FILMS SEEN IN 2017:

Titles will be added when they fall off “the last 10 films I’ve seen.” Slashes indicate repeat viewings. Titles prefaced by a plus sign were seen on home video. The new release section includes  2016  releases that I caught up with this year. All titles are American unless otherwise indicated. Films under 30 minutes will be labelled {S} and those between 30 and 70 minutes {M}. Only films over 30 minutes are rated.



WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN

**** Masterpiece

***1/2 Excellent

*** Pretty good but highly flawed

**1/2 Mediocre but not without merit

** Pretty bad

*1/2 Awful

* A superhuman amount of patience was required to sit through it

0 Walked out


NEW RELEASES

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO FAIL (Steve James) **1/2

AFTER THE STORM (Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan) ***

ALIEN: COVENANT (Ridley Scott) **1/2

+ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (Michal Marczak, Poland/UK) **1/2

ALONE IN BERLIN (Vincent Perez, France) **

THE APOLOGY (Tiffany Hsiung, Canada) **1/2

THE BAD BATCH (Ana Lily Amirpour) **1/2

BEACH RATS (Eliza Hittman) ***1/2

BEATRIZ AT DINNER (Miguel Arteta) **1/2

THE BEGUILED (Sofia Coppola) ***

+BRONX GOTHIC (Andrew Rossi) ***

THE B-SIDE (Errol Morris) **1/2

BURDEN (Timothy Marinnan & Richard Dewey) ***

CITY OF GHOSTS (Matthew Heineman) ***1/2

COLOSSAL (Nacho Vigalondo, Canada/Spain) ***1/2

DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (Bill Morrison) ***

+THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (Albert Serra, France/Portugal) ***

DETROIT (Kathryn Bigelow) **

+DOGS (Bogdan Mirica, Romania/France/Bulgaria/Qatar) **

THE DROWNING (Bette Gordon) ***

DUNKIRK (Christopher Nolan, UK) **1/2

ENDLESS POETRY (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile/France) ***1/2

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (F. Gary Gray) **1/2

THE FOUNDER (John Lee Hancock) **1/2

FRANTZ (François Ozon, France/Germany) **1/2

GET OUT (Jordan Peele) ****

A GHOST STORY (David Lowery) ***

+THE GOOD POSTMAN (Tonislav Hristov, Bulgaria/Finland) ***1/2

GRADUATION (Cristian Mungiu, Romania/France) ***

GUILTY MEN (Ivan Goana, Colombia) ***

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI (Juho Kuosmen, Finland/Norway/France) ***

HARMONIUM (Koji Fukada, Japan/France) ***

HERMIA & HELENA (Matias Piñeiro, USA/Argentina) ***

I CALLED HIM MORGAN (Kasper Collin, Sweden) **1/2

ICARUS (Bryan Fogel) ***

i hate myself:.) (Joanna Arnow, 2013) {M} ***1/2

IT COMES AT NIGHT (Trey Edward Shults) **

JAPANESE GIRLS NEVER DIE (Daigo Matsui, Japan) ***

JOURNEY TO THE WEST: THE DEMONS STRIKE BACK (Tsui Hark, China/Hong Kong) **

JUNCTION 48 (Udi Aloni, Israel) **1/2

+KARL MARX CITY (Petra Epperlein/Michael Tucker, USA/West Germany) ***

+KEDI (Ceyda Torun, Turkey) **

KIKI (Sara Jordeno, USA/Sweden) ***

LAND OF MINE (Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany) ***

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Chris McKay) ***

LOGAN (James Mangold) **1/2

THE LOST CITY OF Z (James Gray, USA/UK) **1/2

LOVE AND OTHER CULTS (Eiji Uchida, Japan) **

MAUDIE (Aisling Walsh, Canada/Ireland) **1/2

MENASHE (Joshua Z. Weinstein) **

MIMOSAS (Oliver Laxe, Morocco/Spain/France) I felt like I should note that I saw this, but honestly, I fell asleep for half of it, so I can’t really give it a rating

MISTER UNIVERSO (Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel, Austria/Italy) ***

+/MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA/ (Dash Shaw) ***

NOCTURAMA (Bertrand Bonello, France/Germany) ***1/2

+NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED (Cristina Herrera Borquez, Mexico) ***

NORMAN (Joseph Cedar, USA/Israel) ***

NOWHERE TO HIDE (Zaradasht Ahmed, Norway/Sweden/Iraq) ***

OBIT. (Vanessa Gould) ***

+OJ: MADE IN AMERICA (Ezra Edelman) ***1/2

OKJA (Bong Joon-ho, USA/South Korea) ***

PATERSON (Jim Jarmusch) ***

PATTI CAKE$ (Geremy Jasper) ***

PERSONAL SHOPPER (Olivier Assayas, France/Germany) ***1/2

PERSON TO PERSON (Dustin Guy Defa) **

A QUIET PASSION (Terence Davies, UK/Belgium) ***1/2

RANGOON (Vishal Bhardwaj, India) ***

RAT FILM (Theo Anthony) ***

RAW (Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium) ***1/2

THE RED TURTLE (Michael Dudok de Witt, Belgium/France/Japan) ***

THE REHEARSAL (Alison Maclean, New Zealand) **1//2

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Paul W.S. Anderson) *1/2

RISK (Laura Poitras) **1/2

THE ROAD TO MANDALAY (Midi-Z, Taiwan/Myanmar/France/Germany) ***1/2

ROUNDABOUT IN MY HEAD (Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France) **1/2

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (Catherine Bainbridge, Canada) ***

+THE SALESMAN (Asghar Farhadi, Iran) **1/2

SEXY DURGA (Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, India) **

SHALOM RABIN (Amos Gitai, Israel) ***

SILENCE (Martin Scorsese) **1/2

SLACK BAY (Bruno Dumont, France/Germany) *1/2

SONG TO SONG (Terrence Malick) *1/2

SPLIT (M. Night Shyamalan) **

+/STARLESS DREAMS/ (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran) ***1/2

STAYING VERTICAL (Alain Guiraudie, France) **1/2

+STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL FROM EUROPE (Maria Schrader, Austria/Germany/France) **1/2

TA’ANG (Wang Bing, Hong Kong/France) **

THIS TIME TOMORROW (Lina Rodriguez, Colombia/Canada) ***

+THE UNTAMED (Amat Escalante, Mexico/Denmark/Germany/France/Norway) ***1/2

A WOMAN, A PART (Elisabeth Subrin) **

+THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (Lav Diaz, the Philippines) ***1/2

WONDER WOMAN (Patty Jenkins) ***

WULU (Daouda Coulibay, France/Mali/Senegal) ***

YOUR NAME. (Makoto Shinkai, Japan) ***


OLD FILMS

/ALLONSANFAN/ (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 1974)

BEAT THE DEVIL (John Huston, 1953)

THE BIG FIX (Jeremy Kagan, 1978)

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (John Carpenter, 1986)

BYE BYE, MONKEY (Marco Ferreri, France/Italy, 1978)

CESAR (Marcel Pagnol, France, 1936)

THE CHICKENS (Omar Amiralay, Syria, 1977) {M}

CHRISTINE (Alan Clarke, UK, 1987) {M}

CLASS OF 1984 (Mark Lester, Canada, 1982)

CONTACT (Alan Clarke, UK, 1985) {M}

DAVID AND LISA (Frank Perry, 1962)

THE DEVIL-DOLL (Tod Browning, 1936)

/DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE/ (Frank Perry, 1970)

EARLY WORKS (Zelimir Zilnik, Yugoslavia, 1969)

+/ELEPHANT/ (Alan Clarke, UK, 1989) {M}

THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch, 1980)

/EMPIRE OF THE SUN/ (Steven Spielberg, 1987)

ERIK THE CONQUEROR (Mario Bava, Italy, 1961)

EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE (James Fargo, 1978)

FARREBIQUE, OR THE FOUR SEASONS (Georges Rouquier, France, 1946)

/FEMALE TROUBLE/ (John Waters, 1974)

A FLOOD IN BAATH COUNTRY (Omar Amiralay, Syria/France, 2003) {M}

LES HAUTES SOLITUDES (Philippe Garrel, France, 1974)

HEART OF MIDNIGHT (Matthew Chapman, 1988)

HEAVEN (Scott Reynolds, New Zealand, 1998)

+IT FELT LIKE LOVE (Eliza Hittman, 2014)

+IT’S ALWAYS LATE FOR FREEDOM (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2007) [M}

KENEDI GOES BACK HOME (Zelimir Zilnik, Serbia, 2003)

/KILL, BABY…KILL!/ (Mario Bava, Italy, 1966)

+THE LAST DAYS OF WINTER (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2011) [M}

LAST SUMMER (Frank Perry, 1969)

LEONARD COHEN: BIRD ON A WIRE (Tony Palmer, UK, 1972)

THE LIBERATION OF L. B. JONES (William Wyler, 1969)

LIGHT YEARS AWAY (Alain Tanner, Switzerland/France, 1981)

/LISA AND THE DEVIL/ (Mario Bava, Italy/West Germany/Spain, 1973)

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (Nicholas Gessner, Canada/France, 1976)

+MARTYRS (Pascal Laugier, France/Canada, 2008)

MAY THEY REST IN REVOLT (FIGURES OF WAR) (Sylvain George, France, 2010)

MEN… (Doris Dorrie, West Germany, 1985)

MIGHTY PEKING MAN (Meng Hua Ho, Hong Kong, 1977)

/MODERN ROMANCE/ (Albert Brooks, 1981)

MONTREAL MAIN (Frank Vitale, Canada, 1974)

THE MOUNTAIN CAT (Ernst Lubitsch, Germany, 1921)

THE NAKED APE (Donald Driver, 1973)

NEIGE (Juliet Berto & Jean-Henri Roger, France/Belgium, 1981)

/A NEW LEAF/ (Elaine May, 1971)

1984 (Michael Radford, UK, 1984)

OCEAN WAVES (Tomomi Mochizuki, Japan, 1993)

+THE OTHER SIDE OF BURKA (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2004) {M}

/OUTRAGEOUS!/ (Richard Benner, Canada, 1977)

/PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AT THE END OF THE 1960S IN BRUSSELS/ (Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium, 1995) {M}

/THE PRODUCERS/ (Mel Brooks, 1968)

/PUNISHMENT PARK/ (Peter Watkins, 1971)

ROCK & RULE (Clive A. Smith, Canada, 1983)

ROUGH TREATMENT (Andrzej Wajda, Poland/France, 1978)

THE RUBBER GUN (Allan Moyle, Canada, 1978)

SKIP TRACER (Zale Dalen, Canada, 1977)

A SLIGHTLY PREGNANT MAN (Jacques Demy, France/Italy, 1973)

SITE 2 (Rithy Panh, France/Germany, 1989)

SOTTO…SOTTO (Lina Wertmüller, Italy, 1984)

/STOP MAKING SENSE/ (Jonathan Demme, 1984)

/SUSPIRIA/ (Dario Argento, Italy, 1977)

SWING SHIFT (Jonathan Demme, 1984)

/SYLVIA SCARLETT/ (George Cukor, 1936)

+/TENEBRAE/ (Dario Argento, Italy, 1982)

TICKET TO HEAVEN (Ralph L. Thomas, Canada, 1981)

TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHERS (Alan Clarke, UK, 1972)

TOM JONES (Tony Richardson, UK, 1963)

TOO YOUNG, TOO IMMORAL (Raymond Phelan, 1962)

THE TRANSEXUAL MENACE (Rosa von Praunheim, Germany, 1986)

/LE TROU/ (Jacques Becker, France, 1959)

/TWO ENGLISH GIRLS/ (François Truffaut, France, 1971)

THE VALLEY (Barbet Schroeder, France, 1972)

VENUS BOYZ (Gabrielle Baur, Switzerland, 2002)

VIVA (Anne Biller, 2007)

WANDERLUST (Zelimir Zilnik, Serbia, 1998)

WATERMELON MAN (Melvin van Peebles, 1970)

A WEEK’S VACATION (Bertrand Tavernier, France, 1980)

WHILE YOU READ THIS LETTER (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1953)


SHORTS

AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE (HW Clobba)

BAD AT DANCING (Joanna Arnow)

BOXING GIRL (Iman Djionne, Senegal)

BROKEN NOSES NEWSREEL (Jeff Preiss, 1987)

DEM! DEM! (Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia & Christophe Roin, Senegal)

FRED IN HELL TRAILER (Jeff Preiss, 1982)

KENEDI, LOST AND FOUND (Zelimir Zilnik, Serbia, 2005)

LUDLOW ST. NEWSREEL PT. 1 (Jeff Preiss, 1981)

LUDLOW ST. NEWSREEL PT. 2 (Jeff Preiss, 1982)

MAMAN(S) (Maimouna Doucouré, Senegal/France)

MARABOUT (Alassane Sy, Senegal)

OTHER & FATHER (CHANNEL 2) (Mariah Garnett)

SAMEDI CINEMA (Mamadou Dia)

STARING SHARON (Jeff Preiss, 1984)

THE UMBRELLA MAN (Errol Morris, 2011)

UNTITLED (Rindon Johnson)

UNTITLED (STANLEY, MY SECOND LOVER) (Rami George, 2012)

WILD KINGDOM, PT. 2: BOY TOWN (Jeff Preiss, 1984)

WINTER BUSES – CAR WASH – 14TH STREET TREES (Jeff Preiss, 1985)