There will be no 'Monday Links' post this week so I thought I would us this as an opportunity to recap what I have watched in the last week, and provide a few links to the week's top articles. At the cinemas I re-watched Drive (and it jumped straight into my Top 10 of 2011) and saw a couple of advanced screenings of Bill Cunningham New York and Our Idiot Brother.
For the LAMB Acting School 101 I reviewed Heavenly Creatures and listed my Top 5 Kate Winslet Performances. To catch up on the films I didn't cover in a feature length review, I compiled a series of Quick Reviews/Ratings of films new to me in October. For further reading, be sure to check out:
Alex @ And So it Begins has embarked on an Epic Horror Quest for Halloween. Check out the results of his marathon here, with Part 1 and Part 2.
Tyler @ Southern Vision asks: What Makes A Movie A Must-See?
Max @ Anomalous Material writes a great article on The Cinema of Assault.
The LAMBCast #90 is up on The LAMB, hear Dylan, Sam, Alex and Fredo discuss The Ides of March.
and, Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee has written a great review of Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Though I had intended to work through the films of Jean-Luc Godard this month, I only managed to squeeze in two. November should include the other eight I have on my list. I also watched multiple films from several other directors this month. Included were Sam Peckinpah (The Getaway and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) and for a personal Halloween special, Wes Craven (The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes) and Dario Argento (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Suspiria). Having been disappointed by what I had seen by Peckinpah prior to this pair, I did enjoy both films. I was impressed by The Hills Have Eyes (and it was a big improvement over Craven's debut) but I still preferred Alexander Aja's 2006 re-make. That might be blasphemy, but it's true. Suspiria is a film I will be obsessing about for a while. There are some terrifying moments, and the 'candy coloured nightmare' (as I have read it to be described as) is a triumph of visual flair, vibrant colour and clever lighting, and an unforgettable score by Goblin.
I might have time to watch a film this evening - Run Lola Run - which would then make it 41 films watched in October. You can find them, and my 'Essential Viewing' selections, after the jump:
New Releases (Cinema): Higher Ground (Vera Farmiga, 2011), Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011 - twice), Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols, 2011), The Cup (Simon Wincer, 2011), The Thing (Matthijs van Heijningen, 2011), Warrior (Gavin Cooper, 2011), The Three Musketeers (Paul W. S Anderson, 2011), Red State (Kevin Smith, 2011), Bill Cunningham New York (Richard Press, 2010), Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011), Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn, 2011) and Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz, 2011)
First Viewing (DVD): Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947), Breathless (Jean Luc-Godard, 1959), A Woman is A Woman (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961), Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1962), Alfie (Lewis Gilbert, 1966), The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento, 1970), Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971), The Last House on the Left (Wes Craven, 1972), The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah, 1972), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974), The Hills Have Eyes (Wes Craven, 1977), Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977), Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981), Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982), Weekend at Bernies (Ted Kocheff, 1989), Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso, 1990), Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 19994), Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998), eXistenZ (David Cronenberg, 1999), Finding Neverland (Marc Forster, 2004), Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006), Mr Brooks (Bruce A. Evans, 2007) and The Reef (Andrew Traucki, 2011)
Re-watched (DVD): Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974), Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984), Face/Off (John Woo, 1998), Bronson (Nicholas Winding Refn, 2008) and Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, 2009)
A Woman Is A Woman
Up in the Air
Midnight in Paris
Current Tally: (262) + 41 = 303, and on pace to have watched a film a day in 2011.