2017 Film Log (New: Paterson)

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FYI:
8mm/16mm/35mm/70mm indicates that what I saw was a film print.
DP indicates that what I saw was a Digital Projection in a theatre.
3D indicates that I saw a theatrical presentation and was encouraged to watch the picture while wearing some sort of special lens(es) (Polarized, Anaglyph, ChromaDepth, Pulfrich, Prismatic, et al). If I saw a feature-length film in 3D at home, the title of the film will be succeeded by “[3D]”.
– All others were from Blu-Rays, downloads, television, etc.
– A plus sign (+) at the beginning of a line indicates that I had seen this film before.

Furthermore:
– I only assign numerical ratings to films that are at least 40 minutes long.
– “Inc.” in lieu of a rating indicates that I don’t think that this screening was an accurate enough presentation of the film for me to make a quality judgment, either because their weren’t English subtitles for a foreign language film, or the projector broke/sound cut out/the print burned, or an ass in the theatre distracted me with too much talking/popcorn eating, etc.
– I don’t log W/Os.
– I do log short films (≤ 39min.), sans ratings, but only those viewed either from a film print or in an official theatrical context (i.e., where there is published documentation that the screening of this particular film took place). Why these conditions? The main reason I never logged shorts before 2015 is that my OCD had prevented me from distinguishing between short films, television commercials, music videos, random viral clips, etc.; I didn’t want to log everything, and I didn’t want to be arbitrarily discriminating what I logged and what I didn’t. This (admittedly still arbitrary) fix allows me to narrow it down to only short films proper (whatever that means, etc.), which will almost exclusively consist of avant-garde works. These films will appear below in italics.

And that translates to:

A+	9.4 - 10.0	[Top 10 of All Time contender]
A	8.6 - 9.3	[Masterpiece]
A-	7.8 - 8.5	[Pretty great; Near-masterpiece]
B+	7.0 - 7.7	[Kinda great; Contender for Top 10 of its year]
B	6.2 - 6.9	[Has a special something]
B-	5.4 - 6.1	[Solid]
C+	4.6 - 5.3	[Doesn't arouse any particularly strong emotions either way]
C	3.8 - 4.5	[Useless; Mediocre; Significantly flawed]
C-	3.0 - 3.7	[What a failure]
D+	2.2 - 2.9	[What-a-failure with cheese]
D	1.4 - 2.1	[Grating]
D-	0.6 - 1.3	[Offensively horrific; Horrifically offensive]
F	0.0 - 0.5	[Worst of All Time consideration]


January

Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey) – 7.9

Christabel (2001, James Fotopoulos) – 6.6

Author: The JT Leroy Story (2016, Jeff Feuerzeig) – 5.2

Howard and Jean (2014, Heather Young) DP

+Kaili Blues (2015, Bi Gan) DP – 6.5 [same]

Silence (2016, Martin Scorsese) DP – 4.9

London Road (2015, Rufus Norris) – 4.8

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006, Kirby Dick) – 4.0

Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014, Diao Yinan) – 5.3

The Love Witch (2016, Anna Biller) – 5.5

+Sieranevada (2016, Cristi Puiu) DP – 5.8 [up from 4.9]

Female (1933, Michael Curtiz) – 5.9

+It’s Only the End of the World (2016, Xavier Dolan) DP – 2.9 [same]

somniloquies (2017, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel) – 5.2

+Wavelength (1967, Michael Snow) 16mm – 9.7 [same]

Meurtrière (2015, Philippe Grandrieux) – 5.9

+Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder) – 8.1 [same]

Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964, Don Owen) DP – 6.0

Gimme Shelter (1970, David Maysles, Albert Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin) 35mm – 7.8

+Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein) 35mm – 5.0 [~same]

+Slack Bay (2016, Bruno Dumont) – 7.2 [up from 6.9]

Inside Deep Throat (2005, Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato) – 4.5

Ville – quelle ville? (1984, Midi Onodera) DP

DP2 (2014, Peter Dudar) DP

The Iconography of Venus (1987, Annette Mangaard) 16mm

Eye of the Mask (1985, Judith Doyle) 16mm – Inc. [Only half the film was screened]

Canada Mini-Notes (1974, Jim Anderson) 16mm

The Passenger (1975, Michelangelo Antonioni) 35mm – 6.4



February

The Stairs (2016, Hugh Gibson) – 4.9

Passion (1982, Jean-Luc Godard) 35mm – 5.0

Malcolm X (1992, Spike Lee) 35mm – 5.6

Not a Love Story (1981, Bonnie Sherr Klein) – 4.7

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974, Michael Cimino) 35mm – 5.3

+Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (2013, Jodie Mack) – 8.6 [same]

Seven Stars (2016, Sofia Banzhaf & Matthew Swanson) DP

+Short Stay (2016, Ted Fendt) 35mm – 6.3 [up from 6.1]

+The Fugitive Kind (1960, Sidney Lumet) 35mm – 4.1 [down from 5.9]

+sex, lies, and videotape (1989, Steven Soderbergh) – 6.3 [~same]

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017, Macon Blair) – 4.2

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012, Jim Hubbard) – 5.6



March

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 5.8

Machorka-Muff (1962, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm

Not Reconciled, or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules (1965, Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 5.0

The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp (1968, Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm

Class Relations (1984, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 4.6

Stranger in Paradise (2016, Guido Hendrikx) – 6.1

The Watermelon Woman (1996, Cheryl Dunye) – 5.7

+Punch-Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson) 35mm – 8.9 [same]

It’s No Real Pleasure in Life (2016, Nikolay Michaylov) DP

+Despite the Night (2015, Philippe Grandrieux) DP – 5.5 [same]

A Visit to the Louvre (2004, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 5.9

Cézanne. Conversation with Joachim Gasquet (1990, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 5.6

The Antigone of Sophocles after Hölderlin’s Translation Adapted for the Stage by Brecht 1948 (1992, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 6.0

Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene” (1973, Jean-Marie Straub) DP

Moses and Aaron (1975, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) DP – 6.5

Paris Is Burning (1990, Jennie Livingston) – 5.4

+Mysterious Skin (2004, Gregg Araki) – 5.1 [~same]

Araby (2017, João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa) – 4.5

From Today Until Tomorrow (1997, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 6.4

Sicilia! (1999, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 5.1

Europa 2005, 27 October (2006, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) DP

Joachim Gatti (2009, Jean-Marie Straub) DP

Corneille-Brecht (2009, Jean-Marie Straub) DP

+The Inconsolable One (2011, Jean-Marie Straub) DP

+An Heir (2011, Jean-Marie Straub) DP

Black Sin (1990, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 3.5

+A Quiet Passion (2016, Terence Davies) – 6.9 [same]

Workers, Peasants (2001, Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub) 35mm – 4.1

Swimming to Cambodia (1987, Jonathan Demme) Big Ears, 35mm – 5.3

Benjamin Smoke (2000, Jem Cohen) Big Ears, DP – 5.9

+Stop Making Sense (1984, Jonathan Demme) Big Ears, DP – 5.6 [up from 5.3]

Who Am I This Time? (1982, Jonathan Demme) Big Ears, DP – 6.6

Another Telepathic Thing (2015, Jonathan Demme) Big Ears, DP – 5.9

Tiger Tiger [music video for Holopaw] (2016, Roger Beebe) Big Ears, DP

Farrebique (1946, Georges Rouquier) Big Ears, DP – 4.9

+Mothlight (1963, Stan Brakhage) Big Ears, 16mm

+Duck Amok (1953, Chuck Jones) Big Ears, DP

Blue Movement (2016, Haruka Mitani & Michael Lyons) Big Ears, DP

Begone Dull Care (1949, Evelyn Lambart & Norman McLaren) Big Ears, 16mm

+Glistening Thrills (2013, Jodie Mack) Big Ears, DP

Ring (2008, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

Tygers (2014, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

Auditioning for Nathaniel (2016, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

R-15 (2017, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

Smooth Surface (2015, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

Production Material Handler (2015, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

+Fe26 (2014, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

+Ears, Nose and Throat (2016, Kevin Jerome Everson) Big Ears, DP

Kriminalistik (2014, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

Ghost Algebra (2009, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

Kindless Villain (2010, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

The Floor of the World (2010, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

Arbor (2012, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

+The Hummingbird Wars (2015, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

+Cathode Garden (2015, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

+Flowers of the Sky (2016, Janie Geiser) Big Ears, DP

Book of Days (1989, Meredith Monk) Big Ears, 35mm – 5.0

Cousin Bobby (1992, Jonathan Demme) Big Ears, DP – 6.8

Empyrean (2016, Kalpana Subramanian) Big Ears, DP

Them Apples (2016, Adam R. Levine) Big Ears, 16mm

1_ _ _ _1 (2015, Karissa Hahn) Big Ears, DP

Deux Champs (Two Fields) (2015, Kevin Obsatz) Big Ears, DP

+AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN (2016, Manuela De Laborde) Big Ears, 16mm

Koropokkuru (2015, Akiko Maruyama & Philippe Roy) Big Ears, DP

Lost Book Found (1996, Jem Cohen) Big Ears, DP

Parallel Inquiries (2016, Christina C Nguyen) Big Ears, 16mm

+Nova Remnants (2016, Stefan Grabowski) Big Ears, DP

Ghost Comb. (2016, Ryland Walker Knight) Big Ears, DP

Spotlight on a Brick Wall (2016, Alee Peoples & Mike Stoltz) Big Ears, 16mm

Little Orphant Annie (2016, Bill Morrison) Big Ears, DP

One Roll in the Blackness (2011, Chris Kennedy) Big Ears, 16mm

Women Will Come: Feminists Redefining Pornography (2010, Joanne Loton) – 3.1

+Paterson (2016, Jim Jarmusch) – 6.9 [down from 7.1]