8/31/2012

Top 10 Films & Video: August 2012

1. Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford, 1964)
2. Road to Nowhere (Monte Hellman, 2010)
3. Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
4. Notre Nazi (Robert Kramer, 1985)
5. Bouka (Roger Gnoan M'Bala, 1988)
6. En la ciudad de Sylvia (José Luis Guerín, 2007)
7. Rich and Famous (George Cukor, 1981)
8. Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol, 1958)
9. Ha-shoter (Nadav Lapid, 2011)
10. Basket Case (Frank Hennenlotter, 1982)

8/27/2012

Tafelbilder or, The Writing on the Wall (to be continued...)

Lost Lost Lost (Jonas Mekas, 1976)
Pourquoi Israel (Claude Lanzmann, 1972)
Threshold of Spring (Xie Tieli, 1963)
The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)
Community (Dan Harmon, 2009- )
Oki's Movie (Hong Sang-soo, 2010)
Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford, 1964)
Le Boucher (Claude Chabrol, 1970)
The Newsroom, S1E10 (Aaron Sorkin, 2012)

8/05/2012

Vraisemblance

Coming from a rather different (German speaking) discursive environment, what struck me most when I started reading local (English) film criticism was how preoccupied reviewers for 'quality' newspapers – The Guardian, The Independent, and the like – often are with issues of credibility and likelihood; that reality may resemble itself.

  Tout Va Bien (Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1972)

Making lists: June & July 2012

Contrary to my natural unease in the presence of lists and numbers, I have taken to extracting, in the semi-public realm of a facebook-group, a top ten from all films new and old I watch each month, which I would like to share on my blog from now on. Here are the first two instalments: June and July 2012. I will also compile a list of TV series, albeit in somewhat larger intervalls, starting with the second quarter of 2012 (April, May, and June).


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Top 10 Films & Video: June 2012

1. Let There Be Light (John Huston, 1946)
2. They All Laughed (Peter Bogdanovich, 1981)
3. Zan Boko (Gaston Kaboré, 1988)
4. The Pick-Up Artist (James Toback, 1987)
5. Defiance (John Flynn, 1980)
6. How Colonel Bunny Was Killed (Miranda Pennell, 2011)
7. Gloria (John Cassavetes, 1980)
8. Midnight Run (Martin Brest, 1988)
9. S.O.B. (Blake Edwards, 1981)
10. Wanderlust (David Wain, 2012)


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Top 10 Films & Video: July 2012

1. Standard Gauge (Morgan Fisher, 1984)
2. London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)
3. Arugbá (Tunde Kelani, 2012)
4. Geschichtsunterricht (Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet, 1972)
5. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Paul Mazursky, 1986)
6. Les nuits de la pleine lune (Eric Rohmer, 1984)
7. Wundkanal (Thomas Harlan, 1984)
8. Risky Business (Paul Brickman, 1983)
9. Couro de Gato (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1963)
10. Logical Revolts (Louis Henderson, 2012)


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Top 10 TV: 2nd Quarter 2012

1. The Up Series (7 to 56 Up)
2. Louie (Season 2)
3. Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 8)
4. 30 Rock (Season 6)
5. Parks and Recreation (Season 4)
6. Community (Season 3)
7. Mad Men (Season 5)
8. The Thick of It (Season 1)
9. Girls (Season 1)
10. Veep (Season 1)