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Films I Viewed in 2008

Ratings:

10=masterpiece
9=excellent
8=”quality”
7= good
6=above average
5=average
4=below average
3=poor
2=bad
1= worthless [which I’ve given to fewer than 20 films]

(SB)=Seen Before

Getting onto the first page this year.

Last Year’s List

Everything I’ve seen that I’ve rembered to vote for on IMDb. [requires registering with IMDb.]

All foreign language films are viewed with English subtitles unless otherwise stated.

1/1 – Sing Faster: The Stagehand’s Ring Cycle (Jon Else, 1999) 7/10
“… – Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933) 9/10
“… – The Cat and the Canary (Radley Metzger, 1977) 8/10
1/3 – Sins of the Fleshapoids (Mike Kuchar, 1965) 8/10
“…. – The Secret of Wendel Samson (Mike Kuchar, 1966) 10/10
“…. – The Craven Sluck (Mike Kuchar, 1967) 7/10
1/5 – Dear Wendy (Thomas Vinterberg, 2005) 9/10
1/6 – Cannibal! The Musical (Trey Parker, 1993) 9/10
1/12 – Hangmen Also Die! (Fritz Lang, 1943) 9/10
1/13 – Grimm (Alex van Warmerdam, 2003) 9/10
“….. – Alex van Warmerdam interview and commentary (2005) 8/10
1/19 – The Libertine (Laurence Dunmore, 2004) 9/10
1/20 – Sedmikrasky/Daisies (Vera Chytilova, 1966) 10/10
1/22 – The Lair of the White Worm (Ken Russell, 1987) 8/10
1/26 – Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (Jack Hill, 1968) 8/10
1/27 – Asylum (Peter Robinson, 1972) 10/10
“….. – Titicut Follies (Frederick Wiseman, 1967) 10/10
“….. – Painting (Alex Van Warmerdam, 1984) 8/10
“….. – Spider Baby Reunion

2/2 – Over the Edge (Jonathan Kaplan, 1979) 8/10
2/3 – The Real Ghostbusters: Collect Call of Cthulu
“…. – La Noche del Terror Ciego/Tombs of the Blind Dead (Amando de Ossorio, 1971) 8/10
“…. – Schussangst/Gun-Shy (Dito Tsintsadze, 2003) 9/10
2/10 – Rick Wakeman In Concert: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Robert Garofalo, 1975) 8/10
2/12 – Sleepwalkers (Doug Aitken, 2007) 10/10
2/16 – Pink Floyd The Wall (Alan Parker, 1982) 10/10 (SB)
2/17 – The Gingerbread Man (Robert Altman, 1998) 9/10
2/19 – A Prairie Home Companion (Robert Altman, 2006) 10/10
2/24 – Suze Orman for the Young, Fabulous & Broke (Joe Brandmeier, 2005) 8/10
“….. – Asphalt (Joe May, 1929) 10/10
2/25 – The 79th Annual Academy Awards (Louis J. Horvitz, 2007) 7/10

3/2 – Ever Is Over All (Pipilotti Rist, 1997)
“…. – video art pieces by Bill Viola and and Abbas Kiarostami
“…. – a few seconds of Empire (Andy Warhol, 1964)
3/4 – The Bat Whispers [Magnifilm 65 mm widescreen version] (Roland West, 1930) 9/10
“…. – I Dream Too Much (John Cromwell, 1935) 6/10
3/5 – Zhui ji 8 yue 15/Hidden Heroes (Joe Ma, Pou-Soi Cheang, 2004) 9/10
3/10 – Kisses for My President (Curtis Bernhardt, 1966) 6/10
3/11 – The Jazz Singer (Alan Crosland, 1927) 9/10
3/12 – Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (David Greene, 1973) 9/10
3/17 – Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985) 10/10 (142 min. cut; SB in 131 min. cut)
“….. – Fuses (Carolee Schneeman, 1967 (8/10)
3/18 The Battle of Brazil: A Video History (Jack Matthews, 1996) 8/10
“….. – Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983) (SB)
3/23 – When Strangers Appear (Scott Reynolds, 2001) 9/10
3/24 – Images of Indians: The Great Movie Massacre (Phil Lucas, Robert Hagopian, 1979) 8/10
“…… & 3/25 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Extended Edition] (Peter Jackson, 2002) 9/10
3/26 – That Cold Day in the Park (Robert Altman, 1969) 9/10
3/30 – When the Line Goes Through [dead-center crop] (Clyde Ware, 1971) 8/10
3/31 – Electrocuting an Elephant [Mutoscope print at Coney Island Museum] (Thomas Alva Edison, 1903) 4/10
“….. – Meet the Hollowheads (Thomas R. Burman, 1988) 8/10

4/7 – Coney Island (Ric Burns, 1990) 8/10
4/9 – Blast (Martin Schenck, 2000) 8/10
4/15 – The Amazing Mr. Blunden (Lionel Jeffries, 1972) 8/10
4/17 – The System A.K.A. The Girl-Getters (Michael Winner, 1966) 8/10
“….. – The Door (Bruce Wood, 2006) 7/10
4/27 – Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (Ray Greene, 2001) 8/10
4/28 – Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo, 1975) [did not finish–too tired from a cold]

5/4 – Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004) 9/10
5/6 – Women who Made the Movies (Gwendolyn Foster-Dixon, Wheeler Dixon, 1991) 5/10
5/7 – The Pyx (Harvey Hart, 1973) [too tried to watch past first half hour]
5/12 – supplements on Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (Ray Greene, 2004)
“…… – The Atom and Eve (Gene Starbecker, 1966) 7/10
5/13 – Winstanley (Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo, 1975) [conclusion] 8/10
“….. – It Happened Here Again (Eric Mival, 1976) 8/10
5/14 – The Dark Eyes of London/The Human Monster (Walter Summers, 1940) 7/10
5/18 – House by the River (Fritz Lang, 1949) 9/10
“…… – Pierre Rissient interview
5/19 – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958) 7/10
5/20 – Neil Simon’s Max Dugan Returns (Herbert Ross, 1983) 7/10
5/25 – “Manos”: The Hands of Fate (Harold P. Warren, 1966) 4/10
5/26 – Détective (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985) 9/10
5/28 – In Dynamation Interview (1995)
“….. – John Landis/Ray Harryhausen Jason and the Argonauts Interview (1995)
“….. – The Harryhausen Chronicles (Richard Schickel, 1998) 7/10
“….. – The Lathe of Heaven (David Loxton, Fred Barzyk, 1980) 9/10
“….. – Bill Moyers Interviews Ursula K. LeGuin (Jody Scheff, 2000) 6/10

6/3 – Psych-Out (Richard Rush, 1968) 9/10
“…. – Love & Haight (Greg Carson, 2003) 7/10
“…. – Der Student von Prag/The Student of Prague (Stellan Rye, 1913) 5/10
6/9 – Salome’s Last Dance (Ken Russell, 1988) 9/10
“…. – The Trip (Roger Corman, 1967) 10/10
“…. – Tune In, Trip Out (Greg Carson, 2003) 7/10
6/10 – The 61st Annual Tony Awards (Glenn Weiss, 2007) 7/10
6/11 – Son of Frankenstein (Rowland V. Lee, 1939) 9/10
6/14 – The Ghost of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton, 1942) 8/10
“….. – Mark of the Vampire (Tod Browning, 1935) 8/10
6/15 – Idiocracy (Mike Judge, 2006) 9/10
6/16 – Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail… To Terror (Wayne Coe, 1990) 9/10
6/17 – What the 70s Really Looked Like (curated by Matt McCormick and Morgan Currie, 2005)
“…… – The Vyrotonin Decision (Matt McCormick, 1999) 10/10
“…… – Thine Inward-Looking Eyes (Thad Povey, 1993) 7/10
“…… – Not Too Much Remember (Tony Gault, 2003) 9/10
“…… – Toast’ems [edited] (Damon Packard, 2003) 9/10
“…… – We Edit Life (People Like Us, 2003) 8/10
“…… – Mark Roth (Animal Charm, 1998) 5/10
“…… – House of the Long Shadows (Pete Walker, 1983) 6/10
6/18 – Ruby [restored 85% director’s cut] (Curtis Harrington, 1977) 9/10
“….. – Curtis Harrington Interviewed by David Del Valle (James Whirter, 2001) 8/10
6/21 – Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (Curtis Harrington, 1978) 8/10
“….. – Curtis Harrington Audio Interview (Eric Eischelmann, 2005) 5/10
6/22 – The Raven (Roger Corman, 1963) 8/10
6/23 – Richard Matheson: Storyteller (Greg Carson, 2003) 6/10
“….. – Corman’s Comedy of Poe (Greg Carson, 2003) 6/10
6/24 – Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) 10/10
6/25 – Mata Hari (Curtis Harrington, 1985) 8/10
6/28 – House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960) 9/10 (SB)
“….. – Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman, 1961) 9/10
6/30 – The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (Peter Greenaway, 1988) 9/10 (SB)
“….. – Homecoming (Joe Dante, 2005) 9/10

7/1 – Escape to Witch Mountain (John Hough, 1975) 7/10 (SB)
“…. – Lost Treasures of Sepcial Effects 6/10
“…. – Making the ‘Escape’ (Mark Young, 2003) 7/10
“…. – Disney Sci-Fi (2003) 4/10 <–hatchet job
"…. – Conversations with John Hough (Mark Young, 2003)
7/2 – Tales of Terror (Roger Corman, 1962) 9/10
7/4 – A Wedding (Robert Altman, 1978) 10/10
"…. – A Wedding: Altman Style (Keith A. Cox, 2005) 8/10
"…. – The Wild Angels (Roger Corman, 1966) 9/10
"…. – The Life and Death of 9413 a Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich, 1928) 10/10
"…. – Dream of a Rare Bit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, Wallace McCutcheon, 1906) 8/10
"…. – When the Clouds Roll By [dream sequence excerpt] (Victor Fleming, 1919) 8/10
"…. – The Wizard of Speed and Time! [film within film] (Mike Jittlov, 1988) 10/10 (SB)
7/6 – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Roy William Neil, 1943) 7/10
7/7 – Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (Roger Corman, 1971) 9/10
7/8 – To the Devil a Dog (Andrew Tammen, 2005) 5/10
7/9 – The Screwfly Solution (Joe Dante, 2006) 10/10
"…. – The Exterminators (2007) 7/10
7/13 – Le Sang d'un Poète/The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1930) 10/10 (SB)
7/14 – Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Mike Johnson, Tim Burton, 2005) 9/10
"….. – Inside the Two Worlds
"….. – Danny Elfman Interprets the Two Worlds
"….. – The Animators: The Breath of Life
"….. – Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light
"….. – Voices From the Underworld
"….. – Making Puppets Talk
"….. – The Voices Behind the Voice
"….. – The Corpse Bride Pre-Production Galleries
7/15 – Return from Witch Mountain (John Hough, 1978) 7/10 (SB)
7/19 – Condemned to Live (Frank R. Strayer, 1935) 7/10
7/20 – Jackpot (Michael Polish, 2001) 10/10
7/21 – Pluto's Dream House (Clyde Geronimi, 1940) 5/10
"….. – The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973) 10/10 (SB)
"….. – Rip Van Marlowe (Greg Carson, 2002) 8/10
7/23 – The Big One (Michael Moore, 1998) [copy too scratched to finish]
7/28 – Art School Confidential (Terry Zwigoff, 2006) 9/10
"….. – Art School Confidential: Behind the Scenes (2006) 6/10
"….. – Art School Confidential: Sundance Featurette (2006) 8/10
"….. – Qian nian nu yao/Demoness from Thousand Years (Patrick Yeung, 1990) 6/10
7/30 – Devil's Partner (Charles R. Rondeau, 1962) 6/10

8/4 – The Lost Christopher Lee Interview (1978) 7/10
"…. – Making the 'Return' Trip (Mark Young, 2003) 6/10
"…. – The Gang's All Here (Mark Young, 2003) 7/10
"…. – Disney Kids with Powers 6/10
"…. – Orpheus in the Underworld (Herbert Wernicke, Dirk Gryspiert, 1997) 7/10
8/5 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (in Imax 3-D) (David Yates, 2007) 9/10
8/9 – Frankenstein 90 (Alain Jessua, 1984) 6/10
8/11 – Women in Love (Ken Russell, 1970) 9/10
8/16 – The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (Robert J. Emery, 2000) 6/10
8/20 – Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957) 10/10
8/23 – The Terror of Tiny Town (Sam Newfield, 1938) 4/10
8/24 – Hard Candy (David Slade, 2005) 6/10
8/30 – The Comedy of Terrors (Jacques Tourneur, 1964) [too exhausted to finish]

9/1 – The Comedy of Terrors (Jacques Tourneur, 1964) [conclusion] 9/10
"…. – L'Uomo meccanico/The Mechanical Man [fragment] (André Deed, 1921) 7/10
9/2 – Ji Ji/Miracles (Jackie Chan, 1989) 8/10
9/3 – Sunday in the Park with George (James Lapine, Terry Hughes, 1986) 8/10
9/8 – Topkapi (Jules Dassin, 1964) 8/10
9/15 – Martin (George A. Romero, 1977) 9/10
9/16 – The Dead Don't Die (Curtis Harrington, 1975) 8/10
9/29 – This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2005) 9/10

10/1 – Zombi 2/Zombie (Lucio Fulci, 1979) 8/10
10/6 – Sweetie (Jane Campion, 1989) 10/10
10/16 – La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967) 10/10
10/20 – No Tomorrow/Bludgeoned (Matt Irvine, 2002) 9/10

Best (first) seen this year:

1. La Chinoise
2. Sleepwalkers
3. Asylum
4. Jackpot
5. Sicko
6. Titicut Follies
7. Sedmikrasky
8. Asphalt
9. The Trip
10. The Screwfly Solution
11. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
12. Sweetie
13. A Wedding
14. A Prairie Home Companion
15. Détective
16. Martin
17. Women in Love
18. House by the River
19. Psych-Out
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
21. Art School Confidential
22. Homecoming
23. Ruby
24. When Strangers Appear
25. The Lathe of Heaven
26. Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
27. The Jazz Singer
28. Son of Frankenstein
29. Tales of Terror
30. Shaun of the Dead
31. Pit and the Pendulum
32. Grimm
33. Hangmen Also Die!
34. Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail… To Terror
35. Zhui ji 8 yue 15
36. The Comedy of Terrors
37. No Tomorrow
38. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.
39. Salome's Last Dance
40. This Film Is Not Yet Rated
41. Schussangst
42. Dear Wendy
43. The Wild Angels
44. Idiocracy
45. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
46. The Gingerbread Man
47. Design for Living
49. The Bat Whispers [65 mm version]
50. The Libertine
51. Cannibal! The Musical
52. It Happened Here Again
53. Winstanley
54. The Ghost of Frankenstein
55. The Cat and the Canary
56. Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told
57. La Noche del Terror Ciego
58. The Lair of the White Worm
59. The Door
60. Blast
61. When the Line Goes Through
62. The System
63. Mark of the Vampire
64. Ji Ji
65. Topkapi
66. The Amazing Mr. Blunden
67. Over the Edge
68. Sunday in the Park with George
69. The Raven
70. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell
71. The Dead Don't Die
72. Mata Hari

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