Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang)

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One important, vital aspect of my heritage that took me far too long to understand was the role of the Taiwanese dialect, specifically Taiwanese Hokkien. For many years, my parents spoke to each other semi-frequently in a language that sounded similar to the Mandarin that I knew, but which was generally unintelligible to me. I must confess that I still know very few words of Hokkien, but more important to me is the context in which my parents used it. Whether they intended it as such or not, I always felt as if they were keeping some form of secret from me, discussing things in front of my sister and me that we couldn’t understand, whether we wanted to or not.

Taipei Story, Edward Yang’s second masterful feature, doesn’t traffic in this level of a language barrier, but its use of language is no less revealing. In its portrayal of two estranged partners – Lung (Hou Hsiao-hsien) and Chin (Tsai Chin) – living in a rapidly modernizing Taipei, the film switches frequently and consistently between Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese. Without perhaps no exceptions, the conversations that only involve Lung, whether it be with childhood friends or elderly acquaintances, utilize Hokkien, while all conversations involving Chin – except those, crucially, with her parents – use Mandarin.

Though it is never stated outright in the film, my general impression of the role of Mandarin in Taiwan is that of the language of modernity – notably, Hokkien was banned in schools until roughly around the time this film was made. Accordingly, the business world of Chin and the deadbeat society of Lung are carried out in entirely different manners of speaking.

Yang is wise to never make Taipei Story a simple story of the struggle between the memories of the past, which Lung is never able to shake off, and the promises of the future. The conflict is complicated by both parties: Lung constantly tries to move to the United States, in a way not dissimilar to that of my own father, while Chin falls in with the youthful biker gangs that her younger sister hangs out with. Both members of the couple, to put it plainly, strive to capture and retain something of their youth while still prospering in the modern capitalist society of the mid-’80s.

In Yang’s vision of Taipei, this seems to be little more than a fantasy, as one has to choose between one or the other. But of course, this is never approached in a didactic or obvious manner, allowing for, as the film puts it, fleeting moments of hope to linger. That the film is maybe the most tragic of the Yangs I’ve seen is a testament to this sense of latent fatalism, of people too caught in the past, whether they realize it or not.

Through these inextricably entwined journeys, Yang shoots with his particular combination of intimacy and distance that never fails to surprise and move me. A shot from the other side of a mammoth office building, two perfectly rhymed tracking shots, numerous gazes down onto the busy streets of Taipei, all coalescing perfectly with the immaculately posed figures quietly discussing troubles in an apartment, or on a playground, or at a bar.

Those figures move inexorably towards their ends – one trading the world of physical architecture for the digital architecture of big data, the other beaten in a final attempt to prove his own sense of self-worth over the generation already overtaking him – but they do so with an inordinate sense of care on the part of Yang. Not one interaction, one small gesture ultimately feels out of place, and what resonates is the forlorn face of Lung, the implacability of Chin, each equally conveying an overwhelming sadness.

January 2018 Capsules

Millennium Mambo
“Dream of a dove flying.”

Always on the cusp of something but stranded in the moment, many beginnings but no endings.

A Man Escaped
There’s something very vital about the subtitle of A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth, which I can’t recall reading before I actually saw the film. Lifted from a scene almost exactly at the midpoint of the film, it is one of the points where the film becomes its most clear and removed from the (terrific) abstraction that otherwise characterizes it. Through the words of Jesus through John, as spoken by our hero Fontaine, the escape that he succeeds at is directly equated with spiritual salvation, even as his predecessor is being shot at that very moment. This divergence between the realm of the spiritual and the realm of the actual is key, layering ideas of transcendence that never distract from the intense, slow procedure of escape but rather enhance and contextualize them. Without more than a hint of background given to Fontaine, the viewer must draw the reason, the emotion from the struggle to survive itself, and the cell becomes its own crucible. Whether it is faith, chance, sheer will, or a combination of all that enables Fontaine to make his escape, there is no way to describe that feeling of cathartic release other than overwhelming grace.

The Hole
Yes, those musical sequences. Even if they weren’t so delightfully varied, so transcendently effervescent and yet grounded in the dilapidated Taipei that traps the protagonists, their programming alone is nothing short of masterful. I hadn’t noticed the placement of them at ~15 minute intervals, but what matters is their complete harmony with the emotional tenor of the film’s development, coming just after what would be considered an emotional crescendo in a regular movie and acting as the logical extension of that.

But, of course, this is still the realm of Tsai Ming-liang. The overtly apocalyptic tone and scenario feels like his trademark vision pushed to a kind of breaking point, and it’s remarkable to see his locked-down perspectives open up to no small degree, boasting pans, extended tracking shots, and even what appears to be a handheld shot, hurtling through a mall as it follows a squad of exterminators. But these don’t disrupt the stasis so much as heighten it, fleshing out the spaces so as to render them all the more claustrophobic yet cavernous. Decay and madness come hand in hand, the malaise is literalized, and any method of escape, no matter how fleeting, is what matters.

2018 First Watches

Renewed Appreciation: Dragon Inn, Alphaville, A Woman Is a Woman, The Florida Project, Collateral, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Day After

Shorts: “Orderly or Disorderly,” “Lost in the Mountains,” “Associations,” “Six Cents in the Pocket,” “Dyketactics,” “Spiral Jetty,” “The Grandmother,” “…A Valparaiso,” “Joseph Kilian,” “Rodeo,” “Nine Behind”

  1. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang) [January]
  2. Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi) [January]
  3. Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer) [April]
  4. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki) [February]
  5. The Hole (1998, Tsai Ming-liang) [January]
  6. 2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai) [March]
  7. Cure (1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) [March]
  8. Les Vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade) [March]
  9. Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton) [March]
  10. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara) [February]
  11. Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien) [January]
  12. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli) [February]
  13. Spione (1928, Fritz Lang) [April]
  14. Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai) [February]
  15. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson) [January]
  16. Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood) [February]
  17. Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai) [February]
  18. The Lusty Men (1952, Nicholas Ray) [March]
  19. Legend of the Mountain (1979, King Hu) [January]
  20. Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray) [March]
  21. Tokyo Olympiad (1965, Kon Ichikawa) [February]
  22. Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin) [April]
  23. Insiang (1976, Lino Brocka) [January]
  24. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013, Hong Sang-soo) [January]
  25. Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa) [April]
  26. The World (2004, Jia Zhangke) [February]
  27. Hamlet (2000, Michael Almereyda) [February]
  28. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) [February]
  29. Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin) [April]
  30. The Servant (1963, Joseph Losey) [January]
  31. Mikey and Nicky (1976, Elaine May) [February]
  32. The Wedding March (1928, Erich von Stroheim) [April]
  33. Blissfully Yours (2002, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) [February]
  34. U.S. Go Home (1994, Claire Denis) [March]
  35. The Koumiko Mystery (1965, Chris Marker) [April]
  36. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967, Jean-Luc Godard) [April]
  37. Zama (2017, Lucrecia Martel) [February]
  38. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Buñuel) [January]
  39. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu) [January]
  40. Three Colors: Blue (1993, Krzysztof Kieslowski) [April]
  41. I Am Cuba (1964, Mikhail Kalatozov) [February]
  42. Awaara (1951, Raj Kapoor) [April]
  43. The Brig (1964, Jonas Mekas) [March]
  44. Before We Vanish (2017, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) [March]
  45. Harakiri (1962, Masaki Kobayashi) [January]
  46. Magnificent Obsession (1954, Douglas Sirk) [February]
  47. Isle of Dogs (2018, Wes Anderson) [March]
  48. Junior Bonner (1972, Sam Peckinpah) [March]
  49. Not Reconciled (1965, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet) [March]
  50. Unknown Pleasures (2002, Jia Zhangke) [January]
  51. Nothing But a Man (1964, Michael Roemer) [February]
  52. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962, Robert Bresson) [January]
  53. Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg) [April]
  54. Pasazerka (1963, Andrzej Munk) [March]
  55. The Big City (1963, Satyajit Ray) [March]
  56. The Beaches of Agnès (2008, Agnès Varda) [April]
  57. Dil Se.. (1998, Mani Ratnam) [March]
  58. Western (2017, Valeska Grisebach) [January]
  59. Le Petit Soldat (1960, Jean-Luc Godard) [April]
  60. The Commuter (2018, Jaume Collet-Serra) [January]
  61. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) [January]
  62. Repo Man (1984, Alex Cox) [February]
  63. Band of Outsiders (1964, Jean-Luc Godard) [February]
  64. Il Mare (1962, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi) [January]
  65. In Our Time (1982, Omnibus) [March]
  66. Hamlet (1964, Grigori Kozintsev) [February]
  67. sex, lies, and videotape (1989, Steven Soderbergh) [February]
  68. I fidanzati (1963, Ermanno Olmi) [January]
  69. The Lady Without Camelias (1953, Michelangelo Antonioni) [April]
  70. Loves of a Blonde (1965, Milos Forman) [April]
  71. Shin Heike Monogatari (1955, Kenji Mizoguchi) [March]
  72. Walkover (1965, Jerzy Skolimowski) [March]
  73. The Green Fog (2017, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson) [April]
  74. Game Night (2018, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) [March]
  75. Life Upside Down (1964, Alain Jessua) [March]
  76. Enjo (1958, Kon Ichikawa) [February]
  77. Shakespeare Wallah (1965, James Ivory) [March]
  78. Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler) [February]
  79. In the Midst of Life (1963, Robert Enrico) [January]
  80. The 15:17 to Paris (2018, Clint Eastwood) [February]
  81. King & Country (1964, Joseph Losey) [February]
  82. Félicité (2017, Alain Gomis) [January]
  83. Six in Paris (1965, Omnibus) [March]
  84. Glory Sky (1962, Takis Kanellopoulos) [January]
  85. Identification Marks: None (1964, Jerzy Skolimowski) [March]
  86. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964, Luis Buñuel) [February]
  87. Ready Player One (2018, Steven Spielberg) [April]
  88. Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963, Omnibus) [January]
  89. She and He (1963, Susumu Hani) [March]
  90. Before the Revolution (1964, Bernardo Bertolucci) [March]
  91. 24 Frames (2017, Abbas Kiarostami) [April]
  92. Sandra (1965, Luchino Visconti) [April]
  93. Fists in the Pocket (1965, Marco Bellocchio) [March]
  94. Jamaica Inn (1939, Alfred Hitchcock) [January]
  95. Mickey One (1965, Arthur Penn) [March]
  96. Three Colors: White (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski) [April]
  97. Fail to Appear (2017, Antoine Bourges) [April]
  98. Last Men in Aleppo (2017, Feras Fayyad) [January]
  99. Barravento (1962, Glauber Rocha) [January]
  100. Hallelujah the Hills (1963, Adolfas Mekas) [January]
  101. All the Money in the World (2017, Ridley Scott) [January]
  102. Hands Over the City (1963, Francesco Rosi) [February]
  103. Quiet Please, Murder (1942, John Larkin) [February]
  104. Fail-Safe (1964, Sidney Lumet) [February]
  105. Alone Across the Pacific (1963, Kon Ichikawa) [March]
  106. L’Age d’Or (1930, Luis Buñuel) [February]
  107. Knave of Hearts (1954, René Clément) [April]
  108. When Harry Met Sally… (1989, Rob Reiner) [February]
  109. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964, Don Owen) [February]
  110. Lilith (1964, Robert Rossen) [February]
  111. The Virgin Spring (1960, Ingmar Bergman) [February]
  112. Orders (2017, Eric Marsh & Andrew Stasiulis) [January]
  113. All the Way Home (1963, Alex Segal) [January]
  114. The Last Clean Shirt (1964, Alfred Leslie) [March]
  115. Looking at the Stars (2016, Alexandre Peralta) [March]
  116. Siberian Lady Macbeth (1962, Andrzej Wajda) [March]
  117. Magnet of Doom (1963, Jean-Pierre Melville) [January]
  118. Atomic Blonde (2017, David Leitch) [March]
  119. 12 Days (2017, Raymond Depardon) [January]
  120. Black Peter (1964, Milos Forman) [March]
  121. Ingrid Goes West (2017, Matt Spicer) [April]
  122. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017, Bruno Dumont) [April]
  123. Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Francesco Rosi) [February]

2018 Omnibus Log

001. Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien£) Laptop, Fandor 01 Jan – 8.0
002. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson@) Laptop, Blu-ray 02 Jan – 7.9 [slight]
003. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang) Laptop, Blu-ray 03 Jan – 8.9
004. Western (2017, Valeska Grisebach^†) Laptop, Screener 04 Jan – 6.9 [parts]
005. The Hole (1998, Tsai Ming-liang*) Laptop, DVD 05 Jan – 8.7
006. Unknown Pleasures (2002, Jia Zhangke*) Laptop, DVD 05 Jan – 7.1 [slight]
007. Legend of the Mountain (1979, King Hu†) Laptop, Screener 06 Jan – 7.8 [parts]
008. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000, Apichatpong Weerasethakul*) Laptop, Blu-ray 07 Jan – 6.8 [parts]
009. Félicité (2017, Alain Gomis^) Northwest Film Forum, DP 07 Jan – 6.2 [slight]
p001. The Girl in the Café (2005, David Yates) Television, DVD (Class) 08 Jan
010. 12 Days (2017, Raymond Depardon^†) Laptop, Screener 08 Jan – 5.2 [parts]
011. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Buñuel$@) Laptop, Blu-ray 08 Jan – 7.3
p002. An Autumn Afternoon (1962, Yasujiro Ozu) Laptop, FilmStruck 09 Jan
012. The Commuter (2018, Jaume Collet-Serra†) AMC Pacific Place, DP (Friend) 09 Jan – 6.9
013. The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962, Robert Bresson$@) Laptop, FilmStruck 10 Jan – 7.1
p003. The Day He Arrives (2011, Hong Sang-soo) Laptop, DVD 11 Jan
014. Hallelujah the Hills (1963, Adolfas Mekas^$) Laptop, Fandor 11 Jan – 6.0 [intermittent]
015. +Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) Projector, iTunes (Club) 11 Jan – 8.9 [same]
t001. Pilot (2011, Luck) Laptop, Amazon Prime 12 Jan
016. In the Midst of Life (1963, Robert Enrico^$) Laptop, YouTube 12 Jan – 6.3 [parts]
017. All the Money in the World (2017, Ridley Scott) Regal Meridian, DP 13 Jan – 5.8
018. Last Men in Aleppo (2017, Feras Fayyad^) Laptop, Screener 14 Jan – 5.9 [intermittent]
019. +Collateral (2004, Michael Mann) Laptop, Blu-ray 15 Jan – 7.4 [up from 7.2]
020. Insiang (1976, Lino Brocka^) Laptop, Blu-ray 15 Jan – 7.6
s001. Coney Island at Night (1905, Edwin S. Porter) Television, File (Class) 16 Jan – 6.2
021. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu¢) Laptop, DVD 16 Jan – 7.3
022. Jamaica Inn (1939, Alfred Hitchcock¢) Laptop, DVD 16 Jan – 6.0 [parts]
s002. The Grandmother (1970, David Lynch) Laptop, Blu-ray 17 Jan – 7.1
023. Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi^$) Laptop, Blu-ray 18 Jan – 8.8
024. The Servant (1963, Joseph Losey^$) Laptop, DVD 19 Jan – 7.4
025. Magnet of Doom (1963, Jean-Pierre Melville$) Laptop, DVD 20 Jan – 5.4 [intermittent]
026. +The Florida Project (2017, Sean Baker) Television, DVD Screener (Friends) 20 Jan – 6.9 [up from 6.4]
027. I fidanzati (1963, Ermanno Olmi^$) Laptop, DVD 21 Jan – 6.5
028. Harakiri (1962, Masaki Kobayashi^$) Laptop, Blu-ray 21 Jan – 7.2
029. Barravento (1962, Glauber Rocha^$) Laptop, YouTube 22 Jan – 5.8
030. All the Way Home (1963, Alex Segal^$) Laptop, iTunes 23 Jan – 5.6 [parts]
031. +Dragon Inn (1967, King Hu) Laptop, FilmStruck 24 Jan – 8.3 [up from 7.2]
032. +The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman) Seattle Art Museum, 35mm 25 Jan – 6.8 [down from ~8.2]
033. Glory Sky (1962, Takis Kanellopoulos^$) Laptop, File 26 Jan – 6.2 [parts]
034. Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963, Roberto Rossellini/Jean-Luc Godard/Pier Paolo Pasolini^/Ugo Gregoretti^$) Laptop, File 27 Jan – 6.1 [intermittent]
035. Il Mare (1962, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi^$) Laptop, YouTube 28 Jan – 6.6
036. Orders (2017, Eric Marsh^ & Andrew Stasiulis^) Laptop, Website 29 Jan – 5.6
037. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013, Hong Sang-soo*) Laptop, File 30 Jan – 7.6
s003. Orderly or Disorderly (1981, Abbas Kiarostami) Laptop, YouTube 31 Jan – 7.4
038. Mikey and Nicky (1976, Elaine May*) Laptop, FilmStruck 01 Feb – 7.4 [parts]
s004. Releasing Human Energies (2012, Mark Toscano) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.2
s005. What Is a Man? (1958, Sara Kathryn Arledge) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.4
s006. Associations (1975, John Smith) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 7.1
s007. Hot Leatherette (1967, Robert Nelson) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 6.2
s008. Dyketactics (1974, Barbara Hammer) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 6.8
s009. Flower, The Boy, The Librarian (1997, Stephanie Barber) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.6
s010. The Snowman (1995, Phil Solomon) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 6.3
s011. Swiss Army Knife With Rats & Pigeons (1981, Robert Breer) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.7
s012. Confessions (1971, Curt McDowell) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.7
s013. Thine Inward-Looking Eyes (1993, Thad Povey) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.5
s014. Mercy (1989, Abigail Child) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.6
s015. Akbar (1970, Richard Myers) Grand Illusion, 16mm 03 Feb – 5.7
039. Zama (2017, Lucrecia Martel†) Laptop, Screener 04 Feb – 7.3 [parts]
040. Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai*) Laptop, Blu-ray 05 Feb – 7.9
041. Hamlet (1964, Grigori Kozintsev^$) Laptop, DVD 06 Feb – 6.6 [parts]
042. +A Woman Is a Woman (1961, Jean-Luc Godard$) Laptop, DVD 08 Feb – 7.1 [up from 6.7]
043. Tokyo Olympiad (1965, Kon Ichikawa^) Laptop, Blu-ray 08 Feb – 7.6
044. Repo Man (1984, Alex Cox^) Projector, Amazon (Club) 08 Feb – 6.8
045. L’Age d’Or (1930, Luis Buñuel$) Laptop, Blu-ray 09 Feb – 5.9 [slight]
046. The World (2004, Jia Zhangke*) Laptop, Blu-ray 09 Feb – 7.5
047. The 15:17 to Paris (2018, Clint Eastwood) Regal Thornton, DP 10 Feb – 6.3
048. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara^$) Laptop, Blu-ray 10 Feb – 8.1
049. Fail-Safe (1964, Sidney Lumet$) Laptop, DVD 11 Feb – 5.8
050. Hamlet (2000, Michael Almereyda) Laptop, DVD 12 Feb – 7.4
051. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki£) Laptop, Blu-ray 12 Feb – 8.7
052. sex, lies, and videotape (1989, Steven Soderbergh^£) Laptop, Blu-ray 13 Feb – 6.5
053. Blissfully Yours (2002, Apichatpong Weerasethakul*) Laptop, DVD 15 Feb – 7.4 [technical]
054. When Harry Met Sally… (1989, Rob Reiner) Projector, Amazon (Club) 15 Feb – 5.6
055. Magnificent Obsession (1954, Douglas Sirk^) Laptop, DVD 16 Feb – 7.2
056. Band of Outsiders (1964, Jean-Luc Godard$) Laptop, Blu-ray 16 Feb – 6.8 [slight]
057. Quiet Please, Murder (1942, John Larkin^) SIFF Egyptian, 35mm (Friend) 16 Feb – 5.8
058. +Lady Bird (2017, Greta Gerwig) Laptop, DVD Screener 17 Feb – 7.1 [same]
059. Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood) Laptop, Blu-ray 17 Feb – 7.9
060. Hands Over the City (1963, Francesco Rosi^$) Laptop, DVD 17 Feb – 5.8
r001. All the Way Home (1963, Alex Segal) 17 Feb – 5.5 [down from 5.6]
061. Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964, Don Owen^$) Laptop, DVD 18 Feb – 5.6 [parts]
062. +Mildred Pierce (1945, Michael Curtiz) SIFF Egyptian, 35mm 18 Feb – 7.2 [same]
063. Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai*) Laptop, Blu-ray 19 Feb – 7.8
064. Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler) Regal Thornton, DP 20 Feb – 6.3
065. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964, Luis Buñuel$) Laptop, DVD 21 Feb – 6.2 [slight]
066. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli^) Laptop, Blu-ray 21 Feb – 8.0
067. The Virgin Spring (1960, Ingmar Bergman) Seattle Art Museum, DP 22 Feb – 5.6
p004. A New Leaf (1971, Elaine May) Laptop, Blu-ray 22 Feb
068. Nothing But a Man (1964, Michael Roemer^$) Laptop, DVD 23 Feb – 7.1
069. I Am Cuba (1964, Mikhail Kalatozov^) Grand Illusion, 35mm 24 Feb – 7.3 [slight]
070. Lilith (1964, Robert Rossen^$) Laptop, DVD 25 Feb – 5.6 [parts]
071. Enjo (1958, Kon Ichikawa$) Laptop, FilmStruck 26 Feb – 6.3
072. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea^) Grand Illusion, DP 27 Feb – 7.4 [slight]
073. King & Country (1964, Joseph Losey$) Laptop, DVD 27 Feb – 6.3
s016. Joseph Kilian (1963, Pavel Juracek & Jan Schmidt$) Laptop, YouTube 28 Feb – 6.4
074. Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Francesco Rosi$) Laptop, DVD/FilmStruck 28 Feb – 5.3 [parts]
075. Shin Heike Monogatari (1955, Kenji Mizoguchi$) Laptop, File 01 Mar – 6.4 [airplane; parts]
s017. Rodeo (1969, Carroll Ballard) Aero Theatre, DP (Friends) 01 Mar – 6.4
076. Junior Bonner (1972, Sam Peckinpah^) Aero Theatre, 35mm (Friends, Payne Q&A) 01 Mar – 7.1
077. The Lusty Men (1952, Nicholas Ray) Aero Theatre, 35mm (Friends) 01 Mar – 7.8
078. The Brig (1964, Jonas Mekas^$) Laptop, Fandor 02 Mar – 7.2
079. The Last Clean Shirt (1964, Alfred Leslie^$) Laptop, Vimeo 03 Mar – 5.5 [intermittent]
080. She and He (1963, Susumu Hani^$) Laptop, YouTube 03 Mar – 6.1 [parts]
081. Life Upside Down (1964, Alain Jessua^$) Laptop, File 03 Mar – 6.4 [parts]
082. Alone Across the Pacific (1963, Kon Ichikawa$) Laptop, DVD 04 Mar – 5.8
s018. …A Valparaiso (1963, Joris Ivens$) Laptop, DVD 04 Mar – 6.9
083. Siberian Lady Macbeth (1962, Andrzej Wajda^$) Laptop, DVD 04 Mar – 5.4 [slight]
r002. Salvatore Giuliano (1964, Francesco Rosi) 04 Mar – 5.1 [down from 5.3]
p005. Pasazerka (1963, Andrzej Munk) Laptop, File 05 Mar
p006. Before the Revolution (1964, Bernardo Bertolucci) Laptop, File 05 Mar
084. The Big City (1963, Satyajit Ray$) Laptop, FilmStruck 05 Mar – 7.0 [parts]
085. +In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai*) Laptop, Blu-ray 06 Mar – 9.4 [same]
s019. Nine Behind (2016, Sophy Romvari) Laptop, Vimeo 08 Mar – 6.1
086. U.S. Go Home (1994, Claire Denis*) Laptop, YouTube 08 Mar – 7.3
087. Pasazerka (1963, Andrzej Munk^$) Laptop, File 09 Mar – 7.0 [parts]
088. Cure (1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa@) Laptop, FilmStruck 10 Mar – 8.6
089. Before We Vanish (2017, Kiyoshi Kurosawa@) Grand Illusion, DP (Friend) 10 Mar – 7.2
p007. Nocturama (2016, Bertrand Bonello) Laptop, Blu-ray 12 Mar
p008. Inherent Vice (2014, Paul Thomas Anderson) Laptop, File 12 Mar
090. Looking at the Stars (2016, Alexandre Peralta^†) Laptop, Screener 12 Mar – 5.4 [intermittent]
091. +The Day After (2017, Hong Sang-soo†) Laptop, Screener 13 Mar – 7.4 [up from 7.2]
092. +Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami) Laptop, Blu-ray 13 Mar – 9.3 [down from ~9.6]
r003. Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam) 13 Mar – 8.4 [down from 8.6]
r004. Paris, Texas (1984, Wim Wenders) 13 Mar – 8.9 [down from 9.4]
r005. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman) 13 Mar – 9.1 [down from 9.4]
r006. Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch) 13 Mar – 9.4 [down from 9.7]
p009. A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang) Laptop, Blu-ray (Commentary) 13 Mar
093. In Our Time (1982, Tao Te-chen^/Edward Yang/Ko I-chen^/Chang Yi^) Laptop, Amazon Prime 14 Mar – 6.5
094. Game Night (2018, John Francis Daley^ & Jonathan Goldstein^) AMC Pacific Place, DP 14 Mar – 6.4
r007. L’Age d’Or (1930, Luis Buñuel) 14 Mar – 5.8 [down from 5.9]
095. Before the Revolution (1964, Bernardo Bertolucci$) Laptop, File 15 Mar – 6.1 [parts]
096. +Alphaville (1965, Jean-Luc Godard$) Laptop, FilmStruck 15 Mar – 7.3 [parts; up from 5.9]
p010. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013, Francis Lawrence) Television, Blu-ray (Family) 17 Mar
s020. Six Cents in the Pocket (2015, Ricky D’Ambrose) Laptop, Screener 19 Mar – 7.0
097. Atomic Blonde (2017, David Leitch) Television, File (Family) 19 Mar – 5.3
098. Not Reconciled (1965, Jean-Marie Straub^ & Danièle Huillet^$) Laptop, Blu-ray 21 Mar – 7.1
s021. Spiral Jetty (2017, Ricky D’Ambrose) Laptop, Screener 22 Mar – 6.9
s022. Lost in the Mountains (2009, Hong Sang-soo) Laptop, Blu-ray 22 Mar – 7.2
099. +Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, Wes Anderson@) Laptop, Blu-ray 22 Mar – 7.5 [up from ~7.1]
100. 2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai*) Laptop, DVD 23 Mar – 8.6
101. Les Vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade^$) Laptop, Blu-ray 24 Mar – 8.3 [serial]
102. Mickey One (1965, Arthur Penn^$) Laptop, Blu-ray 24 Mar – 5.9
r008. Hallelujah the Hills (1963, Adolfas Mekas) 24 Mar – 5.8 [down from 6.0]
103. Dil Se.. (1998, Mani Ratnam^) Laptop, Netflix (Class) 26 Mar – 7.0
104. Isle of Dogs (2018, Wes Anderson†) AMC Pacific Place, DP (Friend) 26 Mar – 7.2
p011. La rabbia (1963, Pier Paolo Pasolini/Giovannino Guareschi) Laptop, YouTube (Class) 28 Mar
r009. Film ist. 1-6 (1998, Gustav Deutsch) 28 Mar – 5.3 [up from 2.5]
r010. Film ist. 7-12 (2002, Gustav Deutsch) 28 Mar – 5.3 [up from 2.5]
105. Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton$) Laptop, Blu-ray 29 Mar – 8.2
s023. The Railrodder (1965, Gerald Potterton$) Laptop, Fandor 29 Mar – 5.5
106. +The Breakfast Club (1985, John Hughes) Projector, iTunes (Club) 29 Mar – 5.6 [up from ~5.0]
107. Identification Marks: None (1964, Jerzy Skolimowski^$) Laptop, File 30 Mar – 6.2
108. Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray$) Laptop, Blu-ray 30 Mar – 7.7
109. Six in Paris (1965, Jean Douchet^/Jean Rouch/Jean-Daniel Pollet^/Eric Rohmer/Jean-Luc Godard/Claude Chabrol^$) Laptop, DVD 30 Mar – 6.2
110. Black Peter (1964, Milos Forman$) Laptop, DVD 31 Mar – 5.2
111. Walkover (1965, Jerzy Skolimowski$) Laptop, Blu-ray 31 Mar – 6.3
112. Shakespeare Wallah (1965, James Ivory$) Laptop, DVD 31 Mar – 6.3
113. Fists in the Pocket (1965, Marco Bellocchio^$) Laptop, DVD 31 Mar – 6.0 [parts]
114. Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer$) Laptop, DVD 01 Apr – 8.8
115. The Beaches of Agnès (2008, Agnès Varda) Laptop, File (Class) 02 Apr – 7.0
116. The Koumiko Mystery (1965, Chris Marker$) Laptop, YouTube 02 Apr – 7.3
117. Awaara (1951, Raj Kapoor^) Laptop, YouTube (Class) 02 Apr – 7.2 [slight]
118. The Lady Without Camelias (1953, Michelangelo Antonioni$) Laptop, File 03 Apr – 6.5
119. Fail to Appear (2017, Antoine Bourges^†) Laptop, Screener 03 Apr – 5.9
120. Le Petit Soldat (1960, Jean-Luc Godard$) Laptop, FilmStruck 03 Apr – 6.9
121. Three Colors: Blue (1993, Krzysztof Kieslowski) Laptop, FilmStruck (Class) 04 Apr – 7.3 [parts]
122. Knave of Hearts (1954, René Clément^$) Laptop, File 04 Apr – 5.7 [parts]
123. The Wedding March (1928, Erich von Stroheim^$) Laptop, YouTube 05 Apr – 7.4 [parts]
124. Sandra (1965, Luchino Visconti^$) Laptop, YouTube 05 Apr – 6.1 [parts]
s024. Film (1965, Alan Schneider$) Laptop, Fandor 06 Apr – 5.6
125. Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa$) Laptop, FilmStruck 06 Apr – 7.6
t002. The Austere Academy: Part One (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 07 Apr
t003. The Austere Academy: Part Two (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 07 Apr
126. Ready Player One (2018, Steven Spielberg) Music Box, 70mm 07 Apr – 6.1
t004. The Ersatz Elevator: Part One (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 08 Apr
t005. The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 08 Apr
t006. The Vile Village: Part One (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 09 Apr
t007. The Vile Village: Part Two (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 09 Apr
t008. The Hostile Hospital: Part One (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 09 Apr
t009. The Hostile Hospital: Part Two (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 09 Apr
t010. The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 09 Apr
t011. The Carnivorous Carnival: Part Two (2018, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Phone, Netflix 10 Apr
127. Three Colors: White (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski) Laptop, FilmStruck (Class) 10 Apr – 5.9 [parts]
128. Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin^@) Laptop, File 14 Apr – 7.4
129. Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin@) Northwest Film Forum, DP (Friend) 14 Apr – 7.6
130. +Claire’s Camera (2017, Hong Sang-soo) Northwest Film Forum, DP (Friend) 14 Apr – 7.2 [up from 7.1]
131. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967, Jean-Luc Godard) Laptop, FilmStruck 16 Apr – 7.3 [intermittent]
132. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017, Bruno Dumont^) Northwest Film Forum, DP (Friend) 18 Apr – 4.7 [slight]
r011. Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Francesco Rosi) 18 Apr – 4.6 [down from 5.1]
r012. Black Peter (1964, Milos Forman) 18 Apr – 4.9 [down from 5.2]
133. Ingrid Goes West (2017, Matt Spicer^) Projector, iTunes (Club) 19 Apr – 4.8
134. Loves of a Blonde (1965, Milos Forman$) Laptop, File 20 Apr – 6.4 [slight]
135. Spione (1928, Fritz Lang¢) Laptop, Blu-ray 21 Apr – 8.0 [parts]
136. Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg¢) Laptop, DVD 21 Apr – 7.1
137. The Green Fog (2017, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson^) Northwest Film Forum, DP 21 Apr – 6.4
138. 24 Frames (2017, Abbas Kiarostami) Northwest Film Forum, DP 21 Apr – 6.1 [slight]
r013. Walkover (1965, Jerzy Skolimowski) 21 Apr – 6.4 [up from 6.3]

2018 Viewing Log

January
Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien) – 8.0
A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson) – 7.9
Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang) – 8.9
Western (2017, Valeska Grisebach) – 6.9
The Hole (1998, Tsai Ming-liang) – 8.7
Unknown Pleasures (2002, Jia Zhangke) – 7.1
Legend of the Mountain (1979, King Hu) – 7.8
Mysterious Object at Noon (2000, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 6.8
Félicité (2017, Alain Gomis) DP – 6.2
12 Days (2017, Raymond Depardon) – 5.2
The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Buñuel) – 7.3
The Commuter (2018, Jaume Collet-Serra) DP – 6.9
The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962, Robert Bresson) – 7.1
Hallelujah the Hills (1963, Adolfas Mekas) – 6.0
+Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) – 8.9 [same]
In the Midst of Life (1963, Robert Enrico) – 6.3
All the Money in the World (2017, Ridley Scott) DP – 5.8
Last Men in Aleppo (2017, Feras Fayyad) – 5.9
+Collateral (2004, Michael Mann) – 7.4 [up from 7.2]
Insiang (1976, Lino Brocka) – 7.6
The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu) – 7.3
Jamaica Inn (1939, Alfred Hitchcock) – 6.0
The Grandmother (1970, David Lynch)
Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi) – 8.8
The Servant (1963, Joseph Losey) – 7.4
Magnet of Doom (1963, Jean-Pierre Melville) – 5.4
+The Florida Project (2017, Sean Baker) – 6.9 [up from 6.2]
I fidanzati (1963, Ermanno Olmi) – 6.5
Harakiri (1962, Masaki Kobayashi) – 7.2
Barravento (1962, Glauber Rocha) – 5.8
All the Way Home (1963, Alex Segal) – 5.6
+Dragon Inn (1967, King Hu) – 8.3 [up from 7.2]
+The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman) 35mm – 6.8 [down from ~8.2]
Glory Sky (1962, Takis Kanellopoulos) – 6.2
Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963, Omnibus) – 6.1
Il Mare (1962, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi) – 6.6
Orders (2017, Eric Marsh & Andrew Stasiulis) – 5.6
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013, Hong Sang-soo) – 7.6
Orderly or Disorderly (1981, Abbas Kiarostami)

February
Mikey and Nicky (1976, Elaine May) – 7.4
Releasing Human Energies (2012, Mark Toscano) 16mm
What Is a Man? (1958, Sara Kathryn Arledge) 16mm
Associations (1975, John Smith) 16mm
Hot Leatherette (1967, Robert Nelson) 16mm
Dyketactics (1974, Barbara Hammer) 16mm
Flower, The Boy, The Librarian (1997, Stephanie Barber) 16mm
The Snowman (1995, Phil Solomon) 16mm
Swiss Army Knife With Rats & Pigeons (1981, Robert Breer) 16mm
Confessions (1971, Curt McDowell) 16mm
Thine Inward-Looking Eyes (1993, Thad Povey) 16mm
Mercy (1989, Abigail Child) 16mm
Akbar (1970, Richard Myers) 16mm
Zama (2017, Lucrecia Martel) – 7.3
Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai) – 7.9
Hamlet (1964, Grigori Kozintsev) – 6.6
+A Woman Is a Woman (1961, Jean-Luc Godard) – 7.1 [up from 6.7]
Tokyo Olympiad (1965, Kon Ichikawa) – 7.6
Repo Man (1984, Alex Cox) – 6.8
L’Age d’Or (1930, Luis Buñuel) – 5.9
The World (2004, Jia Zhangke) – 7.5
The 15:17 to Paris (2018, Clint Eastwood) DP – 6.3
Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara) – 8.1
Fail-Safe (1964, Sidney Lumet) – 5.8
Hamlet (2000, Michael Almereyda) – 7.4
My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki) – 8.7
sex, lies, and videotape (1989, Steven Soderbergh) – 6.5
Blissfully Yours (2002, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 7.4
When Harry Met Sally… (1989, Rob Reiner) – 5.6
Magnificent Obsession (1954, Douglas Sirk) – 7.2
Band of Outsiders (1964, Jean-Luc Godard) – 6.8
Quiet Please, Murder (1942, John Larkin) 35mm – 5.8
+Lady Bird (2017, Greta Gerwig) – 7.1 [same]
Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood) – 7.9
Hands Over the City (1963, Francesco Rosi) – 5.8
Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964, Don Owen) – 5.6
+Mildred Pierce (1945, Michael Curtiz) 35mm – 7.2 [same]
Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai) – 7.8
Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler) DP – 6.3
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964, Luis Buñuel) – 6.2
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli) – 8.0
The Virgin Spring (1960, Ingmar Bergman) DP – 5.6
Nothing But a Man (1964, Michael Roemer) – 7.1
I Am Cuba (1964, Mikhail Kalatozov) 35mm – 7.3
Lilith (1964, Robert Rossen) – 5.6
Enjo (1958, Kon Ichikawa) – 6.3
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) DP – 7.4
King & County (1964, Joseph Losey) – 6.3
Joseph Kilian (1963, Pavel Juracek & Jan Schmidt)
Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Francesco Rosi) – 5.3

March
Shin Heike Monogatari (1955, Kenji Mizoguchi) – 6.4
Rodeo (1969, Carroll Ballard) DP
Junior Bonner (1972, Sam Peckinpah) 35mm – 7.1
The Lusty Men (1952, Nicholas Ray) 35mm – 7.8
The Brig (1964, Jonas Mekas) – 7.2
The Last Clean Shirt (1964, Alfred Leslie) – 5.5
She and He (1963, Susumu Hani) – 6.1
Life Upside Down (1964, Alain Jessua) – 6.4
Alone Across the Pacific (1963, Kon Ichikawa) – 5.8
…A Valparaiso (1963, Joris Ivens)
Siberian Lady Macbeth (1962, Andrzej Wadja) – 5.4
The Big City (1964, Satyajit Ray) – 7.0
+In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai) – 9.4 [same]
Nine Behind (2016, Sophy Romvari)
U.S. Go Home (1994, Claire Denis) – 7.3
Pasazerka (1963, Andrzej Munk) – 7.0
Cure (1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) – 8.6
Before We Vanish (2017, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) DP – 7.2
Looking at the Stars (2016, Alexandre Peralta) – 5.4
+The Day After (2017, Hong Sang-soo) – 7.4 [up from 7.2]
+Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami) – 9.3 [down from ~9.6]
In Our Time (1982, Omnibus) – 6.5
Game Night (2018, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein) DP – 6.4
Before the Revolution (1964, Bernardo Bertolucci) – 6.1
+Alphaville (1965, Jean-Luc Godard) – 7.3 [up from 5.9]
Six Cents in the Pocket (2015, Ricky D’Ambrose)
Atomic Blonde (2017, David Leitch) – 5.3
Not Reconciled (1965, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet) – 7.1
Spiral Jetty (2017, Ricky D’Ambrose)
Lost in the Mountains (2009, Hong Sang-soo)
+Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, Wes Anderson) – 7.5 [up from ~7.1]
2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai) – 8.6
Les Vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade) – 8.3
Mickey One (1965, Arthur Penn) – 5.9
Dil Se.. (1998, Mani Ratnam) – 7.0
Isle of Dogs (2018, Wes Anderson) DP – 7.2
Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton) – 8.2
The Railrodder (1965, Gerald Potterton)
+The Breakfast Club (1985, John Hughes) – 5.6 [up from ~5.0]
Identification Marks: None (1964, Jerzy Skolimowski) – 6.2
Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray) – 7.7
Six in Paris (1965, Omnibus) – 6.2
Black Peter (1964, Milos Forman) – 5.2
Walkover (1965, Jerzy Skolimowski) – 6.3
Shakespeare Wallah (1965, James Ivory) – 6.3
Fists in the Pocket (1965, Marco Bellocchio) – 6.0

April
Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer) – 8.8
The Beaches of Agnès (2008, Agnès Varda) – 7.0
The Koumiko Mystery (1965, Chris Marker) – 7.3
Awaara (1951, Raj Kapoor) – 7.2
The Lady Without Camelias (1953, Michelangelo Antonioni) – 6.5
Fail to Appear (2017, Antoine Bourges) – 5.9
Le Petit Soldat (1960, Jean-Luc Godard) – 6.9
Three Colors: Blue (1993, Krzysztof Kieslowski) – 7.3
Knave of Hearts (1954, René Clément) – 5.7
The Wedding March (1928, Erich von Stroheim) – 7.4
Sandra (1965, Luchino Visconti) – 6.1
Film (1965, Alan Schneider)
Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa) – 7.6
Ready Player One (2018, Steven Spielberg) 70mm – 6.1
Three Colors: White (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski) – 5.9
Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin) – 7.4
Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin) DP – 7.6
+Claire’s Camera (2017, Hong Sang-soo) DP – 7.2 [up from 7.1]
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967, Jean-Luc Godard) – 7.3
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017, Bruno Dumont) DP – 4.7
Ingrid Goes West (2017, Matt Spicer) – 4.8
Loves of a Blonde (1965, Milos Forman) – 6.4
Spione (1928, Fritz Lang) – 8.0
Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg) – 7.1
The Green Fog (2017, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson) DP – 6.4
24 Frames (2017, Abbas Kiarostami) DP – 6.1