Library Loot

library-lootDespite spending a few days over the holiday weekend helping my Mom pack up to move to California, I managed to watch all ten of last week’s loot. I have no idea what I’m going to do when I get a grownup job and can’t watch them at work.

I’ll try and be brief since there were so many.

Chinatown wasn’t that great in my opinion.  I just wasn’t entertained and I really just wanted it to be over, but it kept going and going.

I’ve never really been a fan of war movies.  There are some that I really love, but generally I tend to stay away from the genre.  So I wasn’t looking forward to The Deer Hunter that much, but it pretty much blew me away.  Aside from what I felt was a slightly sloppy ending, the majority of the three hours was magical.  I loved everything about it.

Don’t Look Now isn’t really a significant film, but it was really fun to watch.  And creepy as hell.  When it comes to endings you never suspect, this film rates up with the best of them.

After watching Fanny and Alexander, I immediately put it on my Amazon wishlist.  I feel like I could watch the entire thing right now and I’d love it just as much as the first time.  I would highly recommend this to anyone.  Bergman has done it again for me.

The Last Picture Show was shockingly sexual.  Cybil Shepherd was a very naughty girl.  And it’s a trip to see a young Jeff Bridges.  I really like this one.

Last Tango in Paris just made me feel dirty.  I honestly had no idea about its subject matter.  Now I know why the librarian gave me a dirty look when I asked him to help me find it.  The things that came out of Marlon Brando’s mouth!  I didn’t enjoy this at all and would never recommend it to anyone.  I don’t care if Vincent Canby called it ‘the romance of the 1970s.’

I checked out Antonioni’s La Notte because Mr. Bergman said it was the only film of his worth checking out.  I was expecting something fantastic and therefore I was a little disappointed.  Blow Up and L’avventura were much more interesting to me than La Notte.  But still, it was entertaining, and it has Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroianni!

Run Lola Run was another film I was a little disappointed in.  I had heard so many great things about it, that I probably just built it up in my head too much.  It was all style and paper-thin plot.  It was a nice break from the heavy handed choices of the week though.

Vampyr, well, you can check  out my review here.  I didn’t like it.

Last but not least was Wild Strawberries.  It was strange to have such a straightforward narrative like this in a Bergman film.  It’s definitely different then all the others I’ve seen.  It’s not my favorite, but I enjoyed it pretty thoroughly.  It was interesting comparing his first and last films and their respective views on life and death (thanks for the suggestion Mitch).

Here’s this week’s loot:

All the President's MenAmarcordFacesMephistoSawdust and TinselSmiles of a Summer NightTo Kill a MockingbirdWinter Light

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2 Responses to “Library Loot”
  1. Oh my goodness, what a moment with asking for help with Last Tango in Paris from the librarian. Oh my.

    I really enjoyed Wild Strawberries, I think it was the first Bergman film I saw. True, it really does have a strong narrative – forgot about that, just enjoyed the atmo, and or course hearing Swedish 🙂

    I look forward to hearing your views on the next set – few in there I’ve not even heard of!
    .-= Shannon the Movie Moxie´s last blog ..Red Cliff / Chi bi =-.

  2. Blake says:

    @ Shannon – Yes, I’m quite embarrassed. And since I go to the library the same time, on the same day every week, the same library will always be there and I fear and awkwardness will be present from now on.

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