Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 4/23 - 4/30


Here are the last ten films I watched, with a screen-captured image and quick sentence on the subject. Follow this feature on Twitter here, read about the kickoff here, and view the previous #WatchlistScreenCaps roundup here. Links below are to my review of the film in question.


Igor: The Paris Years (1982), dir. Stephen & Timothy Quay
viewed April 23, 2013
Surprisingly tedious puppet show about Stravinsky and Cocteau in 20s Paris

The Red Inn (1951), dir. Claude Autant-Lara
viewed April 24, 2013
The secret in the snowman

Nayak (1966), dir. Satyajit Ray
viewed April 25, 2013
From cash to ash - wandering in a wasteland of wealth

 The Sun Thief (2013), dir. Jason Giampietro
viewed April 29, 2013
Oboes and surfboards mock Brooklyn lovers at Rockaway Beach

 Everybody's Shining Today (2012), dir. María Angélica Fernández, Jaime Grijalba
viewed April 29, 2013
It's hard to sleep when a lyricist's in your bed

The Breakfast Club (1985), dir. John Hughes
viewed April 29, 2013
Don't do it, Ally!

Awaara (1951), dir. Raj Kapoor
viewed April 30, 2013
Socially-conscious melodrama w/ comedic streak includes Berkleyesque musical dream set in hell

Nightlife (2008), dir. Tim Sanderson
viewed April 30, 2013
Everyone knows sunlight kills vampires. What this experiment presupposes is...maybe it doesn't?

The Ghost of Love (2011), dir. John Levy
viewed April 30, 2013
Tendrils of melancholy memory in the evening atmosphere

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977), dir. Larry Jordan
viewed April 30, 2013
Welles and Coleridge, partners in Rime

2 comments:

Shubhajit said...

Nayak ranks amongst my favourite Ray films. Interestingly, the person who played the role of the protagonist, viz. Uttam Kumar, was a matinee idol & a superstar in Bengali film industry. And the fact that Ray chose him for the role of the film's titular "hero" struggling with inner turmoils, despite putting up a veneer of cool & charm for the fans & the media, added fascinating subtexts to the film. And, to add to that, Uttam Kumar's real name was Arindam, which was the protagonist's name as well - which, I'm certain, wasn't coincidental at all.

Joel Bocko said...

Thanks for the info, Shubhajit, & I hope you keep chiming in as I slowly move through Indian classics. One thing I love about exploring this new (to me) cinematic corner is how little I know about it. Which makes it a) exciting to watch without preconceptions, and b) exciting to then find out what I didn't know. I think I'll probably watch the Guru Dutt doc tonight or tomorrow...

As for Nayak, it definitely makes an interesting complement to the films-about-films of the 60s like Contempt, of course 8 1/2, Two Weeks in Another Town, etc. Though it appears to me more humanist and down-to-earth than the others. One thing I'm absolutely loving about the Ray films I've seen - and until a few months ago I'd only known him via the Apu trilogy - is fascinated he is with everyday life, the sublime in the mundane. There's a sincerity to it I really appreciate, which is often hard to find in many films, including many great ones. I think my favorite so far of the 60s films is Mahanagar, though part of that is just that I've worked in sales, and recognize the milieu!