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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors
« Reply #530 on: April 08, 2019, 12:37:00 PM »
Pink Floyd did the soundtracks for both ("Obscured by Clouds" is the soundtrack to La Vallee).
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Victor Sjöström
« Reply #531 on: April 10, 2019, 08:52:41 PM »
It's rare that I do this, but I don't even want to spend the $3 to rent General Idi Amin Dada online. Part of what was keeping me motivated is that I'm not initially excited by the next name either.

#192 Victor Sjöström Ranked List

It boils down to my unpopular opinions on The Phantom Carriage and The Wind, and if I don't like the great stuff what chance do I have to appreciate his lesser works. He Who Gets Slapped is the one I like.

I might watch The Scarlet Letter (1926) or I may come back later tonight to talk about - checks list - Seijun Suzuki! There's a name I'm interested in.
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Seijun Suzuki
« Reply #532 on: April 11, 2019, 12:27:56 AM »
#193 Seijun Suzuki Ranked List

I first heard of Suzuki before I even knew of Japan's nutty super happy fun culture. The descriptions for Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter sounded unreal - a chipmunk cheeked hitman thwarted by a butterfly, an assassin who whistles his own theme song - and in a pre-Tarantino world, this level of "go for broke" creativity was all I wanted to see.

I'm kind of in the same head space today. I don't even know which films I want to see (and availability is bound to be an issue), but I'm ready to do a mini-marathon and play inside Suzuki's brain for a few.

LIKELY:
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Branded to Kill (1967)

POSSIBLE:
Youth of the Beast (1963)
Gate of Flesh (1964)
Pistol Opera (2001)

MAYBE:
Take Aim at the Police Van (1960)
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963)
Tattooed Life (1965)
Fighting Elegy (1966)
Princess Raccoon (2005)
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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors - Victor Sjöström
« Reply #533 on: April 11, 2019, 01:08:49 AM »
It's rare that I do this, but I don't even want to spend the $3 to rent General Idi Amin Dada online.
It's on the new criterion streaming thing if you have that.

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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors
« Reply #534 on: April 11, 2019, 09:49:21 AM »
I don't. I've always loved the idea of the Criterion collection, but my opinions of their titles have not been as highly favorable as I would've hoped. I've never even been driven to complete their list on ICM.
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Re: 1SO vs. All the Directors - Yasujiro Ozu
« Reply #535 on: April 12, 2019, 09:45:09 AM »
#148 Yasujiro Ozu

There is no Ranked List for reasons you can find all over my posts on Ozu. I have seen 15 of his films and couldn't tell you one from the other. That sameness combined with his uncinematic formal approach gets under my skin, and I realized I have two options here. I could do like with Jean-Pierre Melville, wipe the slate clean and start from the start. (I've been told repeatedly when you Marathon Ozu the subtle differences from one film to another make each one special.) However, since that's not something I'm interested in doing at this time, I'm going with the other option and moving onto the next director.

When the time is right, you know it. This may get me to sign up for Criterion's Streaming channel, which also has a lot of the Seijun Suzuki I'm looking for. Bouncing between Suzuki and Ozu may be the way to go, or they may create too much of a contrast. This is my ambitious slate for Ozu, and I may choose to abandon it if this turns out to be a mistake.

I Was Born, But…   (1932) - 2nd Viewing
Passing Fancy   (1933)
Dragnet Girl      (1933)
A Story of Floating Weeds   (1934) - 2nd Viewing
The Only Son      (1936) - 2nd Viewing
There Was a Father   (1942) - 2nd Viewing
Record of a Tenement Gentleman   (1947)
A Hen in the Wind      (1948)
Late Spring         (1949) - 2nd Viewing
Early Summer         (1951) - 2nd Viewing
Flavor of Green tea      (1952)
Tokyo Story         (1953) - 2nd Viewing
Early Spring         (1956) - 2nd Viewing
Tokyo Twilight         (1957) - 2nd Viewing
Equinox Flower      (1958) - 2nd Viewing
Floating Weeds      (1959) - 2nd Viewing
Good Morning         (1959) - 2nd Viewing
Late Autumn         (1960) - 2nd Viewing
The End of Summer   (1961) - 2nd Viewing
An Autumn Afternoon   (1962) - 2nd Viewing
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Anh Hung Tran
« Reply #536 on: May 15, 2019, 11:48:59 PM »
Miles to go before I sleep.


#194 Anh Hung Tran

Back in Dec. 2011, I spent a couple of days with Martin and Sandy discussing Anh Hung Tran. Reading those reviews makes me wonder how much my tastes have developed since then, not that I want to get into rewatches. I'm also disappointed that the director has had trouble getting his projects filmed, with very few new choices. It's between Cyclo and Norwegian Wood and there's a current of danger to Cyclo that has me more interested.
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Luchino Visconti
« Reply #537 on: May 21, 2019, 05:10:19 PM »
#195 Luchino Visconti Ranked List

Except for Sergio Leone, I generally rate Italian directors below most. Visconti gets a lot of time in the great Scorsese doc. My Voyage to Italy, where he goes in depth on the director's love of details. There's no consistency as to what I like or don't like about the filmmaker. Even Death in Venice I often recommend and think that I like more than my review and rating say. Because of that, I'd like to revisit either The Leopard (1963) or Rocco and His Brothers (1960). Maybe both. I also plan to watch Bellissima (1951), which stands out as a major work I haven't seen.
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Dexter Fletcher
« Reply #538 on: May 28, 2019, 08:53:54 PM »
Jumping the queue here with the newest Director (roughly #793) Dexter Fletcher, who has Rocketman opening. I wanted to do a primer so I've lined up all his previous features.

Wild Bill (2011)
Sunshine on Leith (2013)
Eddie the Eagle (2015)
Rocketman (2019)

I imagine by the time he comes up in the queue proper he'll have another movie out.
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1SO vs. All the Directors - Andrzej Wajda
« Reply #539 on: June 03, 2019, 01:22:27 AM »
#196 Andrzej Wajda Ranked List

Another case where my exposure begins and ends with my original Directors of Shame Marathon. I'm pretty convinced my opinions of both film would be slightly higher after 8 years of cinematic evolution, but I also have plenty of new stuff to watch for.

The Promised Land (1975)
Man of Marble (1977)
Man of Iron (1981)
Danton (1983)
Katyn (2007)
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