Brandon’s Top Ten Retrospective Screenings of 2008

These were all theatrical (film) screenings of non-current movies.

1. George Kuchar film program at Eyedrum
Mr. Kuchar himself talked about the films, which Andy projected for us on 16mm. I’d never seen any of the Kuchar brothers’ films before… a revelation!

2. Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch) at the plaza
Unbelievable on the big screen… no wonder it was a midnight cult flick.

3. “To Hell with Hitler!” at the plaza
Clay’s collection of WWII cartoon shorts for an appreciative audience.

4. What Is It? (Crispin Glover) at the plaza
More for the full in-person experience than the film itself

5. Phantom of the Opera (1925) at the Rome GA Film Festival
With live music by The Alloy Orchestra

6. Zorns Lemma / Lemon / Scorpio Rising at Emory
Extreme avant-garde flicks for an unappreciative audience… I was mesmerized both by the films and their reception.

7. Canyon Cinema program at Nashville Film Festival
A tamer version of the avant-emory screening, worth the whole drive to Nashville just for the Martin Arnold and Len Lye selections.

8. X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963, Roger Corman) at the plaza
With live music by Pere Ubu

9. Forest of Bliss (1986, Robert Gardner) at Eyedrum
An entrancing feature, courtesy of programmer extraordinaire Andy

10. Four-way tie between my next favorite Emory screenings:
Written on the Wind (1956, Douglas Sirk)
Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1964, Sergei Parajanov)
Story of Floating Weeds (1934, Yasujiro Ozu)

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