March’s movies reviewed

I’ve seen 12 movies last month. They are…

Laura” (Otto Preminger, 1944)
The BFI (and the film’s name, obviously) brought my attention to Preminger’s “Laura,” and I’m glad they did. It’s a great noir murder mystery with witty dialogue and unexpected twists. (B+)

Kein Pardon” (Hape Kerkeling, 1993) and “Pappa ante Portas” (Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz, 1991)
I had seen both of these less than three months ago, but when some friends came over and wanted to watch something funny, I didn’t at all mind seeing them again. Two of my all-time favorite comedies. (A, A)

Sunset Blvd.” (Billy Wilder, 1950)
Hot off my Top 5 Movies I’ve Never Seen, I expected a lot from “Sunset Boulevard” and I was not disappointed. It’s a masterpiece. (A+)

Fanboys” (Kyle Newman, 2008)
Dumb, homophobic, not really funny. (D)

Türkisch für Anfänger – Der Film” (Bora Dagtekin, 2012)
Great fun! If you liked the tv series, you’re gonna like the movie, too. (B)

Monterey Pop” (D.A. Pennebaker, 1968)
One year before Woodstock, newcomers  Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and a few other bands you might have heard of played the Monterey Pop Festival. Like  with “Woodstock,” I enjoyed the look at the people in the audience as much as the musical performances. It sure was a fascinating time to be alive. (B+)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
The second title I can now scratch off my list of movies I’ve never seen, “Sunrise” is a masterfully executed silent film that, despite it’s age and unfamiliar medium is as accessible as anything I’ve watched. (A)

Paths of Glory” (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
Kubrick’s early work has long eluded me. I’ve seen “Spartacus” (1960) in school and bought the first Kubrick DVD-box-set when it came out in 1999. That included all of his films from “Lolita” (1962) forward except for “Eyes Wide Shut.” So while I am overly familiar with everything after ’60, I have only seen “The Killing” (1956) once on tv. So I was eager to finally see “Paths of Glory” and, not surprisingly, it blew me away. Wow. Just wow. (A)

(By the time of this writing, I’ve also seen Kubrick’s 1955 film “Killer’s Kiss.” More on that next month.)

Weekend” (Andrew Haigh, 2011)
That it took me this long to finally see this movie is a testament to just how bad the cinema situation in Trier is. But I’ve written enough on that topic already, so just this: They had their chance. They blew it. The film was much hyped by critics, and rightly so. It’s a beautifully directed, acted and executed story about two people, love, relationships and just flat out being human. (A)

Shock Corridor” (Samuel Fuller, 1963)
I wanted to check out this movie after it made both Adam and Dana‘s list of Top 5 Losing My Mind Movies. I’m new to Fuller, and he certainly has a very interesting style of film-making. Not everything here worked for me, but there was enough to keep me intrigued. (B-)

American Beauty” (Sam Mendes, 1999)
In accordance with Lena, who had the great idea to revisited some of your favorite movies that you haven’t seen in years to see if you still enjoy them as much (or maybe more) than you did then. I don’t know when the last time I saw “American Beauty” was, but it must have been at least six years. I ordered the US DVD as soon as it came out (in 2000) and watched it many, many times. So I didn’t learn or get anything new this time around, but I still enjoyed it a lot. It’s fun too see how the film has had a lasting impact on me. I still love to drive (or bike) around listening and singing to Bobby Darin. Also all those “Re-Animator” movie nights (hadn’t had one of those in a few years) and the countless, countless snapped pencils that come with it surely wouldn’t have been without “American Beauty” bringing my attention to the horror classic. (A-)

(“Re-Animator” gets an A.)

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