Library Loot

It’s that time again. Time to visit the library. Although, I must confess that I’m trying to take more advantage of my NetFlix account. So from now on, the library loot will actually consist of my NetFlix for the week as well as the stuff I check out.

Port of Call was certainly a solid film.  But it was almost unrecognizable as a Bergman film.  It was like watching Kurbick’s earlier stuff like The Killing.  It’s okay, but a little disappointing when you’re expecting the same caliber of work, or rather the same tone and mood that he produced later in his career.  I probably won’t be watching this again.

Autumn Sonata on the other hand was quite fantastic.  It stars Ingrid Bergman, and it was the only film that Ingrid and Ingmar collaborated on.  I can’t be over how much she looks like Isabella Rossellini.  Or rather the other way around.  It was exactly the type of film I wanted it to be, and it quickly takes a place in my top ten favorite Bergman films.

The Hustler was much better than I’d imagined it to be.  I don’t usually like this type of movie (i.e. films based around a character that is wicked talented at some game like billiards, or poker, but who’s greatest enemy is himself…).  I haven’t seen a ton of Paul Newman films, but the always manages to impress me.

The Seventh Continent may very well be my new favorite Michael Haneke piece.  I went in to it completely ignorant as to its subject matter.  I would highly recommend if you want to watch it to do the same.  I will say it’s very well paced with delightfully shocking plots.  Not disturbingly shocking, like Funny Games.

I watched Taking Woodstock before I watched Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music.  And in this context, I thought it was a solid film.  I still kind of do.  The main actor lacked some star power, and it certainly doesn’t have that shiny glare of perfectionism that we so often see from Lee, but it interesting and amusing.

Then I watched Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music.  I was a little intimidated that the documentary was split up on two DVDs.  It ended up running just under four hours, but OMFG, this was a freaking fantastic film.  I don’t even like music from the sixties’ usually, but I loved all four hours.  It really did make me wish I was a draft dodging hippie in the sixties.  If that’s any indication.

Here’s this week’s loot:

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6 Responses to “Library Loot”
  1. Mad Hatter says:

    Hell yes! DIVING BELL is on tap!!

    Buckle up buddy – you are in for one awesome week of watching with this crop you have here. VERTIGO and REBEL are two of my all time faves.
    .-= Mad Hatter´s last blog ..Everybody’s Talkin’ 12-31 (Chatter From Other Bloggers) =-.

  2. Blake says:

    @ Mad Hatter – I’m looking forward to watching all three, but particularly Diving Bell.

    By the way, is there anyone else who has had a seriously hard time formatting pictures since WordPress 2.9 came out?

  3. I just watched The Huslter too, I love your description of those ‘types’ of films – spot on, and it’s true that this one is ahead of the pack on them & Newman is awesome.

    I need to see more Bergman films! Whenever you write about them I’m jealous!

    Glad to hear you made it through and enjoyed the 4+ hrs that is Woodstock. Such a fantastic, experiential film. Richie Havens ftw!
    .-= Shannon the Movie Moxie´s last blog ..Metacritic Top 200 in 2009 =-.

  4. Mitch says:

    “Weekend” is an exceptionally difficult film, but one that captures the zeitgeist of its maker and time exquisitely. There’s a reason that the last title card of the movie proclaims “End of Cinema”: Godard took the form as far as it could possibly go in this one.

  5. Blake says:

    @ Shannon – I’m glad someone enjoys hearing about the Bergman films, I feel it alienates most. I really enjoy him, and am trying to get through all of his films.

    @ Mitch – I’m looking forward to Weekend. Unfortunately, I had planned on NetFlix sending it to me, but there’s a ‘short wait.’ So they sent me Lawrence of Arabia instead. I’ll definitely get it next week either way.

  6. Mitch says:

    That’s not too surprising; the New Yorker release of “Weekend” has been out of print for a year or so now. Probably why there is a Netflix shortage. Criterion is rumored to have picked it up for release sometime this year.

    If you can’t get your hands on it in the meantime, check out “Pierrot le Fou” or “2 or 3 Things I Know About Her” first. Those movies give you a sense of the increasingly radical aesthetic that Godard was developing in the late ’60s that culminated in “Weekend” and his formal abandonment of commerical cinema. I admire these films tremendously, but I don’t love them; Godard’s work from this era is pretty heady stuff that borders on the intentionally alienating. The only late ’60s Godard I truly love is “Masculin feminin.” I put it in a class with “Breathless,” “My Life to Live,” and “Contempt” as his best work.

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