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January 2006 Screening Log - click for reviews, when applicable. Titles of short films listed in bold.


[Sorry about the hiatus... I was a bit tired of number grades and whatnot for a while there, and took a much needed rest from this side of my cinephilia. I probably won't go back and update the log for the last two months (I've watched far too much to remember), but I'll note that there were three additions to my "Masterpieces" list: The New World, Ménilmontant, and The Seventh Victim.]


01. Airport [

Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945) 77 [No particular change in rating here. The venom expelled against the gold-digging characters is bizarrely absent when examining the equally obsessive Mildred. The film bizarrely attempts to apologize for her misguided actions. I suppose the plot somewhat depends on them (and the movie needs an identification figure), but it gums up the works nonetheless. Without them, the attack on a money-grubbing, valueless society would feel even more fierce.]


02. Land of the Dead ()

2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004) 85 [The surprise upon revisiting this is how well it works on video, despite the fact that half of its meaning for me is contained within the way that Wong frames things. The close proximity to the actors, though, feels right at home on video and the use of color is still as vibrant as I had remembered. A second viewing does mildly disappoint, inevitably, because you come into the film with knowledge of its radical rhythms. It's tough to feel quite as lost when you know there are only fifteen minutes and two scenes left...]