Library Loot

library-lootI’ve been a bad movie watcher this week.  Not only did I only see two out of five checked out films from last weeks loot, but I saw G.I. Joe in theatres.  Yes, I’m hanging my head in shame.

I accidentally put up the image for Fellini’s 8 1/2, but what I really rented was La Dolce Vita, and I’m quite pleased to report that I really, really liked it.  Despite it’s 2 hour and 53 minute run time, it was enthralling the entire way.  I’m pretty stoked to check out more of his stuff.

The 400 Blows was just as awesome.  I was a little afraid to check out any of Truffaut’s stuff since I’ve heard some pretty rough stuff about films like Jules and Jim, but this film kept my attention the whole time.  The French New Wave is where it’s at, apparently.  Or at least, for me it is.  Not sure where I’ll go from here with Truffaut’s film, but in the same vein, I checked out Band of Outsiders for this weeks loot.

I didn’t get to any of The Godfather series, but I’m bound and determined to get through all of them, so I checked them out again.  Here’s this week’s loot:

The GodfatherThe Godfather IIThe Godfather IIIBand of OutsidersLeaving Las Vegas

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2 Responses to “Library Loot”
  1. Mitch says:

    “La Dolce Vita” is my favorite Fellini; it’s the dividing line between his early neorealist (or at least neorealist-esque) films of the ’50s and the carnivals and dreamscapes that would follow, beginning of course with “8 1/2”. In many ways, it’s the perfect place to start with Fellini.

    Part II is possibly my favorite picture of all time. I don’t think its possible for me to heap enough praise on those first two films.

    I don’t know where you heard bad things about “Jules and Jim,” but they were all wrong! Easily a top ten all-time film for me. Truffaut is slightly out of favor in academic film circles right now vis-a-vis Godard and others, but he is easily my favorite of the Nouvelle Vauge auteurs. For your next Truffaut, you might as well pick “Shoot The Piano Player,” his second film. Tarantino owes so many of his best moves to that picture!

  2. blake says:

    Hey Mitch, glad to hear from you again. You’ll be glad to hear I liked The Godfather Part II more than Part I. I’ll check out Shoot The Piano Player next. Thanks for the suggestions and please keep them coming.

    When I said that I had heard bad things about Jules and Jim, what I really meant was that it’s just really slowly paced and a little inaccessible. But I know lots of people that put it in their top tens, so I’ll probably check it out eventually.
    .-= blake´s last blog ..Cirque du Freak =-.

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