week in review – 07/02 – 07/09/12

Theatrical Viewing

Magic Mike (Soderbergh, USA, 2012) – AMC Century; Digital Projection

Le amiche (Antonioni, Italy, 1955) – PFA, 35mm; 2nd viewing

This Is Not a Film (Panahi, Iran, 2012) – PFA, 35mm

Running Around Like a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (short) (Blank, USA, 1960) – PFA, 16mm

Dry Wood (short) (Blank, USA, 1973) – PFA, 16mm

Always For Pleasure (Blank, USA, 1978) – PFA, 16mm

Home Viewing

Toute la mémoire du monde (short) (Resnais, France, 1956) – Digital Projection, DVD; 2nd viewing

Plaisir d’amour en Iran (short) (Varda, France, 1976) – Digital Projection, Fandor

Upcoming Possibilities

Le notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (Fellini, Italy, 1957) – PFA, 07/11

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is almost here!!! – Castro Theatre, 07/12 – 15

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4 thoughts on “week in review – 07/02 – 07/09/12

  1. Appallingly DUMB movie (“Magic Mike”) fr a s’posedly
    serious (?) director. Sloppily directed, badly edited (subplots
    vanish, along w players). There’s Nothing There. The femmes
    in audience are yawning after first hour. It represents America
    today : DUMB. ~~ Country is awash in drugs, so wants Dumb.
    Those not on drugs cant speak English. Given 3d world intl
    market, more DUMB, it’s bigo box office. What can we do??

    1. I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one, Paul, because I really enjoyed it! And not just for the reasons that I expected (i.e., a long-standing crush on Channing Tatum)–I appreciated how it ended up being much more than simply the “girl’s night out” that was advertised by confronting the viewer with a lot of post-Recession realities (that sequence about the bad credit, for instance, is incredibly resonant with most anyone my age). A friend of mine likened it to an Altman film, and while it’s certainly not Altman at its best I think that’s very insightful in regards to its direction, narrative construction, characterization, etc. Hope to come up with more extensive thoughts to post soon.

      I did see Ted a few days ago–now that was a film that kills the soul. :(

      1. You’re a good person to disagree with. (How did stripper
        Tatum pay rent on a 2-story, 10-room beach front house?
        Ah, just kidding–) I just viewed (NF) for first time Polanski’s
        1966 “Cul de Sac.” Would love to hear your reactos,
        Can’t decide if it’s his most personal — black, cynical, funny,
        nasty — or a hapless flapdoodle. Like all his pix, it’s wonderfully
        made.

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