August’12 in Film

Films Seen: 42
# of Re-watches: 7

Best First Time Viewings
1. À Nos Amours (Pialat, 1983)
2. A Time to Live, A Time to Die (Hou, 1985)
3. Jerichow (Petzold, 2008)
4. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Scott, 2009)
5. Van Gogh (Pialat, 1991)
6. Café Lumière (Hou, 2003)
7. Damsels in Distress (Stillman, 2011)
8. Dust in the Wind (Hou, 1987)
9. HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien (Assayas, 1997)
10. Daughter of the Nile (Hou, 1987)
11. Revenge (Scott, 1990)
12. Queen of Diamonds (Menkes, 1991)
13. Killer Joe (Friedkin, 2012)
14. Cosmopolis (Cronenberg, 2012)
15. Ishaqzaade (Faizal, 2012)

Best Re-watches
1. Millennium Mambo (Hou, 2001)
2. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou, 1998)
3. Deja Vu (Scott, 2006)

Worst
1. Bachelorette (Headland, 2012)
2. Lola Versus (Wein, 2012)
3. Headshot (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2012)

If you’re at all curious about the many Hou and Pialat films on the list, you should listen to the last two episodes of my podcast, They Shot Pictures where me and a few of my friends discuss these two filmmakers in some depth.

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Not nearly quite as breathtaking as his dramas or even the other collegiate comedies I’ve watched from him but the running sight gags are still a great deal of fun and just the way Ozu uses framing to depict how these friends hang out and bond together while in colege and then gradually diverge away from the protagonist makes the whole thing worthwhile.