Favorite Shots

If I’m being honest this should technically be called “Favorite Frames”; after all, the majority of these are chosen for pictorial value, though certainly all draw much of their power from the way they develop in motion. And while I certainly wouldn’t claim that these are definitely my ten favorite shots, nor the ones that rise to the surface of my brain most frequently, these are among the ones that continually come back to me, often out of thin air. While there are many worthy contenders, these are dearest to me at this moment. The first is first, the rest are unranked.

chungking

Chungking Express (1994, Wong Kar-wai)

night

The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)

north

North by Northwest (1955, Alfred Hitchcock)

pierrot

Pierrot le fou (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy)

touch

A Touch of Zen (1971, King Hu)

terrorizers

The Terrorizers (1986, Edward Yang)

close-up

Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami)

mulholland

Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch)

miami

Miami Vice (2006, Michael Mann)

And a few more…

napoleon

Napoléon (1927, Abel Gance)

spione

Spione (1928, Fritz Lang)

ambersons

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)

meet

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)

ashes

Ashes of Time (1994, Wong Kar-wai)

yi yi

Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang) [the shot that changed my life]

2019 First Watches

Renewed Appreciation:

Shorts: Fireworks, Reflections on Black, Radio Dynamics, Ballet mécanique, Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene”, The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra

  1. Man With a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov) [January]
  2. The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan) [January]
  3. La Rupture (1970, Claude Chabrol) [January]
  4. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese) [January]
  5. Day for Night (1973, François Truffaut) [January]
  6. History Lessons (1972, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet) [January]
  7. The Power of Kangwon Province (1998, Hong Sang-soo) [January]
  8. The Mule (2018, Clint Eastwood) [January]
  9. Unfriended: Dark Web (2018, Stephen Susco) [January]
  10. Mrs. Hyde (2017, Serge Bozon) [January]
  11. Welcome to Marwen (2018, Robert Zemeckis) [January]
  12. Infinite Football (2018, Corneliu Porumboiu) [January]
  13. Classical Period (2018, Ted Fendt) [January]
  14. Witness (1985, Peter Weir) [January]
  15. The Illumination (1973, Krzysztof Zanussi) [January]
  16. The Rider (2017, Chloé Zhao) [January]
  17. A Doll’s House (1973, Joseph Losey) [January]
  18. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman) [January]
  19. Kid Blue (1973, James Frawley) [January]
  20. The Assassination of Trotsky (1972, Joseph Losey) [January]
  21. Réjeanne Padovani (1973, Denys Arcand) [January]

2019 Omnibus Log

001. Day for Night (1973, François Truffaut$) Laptop, File 01 Jan – 7.3
002. The Power of Kangwon Province (1998, Hong Sang-soo*) Laptop, File 02 Jan – 7.2
p001. ®The Assassination of Trotsky (1972, Joseph Losey) Laptop, YouTube 02 Jan
p002. Miami Vice (2006, Michael Mann) Laptop, Netflix 03 Jan
003. The Illumination (1973, Krzysztof Zanussi$) Laptop, File 03 Jan – 6.6 [slight]
004. The Assassination of Trotsky (1972, Joseph Losey$) Laptop, YouTube 04 Jan – 5.8 [intermittent]
t001. The Slippery Slope: Part One (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 04 Jan
t002. The Slippery Slope: Part Two (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 04 Jan
005. Kid Blue (1973, James Frawley^$) Laptop, YouTube 04 Jan – 5.8
t003. The Grim Grotto: Part One (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 05 Jan
t004. The Grim Grotto: Part Two (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 05 Jan
006. History Lessons (1972, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet$) Laptop, File 05 Jan – 7.2
s001. Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene” (1973, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet$) Laptop, Blu-ray 05 Jan – 6.8
p003. Ready Player One (2018, Steven Spielberg) Phone, HBO 05 Jan
t005. The Penultimate Peril: Part One (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 05 Jan
t006. The Penultimate Peril: Part Two (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 06 Jan
r001. Not Reconciled (1965, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet) 06 Jan – 7.3 [up from 7.1]
t007. The End (2019, A Series of Unfortunate Events) Laptop, Netflix 06 Jan
007. Réjeanne Padovani (1973, Denys Arcand^$) Laptop, File 06 Jan – 5.8 [intermittent]
s002. Soul of the Cypress (1921, Dudley Murphy) USC Stark Theatre, DVD (Lecture) 07 Jan – 5.7
s003. Ballet mécanique (1924, Fernand Léger & Dudley Murphy) USC Stark Theatre, DVD (Lecture) 07 Jan – 6.9
s004. +Un chien andalou (1929, Luis Buñuel) USC Stark Theatre, DVD (Lecture) 07 Jan – 7.6 [up from ~7.4]
s005. Felix in Hollywood (1923, Otto Messmer) USC Stark Theatre, DVD (Lecture) 07 Jan – 5.5
s006. The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928, Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich) USC Stark Theatre, DVD (Lecture) 07 Jan – 6.6
008. The Mule (2018, Clint Eastwood) Regal L.A. Live, DP 07 Jan – 7.1
009. Welcome to Marwen (2018, Robert Zemeckis) Regal L.A. Live, DP 07 Jan – 7.0
010. Witness (1985, Peter Weir) Laptop, File (Class) 08 Jan – 6.7
011. The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan^) Projector, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 09 Jan – 7.7
012. A Doll’s House (1973, Joseph Losey$) Laptop, File 10 Jan – 6.5
013. Classical Period (2018, Ted Fendt^) Laptop, File 11 Jan – 6.7
014. Infinite Football (2018, Corneliu Porumboiu) UCLA Wilder Theater, DP (Friends, Panel Q&A) 11 Jan – 6.9
015. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese$) Laptop, File 12 Jan – 7.4
016. La Rupture (1970, Claude Chabrol$) Laptop, File 13 Jan – 7.6
017. Man With a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov^) Laptop, Kanopy (Class) 13 Jan – 7.9
s007. Symphonie diagonale (1923, Viking Eggeling) USC Stark Theatre, File (Lecture) 14 Jan – 5.6
s008. Allegretto (1936, Oskar Fischinger) USC Stark Theatre, File (Lecture) 14 Jan – 6.0
s009. Radio Dynamics (1942, Oskar Fischinger) USC Stark Theatre, File (Lecture) 14 Jan – 7.1
s010. +Radio Dynamics (1942, Oskar Fischinger) USC Stark Theatre, File (Lecture) 14 Jan – 7.1 [same]
s011. +Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid) USC Stark Theatre, File (Lecture) 14 Jan – 8.2 [same]
s012. Fireworks (1947, Kenneth Anger) USC Stark Theatre, File (Lecture) 14 Jan – 7.6
s013. Reflections on Black (1955, Stan Brakhage) USC Stark Theatre, YouTube (Lecture) 14 Jan – 7.2
018. The Rider (2017, Chloé Zhao^) Laptop, File 14 Jan – 6.5
019. Unfriended: Dark Web (2018, Stephen Susco^) Laptop, File 14 Jan – 7.1
020. Mrs. Hyde (2017, Serge Bozon^) Laptop, File 15 Jan – 7.1 [slight]
021. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, Bob Persichetti^ & Peter Ramsey^ & Rodney Rothman^) Regal L.A. Live, DP 15 Jan – 6.3 [late]

2019 Viewing Log

January
Day for Night (1973, François Truffaut) – 7.3
The Power of Kangwon Province (1998, Hong Sang-soo) – 7.2
The Illumination (1973, Krzysztof Zanussi) – 6.6
The Assassination of Trotsky (1972, Joseph Losey) – 5.8
Kid Blue (1973, James Frawley) – 5.8
History Lessons (1972, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet) – 7.2
Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene” (1973, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Réjeanne Padovani (1973, Denys Arcand) – 5.8
Soul of the Cypress (1921, Dudley Murphy) DP
Ballet mécanique (1924, Fernand Léger & Dudley Murphy) DP
+Un chien andalou (1929, Luis Buñuel) DP
Felix in Hollywood (1923, Otto Messmer) DP
The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928, Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich) DP
The Mule (2018, Clint Eastwood) DP – 7.1
Welcome to Marwen (2018, Robert Zemeckis) DP – 7.0
Witness (1985, Peter Weir) – 6.7
The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan) – 7.7
A Doll’s House (1973, Joseph Losey) – 6.5
Classical Period (2018, Ted Fendt) – 6.7
Infinite Football (2018, Corneliu Porumboiu) DP – 6.9
Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese) – 7.4
La Rupture (1970, Claude Chabrol) – 7.6
Man With a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov) – 7.9
Symphonie diagonale (1923, Viking Eggeling) DP
Allegretto (1936, Oskar Fischinger) DP
Radio Dynamics (1942, Oskar Fischinger) DP
+Radio Dynamics (1942, Oskar Fischinger) DP
+Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid) DP
Fireworks (1947, Kenneth Anger) DP
Reflections on Black (1955, Stan Brakhage) DP
The Rider (2017, Chloé Zhao) – 6.5
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018, Stephen Susco) – 7.1
Mrs. Hyde (2017, Serge Bozon) – 7.1
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman) DP – 6.3
+Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick) – 7.2 [down from 7.8]
The Land of Steady Habits (2018, Nicole Holofcener) – 5.6
The House That Jack Built (2018, Lars von Trier) – 6.8
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017, Travis Wilkerson) – 6.1
The Mother and the Whore (1973, Jean Eustache) – 8.9