1. The Gospel According to Matthew (1964):
Caught this at the Siskel Center with my wife and got way more out of it this time around. When I first saw it in school I was too preoccupied with waiting for some formalist tricks and thought it was too “straightforward”.

    The Gospel According to Matthew (1964):

    Caught this at the Siskel Center with my wife and got way more out of it this time around. When I first saw it in school I was too preoccupied with waiting for some formalist tricks and thought it was too “straightforward”.

     
  2. L’Immortelle (1963):
Plays a bit like a dry run for Marienbad. It has the same elliptical dream logic that seems to fold in on itself but doesn’t add up to as much. I definitely liked it, though it’s probably the least of the Robbe-Grillet I’ve seen. Everybody’s got to start somewhere!

    L’Immortelle (1963):

    Plays a bit like a dry run for Marienbad. It has the same elliptical dream logic that seems to fold in on itself but doesn’t add up to as much. I definitely liked it, though it’s probably the least of the Robbe-Grillet I’ve seen. Everybody’s got to start somewhere!

     
  3. The Song of Bernadette (1943):
Suffers a little from shoehorning in too much from the book/history without really establishing the villains motives. Price is over the top as a prosecutor and Jones is crazy sympathetic.

    The Song of Bernadette (1943):

    Suffers a little from shoehorning in too much from the book/history without really establishing the villains motives. Price is over the top as a prosecutor and Jones is crazy sympathetic.

     
  4. Nachtstuck (2006):
Woke up early, catching up on some Tscherkassky. Nachtstuck was my favorite of the bunch, seems to be commemorating a Mozart festival?

    Nachtstuck (2006):

    Woke up early, catching up on some Tscherkassky. Nachtstuck was my favorite of the bunch, seems to be commemorating a Mozart festival?

     
  5. Titán vs Virus (1/28/14):

    Favorite match so far this year, still catching up. Titan continues to scale back the handstands from the Palacio Negro days, and it doesn’t get much better than Virus. Great primera matwork, some really dicey looking Titan bumps, and a massive Virus senton.

     
  6. Cactus River (2012)

     
  7. Karateka (1984):

    Really enjoyed the set of journal entries from designing this game that Mechner published. Not really in a rush to play Karateka in 2014, but it’s crazy to think about things like mo-capping and attempts to be cinematic (in a good way).

     
  8. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982):
A frantic Michael Moriarty, reincarnation of Quetzalcoatl, and human sacrifices couldn’t bore cops David Carradine and Richard Roundtree more. 
Bizarrely weightless; could use at least one likable character. Some fun aerial shots and a strong Moriarty performance.

    Q: The Winged Serpent (1982):

    A frantic Michael Moriarty, reincarnation of Quetzalcoatl, and human sacrifices couldn’t bore cops David Carradine and Richard Roundtree more. 

    Bizarrely weightless; could use at least one likable character. Some fun aerial shots and a strong Moriarty performance.

     
  9. Masques (1987):
Highly boilerplate Chabrol. Still, to make the zillionth Hitchcock comparison, I’ll take so-so Chabrol any day, and this is a period of his I’m not familiar with. Probably more for fans of character work as everything hinges on Philippe Noiret as an aging radio host.
Available on Hulu Plus.

    Masques (1987):

    Highly boilerplate Chabrol. Still, to make the zillionth Hitchcock comparison, I’ll take so-so Chabrol any day, and this is a period of his I’m not familiar with. Probably more for fans of character work as everything hinges on Philippe Noiret as an aging radio host.

    Available on Hulu Plus.

     
  10. The Uninvited (1944):
Rebecca casts a long shadow over this one.
For a movie held up so often as an example of atmosphere over shocks and tech, the special effects look great. Still took a little too long to get going for me to be head over heels with it.

    The Uninvited (1944):

    Rebecca casts a long shadow over this one.

    For a movie held up so often as an example of atmosphere over shocks and tech, the special effects look great. Still took a little too long to get going for me to be head over heels with it.