Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2018 watchlist

Films I'm looking forward to or just curious about in 2018:

Blessed Virgin (Paul Verhoeven)

Radegund (Terrence Malick)

High Life (Claire Denis)

Siberia (Abel Ferrara)

A Rainy Day in New York (Woody Allen)

Domino (Brian De Palma)

Image and Speech (Jean-Luc Godard)

Laplace's Witch (Takashi Miike)

D. (Roman Polanski)

Transit (Christian Petzold)

Insects (Jan Svankmajer)

The Modern Ocean (Shane Carruth)

Little Joe (Jessica Hausner)

The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood)

Tough as They Come (Sylvester Stallone)

Undermajordomo Minor (Kelly Reichardt)

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Terry Gilliam)

Love Child (Todd Solondz)

The Predator (Shane Black)

Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler)

The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)

The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)

Maniac Cop (John Hyams)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Richard Linklater)

Mission: Impossible 6 (Christopher McQuarrie)

Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg)

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (Steven Spielberg)

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)

Holmes and Watson (Etan Cohen)

Peterloo (Mike Leigh)

The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra)

Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi)

Mary Magdalene (Garth Davis)

Vision (Naomi Kawase)

The Widow (Neil Jordan)

Mute (Duncan Jones)

Unsane (Steven Soderbergh)

Shadow (Zhang Yimou)

The Women of Marwen (Robert Zemeckis)

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama)

Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)

Annihilation (Alex Garland)

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Film Discoveries of 2017

Here's a list of my favourite first time viewings/film discoveries of 2017:
https://letterboxd.com/willowybeing/list/favourite-first-time-viewings-of-2017/

My top ten first time viewings of 2017:


  1. Housekeeping (1987, Bill Forsyth) - After languishing in semi obscurity for decades this truly wondrous film has been given the presentation it so richly deserves on the UK dual format release, courtesy of Powerhouse films/Indicator label.
  2. Vengeance is Mine (1979, Shohei Imamura)
  3. A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang)
  4. La Captive (2000, Chantal Akerman)
  5. Retribution (2006, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  6. Great Day in the Morning (1956, Jacques Tourneur)
  7. Lourdes (2009, Jessica Hausner)
  8. Seance (2000, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  9. Go Go Tales (2007, Abel Ferrara)
  10. 20 30 40 (2004, Sylvia Chang)


Best filmgoing experience: 


  • Peppermint Soda (1977, Diane Kurys) at Hyde Park Picturehouse (19/9/17).


My top ten repeat viewings of 2017:


  • Alien: Resurrection (1997, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  • Christmas in July (1940, Preston Sturges)
  • Ghosts of Mars (2001, John Carpenter)
  • Gran Torino (2008, Clint Eastwood)
  • The Host (2006, Bong Joon-ho)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989, Steven Spielberg)
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948, Max Ophuls)
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968, Roman Polanski)
  • Sorcerer (1977, William Friedkin)
  • Spontaneous Combustion (1990, Tobe Hooper)


Hope to make many more great discoveries in 2018.
Happy New Year!

2017 Film Diary

Here's the full list of all the films I watched in 2017:

January

1/1/17: Intolerance (1916), Creed (2015)

2/1/17: Silence (2016), What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)

3/1/17: La chambre (1972)

4/1/17: A Couch in New York (1996)

5/1/17: The Two Jakes (1990)

7/1/17: Stoker (2013)

8/1/17: Madchen in Uniform (1931), David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)

9/1/17: Mammals (1962), The Fat and the Lean (1961)

10/1/17: Apocalpto (2006)

11/1/17: Dracula 3D (2012)

12/1/17: Go Go Tales (2007)

13/1/17: Edge of Darkness (2010), The Voice Thief (2013)

14/1/17: The Man Without a Face (1993), The Thin Red Line (1998)

16/1/17: Tokyo Chorus (1931)

17/1/17: Certified Copy (2010)

18/1/17: Get the Gringo (2012)

19/1/17: When Angels Fall (1959)

20/1/17: The Last Mistress (2007)

21/1/17: Manchester by the Sea (2016)

23/1/17: Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

24/1/17: Experimenter (2015)

29/1/17: Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

31/1/17: Angel's Egg (1985)



February
1/2/17: Lola (1961)

2/2/17: JSA: Joint Security Area (2000)

3/2/17: Dune (1984)

4/2/17: Dodes'ka-den (1970)

5/2/17: La La Land (2016)

7/2/17: Kamikaze Girls (2004)

8/2/17: Parasomnia (2008)

9/2/17: Love Crimes (1992)

10/2/17: Spy (2015)

11/2/17: Jug Face: The Pit (2013), The Outfit (1973)

12/2/17: Men (1997), Tokyo Twilight (1957)

13/2/17: Blue Like You (2008), Honey Bunny (2001), Going Inside (2001)

15/2/17: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

17/2/17: Memories of Matsuko (2006)

18/2/17: The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

19/2/17: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Hideko the Bus Conductress (1941)

21/2/17: V for Vendetta (2005)

22/2/17: The Enforcer (1976)

25/2/17: Old Joy (2006), A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

26/2/17: Slitch (2003), Mutations (1972), Doctor X (1932)

27/2/17: The Hitcher (1986)

28/2/17: Undertow (1996)



March

1/3/17: Split Second (1992)

2/3/17: Night Moves (2013)

4/3/17: Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966), Rosetta (1999)

5/3/17: The Fall (2006)

6/3/17: Travis (2004), Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933)

7/3/17: The Silence of Lorna (2008)

8/3/17: The Girl in the Rumour (1935)

9/3/17: House by the River (1950)

10/3/17: Bulworth (1998)

11/3/17: Elle (2016)

12/3/17: Showgirls (1995)

14/3/17: Eat the Document (1972)

15/3/17: China (1943)

16/3/17: La Promesse (1996)

17/3/17: U Turn (1997)

19/3/17: Drum Beat (1954)

20/3/17: Eureka (1983)

21/3/17: The Apple (1998)

22/3/17: Glimpse of the Garden (1957)

23/3/17: And Now Tomorrow (1944)

24/3/17: The Last Waltz (1978)

26/3/17: Louie Bluie (1985)

27/3/17: Breaking In (1989)

28/3/17: That Sinking Feeling (1979), Bill Forsyth Lifetime Achievement Film (2009)

29/3/17: Islands of the West (1972)

30/3/17: Faust and Mephistopheles (1903), La villa Santo Sospir (1952)

31/3/17: At Land (1944), Jean Cocteau Addresses the Year 2000 (1962)



April
1/4/17: Universal Soldier: The Return (1999), Gregory's Two Girls (1999)

2/4/17: The Whole Family Works (1939)

3/4/17: Angel-A (2005)

4/4/17: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010), L'avant dernier (1981)

5/4/17: Suicide Squad (2016)

6/4/17: 5 Centimetres Per Second (2007)

8/4/17: The Big Blue (1988), Personal Shopper (2016)

9/4/17: Journey to Agartha (2011)

10/4/17: Je Tu Il Elle (1974)

11/4/17: Les rendez-vous d'Anna (1978), Hotel Monterey (1972)

12/4/17: The Last Battle (1983), 20 30 40 (2004)

13/4/17: Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975), The Smile (2003), Other Worlds (1999)

14/4/17: Tomorrow We Move (2004)

15/4/17: Ani*Kuri15: A Gathering of Cats (2007), She and Her Cat: Their Standing Points (1999), Someone's Gaze (2013), Fast & Furious 8 (2017)

17/4/17: From the Other Side (2002), Father of My Children (2009)

18/4/17: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

19/4/17: The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

24/4/17: Goodbye First Love (2011)

25/4/17: Lourdes (2009)

26/4/17: I'm Going Home (2001)

27/4/17: The Family (2013)

30/4/17: Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), A Quiet Passion (2016), The Boost (1988)



May
1/5/17: Summer Wars (2009)

2/5/17: A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

3/5/17: Eden (2014)

4/5/17: The Lady (2011)

5/5/17: Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

6/5/17: Three Stanzas on the Name of Sacher (1989), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

7/5/17: Lady Macbeth (2016)

8/5/17: Golden Eighties (1986)

9/5/17: Who Am I This Time? (1982), My Soul to Take (2010)

10/5/17: The Life of Death (2012), The Falling (2014)

11/5/17: Caged Heat (1974)

12/5/17: Scream 4 (2011)

13/5/17: Crazy Mama (1975), Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006), Melvin and Howard (1980)

14/5/17: Alien: Covenant (2017)

15/5/17: The Eighties (1983)

16/5/17: Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (2005)

17/5/17: Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

18/5/17: Family Business (1984)

19/5/17: Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

20/5/17: Cursed (2005), Judgement (1999), A Rose Reborn (2014), Night Fishing (2011)

21/5/17: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

22/5/17: Bitter, Sweet, Seoul (2014)

23/5/17: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), Twin Peaks Season 3 premiere (2017)

24/5/17: Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

26/5/17: Histoires d’Amérique: Food, Family and Philosophy (1989)

27/5/17: Three... Extremes (2004), Never Ending Peace and Love (2003)

28/5/17: The Game (1997)

29/5/17: The Black Dog (1987)

30/5/17: Lore (2012)



June
1/6/17: The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

4/6/17: Chiller (1985)

5/6/17: Gas Food Lodging (1992)

6/6/17: Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013)

7/6/17: The Other Side of Hope (2017)

8/6/17: Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962, Agnes Varda), Elle Fanning’s Fan Fantasy (2017, Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost)

10/6/17: Shocker (1989), Snowpiercer (2013)

11/6/17: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

12/6/17: Voices of a Distant Star (2003), Cross Road (2014)

13/6/17: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

14/6/17: Orlando (1992)

15/6/17: Hot Fuzz (2007)

16/6/17: Sucker Punch (2011), Rakka (2017)

17/6/17: After the Storm (2016)

18/6/17: Bridges-Go-Round (1958), Immer Zu (1997)

19/6/17: The Green Ray (2001), Film (2011)

20/6/17: Like Father, Like Son (2013)

21/6/17: Dark Touch (2013)

22/6/17: The Chaser (2008)

24/6/17: Under the Skin (1997)

25/6/17: Fever (1994), A Simple Life (2011)

26/6/17: I Wish (2011)

27/6/17: The World of Kanako (2014)

28/6/17: Saving Face (2004), In This Corner of the World (2016)

29/6/17: Histoire de Marie et Julien (2003)

30/6/17: My Cousin Rachel (2017), Oldboy (2003)



July

1/7/17: The Harvest (2013), Baby Driver (2017)

4/7/17: Transformers (2007), The Seventh Seal (1957)

5/7/17: Still Walking (2008)

6/7/17: Ant-Man (2015), Frankenstein (2015)

7/7/17: Nobody Knows (2004), The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)

8/7/17: After Life (1998)

9/7/17: 21-87 (1963/4), Moods of the Sea (1941/2)

10/7/17: Air Doll (2009)

11/7/17: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Town & Country (2001)

13/7/17: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939), Firebase (2017), Zygote (2017)

14/7/17: Jesus' Son (1999)

15/7/17: Elysium (2013), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

16/7/17: The Claim (2000), Psycho (1998)

17/7/17: Good Will Hunting (1997)

18/7/17: Palookaville (1995)

19/7/17: Promised Land (2012)

20/7/17: Restless (2011), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

22/7/17: The Spy in Black (1939), Dunkirk (2017)

23/7/17: The Captive (2000)

24/7/17: La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

25/7/17: Mickey One (1965), The Beguiled (2017)

26/7/17: Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

27/7/17: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

28/7/17: Finding Forrester (2000), Alien (1979)

29/7/17: The Host (2006), So It Goes (2017)



August
1/8/17: They're a Weird Mob (1966)

2/8/17: Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017), Sleeping Beauty (2011)

3/8/17: Vengeance is Mine (1979), In a Heartbeat (2017)

4/8/17: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

5/8/17: Le Pont du Nord (1981), Cymbeline (2014), Yakuza Graveyard (1976)

6/8/17: Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

7/8/17: The Company's in Love (1932)

8/8/17: Aliens (1993 - Almereyda), The Rocking Horse Winner (1997)

9/8/17: At Sundance (1995), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

10/8/17: Another Girl Another Planet (1992), The Novel of Werther (1938)

12/8/17: Atomic Blonde (2017), The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

13/8/17: Mai Mai Miracle (2009), A Ghost Story (2017)

14/8/17: The Queen of Spades (1949)

15/8/17: Me and Me Dad (2012)

16/8/17: The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Swamp Thing (1982)

18/8/17: Powaqqatsi (1988), Aliens: Special Edition (1986)

19/8/17: Napping Princess - aka Ancien and the Magic Tablet (2017), The Night Porter (1974)

20/8/17: Secret People (1952)

22/8/17: Great Day in the Morning (1956), Circle of Danger (1951)

23/8/17: Age of Consent (1969), To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

24/8/17: Dark Water (2002)

25/8/17: Logan Lucky (2017), The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

26/8/17: Detroit (2017)

27/8/17: Retribution (2006)

28/8/17: My Life Without Me (2003)

29/8/17: The Road to Fort Alamo (1964), The Dark Tower (2017)

30/8/17: Erik the Conqueror (1961), Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)

31/8/17: Bitter Victory (1957)



September
1/9/17: Chronos (1985)

2/9/17: The Savage Innocents (1960), Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006)

3/9/17: Baraka (1992)

4/9/17: Night Visions: The Maze (2002), Night Visions: Cargo (2002), Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)

5/9/17: The Window (1949), Blowing Wild (1953)

6/9/17: Gaslight (1940)

7/9/17: Barren Illusion (1999), Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

8/9/17: Hot Blood (1956), Alien 3: The Assembly Cut (1992/2003)

9/9/17: It (2017)

10/9/17: Knock on Any Door (1949), Wind River (2017)

12/9/17: I Vampiri (1957), Champion (1949)

13/9/17: The Assignment - aka Tomboy, (Re) Assignment (2016)

16/9/17: Kotoko (2011), Mother! (2017)

17/9/17: The Boy and the Beast (2015)

18/9/17: Seance (2000)

19/9/17: Peppermint Soda (1977)

21/9/17: Black Rain (1989, Shohei Imamura)

22/9/17: Suzanne (2013)

23/9/17: American Made (2017)

24/9/17: De Palma (2015), Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)

25/9/17: A Girl at My Door (2014)

26/9/17: Pigs and Battleships (1961)

27/9/17: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

28/9/17: Take Care of My Cat (2001)

30/9/17: The Stepfather (1987)



October
1/10/17: Song to Song (2017)

2/10/17: Dr. Akagi (1998)

4/10:17: The Fountain (2006), The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (2017)

5/10/17: Man on Fire (2004), Shampoo (1975)

7/10/17: A Man Vanishes (1967), Born to Be Bad (1950), One Night Stand (1997)

8/10/17: Fighting Elegy (1966)

9/10/17: The Insect Woman (1963)

14/10/17: Suspiria (1977)

15/10/17: Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Spy Game (2001)

18/10/17: Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

19/10/17: The Fan (1996)

21/10/17: Loving Memory (1971), The Death of Stalin (2017), Alien: Resurrection (1997)

22/10/17: One of the Missing (1968)

23/10/17: The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975)

24/10/17: Housekeeping (1987)

25/10/17: Revenge (1990)

28/10/17: Red Angel (1966), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

29/10/17: Hardcore (1979)

30/10/17: The Man Between (1953)

31/10/17: Ghost in the Shell (2017)



November

1/11/17: The Square (2017)

2/11/17: Life (2017)

3/11/17: Thelma (2017)

4/11/17: Veronica (2017), Happy End (2017)

5/11/17: Lu Over the Wall (2017), The Breadwinner (2017), Mutafukaz (2017)

6/11/17: Claire's Camera (2017), Dark River (2017)

7/11/17: Big Fish & Begonia (2016), Kong: Skull Island (2017)

8/11/17: Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Zabriskie Point (1970), Good Time (2017)

9/11/17: Amelie (2001)

10/11/17: Oh Lucy! (2017), Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)

11/11/17: The Mimic (2017)

12/11/17: Cop (1988), Tokyo Ghoul (2017), Blade of the Immortal (2017)

13/11/17: Lover for a Day (2017)

14/11/17: Red Eye (2005)

15/11/17: Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017)

16/11/17: Wonderstruck (2017), You Were Never Really Here (2017)

17/11/17: Get Out (2017)

18/11/17: The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962)

19/11/17: Justice League (2017), Crisis in Six Scenes (2016)

20/11/17: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

21/11/17: Okja (2017)

23/11/17: The Merciless (2017)

25/11/17: Zardoz (1974), Snow Steam Iron (2017)

26/11/17: A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

27/11/17: I Can't Sleep (1994)

28/11/17: U.S. Go Home (1994)

29/11/17: Wonder Woman (2017)



December

2/12/17: The Bye Bye Man (2017), The Wall (2017)

6/12/17: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

7/12/17: The House (2017)

8/12/17: Gran Torino (2008)

10/12/17: The Villainess (2017)

12/12/17: Manifesto (2015)

15/12/17: Gremlins (1984)

16/12/17: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Mascots (2016)

17/12/17: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

22/12/17: Christmas in July (1940), Logan (2017)

23/12/17: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

27/12/17: Back to the Future Part II (1989)

28/12/17: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

29/12/17: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010), Boiling Point (1993)

30/12/17: Sorcerer (1977)


31/12/17: Risky Business (1983), Ghosts of Mars (2001)