January 2020 Capsules

Like Someone in Love
There aren’t many imposed time limits in either this or in the context of Kiarostami’s sadly curtailed career, but throughout there’s the sense of the director and his characters running out of time. The need to complete a sordid assignment, to replace a drive belt, to translate a few lines: none of these are given specific deadlines, but the characters nevertheless rush forward trying to get them over with. In their midst is Takashi, who has nothing but time: time to drive around, to light candles, to move across his apartment. Their collision is between the old and the new, the societal and the interior, and the results are unbearably poignant.

A Top 100 of the 2010s

Compiled for the run-up to the end-of-the-decade, will be updated until the end of the 2019 list-making season.

  1. La Flor (2018, Mariano Llinás)
  2. Stray Dogs (2013, Tsai Ming-liang)
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return (2017, David Lynch)
  4. Yourself and Yours (2016, Hong Sang-soo)
  5. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010, Raúl Ruiz)
  6. Like Someone in Love (2012, Abbas Kiarostami)
  7. Asako I & II (2018, Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  8. Mountains May Depart (2015, Jia Zhangke)
  9. Carol (2015, Todd Haynes)
  10. The Assassin (2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  11. Transit (2018, Christian Petzold)
  12. Cemetery of Splendour (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  13. Silence (2016, Martin Scorsese)
  14. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018, Bi Gan)
  15. Martin Eden (2019, Pietro Marcello)
  16. The Day He Arrives (2011, Hong Sang-soo)
  17. Blackhat (2015, Michael Mann)
  18. Phoenix (2014, Christian Petzold)
  19. The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick)
  20. Certified Copy (2010, Abbas Kiarostami)
  21. Meek’s Cutoff (2010, Kelly Reichardt)
  22. I Heard You Paint Houses (2019, Martin Scorsese)
  23. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  24. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011, Johnnie To)
  25. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (2014, Johnnie To)
  26. Passion (2012, Brian De Palma)
  27. Horse Money (2014, Pedro Costa)
  28. Margaret (2011, Kenneth Lonergan)
  29. Inherent Vice (2014, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  30. Manakamana (2013, Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez)
  31. To the Ends of the Earth (2019, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  32. Mistress America (2015, Noah Baumbach)
  33. Cameraperson (2016, Kirsten Johnson)
  34. The Grandmaster (2013, Wong Kar-wai)
  35. Goodbye to Language (2014, Jean-Luc Godard)
  36. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To)
  37. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, Wes Anderson)
  38. The Wind Rises (2013, Hayao Miyazaki)
  39. Happy Hour (2015, Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
  40. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To)
  41. Before Midnight (2013, Richard Linklater)
  42. Ash Is Purest White (2018, Jia Zhangke)
  43. Grass (2018, Hong Sang-soo)
  44. Right Now, Wrong Then (2015, Hong Sang-soo)
  45. Manchester by the Sea (2016, Kenneth Lonergan)
  46. Frances Ha (2012, Noah Baumbach)
  47. Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher)
  48. Toni Erdmann (2016, Maren Ade)
  49. First Reformed (2017, Paul Schrader)
  50. The Princess of France (2014, Matías Piñeiro)
  51. Tabu (2012, Miguel Gomes)
  52. Parasite (2019, Bong Joon-ho)
  53. On the Beach at Night Alone (2017, Hong Sang-soo)
  54. High Life (2018, Claire Denis)
  55. Hill of Freedom (2014, Hong Sang-soo)
  56. Jauja (2014, Lisandro Alonso)
  57. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Wes Anderson)
  58. Hanagatami (2017, Nobuhiko Obayashi)
  59. The Other Side of the Wind (2018, Orson Welles)
  60. Listen Up Philip (2014, Alex Ross Perry)
  61. This Is Not a Film (2011, Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)
  62. No No Sleep (2015, Tsai Ming-liang)
  63. Bastards (2013, Claire Denis)
  64. Hahaha (2010, Hong Sang-soo)
  65. Arboretum Cycle (2017, Nathaniel Dorsky)
  66. Uncut Gems (2019, Josh & Benny Safdie)
  67. SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015, Soi Cheang)
  68. In My Room (2018, Ulrich Köhler)
  69. I Was at Home, But… (2019, Angela Schanelec)
  70. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Isao Takahata)
  71. Oki’s Movie (2010, Hong Sang-soo)
  72. Shakti (2019, Martín Rejtman)
  73. The Day After (2017, Hong Sang-soo)
  74. Her Smell (2018, Alex Ross Perry)
  75. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018, Hu Bo)
  76. differently, Molussia (2012, Nicolas Rey)
  77. List (2011, Hong Sang-soo)
  78. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013, Hong Sang-soo)
  79. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019, Quentin Tarantino)
  80. My Golden Days (2015, Arnaud Desplechin)
  81. The Traitor (2019, Marco Bellocchio)
  82. The Image Book (2018, Jean-Luc Godard)
  83. Kaili Blues (2015, Bi Gan)
  84. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (2012, Alain Resnais)
  85. Boyhood (2014, Richard Linklater)
  86. The Handmaiden (2016, Park Chan-wook)
  87. Two Days, One Night (2014, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
  88. Two Shots Fired (2014, Martín Rejtman)
  89. The Unspeakable Act (2012, Dan Sallitt)
  90. To the Wonder (2012, Terrence Malick)
  91. Sieranevada (2016, Cristi Puiu)
  92. The Color Wheel (2011, Alex Ross Perry)
  93. The Work (2017, Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous)
  94. The Grand Bizarre (2018, Jodie Mack)
  95. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018, Christopher McQuarrie)
  96. The Hedonists (2016, Jia Zhangke)
  97. Faces Places (2017, Agnès Varda & JR)
  98. In Another Country (2012, Hong Sang-soo)
  99. Kate Plays Christine (2016, Robert Greene)
  100. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018, Joel & Ethan Coen)

Top 25 Performances

  1. Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. Laura Paredes, La Flor
  3. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  4. Rooney Mara, Carol
  5. Zhao Tao, Mountains May Depart
  6. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  7. Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden
  8. Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann
  9. Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  10. Franz Rogowski, Transit
  11. Hong Chau, Downsizing
  12. Patrick d’Assumçao, Stranger by the Lake
  13. John Huston, The Other Side of the Wind
  14. Lee Yoo-young, Yourself and Yours
  15. Shu Qi, The Assassin
  16. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  17. Kim Min-hee, On the Beach at Night Alone
  18. Nina Hoss, Phoenix
  19. Lee Kang-sheng, Stray Dogs
  20. Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
  21. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  22. Anna Paquin, Margaret
  23. Rin Takanashi, Like Someone in Love
  24. Kate Lyn Sheil, Kate Plays Christine
  25. Louis Koo, Romancing in Thin Air

Honorable Mentions (not strict runners-up but rather films that have stuck with me)

  • Aloha (2015, Cameron Crowe)
  • Another Movie (2018, Morgan Fisher)
  • Aquarius (2016, Kleber Mendonça Filho)
  • Bad at Dancing (2015, Joanna Arnow)
  • Belonging (2019, Burak Çevik)
  • Brouillard: Passage #14 (Alexandre Larose)
  • Burning (2018, Lee Chang-dong)
  • By the Time It Gets Dark (2016, Anocha Suwichakornpong)
  • Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen–MUST WATCH END!! (2014, Mia Munselle)
  • Classical Period (2018, Ted Fendt)
  • Clouds of Sils Maria (2014, Olivier Assayas
  • Coherence (2013, James Ward Byrkit)
  • Downsizing (2018, Alexander Payne)
  • Elle (2016, Paul Verhoeven)
  • Garoto (2015, Júlio Bressane)
  • The Ghost Writer (2010, Roman Polanski)
  • Heaven Knows What (2014, Josh & Benny Safdie)
  • Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (2015, Stephen Cone)
  • The Human Surge (2016, Eduardo Williams)
  • I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016, Feng Xiaogang)
  • “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” (2018, Radu Jude)
  • Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang)
  • L for Leisure (2014, Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn)
  • Let Your Light Shine (2013, Jodie Mack)
  • The Lost City of Z (2016, James Gray)
  • The Mend (2014, John Magary)
  • The Midnight After (2014, Fruit Chan)
  • Mrs. Hyde (2017, Serge Bozon)
  • Night Without Distance (2015, Lois Patiño)
  • Nocturama (2016, Eduardo Williams)
  • Non-Fiction (2018, Olivier Assayas)
  • P’tit Quinquin (2014, Bruno Dumont)
  • Personal Shopper (2016, Olivier Assayas)
  • Princess Cyd (2018, Stephen Cone)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012, Paul W.S. Anderson)
  • Six Cents in the Pocket (2015, Ricky D’Ambrose)
  • The Strange Little Cat (2013, Ramon Zürcher)
  • The Social Network (2010, David Fincher)
  • The Son of Joseph (2016, Eugène Green)
  • Stranger by the Lake (2013, Alain Guiraudie)
  • A Touch of Sin (2013, Jia Zhangke)
  • 20th Century Women (2016, Mike Mills)
  • Unfriended: Dark Web (2018, Stephen Susco)
  • Western (2017, Valeska Grisebach)
  • Zama (2017, Lucrecia Martel)

The Chinese Cinema

As inspired by Sean Gilman’s essential list ranking the Chinese-language films he’s seen, I’ve decided to make my own paltry list. Rankings are inexact, but will be regularly updated.

  1. Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
  2. A Touch of Zen (1971, King Hu)
  3. In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)
  4. A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang)
  5. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. Platform (2000, Jia Zhangke)
  7. Dragon Inn (1967, King Hu)
  8. Chungking Express (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
  9. Stray Dogs (2013, Tsai Ming-liang)
  10. The Hole (1998, Tsai Ming-liang)
  11. Mahjong (1996, Edward Yang)
  12. A City of Sadness (1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  13. Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong Kar-wai)
  14. Ashes of Time (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
  15. The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang)
  16. The Terrorizers (1986, Edward Yang)
  17. Mountains May Depart (2015, Jia Zhangke)
  18. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978, Lau Kar-leung)
  19. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)
  20. A Confucian Confusion (1994, Edward Yang)
  21. The Assassin (2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  22. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018, Bi Gan)
  23. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang)
  24. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011, Johnnie To)
  25. That Day, on the Beach (1983, Edward Yang)
  26. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (2014, Johnnie To)
  27. 2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai)
  28. Hard-Boiled (1992, John Woo)
  29. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu)
  30. Bullet in the Head (1990, John Woo)
  31. The River (1997, Tsai Ming-liang)
  32. The Grandmaster (2013, Wong Kar-wai)
  33. Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  34. Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke)
  35. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To)
  36. Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai)
  37. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To)
  38. Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai)
  39. What Time Is It There? (2001, Tsai Ming-liang)
  40. Police Story (1985, Jackie Chan)
  41. Nomad (1982, Patrick Tam)
  42. Vive L’Amour (1994, Tsai Ming-liang)
  43. Ash Is Purest White (2018, Jia Zhangke)
  44. Legend of the Mountain (1979, King Hu)
  45. Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin)
  46. Dangerous Encounters – First Kind (1980, Tsui Hark)
  47. No No Sleep (2015, Tsai Ming-liang)
  48. Raining in the Mountain (1979, King Hu)
  49. SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015, Soi Cheang)
  50. The Killer (1989, John Woo)
  51. The World (2004, Jia Zhangke)
  52. Hero (2002, Zhang Yimou)
  53. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018, Hu Bo)
  54. 24 City (2008, Jia Zhangke)
  55. School on Fire (1988, Ringo Lam)
  56. As Tears Go By (1988, Wong Kar-wai)
  57. Kaili Blues (2015, Bi Gan)
  58. The Hedonists (2016, Jia Zhangke)
  59. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006, Tsai Ming-liang)
  60. A Touch of Sin (2013, Jia Zhangke)
  61. Kung Fu Hustle (2004, Stephen Chow)
  62. Green Snake (1993, Tsui Hark)
  63. One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Chang Cheh)
  64. The Goddess (1934, Wu Yonggang)
  65. Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  66. Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang)
  67. Exiled (2006, Johnnie To)
  68. To Live (1994, Zhang Yimou)
  69. Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin)
  70. Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To)
  71. Unknown Pleasures (2002, Jia Zhangke)
  72. Face (2009, Tsai Ming-liang)
  73. The Odd One Dies (1997, Patrick Yau and Johnnie To)
  74. Come Drink With Me (1966, King Hu)
  75. The Wayward Cloud (2005, Tsai Ming-liang)
  76. Daughter of the Nile (1987, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  77. City on Fire (1987, Ringo Lam)
  78. Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Tsai Ming-liang)
  79. Expectations (1982, Edward Yang)
  80. My Blueberry Nights (2007, Wong Kar-wai)
  81. Xiao Wu (1997, Jia Zhangke)
  82. The Midnight After (2014, Fruit Chan)
  83. Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Zhang Yimou)
  84. The Mission (1999, Johnnie To)
  85. A Better Tomorrow (1986, John Woo)
  86. House of Flying Daggers (2004, Zhang Yimou)
  87. Secret Goldfish (2016, Bi Gan)
  88. Office (2015, Johnnie To)
  89. Useless (2007, Jia Zhangke)
  90. I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016, Feng Xiaogong)
  91. Cry Me a River (2008, Jia Zhangke)
  92. In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Jiang Wen)
  93. I Wish I Knew (2010, Jia Zhangke)
  94. Ju Dou (1990, Zhang Yimou)
  95. A Family Tour (2018, Ying Liang)
  96. Another Year (2016, Shengze Zhu)
  97. In Our Time (1982, Tao Te-chen/Edward Yang/Ko I-chen/Chang Yi)
  98. The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019, Herman Yau)
  99. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, Ching Siu-tung)
  100. The Great Buddha+ (2017, Huang Hsin-yao)
  101. Police Story 2 (1988, Jackie Chan)
  102. The Poet and Singer (2012, Bi Gan)
  103. Dong (2006, Jia Zhangke)
  104. Three (2016, Johnnie To)
  105. The Mermaid (2016, Stephen Chow)
  106. Xiao Shan Going Home (1995, Jia Zhangke)
  107. Mission: Impossible II (2000, John Woo)
  108. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To)
  109. Red Sorghum (1987, Zhang Yimou)
  110. The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee)
  111. Turn Left, Turn Right (2003, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  112. Red Cliff (2008, John Woo)
  113. Red Cliff Part II (2009, John Woo)
  114. The Great Wall (2016, Zhang Yimou)
  115. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006, Zhang Yimou)
  116. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992, Zhang Yimou)
  117. A Taste of Killing and Romance (1994, Veronica Chan)
  118. Pushing Hands (1991, Ang Lee)
  119. Ip Man (2008, Wilson Yip)
  120. Shower (1997, Zhang Yang)
  121. Ip Man 2 (2010, Wilson Yip)
  122. Cape No. 7 (2008, Wei Te-Sheng)
  123. Secret (2007, Jay Chou)
  124. Happy Times (2000, Zhang Yimou)
  125. The Road Home (1999, Zhang Yimou)
  126. Shadow (2018, Zhang Yimou)
  127. A City Called Macau (2019, Li Shaohong)
  128. People’s Republic of Desire (2018, Hao Wu)
  129. Forever Young (2018, Li Fangfang)
  130. The Bucket (2019, Jia Zhangke)
  131. Game of Death (1978, Robert Clouse)

2020 First Watches

Renewed Appreciation: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Cemetery of Splendour, What Time Is It There?, Transit, Phoenix, SPL II: A Time for Consequences, The Matrix, There Will Be Blood, Vive L’Amour, Nothing But a Man, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Meek’s Cutoff

Shorts: “No No Sleep,” “Asparagus,” “Night Without Distance,” “Joy Street,” “Cry When It Happens,” “The Sky Is Clear and Blue Today,” “Fainting Spells,” “Pinball,” “Temple of Torment,” “What Did Jack Do?,” “Cattle Mutilations,” “El Doctor,” “The Stranger in Apartment 9F,” “Visitations,” “Fit Model,” “Jefferson Circus Songs,” “Nightwalk”

  1. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa) [March]
  2. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010, Raúl Ruiz) [January]
  3. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks) [March]
  4. Like Someone in Love (2012, Abbas Kiarostami) [January]
  5. The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang) [March]
  6. Fantômas (1913, Louis Feuillade) [March]
  7. The Clock (1945, Vincente Minnelli) [March]
  8. The Wind Rises (2013, Hayao Miyazaki) [January]
  9. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To) [January]
  10. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To) [January]
  11. Safe (1995, Todd Haynes) [February]
  12. Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero) [February]
  13. Tabu (2012, Miguel Gomes) [January]
  14. Simone Barbès or Virtue (1980, Marie-Claude Treilhou) [March]
  15. Hanagatami (2017, Nobuhiko Obayashi) [January]
  16. Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven) [March]
  17. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Isao Takahata) [January]
  18. Double messieurs (1986, Jean-François Stévenin) [February]
  19. A Voluntary Year (2019, Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler) [February]
  20. Pauline at the Beach (1983, Eric Rohmer) [March]
  21. Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang) [January]
  22. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Martin Scorsese) [January]
  23. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) [March]
  24. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Buñuel) [January]
  25. 36 Fillette (1988, Catherine Breillat) [February]
  26. differently, Molussia (2012, Nicolas Rey) [January]
  27. Synonyms (2019, Nadav Lapid) [January]
  28. Garoto (2015, Júlio Bressane) [January]
  29. Noroît (une vengeance) (1976, Jacques Rivette) [March]
  30. Day of the Dead (1985, George A. Romero) [February]
  31. The Blue Angel (1930, Josef von Sternberg) [March]
  32. West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) [February]
  33. Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To) [January]
  34. Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes) [January]
  35. Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa) [February]
  36. Unstoppable (2010, Tony Scott) [January]
  37. A Hidden Life (2019, Terrence Malick) [January]
  38. The Cool World (1963, Shirley Clarke) [January]
  39. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman) [February]
  40. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir) [March]
  41. The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard) [January]
  42. Zombi Child (2019, Bertrand Bonello) [February]
  43. Sentimental Education (2013, Júlio Bressane) [January]
  44. The World Is Full of Secrets (2018, Graham Swon) [January]
  45. Atlantics (2019, Mati Diop) [January]
  46. A Girl Missing (2019, Koji Fukada) [February]
  47. Under the Skin (2013, Jonathan Glazer) [January]
  48. Meeting a Milestone (1989, Goutam Ghose) [March]
  49. Fear of Fear (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [March]
  50. Ham on Rye (2019, Tyler Taormina) [February]
  51. A Faithful Man (2018, Louis Garrel) [February]
  52. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To) [January]
  53. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959, Masaki Kobayashi) [February]
  54. The American Sector (2020, Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez) [February]
  55. Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose) [March]
  56. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019, J.J. Abrams) [January]
  57. Oroslan (2019, Matjaz Ivanisin) [February]
  58. Mekong Hotel (2012, Apichatpong Weerasthakul) [January]
  59. Batang West Side (2001, Lav Diaz) [March]
  60. Locke (2013, Steven Knight) [March]
  61. Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilová) [February]
  62. Gamer (2009, Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) [March]
  63. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018, Susan Johnson) [February]

2020 Omnibus Log

r001. India Song (1975, Marguerite Duras) 01 Jan – 8.9 [up from 8.6]
001. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Buñuel$) Monitor, File 01 Jan – 7.4 [parts]
002. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To) Monitor, File 04 Jan – 6.3
003. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019, J.J. Abrams) Regal L.A. Live, DCP 07 Jan – 6.2
004. A Hidden Life (2019, Terrence Malick) The Landmark, DCP 09 Jan – 7.2 [slight]
005. +What Time Is It There (2001, Tsai Ming-liang) UCLA Bridges Theater, 35mm (Date, Friends) 09 Jan – 7.9 [up from 7.5]
006. Synonyms (2019, Nadav Lapid^) Monitor, Screener 10 Jan – 7.4
007. Atlantics (2019, Mati Diop^) Monitor, Netflix 11 Jan – 6.6 [parts]
008. +Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019, Quentin Tarantino) New Beverly, 35mm 11 Jan – 7.5 [up from 7.3]
t001. The Pilot (1994, Friends) Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 13 Jan
t002. The One With the East German Laundry Detergent (1994, Friends) Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 13 Jan
t003. The One Where Ross Finds Out (1995, Friends) Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 13 Jan
009. Mekong Hotel (2012, Apichatpong Weerasethakul*) Monitor, File 14 Jan – 5.8
010. +Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola) Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 14 Jan – 7.9 [intermittent; down from ~8.1]
011. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010, Raúl Ruiz) Monitor, File 15 Jan – 8.9
012. +Feast of the Epiphany (2018, Michael Koresky & Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman) Lumiere Music Hall, DCP (Friends, Directors Q&A) 15 Jan – 6.4 [same]
s001. +Something Between Us (2015, Jodie Mack) Monitor, Vimeo 17 Jan – 7.1 [up from 6.6]
013. Sentimental Education (2013, Júlio Bressane^) Monitor, MUBI 17 Jan – 6.7
014. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To) Monitor, File 18 Jan – 8.0
015. The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard^) Monitor, Criterion Channel 18 Jan – 7.0
016. The Cool World (1963, Shirley Clarke) UCLA Wilder Theater, 35mm (Friend) 18 Jan – 7.1
017. +Nothing But a Man (1964, Michael Roemer) UCLA Wilder Theater, 35mm (Friend, Screenwriter Q&A) 18 Jan – 7.6 [up from 7.1]
018. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To) Monitor, File 19 Jan – 8.1
019. +Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) Egyptian Theatre, 35mm IB Technicolor 19 Jan – 8.9 [same]
s002. What Did Jack Do? (2017, David Lynch) Monitor, Netflix 20 Jan – 6.6
020. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Martin Scorsese) Laptop, Amazon 20 Jan – 7.5 [drunk]
s003. Jefferson Circus Songs (1973, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, DCP 20 Jan – 6.2
s004. Asparagus (1979, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, 35mm 20 Jan – 7.5
s005. Clay Woman Smoking (1975, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, DCP 20 Jan – 5.6
s006. Joy Street (1995, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, 35mm 20 Jan – 7.0
s007. Visitations (2011, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, DCP 20 Jan – 6.4
s008. El Doctor (2006, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, 35mm 20 Jan – 6.5
s009. Pinball (2013, Suzan Pitt) REDCAT, DCP 20 Jan – 6.7
p001. ®Garoto (2015, Júlio Bressane) Monitor, File 21 Jan
t004. Betty, Girl Engineer (1956, Father Knows Best) USC Screening Room, Amazon (Lecture) 21 Jan
021. +There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 21 Jan – 7.6 [up from 7.4]
022. +Cemetery of Splendour (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul*) Monitor, Blu-ray 22 Jan – 8.7 [up from 7.4]
023. differently, Molussia (2012, Nicolas Rey^) Monitor, File 23 Jan – 7.4 [6, 3, 9, 8, 4, 5, 7, 2, 1]
024. Garoto (2015, Júlio Bressane) Monitor, File 24 Jan – 7.4
025. Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To) Monitor, Netflix 24 Jan – 7.4
026. Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes) UCLA Wilder Theater, 35mm (Friends) 25 Jan – 7.3
027. The Wind Rises (2013, Hayao Miyazaki) Monitor, File 26 Jan – 8.1
t005. My Favorite Shapes (2019, Julio Torres) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, HBO (TA Lecture) 27 Jan
028. Unstoppable (2010, Tony Scott) Monitor, File 27 Jan – 7.3
029. Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang*) Monitor, Blu-ray 27 Jan – 7.5
s010. Nightwalk (2013, Scott Barley) Monitor, Vimeo 28 Jan – 6.0
s011. Night Without Distance (2015, Lois Patiño) Monitor, Vimeo 28 Jan – 7.4
t006. Family Photograph (1949, The Goldbergs) USC Screening Room, Website 28 Jan
t007. Gracie’s Checking Account (1950, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show) USC Screening Room, Archive 28 Jan
030. +Gook (2017, Justin Chon) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture, Director Q&A) 28 Jan – 4.6 [down from 5.7]
s012. Fainting Spells (2018, Sky Hopinka) Monitor, MUBI 29 Jan – 6.8
031. Hanagatami (2017, Nobuhiko Obayashi) Monitor, File 29 Jan – 7.7 [slight]
032. +Phoenix (2014, Christian Petzold) Monitor, File 29 Jan – 8.6 [up from 8.2]
033. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Isao Takahata) Monitor, File 30 Jan – 7.6
034. Under the Skin (2013, Jonathan Glazer) Monitor, Kanopy 31 Jan – 6.6
035. Tabu (2012, Miguel Gomes^) Monitor, Kanopy 31 Jan – 7.8
s013. No No Sleep (2015, Tsai Ming-liang) Monitor, File 31 Jan – 7.7
036. Like Someone in Love (2012, Abbas Kiarostami) Monitor, Blu-ray 31 Jan – 8.8
037. +SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015, Soi Cheang) Monitor, Blu-ray 31 Jan – 7.7 [up from 7.1]
038. +Transit (2018, Christian Petzold) Monitor, Blu-ray 31 Jan – 8.7 [up from 8.0]
039. The World Is Full of Secrets (2018, Graham Swon^) Echo Park Film Center/Acropolis Cinema DCP (Friends, Director/Actress Q&A) 31 Jan – 6.7 [technical]
040. Double messieurs (1986, Jean-François Stévenin^) Monitor, File 02 Feb – 7.6
t008. Do You Know How to Dispose of a Body? (2019, Killing Eve) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Amazon Prime (TA Lecture) 03 Feb
s014. Meltdown (2012, Mike Kuchar) REDCAT, DCP (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 5.7
s015. The Stranger in Apartment 9F (1998, Mike Kuchar) REDCAT, DCP (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 6.2
s016. Fallen Angels (2013, Mike Kuchar) REDCAT, DCP (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 5.9
s017. I Was a Teenage Rumpot (1960, George & Mike Kuchar) REDCAT, 16mm (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 6.0
s018. Sylvia’s Promise (1962, George & Mike Kuchar) REDCAT, 16mm (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 6.1
s019. Cattle Mutilations (1983, George Kuchar) REDCAT, 16mm (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 6.3
s020. Temple of Torment (2006, George Kuchar) REDCAT, DCP (Friend, Director Q&A) 03 Feb – 6.6
041. +Meek’s Cutoff (2010, Kelly Reichardt) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 04 Feb – 8.6 [up from 8.3]
042. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959, Masaki Kobayashi) Aero Theatre, 35mm 08 Feb – 6.3
t009. Pilot (1951, I Love Lucy) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 10 Feb
t010. The Ballet (1952, I Love Lucy) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 10 Feb
t011. Halloween Party (1952, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 10 Feb
043. Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilová^) Laptop, Criterion Channel 11 Feb – 5.7 [slight]
044. West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins^) New Beverly, 35mm 12 Feb – 7.4
s021. I’m Cold (1954, Tex Avery) New Beverly, 35mm (Friend) 12 Feb – 5.8
045. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman) New Beverly, 35mm (Friend) 12 Feb – 7.1
046. Ham on Rye (2019, Tyler Taormina^) Downtown Independent, DCP (Friend, Director/Cinematographer Q&A) [Locarno in Los Angeles] 13 Feb – 6.3
047. Oroslan (2019, Matjaz Ivanisin^) Downtown Independent, DCP [Locarno in Los Angeles] 14 Feb – 5.9 [slight]
048. A Girl Missing (2019, Koji Fukada) Downtown Independent, DCP [Locarno in Los Angeles] 14 Feb – 6.6
049. A Voluntary Year (2019, Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler^) Downtown Independent, DCP (Friend) [Locarno in Los Angeles] 15 Feb – 7.5
050. Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa) Downtown Independent, DCP (Friends, Director Q&A) [Locarno in Los Angeles] 15 Feb – 7.3 [slight]
t012. Lemons (2017, Black-ish) USC Screening Room, Amazon (Lecture) 18 Feb
t013. So Chineez (2015, Fresh Off the Boat) USC Screening Room, Amazon (Lecture) 18 Feb
051. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 18 Feb – 7.9 [up from ~7.4]
052. The American Sector (2020, Courtney Stephens^ & Pacho Velez†) Sunset Screening Room, DCP 19 Feb – 6.2
053. 36 Fillette (1988, Catherine Breillat^) UCLA Bridges Theater, 35mm (Friends) 20 Feb – 7.4
054. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018, Susan Johnson^) Television, Netflix (Friends) 22 Feb – 4.7 [technical]
p002. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011, Johnnie To) Monitor, Netflix 23 Feb
t014. College (1999, The Sopranos) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 24 Feb
t015. Made in America (2007, The Sopranos) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, DVD (TA Lecture) 24 Feb
055. Safe (1995, Todd Haynes) Laptop, File (TA Class) 25 Feb – 8.0 [slight]
056. +Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray [TA Lecture] 25 Feb – 9.0 [same]
057. Zombi Child (2019, Bertrand Bonello) Landmark Nuart, DCP 26 Feb – 6.8
058. Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero@) Monitor, File 26 Feb – 7.9
059. Day of the Dead (1985, George A. Romero@) Egyptian Theatre, 35mm (Friends) 27 Feb – 7.4
060. A Faithful Man (2018, Louis Garrel^) Monitor, MUBI 29 Feb – 6.3
061. The Clock (1945, Vincente Minnelli) Egyptian Theatre, 35mm (Friends) 01 Mar – 8.2
062. Batang West Side (2001, Lav Diaz) Egyptian Theatre, 35mm (Director Q&A) 01 Mar – 5.7 [slight]
t016. 1:23:45 (2019, Chernobyl) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 02 Mar
063. Fear of Fear (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder$) Monitor, File 02 Mar – 6.5 [parts]
064. +The Matrix (1999, Lana & Lilly Wachowski) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 03 Mar – 7.5 [up from ~6.8]
065. +Vive L’Amour (1994, Tsai Ming-liang) Monitor, File 04 Mar – 7.8 [up from 7.5]
s022. +Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953, Chuck Jones) New Beverly, 35mm 06 Mar – 7.5 [up from 7.3]
066. Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven) New Beverly, 35mm 06 Mar – 7.6
s023. Cry When It Happens (2010, Laida Lertxundi) Monitor, File 08 Mar – 7.1
t017. +Traces to Nowhere (1990, Twin Peaks) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 09 Mar
t018. +Part 4 (2017, Twin Peaks: The Return) USC Norris Cinema Theatre, Blu-ray (TA Lecture) 09 Mar
067. Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose^) Monitor, Netflix (TA Class) 09 Mar – 6.3 [intermittent]
068. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa) Aero Theatre, 35mm 11 Mar – 9.0
069. Noroît (une vengeance) (1976, Jacques Rivette) Monitor, Blu-ray 12 Mar – 7.4
070. Gamer (2009, Mark Neveldine^ & Brian Taylor^) Monitor, HBO Go 13 Mar – 4.9
071. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir) Monitor, File 13 Mar – 7.0 [intermittent]
072. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks) Monitor, Kanopy 13 Mar – 8.9
073. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) Monitor/Laptop, Kanopy/Criterion Channel 14 Mar – 7.5 [parts]
074. Fantômas (1913, Louis Feuillade) Monitor, Blu-ray 16 Mar – 8.4 [serial]
075. Meeting a Milestone (1989, Goutam Ghose^) Monitor, File 17 Mar – 6.5
076. +Vivre sa vie (1962, Jean-Luc Godard) Monitor, Blu-ray 18 Mar – 7.0 [down from ~8.5]
r002. La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini) 18 Mar – ~6.8 [down from ~8.1]
r003. 8½ (1963, Federico Fellini) 18 Mar – ~6.8 [down from ~7.8]
077. The Blue Angel (1930, Josef von Sternberg@) Monitor, Kanopy 19 Mar – 7.4
078. +La Notte (1961, Michelangelo Antonioni) Monitor, Kanopy 20 Mar – 7.1 [slight; same]
079. Pauline at the Beach (1983, Eric Rohmer) 21 Mar – 7.5 [slight]
s024. Fit Model (2019, Myna Joseph) Monitor, Le CiNéMa Club 21 Mar – 6.2
t019. Please Remain Calm (2019, Chernobyl) Monitor, HBO Go (TA Class) 23 Mar
t020. Open Wide, O Earth (2019, Chernobyl) Monitor, HBO Go (TA Class) 23 Mar
t021. The Happiness of All Mankind (2019, Chernobyl) Monitor, HBO Go (TA Class) 23 Mar
t022. Vichnaya Pamyat (2019, Chernobyl) Monitor, HBO Go (TA Class) 24 Mar
080. Simone Barbès or Virtue (1980, Marie-Claude Treilhou^) Monitor, File 24 Mar – 7.8
081. The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang^) Monitor, File 25 Mar – 8.8
082. +Blackhat [Approximate Cut] (2015, Michael Mann) Monitor, File 26 Mar – 8.7 [up from 8.6]
s025. The Sky Is Clear and Blue Today (2019, Ricky D’Ambrose) Monitor, Vimeo 27 Mar – 7.1
s026. B-ROLL With Andre (2015, James N. Kienitz Wilkins) Monitor, Le CiNéMa Club 27 Mar – 5.8
s027. +Indefinite Pitch (2016, James N. Kienitz Wilkins) Monitor, File 28 Mar – 6.6 [up from 5.8]
083. Locke (2013, Steven Knight^) Monitor, Netflix Party 29 Mar – 5.7

2020 Viewing Log

January
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Buñuel) – 7.4
Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To) – 6.3
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019, J.J. Abrams) DP – 6.2
A Hidden Life (2019, Terrence Malick) DP – 7.2
+What Time Is It There? (2001, Tsai Ming-liang) 35mm – 7.9 [up from 7.5]
Synonyms (2019, Nadav Lapid) – 7.4
Atlantics (2019, Mati Diop) – 6.6
+Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019, Quentin Tarantino) 35mm – 7.5 [up from 7.3]
Mekong Hotel (2012, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 5.8
+Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola) DP – 7.9 [down from ~8.1]
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010, Raúl Ruiz) – 8.9
+Feast of the Epiphany (2018, Michael Koresky & Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman) DP – 6.4 [same]
+Something Between Us (2015, Jodie Mack)
Sentimental Education (2013, Júlio Bressane) – 6.7
Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To) – 8.0
The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard) – 7.0
The Cool World (1963, Shirley Clarke) 35mm – 7.1
+Nothing But a Man (1964, Michael Roemer) 35mm – 7.6 [up from 7.1]
Drug War (2012, Johnnie To) – 8.1
+Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) 35mm – 8.9 [same]
What Did Jack Do? (2017, David Lynch)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013, Martin Scorsese) – 7.5
Jefferson Circus Songs (1973, Suzan Pitt) DP
Asparagus (1979, Suzan Pitt) 35mm
Clay Woman Smoking (1975, Suzan Pitt) DP
Joy Street (1995, Suzan Pitt) 35mm
Visitation (2011, Suzan Pitt) DP
El Doctor (2006, Suzan Pitt) 35mm
Pinball (2013, Suzan Pitt) DP
+There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson) DP – 7.6 [up from 7.4]
+Cemetery of Splendour (2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – 8.7 [up from 7.4]
differently, Molussia (2012, Nicolas Rey) – 7.4
Garoto (2015, Júlio Bressane) – 7.4
Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To) – 7.4
Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes) 35mm – 7.3
The Wind Rises (2013, Hayao Miyazaki) – 8.1
Unstoppable (2010, Tony Scott) – 7.3
Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang) – 7.5
Nightwalk (2013, Scott Barley)
Night Without Distance (2015, Lois Patiño)
+Gook (2017, Justin Chon) DP – 4.6 [down from 5.7]
Fainting Spells (2018, Sky Hopinka)
Hanagatami (2017, Nobuhiko Obayashi) – 7.7
+Phoenix (2014, Christian Petzold) – 8.6 [up from 8.2]
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013, Isao Takahata) – 7.6
Under the Skin (2013, Jonathan Glazer) – 6.6
Tabu (2012, Miguel Gomes) – 7.8
No No Sleep (2015, Tsai Ming-liang)
Like Someone in Love (2012, Abbas Kiarostami) – 8.8
+SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015, Soi Cheang) – 7.7 [up from 7.1]
+Transit (2018, Christian Petzold) – 8.7 [up from 8.0]
The World Is Full of Secrets (2018, Graham Swon) DP – 6.7

February
Double messieurs (1986, Jean-François Stévenin) – 7.6
Meltdown (2012, Mike Kuchar) DP
The Stranger in Apartment 9F (1998, Mike Kuchar) DP
Fallen Angels (2013, Mike Kuchar) DP
I Was a Teenage Rumpot (1960, George & Mike Kuchar) 16mm
Sylvia’s Promise (1962, George & Mike Kuchar) 16mm
Cattle Mutilations (1983, George Kuchar) 16mm
Temple of Torment (2006, George Kuchar) DP
+Meek’s Cutoff (2010, Kelly Reichardt) DP – 8.6 [up from 8.3]
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959, Masaki Kobayashi) 35mm – 6.3
Daisies (1966, Vera Chytilová) – 5.7
West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) 35mm – 7.4
I’m Cold (1954, Tex Avery) 35mm
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman) 35mm – 7.0
Ham on Rye (2019, Tyler Taormina) Locarno in Los Angeles, DP – 6.3
Oroslan (2019, Matjaz Ivanisin) Locarno in Los Angeles, DP – 5.9
A Girl Missing (2019, Koji Fukada) Locarno in Los Angeles, DP – 6.6
A Voluntary Year (2019, Ulrich Köhler & Henner Winckler) Locarno in Los Angeles, DP – 7.5
Vitalina Varela (2019, Pedro Costa) Locarno in Los Angeles, DP – 7.3
+E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg) DP – 7.9 [up from ~7.4]
The American Sector (2020, Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez) DP – 6.2
36 Fillette (1988, Catherine Breillat) 35mm – 7.4
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018, Susan Johnson) – 4.7
Safe (1995, Todd Haynes) – 8.0
+Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch) DP – 9.0 [same]
Zombi Child (2019, Bertrand Bonello) DP – 6.8
Dawn of the Dead (1978, George A. Romero) – 7.9
Day of the Dead (1985, George A. Romero) 35mm – 7.4
A Faithful Man (2018, Louis Garrel) – 6.3

March
The Clock (1945, Vincente Minnelli) 35mm – 8.2
Batang West Side (2001, Lav Diaz) 35mm – 5.7
Fear of Fear (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – 6.5
+The Matrix (1999, Lana & Lilly Wachowski) DP – 7.5 [up from ~6.8]
+Vive L’Amour (1994, Tsai Ming-liang) – 7.8 [up from 7.5]
+Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953, Chuck Jones) 35mm
Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven) – 7.6
Cry When It Happens (2010, Laida Lertxundi)
Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose) – 6.2
High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa) 35mm – 9.0
Noroît (une vengeance) (1976, Jacques Rivette) – 7.4
Gamer (2009, Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) – 4.9
Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir) – 7.0
His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks) – 8.9
Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) – 7.5
Fantômas (1913, Louis Feuillade) – 8.4
Meeting a Milestone (1989, Goutam Ghose) – 6.5
+Vivre sa vie (1962, Jean-Luc Godard) – 7.3 [down from ~8.5]
The Blue Angel (1930, Josef von Sternberg) – 7.4
+La Notte (1961, Michelangelo Antonioni) – 7.1 [same]
Pauline at the Beach (1983, Eric Rohmer) – 7.5
Fit Model (2019, Myna Joseph)
Simone Barbès or Virtue (1980, Marie-Claude Treilhou) – 7.8
The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang) – 8.8
+Blackhat [Approximate Cut] (2015, Michael Mann) – 8.7 [up from 8.6]
The Sky Is Clear and Blue Today (2019, Ricky D’Ambrose)
B-ROLL With Andre (2015, James N. Kienitz Wilkins)
+Indefinite Pitch (2016, James N. Kienitz Wilkins)
Locke (2013, Steven Knight) – 5.7
Fight Club (1999, David Fincher) –
In Transit (2015, Albert Maysles & Lynn True & David Usui & Nelson Walker & Ben Wu) –
American Psycho (2000, Mary Harron) –
At This Late Date, the Charleston (1981, Kihachi Okamoto) –