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April 2005 Screening Log - click for reviews, when applicable. Titles of short films listed in bold.

 

01. Play Misty for Me (Clint Eastwood, 1971) 65 [Obviously, as a forbearer to Fatal Attraction and its ilk, there's something of interest here, but those generic elements are just about the least compelling things about Eastwood's debut feature. The touchstones of his later work, including the questioning of his macho screen persona, the distinctive use of his jazz score, and the surprising sense of humor reveal themselves from the start. The simple plot of the movie resolves itself immediately when the pretense of  better judgment collapses and his character finally comes to his senses and resorts to violence, but there's not quite the same attitude toward that change that his later films exhibit. Here, we're pretty much glad that he's been released from his purgatory, and that's probably because Jessica Walter's villain is so effective.]

 

02. The Yes Men (Chris Smith, Dan Ollman & Sarah Price, 2003) 28 [A real waste of time. I guess the pleasure we're supposed to take in the pranks this group requires a lot of political sympathy toward these guys, but my willingness to forgive on such grounds only goes so far. Mostly I felt like their average victim, who simply shrug off their weirdness and move on with their life. Their dedication to their work is quasi-inspiring in the face of their constant setbacks, but at end of the day their lack of much accomplishment defeats even that. There's not much to say for the filmmaking, either, since it sits squarely in the mode of the least inventive reality television. Surely, the filmmakers can't expect something so completely half-assed to effect much change on the world?]

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Clint Eastwood, 1997) 70

 

03. Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) 78 

 

04. The Wind (Victor Seastrom, 1928) 91

 

05. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) 100

 

06. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 80

 

07. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller, 2005) 34

 

08. Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001) 86

 

09. Kung-Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004) 59

Fever Pitch (Peter & Bobby Farrelly, 2005) 55

There's Something About Mary (Peter & Bobby Farrelly, 1998) 71

 

10. Deconstructing Harry (Woody Allen, 1997) 76

The Corn is Green (Irving Rapper, 1945) 44

 

11. Panic Room (David Fincher, 2002) 68

 

12. In This Our Life (John Huston, 1942) 68

 

13. Pet Sematary (Mary Lambert, 1989) 32

 

14. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935) 62

 

15. Honkytonk Man (Clint Eastwood, 1982) 66

 

16. Safety Last! (Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1923) 78

 

17. Zazie dans le metro (Louis Malle, 1960) 77

 

18. Crush (Alison Maclean, 1992) 72

The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956) 59

 

19. John and Mary (Peter Yates, 1969) 38

 

20. Close My Eyes (Stephen Poliakoff, 1991) 67

 

21. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949) 86

 

22. The Interpreter (Sydney Pollack, 2005) 68

 

23. The Set-Up (Robert Wise, 1949) 65

 

24. Look at Me (Agnes Jaoui, 2004) 56

 

25. Alexander Hamilton (John G. Adolfi, 1931) 58

 

26. Between Two Worlds (Edward A. Blatt, 1944) 64

 

27. Silent Rage (Michael Miller, 1982) 37

 

28. Meat (Frederick Wiseman, 1976) 47

 

29. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Garth Jennings, 2005) 60

 

30. Paint Your Wagon (Joshua Logan, 1969) 39

 

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