This Triet was a real treat… hmu if you need pull-quotes for the 8K reissue. Snappy movie with shocking editing, scenes overlapping, no time wasted – a temporal pincer as complex as Tenet but an hour shorter and possible to follow.

Sibyl is Virginie Efira (of Elle, and soon Benedetta), a therapist cutting back on her case load so she can write novels, then actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) shows up with all kinds of twisted drama (she’s pregnant by her famous costar Gaspard Ulliel, who’s supposed to be with their director Sandra Hüller). Eventually Adele will only speak to Sibyl, so the film production flies her out to Stromboli as a go-between. Of course Sibyl is stealing all this for her writing, which the movie keeps slipping inside, shifting all the roles and drama, while in reality Sibyl is losing her sobriety and her family.

Triet’s Age of Panic and Victoria also got good reviews. This played Cannes 2019 in competition with ten other films I’ve now seen – it’s easier to catch up when there’s no Cannes 2020 to distract me.

A fun concert movie of a Byrne show, starring the man himself in fine vocal form, a full barefoot band, and two excited theater kids. Unfortunately it’s impossible to watch this without comparing with Stop Making Sense, the best concert film ever made, especially when they keep performing the same songs, giving me flashbacks to those performances, the staging, the lighting from 35 years earlier. Byrne even does his signature dance moves during “Once in a Lifetime,” which doesn’t work great for me, despite being a crowd pleaser… in fact, I realized during “Burning Down the House” that it’s mirroring SMS‘s decision to not show the audience except in occasional scraps. I made note of some fave songs… “I Zimbra” is very fun, the first song with the entire band, and I need to revisit “Everybody’s Coming to My House” and “Toe Jam.”

Byrne with his understudy and Mary Jo Pehl:

Leading the barefoot band:

The opposite of what I just said about Undine (“thought the overall structure of the movie only kinda worked, but moment-to-moment I was quite thrilled to be watching it”) – in this case I didn’t appreciate any particular scene at the time, but ended up thinking it was great.

Set ten years in the future, telling a story about the past (then-present) year 2001, when raves were still in fashion. The Assassin star Shu Qi is Vicky, stuck with her abusive and controlling man Hao-hao (Duan Chun-hao of Long Day’s Journey Into Night). She’s with rich Jack (Hou lifer Jack Kao) for a while, but movie is a cycle – I like the pulsing music under all the action that sometimes rises and takes over. Beautifully mobile camera, I dig how it moves from outside to inside Jack’s place via security cam. I guess I’ve seen half of Hou’s major films now, but I still don’t have a strong sense of what he’s on about.

Johannes breaks up with mythological creature / freelance historian Undine (Paula Beer of Transit), and a few minutes later professional diver Franz Rogowski introduces himself, and they have a romantic moment that gets them banned for life from the local cafe.

Reverse angle of the poster shot:

Johannes tries to inject himself back into the mix, and gets killed for his efforts, while Franz was true but unfortunate, and gets resurrected.

Franz and coworker Maryam Zaree:

I need the relevance of the city planning lecture stuff explained to me, and thought the overall structure of the movie only kinda worked, but moment-to-moment I was quite thrilled to be watching it, if only as Transit-afterglow.

A very historical-fiction adventure, not my favorite sort of thing, and I’m pretty sure I prefer Late Mann, beginning around Ali. The last of his theatrical features I hadn’t seen, though half of those are due a rewatch. That leaves The Jericho Mile… the proto-Heat L.A. Takedown… some early doc shorts that are probably unavailable… and I’ll probably never get to the TV series (Miami Vice, Crime Story, Vega$). This was about the twentieth filmed version of the novel, but the credits specify that it’s a remake of the 1930’s Randolph Scott film.

The Mohawk are joining the Brits fighting against the French, but the French have got Magua (Wes Studi) who has a huge vendetta against a Brit major whose daughter Madeleine Stowe (12 Monkeys) falls for Mohican DDL. They’re all trapped in a fort under siege, led by a tyrant major, who has a falling out with the other major (I noted that both majors are terrible).

I only knew two things about this from the advertising: that DDL is the last of the Mohicans (it’s actually his friend), and that the movie’s about him looking for a woman after telling her to stay alive, and that whatever may occur, he will find her (he finds her two scenes later, on the same day).

Hey, I remember this one, it had some bright colors in it. Not like Bridgerton-bright, but pretty nice. According to the ol’ blog, I watched another adaptation of this with Katy 13 years earlier, which neither of us remembers.

Cowritten with Simon Blackwell (Veep, Breeders) and Charles Dickens (Scrooged, Oliver & Company). Dev Patel starred, Ben Whishaw the villain, Hugh Laurie and Benedict Wong were in there somewhere.

1. She Dies Tomorrow (Amy Seimetz)
2. First Cow (Kelly Reichardt)
3. Uncut Gems (Ben & Joshua Safdie)
4. La Flor (Mariano Llinás)
5. The Metamorphosis of Birds (Catarina Vasconcelos)
6. Frances Ferguson (Bob Byington)
7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma)
8. Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
9. Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello)
10. Atlantics (Mati Diop)
11. Sibyl (Justine Triet)
12. The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu)
13. What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini)
14. Fourteen (Dan Sallitt)
15. Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux)
16. Jeanne (Bruno Dumont)
17. Małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (Sky Hopinka)
18. Bill & Ted Face the Music (Dean Parisot)
19. Tenet (Christopher Nolan)
20. Undine (Christian Petzold)
21. Bacurau (Kleber Mendonca Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
22. The Vast of Night (Andrew Patterson)
23. Collective (Alexander Nanau)
24. Dick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson)
25. The Mole Agent (Maite Alberdi)

Favorite movies from the last five years, first watched this year:

1. Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
2. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Joe Talbot)
3. Little Joe (Jessica Hausner)
4. One Cut of the Dead (Shin’ichirô Ueda)
5. Shadow (Zhang Yimou)
6. Sixty Six (Lewis Klahr)
7. In Transit (Albert Maysles & Lynn True & David Usui)
8. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (Ben Wheatley)
9. Winter Song (Otar Iosseliani)
10. Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
11. Rojo (Benjamín Naishtat)
12. Ouroboros (Basma Alsharif)


Favorite older movies watched this year:

1. Dusty Stacks of Mom (2013, Jodie Mack)
2. Cemetery Man (1994, Michele Soavi)
3. In a Lonely Place (1950, Nicholas Ray)
4. Footlight Parade (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
5. The Match Factory Girl (1990, Aki Kaurismaki)
6. Invention for Destruction (1958, Karel Zeman)
7. The Devil’s Nightmare (1971, Jean Brismée)
8. A Day in the Country (1936, Jean Renoir)
9. Salome’s Last Dance (1988, Ken Russell)
10. Beauty and the Beast (1978, Juraj Herz)
11. Time Regained (1999, Raoul Ruiz)
12. The Steamroller and the Violin (1960, Andrei Tarkovsky)
13. The Hands of Orlac (1924, Robert Wiene)
14. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974, Martin Scorsese)
15. Medium Cool (1969, Haskell Wexler)
16. The Whole Town’s Talking (1935, John Ford)
17. Tales from the Hood (1995, Rusty Cundieff)
18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974, Sam Peckinpah)
19. How to Disappear Completely (2013, Raya Martin)
20. The Vanishing (1988, George Sluizer)


Favorite shorts watched this year:

1. Visit (2020, Jia Zhang-Ke)
2. Asparagus and Pinball by Suzan Pitt
3. World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime (2020, Don Hertzfeldt)
4. Ballad of the Green Wood and Projekt by Jiri Barta
5. Aria (2001, Pjotr Sapegin)
6. ExtaZus (2019, Bertrand Mandico)
7. Hampton (2019, Kevin Jerome Everson)
8. Lucifer Rising (1972, Kenneth Anger)
9. Engram of Returning and Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis by Daïchi Saïto
10. The Capsule (2012, Athina Rachel Tsangari)
11. Nose Hair and How to Kiss by Bill Plympton
12. Seeking the Monkey King (2011, Ken Jacobs)
13. House of Small Cubes (2008, Kunio Kato)
14. Four by Sky Hopinka
15. What Did Jack Do? and Fire (Pozar) by David Lynch
16. Veslemøy’s Song (2018, Sofia Bohdanowicz)
17. The Fall and Strasbourg 1518 by Jonathan Glazer
18. Stump the Guesser (2020, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson)
19. The Amateurist (1998, Miranda July)
20. Night Without Distance (2015, Lois Patiño)


Favorite rewatches of the year
(ranked by rewatch-experience, not quality of film)

1. In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-Wai)
2. Naked Lunch (1991, David Cronenberg)
3. The Grand Bizarre (2018, Jodie Mack)
4. Before Sunrise (1995, Richard Linklater)
5. Diabolique (1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
6. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1988, Shinya Tsukamoto)
7. It Happened One Night (1934, Frank Capra)
8. Andrei Rublev (1969, Andrei Tarkovsky)
9. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988, Stephen Chiodo)
10. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988, Tony Randel)