2018 log (1)

(3 Jan) World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (2017, Don Hertzfeldt)
[ “Beneath the surface lie countless glimmers of hope that I buried long ago when they became too painful to hold on to.”

Don Hertzfeldt might just me the best filmmaker working today. His writing is incredibly deep and heartbreaking but also wonderfully silly, absurd, hilarious. This second sci-fi short film in the “World of Tomorrow” series is packed with psychedelic visuals and stunning sound design, creating an absolutely hypnotic experience. Another instant classic. ]

(3 Jan) Beauty and the Beast (2017, Bill Condon)
[ A pretty, CGI-heavy production, which doesn’t surpass the animated film, but proves to be enjoyable enough, thanks mostly to the great musical numbers. ]

(4 Jan) Call Me By Your Name (2017, Luca Guadagnino)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(5 Jan) Waking Life (2001, Richard Linklater)
[ review ]

(6 Jan) The Room (2003, Tommy Wiseau)
[ One of the worst movies ever made? Probably. So bad it’s good? Definitely! It takes a while to really get going, at first it’s just mediocre, but as the gratuitous sex scenes, instances of people throwing a football around and melodramatic bits pile up, it becomes increasingly hilarious. The writing, direction and acting are all spectacularly awful, with Tommy Wiseau to blame for all three. Quite an achievement! ]

(8 Jan) The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson) [ review ]

(10 Jan) Rocco (2016, Alban Teurlai & Thierry Demaizière)
[ To love your mother so much, and to respect women so little… ]

(11 Jan) Les Scènes fortuites (2018, Guillaume Lambert)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(11 Jan) Hang The DJ (2017, Tim Van Patten)
[ “Right. So you’re the sort of person that makes jokes.”
I’ve only seen a few “Black Mirror” episodes (“Nosedive,” “San Junipero”), but they’ve all been winners so far. I adore Charlie Brooker’s clever, witty, insightful sci-fi stories, set in the future yet oh so relevant to today’s world. And these three episodes in particular are just so moving. “Hang the DJ” asks whether it’s better to know the expiration date of a relationship or not, a very potent question. I’ll let you discover the rest. Oh, one more thing: there are two original tracks by Sigur Rock on the soundtrack. ]

(12 Jan) A Ghost Story (2017, David Lowery)
[ Slow. Quiet. Gorgeously shot. Mise en scène is next-level. Rooney Mara eats almost a whole pie in one sitting. Some Poltergeist stuff. Hey, is that Kesha? Solid monologue. And then it gets really out there, with an Interstellar twist. ]

(13 Jan) The Two Towers (2002, Peter Jackson) [ review ]

(16 Jan) I, Tonya (2017, Craig Gillespie)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(19 Jan) Hochelaga, terre des âmes (2018, François Girard)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(27 Jan) The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson) [ review ] 95