FILMS SEEN IN 2017:

Titles will be added when they fall off "the last 10 films I've seen." Slashes indicate repeat viewings. Titles prefaced by a plus sign were seen on home video. The new release section includes  2016  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


AFTER THE STORM (Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan) ***

+ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (Michal Marczak, Poland/UK) **1/2

ALONE IN BERLIN (Vincent Perez, France) **

BEACH RATS (Eliza Hittman) ***

+THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (Albert Serra, France/Portugal) ***

+DOGS (Bogdan Mirica, Romania/France/Bulgaria/Qatar) **

THE FOUNDER (John Lee Hancock) **1/2

FRANTZ (François Ozon, France/Germany) **1/2

GET OUT (Jordan Peele) ***1/2

GRADUATION (Cristian Mungiu, Romania/France) ***

GUILTY MEN (Ivan Goana, Colombia) ***

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI (Juho Kuosmen, Finland/Norway/France) ***

I CALLED HIM MORGAN (Kasper Collin, Sweden) **1/2

i hate myself:.) (Joanna Arnow, 2013) {M} ***1/2

JOURNEY TO THE WEST: THE DEMONS STRIKE BACK (Tsui Hark, China/Hong Kong) **

JUNCTION 48 (Udi Aloni, Israel) **1/2

+KARL MARX CITY (Petra Epperlein/Michael Tucker, USA/West Germany) ***

+KEDI (Ceyda Torun, Turkey) **

KIKI (Sara Jordeno, USA/Sweden) ***

LAND OF MINE (Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany) ***

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Chris McKay) ***

LOGAN (James Mangold) **1/2

THE LOST CITY OF Z (James Gray, USA/UK) **1/2

MIMOSAS (Oliver Laxe, Morocco/Spain/France) I felt like I should note that I saw this, but honestly, I fell asleep for half of it, so I can't really give it a rating

+/MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA/ (Dash Shaw) ***

NORMAN (Joseph Cedar, USA/Israel) ***

+OJ: MADE IN AMERICA (Ezra Edelman) ***1/2

PATERSON (Jim Jarmusch) ***

PERSONAL SHOPPER (Olivier Assayas, France/Germany) ***1/2

A QUIET PASSION (Terence Davies, UK/Belgium) ***1/2

RANGOON (Vishal Bhardwaj, India) ***

RAT FILM (Theo Anthony) ***

RAW (Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium) ***1/2

THE RED TURTLE (Michael Dudok de Witt, Belgium/France/Japan) ***

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Paul W.S. Anderson) *1/2

RISK (Laura Poitras) **1/2

ROUNDABOUT IN MY HEAD (Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France) **1/2

+THE SALESMAN (Asghar Farhadi, Iran) **1/2

SEXY DURGA (Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, India) **

SHALOM RABIN (Amos Gitai, Israel) ***

SILENCE (Martin Scorsese) **1/2

SLACK BAY (Bruno Dumont, France/Germany) *1/2

SONG TO SONG (Terrence Malick) *1/2

 SPLIT (M. Night Shyamalan) **

+/STARLESS DREAMS/ (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran) ***1/2

STAYING VERTICAL (Alain Guiraudie, France) **1/2

TA'ANG (Wang Bing, Hong Kong/France) **

+THE UNTAMED (Amat Escalante, Mexico/Denmark/Germany/France/Norway) ***1/2

A WOMAN, A PART (Elisabeth Subrin) **

WULU (Daouda Coulibay, France/Mali/Senegal) ***

YOUR NAME. (Makoto Shinkai, Japan) ***

OLD FILMS

BEAT THE DEVIL (John Huston, 1953)

THE BIG FIX (Jeremy Kagan, 1978)

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (John Carpenter, 1986)

CESAR (Marcel Pagnol, France, 1936)

CLASS OF 1984 (Mark Lester, Canada, 1982)

/DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE/ (Frank Perry, 1970)

THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch, 1980)

/EMPIRE OF THE SUN/ (Steven Spielberg, 1987)

/FEMALE TROUBLE/ (John Waters, 1974)

LES HAUTES SOLITUDES (Philippe Garrel, France, 1974)

HEART OF MIDNIGHT (Matthew Chapman, 1988)

HEAVEN (Scott Reynolds, New Zealand, 1998)

+IT'S ALWAYS LATE FOR FREEDOM (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2007) [M}

+THE LAST DAYS OF WINTER (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2011) [M}

LEONARD COHEN: BIRD ON A WIRE (Tony Palmer, UK, 1972)

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (Nicholas Gessner, Canada/France, 1976)

+MARTYRS (Pascal Laugier, France/Canada, 2008)

MEN... (Doris Dorrie, West Germany, 1985)

/MODERN ROMANCE/ (Albert Brooks, 1981)

MONTREAL MAIN (Frank Vitale, Canada, 1974)

THE NAKED APE (Donald Driver, 1973)

/A NEW LEAF/ (Elaine May, 1971)

1984 (Michael Radford, UK, 1984)

OCEAN WAVES (Tomomi Mochizuki, Japan, 1993)

+THE OTHER SIDE OF BURKA (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2004) {M}

/OUTRAGEOUS!/ (Richard Benner, Canada, 1977)

/PORTRAIT OF A GIRL AT THE END OF THE 1960S IN BRUSSELS/ (Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium, 1995) {M}

/THE PRODUCERS/ (Mel Brooks, 1968)

/PUNISHMENT PARK/ (Peter Watkins, 1971)

ROCK & RULE (Clive A. Smith, Canada, 1983)

ROUGH TREATMENT (Andrzej Wajda, Poland/France, 1978)

THE RUBBER GUN (Allan Moyle, Canada, 1978)

SKIP TRACER (Zale Dalen, Canada, 1977)

/SYLVIA SCARLETT/ (George Cukor, 1936)

TICKET TO HEAVEN (Ralph L. Thomas, Canada, 1981)

TOM JONES (Tony Richardson, UK, 1963)

TOO YOUNG, TOO IMMORAL (Raymond Phelan, 1962)

THE TRANSEXUAL MENACE (Rosa von Praunheim, Germany, 1986)

/TWO ENGLISH GIRLS/ (François Truffaut, France, 1971)

THE VALLEY (Barbet Schroeder, France, 1972)

SHORTS

AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE (HW Clobba)

BAD AT DANCING (Joanna Arnow) 

OTHER & FATHER (CHANNEL 2) (Mariah Garnett)

UNTITLED (Rindon Johnson)

UNTITLED (STANLEY, MY SECOND LOVER) (Rami George, 2012)