The best part about going to work on Wednesdays, is knowing that at four o’clock, I’m going to get paid to spend an hour at the library finding movies, and occasionally browsing a book or two (but usually that book is about movies). Today was no different. So it’s time for library loot.
I’m happy to report that I did enjoy Close Encounters of the Third Kind. That is, after I got past the first forty minutes. I was so annoyed at how loud everything was, and all the background noise. I can’t for the life of me understand what that was all about. But once I got into it, I was very impressed. And I’m not usually one for Steven Spielberg movies.
Rear Window is the first Hitchcock film that I really, really got in to. I was super tense for the last thirty minutes or so, and those final scenes were super effective. I was quite impressed, and it motivated me to finish off the last few Hitchcock films on the list immediately.
I didn’t expect to like Bringing Up Baby as much as I did. I’m not usually one for comedies, especially comedies of this era. But Baby elicited more than a few out loud laughs. Some of the visual gags were tired (imagine, a man forced to wear a woman’s robe! or a drunk Irish man…), but the dialog was fantastic.
The Serpent’s Egg is the 20th Bergman film I’ve seen. I had heard it wasn’t any good. A friend of mine said it made the film Holy Smoke! look like a masterpiece, so I wasn’t expecting much. But I did end up enjoying it quite a bit. Especially concerning the scenario that surrounded its making. It’s definitely different than all the rest of his I’ve seen.
Citizen Kane was very impressive. It lived up to all my expectations, and I’m looking forward to watching it again.
The winner of the week, however, was Godard’s Weekend. I liked it so much, that once it was over, I immediately watched the whole thing again with the commentary by David Sterritt, which only made me like it more (I haven’t been inclined to do this in its entirety since the Norton, Pitt, Carter commentary on the Fight Club DVD) . Yes, it was hard to watch, especially the last twenty minutes or so (what’s with European filmmakers always showing actual animals put to death? PETA needs to set up an office over there), but I can understand why Godard ended the film with ‘The End of Cinema.’ This is truly a bitchin’ film.
Here’s this week’s loot. Although I’m not sure how much I’ll get to since Sundance starts.