Special Screenings and HD Rewatches, 2016

Most of these I first watched 20+ years ago on videotape. Some I didn’t remember at all, a few I remember quite well, and a few I’ve never seen before. Half I watched at home on shiny new blu-rays, the rest at The Ross or the Alamo. Ranked based on presentation and rediscovery (I don’t actually like Varieté and Mad Max 2 better than Colonel Blimp). It makes sense to me. I don’t have to explain myself to you people.

1. Variety (1925, E.A. Dupont)
With live music by Alloy Orchestra at The Ross

2. Possession (1981, Andrzej Zulawski)
3. The Devils (1971, Ken Russell)
4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Philip Kaufman)
Three of my favorite horrors, beautifully presented at the Alamo

5. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981, George Miller)
6. Ali (2001, Michael Mann)
7. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964, Jacques Demy)
8. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy)
9. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992, David Lynch)
10. News From Home (1977, Chantal Akerman)

11. Only Yesterday (1991, Isao Takahata)
12. Wendy & Lucy and Old Joy (2008, Kelly Reichardt)
13. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004, Hayao Miyazaki)
14. Phantasm (1979, Don Coscarelli)
15. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Powell & Pressburger)