Friday, August 31, 2007

19. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)

20. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)

21. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957)

22. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)

Once (John Carney, 2006)


A low-key Irish arthouse musical: a bunch of slick, heart-on-the-sleeve, grand indie ballads with the emotional IQ of an undergrad (though perfectly attuned to contemporary revival-clothes-wearing standards of gritty urban hip) strung together with a vague romantic non-plot going on in the quiet bits, wherein a couple of angsty, scruffy, melancholy though perfectly amiable songwriters make music together on second-hand instruments, put together a low-budget record over a weekend and go out to throw Frisbees on the beach at dawn.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)


Certainly the most famous of Dziga Vertov's sensory onslaughts and probably the most exciting. It's similar to the 'Symphonies' of the period (to Berlin, Paris etc.) in that it's a consummately crafted, endlessly fascinating document of a time and place (or places - namely Odessa, Moscow and Kiev); though Vertov is much more interested than Ruttmann & co. in documenting the cunning and allure of the movie camera and its romancing of the cinemagoer. He employs all sorts of visual trickery - split-screen, superimpositions, stop-motion, slow-motion, fast-motion, super-fast-motion - though even at its barest and most organic, his imagery is stunning.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

23. The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, 1934)

24. The Trial (Orson Welles, 1962)

25. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, 1939)

26. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

The Man Who Viewed Too Much

One of my favourite movie critics has begun posting 140-character reviews on a pretty regular basis. Also, he's begun covering the Toronto Film Festival early.

27. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)

28. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

29. Mother (Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1926)

30. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

31. Bed and Sofa (Abram Room, 1927)

32. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)

33. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)

34. To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)