Month: February 2009

the Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Werner Herzog, 1974)

Die Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner
DE, 45 min


herzog has a mancrush on this guy
with good reason
(popol vuh, you‘ve still never failed me)

imdb :: wiki

(view entire entry to watch the film’s opening scene)


the Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005)

AU/UK, 104 min


a follow-up: another john hillcoat/nick cave collaboration
(still scored with cave-music, fuckyes)
obviously they cast ray winstone just for me
the violence is masterful, while not overdone



the Langoliers (Tom Holland, 1995)

USA, 180 min (!)


freeze-frame on joy-jump,
roll credits; this is how we do
psychic blind kids/meatwad pac men
monch up your whole crew

It seems like everytime Sci-Fi reruns this movie, I keep catching the last 5 minutes when they reappear in the airport. Quite possibly the worst 5 minutes in film history. No one seems to know how to act, and deliver their terribly written dialogue awkwardly. The fat guy wants to eat. Dean Stockwell and David Morse just look embarassed to be there at all. Patricia Wettig babbles like a 12 year old hippie after her first bong hit, and then they go skipping out of the airport and into a freeze frame straight out of a 60’s sitcom.

Wettig’s clearly ad libbed “I’m so happy!” as they’re running out is just hilariously awful.


Nonononono, “I’m talking about DAISIES!!!!!!!!!” Shut the f up Laurel.

To cultivate good taste in the bad, or to simply have bad taste… a fine line, Mädchen und Jungen. But if anything from 1995 were going to serve both types of losers, it’d be ol’ Langoliers (that or Evolver).

And if you sit through the whole 3 hours of it, you’re given witness to the best worst final shot in the history of cinema.

the Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlöndorff & Margarethe von Trotta, 1975)

der Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
DE (w.), 103 min


frau aweh showed this to us in high school
and had us read the damn thing
auf deutsch
she was awesome.



Ghosts… of the Civil Dead (John Hillcoat, 1988)

AU, 93 min

insidious repression
breaking point


Central Industrial Prison is set in the middle of the desert. It’s the future of maximum-security containment and it’s been “locked down” after an explosion of violence. A Committee’s been appointed to report on the events that led to the violence but their findings are in stark contrast to the reality we see with our own eyes.. “Ghosts.. of the Civil Dead” is a powerful drama on modern methods of social control.

Ghosts… Of The Civil Dead is set entirely within the confines of a modern Maximum Security prison – a “New Generation” Prison painted in playschool yellows, bathroom violets and resembling your modern Shopping Mall. Central Industrial Prison is located in the middle of the desert. It has been “locked down” – the confinement of all inmates to their cells, 23 hours a day, indefintely – following an outbreak of violence, and a Committee has been appointed to report..

Ultimately, Ghosts… Of The Civil Dead….


Chats Perchés (Chris Marker, 2004)

The Case of the Grinning Cat

Fr / 59 min


Master cinema-essayist Chris Marker whimsically reflects on art, culture and politics at the start of the new millennium, documenting the appearances of a charming graffiti’d grinning yellow cat in Parisian streets—the work of an anonyous street artist dubbed Monsieur Chat. Monsieur Chat meets French politics as the capital’s streets are the stage for a changing social climate—from the pro-American feelings generated shortly after September 11, to the anti-Bush and Iraq War demonstrations that later became prevalent, as well as the public response to the 2002 French presidential elections that shockingly pitted right-wing extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen against center-right Jacques Chirac. Chats perchés highlights the vital importance of expressions of art and imagination in our public lives. —

imdb :: face council





the Southerner (Jean Renoir, 1945)

92 min

Debated whether to post this, as I only wound up watching it at half-attention… it was on TCM, ya’see, and without the aid of dvr or avi pausing and scanning features, my attention span/memory system is gutted. Outsourcing my memory to the electrons all these years has had its limitations. Like having to use this post to remember to see this again someday.


Longford (Tom Hooper, 2006)

UK, 90 min

notes to self:

  • mostly watched this for broadbent’s performance
    (shades of a sense of history).
  • lindsay duncan was a pleasant surprise;
    suddenly desperate to rewatch a year in provence.
  • samantha morton is perhaps beginning to interest me too,
    if only because i keep finding her in odd places,
    what with this, enduring love (mcewan adaptation),
    and control, which,
    by my crushing love for joy division,
    i was duty-bound to see.
    (i thought it beautifully photographed, but
    heartbreakingly flawed and inadequate).

imdb :: wiki

la Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc


There are versions of various length [imdb says: 110 min | Denmark:96 min | France:88 min (1952 re-release) | USA:114 min | 82 min (restored DVD version) (24 fps)]; my screening was advertised as being 98 minutes long, which places it closest to the Danish version.


35mm, b&w, silent