Films – Videos – Motion Pictures

I’m in the 2nd year of recording all the films I watch – I use a site called Letterboxd to keep track (and more). For many films, instead of a review, short comments were added. Just don’t let the comments cloud your decision to watch or avoid the film. Decide that on your own. I wrote some longer reviews – they have links. Just remember my mantra:

I am NO film expert. But I LOVE movies.

2023 Film Diary

  1. White Noise (2022)
    I could not wait for the noise to end.
  2. Emily the Criminal (2022)
    (Months after watching this, I saw Plaza interviewed and she said that no guns were used in this film. So interesting. I did not realize it or even think about that. See if you notice.)
  3. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)
  4. The Pale Blue Eye (2022)
    “Edgar Allan Poe went to West Point?”
  5. Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022)
  6. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
    So amazing. War. Hmph. What is it good for?
  7. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
  8. Grown-Ups (1980)
    “I still can’t believe that was Brenda Blethyn.”
  9. Triangle of Sadness (2022)
    “I thought it would invoke Wertmuller but it followed closer to Gilligan’s Island.”
  10. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  11. Zeros and Ones (2021)
  12. Sharp Stick (2022)
    “I guess the main reason to watch this is for Jon Bernthal. I had no idea who he was, so there.
  13. Landscapers (2021)
    More a series than a film. With Colman and Thewlis. The main reason to watch.
  14. La Ceremonie (1995)
    “Huppert, with pigtails, scary as shit.”
  15. Loving Adults (2022)
    “If Isabel Huppert was in it, well then it would have been a film to recommend.”
  16. Intimacy (2001)
    Quote from many reviews, “unsimulated sex scenes.”
  17. Toni Erdmann (2016)
  18. Juliet, Naked (2018)
    “So Nick Hornby.”
  19. Criminal Passion (1994)

2022 Film Diary

This is a list of the films I watched in 2022 – or at least the ones I recorded on Letterboxd.

  1. Daphne (2017)
    “I still don’t know what she was so angry about.”
  2. My Salinger Year (2020)
    “Incessant fawning over Catcher in the Rye baffles me.”
  3. Plan B (2021)
    “Teen films are so adolescent. But this one gives more.”
  4. The Killing of Two Lovers (2020)
    “Watch it for the scenery if nothing else. But there are other compelling reasons too.”
  5. Lesbian Angels (2011)
    “I like documentaries about as much as teen films. But this title caught my eye.”
  6. Margot at the Wedding (2007)
    “Nicole Kidman plays her characters the same in every film.”
  7. Frances Ha (2012)
    “I kept hoping they’d fall in love and live happily ever after.” HA!
  8. Undine (2022)
  9. Anatomy of a Love Scene (2014)
    A film within a film.” (But a lot of work to get two ex-lovers back together.)
  10. Torn Curtain (1966)
    “Was this really a Hitchcock?”
  11. Blood Simple (1984)
    “Not my favorite Coen Bros film. Not enough Frances McDormand.”
  12. The Parallax View (1974)
  13. I’m Your Man (2021)
    “Love in the age of algorithms.”
  14. Night on Earth (1991)
    “Five cities, five cab drivers, on the same night.”
  15. Duck Butter (2018)
    Interesting premise, yes.” (I could have done without the scatological elements and smegma? No thanks)
  16. Suicide Kale (2016)
    Read where is was referred to as “mumblequeer” – I agree.
  17. The Earrings of Madame de… (1953)
    “This is an amazing film.”
  18. White as Snow ‘Blanche comme neige’ (2019)
  19. Sweetie (1989)
    “I saw this in the theater when it first came out. It might have been better this time.
    My first Jane Campion. Wow.”
  20. The Ring Thing (2017)
  21. The Power of the Dog (2021)
  22. The Lost Daughter (2021)
    “Motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  23. Nightmare Alley (2021)
    “The other shoe was destined to drop.
  24. Blood Below the Skin (2015)
    “33 minutes. Disgusting boys. Bold ass women.”
  25. The Shower (2011)
    “And just like that, it’s over. Who got the cat?
  26. The New Girlfriend ‘Unnouvelle amie’ (2014)
    “Dressing a dead woman’s body, that was a cinematic first for me.
  27. night-shift ‘Police’ (2020)
  28. Mustang (2015)
    “The universal oppression of women portrayed in the lives of 5 young orphaned sisters.
  29. Shiva Baby (2020)
  30. Move to Heaven (2021)
    “I can’t begin to describe what an amazing series this is.” (yes, a series but it’s on Letterboxd)
  31. Anne+: the Film ‘Anne+’ (2021)
  32. Carmen & Lola (2018)
  33. Je, Tu, Il, Elle (1974)
    100% Chantal Akerman “I’d rather she’d left the truck driver out of the story altogether.
  34. Tiny Furniture (2010)
  35. Marty (1955)
    “A sad film in so many ways.” but so powerful.
  36. The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
    “I do love Cherry Jones.
  37. Drive My Car (2021)
    “…and Uncle Vanya.”
  38. The Great Train Robbery (2013)
  39. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    “A film I’ve seen many times.”
  40. A Teacher (2013)
    “2 questions. 
    Why did anyone make this film?
    Why did I watch it?
  41. Fat Girl (2001)
  42. The Irishman (2019)
  43. Tell No One (2006)
  44. Girlfriends (1978)
  45. Three Worlds (2012)
  46. The Children’s Hour (1961)
    “I avoided watching this film for decades.”
  47. The Unknown Girl (2016)
    Adele Haenel.
  48. Orphan ‘Orpheline (2016)
    Two Adeles.
  49. In the Name of My Daughter (2014)
    Haenel dancing.
  50. Bittersweet Symphony (2019)
  51. Georgetown (2019)
  52. Heat Wave ‘Apres le sud’ (2011)
    Haenel again. “…it seemed real.”
  53. The Trouble with You ‘EnLiberte!’ (2018)
    Guess who’s in it? : ) Yup.
  54. House of Tolerance (2011)
  55. Black Bear (2020)
    This one because Aubrey Plaza.
  56. Babel (2006)
    “This movie is 143 minutes of sheer tension.
  57. The Third Man (1949)
    “Great film if you can tune out the background music.”
  58. Puzzle (2018)
    “Do puzzle contests really exist?”
  59. Love at First Fight (2014)
    “In which Haenel head-butts someone.”
  60. After the Thin Man (1936)
    Actual quote from the film, “I don’t like a dame who gets noisy after a few snifters.”
  61. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
  62. Jackie Brown (1997)
  63. Midsommar (2019)
  64. 36th Precinct ’36 Quai des Orfevres’ (2004)
  65. The Book of Delights (2020)
  66. You Will Be Mine ‘Je te mangerais’ (2009)
  67. My Little Friend (2011)
  68. Two Lives ‘Zwei Leben’ (2012)
  69. First Reformed (2017)
  70. Imitation of Life (1934)
    “For its time, strong messages.”
  71. Don’t Worry Darling (2022)
  72. Yes, God, Yes (2019)
    “No. God. NO!”
  73. Foxtrot (2017)
    “In three acts, grief, war, Israel.”
  74. Beetlejuice (1998)
    “Just as good, 24 years later.”
  75. Get Shorty (1995)
  76. The Counselor (2013)
  77. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
  78. Four Nights of a Dreamer ‘Quatre nuits d’un reveur’ (1971)
  79. Beau Travail (1999)
  80. Dating Amber (2020)
  81. The Window (1949)
    “What a movie to end the year on.

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