernay's documentary about prison labor in the United States. It's deeply fucked up, there's not much else I can say. Interesting to see Newt Gingrich not be terrible in it. Wonderfully constructed story and the graphics are fascinating.
Tonight I'm going to see a screening of "Jesus' Son" at the Metrograph. Nothing planned for tomorrow or this weekend, but hopefully this streak doesn't end anytime soon.