I was tagged by Tribe, and I thought this would be a good way to introduce some of my taste and what I’ve been watching to people who are reading this blog who don’t know me. So:
1. Total number of films I own on DVD and video.
hmmm…50? 75? No idea really….they’re in binders to save space.
2. Last film I bought.
Hah, well, I just ordered some grey-market DVDs from www.superhappyfun.com. (hey, if it’s good enough for Jonathan Rosenbaum…) So, Paris Nous Appartient (Rivette), Mouchette (Bresson), Made in USA and La Chinoise Godard. Damn, that’s French
3. Last film I watched.
Foolish Wives (von Stroheim, 1922) Anyone have a copy of Greed they want to send me?
Okay, after I started this I watched Blonde Venus and Trouble in Paradise as a double feature at Film Forum’s: Paramount: Before the Code festival. If anyone has any ideas of what else I should see from that list, let me know, please. Trouble in Paradise is incredibly funnny….I might write about that one but I don’t think I have anything to offer…
4. Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no particular order).
The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin) - Probably my favorite movie right now. I’m kind of obsessed with Maddin, even though this is the one film of his (besides a few of the shorts) that I’ve seen that I really think works…
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Lang) - I liked this one better than Dr. Mabuse der Spieler and M, though I think I watched M too early in my cinema education (like, last fall) to “get” the sound design of it, which is one the the things I love about Testament. The Testament is a really oddly edited film, with lots of scenes going on longer and abruptly bleeding into other scenes. If I were ever to edit a movie, this would be my bible.
The Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson) - Such a beautiful film, visually and philosophically. Also, great sound design.
Woman is a Woman (Godard) - Total joycore pop movie love. Again with the sound editing.
Chinatown (Polanski) - masterclass in plot. If I were to write a film, this is one of the ones I would study religiously.
Also: Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky) - the “bell casting” sequence. The most powerful series of images ever committed to film. Indelible and exhaustive in the terror and exhiliration of creation
5. If you could be any character portrayed in a movie, who would it be?
Indiana Jones, of course.
Tagged: whoever is reading this, but particularly holzfallen, one armed emma p (hah! though it might be redundant considering 3 of the above are things you recommended to me - but still do it!), munt, cb, flyboy, eppy (because I liked your book one…don’t know how into film you are) … post in my comment, if you’d like.