Sunday, January 5, 2020

25 Notable French Films

L'Appartement (directed by Gilles Mimouni)

Army of Shadows (directed by Jean-Pierre Melville)

Two English Girls (directed by Francois Truffaut)

Dinner Game (directed by Francis Veber)

Sunday in the Country (directed by Bertrand Tavernier)

Muriel (directed by Alain Resnais)

Une Femme Douce (directed by Robert Bresson)

Alphaville (directed by Jean-Luc Godard)

Secret Defense (directed by Jacques Rivette)

This Man Must Die (directed by Claude Chabrol)

Les Enfants Terribles (directed by Jean-Pierre Melville)

Wages of Fear (directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot)

La Jetee (directed by Chris Marker)

Daddy Nostalgia (directed by Bertrand Tavernier)

My Mother's Castle (directed by Yves Roberts)

Phantom India (directed by Louis Malle)

Lovers on the Bridge (directed by Leos Carax)

In the City of Sylvia (directed by Jose Luis Guerins)

Colonel Chabert (directed by Yves Angelo)

Playtime (directed by Jacques Tati)

Le Combat dans L'ile (directed by Alain Cavalier)

The Nun (directed by Jacques Rivette)

Mississippi Mermaid (directed by Francois Truffaut)

Umbrellas of Cherbourg (directed by Jacques Demy)

Purple Noon (directed by Rene Clement)

Monday, October 28, 2019

Great Songs from 1966

Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan

One of Us Must Know - Bob Dylan

Just Like a Woman - Bob Dylan

I Want You - Bob Dylan

Memphis Blues Again - Bob Dylan

4th Time Around - Bob Dylan

Paint it Black - Rolling Stones

Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin

Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops

Wouldn't It Be Nice - Beach Boys

Good Vibrations - Beach Boys

That's Not Me - Beach Boys

God Only Knows - Beach Boys

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield

You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes

You Keep Me Hanging On - Supremes

Bus Stop - Hollies

Time Won't Let Me - Outsiders

Monday Monday - Mamas and the Papas

I Saw Her Again - Mamas and the Papas

Eleanor Rigby - Beatles

Paperback Writer - Beatles

For No One - Beatles

Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders

Along Comes Mary - Association

For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her - Simon and Garfunkel

A Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel

Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkel

Sign of the Times - Petula Clark

Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix Experience

I See You - Byrds

What's Happening? - Byrds

Friday On My Mind - Easybeats

Kind of a Drag - Buckinghams

Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing - Buffalo Springfield

Flying on the Ground Is Wrong - Buffalo Springfield

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Daydream - Lovin' Spoonful

Substitute - Who

I'm a Boy - Who

Kids Are Alright - Who

Happy Jack - Who

Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Recently Watched Movies

1. Big Clock (1948)

The original of which NO WAY OUT(Kevin Costner) is a remake. A fine-tuned crime thriller, notable for the contrast between the grossness of the villain & his act and the neat elegance of the hero and plotting.  A-

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2. Against All Odds

Remake of OUT OF THE PAST. A neon-noir with Jeff Bridges being as lovable as James Woods is loathsome(but not without reason). Between them is a fallen woman who can tip either way, all for love or all for security. Too many loose screws unlike the tightly constructed original but works as mix of romance and travelogue. And it has the great Phil Collins song. B

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3. Domino

The latest Brian De Palma has almost everything relevant to those concerned about the future of Europe. There is the problem of BAMMAMA(Blacks are more muscular and more aggressive), ACOWW(Afro-Colonization of White Wombs), growing Arab presence, radical Islamic terrorism, CIA footprints around the globe(that leads to Invade-Invite), culture of betrayal for self-fulfillment, the power of personal vengeance, and etc. What it doesn't mention is the Jewish Factor, but then De Palma works for Jewish Hollywood. Far from De Palma's best films, especially with its thinly etched characters but delivers the goods as action thriller. FEMME FATALE was a much better work in this vein. B-

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4. I am the Cheese

This cheapie production is always engrossing to watch. In retrospect, one might characterize it as MULHOLLAND DR. for juniors. Sad story of personal tragedy wrapped in conspiratorial plot that is exceedingly dark about the powers-that-be, the kind of perspective abandoned by the so-called Left but picked up by alternative spheres of the 'right' in recent years. B

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5. True Believer

This movie has the shopworn cliches of courtroom drama. A cynical lawyer seeks personal redemption by fighting for justice for an innocent man framed for murder. It has some howlers as well, such as Neo-Nazis romping around the big city as major players in violence... but then, it was made by Jewish Joseph Ruben. Most memorable are the James Woods' pelting performance that is in equal measure annoying & exhilarating and the relative absence of easy villains. Though there is a side to root for, we get a portrait of a fallen world where justice is compromised by all sides. In that, it functions as a useful metaphor for the world we live in. B

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6. Tuff Turf

When I first saw this in high school, I thought it was a cool movie. Seeing it again, I can see why it was universally panned by critics. It's really stupid. But I still like it. James Spader plays a romantic hero who snatches the girl(the whore-with-a-heart-of-gold type) from a bunch of ethnic ruffians. C-

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7. Black Hawk Down

A solid work of logistics by Ridley Scott. He was less director than commander of this film. But beside the action, there is little of interest. After awhile, the only thought in my mind was 'people with guns kill people with guns'. Dramatically, about as interesting as watching a bunch of kids playing cops and robbers with toy guns. B+

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8. St. Elmo's Fire

This film was savaged by critics for good reason. It is awful in just about every way. And yet, it is a fascinating case study of how promising material can go so wrong. Unlike a whole bunch of Brat Pack movies, this was clearly a labor of love by Joel Schumacher who isn't without talent. Perhaps his excessive enthusiasm favored feelings over sense. Result is more like Tickle-Me-Elmo's-Fire. With a better cast(or sounder control over them), fewer cheap shots, and sturdier script, this could have been something like THE GROUP by Sidney Lumet that, though no masterpiece, is certainly quality work about the lives of graduates of an elite women's college. ST. ELMO'S FIRE is a terrible movie that I sort of like. C

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9. Resident Evil: Retribution

Yes, it's stupid mindless junk but mindlessness can be entertaining. B-

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10. To Live and Die in L.A. 

This William Friedkin action-thriller is so excellent in every way that, for me, it spoiled a lot of worthy but lesser movies for several years. Looking back, NO WAY OUT and MANHUNTER(by Michael Mann) are pretty decent movies, but I tended to compare every new action movie with TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. for the rest of the 80s. But it was like comparing every mountain to Everest. A+

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11. Alita: Battle Angel 

Awful in every way. It has some arresting images, but this overt hybrid of live-action and CGI is mostly confused, meandering, and ugly. Could James Cameron have made a better movie? Maybe. He made THE TERMINATOR. Maybe not. He made AVATAR. The Alita character is especially hideous as a combo of real face and anime eyes. That's just freaky. D+

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12. The Little Stranger

A finely modulated Mystery of Manners, the sort of thing the British do best. Adds an original twist to the ghost story genre. A-

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13. Annihilation

A very stupid mix of Female GHOSTBUSTERS and Andrei Tarkovsky's STALKER. Stupidity is often forgivable(and even fun) in cinema but never when pregnant with Meaning. It's also a jungle fever propaganda as Natalie Portman gets it on with a Groid. The silver lining to this movie is maybe it will encourage more Jewish girls to go black and bring down the Jewish race. D

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14. The Tale

Five minutes into this film, we see Laura Dern as a cat lady working as a globalist hug-the-world photo-journalist and then being hugged by a Groid in bed. Who needs this jungle fever crapaganda? D

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15. Ben Is Back

There is art and there is propaganda. Art seeks truth, propaganda pushes a message. And then, there is what might be called Prop-art-ganda or Prop-Art, a work that mimics Art Film tropes but really pushes propaganda. BEN IS BLACK is a sneaky jungle-fever propaganda slipped sideways into the narrative. The core story is about a white mother trying to save her white son from drugs and gangs. But this caring woman is married to a Groid who is presented as the most upright citizen you can imagine. Now, if this white woman cares so much about her white son, why the hell did she turn race-traitor and go with a Groid? Did it ever occur to her that maybe her son is so lost and messed up because his mother is a stupid mudshark? Prop-Art is targeted at 'educated elites'(who crave status markers) with the full understanding that most people don't care for 'art films'. But since the elites control of the levers of society, their cultural staple does indirectly affect mass culture. Prop-Art feigns interest in truth but beneath the veneer of 'rawness of reality' or 'deepness of thought', it pushes hoary PC cliches. It's also worth noting that white women are like pack dogs operating on group-think. It used to be the trendy thing among white women was Adopt-a-Niglet(preferably from Africa), and now, the new pack-trend is Hump-a-Groid. With movies like Mounting Between UsUnited Kingdom, and many others(and many others to come), the Jewish virus in white women's minds tell them, "Black men are superior while white men suck, and nothing is cooler and nobler than to have my white womb colonized by black seeds." Jews are pushing massive Afro-sexual-imperialism against the white race. Instead of  Ben is Back, how about Ben's Mother Went BlackC-