FILMS SEEN IN 2008:

Titles will be added when they fall off "the last 10 films I've seen." Slashes indicate repeat viewings. Titles prefaced by a star were seen on projected video in a theatrical setting, and those prefaced by a plus sign on home video. The new release section includes  2007  releases that I caught up with this year. All titles are American unless otherwise indicated. Films under 30 minutes will be labelled {S} and those between 30 and 70 minutes {M}. Only films over 30 minutes are rated. 

WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN

**** Masterpiece

***1/2 Excellent

*** Pretty good but highly flawed

**1/2 Mediocre but not without merit

** Pretty bad

*1/2 Awful

* A superhuman amount of patience was required to sit through it

0 Walked out

NEW RELEASES

*ACTION BOYS (Jung Byung-gil, South Korea) ***

ADRIFT IN TOKYO (Satoshi Miki, Japan) ***

L'AIMEE (Arnaud Desplechin, France) **1/2 {M}

ALEXANDRA (Alexander Sokurov, Russia) ***

AMERICAN TEEN (Nanette Burstein) **

+ANGEL (François Ozon, UK/France) **1/2

AUSTRALIA (Baz Luhrmann, Australia) **1/2

*BAGHDAD HIGH (Ivan O'Mahoney/Laura Winter, UK/Iraq) ***

BAGHEAD (Jay and Mark Duplass) **1/2

BALLAST (Lance Hammer) ***

THE BAND'S VISIT (Eran Kolirin, Israel) ***

BATTLE FOR HADITHA (Nick Broomfield, UK) ***

BEFORE I FORGET (Jacques Nolot, France) ***1/2

BE KIND REWIND (Michel Gondry) **1/2

THE BETRAYAL (Ellen Kuras/Thaivsouk Phrasavath) **1/2

BOARDING GATE (Olivier Assayas, France) **1/2

BURN AFTER READING (Joel and Ethan Coen) **1/2

THE CALLER (Richard Ledes) **1/2

CARAMEL (Nadine Labaki, Lebanon) ***

CARGO 200 (Alexei Balabanov, Russia) **

CASSANDRA'S DREAM (Woody Allen, USA/UK) **1/2

CHANGELING (Clint Eastwood) **1/2

CHOUGA (Darezhan Omirbaev, Kazakhstan) ***

A CHRISTMAS TALE (Arnaud Desplechin, France) ***

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE ENIGMA (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal) **

CITY OF MEN (Paulo Morelli, Brazil) **1/2

CJ7 (Stephen Chow, Hong Kong) ***

THE CLASS (Laurent Cantet, France) ***

CLOVERFIELD (Matt Reeves) **1/2

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (David Fincher) **1/2

DAINIPPONJIN (Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan) ***

THE DARK KNIGHT (Christopher Nolan) **

DARK MATTER (Chen Shi-Zheng) **1/2

*DEAR ZACHARY (Kurt Kuenne) ***

+DECEPTION (Marcel Langenegger) **

DIARY OF THE DEAD (George A. Romero) **1/2

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (Julian Schnabel, France/USA) **

DOUBT (John Patrick Shanley) **1/2

THE DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS (Jacques Rivette, France) ***1/2

DUST (Hartmut Bitomsky, Germany) ***

EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (Michelange Quay, Haiti) **1/2

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (Faith Akin, Germany/Turkey) **1/2

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Werner Herzog) ***

EXPIRED (Cecilia Miniucchi) **

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (various directors, France) **

*FENGMING: A CHINESE MEMOIR (Wang Bing, China) ***1/2

+FINE, TOTALLY FINE (Yosuke Fujita, Japan) ***

/FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON/ (Hou Hsiao-hsien, France/Taiwan) ***1/2

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu, Romania) ***1/2

FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland) ***

LA FRANCE (Serge Bozon, France) ****

+THE FREE WILL (Mathias Glasner, Germany) ***

+/FROWNLAND/ (Ronald Bronstein) ***1/2

FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt) **1/2

+FULL BATTLE RATTLE (Tony Gerber/Jesse Moss) **1/2

FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke, USA/UK/France) **1/2

GOMORRAH (Matteo Garrone, Italy) ***

GRAN TORINO (Clint Eastwood) **1/2

HAMLET 2 (Andrew Fleming) **

HAPPINESS (Hur Jin-ho, South Korea) ***

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY (Mike Leigh, UK) ***

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY (Jon Hurwitz/Hayden Schlossberg) **1/2

THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina) **1/2

HER NAME IS SABINE (Sandrine Bonnaire, France) ***

I'M GONNA EXPLODE (Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico) **

INSIDE (Julien Maury/Alexandre Bustillo, France) ***

+IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (José Luis Guerin, Spain/France) **1/2

IRON MAN (Jon Favreau) ***

I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND (Jiri Menzel, Czech Republic) **

JOY DIVISON (Grant Gee) ***1/2

+KALA (Joko Anwar, Indonesia) **1/2

KATYN (Andrzej Wajda, Poland) **1/2

THE LAST MISTRESS (Catherine Breillat, France) ***

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Tomas Alfredson, Sweden) ***

LIKE A DRAGON (Takashi Miike, Japan) ***

A LOST MAN (Danielle Abrid, Lebanon/France) **1/2

*LOU REED'S BERLIN (Julian Schnabel) ***

LOVE SONGS (Christophe Honoré, France) **1/2

*M (Lee Myung-se, South Korea) **

MAD DETECTIVE (Johnnie To/Wai Ka-Fai, Hong Kong) ***

*MAN ON WIRE (James Marsh, UK) ***

MARRIED LIFE (Ira Sachs) **1/2

MARY (Abel Ferrara, USA/Italy, 2005) ***

THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (Ryuhei Kitamura) ***

MILK (Gus van Sant) ***

MISTER LONELY (Harmony Korine, USA/UK/France) **1/2

+MOCK UP ON MU (Craig Baldwin) **1/2

MOMMA'S MAN (Azazel Jacobs) ***1/2

MOTHER OF TEARS (Dario Argento, Italy) *1/2

MOVING MIDWAY (Godfrey Cheshire) ***

MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS (Wong Kar-wai, USA/France/Hong Kong) **

+MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD (Daniele Luchetti, Italy) **

MY WINNIPEG (Guy Maddin, Canada) ***1/2

+NEVER APOLOGIZE (Mike Kaplan, UK) **1/2

NEWS FROM HOME/NEWS FROM HOUSE (Amos Gitai, Israel) ***

NIGHT AND DAY (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) ***

+/NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE/ (Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan) ***

*NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS (Joe Swanberg/Greta Gerwig) *1/2

*OF TIME AND THE CITY (Terence Davies, UK) ***

ONE DAY YOU'LL UNDERSTAND (Amos Gitai, France/Germany) **1/2

+/OPERATION FILMMAKER/ (Nina Davenport) ***

OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES (Michel Hazanavicius, France) **

PARANOID PARK (Gus van Sant) ***

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (David Gordon Green) ***

QUANTUM OF SOLACE (Marc Forster) **

QUID PRO QUO (Carlos Brooks) **1/2

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme) ***

RAILROAD CROSSING (Pere Vila, Spain) ***

THE REBEL (Charlie Nguyen, Vietnam) **1/2

REPRISE (Joachim Trier, Norway) **1/2

*REVERBERLIN (Michael Snow, Canada) {M} ***

ROLE MODELS (David Wain) ***

ROMAN DE GARE (Claude Lelouch, France) **1/2

RR (James Benning) ***1/2

+SAD VACATION (Shinji Aoyama, Japan) **1/2

*SAVE ME (Robert Cary) **1/2

SCHINDLER'S HOUSES (Heinz Emigholz, Germany) ***

A SECRET (Claude Miller, France) **1/2

THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN (Abdellatif Kechiche, France) **1/2

SERBIS (Brillante Mendoza, the Philippines) **1/2

THE SIGNAL (David Bruckner/Jacob Gentry/Dan Bush) ***

THE SILENCE BEFORE BACH (Pere Portabella, Spain) ***

/SILENT LIGHT/ (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico) ***1/2

SLEEP DEALER (Alex Rivera, USA/Mexico) ***

*SLINGSHOT HIP-HOP (Jackie Reem Salloum) ***

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Danny Boyle, UK) **

SNOW ANGELS (David Gordon Green) **1/2

SPARROW (Johnnie To, Hong Kong) ***1/2

*STALAGS (Ari Libsker, Israel) {M} ***

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (Errol Morris) **1/2

 /STILL LIFE/ (Jia Zhang Ke, China) ***1/2

THE STRANGERS (Bryan Bertino) ***

STOP-LOSS (Kimberly Peirce) ***

STUCK (Stuart Gordon) ***

SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (Takashi Miike, Japan) **

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (Charlie Kaufman) **1/2

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE (Alex Gibney) ***

+THIS WORLD OF OURS (Ryo Nakajima, Japan) **

TIMECRIMES (Nacho Vigalondo, Spain) **1/2

TOKYO SONATA (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan) ***1/2

+THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS (Bruce McDonald, Canada) ***

TRANSSIBERIAN (Brad Anderson, USA/Spain) ***

TROPIC THUNDER (Ben Stiller) **1/2

/THE UNFORESEEN/ (Laura Dunn) ***1/2

UNITED RED ARMY (Koji Wakamatsu, Japan) ***1/2

UP THE YANGTZE (Yung Chang, Canada) ***

VALKYRIE (Bryan Singer) **1/2

+VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS (Kent Jones) ***

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Woody Allen, USA/Spain) **1/2

THE VISITOR (Tom McCarthy) ***

WALL-E (Andrew Stanton) ***1/2

WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Ari Folman, Israel) ***1/2

WAR, INC. (Joshua Seftel) **

WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt) ***

WHAT WE DO IS SECRET (Rodger Grossman) ***

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? (Morgan Spurlock) **

THE WITNESSES (André Téchiné, France) ***1/2

THE WRESTLER (Darren Aronofsky) ***

XXY (Lucia Puenzo, Argentina) ***

+YASUKUNI (Li Ying, Japan) **1/2

YOU, THE LIVING (Roy Andersson, Sweden) **1/2


OLD FILMS

ADVISE AND CONSENT (Otto Preminger, 1962)

ALL THAT JAZZ (Bob Fosse, 1979)

L'AMOUR C'EST GAI, L'AMOUR C'EST TRISTE (Jean-Daniel Pollet, France, 1971)

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (Otto Preminger, 1959)

THE ARSENAL STADIUM MYSTERY (Thorold Dickinson,UK, 1940)

AUDITION (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1963)

BABO 73 (Robert Downey, 1964) {M}

BENILDE, OR THE VIRGIN MOTHER (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1975)

+BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ - episodes 1-10 (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1980)

BETELNUT BEAUTY (Lin Cheng-sheng, Taiwan, 2001)

BLOW FOR BLOW (Marin Karmitz, France, 1971)

/BOY/ (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1969)

A BOY AND HIS DOG (L. Q. Jones, 1975)

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS (Alan Rudolph, 1999)

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (David Lean, USA/UK, 1957)

 BRIEF CROSSING (Catherine Breillat, France, 2001)

BUDAPEST PORTAIT (Peter Hutton, 1986) {M}

BYE BYE BRAVERMAN (Sidney Lumet, 1968)

CANDY MOUNTAIN (Robert Frank/Rudy Wurlitzer, Switzerland/France/Canada, 1988)

THE CANNIBALS (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1988)

/LES CARABINIERS/ (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1963)

CHAFED ELBOWS (Robert Downey, 1966) {M}

CHIKAMATSU'S LOVE IN OSAKA (Tomu Uchida, Japan, 1959)

/COLD WATER/ (Olivier Assayas, France, 1994)

CONFLAGRATION (Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1958)

COUP DE TORCHON (Bertrand Tavernier, France, 1981)

CROSS OF LOVE (Teuvo Tulio, Finland, 1948)

DAY OF DESPAIR (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1992)

/DAY OF WRATH/ (Carl Dreyer, Denmark, 1943)

THE DEVILS (Ken Russell, UK, 1971)

DILLINGER IS DEAD (Marco Ferreri, Italy, 1969)

DOOMED LOVE (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1977)

*A DRIFTING LIFE (Lin Cheng-sheng, Taiwan, 1996)

EASY LIVING (Mitchell Leisen, 1937)

EMPIRE OF PASSION (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1978)

/ESTHER KAHN/ (Arnaud Desplechin, UK/France, 2000)

+/EUROPA/ (Lars von Trier, Denmark/France/Germany/Sweden, 1991)

EVERYTHING FOR SALE (Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1969)

THE EXILES (Kent Mackenzie, 1961)

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR. WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS (Lev Kuleshov, USSR, 1924)

FALLEN ANGEL (Otto Preminger, 1945)

*/FANNY AND ALEXANDER/ {5-hour cut} (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1982)

FAST AND LOOSE (Fred Newmeyer, 1930)

+FIGHTING ELEGY (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1966)

THE FIRST LEGION (Douglas Sirk, 1951)

FRANCISCA (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1981)

A GIRL'S TEAR (Iosif Demian, Romania, 1980)

HATARI! (Howard Hawks, 1962)

HELL DRIVERS (Cy Endfield, UK, 1957)

HER BROTHER (Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1960)

*HI WA KATABUKI (Naomi Kawase, Japan, 1996) {M}

+HOUSE (Amos Gitai, Israel, 1980) {M}

+/A HOUSE IN JERUSALEM/ (Amos Gitai, Israel, 1998)

/IDENTIFICATION MARKS: NONE/ (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, 1964)

I DON'T HEAR THE GUITAR ANYMORE (Philippe Garrel, France, 1991)

+/IF/ (Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1969)

*INTERVIEW WITH BALLMEYER (Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1962) {M}

IN THE FIELDS OF DREAMS (Teuvo Tulio, Finland, 1940)

/IRMA VEP/ (Olivier Assayas, France, 1996)

JAPANESE SUMMER: DOUBLE SUICIDE (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1967)

JULY RAIN (Marlen Khtusiev, USSR, 1966)

*KATATSUMORI (Naomi Kawase, Japan, 1994) {M}

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (Howard Hawks, 1955)

/LATE MARRIAGE/ (Dover Koshashvili, Israel, 2002)

/LAURA/ (Otto Preminger, 1944)

A LESSON IN LOVE (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1954)

*LIBERTY'S BOOTY (Vivienne Dick, 1980) {M}

*LIKE THE RELENTLESS FURY OF THE POUNDING WAVES (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 1995) {M}

LOLA MONTES (Max Ophuls, France/West Germany, 1955)

LOTNA (Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1959)

MANDINGO (Richard Fleischer, 1975)

MANIAC COP (William Lustig, 1988)

MARGIN FOR ERROR (Otto Preminger, 1943)

THE MARINES WHO NEVER RETURNED (Lee Man-hui, South Korea, 1963)

MEDITERRANEE (Jean-Daniel Pollet, France, 1963) {M}

THE MIRACLE WORKER (Arthur Penn, 1962)

MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (Paul Schrader, 1985)

/MS. 45/ (Abel Ferrara, 1981)

MY MAN GODFREY (Gregory LaCava, 1936)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (Martin Scorsese, 1977)

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (Fred Dekker, 1986)

NO MORE EXCUSES (Robert Downey, 1968) {M}

NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (Werner Herzog, West Germany, 1979)

OLIVER TWIST (David Lean, UK, 1948)

ON THE SILVER GLOBE (Andrzej Zulawski, Poland, 1976/87)

THE OTHER (Robert Mulligan, 1972)

+/PASSION/ (Jean-Luc Godard, France/Switzerland, 1982)

+/PIERROT LE FOU/ (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965)

POLICE PYTHON 357 (Alain Corneau, France, 1976)

PORTRAIT OF HELL (Shiro Toyoda, Japan, 1969)

REAL FICTION (Kim Ki-duk, South Korea, 2000)

REICHSAUTOBAHN (Hartmut Bitomsky, West Germany, 1985)

THE QUEEN OF SPADES (Thorold Dickinson,UK, 1949)

/REAL LIFE/ (Albert Brooks, 1979)

/RED RIVER/ (Howard Hawks, 1948)

RIO LOBO (Howard Hawks, 1970)

ROME '78 (James Nares, 1978)

SABRINA (Billy Wilder, 1954)

SAIT-ON JAMAIS... (Roger Vadim, France, 1957)

LO SCOPONE SCIENTIFICO (Luigi Comencini, Italy, 1972)

THE SECOND AWAKENING OF CHRISTA KLAGES (Margarethe von Trotta, West Germany, 1977)

THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN (Jerry Schatzberg, 1979)

/SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER/ (François Truffaut, France, 1960)

SOYLENT GREEN (Richard Fleischer, 1973)

STREET SMART (Jerry Schatzberg, 1987)

THE SUDDEN RICHNESS OF THE POOR PEOPLE OF KOMBACH (Volker Schlondorff, West Germany, 1971)

/THIEVES LIKE US/ (Robert Altman, 1974)

+/THIS SPORTING LIFE/ (Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1963)

THREE RESURRECTED DRUNKARDS (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1968)

TOBY DAMNIT (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1968) {M}

+TOKYO CHORUS (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1931)

TOO LATE BLUES (John Cassavetes, 1961)

TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (Charles Burnett, 1990)

TO THE STARRY ISLAND (Park Kwang-su, South Korea, 1994)

A TOWN OF LOVE AND HOPE (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1958) {M}

/TROPICAL MALADY/ (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004)

TWILIGHT SALOON (Tomu Uchida, Japan, 1955)

UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (Preston Sturges, 1948)

UNTAMED (Mikio Naruse, Japan, 1957)

/THE VELVET UNDERGROUND/ (Andy Warhol, 1966) {M}

LA VIE DES MORTS (Arnaud Desplechin, France, 1991) {M}

VIOLENT SATURDAY (Richard Fleischer, 1955)

*VISIBILITY MODERATE (Vivienne Dick, Ireland 1981) {M}

WALKER (Alex Cox, 1987)

/THE WILD CHILD/ (François Truffaut, France, 1970)

WOMEN IN LOVE (Ken Russell, UK, 1969)

*/WORLDLY DESIRES/ (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2005) {M}

ZIGEUNERWEISEN (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1980)


SHORTS

ALL MY LIFE (Bruce Baillie, 1966)

THE ANTHEM (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

BASSAE (Jean-Daniel Pollet, France, 1964) {S}

CRY ME A RIVER (Jia Zhang Ke, China)

DIARY OF A YUNBOGI BOY (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1965)

*EMERALD (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

ENERGY AND HOW TO GET IT (Robert Frank/Rudy Wurlitzer/Gary Hill, 1981)

FOUR FILMS (Saul Levine, 1984)

GAUGE (Alistair Banks Griffin) 

*GHOST OF ASIA (Apichatpong Weerasethakul/Christelle Lheureux, Thailand, 2005)

UNE HISTOIRE D'EAU (François Truffaut/Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1958)

I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCING (J. Dollhopf/E. Goldbrunner, Germany)

I HEAR YOU SCREAM (Pablo Lamar, Argentina)

INFLATION (Cy Endfield, 1942) 

JOHN AND KAREN (Matthew Walker, UK)

KEEP BUSY (Robert Frank/Rudy Wurlitzer, Canada, 1975) 

*LIKE DAWN TO DUST (Vivienne Dick, Ireland, 1983) 

LODZ SYMPHONY (Peter Hutton, 1993)

LOOKING GLASS (Erik Rosenlund, Sweden)

LOVE IS DEAD (Eric Capitaine, France)

LUCHA LIBRE (Marten Nilsson, Sweden) 

*MALEE AND THE BOY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 1999)

MAYBE TOMORROW (Giulhem Amesland, France) 

*MY MOTHER'S GARDEN (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

OPENING OF THE 19TH CENTURY 1896 (Ken Jacobs, 1990)

ORISHAS ARE OUR SAINTS (John Kane)

PAL/SECAM (Dmitry Povolotsky, Russia)

/A PITCHER OF COLORED LIGHT/ (Robert Beavers) 

POURVU QU'ON AIT L'IVRESSE (Jean-Daniel Pollet, France, 1958) 

PRESTO (Doug Sweetwald)

RAMP (James Nares, 1976) 

*SEE HEAVEN (Naomi Kawase, Japan, 1995)

*SHEEP PERFORMANCE (Joanna Rytel, Sweden)

SHIFT (Ernie Gehr, 1974)

SIRIUS REMEMBERED (Stan Brakhage, 1959) 

SPIDER (Isabella Rossellini) 

THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS (Paul Arthur, 1985)

*THIRDWORLD (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 1997)

THIS IS HER (Katie Wolfe, New Zealand) 

*TWO WOMEN AND A MAN (Roee Rosen, Israel, 2005)

*WINDOWS (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 1999)

*0116643225059 (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 1994)