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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Favorite Film Discoveries of 2012 - Steve Q

Steve is an avid runner and movie fan extraordinaire. Read his musings about both at his blog:

1) Audition (1999). A very violent and actually scary horror film from Japan.

2) La Bete Humaine (1938). I waited to read the Zola novel first. I prefer this to Lang's version "Human Desire."

3) Le Boucher (1970). Chabrol's most suspenseful film turns out to be the least like Hitchcock.

4) Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974). This has been so overpraised I expected to be disappointed, but I liked the dark humor.

5) The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955). From Bunuel's unpopular Mexican period, he tones down the religious and social class commentary and goes for pure misogyny.

6) The Earrings of Madame de (aka Diamond Earrings) (1953). A charming comedy I'd somehow missed.

7) La Grande Bouffe (1973). Another film everyone told me I'd like, it's an exercise in excess. And I liked it.

8)Prix de Beaute' (1930). Rene Clair directing Louise Brooks. Dated, but I'd watch Brooks fold laundry.

9) Tight Little Island (aka Whisky Galore) (1949). A no-budget film that helped save the Ealing Studio post-war, this must be what Bill Forsyth watched as a child.

10) Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971). Not knowing which of 25 Zatoichi flms to start with, this was recommended. The cultural differences between China and Japan make the film.


SteveQ said...

Top of the world, ma!

Thanks for including me.

Anonymous said...

Not sure I'd categorize it as, "Bunuel's unpopular Mexican period". Of course, his Mexico years weren't as scandalous as his Silent films like Une Chiene Andalou, nor as feted as his late masterpieces like Discreet Charm, but, his Mexico years got him back on the world stage with such terrrific films as Los Olividados, El, Viridiana and Exterminating Angel. Archbishop is a relatively minor one, but, not misogynistic.

SteveQ said...

@joestemme: Doing fast one-sentence reviews of films I saw months earlier left me with innacuracies. "Less celebrated" rather than "unpopular." He made few films that weren't classics (Land Without Bread, perhaps) and I'd seen almost all long ago. "Nazarin" really should be seen more, from his Mexican era. I thought people would argue that he didn't tone down the social and religious commentary, which was still pretty fierce.