I knew I was overly ambitious when I checked out seven dense films. Alright, Black Christmas isn’t really dense, but the others were definitely challenging to watch. Which is why I didn’t get through all of them.
I did get to see The 39 Steps, which I can appreciate, but I wasn’t blown away by it. Whatever made it worthy of The Criterion Collection was lost on me. Still, a decent film noir flick and it makes me want to see more Hitchcock. Not now, but eventually.
Black Christmas was freaky as shit. I was house and dog sitting for my sister and brother-in-law when I saw this and it very much disturbed me and the beagle I forced to stay in the same room with me. I’m not one for slasher movies, especially if they came out of the seventies, but this deserves to be seen.
Breathless was also fantastic. It was really a lot of fun, with the way the director played with shots, cuts, addressing the audience. I’d have to say I liked it just a little bit more than Band of Outsiders. I’d watch this one again very soon.
As for Cries & Whispers, I was stunned by it. I’ve only seen a hand full of Bergman films, but this takes the cake, no doubt. It’s damned near perfect. I can’t heap enough praise on this piece. Now I actually see a lot of Bergman’s influence in Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke. Although maybe it’s imagined. It’s a challenge to get through, but worth every minute. I have to take a break between Bergman’s films, and I don’t know what to check out next. Suggestions?
It was self-fulfilling prophecy that I didn’t make it Stalker. I have a mental block when it comes to Tarkovsky. I just think about four hours watching Andrei Rublev and wanting to kill myself. If only I was in a film class that forced me to watch his stuff. I missed out on Alphaville and Shoot the Piano Player as well. But I’ll watch them soon enough. It’s just that this week they were traded out for The Thing (which I also enjoyed).
Here’s this week’s loot (and yes, I got carried away again). Some are even for the bitchin’ new site 1001 Movies You Must See. Please visit there and join this online film club.