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My January ’13 in Film

February 1, 2013

An early attempt to watch nothing but canon masterpieces from trusted sources waned after just a few days, leaving me with the lamest month of film viewings in some time. Which means, given the amount of films I watch, there’s still a bunch of good shit. Oshima’s passing lead me to two of his films, which lead to a small discussion of contemporary Japanese cinema, which sparked a few viewings of new-to-me Japanese directors (Suwa, Ogigami, Iwai). But it was an insanely Japanese month regardless of this event, with my musical list having me watch Princess Raccoon and Miike’s Katakuris, and the inexplicable choices of a different Miike, a Koreeda, a Satô, and a Kon! 12 in total. Elsewhere, I was introduced to Giorgio Mangiamele, perhaps the earliest filmmaker to express the isolation and xenophobia of the migrant experience in Australian cinema. The last clear trend of January was…high school pictures. I have no idea why. Did the first fuel interest in the others? Besides the two mentioned, there was also Dante’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. All among the best of the genre. A good number of rewatches, to boot. Not included: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (first time in many years), and The Saddest Music in the World, which for me still runs out of steam but is often hilarious; Ross McMillan is particularly delicious in it. Middle tier Maddin.

75 total:

  1. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924, Lang)
  2. Kamome Diner (2006, Ogigami)
  3. Executive Suite (1954, Wise)
  4. The Quiet Man (1952, Ford)
  5. Perfect Blue (1997, Kon)
  6. La Luna (1979, Bertolucci)
  7. Coeur Fidèle (1923, Epstein)
  8. Maboroshi no Hikari (1995, Koreeda)
  9. Clay (1965, Mangiamele)
  10. Bitter Victory (1957, Ray)
  11. Pleasures of the Flesh (1965, Ôshima)
  12. Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968, Satô)
  13. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924, Lang)
  14. Jack Reacher (2012, McQuarrie)
  15. The Canterbury Tales (1972, Pasolini)

Compelled to mention:

  • Bombay Beach (2011, Har’el) that kid broke my heart so fucking hard
  • Pump Up the Volume (1990, Moyle)
  • I Love Melvin (1953, Weis) for the choreography
  • The Face You Deserve (2004, Gomes)
  • Detention (2011, Kahn)

Worst:

  • Les Misérables (2012, Hooper)
  • Far East (1982, Duigan)
  • Hitchcock (2012, Gervasi)

Best rewatches:

  • Before Sunrise (1995, Linklater)
  • Before Sunset (2004, Linklater)
  • The Yards (2000, Gray)
  • Vivre Sa Vie (1962, Godard)
  • Solaris (2002, Soderbergh)
  • Death Proof (2007, Tarantino)